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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.

              3. 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...

                    2. I wil further Salumeria Italiana in the North End. One special item is their fennel salami, which I always pick up when I visit the North End.

                      Salumeria Italiana
                      151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

                      1. Whenever I used to visit friends transplanted from Boston to Atlanta I had to bring Italian subs. As soon as I arrived we would buy a couple of beers and eat them before ever leaving the airport. Back in the day it was Santoro's but now it would be Vinny's, but whatever great Italian sub, loaded with condiments, you can find would be a little slice of home for transplants and a new and wonderful experience for native Southerners.
                        PS - use many layers of plastic wrap and bags and put them in your checked luggage. Do not use foil as they look very suspicious on the X-rays. From personal experience!

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                        1. re: powerfulpierre

                          Agreed. I have family from California that go nuts for a good Italian sub. They are just not the same anywhere else if you're used to them here. The other thing is Dunkin Donuts coffee. Not one on every corner out there. Not sure about DD's in Florida.

                          1. re: powerfulpierre

                            Here''s a little tip.

                            I've been known to carry an Italian sub on flights. What I like to do is have the deli put the meats and cheese on the sub..and the condiments packed separately. Then add when ready to eat. Helps keep the bread from getting soggy.

                          2. It's too bad Chinese food doesn't travel at all, because there isn't any decent Chinese food anywhere in FLA. This is why I can't stay there longer than 1 week ant any given time.

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                            1. re: CocoDan

                              I second that! My entire family lives in FL and that is the one thing they continue to complain about. When I fly down, my mother requires me to bring her fried rice and an order of egg rolls. She doesn't even care that she has to reheat it etc.

                            2. Maple syrup, Taza chocolate. Some teas from Tealuxe or that other tea place.

                              If the timing works, some fresh asparagus, ramps, morels, fiddleheads.

                              1. Linguica or Chourico

                                1. Marshmallow Fluff, in almost any supermarket. Very hard to find outside of the Boston area, and the gold standard for Fluffernutters

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                                  1. re: winedude

                                    I used to ship it to CA, but they can get it now.

                                    1. re: trufflehound

                                      Were is it available in California? My hubby's cousin owns a sandwich shop in West Hollywood CA & his dad is always shipping him Fluff 'cause he can't get it there. Thanks!

                                  2. New England Candies: necco wafers, boston baked beans, skybars are always a hit. Maple sugar candy is another good item. Boston cream pie. Fenway franks, with the proper buns (sliced, not rolls). You can grill them in butter when you get home. Cain's sweet relish. Boston baked beans (with molasses, not tomato sauce)(B&M is a good brand). Brown bread (in a can, also B&M). Fish cakes.

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                                    1. Iggy's bread. Anything from the Bakery in Cambridge.
                                      The bread in Florida...........................well, you know!

                                      1. Tip: We are foodies and our friends and family prefer foodie souvenirs instead of traditional ones. We always now pack two small collapsable coolers (like the ones you put lunches in). Great for bringing back cheeses and cured products. On our last trip to NYC, we had one small luggage full of Bread, cheeses and imported spices and dry goods. We were a big hit back home.
                                        Anywhwere cold pack seafood for the return home?

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                                        1. re: itryalot

                                          If you are flying back, I believe there is or was a Legal Seafood at Logan Airport, which can pack and ship for your return home. You cannot leave without trying LOBSTAH!

                                          1. re: foodie1859

                                            One thing my relatives always NEED when they are hear is maple leaf natural casing hot dogs. My uncle ususally brings a case back with him.

                                        2. I would bring back some of those cute little chocolate mice from Burdicks in Harvard Square, or some lemoncello from the North End.

                                          Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

                                          1. I know I'm going stereotypical here, but clam chowder! No specific recommendations, though maybe Legal Sea Foods as foodie1859 suggests, or maybe Union Oyster House in Quincy Market. Otherwise, a can of chowder made locally.

                                            Otherwise, I agree Taza Chocolate is fantastic. And if they're into coffee, Barismo in East Arlington on Mass. Ave is the New Big Thing. Beans only, nothing ground there.

                                            Union Oyster House
                                            41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108

                                            Taza Chocolate
                                            561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA

                                            169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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                                            1. re: rekha6

                                              Thanks for the 2nd on Legals. I've never had a bad bowl of chowder here.

                                            2. Coffee milk syrup and Teddie's Peanut Butter. When I lived in France, I had my brother mailing me jars of Teddie's every couple of months. It's the best jarred pb I've found (and I've tasted them all). Definitely worth stocking up on!

                                              1. Capone Foods with locations in Union Sqaure Somerville and Mass Ave, North Cambridge also does mini canolis with seperate filling. They travel quite well!
                                                Capone also has amazing fresh pasta, yum

                                                1. LOBSTER they sell that rock lobster stuff which is aweful

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                                                  1. re: MeffaBabe

                                                    Definitely agree, north atlantic lobster is incomparable. BUT be ready to eat them right away, as they perish quickly and are much better when very fresh. Just throw them in a large pot with a little bit of water and steam til bright red. Easy enough to do even after a day of travel.