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cloey Dec 17, 2011 11:44 PM

Our recent college grad son is living in NOLA on a very tight budget. He needs to bring some Christmas presents home for the family. Any suggestions? I've never been but I thought of sending him to Sucre for a few gifts of macaroons. Please advise!

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    lillidalla RE: cloey Dec 18, 2011 06:05 AM

    Sucre's macaroons are heavenly but beware... they're expensive....I believe @ $15. for eight of them. Southern Candymakers have wonderful pralines....also a bit costly. But those two varieties of sweets are one of those "you get what you pay for" kind of deals. If there are cooks in the family for whom he needs gifts, Kitchen Witch on Toulouse St. has a house-made seasoning mix/spice that is great and only $5.00 per shaker jar.

    1. texasredtop RE: cloey Dec 18, 2011 06:52 AM

      Maybe some beignet mix. I've brought those back for coworkers in the past.

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        cloey RE: cloey Dec 18, 2011 07:30 AM

        What great ideas! Thank you so much.

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          midcity RE: cloey Dec 18, 2011 09:16 AM

          I really don't like big-box retailers, but he can buy Cafe du Monde coffee and/or beignet mix for cheap at Wal-Mart. My relatives love the coffee. Winn-Dixie sells them as well.

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            Big Easy RE: cloey Dec 18, 2011 09:24 AM

            Coffee, pecans, Zapp's Potato Chips, Slap-Yo-Mama seasoning, Crystal Hot Sauce--all inexpensive grocery store items that can be hard to find elsewhere.

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              Hungry Celeste RE: cloey Dec 19, 2011 11:22 AM

              Holy moly, we must have very different definitions of "tight budget" if Sucre macaroons make the cut. They're about $1.50/ea. I'd think that hot sauce (Crystal, Louisiana, the green or chipotle varieties of Tabasco) would be an economical gift, as would some of the made-in-LA seasoning blends (Tony's, Slap Ya Mama, Punch Ya Daddy, Uncle Lee Birds) or other grocery items like Steen's cane syrup, local honey, Zapp's Cajun Craw-Tator potato chips, or Zatarain's liquid crab boil.

              Paired the food items with a local cookbook (from a secondhand store like Blue Cypress or McKeowen's or Kitchen Witch), and you'll have something thoughtful that won't break the bank.

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                hazelhurst RE: Hungry Celeste Dec 19, 2011 12:00 PM

                Hey HC! Go look at teh Northerners in New Orleans (BarnNB) a few days ago--they are looking for places from down in your area.

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                  cloey RE: Hungry Celeste Dec 19, 2011 12:55 PM

                  I should have you do his Christmas shopping! What great ideas, thanks so much. I

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