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Jun 21, 2013 08:26 AM

Yummy east coast foods you can't get in LA area

HI All, my son is travelling to the long beach area at the end of the month. So looking forward to the mexican food trucks and trying lots of good west coast food. I would like to pack him off with some East coast tasties that he can give to his host family to try. Any suggestions of treats that travel well but are not available on the west coast? We are sending a jar of local honey, so far that's all that is on the list.

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  1. Yuengling beer
    Drake's coffee cake
    Cronut (if you live in NY)

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

      Good luck finding a Drake's coffee cake these days. Or a Drake's anything. (If you do, bring me one too.)

      1. re: lad1818

        They used to sell them on the Staten Island ferry. Are they really that hard to find now?

    2. Where are you located on the East Coast?

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        1. re: momoftwo

          You won't find any scrod out here.

          1. re: momoftwo

            From Boston, get some almond biscotti from Modern Pastry in the North End. While biscotti can be found in LA, I haven't found any better, even in NYC. Maybe get some torrone while you're at it. I'm not sure if I've found the variety of torrone anywhere else that's available at Modern.

        2. Is Marshmallow Fluff available in LA? Vermont maple syrup. New England style clam chowder.

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          1. re: pinehurst

            You can get all of these things in LA, pretty easily. Clam Chowder probably doesn't travel too well.

            Coffee Milk. Dr. Brown's Soda. Wild Blueberries. Italian pastries are also hard to find here.

            1. re: Savour

              I've seen wild blueberries in the frozen case at my Von's.....

                1. re: Savour

                  You can get Autocrat Syrup at the Cheese Store of Silverlake But you will pay $$$$$$ for it.

                  1. re: Savour

                    Dr. Brown's is widely available at most decent delis. Brent's even has it in large format. Some of the more upscale Supermarkets, such as Gelson's, are likely to carry it as well.

                    1. re: Savour

                      I've seen dr browns around LA

                      1. re: ns1

                        followup: available @ cost plus world market, 1.49 each.

                    2. re: pinehurst

                      No fluff out here, it's Kraft marshmallow creme......

                      1. re: pinehurst

                        You can get Fluff at World market Cost Plus.

                      2. Halal Chicken n rice. Overrated as hell but strangely addictive and can't be found in la.

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                        1. re: ns1

                          You wonder why nobody has opened up a stand already. I would travel for that.

                          1. re: ns1

                            zam zam's "chicken n rice" is basically superior to any Halal cart in Manhattan.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Do tell. I got the combo biryani plate at zam zam for the first time a few days ago and I was pretty overwhelmed by virtually everything about it.

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  The white sauce makes it better.

                                  It's also cheaper (if memory serves), which is pretty amazing considering you're in Midtown.

                                  (by the way, I"m just talking about the guys on 53/6, not the mushroom imitators strewn throughout Midtown W)

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    The Halal guys on 53rd/6th are pretty good, but definitely not the best. There are several places strewn around midtown and around the boroughs that do a good or better version. You should try out a few to see which ones you might like.

                                    1. re: E Eto

                                      One can only take so much of that stuff in one visit.

                                      And I'm not sure it's really good enough to travel out of Midtown for a chicken plate, much less to the Outer Boroughs.

                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                      > The white sauce makes it better.

                                      Whose white sauce, Zam Zam or the 53/6 Halal cart? Sounds like you're talking about Zam Zam, since you don't like it (and the white sauce makes it better)

                                      But then you say:

                                      >> It's also cheaper (if memory serves), which is pretty amazing considering you're in Midtown.

                                      Now you're talking about the 53/6 cart. Totally confused.

                                      Mr Taster

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          I see. So, the reason you believe the NYC halal carts are better than Zam Zam is because of their white sauce and the cheaper price. Got it.

                                          Mr Taster

                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                    it is, it really is. even better when you're being swarmed by folks, just coming out of the noon prayer, eyeing your precious table. a side of dirty street slush shower while waiting in the freezing cold not included.

                                    1. re: TonyC

                                      I'm an atheist, maybe that's why.

                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                      I just got back from New York and I was thinking about this post when I tried the famous halal cart's food.

                                      Zam Zam's biryani and the 53/6 cart's chicken/lamb and rice plates are very different beasts. Both are great meals.

                                      That said, Ipsy's take on this shocks the conscience. Rest assured, he's in the minority.

                                      BTW the white sauce, at least to my taste buds, is miracle whip. Can't really tell if there's anything else in it.

                                      1. re: BrewNChow

                                        The white sauce is a simple concoction of mayo, yogurt, sugar, salt, and vinegar (I think that's it, I've made it before). Close but certainly not just plain MW.

                                  3. re: ns1

                                    New Jersey has really good biryani.

                                  4. White Castle
                                    Corona lemon ice king
                                    Semolina rolls
                                    Snapple Orangeade
                                    Greek food in Astoria
                                    Good old school Italian red sauce type joints with red/white tablecloths

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                                    1. re: js76wisco

                                      We have White Castle in the freezer case here.....