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Headed to Nairobi from NYC. Looking for food/drink business gift suggestions...

My husband will be traveling from New York next week for an important meeting in Nairobi and he would like to bring the exec he's meeting a luxury food/drink-type gift. We know he drinks and are considering some great wine, but I'm also looking for out-of-the-box suggestions.
I have no idea what you can/can't get there...
Any suggestions welcome.

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    1. Not sure how appropriate, but unless they know the lux brand, you'll be surprise how much cache dried cranberries (from Costco or Trader Joes) or maple syrup has with folks outside of USA. Granted, this was more food gift for foodie friends abroad.

      1. How about a New York State-produced bourbon? That might be hard to find in Nairobi.


        1. +1 for the comestibles -maple syrup, dried cranberries & bourbon; I would add apple butter to the list, too.
          But I have to say, having lived in East Africa for too long a time, that something more permanent would be a better gift: an elegant tablecloth, a set of glasses, a serving dish or a tray, even a set of knives. Any of those -useful far into the future- would be appropriate as gifts.

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          1. re: Phil Ogelos

            If you're gifting expensive knives, send them ahead to your hotel via DSL or some other shipper. They can't go in carry on luggage and are likely to get stolen from checked luggage. Stunning bar glasses might do the trick.

          2. I would assume the exec has probably travelled as well, and shoot for a "luxury" item - apple butter and maple syrup are more presents for the retired in-laws in Coral Gables.

            A luxury wine or booze is a good call. Depends how much you want to spend, though.

            If I were spending in, say, the $200 neighborhood - I think a great dessert wine, say a vintage Port, would be wonderful. A '77 Port (considered one of the top vintages of the century) by one of the top brands (I'd stick with Fonseca or Taylor-Fladgate) would probably run from $175 to the low $200s, and would be in beautiful drinking condition today - or it could be cellared for another 35 years if he likes...

            Another option in that price range might be a "gift pack" of the Hudson spirits - they're a bit pricey (usually around $45 for a 375ml bottle) - but you could pack up their four main products (Baby Bourbon, Four Grain Bourbon, Rye, and Single Malt) for a nice sampler.

            If were spending in the $100 range, I might go with a spirit, and probably an American one. If he likes Cognac, there are some fine American brandies that rival the best of what France has been putting out of late. Germain-Robain's XO Brandy is a little over $100, and is a work of art - silk, dark, austere, a bit dry. A real brandy to ponder over. Also from Germain-Robin is the Shareholder's Reserve, which is a similar price point but a bit more lush and soft. There are a couple of other good brandies coming out of California as well - Osocalis is another brand with a nice XO. Or you could do two of the Hudson whiskeys, above - keep it local.

            If I were spending $50... I might go with food. Hard to get a real "luxury" spirit or wine at that price. But food is always iffy - you never know someone's likes / dislikes, or if they have any religious aversion to something...

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            1. re: sgordon

              "... apple butter and maple syrup are more presents for the retired in-laws in Coral Gables."

              Hey, I'm still working here!

            2. Petrossian


              Petrossian Boutique
              911 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: peter j

                Absolutely Petrossian is the way to go!

                1. re: peter j

                  You can get caviar anywhere. Even in Nairobi, I'm sure.

                2. Thanks everyone for the suggestions! They are most appreciated. The meeting is with a man who owns a large company and he travels to Europe, etc. for business so I think something uniquely American or something fresh that doesn't often make it to East Africa is the ticket.
                  Anyone think a box of fancy boutique chocolates is a bad idea? Too girly?

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                  1. re: sharonslau

                    Chocolate to East Africa is like coals to Newcastle;
                    if a consumable (& something unavailable in Kenya) is what you want, bourbon is the ticket.

                    1. re: Phil Ogelos

                      Ha! Shows you what I know! Precisely why I posted this!
                      Bourbon it is. Thanks again. We may be moving there. If that's the case I'll be asking people to bring bourbon to me, a Southerner.

                    2. re: sharonslau

                      Uniquely American means Steuben Glass or Nambé Metalwork. Neither is food, nor perishable. I'd go for the Steuben - one of the small animals - maybe an African one.

                      1. re: Jane A.

                        Didn't Steuben go bankrupt recently?

                        Michael Aram makes really nice serving utensils and bowls. I have two distinct pair and always get compliments when I break them out for get togethers. I could be serving a bowl of jello and I'd use them.

                        I used to order chocolate ballotins for my friends' b-days from a place called Richart. I don't recall their location, somewhere on E. 60th I think, but they have a website if the OP wants to check it out. I think this place really started that whole silk screened chocolate trend even though it's kind of overdrawn. I wouldn't complain if someone sent me a box (which no one ever has!) :/

                        How about a box of wines from LI?

                        Better yet, check out Dean & Deluca's (website). They have teas, spices, coffees etc. Distinctly American and distinctly uppity. Also throws off the scents of airport poodle brigade if needed. lol

                        1. re: mushroomaffairs

                          I missed the news about Steuben - very sad.

                    3. How about Martinelli's Apple Cider? The fizzy stuff.

                      1. What about macarons from Laduree.

                        864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021