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Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

Thanks honu2 but I was flying to India, and not the US. Here beady eyed Customs officials are only looking for designer gear, jewelry, electronics and such big ticket items. I once smuggled an entire Kitchen Aid stand mixer through Mumbai Customs and they lost interest when I explained it was a kitchen appliance. (Must have looked super suspect under the scanner!)
Thanks for the other suggestions. We have Knorr in India too and they make lot of spicy 'Chindian' soups you wouldn't find anywhere else :)

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

Haha. Have you seen the episode of I Love Lucy where she dresses a giant ham up like a baby because she is desperate to bring it along with her? I was quite close to trying that since we were horribly overweight and I had to leave quite a few items behind.

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

Great baking suggestions! Hadn't thought of dried fruits!

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

I find the duty free areas quite expensive compared to going to a good supermarket beforehand. Though on the plus side I guess duty free purchases don't count towards your baggage allowance.

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

So my Italian MIL was a little flummoxed by my request for these and said these were 'supermarket' brands. But I just tried some and they were yummax! Also so convenient as a snack. She also finds it weird I bought stuff at Ikea to take home. (We don't have Ikea in India and some of their kitchen stuff is so economical..)

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

Thanks! What are good Italian chocolates and spices? I bought Baci and some herbs. Wasn't sure what spices they are famous for which we wouldn't have in India.

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

Had not heard of bottarga before. Will try it on my next trip and try to bring some home! I've never cooked with fresh porcini - wouldn't it be difficult to bring them fresh since they would have to be used up fast? Dried ones you can savor for months and months in the freezer (I make icecubes out of the soaking water and use them in risottos or soups later).
Thanks bkeats and ray2!

Aug 01, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

Suitcase Stuffers from Italy?

Most of the threads here on what to bring back from Italy focus on what is legally allowed to be brought into the US. However assuming there were no restrictions, what foods would you bring (keeping in mind they have to survive a 16+ hour flight with connections)?

Are there any meats that would survive? Mortadella? Any cheeses (especially something with a different taste flavor) aside from parmiggiano and pecorino?
Other things I'm thinking of include aged vinegars, capers, sundried tomatoes, porcini, Gentilini, coffee, Marsala wine, limoncello...anything else? I'd be interested in Italian 'baking' ingredients but not sure what they'd be. Good cocoas?

(For the record, we're flying to India where Italian ingredients are rare or prohibitively expensive and Customs hasn't cared much in the past about 'smuggling' in food).

Thanks!

Jul 23, 2013
popquizkid in General Topics

What Cookware to Buy in Italy & Turkey?

I live in India and will be in Italy & Turkey this summer. I would love to bring back some quality cookware from Italy with me like - Lagostina aluminum skillets/stock pots, a Le Creuset dutch oven, a bigger Bialetti moka pot (and possibly even sweet talk my MIL into parting with some of her multiple old school copper pots..heh) I would welcome suggestions on what brands to look out for and suggestions for a good place in Rome to browse cookware/kitchenware.

Same goes for stuff in Turkey - specifically Istanbul, though we'll be there for a shorter period of time.

I'm always a little skeptical about buying stuff abroad since I know a lot of cookware is made in India. (I was surprised to find the replacement bowl for my Kitchen Aid Mixer that I lugged to India from the US was made in India!). Any inputs on why it makes absolutely sense to get something in Italy/Turkey cost-wise would be welcome.

Thanks!

May 09, 2013
popquizkid in Cookware