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Looking for "Made in LA" kind of food gifts to bring up to Seattle

Does anyone have great gift ideas? I'm going to a Japanese New Year's party up in the town of Bellingham, Washington. I wanted to come with a present that was very California, maybe even very LA. Some food item would be ideal. A local cookie or fudge or jam company. You get the idea. I know that Seas Candy is actually from right here in Culver City, but that's available everywhere.

Thanks for any ideas...

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  1. Local olive oil. I particularly like Rancho Olivos (they have a website). You could even have it sent to the hosts. My favorite is the lemon flavor....

    1. Look here for inspiration (not all travel well, however).

      Happy Holidays!

      http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        This is a GREAT link, thanks so much!!

      2. Little Johns English Toffee at the Orginal Farmers Market @ 3rd and Fairfax. The best.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          eating some of the toffee rolls right now. a little bit more expensive but my god they are so good

            1. re: ns1

              the maple walnut fudge and rocky road fudge and peanut brittle also supplement our toffee purchases...great shop.

            2. re: wienermobile

              This is probably my number one choice. Thanks!

            3. SQIRL
              http://store.sqirlla.com/

              Little Flower's Caramels
              Their sea salt caramels are very popular
              http://littleflowercandyco.com/produc...

              Brassica and Brine
              Really good sauerkraut
              They're at the Atwater Farmer's market on Sunday
              http://www.brassicaandbrine.com/

              1. Bring some Vallarta carne asada in a cooler. Good to go.

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                1. re: Tyus4pt8

                  Good to go.

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                  But not through a TSA security line.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I have taken In n Out through TSA in a cooler.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I took a whole hog butchery class in San Francisco, and brought back a cooler full of meat through TSA. I got a raised eyebrow from the inspector, but just explained what it was and he let me pass.

                      1. re: lil mikey

                        I've taken a whole pizza's from Zackary's in Oakland.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          i remember before they opened up the pollo compero here in la, flying up from Guatemala with every overhead compartment just fucking jammed with this delicious smelling fried chicken...now you can get it in la

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Me too, I get them par cooked and have had no problem w/TSA.

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          Why would meat be a problem? We travel regularly with all sorts of non-liquid food.

                          1. re: c oliver

                            It's more the cooler than the meat.