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May 12, 2010 06:56 AM

Have you had foods flown in to satisfy a craving?

I realize that there is a large mail order food industry in this country. But sometimes, a craving requires a little more work to satisfy. I once had andouille flown in from LA. and chocolate covered macadamia nuts flown in from Hawaii. I now think it would be cool to try real Texas bbq brisket. What about You all?
What foods have you or would you have flown in?

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  1. Had a couple of pizzas delivered from Candela Pizzaria in Trenton, New Jersey to...

    Lubbock, Texas!

    Don't ask the price.

    1. I haven't done it in a while, but I've definitely done it for crawfish (in a cooler on dry ice), dried chiles (no need to do it these days, but in the 80's it was hard to get that stuff by me), and green chile (I'd roast it myself and keep a freezer full to last until the next season).

      My brother-in-law is from the Chicagoland area and he and my sister are big on the Lou Malnati's pizza shipping service. They've been nice enough to give me some gift certificates over the years, so I've enjoyed that as well. I guess I see where he's coming from, satisfying his cravings and all, but personally I don't find them worth the expense.

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      1. re: TongoRad

        There are many exotic dried chiles that are almost impossible to find locally unless you live in a megalopolis, and even then you may be out of luck on some of these peppers. For that reason I've had many chiles delivered by mail.

        Also had Pedro's tamales (from Texas) shipped to me when I was in grad school in Missouri.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          I used to order chiles through a mail-order biz called Old Southwest Trading Company (from Albuquerque)- what was cool about them was that when you ordered something uncommon they would send you a recipe on an index card for how these chiles should be used. I bet I've still got a bunch of those cards somewhere. I really liked those guys, and haven't been able to find Cobans (smoked piquin- very hot and very smoky) since they stopped shipping. Those I would order in a heartbeat.

          Mentally I've just kind of simplified these days- ancho, mulato, guajillo, chipotle, morita, de arbol, piquin and pasilla are all varieties I can get without blinking an eye, and that's all I really need.

          1. re: TongoRad

            I can get most of those locally, too, but for the more obscure stuff such as aji amarillo, dundicut, and pulla (just to name a few), it's mail order time. And my favorite mail order house for peppers is Excellent products, superb service, and they'll frequently throw in freebies such as turmeric or Aleppo pepper.

            1. re: Perilagu Khan

              Aji amarillo! Ahhhh, fond memories of Bolivia; piquins too. Thanks for the tip.

        2. re: TongoRad

          I second those crawfish and add blue crabs (MD) and head-on shrimp LA). Plus Pascal's Manale's (New Orleans, LA) gator sausage and BBQ shrimp.

          If that oil slick kills any crawfish and shrimp there's going to be *heck* to pay! Fitting punishment should have BP sending shrimp and crawdads to us for FREE FOR LIFE!

          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

            Crawfish will more than likely not be affected as the farms are all inland, shrimp and oysters on the other hand....

            Does getting 200 pounds of crawfish shipped up so I could boil them count? Not so much a carving but a planned boil.

            1. re: roro1831

              Of course that counts!

              I need to stop automatically throwing out those Tulane alumni get-together ads and actually go to a boil or something. But crawdads and NYC (or CT!) just seem like oil & water...


              1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                There was a boil in NYC yesterday actually. I had an email about it but was not free to go. Cost was $50 or $60 bucks, all you could eat and drink. That price would have been so worth it for me.

                1. re: roro1831

                  Oh man. There are days when I just have to close my eyes and pretend I'm back in LA. Currently, I'm picturing myself at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Those strawberries! The gator po'boys! The pig roast! Then a boil!

                  Aaaaaaaaaaahhhh! I hate CT!

                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                    Crawdads are really easy to catch in fresh water lakes and streams, even in the beautiful state of Connecticut. Take advantage of what you have around you.
                    Carpe Chow!

              2. re: roro1831

                It definitely counts, roro. My brother lives in Colorado; he's found a bunch of Louisiana ex-pats, and they have crawfish (not crawDADS, stuck in HC!) shipped in every couple of weeks during the spring and hold big crawfish boils. He says a few of the natives shake their heads at them, but the smart ones join in.

                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                    That just gets *stuck* in my *craw*

                    Get thee to one of those Tulane alum crawfish boils, post haste--and get some of that NOLA groove back!

            2. re: TongoRad

              I too have had pizzas flown in from Chicago, along with giardiniera, neon green relish, sport peppers, Italian beef and Sweet Baby Ray's before it was available locally. I've also had pistachios and saffron sent to me from the Middle East along with sardines and chocolate-covered polvorones from the Philippines.

              1. re: TongoRad

                We tried the service from Chicago that sends Lou Malnati's pizza, Edi's cheesecake, and some Chicago dog fixin's - oh, and Carson's ribs.

                For what it cost, we decided we could spend the same in gas and drive the 700 miles to Chicago for the fresh stuff.

              2. I am in Texas and have had the following delivered to my home when cravings hit:

                pizza from Chicago
                bratwurst from Wisconsin
                Lobster from Maine (Even though I can get Maine lobster from markets here)
                Many heirloom beans from California

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                1. re: swamp

                  You rock!

                  I got a wild hair recently and ordered some Oregon Wild Truffles (ecologically responsible harvesters). They started out bland, but ripened until they smelled like heaven and earth colliding. I'm glad I ordered them now, but for a while I wondered what the fuss was all about.

                2. Both of our homes are in fairly large American cities (Boston, Jacksonville) so we can usually get whatever rare regional treat we might want. However, there have been times when I craved beluga or sevruga caviar and had get it flown in from Montana's Yellowstone River. Far superior in taste and ecological impact to the industrially produced and critically overfished Caspian caviars from Iran or Russia. I just wish it were distributed better!

                  Other impossible-to-find items that I've ordered to be shipped are the hams from genuine 'black footed' Pata Negra pigs in Spain, and of course cheeses from anywhere in Europe, particularly the raw milk varieties.

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                  1. re: fwright

                    DiPalo's has a fantastic selection of cheeses and other great things that you can order.


                  2. Recently? Oh, and I live in Texas.

                    Grass fed butter
                    grass fed beef (I can now get it locally)
                    See's Chocolates from California
                    Spices from WorldSpice
                    Perigourd truffles
                    Lobsters from Boston

                    I know there's other stuff, but it's not popping up on the memory screen.