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Bay Area food gifts to bring to Berlin

Suggestions for items from the Bay Area that would travel well as little thank you gifts for friends in Berlin?

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  1. Sourdough bread, your wallet, and 2 hours at KaDeWe:)

      1. If they are wine connoisseurs you can surely get them CA wines that would be next to impossible to buy in berlin (or extremely expensive there).

        For teens, possibly US sports hats and gear (NFL, NBA, MLB) - should check with their folks to see if any of that is trendy there.

        For non-bay area ideas: In my research in the past on this question real maple syrup seems to be a wildly popular request. Apparently if they can get it at all it is super expensive. Oddly enough marshmallows, marshmallow fluff, saltwater taffy and candy corn also seem to be rather uniquely American.

        1. See's candies. Nuts & chews, dark chocolate assortment.

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            1. re: pauliface

              Not the chocolates. See's peanut brittle ist sehr Amerikanische .

            2. A burrito?

              I have hand carried a burrito (carne asada, no sour cream) to Munich in the usual foil wrapper. Once there (really, right away, 12h trip time is about as long as you want to "age" a burrito!) I replaced the foil with plastic wrap for a quick microwave reheating... better than any burrito your friend will find there. For the right person, it could be a winner.

              1. There's a thread on the California board for what to bring from CA to Paris that might have a few more ideas,

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I participated in that thread.

                  Overall easy winner? Dried cherries, from Trader Joes.

                  What I realized after the fact? Almost anything citrus. I make meyer lemon marmalade and sweet orange marmalade, and I take them for granted. But give them to anyone outside of California or Florida? They go wild!

                  Fig jam is also nice : )

                2. I imagine that any gift would be graciously accepted. That said, based on the 10 days I spent in Berlin last summer, they have really really great and unusual chocolates at the supermarket. I don't think See's -- or any of our chocolae brands -- would fill a missing gap. Bread in Berlin is a work of art. Oh, the memory of that aroma, and of those amazing loaves. They get fresh nuts from Turkey, especially to supply the large population of Turks living there. Wine is a nice idea, but how do you pack it so it survives the trip in a suitcase, since you can't bring as carry-on items?

                  FWIW - My friends in Berlin were thrilled with tee shirts with local designs.

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                  1. re: escargot3

                    I own a two bottle padded air thing that I can toss into a larger bag. Two bottles of Ridge's Advanced Tasting Program wines are usually well appreciated, when I can talk about hiking through their vineyards, etc.

                    1. re: escargot3

                      I put each bottle in it's own 2.5 gallon Hefty slider jumbo plastic bag and push the air out.


                      Then I wrap it with a towel and a little tape or a good deal of bubble wrap making sure the neck in particular is protected. Then stuff one or two bottles each individually wrapped like this into a padded medium sized backpack to keep it from moving (The cheesy backpacks given out at tech conferences are good for this purpose). Then I pack the backpack inside the suitcase.

                      Obviously it takes some space. But this is a way you can do it if you don't have professional packing containers.

                    2. June Taylor jam or candied citrus

                      Tom's Best Ever Granola

                      dried persimmon/other dried CA fruit/almonds/pistachios from a farmer's market vendor

                      CA honey from a farmer's market vendor