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Food shopping for a long flight!

Hello, I'm planning to purchase some stuff to carry on a 14 hour transatlantic flight. It'll take at least a day after this for all these food items to get to their final destination. Also, since meat is not allowed, Katz's Pastrami is not an option. Stuff from Despana and the Italian stores famous for their Pastas among other things is also not going to be to their taste. Taking all this into consideration, I've thought of the following:

1. Levian: Chocolate Walnut and Oatmeal Rasin
2. Laudree: Macaroons. Not sure about the flavors. I was thinking Vanilla, Rose, Pistachio, Lemon, Raspberry, ??
3. Balthazar: Sticky Bun
4. Amy's Bread; Semolina Rasin
5. Dominique Ansel: DKA (though I did think that this was a little too sweet) and Cannelle (which was phenomenal)
6. La Maison Du Chocolat: The fruit and nut bar and maybe give the chocolate macaroon a shot
7. Fox's U-bet egg cream chocolate syrup

I'll add some chocolates (maybe Kees, Jacques Torres) to this.

Anything else that I could add (or should remove)? I would like some Japanese/Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese soups and noodles that they one make without a lot of hassle. Something where you could throw the major flavor providers in a pot/wok and chop and add some veggies and cook everything. Obviously, this will not be great but as long as it's good, I can live with it :) But I'm not sure what brands, etc., if any, are good for this.

Thank you!!

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  1. Everything you mentioned, with the exception of the bread from Amy's are sweets. Unless the airline will be giving them some meals during the flight, I would certainly want something more substantial than just sweets on such a long trip.
    As for the soups, I assume you mean stuff they could cook before they get on the plane. Are you thinking they could bring a container of it withthem and hope the flight attendant will heat it up for
    them in the microwave- if not they'll be left with cold food.
    Cured meats, including pastrami, are actually a good choice - they'll keep on a trip that long. The airlines don't usually have a problem bringing meat on the plane- it's customs in the country you land that might not let you bring it in. But as long as you eat it during the flight, you usually can bring anything you want.
    I've brought everything from sandwiches and wraps to containers of all kids of prepared foods that are good cold, to pate, cheeses, cold Asian noodles.

    1. Are you asking for foods you can bring to people who are on the other end of a 14 hour flight? The title of your post makes it seem like you are looking for food to eat on the airplane, but the body of the post suggests otherwise.

      If its the former, it would probably help people to know where these folks your bringing food to live (though your specific do's and dont's are also helpful it would be useful to give us a sense of what they do or do not have access to)

      1. Ah! I apologize for the confusion. All this is meant for people on the other end of the flight, NOT something to eat on the plane. I wanted to make sure that the fact that it'll be a while (14 hours + an additional day) before the stuff actually reaches them was clear. Any suggestions?

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        1. re: indiefoodie

          The bread and sticky bun will probably be stale after 14 hour flight + 24 more hours in transit.

          Kee's chocolates do not travel well. Some of them are too fragile and they're all irregularly shaped so there is usually a bit of space in the box for them to rattle around. Jacques Torres are better packaged for travel IMO.

          Here is a list of items that I posted in another thread, with the perishable items removed. The babka will probably keep for a little bit, like the black and white cookies, but not for too long.

          - Green's babka (sold at Zabar's and at Russ & Daughters)
          - A jar of pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co., Rick's Picks, or McClure's Pickles - all available at Murray's Cheeses and other stores around town
          - Buttercrunch from Roni-Sue's
          - Salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company
          - A bar or two of chocolates from Mast Brothers - they have a shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
          and are sold at Whole Foods as well as Murray's, I like the olive oil/sea salt ones
          - Handmade candy bars from Liddabit
          - NYC honey from Andrew's Local Honey, which is grown on various rooftop hives throughout the city - available at various Greenmarkets
          - Also at the Greenmarket:
          Oak Grove for grains (and I think they have some interesting flours and pancake mix, as well as corn for popping)
          Catskill Merino for hand-dyed yarn
          3 Corner Field for wool, milk soap, hats, sweaters, sheepskins, etc.
          Jams from Berkshire Berries (he has unusual ones like garlic jam and pepper jam) or Beth's
          Deep Mountain's maple syrups
          Wines from Anthony Road, Buzzard Crest
          Hawthorne Valley Farm for granola
          Some farmers may still have apple butter, and/or kimchi. Check GrowNYC for who'll be at the Union Square Greenmarket on what days. I like Fridays.
          - William J. Greenberg Black and White cookies
          - Some jams from Sarabeth's bakery
          - Hot chocolate mix from Jacques Torres or MarieBelle
          - A pound of coffee beans from Gimme! Coffee, Ninth Street Espresso, Abraco, maybe
          Stumptown which didn't originate in NYC but is very popular in NYC now
          - Breuckelen Distilling Company's gin, Fire Island Beer Company or Brooklyn Brewery beer, or some local NY State or Long Island wines
          - Kings County Distillery bourbon

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          Russ & Daughters
          179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Jacques Torres
          350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Murray's Cheese
          254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          Kee's Chocolates
          80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          Union Square Greenmarket
          Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

          Zabar's
          2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

          Roni-Sue's Chocolates
          120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

          Ninth Street Espresso
          700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

          Sarabeth's Bakery
          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Abraco
          86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          MarieBelle
          484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

          William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
          1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Gimme! Coffee
          228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

          Whole Foods
          95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          Stumptown
          18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

          Liddabit Sweets
          New York, New York, NY 10001

          1. re: indiefoodie

            And agree--it would be helpful to know where you are traveling to.

            A mundane seeming item that's not specifically NY might still be considered hard to acquire at your destination.

            1. re: kathryn

              Thanks Kathryn! This stuff is going to India.

              1. re: indiefoodie

                Interesting. You might want to post on the India boards that you're coming from the USA and ask what food gifts might be good to bring.

                Here's some ideas in some past threads:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788874
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/676592

                1. re: indiefoodie

                  Not to continue to split hairs, but can I ask where in India? Ive had plenty of experience with this (three trips in the last two years to a variety of cities - my in laws are spread all over). I think i can see why you were thinking of baked goods, a smart idea in a country where most home kitchens are not equipped with ovens of any sort, but its been my experience that in bigger cities you can get (almost) anything you want, but outside of megalopolises shopping for anything but local/indian ingredients is a total pain. Depending on the food tastes and location of the recipient, we've had very positive feedback to sweets (god indians love sweets) especially things including peanut butter, which while not specifically NY, does seem to be a distinctly american indulgence.

                  1. re: tex.s.toast

                    New Delhi. Even though you can pretty much get anything you want here, the quality is not the same or even in the same league in my opinion, esp., as you said, in the case of baked goods. I think I've taken so much peanut butter (and things containing peanut butter) over the years, that they've grown tired of it :)

            2. becareful with macarons....i once brought Laduree macarons from Paris to NYC....ended up eating dry broken crumbs...not so worth all the hassle i thought.

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              1. re: Monica

                Yes -- macarons do not travel well at all.

              2. Having just returned from a trip, I will only add that you are only allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage by guideline. If you are female, that includes your handbag. On my return trip, passengers were denied bringing aboard the paper bag meals intended to eat during the flight( purchased within the terminal )....as they were considered a third bag. Passengers had to squeeze the meals into their luggage or handbags to bring them aboard. Seems silly, but that's the rule if the gate person decides to enforce.

                1. Your East Asian request is kind of difficult. The "major flavor providers" tend to be (heavy) liquids and pastes that come in jars and cans, along with bulky and somewhat fragile packages of noodles, etc.. Will you be there long to drag along a separate box of cooking staples? Or maybe there a few specific dishes you'd like to reproduce while you're there? That could narrow the field of unreplaceable ingredients a bit.

                  Edit: Oh, I just noticed you mentioned carrying these things on the plane. If you really meant as "carry-on" luggage, I don't think you'll be able to manage the East Asian cookery this trip - too many liquids and pastes, even if you have room for everything!

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                  1. re: MikeG

                    Ah! Yeah, then forget the noodles/soup I guess. Thanks!

                    1. re: indiefoodie

                      Can you check some items? Jars/cans of jam, honey, pastes, sauces, wrapped up carefully with bubble wrap and placed in a ziplock bag?

                      1. re: kathryn

                        I think I could do that. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of weight to spare and since liquids can be pretty heavy, can't do a lot of them.

                        1. re: indiefoodie

                          I just noticed where you're going and I'd bet you can find at least Chinese and Japanese staples without too much trouble in New Delhi.

                  2. A nice block of parmigiano reggiano? it would weather that trip just fine and of all the things ive missed on trips to india, cheese is right up there. With the exception of occasionally spotting really high priced (and totally mediocre) approximations of western cheeses, its been my experience that India is a cheese wasteland. I love me some paneer, but can hardly tolerate Amul cheese, and if i had to put a number to it id guess these two make up about 99% of the cheese on the indian market. Get thee to DiPalo's or Murrays.

                    ETA: just re-read your post and saw that you said Italian was not going to be to their tastes. too bad.
                    I really do feel like you can get almost anything in Delhi these days, though the quality may be pretty questionable (I saw, but did not dare try, "American Bagel Bakery" bagels for sale in Khan Market last winter - the oregano flavor on offer was my first clue these were bagels in name only)