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Old 10-04-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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What would you bring back?

Gosh, haven't been on here for a while. I'm on deadlines these days at work, so time is limited.

Anyway, we're headed to Italy shortly. It's been 5 years since I've been there. I'm trying to make a list of things to bring back and feel like I'm not thinking of everything.

What would you make space for in your luggage? I know you can get so much from amazon, but this is like free shipping and local prices.

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Old 10-04-2010, 08:25 PM   #2
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An old bottle of aged Balsamic Vinegar and a truffle!
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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Balsamic Vinegar, the same ^
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:35 PM   #4
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Extra virgin olive oil (of course)!, Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, canned whole San Marzano tomatoes, chocolate, Pernigotti cocoa powder...

Here's a thread about the rules of what you can and cannot bring back to the U.S., plus some food suggestions.
What food items can I smuggle back into the U.S.? - Italy - Chowhound




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Old 10-04-2010, 08:45 PM   #5
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What would you make space for in your luggage? I know you can get so much from amazon, but this is like free shipping and local prices.
I'd love a Torta di Ricotta with a side order of Manuela Arcuri ... (GRIN)
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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Prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano, truffles, olives
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:52 PM   #7
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Prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano, truffles, olives
Unfortunately, prosciutto is prohibited, as are all meats.
Think twice before stuffing your suitcase with prosciutto - USATODAY.com
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Unfortunately, prosciutto is prohibited, as are all meats.
Think twice before stuffing your suitcase with prosciutto - USATODAY.com
Good thing you told me, I guess I'll have to eat my fill if I ever get there!
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:41 PM   #9
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I'm thinking you S.O. would like to see an Italian version of the little black dress in your suitcase.

But seriously, you can get olive oil, truffles, and all of the other food items listed by searching for vendors online. Find something unique, that you can't easily find online, or in specialty shops. Maybe there's a spice that can't be had anywhere else, or a technique for making something that you really love. Knowledge is far more precious than are things. Things go away too fast. But if you learn to make some new recipe, or find unique jewelry, something that lasts, you will be able to treasure it for a lifetime.

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