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looking for local portable non perishable food items to bring to NY as gifts

trolley Nov 28, 2012 08:17 AM

i'm going to NY for the holidays and was looking for local food items i can bring as a holiday gift. something like jam or...i'm all out of ideas. i would be bringing this on the plane so it obviously can't be too fresh. any ideas? thanks!

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  1. Servorg RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 08:59 AM


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      trolley RE: Servorg Nov 28, 2012 12:29 PM

      thanks for the link but i guess i need to be more specific. anything but nuts, See's candy, vitamins, olive oil, vinegar or vitamins.

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        wienermobile RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 12:30 PM

        The Los Angeles original Philippe's hot mustard.

        CC Brown's hot fudge from Lawry's.

        & Littlejohn's English toffee from Farmers Market.

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          Servorg RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 12:33 PM

          Okay. How about http://www.waldoward.com/ ?

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            trolley RE: Servorg Nov 28, 2012 01:16 PM

            servorg!! yes! i just came across waldoward as well via suggestion from a friend.

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            Scotty RE: trolley Nov 30, 2012 10:31 AM

            NO SEE'S CANDY??? (because that's what I'd want!)

            Is Knott's Berry Farm Jam a local item or can it be bought easily in NY? My 2nd pick.

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              trolley RE: Scotty Nov 30, 2012 11:52 AM

              i'll just get you some See's then :) it's no longer a novelty. You can get them at Macy's and other dept stores in NY.

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          JudiAU RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 01:39 PM

          Pastrami? And rye bread? Stop by langers...

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            trolley RE: JudiAU Nov 28, 2012 04:12 PM

            great idea if i were going anywhere else but going to NY and bringing rye bread is like bringing avocado to CA.

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              ns1 RE: trolley Nov 29, 2012 10:59 AM

              Well the rye at Langer's was/is leagues better than the Rye at Katz...

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                trolley RE: ns1 Nov 29, 2012 02:01 PM

                i'm not going to be in the city. i'll be in the burbs north of the city. katz's went downhill a long time ago. langer's can give them a run for their money but the multitude of jewish deli's in westchester (there's one in new rochelle in the wykagyl shopping center) that defines rye and pastrami that there's no contest. and honestly, it is the equivalent of someone from florida bring avocados to CA as a gift. CA avocados are the best.

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                  JudiAU RE: trolley Nov 29, 2012 08:43 PM

                  Which is why it is funny...

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                    Porthos RE: trolley Nov 30, 2012 02:11 PM

                    I kind of like the larger smooth skinned avocados in FL. I find they have a nice sweetness.

                    Maybe you have answered your own query? CA Avocado?

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                      trolley RE: Porthos Nov 30, 2012 07:14 PM

                      now here's an "AHA!" moment if there ever was one! thank you. i'll bring them unripe in my check in!!

            2. Savour RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 03:34 PM

              Little Flower Candy Co. Caramels? Local Honey is always nice - orange blossom honey sort of says "California." You said no olive oil -- what about walnut oil? Or local beer?

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                trolley RE: Savour Nov 28, 2012 04:10 PM

                what a great idea! and so close to me too. i don't want to take anything too liquid-y. my friend had a disaster after packing some oil in her luggage. luckily she wrapped it and insulated it very well and could have been worse. just don't want the risk of possible breakage and carry on is a thing of the past. i also want it light and easily portable.

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                  Servorg RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 04:15 PM

                  Send it ahead if at all possible using UPS or FedEx or?

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                    trolley RE: Servorg Nov 28, 2012 04:17 PM

                    yeah too much work. i need the presents to be easy. i think i'm going with the little flower candy or jam from waldo. easy since i'm in pasadena and easy to carry on the plane.

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                      Savour RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 04:46 PM

                      If you're going to the Little Flower Cafe, they have a lot of fun foodie stuff for sale and a lot of it's local. Also, eat a lavender scone.

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                        latindancer RE: trolley Nov 28, 2012 05:56 PM

                        When I travel I always take the caramels from Little Flower. The recipients go wild for them and end up having me send more to them when I get home.
                        Great choice.

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                  archer RE: trolley Nov 29, 2012 09:53 AM

                  Little John's English Toffee from Farmer's Market, quintessential L.A. and utterly delicious. (and easy to transport)

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                    latindancer RE: archer Nov 29, 2012 08:57 PM

                    I agree. So good.

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                    Burger Boy RE: trolley Nov 29, 2012 07:55 PM

                    Brownies from Sweet for The Soul! The best I have ever had............ http://www.sweetsforthesoul.com/

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                      sparkareno RE: trolley Nov 30, 2012 01:26 PM

                      I would think twice about taking jams or honeys through the TSA. Last year I had a jar of THICK fudge sauce taken away from me. It was the furthest thing from a liquid that you can imagine--a spoon would stand up in it & never move but they took it. Hell, you can't even bring solid deodorant unless it is in your little baggie.

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                        trolley RE: sparkareno Nov 30, 2012 01:33 PM

                        this depends. i just got two unopened 10oz jars of pumpkin butter as carry on. however, i think this was just pure luck. i was planning on wrapping the jars and putting them in my check in luggage. but i'm done thinking about jams and honeys bc i've moved on to candy :)

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                        NYCnowLA RE: trolley Dec 2, 2012 10:31 AM

                        My NYers are requesting i send for the holidays...Little Johns Toffee and fudge. also the dried santa rosa plums from the santa monica/venice farmers market.

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