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Going to Thailand Looking for Guide

I spent 3 days guided by Theya (private licensed guide) on a press trip and can't recommend her enough-- http://www.izthai.com/
She ordered all our dishes for us everywhere we went and they were all fantastic.

Street Vendor Thai Iced Coffee-- make it back home?

I want to replicate the delicious Thai iced coffee I had from Thai street vendors (I brought home some fresh Thai coffee to use). I assumed it was just coffee, ice and sweet condensed milk but I am finding possible recipes all over the place-- corn, soy, cardamon, almond oil?? Can anyone advise on what is commonly used?

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Ooh grits would be perfect to write about. Might be adding in a weekend in Charleston. Anywhere good to pick up local grits? Is that bbq sauce a supermarket brand?
Mango rum sounds amazing!

I wasn't expecting to get so many fabulous responses here!

Mar 15, 2015
Kikinyc in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Oh yum that sounds good!

Mar 15, 2015
Kikinyc in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Yum your description makes it sound so delicious! I love that idea of unique liquors to make signature cocktails! That's exactly what I mean, using the "souvenir" to remember the experience. What's the liqueur (and resort?).

Mar 15, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I only brought back one mustard from the Maille store on my last trip-- this one! Is the same? I was just writing my Maille draft this morning! I love the idea for that dip. My friend also promised me a special honey mustard from Normandy her husband's grandmother's secret vinagrette recipe!

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I wrote about ubet and included an egg cream recipe!

Love your suggestions, everyone here has such unique ideas. I'm definitely going to try cooking with tea. Ooh Palm Springs-- that could be a fun weekend trip and I love the recipe. Wild rice casserole is new to me too! Thanks!!

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

aww thanks! : )

I love Montreal, hope to head back this year too!

Mar 08, 2015
Kikinyc in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

That's what I've heard. I read the seafood served in some of the private homes turned restaurants is pretty good, I'll do my best to scope it out.

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Really? Thanks for the tip, I never would have associated it with Cuba. Do you know if there is a Cuban dish that incorporate honey?

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Querencia, I hope this isn't being spammy to link, this is my French supermarket post-- I have a photo of dried Thyme there but looking back at it noticed the label was not French-- I'm not sure is this Dutch? And are dried herbs like this a Dutch thing?
http://souvenirfinder.com/2015/01/16/...

Mar 08, 2015
Kikinyc in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I always include honey in my supermarket posts (I have honey from all over the world in my cupboards)-- but hadn't thought about incorporating it into a recipe-- great idea I'll do some googling.

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Ah my family is from Poland! My grandfather used to forage mushrooms in the woods all the time, this would be a wonderful thing to write about. I've eaten a lot of Polish dishes but am not sure I've had bigos, I'll have to ask my mom about it.

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

Karen these are all great ideas!! I've bought dried mushrooms in Italy but didn't realize they had them in Spain too. Intrigued by pepperberry! Thanks!!

Mar 08, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I am super impressed with your list! Saffron-- that's great one, and lots of friends headed there next month. I was just in France recently and included bags of dried Thyme I saw in my post-- but I didn't see jarred herbs, I'll definitely have to look. I've been to London a dozen times in the last couple years and thought I knew their products but you still managed to find two that escaped me (love English Cadbury-- drinking chocolate is new to me!). I also just brought back Belgian coffee (and there is a Dutch shop in CT where I stock up on Dutch coffee).

Haha I carried 13 pounds of groceries back on my last trip (checked in my bag, no meat) and had no problems-- now 30 pounds that's impressive! Thanks for sharing.

Mar 08, 2015
Kikinyc in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I travel all the time and have a network of travel blogger friends to bring me back items so really anywhere. Personally in addition to Thailand I'm heading to Cuba, Miami, Iceland, Macau, NOLA, Norway and probably France this year-- but I'm sure I'll be adding to that.

Regional US and European items seem to be of the most interest to my readers (my Duke's mayo/chicken salad post is really popular). But I'm also just curious in general about what's out there and what people make.

It's not just the food item (I do "what can I buy at foreign supermarket x" posts for that) but the recipe that you make with it. In your example, I love the idea of a regional cornmeal then finding a recipe for a regional dish featuring it. In my experience recommending an ingredient isn't as effective as showing someone how to use it (just ask my mom who still hasn't used the Le puy lentils I brought her back!)

Mar 07, 2015
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Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

For example, in Budapest I bought fresh paprika and back home used it to make delicious goulash. With everything available for import so easily it's hard to find unique things when I travel (I blog too). Going to Thailand next but interested in hearing about any country/region/state's unique (or significantly better/fresher) ingredients I can cook with back home.

Mar 07, 2015
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Coal-fired bread in Hoboken/Jersey City-- are any left?

I didn't realize by asking a question here I was subjecting myself to personal attacks. I thought Chowhound was a safe, friendly place to post without this type of judgmental critique that doesn't address the question I asked.

Mar 03, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Coal-fired bread in Hoboken/Jersey City-- are any left?

I hope so! I lived a block from there several years ago. Time to pay another visit there and to Dom's to find out.

Mar 01, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Coal-fired bread in Hoboken/Jersey City-- are any left?

Oh so sad! Do you know around when the switchover happened?

I'll keep Valente's in mind, but no car. I try not to get bread that often, but I like knowing my favorite places are still there when I want to indulge.

Mar 01, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Memorable last lunch/dinner in London- Quality Dover Sole

I sought out Dover sole on one of my past London trips and had it at St. John's-- it was phenomenal, best I ever had.

Mar 01, 2015
Kikinyc in U.K./Ireland

Coal-fired bread in Hoboken/Jersey City-- are any left?

I just visited Pecoraro in Jersey City-- it looked different from my last visit a few years ago. A new employee worked the counter and didn't seem to know much about the business. He did confirm that no baking was done on the premises (though they do have a coal-fired oven), and that the owner also owned Antique Bakery in Hoboken. He had no idea if they still use coal there.

Next I went to nearby Second Street Bakery-- the owner confirmed they only use coal. While their stuff is delicious, their bread selection is limited. She mentioned how hard it was to get coal these days because the suppliers are few. She didn't know, but had heard that Dom's in Hoboken uses a combination of coal and gas.

I also read that Marie's in Hoboken no longer bakes on the premises.

Anyone have more info on the last of the coal fired bakeries in these towns?

Mar 01, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Brooklyn Blackout Cake-- does anyone make an authentic version?

I've had the cake at Ovenly and did not like it-- it's made with stout and strongly tasted of it. From what I've read, the original does not have beer in it. Two Little Red Hens in Manhattan is the only spot I can find (and it's tasty) but wondering if anyone actually in Brooklyn makes a good one.

Feb 27, 2015
Kikinyc in Outer Boroughs

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

Our driver bailed on us so we ended up walking down Newark from 5 points all the way to Grove and it turned bitterly cold by evening --and we didn't dress warmly enough-- that was the low point lol. I have to go back through my (hundreds!) of photos to really assess the day and figure out what everything was called-- it was all fun to experience, new for me as I haven't yet visited the Philipines. The diversity of offerings was huge and I feel like I need to go back and try more things.

We got to Legal Beans Sunday evening-- they were sold out of most of the sides and the cebu offerings were slim since it was the end of the weekend-- I would return Saturday for lunch. As far as their regular "american" bbq during the week, I've had it a few times before and rate it as so so (I love Eastern Carolina bbq and use that as my standard-- specifically Wilber's in Goldsboro. The cebu was delicious though I would just want to try more options (Andrew Zimmerman did a special on Legal Beans so I'll probably look for it and see what he tried there).

My friend has already written her post but has scheduled it to run a few weeks from now-- she covers lots of nyc foodie things-- http://www.culturalxplorer.com/

I'm actually a travel not food blogger and I cover a very niche topic-- souvenirs. Often these are food souvenirs, and I'll of course review where I'm eating while shopping for take home stuff (in this case the bread and coconut vinegar that I plan to make adobo with). It may be a couple of weeks for me to get it out as I'm working on Belgium and Japan lately:
http://souvenirfinder.com/

Chowhound posters have been awesome in recommending NYC food souvenirs for me to cover (I've done B&W cookies and egg creams so far (u-bet) and have many more to go!)

Feb 23, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

The first photo with the pork on the steam table is from Casa Victoria. I didn't try that pork but I did bring the second item home with me as it was hot out of the oven and looked good (some egg dish can't recall the name). I did try the Cebu style pork at Legal Beans and it was really tasty-- much better than the standard southern style bbq they serve during the week (cebu is a weekend specialty). The chocolate donuts were from Montelone's the Italian bakery-- I'm not a big donut fan but these looked light and airy-- and were absolutely delicious.

Feb 22, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

As promised I am posting a few (ok a lot!) of photos from our day-- we just stuck to Newark Ave and went to Max's, Casa Victoria, Philam grocery, Red Ribbon, Fiesta Grill, Philipine Bread House and Legal Beans (filipino bbq on weekends). And Montelone's an Italian bakery because it was right there. And maybe a margarita because it is National Margarita Day. We sat at Max's to eat and took a lot to go along the way.

Feb 22, 2015
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Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

Haha love it!! It's true I have taken photos of a bunch of bloggers taking photos of their food-- it's actually pretty hilarious.

Feb 21, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

Thanks all, very helpful. Turns out one of my friend is driving so we might try to hit both areas, but we'll start at Newark Ave and see how it goes. I'll report back our findings and I'm sure once once our posts are up we'll have plenty of photos to share. Joon-- our car is full but trust me you don't want to hang out with bloggers-- we can be very annoying with photographing everything! ; )

Feb 21, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

I am meeting up with several blogger friends tomorrow to check out the Filipino restaurants/bakeries/groceries in Jersey City. None of us have been before and I'm a little overwhelmed by the amount of options. We'd like to stop by a few places and share some classic dishes. It looks like several are clustered around Newark but there are others in other parts of JC? We won't have a car so I'm not sure if it's worth hitting multiple locations or not. Does anyone have ideas for a good itinerary to follow?

Feb 21, 2015
Kikinyc in New Jersey

Tips for NYC area food souvenirs (ingredients or products)?

thanks for the tips!

My bad re: New York-- I can't even remember what I said but I actually meant that I wasn't intending to cover them in nyc based posts. An upstate post would be fine.

I don't often do quick perishables, but make exceptions-- my mom likes to visit and bring home a dozen bagels to freeze, for example. With the cookies I'm going to have to investigate how long they'll last for.

My readers also like ideas about inexpensive things to bring back to the office to share with everyone on return (to thank your coworkers for covering for you). A batch of cookies certainly fits.

I bring back quick perishables for myself too-- even if it's just the next morning, enjoying a baked good from Europe the first day home with my coffee is a way of extending the vacation feeling. I wouldn't dream of gifting anyone a quick perishable they hadn't specifically requested.

Also, food items are just one of the many souvenirs I cover on my site- most of the entries are things (like yukatas from Japan, Liberty shirts from London etc). Sometimes the thing itself is less significant than the story behind it-- I like to research things/food items and provide some background about why it represents the area.

Apr 02, 2014
Kikinyc in Manhattan