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Old 11-08-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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Smile Food as souvenirs?

(inspired by FXAdam's post about National Spices under General Cooking Questions)

What foods have you or would you bring home after visiting another country, state or city?

I think food is one of the best ways to really bring back memories of an enjoyable stay somewhere. It can also make great gifts to friends and relatives.

I buy local honey wherever I go - got some delicious orange blossom honey in Florida some years ago, and am currently enjoying Czech dandelion honey on my toast.
In India I bought top quality tea to take home.
From Spain I brought home saffron, pimiento, olives, olive oil, lomo and jamon Serrano.
From Switzerland I brought chocolate and would have got some cheese if I had been going straight home.

What about you?

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Old 11-08-2005, 11:36 AM   #2
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Great thread! I can't wait to see what everyone writes. I have not traveled too much, but here is my small list. I brought back jerk seasoning from Jamaica. Rum and coffee from the Dominican Republic. NY I bring back my favorite rye bread and bagels and bialies. PA I brought back apple butter. That is all I can think of off the top of my head.

I moved this to the Today's menu and Food Talk forum.
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:02 PM   #3
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I think now that the vacuum packing is getting more spread, it is more possible to make cheeses a souvenir when they are properly packed. Cheeses would make great souvenirs from Italy, Holland, England, Denmark etc, also Speck, packed with the same method, from alps...
Chocoates also from Switzerland and Belgium, and some particulars from a few places I have been are...

Olives from Spain
Stroop Waffels from Holland
Mozart Balls from Austria
Cadbury's Roses from England
Sospiri (soft candy made of marzapan) from Sardinia

I will come back when I remember more... these are some items just came into my head!
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:36 PM   #4
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Oregano and basil from Greece
Vanilla and or vanilla beans from Mexico
Tea from England ( oh I wish I still had some)

The other thing we bring home
are seed packages. Tomatoes and other veggies from Greece
and flowers from where ever we go. They are so easy to pack and
our gardening friends really like them.
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:43 PM   #5
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I moved continents but I haven't actually travelled around that much in my life. I wish I could go back to Canada and bring a whole grocery store with me! When I came back from my first visit in Ireland/England I brought lots of tea (gave it away as gifts), curds (lemon, etc), English toffees, Irish Guinness flavoured candies (again, gifts) and white chocolate malt balls.
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:46 PM   #6
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i've brought home:
lobsters from maine
chowdah from rhode island and boston
maple syrup and cheddar cheeses from vermont
apples, pumpkins, pears from upstate ny
live blue claw crabs from maryland and florida
mullet and sea trout from florida
tequila and kahlua from mexico
cuban cigars from canada
gosling's black seal rum and ginger beer from bermuda
oregano from jamaica (only kidding, in case customs is reading this)
buffalo meat, shoo fly pies, various artisan breads from the amish country, pennsylvania
cheddar cheese, whiskey, tea and brown bread from ireland
tillamook cheeses and jerkies, and smoked salmon from oregon
fresh frozen and smoked salmon from vancouver
kootenay and black tusk ales from british columbia, canada
river horse ales from southwestern new jersey/pennsylvania
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Stroop Waffels from Holland

Thank you so much urmaniac!!!! I had a friend growing up & her mother is Dutch. Well, to make a long story short, she made these every Christmas & would give my family a huge stack of them. I was trying the other day to remember what they were called! I loved those things & there is a little shop in Georgia that my mom & I usually go to every summer where I can buy them & the syrup. We didn't go this year but last year I came back with 3 pkgs of the waffles & a box of the Dutch chocolate sprinkles for chocolate sandwiches.
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Yeeees I love that stuff, too... dangerously addictive though!! It's been years since I was in Holland, I wish I knew how to reproduce them myself!!
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So do I & yes it is! From what I gathered from my friends mom, they were pretty tricky to make. I just know she made thse really thin waffles, sliced them in half to make them even thinner & put a layer of the syrup between each one. I don't think I'd have the patientce for it either!
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Thanks for reminding me bucky.
We also bring home booze from Mexico.
It's fun buying it there because of the huge
price difference.
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