Souvenir from Detroit, Michigan?
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.
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
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re: The Chowhound Team
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.
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.
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 =)