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Jul 13, 2010 12:38 PM

what can't you get?

Do you miss anything from your home town in the states or afar? I love Ashey's ice cream from New Haven--I don't even know if they make it anymore, and Pepe's pizza...

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    1. Michigan chili sauce, most especially like the one I grew up on (it was a sweeter version). Coney dogs from Lafayette in Detroit. Ranch-style beans, so easy to find in both Georgia and Maryland (sometimes I go on the internet, just so I can look at a picture of the can, and sigh to myself). Oh, Maryland, the easy availability of crabs and oysters (why did I ever leave the bay? There was a crab truck that used to drive down the route, and all you had to do was flash your headlights, and Mel would pull over to sell you a big bushel of crab right there on the side of the street). Zaxby's chicken sandwiches in Augusta Georgia (I hear it's a bona fide chain now, so it might not be the same).

      Ben and Jerry's Wavy Gravy, and Jello pudding pops. They stopped making them years ago. I try not to think about them too much.

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      1. re: onceadaylily

        Pork roll. All NJ vegetables, especially sweet corn, tomatoes and zucchini - still good, but they just don't taste the same in MA. Aljon's hoagies.

        1. re: pasuga

          Ah man, Taylor Ham ... even the store brand pork roll ... just thinking about it makes my mouth water like one of Pavlov's dogs.

          Wise onion rings, too. *sigh*

          A Sabrett right out of the oily water and a big pie from San Remo's. *double sigh*

      2. Water ice. Soft pretzels. Scrapple is very hard to find. Can you guess where I am from?

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        1. re: absurdnerdbird

          PA? Philly to Berks Co? I miss Wise potato chips and whoopie pies.

          1. re: absurdnerdbird

            I really miss soft pretzels and Rita's water ice. I also miss good hoagies and especially tomato pie.

            1. re: absurdnerdbird

              They opened a few Rita's up here in Dallas and my friend from PA makes the drive from downtown to the burbs for her Water must be good.

            2. Fresh chickpeas
              Fresh almonds

              Several weed type plants that grow wild in the mountains, picked, cleaned and added to dishes.

              Arabian truffles

              Sheeps meat (not impossible but harder to find)

              Heritage turkeys (again not impossible but will try to find it)

              GREAT watermelon

              Good sumac berries

              Sweet limes

              Good juicy minced meat kebobs

              GREAT tanoor flat bread

              Flavourful fruits and veggies..

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                1. re: BamiaWruz

                  Bamia, you are making me very, very hungry. Indeed it is harder to find mutton (as opposed to lamb) in many Western countries. Not impossible here in Montréal, as we are blessed with large Middle Eastern (and Maghrebi) communities, but still, all that stuff fresh is just a dream. Do visit Adonis supermarkets if you should come to Montréal.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    I do have a plan to visit Montreal, and when I do that's where I'll go, thank you so much!! I'll make plans to stock up on things we don't have here.

                    I heard there are a lot of algerian and moroccan/north african communities there.

                    1. re: BamiaWruz

                      Yes, there are many people here from the Maghreb - Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia (communities of Muslim and of Jewish backgrounds/faiths) as well as a large Lebanese community, and smaller communities from other Middle Eastern countries. You are welcome to ask any questions on the Québec board!

                2. Ashley's still exists, I was in the Hamden Plaza store on Sunday////////////////////

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                  1. re: bagelman01

                    Hi, Mister Bagle Man! I know you are the smoked salmon expert, so here is what I can't get anymore since I moved away from NYC: nova smoked salmon trimmings, the nice fatty pieces (better than the expensive slices!) with no salt.

                    Years ago, when i still lived in NYC I used to get it at Zabar's, but then they stopped selling it. I was told that Japanese sushi places were buying it all up. But then I was still able to get it at Russ & Daughters. That's the kind of smoked salmon with no salt taste at all, zero salt.

                    Well, today I was at the big Todai Japanese buffet in Westminster, CA, and next to the prepared sushi they had that good old smoked salmon trimmings and people were eating it up! So then, my question: Do you know where I can I buy that? There's probably some place here in SoCal where I am visiting - but maybe Todai and other Japanese restaurants buy it all up. Any place online that you might know about?

                    1. re: werewolf

                      Try Contacting Supreme Salads

                      They make/package lox bits and spreads for the industry and may have retail packaging, and know where the product can be found in your area.