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looking to send care package to friend in uk . . .

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i am looking to send care package to friend in uk - is there anything the usa west coast has that the uk does not? i think it would be fun to get a bunch of goodies "from home" - but i'm not sure, in today's global world, if there is anything that's available in the us that is not available in the uk. i'm in los angeles. ideas?

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  1. Unless you're attempting a huge surprise care package, I'd just ask your friend what he or she is missing. I've found that one misses less and less as the years go by. I was back in the States a week ago and went through a Target store and came away with much less than I usually do. Instant puddings aren't the same here (i.e. Jello Pistachio) and there aren't as many cake mixes either.

    A lot of American products are sold here... they just cost a lot more. :-)

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    1. re: zuriga1

      i think we've gotten used to the generally higher standard of products here. i spend every summer in long islands east end and inevitably begin by getting homesick for the meat, fruit and veg you get here in london.

      for instance, iacono farms in east hampton sells fresh non-refrigerated eggs and chickens slaughtered on the spot; while these are the best of their kind i've ever had in the us, they still aren't a patch on what i can get here by walking over to my local butcher.

      i guess the only thing we miss is the local corn, but its pretty much over by the time we leave for london anyway.

    2. I'd love a box of Yakima peaches, sadly, not easy to transport.

      Perhaps some Mexican type of foods? While we can find many of them here, they can be expensive and/or difficult to find.

      1. I second the notion of asking your friend what he/she is missing. I live in the UK now but grew up in Georgia so the foods I would miss would be quite different than West Coast treats (i get instant grits, canned boiled peanuts, etc. sent over from time to time).

        There are a lot of not-so-good-for-you foods that i personally love and miss but a lot of people might not care for them (duncan hines cake mixes, bisquick for pancakes, kraft mac and cheese, etc.)

        If you friend is into cooking and likes mexican, I would definitely send some of that stuff. Canned chipotles in adobo (i can't find them, though they may be available in london), really good jarred salsa verde, dried chiles of any kind, his/her favorite hot sauce, etc.

        Outside of that, I can't really think of much, but those would all be the types of stuff I miss. I would definitely ask your friend though to see if there are special requests.

        1. Thanks for the input!! I thought you may have a lot of the same stuff - but you never know.

          I know I could ask - but surprises are fun!

          It sounds like I should make a fiesta in a box!! Thanks.

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          1. re: dtud

            Reese's Peanut Butter cups, if your friend likes them and isn't allergic to peanuts. That's what my Sister misses. I like the idea of the Mexican foods too. You can get some products in the UK, but the taco seasoning doesn't taste the same, even if it's the same brand as what is sold in the US. It has a strange flavor. While you're at it, could you send some of those things to Turkey? ;)

            1. re: hariscruff

              Yup. When I go to England I have to bring Reese's peanutbutter cups for my cousin and Mexican ingredients for my ex-California friend. It's all very well for howler to talk about what's available in London, but lots of people in the UK don't actually live in, or even near, London.

          2. The things we ask friends to bring are Ghirardeli chocolate chips, mole sauce, and Tom's cinnamon flavoured toothpaste. When we asked one person for Market spice tea from Seattle he objected to bringing tea to England (probably sensibly).

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            1. re: Gordito

              I send one friend grape jelly and Oreos. (Hopefully she doesn't eat them together.)