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Jun 10, 2008 08:26 PM

Canadian or Torontonian food to take to Australia

visiting foodie friends in Melbourne, need your help.
I wanted to see if there is anything other than Icewine and the best freakin maple syrup (where to buy?!), is there anything I can take that is worth the trek.

thanks in advance.

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  1. My cousins went nuts over Turtles. Yes, I know what you're thinking but they loved these and had never had them before. I took these because they were easy to pack and could get into the country without quarantine.

    I also took vacuum packed salmon and yes, maple syrup.

    I guess what I'm trying to say here is you may also be limited by the tough quarantine laws set by the Australian government. The items that I mentioned aren't exactly foodie items but they got in with no trouble.

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    1. re: Zengarden

      agree, agree, and agree with zengarden's choices :D

      a friend in LA loves brings back turtles chocolates when he comes visit Toronto... they're good!

      Smoked salmon is a good idea too... I'm actually in korea now and getting some vacuum-packed salmon brought here. I miss it so much >< no good smoked salmon here.. actually hardly any even exists here.... i'm getting it from Milbree Viking, they'll vacuum-pack it if you tell them a few days in advance from when you need it.

      You can get some good maple syrup from around Waterloo. If you take a drive north a bit to St. Jacobs or Heidelburg, you're bound to pass some farmhouses that advertise maple syrup.

    2. A bottle of rye??

      Maple cookies.

      Butter tarts

      Mr. Big bars.

      Red Rose Tea?? LOL

      Oreos (Ours are better than the US version apparently so they may be better than the Oz. version as well)

      Peameal bacon. You'd have to figure out how to keep it cold obviously. I've transported it on a plane from TO to Memphis.


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      1. re: Davwud

        Don't laugh, an aunt visiting from overseas went gaga over Red Rose and brought back a whole bunch.

        1. re: Teep

          It's only available in Canada eh!! Pitty!!


      2. Icewine and maple syrup are two great ideas!

        Coffee Crisp. :)

        There was a similar thread a little while ago. Check it out for more ideas:

        Have a wonderful trip!

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        1. re: toveggiegirl

          Coffee Crisp!! I've taken these to friends in the States who are just knocked out by the little wonders.

          If the OP is going to take maple syrup, may I suggest choosing Grade 1 Medium or Grade 2 Amber over the Grade 1 Extra Light? I find they have more of a robust maple taste than the lighter grades.

        2. Are you allowed to transport cheese? How about some nice Quebec cheese, like triple-creme Riopelle, along with a box or two of Lesley Stowe cranberry and hazelnut crisps. They're delicious together!

          1. If you're in Toronto, gastronom, you can go to Culinarium on Mt. Pleasant, in the first block south of Eglinton. All of the products that they stock are produced in Ontario! You should be able to find something unique there.

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            1. re: Yongeman

              When I goto the US, I am always asked to bring Kinderegg toys, Ms Vickies Salt/Malt chips (too hard to pack to goto OZ though), Malt vinegar in a small plastic bottle and Smarties.

              1. re: smr714

                Careful what you bring - the Aussies are really strict - no loose foods like cookies or cheese for certain... may not work here - but the friends I've visited in Australia had all been to Canada before - and always appreciated a jar of Tim Hortons coffee beans... Or bring some clothes from Roots - my friends loved Roots stuff...

                1. re: andyb99

                  i should also warn you - if they catch you bringing things they don't appreciate - they'll throw it out, and fine you...

                  1. re: andyb99

                    You realize that the word "roots" as in rooting is an obscene word in Aussie slang?

                    When I went, I did not want to pack any of it as I was meeting relatives for the first time. What an impression for a nice Canadian girl to be making!