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Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 08:56 AM

Hello all,

I'm looking to buy food "souvenirs" for my family, and was wondering what you would all recommend? I will be traveling overseas in a couple weeks (almost 24 hour trip) and would like to bring along anything that I can carry in either checked or carryon baggage. I was thinking a ny cheesecake for sure- though I don't know if I should freeze it with gel packs in a cooler in my checked baggage or carry it with me. I'm looking for sweets (sweet tooth runs in the family) and anything else I couldn't get overseas. Thanks!

  1. Monica Jun 12, 2013 09:21 AM

    where are you from?

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    1. re: Monica
      Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 09:54 AM


    2. k
      kathryn Jun 12, 2013 09:50 AM

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      I'm thinking cookies, certain filled chocolates (Jacques Torres and not Kee's), chocolate confections (malt balls or chocolate covered potato chips or fruit), chocolate bars, candy, candy bars, hot chocolate mix, or brownies will travel better than items like cupcakes, macarons, doughnuts, or croissants.

      I'd also look into maple syrup, maple candy, honey, or local jams/jellies.

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      1. re: kathryn
        Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 09:53 AM

        That's awesome, thanks for replying! I heard maple syrup from Vermont is amazing, so I may look into that as well. Time to check out those links

      2. nokitchen Jun 12, 2013 03:14 PM

        Be careful. Different countries have different rules on what you can bring in legally. Generally speaking, if it's for personal use and it's in a jar or can you're probably OK. But when you start talking about dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables or prepared foods like cheesecakes things can get complicated. I'd suggest checking the travel websites of each country you'll be passing through to be sure you won't run afoul of their regulations.

        That goes double if you want to bring food souvenirs back.

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        1. re: nokitchen
          Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 03:38 PM

          My stopover is in France, so I will check out their regulations regarding that. I won't be taking any dairy products or veggies, so no worries there.

          1. re: Theyoungfoodie
            Elisa515 Jun 12, 2013 03:59 PM

            Just want to point out that cheesecake contains mostly dairy products.

            1. re: Elisa515
              Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 04:53 PM

              I'm pretty sure that airport security in France would allow that since I'm only connecting.

              1. re: Theyoungfoodie
                Elisa515 Jun 12, 2013 06:25 PM

                I have no idea; I was only responding to your assertion that "I won't be taking any dairy products...so no worries there." You indicated in the original question that "I was thinking a ny cheesecake for sure."

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          barberinibee Jun 12, 2013 04:49 PM


          How about Chinese fortune cookies?

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          1. re: barberinibee
            Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 04:55 PM


            I have no idea where to find those. I'd need a place that can ship nationwide.

          2. c oliver Jun 12, 2013 04:59 PM

            Bagels! I always bring them from NYC back to California.

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            1. re: c oliver
              Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 05:29 PM

              I'd love to take bagels, but I'm worried they won't taste great since it's a long trip.

              1. re: Theyoungfoodie
                c oliver Jun 12, 2013 05:32 PM

                Mine have usually been 'up' for about 24 hours by the time I get them home. If you want, you could wrap each one in plastic wrap and then put in a bag. You'd want to toast them but they're still great. I AM the voice of experience on this one :)

                1. re: c oliver
                  Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 07:56 PM

                  I'll take your word on it. I'll give it a try. I will probably freeze them once I'm home so they don't spoil. Which bakery do you recommend? I want the best of the best.

                  1. re: Theyoungfoodie
                    Elisa515 Jun 12, 2013 08:00 PM

                    Ess-a-Bagel, on 1st Avenue around 21st St.

                    You get bagels at a bagel shop, not at a bakery. :)

                    1. re: Elisa515
                      Theyoungfoodie Jun 12, 2013 08:02 PM

                      Thank you!

                    2. re: Theyoungfoodie
                      c oliver Jun 12, 2013 08:03 PM

                      I'll defer to the NYers on that one. We get them from Absolute simply cause it's the closest to our friends' aparment. No, it's not like buying one still warm and eating it walking down the street. But It's something unique.

                  2. re: Theyoungfoodie
                    BuildingMyBento Jun 12, 2013 05:33 PM

                    Then when you get back to Bulgaria, turn 'em into bagel chips and dip them into kyopolou!

                    http://buildingmybento.wordpress.com/ http://collaterallettuce.com/

                2. Ttrockwood Jun 13, 2013 08:30 PM

                  I always buy the nyc street nuts to bring my family- just the original street bag into ziplock after they are no longer warm. I also often buy marini's pretzels at union sq farmers market

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