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Food/Shopping to haul back on the plane!

Greetings. I am coming to NYC for a couple days at the end of the week. Been a few years since my last visit. My question for those of you privledged to live in the greatest city on earth (IMO) - if you no longer lived there - what food/items would you haul back with you on the plane? Obviously - they have to be somewhat non-perishable for travel. I'll have my cooler bag and I pack agressively. I haul wine from all over the place in my bag as well as other items.

For instance - when I travel to SF - I always get cheese from Cowgirl Creamery (Mt. Tam for those that care), Chocolate from Recchiuti (Ginger Heart Squares are literally the best chocolate I've ever had and I don't care much for Chocolate). When I hit Philly I get Marinara from Tuluttos.

I already plan to hit Eately as Italy itself is our favorite international destination and the food scene in Denver (where I now live) is a bit lacking.

Thank you in advance for any advice. I'd love to someday form a list like this. When in this city - hit these places to eat and buy these items and haul them because you can only get them here....

Ciao.

Jeff

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  1. Beef Jerky or Zhongzi/Joongs from Chinatown.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Never had it but sounds great. Can you describe it?

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Some of the best Pastrami I've ever had. Do they package this for hauling?

          1. re: jsnyder262

            Unfortunately they don't vac pac anymore but I haul a a big unsliced cold chunk (which they will sell you) every year to Europe. I wrap it in foil., then plastic, then double bag in freezer bags....never had a problem.

        2. A chocolate babka from the place in the Seinfeld episode

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          1. re: redfish62

            Along with that, a marble rye and black & white cookies (ebony & ivory)...

          2. Hard-to-find spices & seasonings from the superb Kalustyan's, one of the best food stores in the city. Filled with all manner of exotic ingredients, super nice help, located in "Little India."

            http://www.kalustyans.com/

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