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Souvenir from Detroit, Michigan?

Little T Apr 29, 2010 06:32 PM

Hello, i have a friend there now.
What should he bring back for me?
Thanks from Toronto Canada!

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  1. JanPrimus RE: Little T Apr 29, 2010 06:49 PM

    If I were he, I would head towards Ann Arbor.

    Zingerman's would be the destination.

    I would need to know more about you for the selection.

    If you you are a Omnivore....

    A Selection of Charcuterie, Cheese and Bread.....

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    1. re: JanPrimus
      coney with everything RE: JanPrimus Apr 30, 2010 04:48 AM

      Coney dogs and chili--National Coney Island brand available at many groceries.

      Local beer (not sure about customs, here), or Grand Traverse Vodka

      Stuff from Trader Joes as I know they aren't in TO, there is another thread from a Torontonian asking what s/he should get there while visiting Detroit

      Twice baked rye, even the New Yorkers admit Detroit has the best, and mabye a Sy Ginsberg corned beef.

      Achatz pie

      Garden Fresh salsa and chips, available at most grocers

      I don't know if you get Mexican Coke there, if you're a fan it is fairly widely available here (Costco sells by the case)

      Olgas frozen spinach pie

      Faygo red pop and Vernors

      New Yorker Bar
      645 N James Lovell St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

      1. re: coney with everything
        boagman RE: coney with everything Apr 30, 2010 05:25 PM

        As well as Faygo's signature Rock 'n' Rye, Coney...you should know better. ;) Good suggestions, BTW!

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          coney with everything RE: boagman May 3, 2010 05:05 AM

          Well, I'm a bigger fan of Redpop but Rock 'n' Rye is good too!

          And I should have said to get it in glass bottles as they are sugar-sweetened and taste better IMO

    2. The Chowhound Team RE: Little T Apr 29, 2010 09:47 PM

      We've had to remove a number of off-topic replies from this thread. We'd ask that people keep the conversation focused on food related recommendations or we'll be forced to lock or remove the thread.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team
        tokyo RE: The Chowhound Team Apr 30, 2010 12:22 PM

        Agreed, would definitely need to know more about your tastes, Little T... Can you narrow it down (i.e. things that are plentiful in Toronto, or things you may have an aversion to) ?
        Until then, off the top of my head...
        smoked whitefish spreads
        Mid-eastern pastries from a local bakery
        Vernors Ginger Ale
        Sanders Hot Fudge
        Better Made chips
        I would skip the Garden Fresh salsa & chips since they wouldn't travel well and I've had better.

        1. re: tokyo
          tokyo RE: tokyo Apr 30, 2010 12:27 PM

          Also, see this thread for inspiration...

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        Fibber McGee RE: Little T Apr 30, 2010 07:21 AM

        Since Better Made is now selling those dark chips, a bag or few of those could be good.
        Sanders hot fudge.

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        1. re: Fibber McGee
          SonyBob RE: Fibber McGee Apr 30, 2010 08:15 PM

          Picked up some at Holiday Market in Canton today. They're addictive!

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            Rheta RE: SonyBob May 1, 2010 09:30 AM

            Those chips are so addicting!

        2. rainsux RE: Little T Apr 30, 2010 03:19 PM

          Mucky Duck (mustard)

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          1. re: rainsux
            vtombrown RE: rainsux Apr 30, 2010 09:03 PM

            I'm not sure what Little T's gig is-- this person has about 15 posts with the theme, "I have a friend at XXXXXX, what should he bring back for me?" (nice friend??) But, I will give Little T a salute for being a prolific Toronto board contributor.
            Anyway, while, to my curiousity, JanPrimus is a Royal Oak McClure's Pickle fan (maybe it's because their Spicy is nuclear, or is it the big floating cloves of crispy garlic?), I'm a proud fan of Detroit's Topor's natural barrel fermented (murky) dill pickles. Lactic acid spanks acetic acid right down the block; so says your tastebuds and GI tract! There are only a few metros that have pickles in the league of Topor's. Sure, New York and the SF Bay Area are two, but there may not be so many others. Maybe not even Toronto. So, pick up a jar at Meijer's or at countless other local places.

            1. re: vtombrown
              JanPrimus RE: vtombrown May 1, 2010 06:34 AM

              My love for McClure's started actually with the Dill, I do not mind the spicy at all!

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                JanPrimus RE: JanPrimus May 1, 2010 08:47 AM

                Just heard about www.mandingopickles.com out of Owosso. I am gonna hunt some down next week and try them out.

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                  vtombrown RE: JanPrimus May 1, 2010 06:47 PM

                  For petesakes, JP, the very first thing on the mandingo pickle website is cleavage.

                  1. re: vtombrown
                    JanPrimus RE: vtombrown May 1, 2010 11:39 PM

                    ...and the problem is?

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                      vtombrown RE: JanPrimus May 3, 2010 08:36 PM

                      Please just go ahead and hit the "Report" button on me, now. I'm not even going to spend the effort to type a reply. :-(

                      [ ;-) ]

              2. re: vtombrown
                Rheta RE: vtombrown May 1, 2010 09:29 AM

                I love Topor's new dill pickles! My favorite by far. They remind me of pickles at a kosher deli. As far as McClure's, how can you justify the over $6.00 a jar price tag?

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                  gooddog RE: Rheta May 1, 2010 10:54 AM

                  And quite a bit over $6 at that. I paid $9 the one time I bought them for myself. I agree they're good pickles, but not $9 good.

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                    Rheta RE: gooddog May 2, 2010 09:07 AM

                    McClure's pickles were on sale recently at Busch's for I think $7.69 a bottle. Such a deal!

                  2. re: Rheta
                    Fibber McGee RE: Rheta May 3, 2010 04:42 AM

                    As, yes, Topor's. Any family gathering we have involves not just their pickles but their tomatoes, as well.

              3. tokyo RE: Little T May 3, 2010 06:01 AM

                So, can we just turn this into a pickle post since little t may not be coming back? I'm pretty worked up about pickles now.

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                1. re: tokyo
                  JanPrimus RE: tokyo May 3, 2010 06:08 AM

                  I started a new thread...don't need mom and dad telling us to stay on topic.

                  1. re: JanPrimus
                    tokyo RE: JanPrimus May 3, 2010 10:19 AM

                    Thanks! :)

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                  Little T RE: Little T Jul 25, 2010 09:03 AM

                  Thanks so much for replying! All the pop fudge and chips sound great but unfortunately my friend was on a tight schedule and brought back nothing oh well. In reply to vtombrown's post, i usually bring my friends' goodies from my travels. But they usually have no idea what to bring back from their travels, you chowhounders rock and usually help me out! Also i do try to contribute when i can =)

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                  1. re: Little T
                    JanPrimus RE: Little T Jul 25, 2010 10:27 AM

                    If you send me your address I can send you out a care package. Nothing to much....but a good little sample. janprimus AT gmail D0t C0M.

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