Gift to bring Dutch foodies?
Does anyone have suggestions on what to bring Dutch foodies as gifts from the US?
I.e difficult to find, too expensive in Europe etc?
Thanks in advance
You don't say where you're from, but something that's a local or regional special is always met with at least interest.
Europe doesn't grow zinfandel grapes, so a good-quality old-vines zin is frequently welcomed.
I always ask people what I can bring them -- sometimes they've found something that they particularly like but is hard to find -- and that you'd have never thought of.
We lived in the Netherlands for several years. Our landlord and his wife would swoon over maple syrup and brownies (I baked the Ghirardelli mix for them). Also, peanuts...specifically Feridies Virginia salted peanuts. Oh, and they adored Triscuits!!
I've taken maple syrup and the Feridies peanuts to hosts in France, as well, and they have been well received.
As a foodie who moved from Seattle to the Netherlands last year, here's what I miss that I have yet to locate:
- good, fresh corn tortillas (or even masa to make my own)
- for that matter, tamales! A couple dozen good frozen tamales (red and green) would hit the spot.
- collard greens and poblano peppers. (These do not exist here at all.)
- filé (as in powdered sassafras leaves - I like to make gumbo. Probably too obscure a gift unless you think they're the type to want to try to make their own.)
- rye whiskey and peychauds bitters (bourbon's plentiful here but I have yet to find rye)
- good American microbrews (e.g. Hopworks IPA, Oskar Blues' G'knight, 321 )
you might try to find an African or Portuguese neighborhood for the collards -- the Portuguese market I frequented in Paris always had beautiful fresh collards. They might have filé, too.
They might also have a variety of peppers -- but you're likely out of luck for poblano!
I always had really good luck finding the quirky things at ethnic markets.
Ended up bringing some maple syrup. CA zin and macadamia chocs. Well received.
Thanks all for the suggestions.