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Apr 4, 2010 12:11 PM

What food from Boston area should I bring home to Florida

When I am in New York I usually bring home stuff from Zabars: nova, cream cheese, white fish salad, herring, babka. What is the corresponding good stuff in Boston which I should bring home? I am coming up in a couple of weeks. Doesn't have to be fish, etc. -- anything which is special in your area. Thanks!

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    1. re: trufflehound

      Agreed, but cannoli do not travel well. Better to get some torrone from Modern Pastry.

      Modern Pastry
      257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

      1. re: StriperGuy

        But, since the OP is comfortable transporting perishable items back home, a cannoli kit with separate shells and filling from Modern or another reputable place would be fun.

        1. re: bear

          True- Maria's can also pack the shells and filling separately if you ask for them that way. (Less of a touristic experience, but better cannoli, in my opinion-- but there have been long threads debating that here, and I'm not actually a cannoli fan, so probably my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt!)

        2. re: StriperGuy

          Cannoli's travel ok if you get the shell and filling seperate, thre fill them to order yourself.

      2. Kinda weird, but when I lived in California, the one thing I would consistently bring back with me from family visits in New England was Autocrat syrup for coffee milk. (Wouldn't necessary say it's "special", but it's nostalgic if you grew up with it...)

        1. If you come across Cranberry Bog Frogs from Cape Code Provisions, those are worth buying a few boxes of, or their chocolate covered cranberries. Also if you come across Sleppy Mountain Maple maple jelly beans, those are delicious. Those come out of New Hampshire. Might have to stop at a gourmet food store carrying New England based products. Nothing wrong with a good cranberry chutney too.
          Maybe some fresh maple suryp, Might look for some local wines also. Had a nice Pinot Grigio today from Cape Cod Winery.

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          1. re: Infomaniac

            Last week, I got several small boxes(3 candies in each) at TJ MAXX. Occasionally, they have them near the register.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              I actually saw big boxes of bog frogs at Whole Foods recently.

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                They were at the TJ Maxx in Braintree today in the housewares section where the food aisle is. They were also the big boxes.

              2. re: Infomaniac

                The Bog Frogs are pretty easy to find at Logan.

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                1. My relatives in other parts of the country just love the Pastene red wine vinegar, canned tuna, and other products that I send them. Not expensive, but terrific value and not available where they live. You can find Pastene products in most grocery stores here in Boston. Go to Salumeria Italiana on Richmond Street in the North End for really special imported Italian delicacies you can't find most places in the US.

                  Salumeria Italiana
                  151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

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                      1. re: pasuga

                        If the OP likes to cook Italian, I'd second Pastene. Don't know about Florida, but when I lived in Arizona, their was only one place I could buy Pastene tomatoes - that was an expensive import store. Cost me about three times as much (maybe more), but I was desperate to make a familiar sauce - so I paid it.

                        Other items we had shipped from MA. Funny story (well, it's funny NOW) - we anxiously waited for our box of imported olive oil (in a can, btw), and delicious Italian meats like supporsatta (sp?), aged cheeses... got the info from the post office that it was going to arrive on a Friday.

                        Well, on the Thursday we got a notice that it was damaged and would not be delivered!! After many, many phone calls to the P.O., we found out it made it all the way to Phoenix (we were in Tucson). We begged them that we'd drive up to Phoenix and pick up the damaged box - we didn't care... but they said IT WAS THROWN AWAY.

                        They weren't fooling us - I had this vision of the Phoenix P.O. workers sitting around their lunch room, passing our cheeses and meats around, having a great time of it. All they needed to buy was the wine and some bread...