Gift ideas for European Friends
I recently moved to central Europe and am coming back to Boston for Christmas. I know that there are a dozen or so European friends of mine that I need to bring gifts to when I return from vacation in early January. Some kind of local dessert or delicacy not widely available outside of Boston would be ideal. The problem is that everything I can come up with is either European in origin or won't keep well. Any ideas on things I could buy locally that would still be delicious 2 weeks later?
Taza chocolate bars, whoopie pies or something with peanut butter (though I fear no one will appreciate it) are the best idea I've come up with so far. I'm also worried that the whoopie pies would be stale before consumed. Perhaps others who have traveled abroad have ideas of things they've brought as gifts or things they missed while they were gone. All the things I miss most (BBQ seitan from Clover is top of my list) definitely won't survive a plane ride in a checked suitcase. It's certainly not necessary that it be something sweet.
how about bourbon whiskey? California or NY wine? I like the idea of some local chocolate, perhaps Burdick's?
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Not sure what customs is like heading back into Europe, but some American-made cheese and charcuterie might be appreciated. Formaggio Kitchen could help you out there.
Edit to add: Skimming through "cuisine of new england" over at wikipedia...how about maple syrup?
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When I brought gifts to my Euro friends this summer, I brought Taza chocolates and a whole bunch of dried New Mexican chilis and interesting salsas. While it's not all that hard to find many international ingredients in the bigger cities, somehow the Tex-Mex stuff is hard to find and is very popular. I hear that hot sauce is in high demand. Too bad you can't buy Inner Beauty off the shelf any more- that would be an awesome gift.