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Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

One more question for you. Any suggestions for specific brands of foods to purchase while I am there? For example, when I was in FL I bought Dukes Mayo, Blue Bell Ice cream in the south, Graeters in Ohio, Zappos chips, etc. I am looking more for packaged goods vs. "this bakery makes great donuts."

I found Cain's is a regional mayo. I will buy some. Anything else not available nationally? Something I can pick up in a local supermarket or convenience store? I won't have a fridge so it can't need refrigeration, but I am not against buying ice cream, to consume in our hotel room, for example.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Howard's Green Piccalilli, Sweet Pepper Relish and Hot Pepper Relish....very Massachusetts and was on our table every Saturday supper for "hot dog night." Nice alternative to overly sweet pickle relish, and yummy on other meats/savories too.

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      1. re: pinehurst

        didn't see it but what about B & M brown bread ??
        oh, and also pickled watermelon rinds .. always for Xmas and thanksgiving - much better than gherkins

      2. Polar seltzer, especially the seasonal flavors.

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        1. re: LeoLioness

          They sell Polar in my Shop Rite, but yes, it's really good!

        2. I don't know when you will be here. If late September/early October, Macoun apples if they aren't grown in NJ. I know I'd never heard of them living on LI and in Buffalo, but that was decades ago. They are like Kramer's "Mackinaw peaches" - ethereally good, but only for a few weeks. While they may be in the supermarket till the end of the year, the crunch and spritely juiciness are fleeting.

          I don't know which packaged foods are limited to this region, sorry.

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          1. re: greygarious

            Based on Jerseygirl111's other thread on this board, she'll be here this coming weekend.

              1. re: Allstonian

                Too bad it's Boston. This weekend is the world's largest free folk festival, with stuffed dough demos, great ethnic food vendors and oh, yes, six stages of musical acts!http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980881
                Actually, you can take the train from Boston to Lowell, where there's a free shuttle from the train terminal to the festival area.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Oh wow that sounds pretty neat! Unfortunately, we only have Saturday and then leaving early Sunday. My niece is taking a summer class at Simmons, which is what prompted the visit.

            1. Tower root beer. Even better: a root beer float with vanilla ice cream.

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              1. Toscanini's ice cream. There are a few other local ice creams worth trying too, but that would be my top choice. Probably burnt caramel.

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                1. re: jajjguy

                  + 1 on Toscanini's - right up there with Jeni's and Graeter's - but try to get to the shop itself in Cambridge - I don't think what is sold in retail shops (like Whole Foods) is made the same way in the same place - it tastes to me as if it has other ingredients / more air incorporated and / or is not stored properly. Toasted coconut is an awesome flavor.

                  1. re: rlh

                    Plus, I think the markets only carry the pint size containers, which is hardly enough for one sitting!

                  2. re: jajjguy

                    Good catch on the ice cream! Despite our four seasons, New Englanders eat more ice cream per capita than the rest of the country, and there are MANY independent ice cream shops/stands.
                    Some, like Toscanini's, have multiple locations, others only one. Though a hike from Boston, Benson's in W. Boxford is a worthy favorite via making IC from local, in-season fruits. It's the perfect way to finish a North Shore clam shack crawl.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      Toscanini's has only one location. They've had other locations at various times over the years, but had some financial troubles a number of years ago and retrenched to the one store on Main St near Central Sq.