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Food Gifts From Florida?

thakrza May 30, 2007 06:10 AM

We have friends who work for Stumptown Roasters in Portland, OR who are being so kind to send us beans in exchange for other gifts so we don't have to risk drinking subpar coffee. We'd love to send them food gifts that are exclusive to or familiar with Florida that can ship easily and that aren't, well, too gimmicky. These people are very familiar with fine foods, but they aren't snobs, i.e. they love grits etc etc etc; they love "good" food period.

We live in St. Pete, but can shop anywhere in Florida if they do online sales.

Any ideas? Please list links to places who ship food also, thanks!!!!

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  1. BigSteve RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 06:14 AM

    Well, of course you think citrus. It's not the best time to ship fresh - but on one of my trips to FL, I brought back some citris jellies that were a big hit. Lime marmalade was the favorite, I think.

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      smartie RE: BigSteve May 30, 2007 06:56 AM

      see if Bloods or one of the other citrus growers do a gift certificate or if you can pre order citrus for Christmas time and let your friends know they will be receiving a gift later in the year?

    2. carinole RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 07:07 AM

      Key lime juice, pies are also very Florida. There is a company that makes a key lime rum cake that is really good. http://www.blondgiraffe.com/catalog/i...

      I don't know if these items are so much Florida as they are Southern but Southern BBQ sauce, grits, shrimp are a few other ideas.

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        beachmouse RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 07:23 AM

        Tupelo honey from in the Panhandle


        and probably other places

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          kenr RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 09:24 AM

          Florida Groves and Winery is located at 1500 Pasadena Ave So. in South Pasadena. (St. Pete) It produces a lot of unusual fruit wines and also carries several Florida related products.Their web site below highlights only the wines. But if you stop by you will see many other things. (as well as free wine tasting)

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            joan RE: kenr May 30, 2007 10:41 AM

            I second Ken's rec for Florida Groves. What a cute place, and they're so nice with the tasting. We have a bottle of Category Five sparkling wine in our fridge, waiting for You Know When. A great label (you can picture the cloud formation), and their fruit wines are not bad!

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              laurie RE: joan May 30, 2007 06:11 PM

              Let me "third" the vote for Florida Groves. We sent some of our faves to out-of-state friends this past Christmas and keep a stash in the wine fridge. In addition to the Cat Five sangria, I really like the passion fruit wine. For something really different, try the orange/coffee wine; a really different dessert wine. Oh, and the grapefruit champaign is a refreshing twist on the original. A visit to the store to enjoy their wine tasting bar is a great experience too, as Ken and Joan both mention.

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            AlyKen RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 10:57 AM

            Soups from Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales are always good. They used to sell them in Publix

            Last year for Christmas, my mom sent some stuff from Kermit's Key West Key Lime shop.

            Also, if you're sending stuff in January, there are a few places that send these really good tangelos called Honeybells.

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              cavandre RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 12:09 PM

              Grimaldi's Chocolate Covered Potato Chips!


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                sunsuze RE: cavandre May 30, 2007 02:14 PM


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                  Check Please RE: cavandre May 30, 2007 02:24 PM

                  I love those choclate covered potatoe chips! They are addictive!!!

                2. hitachino RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 12:32 PM

                  if your friends like things spicy:

                  datil pepper products!




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                    Nikiforos RE: thakrza May 30, 2007 02:15 PM

                    Stone Crab--without a doubt, the best thing particular to Florida for anyone who loves food.

                    1. Bob Mervine RE: thakrza May 31, 2007 05:07 AM

                      Other than the wine, which I'll get back to, these are good representatitve items. If seasonality is an issue, the Honeybells, stone crab, etc. will have to wait.

                      Citrus jams and jellies are nice, inexpensive presents as are the favious candies -- the key lime cookies dusted with sugar are superb.

                      Datil pepper items -- Firehouse Subs does a good hot sauce -- are also original.

                      If you can find the Yulee Gold honey, that's the best.

                      Only know the potato chips by reputation, but they seem to be a nice switch-up idea.

                      As for either citrus or fruit wines or the Florida wines available, I suggest these only as novelty gifts or items to send to people who do not have any serious wine aspirations. As novelties, they are cute. As wine they are horrible.

                      Alligator meat, the farmed product, especially ribs, is quite tasty and very Florida.

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                        thakrza RE: Bob Mervine May 31, 2007 10:12 AM


                        They would scoff at the wine to drink, but would get a kick out of it I think (at they could always regift!) as a novelty--they know their wines.

                        BUT, other ideas sound good. They do love Southern food and I think the Datil stuff, Tupelo honey, etc etc sounds great. Do you know if anyone ships fresh stone crabs? I'd love to do that for them when in season.

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                          hatless RE: thakrza May 31, 2007 11:22 AM

                          Joe's Stone Crab, for one, ships them. Medium-sized claws for two, Fedexed, start at about $115.

                          Note that they're always sold cooked. They arrive at the restaurant or market cooked. The claws are pulled off the crab at sea, and the crab then regrows a new one.

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                            chocolate RE: hatless May 31, 2007 03:29 PM

                            Joe's Stone Crabs are one of my favorite things to send to family and friends up North during the winter. The season starts again in mid October but just to let you know they are still shipping stone crabs now if you check their web-site or call them. I've never had them after the season ends in May but I was in their take-out part of their restaurant today, and I did notice several people eating them. They definately seemed to be enjoying them. They still ship their key lime pies which they are also known for and are truley delicous and worth sending.

                            If your friends have never had stone crabs before, I would recommend waiting until the season begins so they can enjoy the crabs at their best. They also offer additional packages on their web in season from what I am seeing now that include the key lime pie, coleslaw and chowder if you want. Again their key lime pie is a must when you send them. Their phone number to order is 800-780-2722 or the web is Joesstonecrab.com. Hope you treat yourself to an order as well. Enjoy!

                      2. Covert Ops RE: thakrza May 31, 2007 01:46 PM

                        I second Kermit's Key lime stuff and anything from Grimaldi's, especially those potato chips.
                        Dixie Crossroads in Titusville is known for its rock shrimp, like little mini lobsters, rarely served elsewhere either bc they're hard to fish or hard to prepare or both (I forget). This site is affiliated w/Dixie and ships rock shrimp, might be an interesting new taste if they like seafood.
                        Not sure if they ship the famous hush puppies as well. . .;-)

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                          thakrza RE: Covert Ops Jun 1, 2007 01:09 PM

                          Thank you all!

                          We'll send em Stone Crabs at the holiday season...that will be a special treat...though we are getting $65 worth of coffee on a regular basis!!!

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                            Nikiforos RE: thakrza Jun 1, 2007 02:01 PM

                            NP--can't see how you can go wrong with Stone Crab. Also, you don' thave to buy the biggest ones--I'm not sure they are necessarily worth the extra expense (is it better to just buy more with the money you would have spent on bigger?)--but someone else might know better.

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