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Buy and run - best food to bring home from New Orleans

curiousbaker May 13, 2008 07:26 AM

I've got a business trip to New Orleans this weekend. I'll have three nights to eat out (thank god I can skip the conference meals), and I've been reading the boards for suggestions. But what I really want to know is what should I bring home with me? I'll be in the French Quarter, and I'm going to sneak out of the Saturday morning session to get to the farmers' market. Any sauces, spice blends, bakery items, local snack foods, etc. I really have to stock up on while I'm there?

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    mcegielski RE: curiousbaker May 13, 2008 10:23 AM

    i would say Zapp's Potato chips, Cafe' Du Monde Coffee, Pralines, and actually Muffaletta's travel well...

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      geegeeTX RE: curiousbaker May 13, 2008 10:43 AM

      Pick up a jar of Cajun Chef Spicy Beans, I've seen them at the market before. They are great for Bloody Marys, and just delicious to crunch on when chilled.

      1. chanterelle RE: curiousbaker May 13, 2008 01:02 PM

        Olive salad is good to go. I brought home Hubigs pies last time, too.

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          irishnyc RE: chanterelle May 17, 2008 09:17 AM

          Absoutely the olive salad from Central Grocery. We stock up every time we go.

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          JazzyB RE: curiousbaker May 16, 2008 08:34 AM

          Stop at a seafood store and have them ship you some unpasturized jumbo lump and lots of shrimp. You'll have to use the crab soon after arrival but the shrimp freeze exceptionally well. If you like red beans and rice, Camellia red beans are a must. I'd skip the Hubigs. They are essentially glazed cake donuts with various fillings. Best spicy beans are made by Tobasco.

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            roro1831 RE: JazzyB May 17, 2008 08:53 AM

            If the Zapp's Creole Tomato chips are available, grab as many as you can fit in the car. I'm partial to the Occhipinto pickled beans and other pickled items, onions, cauliflower, and the olive mix is very good too.

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              mrsfury RE: roro1831 May 21, 2008 05:12 PM

              The Creole Tomato chips are my favorite Zapp's flavor ever.

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                JazzyB RE: roro1831 May 22, 2008 04:57 AM

                Much prefer Boscoli to Occh. products. The flavor of the Occh. beans is ok but the bean quality seems tough and stringy. Best overall bean quality and heat IMO is Tobasco although they are high. Favorite Zapps, jalapeno.

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              lexpatti RE: curiousbaker May 21, 2008 04:32 PM

              I second and third the muffeletta, just wrap it good - the flavors meld nicely while traveling, no need to fridgerate either. I love bringing back cajun seasoning - Tony C's. there's just too much to list out.

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                RobandLot RE: curiousbaker May 22, 2008 07:29 AM

                I would like to mention Hubigs as well, but they never seem to be able to make it home for me- but that's a will power thing more than anything else. Zapp's chips- Cajun Craw-tater is a must.

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