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Mar 23, 2010 08:38 AM

What to bring home from NOLA?

Hello All! I am very excited to make my first trip to NOLA next week. It is going to be just a short overnight trip, so I am going to try and pack in as much stuff as possible. I have gotten some great ideas of where to eat from other posts, but my question is: what are some good foodie gifts I can bring home from NOLA?

One thing I like to do when I travel is go to farmers markets and look for local jams and jellies. Where would be a good one to go for that (I will be there Wed lunch time to Thursday dinner)?

What should I be on the look out for that is uniquely New Orleans?


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  1. I always bring home a muffeletta from Central Grocery and some pralines from Aunt Sally's or Leah's.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      how perishable are those? I realize they're better the day after when the oil has had time to marinate the inside of the loaf, but what about keeping it cool, etc. Should I bring a small icepack lunch box with me to keep them fresh on the plane ride back?

      1. re: mikeh

        Bring a small icepack lunch box and, to get around the FAA rules on gels and liquids, pack one cheap bag of frozen veggies below the muff and one on top of it. Works like a charm. Wrap the frozen veggies in extra plastic bags, because if the original bag gets punctured you don't want broccoli water leaking out onto your sandwich.

        1. re: mikeh

          Last week, I bought a muff at CG at 9:30 AM or so, took it back to my hotel and put it in my suitcase (no ice or cooler). When I got home about 4:00 that afternoon my wife and I ate half of it. I put the rest in the refrigerator and finished it off the next day. It was fantastic.

      2. Camellia brand red beans

        1. Get any Mam Papaul's, Zatarain's, Abita, Tony Chachere or Zapp's products.If you happen upon Scratchmo's creole mustard get that too. Can't help with jams & jellies because I get mine in Ponchatoula.

            1. re: Mytah

              Hey thanks for the link. I guess I just wasn't wording my search right when I was looking earlier. Thanks!

            2. 2nd the Zapps (any corner store or gas station) and Pralines (Pralines by Jean)!