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easy to transport NY food gift ideas

uwsgrazer Sep 15, 2009 10:10 AM

I normally bring rugelach and mini black and white cookies when I travel abroad for work. Any other suggestions for some variety (no chocolate, as it's already plentiful where I'm going)? In addition to being something that travels well (i.e., needs to clear Security and Customs), whatever it is should serve, say, up to 40 or so people, and stay fresh for a couple of days. Finally, extra points for things *special* to NY. Oh, and would prefer something not particularly extravagant or costly.

Thanks for any recommendations.

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  1. LeahBaila RE: uwsgrazer Sep 15, 2009 11:01 AM

    I just did this a couple of weeks ago for my trip to Chicago. I went to Ess-a-Bagel early the morning-of my flight and picked up 1/2 dozen bagels and 2 boxes of mini black and white cookies. The total came out to under $20. Everyone was very happy!


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      pellegrino31 RE: uwsgrazer Sep 15, 2009 11:07 AM

      Well this will be heavy to transport for 40 but my first idea was Bazzini nuts since those are easy to transport and don't require a lot of special handling. Not sure where you are going but someone I know brought them to her family in Southeast Asia and they loved them.

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        uwsgrazer RE: pellegrino31 Sep 16, 2009 05:54 PM

        I like Bazzini's. That's a good idea - maybe a big bag of pistachio nuts (to squeeze in my checked luggage ...). Probably no time to head downtown before this trip but definitely a good idea for another time. Thanks!

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        City Kid RE: uwsgrazer Sep 15, 2009 11:40 AM

        What about some Zabar's Russian coffee cake -- unlike bagels and other bakery goods actually a better IMO when a little stale. They could probably give you a large piece, on request, and wrap extra well for travel.

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          fm1963 RE: uwsgrazer Sep 15, 2009 11:45 AM

          Momofuku cookies!


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            uwsgrazer RE: fm1963 Sep 16, 2009 05:57 PM

            I still need to get to Momofuku to try out their cookies. I know, I know, I'm way behind the curve. But I like the idea of Momofuku cookies -- after I've first taste-tested all of them myself :)..

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            orthorunner RE: uwsgrazer Sep 16, 2009 06:51 PM

            Other ideas include French Macaroons in a variety of flavors (faves include Bouchon Bakery, Kee's) as well as biscotti from BiscoLatte in Hell's Kitchen, which has a ton of rotating flavors and have been quite successful as gifts in my experience. Another nice factor is that they do have a few no sugar added or nut-free ones for those with diabetes or allergies.

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              fm1963 RE: orthorunner Sep 17, 2009 02:37 PM

              I second Bouchon - lots of delicious nibbles to go, all prepackaged.

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                windycity RE: orthorunner Sep 18, 2009 03:21 PM

                The idea of a nut free macaron is intriguing - what do they use in place of almond flour and does it have the same light, airy consistency? I have allergic friends who would be all over this.

                Also I ditto the suggestion and rec Madeline Patisserie macarons to bring as gifts - the caramel fleur de sel rocks my world. I actually think they improve after 1 day or so because sometimes they are too chewy and floral when fresh. Kee's is excellent and will keep about 3 days. Unless you eat all of them first :)

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                  orthorunner RE: windycity Sep 26, 2009 08:01 PM

                  Oops, sorry, it is only BiscoLatte that has varieties of goodies for people with food allergies. Not sure if Bouchon has anything. I should have clarified better...

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                yebo RE: uwsgrazer Sep 17, 2009 03:33 PM

                Honey sellers @ Union Square Greenmarket sometimes have small bottles of honey with a very pretty skyline label, "New York City Honey" from bees from roofs here. Easy to transport. On an oz. for oz. basis, very expensive, but at $5 for a charming present, cheap.

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                  Geo8rge RE: uwsgrazer Sep 27, 2009 12:31 PM


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