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

Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 07:42 PM

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. perk RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 07:59 PM

    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. ipsedixit RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 07:59 PM

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

      Happy Holidays!


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        Amnesty96 RE: ipsedixit Dec 20, 2013 07:44 PM

        This is a GREAT link, thanks so much!!

      2. wienermobile RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 08:33 PM

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

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          ns1 RE: wienermobile Dec 20, 2013 10:06 AM

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

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            ns1 RE: ns1 Dec 20, 2013 10:55 AM

            Individual pic

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              jessejames RE: ns1 Dec 20, 2013 11:04 AM

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

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              Amnesty96 RE: wienermobile Dec 20, 2013 07:44 PM

              This is probably my number one choice. Thanks!

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              cur100111 RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 08:43 PM


              Little Flower's Caramels
              Their sea salt caramels are very popular

              Brassica and Brine
              Really good sauerkraut
              They're at the Atwater Farmer's market on Sunday

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                Tyus4pt8 RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 08:53 PM

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

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                  ipsedixit RE: Tyus4pt8 Dec 19, 2013 08:57 PM

                  Good to go.


                  But not through a TSA security line.

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                    A5 KOBE RE: ipsedixit Dec 19, 2013 10:38 PM

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

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                      lil mikey RE: ipsedixit Dec 20, 2013 07:43 AM

                      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.

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                        wienermobile RE: lil mikey Dec 20, 2013 08:33 AM

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

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                          jessejames RE: wienermobile Dec 20, 2013 09:38 AM

                          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

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                            Gingerleen RE: wienermobile Dec 20, 2013 04:40 PM

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

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                          c oliver RE: ipsedixit Dec 20, 2013 10:58 AM

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

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                            ipsedixit RE: c oliver Dec 20, 2013 06:35 PM

                            It's more the cooler than the meat.

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                        LilZ RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 10:14 PM

                        One year I got a jar if the ultra hot mustard from Philippes. Amazing gift!

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                          wienermobile RE: LilZ Dec 20, 2013 08:51 PM


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                            carter RE: Porthos Dec 20, 2013 09:57 AM

                            Tamales indeed!
                            See nearby post for details.

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                            set0312 RE: Amnesty96 Dec 19, 2013 11:22 PM

                            Sqirl is a must.

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                              Feed_me RE: Amnesty96 Dec 20, 2013 12:57 AM

                              I might be way off base, but since it's a Japanese New Year's party you might try getting manju from Sakura-ya on Western in Gardena. I worked with a guy who told me when he took manju from Sakura-ya to his relatives in Hawaii they went nuts over it. Admittedly that stuff doesn't keep long, but it's the freshest stuff I've found. They also have a pretty cool commemorative shirt right now. The place is only open during the day (closed Tuesday) and you'd have to check the hours around New Year's. A lot of Japanese places close during the time between Christmas and New Year's.

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                                Ernie RE: Amnesty96 Dec 20, 2013 08:22 AM

                                Mochi from Fugetsu-Do. Very old school LA Japanese


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                                  ilysla RE: Ernie Dec 20, 2013 03:14 PM

                                  +1. But, if possible, get them the same day you board the plane. They're fantastically pillow-y soft the first day (and maybe part of the 2nd). They're still good on days 3 and 4, but not nearly as good as the first day....

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                                    Feed_me RE: ilysla Dec 20, 2013 03:44 PM

                                    I know Fugetsu-Do is an older business (over 100 years old), but they just have workers who make the manju. Sakura-ya's manju is still made by the two brothers who are past retirement age. They don't have the variety, but there are plenty of varieties there. Also I think their manju is fresher if you taste and compare. Fugetsu-Do is good, but I think Sakura-ya is better in my opinion.

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                                      ilysla RE: Feed_me Dec 21, 2013 09:45 AM

                                      I had to look up "manju" since I refer to all of those types of confection as "mochi." ;)

                                      Is Sakura-ya based in Gardena? There was one brand that I got a Nijiya awhile ago (i.e., > 1 yr ago) that was fantastic, and it *wasn't* the brand that they normally carry. Can't remember what the name of either brand was, though (drat)....

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                                        Feed_me RE: ilysla Dec 21, 2013 09:22 PM

                                        I don't think Sakura-ya sells their stuff in markets. Too small of an operation. Possibles you saw besides Fugetsu-do are Mikawaya, Kinokuni (Jefferson St based place), maybe Chikara which is within walking distance of Sakura-ya in Gardena. They do have their fans too.

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                                  Amnesty96 RE: Amnesty96 Dec 20, 2013 07:42 PM

                                  Hey everyone! Thanks so much for all these great suggestions. I had to look up a couple of these items...not sure what I'll pick yet, but I will let you know what I come up with!

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                                    chewbacca RE: Amnesty96 Feb 10, 2014 02:01 PM

                                    Take some local pistachios...those or any local nuts or exotic citrus is the best.

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                                      kevin RE: chewbacca Feb 10, 2014 02:16 PM

                                      But sicilianos are so much beta.

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                                    susiequeue RE: Amnesty96 Dec 20, 2013 07:59 PM

                                    Sorry but there is NOTHING more L.A. than a jar of Phillipe's hot mustard! You can get an apron or a T-shirt to go with it. I love that stuff.

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                                      latindancer RE: Amnesty96 Dec 21, 2013 08:24 AM

                                      There is no question I'd either bring Little John's, as suggested, or the Sea Salt Caramels from Little Flower Company. They're both very LA.
                                      Both of these travel well, will be well received (and more), as there's nothing like either one of them in Seattle.

                                      1. mrgreenbeenz RE: Amnesty96 Dec 21, 2013 06:02 PM

                                        You could pick up a couple bags of mole paste. I like the Oaxacan market at 8th and Normandie. $6 for a hefty little bag. Negro and Coloradita available - both a cut far above Dona Maria.

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                                          kevin RE: Amnesty96 Feb 10, 2014 02:15 PM

                                          Little John candies.

                                          1. dbchun RE: Amnesty96 Feb 10, 2014 02:55 PM

                                            I'm a sucker for caramels so my recommendations are the best local caramels I've tried, Le Bon Garcon and Crack Caramels.

                                            I've found Le Bon Garcon at "The Language of Flowers" in Santa Monica and Crack Caramels at Heath Ceramics.

                                            Interesting to see little flower co. on the list, perhaps I got an older batch but found the caramels to be more "American" --denser, firmer, rather than the buttery soft "Parisian" style.

                                            1. perk RE: Amnesty96 Feb 10, 2014 03:16 PM

                                              You could also do a local chef's cookbook. There are some nice choices.

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                                                srgx2 RE: Amnesty96 Feb 10, 2014 05:51 PM

                                                Go to the Farm Shop, 26th and San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. They have everything local and CA.

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                                                  Amnesty96 RE: Amnesty96 Feb 10, 2014 10:05 PM

                                                  Hi all. I ended up bringing Little John's Toffee and Carmel-wrapped marshmallows. They were the absolute bomb. My friend said that the next week three women and him sat around discussing the candy. They are all foodies and they had never had such delicious, well made candy before. Kudos to you all! I am going back up and bringing my beau a box of toffee for Valentines Day. I'm sure he's hoping I will!

                                                  Thanks all!

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