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Sep 22, 2010 09:20 AM

Visiting a friend in France. Any food presents I can bring to stave off homesickness?

Hello. I hope the title of this thread isn't a turn-off. It's kind of an odd situation.
A good friend of mine is moving to northern France (Bethune) for the better part of a year, and she has most graciously invited me and my SO to visit and stay at her place. I am wondering if there is any easily transported foodstuff that might be commonplace in the US, but hard to find out where she is. Something homey and comforting like peanut butter or marshmallows, or maybe a pantry staple like sriracha (or other hot sauce) or canned goods.
Trouble is I don't have any idea what is (or isn't) available out there. I would appreciate any advice regarding what small gesture I can make to show my gratitude.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Ask. It may not be food.

    I have a friend who moved to Italy and after being there about a year and a half, what he really wanted was Zip Loc bags.

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    1. re: Cathy

      fig newtons, macadamia nuts, and crispy m&ms are my most requested foodstuffs for my thin french friends!

    2. A big (warehouse store type) bag of chocolate chips is always requested by a French friend there (who lived in the States for a couple of years) who likes to bake.