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Apr 25, 2014 11:14 PM

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: nlgardener

        I saw maple syrup, brownie mix, and salted peanuts in a small-town Albert Heijn within the last 60 days (and I wasn't looking for any of them.)

        1. re: sunshine842

          Yep, maple syrup and brownie mix would be fairly commonplace in European supermarkets.

          I'd appreciate your idea of something regional - that would always be my foody gift.

      2. 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 )

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        1. re: terrier

          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.

          1. re: sunshine842

            Thanks - I have tried the Haagse Markt (as I live in Den Haag,) and was somewhat surprised not to find collard greens. Lots of tayer leaves and madame jeanette peppers, though. I will keep looking.

            1. re: sunshine842

              Lots of kale in the Netherlands, though. I think I've seen collards at Dappermarkt in eastern Amsterdam (very cosmopolitan neighbourhood).

              I'm from Québec, so taking maple syrup is mandatory.

            2. re: terrier

              terrier, where in NL are you? I know a store in Amsterdam that sells masa, refrigerated corn tortillas, and different dried chiles (poblano, ancho, etc)
              also a good liquor store like Overmars (in Amsterdam) shoould have rye whisky - they are famous for their whisky collection

              1. re: Klary

                I'm in Den Haag, but don't mind heading up to Amsterdam for this - would love a pointer to masa and dried chiles.

                (I have found refrigerated corn tortillas and canned chipotles in adobo at Kelly's but that's it. The tortillas were not great but were ok for making enchiladas.)

            3. Ended up bringing some maple syrup. CA zin and macadamia chocs. Well received.

              Thanks all for the suggestions.