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May 2, 2013 09:16 AM

HELP! Should I buy foie gras @ EATALY to bring home to California?

I'm a fan of goose foie gras and was wondering if it makes sense to buy it at EATALY when I'm in NYC on a trip... since it's harder to find it in California.

Would I save a lot on shipping/handling as compared to ordering it online?

Thanks for your advice!

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  1. Sorry... should clarify that I'm not interested in TERRINE, but in the pieces of liver (the ones you find in the sealed tin).


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    1. re: Liquid Sky

      I started the other thread about bringing home terrine...

      So I read online that the foie gras liver needs to be regulated temperature. I think taking it home on a flight would have drastic temp changes, unless you insulate it very well with ice and check it in. I guess that depends on if you're already paying for a check-in, how much the ice/packaging costs, etc. vs. shipping costs from online.

      Btw you won't be able to find it in CA since it's banned from being sold :)

      1. In a sealed tin it'll be fine. You'll note canned goods aren't kept refrigerated in any supermarkets. Only raw / shrinkwrapped would temperatures be an issue. Also, anything canned is pre-cooked to a degree, just a side effect of the canning process.

        Also, just so there's no worries, the idea that canned goods can explode during air travel is a myth - cargo cabins are pressurized just like the rest of the plane nowadays.

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        1. re: sgordon

          They took away my sealed pate at the airport in Paris so it's not a given that you can take sealed tins on the plane.

          1. re: bronwen

            bronwen: They probably took your pate because they wanted to eat it themselves... LOL!

            1. re: Liquid Sky

              Yeah, don't trust the French around foie gras...

          2. re: sgordon

            sgordon: Yes, I'm thinking of checking the tins with my luggage so there won't be a chance of them confiscating it and thinking it's a bomb.

            P.S. Do you think EATALY is the best place to purchase it? My beloved FAUCHON closed down in NYC a few years ago, sadly (snif!)

            1. re: Liquid Sky

              For the tins, most places carry the same brand (Roughie) so I'd just say wherever you find it cheapest - though probably most places will be right around the same price. Check Buon Italia in Chelsea Market, I've found some of their foie products cheaper than elsewhere, though I don't buy tinned generally. Also might want to check Ottomanelli & Sons on Bleecker St, they sometimes have good prices.

          3. <Would I save a lot on shipping/handling as compared to ordering it online?>

            I don't know what Eataly charges for foie gras, but in general their prices are SO high I can't imagine you wouldn't do better on line.

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            1. re: ChefJune

              Thanks, ChefJune. I may follow sgordon's advice and check out Ottomanelli's or Buon Italia.