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Old 11-08-2005, 01:36 PM   #11
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just remember to bring lots of bubble wrap to mexico. i always crack up when you see people retrieve their luggage with a big, wet stain on the side that smells of tequila.
and then they wonder why customs picks them out of the line.
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Old 11-08-2005, 01:48 PM   #12
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we just always carry our tequlia on the plane with us.
You never know when you'll need a drink or two. lol
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:19 PM   #13
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Coffee! Ever since my BIL brought me some Kona from Hawaii, I've been hooked on buying coffee from the places I visit. When we visited Miami, we brought back some incredible Cuban coffee. My hubby and I are coffee lovers so every chance we'd get we'd get us a "cafe con leche"-famous Cuban phrase.

On our last vacation to Santa Fe, we brought back some of their state's vegetable "chile piquin". This pepper is harvested in the early fall. The bright red peppers are strung (chile ristras) and hung out to dry. This pepper has a distinct flavor of the south that I use in almost all my dishes.

We love to travel!
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Old 11-08-2005, 04:25 PM   #14
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Whenever my parents or DH and I make it to the UP of Michigan we always bring home pasties (well, they bring them home for me--I'm the only fan!). When we went to Bermuda, I stocked up on true English Cadbury chocolate and Polo mints since they're impossible to find around here, and I brought coffee home from New Orleans a few years ago. And when we went to San Fran this past winter I brought home a bunch of food including ScharffenBerger chocolate and chocolate covered ginger, a couple flavored olive oils, and of course a nice little supply of wine!
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:07 PM   #15
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Luckily, with the advent of the channel tunnel - a visit to Paris for lunch (from London, when we lived there) was only 3 hours away and therefore not impossible.

I used to buy wonderful French patisserie and breads, cheeses, wines and hams. Put them in a coolbox and they were still fresh by the time we got home!

When I travel to Italy, I always bring back extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany or Liguria, Balsamic vinegars, Parma ham and Parmesan cheese.

Greece, we bring back olives, olive oil and spices from the local markets.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:13 PM   #16
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Mexico - Tequila
Canada - Crown Royal
Aruba - About five extra pounds (Aruban rum isn't worth bringing back to your room, let alone back to the USA)
California - wine
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:24 PM   #17
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Wow! With all these well traveled people here I feel somewhat embarrased by saying the only food item we really ever brought back as a souvenir is rum cake from the Carribean and that rarely ever made it out of the plane. We would usually eat it and pass some to other passengers in flight.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:30 PM   #18
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Come visit me in Virginia and I'll ensure that you go home with a Smithfield ham.
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:12 PM   #19
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I love to food shop when I travel, and have brought home a wide variety of foods and drinks from places in my travels. Even the mundane-seeming -- there is a brand of green beans put out by Publix grocery stores, and when we're visiting family or friends in the south we buy a case (very thin, very green). Wine from Slovenia. Whiskey from Canada. Tequila and coffee liquers from Mexico. And spices from everywhere. Oh, noodles. Tea. Coffee. Anything that strikes me as different from what I can get "at home" (which is, in itself, a different story), I'm likely to pick up and carry home. AFTER I make sure it is legal (no, I'm not talking drugs here, it's mostly sausages that are often illegal coming from Europe, and fruit and vegatables moving in and out of California, Arizona, and Hawaii). Cheese! Oh, I could go on forever!
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:13 PM   #20
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And yes, that Smithfield ham!!!
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