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Feb 8, 2012 01:23 PM

ISO: something local made with lavender

So here's the story -- I'll be visiting Seattle in about 2 weeks and I've been invited to a regular monthly dinner party that a group of friends hold where the host chooses a theme. The theme for this dinner is lavender. It's very gracious of them to include me and I've been told I don't need to bring something, but of course, I must!

I figured I'd try to bring something "local" with lavender. I thought maybe someone at one of the greenmarkets has a lavender honey? Other than that, I am drawing a complete blank (also admitting that lavender isn't my favorite thing). The trick is that it will have to be something that I can travel with.

Any ideas or suggestions? Please help!

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  1. There's a vendor at the Union Square market (Lavender by the Bay) who sells sachets & a few bath/body products. Their site doesn't mention the Sunday market by the Museum of National History, but I've seen a vendor there as well. Nothing edible (for humans, anyway) but certainly ok for a hostess gift.

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

    1. What about lavender macarons? Bisous Ciao carries them at times.

      Bisous Ciao
      101 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        That sounds interesting. Do macarons travel well? I wouldn't want to arrive with stale ones.

        Thanks too, boredough. If I can't find something edible, I may go that route.

        1. re: LNG212

          Do macarons travel well? Depends. They're fragile so they should be in your carry-on. Macarons taste best fresh. They last for about three or four days in the fridge. I believe they can be frozen for longer periods of time based on the frozen macarons I see at Trader Joe's and Foods.

          If you need something sturdier, there are some lavender shortbread cookies you can get at Dean and Deluca.

      2. Kee's lavender chocolates

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

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        1. re: thegforceny

          Ooooh, now those sound lovely. Thank you - that might be perfect and just a wonderful thing to bring.

          1. re: LNG212

            Kee's is a great suggestion. I'm not a huge fan of lavender, either, but Kee's lavender truffles don't hit you over the head. They're subtle and enjoyable even for those of us who don't usually like lavender in food. Also, you can pick them up the night before and store at a cool room temp without the quality suffering much and they can stand a little bit of jostling during travel. The only word of warning is that you should call ahead to find out when she's making them. She rotates flavors a lot and I don't think lavender is always in the case.

            Silver Moon Bakery on the UWS also has (or used to have) a lavender cookie that people who like strong lavender flavors would enjoy.

            Silver Moon Bakery
            2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

            1. re: michelleats

              +2 Kee's Lavender chocolates and macarons are delicious. Chocolates are probably a better choice because macarons dry out.

              1. re: Pookipichu

                Thanks re: the macarons. That is exactly what I was worried about.

              2. re: michelleats

                Thanks for the details. Also thanks for noting Silver Moon, which is only a few blocks from me. I do love their croissants but haven't had any of their cookies.

                1. re: LNG212

                  I thought I remembered you mentioning you were on the UWS. :)

                  Re: macarons, for me, the issue with transporting them is not so much that they dry out -- I think they'd be fine for a day or so -- but that they're delicate and easily crushed or crumbled. I have trouble getting them home in one piece, even walking 15 short blocks. Or at least that's my excuse for usually snarfing them at the store right away. It'd be hard to bring them on a plane trip in hand while juggling luggage and have them remain intact.

          2. If you want to go in the other direction from lavender desserts, there are excellent spice blends containing lavender at Boite a Epice on 11th ave. I use the Luberon blend which is excellent. It would certainly be easy to pack in a carry-on and could be used with a variety of entrees.

            La Boite a Epice
            724 11th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: orthorunner

              Oooh, very interesting. Thank you.