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Old 10-04-2010, 10:08 PM   #11
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:15 PM   #12
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Unfortunately, prosciutto is prohibited, as are all meats.
Think twice before stuffing your suitcase with prosciutto - USATODAY.com
Geez that was a confusing article ... if you can't bring fresh meat in, why is fresh meat from New Zealand okay? Why is prosciutto proscribed but not kangaroo jerky? (Our stimulus money was evidently not spent on clarifying U.S. customs regulations).

While living overseas, I once brought a water pipe back without realizing that this is considered drug paraphernalia. I made it through customs without any problems ... but a much younger colleague who was on another flight had his water pipe confiscated.

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Old 10-05-2010, 12:51 AM   #13
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I had my BIL bring me back some Parm Reg. and I have to say it was better than any I have had here in the states.I know we import it directly from there but the wedge I got was aged differently and it was great!
More grainy or crystalized.

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Old 10-05-2010, 04:32 AM   #14
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Prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano, truffles, olives
Sadly, truffles even in Italy, will cost you two arms and two legs.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:58 AM   #15
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I have Campy components on my Klein RB. I'll definitely have to get this!
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:59 AM   #16
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Sadly, truffles even in Italy, will cost you two arms and two legs.
Yeah, and it's not something that I'd want to deal with buying. Maybe some nice Truffle oil, though.
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Thanks all for the suggestions. I've already brought back "souvenirs" from past trips, and I'm not into clutter around the house, so I like to bring back consumables. I always bring back a goodly amount of tube pastes (tomato, sundried tomato, garlic, good anchovy, etc.). I'll probably bring home a nice bottle of olive oil and wine. We also love amaretti cookies that we can't find in our stores where we live (and have to get online). I'll bring home some good espresso and they also tend to have some interesting jams that I can't remember now, but had brought back before. Please keep the suggestions coming! I'm sure I'll slap my forehead when I get home and think of something I "shoulda" bought. I have a list of stationery items that I'll be bringing back, too, including some nice leather-bound x-mas gifts for friends and family.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:19 AM   #18
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Vintage Barbarello, fine wine from Tuscany. If I could get away with it I'd get 10 cases shipped back and hide it from my family of guzzlers.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:54 AM   #20
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Sadly, truffles even in Italy, will cost you two arms and two legs.
Shrek has two arms and two legs.... Might be worth it!
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