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Food souvenirs?

umieesa Oct 30, 2012 06:56 AM

Hi all,

We will be travelling to Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah on an upcoming trip, and I love bringing back food related souvenirs (i.e., The Chicago Mix at Garrett Popcorn is a fave of mine). Is there anything in the south that would make a great souvenir and is hard to come by in the Northeast?


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  1. jboeke RE: umieesa Oct 30, 2012 11:21 AM

    Boiled peanuts (I hate them, but they're very local and unique)

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      bobstripower RE: jboeke Oct 30, 2012 11:32 AM

      Agree boiled oeanuts. Also sweet potatoes pie cheese grits. Fried okra

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        umieesa RE: bobstripower Oct 30, 2012 11:45 AM

        any place in particular you recommend?

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          carolinadawg RE: bobstripower Oct 31, 2012 05:01 AM

          I don't think cheese grits and fried okra are going to travel very well.

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        GAfoodfan RE: umieesa Oct 31, 2012 01:09 PM

        Carolina Plantation rice. They also make rice flour and stone-ground grits.

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          Chowbird RE: GAfoodfan Oct 31, 2012 01:16 PM

          Pecans, or baked goods with lots of them.
          Boiled peanuts *are* available canned; sometimes you can also find things that will freak some Northerners out, like brains canned in milk gravy and pickled pig lips.
          (No, I won't eat any of these *except* pecans!).

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            umieesa RE: Chowbird Oct 31, 2012 01:19 PM

            Umm...I think you just freaked this Northerner out!?! LOL

            I think I'll stick with the peanuts and pecans ;)


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            umieesa RE: GAfoodfan Oct 31, 2012 01:33 PM

            Thanks! This looks awesome, would love to even tour the place if they offer that!

          3. jboeke RE: umieesa Nov 1, 2012 08:47 AM

            Found this in searching where to get boiled peanuts:

            Pecans are tastier, but have less novelty (ie. you can get them up North).

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              colouringbook RE: umieesa Nov 5, 2012 02:38 PM

              pralines from river street sweets in savannah.

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                Tara57 RE: umieesa Nov 5, 2012 02:55 PM

                Souvenirs from the World of Coke in Atlanta:


                Vidalia onions

                I always like to buy the local Junior League cookbook as a souvenir.

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                  BuildingMyBento RE: umieesa Nov 5, 2012 02:59 PM

                  What about anything with peaches from Georgia?

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                    umieesa RE: BuildingMyBento Nov 5, 2012 05:05 PM

                    I would love to bring back this stuff, but not sure I can travel back to Toronto with any type of produce. The pralines and peanuts shouldn't be a problem though. I guess if the peaches are "cooked" should be fine, but not sure how well a peach cobbler will travel?!

                  2. jmcarthur8 RE: umieesa Nov 5, 2012 05:33 PM

                    In Charleston, look for Carolina Gold Rice, Anson Mills red peas, several brands of Benne wafers, Cheerwine soda and stone ground grits.
                    In Atlanta you can find Duke's mayonnaise, self rising cornmeal, White Lily self rising flour.
                    In any of these cities, if you look for local farmers markets or CSA stores, you'll be able to pick up some regional foods.

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                      Duncan RE: umieesa Nov 5, 2012 07:39 PM

                      Muscadine preserves from Callaway Gardens, pickled okra (found in grocery stores), Savannah honey, Vidalia onion salad dressinG. FYI Dukes mayonnaise is from Richmond, Va...not Georgia .

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                        jmcarthur8 RE: Duncan Nov 5, 2012 08:01 PM

                        Oh!, I wasn't even thinking about where my list of Southern foods were made, I was just thinking of easy places to find traditional items in the cities the OP requested. Duke's is pretty popular in much of the South, as are some of the other items I mentioned. And not so easy to find outside of the South!

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                          umieesa RE: Duncan Nov 6, 2012 04:04 AM

                          It's funny you mention the muscadine preserves. I just discovered what a Scuppernong was a couple days ago and had it on my list of must tries. Is there anywhere else to get the preserves? Callaway Gardens seems a bit off route for us. Was planning a trip to the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Do you think I can find any there?

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                            Duncan RE: umieesa Nov 17, 2012 04:07 PM

                            Don't think you can find Callaway Garden products at Dekalb farmers mkt...used to be able to get them at the airport...google them or call Callaway Gardens and ask them who carries their products in Atlanta area.

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