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Apr 29, 2010 06:32 PM

Souvenir from Detroit, Michigan?

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

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  1. 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 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

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

        1. re: boagman

          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

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        1. 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.

        2. 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

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

            1. re: SonyBob

              Those chips are so addicting!

            1. re: rainsux

              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

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

                1. re: JanPrimus

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

                  1. re: JanPrimus

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

                      1. re: JanPrimus

                        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

                  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?

                  1. re: Rheta

                    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.

                    1. re: gooddog

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

                    2. re: Rheta

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