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J and V Mar 21, 2014 05:48 PM

Going to Japan in 2 weeks and wondering about where in Vancouver to buy suitable food related gifts (maple sugar cookies come to mind) for the grandchildren of hosts? Complicating factor is that we're connecting through SEA so cannot buy anything duty free at YVR for security reasons. Guess what I am looking for is a "Canadiana food shop" suitable for children's gifts and something which won't suffer being schlepped around for almost 2 weeks before it is gifted (so chocolates might be a problem). Any ideas much appreciated

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  1. c oliver RE: J and V Mar 21, 2014 05:58 PM

    To my knowledge, the only issue is with liquids over 3oz. I'd think the YVR airport would have plenty of what you're looking for. But at a price.

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      kinnickinnik RE: J and V Mar 21, 2014 08:43 PM

      YVR shops both before and after security will have maple products including maple suger cookies and maple syrup sets of 3 small bottles of 100 ml each - security friendly. We've bough those for fiends' kids that were well received.

      Also I don't know about YVR, but I've bought larger liquids in regional UK airports where I had connecting flights in London (and going through security again due to arriving and departing from different terminals) - they placed it in a secure sealed bag that was not to be opened until I was at my destination.

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        c oliver RE: kinnickinnik Mar 21, 2014 08:46 PM

        Here's the new relaxed rule:

        http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/travel/...

      2. KarenDW RE: J and V Mar 21, 2014 11:24 PM

        Edible Canada shop at Granville Island
        Maple Delights (Hornby Street?)
        The local products aisle/display at Save On Foods and Urban Fare.
        Hills Specialty Foods, factory shop in Port Coquitlam

        As for products
        Smoked salmon in the shelf-stable packs
        Elk or bison jerky
        also, various types of preserves made from indigenous fruits and berries
        granulated maple sugar
        canadian ice wine or craft spirits, in the duty free at SEA

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          Sam Salmon RE: KarenDW Mar 21, 2014 11:30 PM

          I'm pretty sure Maple Delights on Hornby is now the new Fauborg but there's still a MD down on Water St somewhere.

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            KarenDW RE: Sam Salmon Mar 25, 2014 11:20 PM

            oh yes, right! MD on Water Street is the only location.

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            grayelf RE: KarenDW Mar 26, 2014 08:12 AM

            Some London Drugs have displays of maple sugar products (the one at Broadway and Vine for example) which are probably decently priced, though I haven't checked.

            I wouldn't worry about schlepping chocs around for a couple of weeks if they're packed properly. Edible Canada has some nifty ones, both local and cross-Canada.

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            Georgia Strait RE: J and V Mar 27, 2014 07:23 AM

            TBS (the bargain shop) sells Dare brand maple leaf cookies - TBS is owned by New York company - however Dare seems to be Cdn based

            we have blind tasted the trader joe maple cookes vs dare - and it seems same to us

            i notice that the Cdn Girl Guide classic cookies (choc and vanilla) are for sale right now - i saw them at a school the other day

            that might be an interesting gift for someone overseas

            edit to add - i have to laugh at myself here because i read many posts about fancy food - tho i think there are likely many of us who have a sentimental taste for things like GG cookies - many of us have bought and/or sold them.

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              kinnickinnik RE: Georgia Strait Mar 27, 2014 09:18 AM

              And on that note, the GG cookie finder map:
              https://www.girlguides.ca/GGC/Cookies...

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              StarryFork RE: J and V Mar 27, 2014 01:36 PM

              As recommended earlier, Edible Canada is probably a good bet.

              I love to bring people a little jar of maple butter as a Canadiana gift. It's so so so delicious, and it's more unusual/exciting than the usual maple syrup.

              It's not necessarily light, but it's probably no heavier than an equivalent amount of syrup. It also won't get mussed up during travel.

              1. KarenDW RE: J and V Mar 27, 2014 10:28 PM

                Will you be checking any baggage, or just traveling with carry-aboard? Keep in mind that maple butter and similar products may be considered suspect, and not be allowed through security at SEA. :(

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                  c oliver RE: KarenDW Mar 27, 2014 10:29 PM

                  We wrap breakables in underwear :) In checked bags. Never had a problem.

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                    KarenDW RE: c oliver Mar 28, 2014 06:18 PM

                    no problem with checked bags... but I usually travel with only carry-on, so no gels, liquids, peanut butter, syrup, etc.

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                  mendicity RE: J and V Mar 27, 2014 11:51 PM

                  Edible Canada is great for Canadian food gifts in general...we recently made a gift basket of their goodies for a friend who just got their Canadian visa. Not so sure it's great for kids though...I suspect they will want something less highbrow.

                  Butter bakery makes handmade marshmallows that will travel well (packed in tupperware or similar) in a ton of flavours. Their bakery is in Dunbar but they are also at Whole Foods and possibly elsewhere.

                  Chocolate Arts makes chocolates mixed with local products and in local designs. I think they would be fine to travel if packed properly. Rogers Chocolate is another BC favourite and available many places.

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                    KarenDW RE: mendicity Mar 28, 2014 06:20 PM

                    oh yes! Marshmallows. Both Butter Bakery and Pink Spatula focus on using local fruits and flavors :) Maybe someone has maple?
                    And the tupperware, that you use for packing the gift, can be used for bringing home... Japanese treats?

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