What to take to west coast foodies from Brooklyn/Manhattan?
I am going to a family wedding on the west coast and need to bring a little something from Brooklyn to represent. I have to bring about 10 individual gifts so it needs to be small and not crazy expensive. People will be traveling home with it so it also can't be perishable. Mast chocolate bars are too expensive. Brooklyn gum is made in Italy. Manhattan special is way too risky in a suitcase (can you imagine?!). Any ideas? Pickles, corned beef and whitefish salad are also out. Doesn't have to be gourmet, per se, just recognizably NYC and delicious. Thanks!
How about some little whole Italian Salamis and hard cheese (like romano, parmesano reggiano) from one of the Italian salumeris like Frank & Sals, Collucci's, etc. They will travel well in your suitcase and not spoil.
Coluccio and Sons
1214 60th St, Brooklyn, NY 11219
Frank & Sal
8008 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214
re: mary shaposhnik
Posting from San Francisco, yes on the U-bet or even better Mallomars. Or great bagels, even if they only make it off the plane.
If you're going to Northern California, skip the Italian meats. We have a long tradition of salami here.
Black and white cookies are always popular, and should keep reasonably well. Oh, and bones of the dead. I loved them at old-fashioned bakeries in college in NY. No shortage of Italian bakeries here, but the last time I saw bones of the dead was at a street fair on Arthur Avenue.
I get requests for items from the Drake's product line. There is some attachment to Brooklyn here because the founder baked his first pound cake [in Brooklyn] in 1888. Drake's products are inexpensive, easy to transport, and for some people irreplaceable.
Drake's --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake's