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LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?

hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 01:49 PM

Here's a complex one:

I'm going to visit an old friend soon, and I'd love to bring her a gift. She loves dessert/sweets, and I'd love to bring her some sort of LA-specific, locally-made gift... but, it'll have to travel well.

I'm going to be on a plane for almost 6 hours, and then I won't see her until a few days after my arrival. I'm thinking all baked goods are off the table due to the days of sitting around (although I think I will have a fridge available). Ideally, this dessert would be purchasable near the Sepulveda Pass (either end).

Does anyone know of any sort of dessert that's locally-made that'll travel well for hours on a plane, and then sit around for days without going bad?

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    bulavinaka Oct 25, 2011 07:12 PM

    My dark horse candidate is J Sweets adjacent to the Mitsuwa in Torrance. They offer premium confections from Japan. Almost all of their products are meant for gifts that do travel well. The reasons I consider them a dark horse in this thread is because the OP specified somewhere near the Sepulveda Pass, which it is not. They aren't made locally, so... Also, I don't know if there's a J Sweets or something similar to it in the islands.

    J Sweets
    21515 Western Ave
    Torrance, CA 90501
    (310) 328-8333

    Platine on Washington in Culver City has excellent cookies and other baked goods, but they are not near the Sepulveda Pass as well...

    Platine Sweets & Savories
    10850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    1. wienermobile Oct 25, 2011 04:27 PM

      The Alligator from Viktor Benes Bakery in most Gelsons markets travels very well. Lots of pecans and butter.

      Viktor Benes Bakery
      13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA

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      1. re: wienermobile
        paprkutr Oct 25, 2011 06:47 PM

        I don't think the alligators are as good as they used to be when you walked into the bakery and got it fresh. Now it comes in plastic in boxes, it's just not the same, it is really soft.

      2. goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2011 04:09 PM

        where does she live? has she ever lived in LA? and does she cook?

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 04:24 PM

          She lives in Honolulu, and we both went to college in Claremont 10 years ago (so, she spent 4 years living there). I'm not sure about how often she cooks.

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            goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2011 04:32 PM

            got it. my initial idea was chocolates from one of LA's excellent chocolatiers...but only if you'll have someplace relatively cool to store them once you get to Honolulu. i also second wienermobile's very wise suggestion for Little John's Toffee.

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          Heidi Oct 25, 2011 03:44 PM

          I recently traveled to France and London with Valerie's chocolates for a several different people - truffles/caramels, toffees and the less expensive bags of treats. I had an ice pack in the suitcase with them just in case. Not only did they travel perfectly, I believe they were/are better than the chocolates I was gifted in return (Maison du Chocolat) and they were quite well received.

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          1. re: Heidi
            Heidi Oct 25, 2011 04:46 PM

            I forgot to mention that I have their chocolates shipped to my office out of convenience all of the time...completely easy and reliable.


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            TracyS Oct 25, 2011 03:39 PM

            I had the same need recently, and brought my friends Santa Monica-based p.o.p. candy co's toffee/butter crunch-type treats. They're tasty and held up pretty well, but started to get a little soft in the humidity of Chicago where I was visiting.

            Not sure if they have a real storefront, but I bought them at Curious Palate in Mar Vista.

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            1. re: TracyS
              hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 04:33 PM

              Their candy looks pretty good... and they'd probably travel well too! This thread is an example of why I love CH.

            2. wienermobile Oct 25, 2011 02:37 PM

              I traveled to San Francisco with Stan's Peanut Butter Chocolate Donuts (Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket). They even packed them especially for the plane trip and they made it in very good shape.

              Stan's Doughnuts
              10948 Weyburn Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

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              1. re: wienermobile
                goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2011 03:42 PM

                that's a great idea, but will they get stale sitting around for a few days?

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                  wienermobile Oct 25, 2011 03:44 PM

                  I don't know because they all disappeared as soon as I delivered them.

                  1. re: wienermobile
                    goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2011 04:08 PM

                    ha! fair enough :) i was just thinking they might not hold up well since the OP won't be seeing the friend until a few days after arrival.

              2. wienermobile Oct 25, 2011 02:33 PM

                Littlejohn's English toffee. It's the best. Only at the Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax.

                Farmers Market
                6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                1. re: wienermobile
                  paprkutr Oct 25, 2011 04:19 PM

                  The best toffee! I always bring it to friends, and they want it

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                    maudies5 Oct 25, 2011 07:12 PM

                    I have brought Littlejohn's English toffee to friends in Italy as well as Israel Did well, even after the long flights.

                  2. re: wienermobile
                    hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 04:27 PM

                    A definite possibility! Thanks!

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                      maudies5 Oct 25, 2011 04:36 PM

                      Littlejohn's is a brilliant idea.!! It travels very well and everyone loves it.

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                      namstermonster Oct 25, 2011 02:31 PM

                      or deluscious cookies?!

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                      1. re: namstermonster
                        hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 04:26 PM

                        Looks possible... I can always do Diddy Riese if I'm lazy (and I won't get into waht people think of those cookies... I read that thread).

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                        namstermonster Oct 25, 2011 02:30 PM

                        hrm...that's kinda tough. how about cake monkey?? if u can freeze them, they should be fine for several days. that's what umami does w/their batches. buying directly from cake monkey would be ideal but there is a minimum order. otherwise, u can pick some up @most umami's (tho much much less of a variety) and will be even less fresh. still, it's an option!! :)

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                        1. re: namstermonster
                          hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 04:24 PM

                          Frozen cakes sounds a little heavy-duty for me... also, I don't think I'll have access to a freezer once I arrive for the first days until I see her. But thanks!

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