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Nov 28, 2012 08:17 AM

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

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. re: Servorg

      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.

      1. re: trolley

        The Los Angeles original Philippe's hot mustard.

        CC Brown's hot fudge from Lawry's.

        & Littlejohn's English toffee from Farmers Market.

          1. re: Servorg

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

          2. re: trolley

            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.

            1. re: Scotty

              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.

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

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          1. re: JudiAU

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

            1. re: trolley

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

              1. re: ns1

                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.

                  1. re: trolley

                    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?

                    1. re: Porthos

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

            2. 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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              1. re: Savour

                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.

                1. re: trolley

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

                  1. re: Servorg

                    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.

                    1. re: trolley

                      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.

                      1. re: trolley

                        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.

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

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