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Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

Hi Jen, I've got the US customs site bookmarked as I'm always dealing with these questions! : ) I also ask cheesemongers about storage, if they need refrigeration etc. Most I've brought home just need to be kept cool, wrapped in paper.

May 23, 2015
Kikinyc in Italy

Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

Allende-- cheese heaven is exactly the kind of recommendation I'm looking for. That sounds amazing, thanks for sharing.

May 23, 2015
Kikinyc in Italy

Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

David- great idea re: Slow Food. I'd checked out their website looking for their Ark report on endangered cheeses but couldn't locate it. I'll definitely contact them. Piemonte is not a region I hear much about so I'll defintely look into it. My friend I'm traveling with is equally obsessed with cheese so that could be a great option.

May 23, 2015
Kikinyc in Italy

Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

Jen thank you!

May 23, 2015
Kikinyc in Italy

Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

Thanks so much for the reply. I don't need to go on the same day, as I'll be in Milan for over a week and plan to do several day trips-- or I might even extend my Italy stay and do some more traveling afterwards around the country.

I did have pecorino in mind-- I picked up some outrageously delicious pecorino from a small producer in Pienza, but the version I loved is only made for a short time in the spring (and I'm going in late Sept., so I'll miss the short season).

On my prior visit, my agriturismo near Pienza also had a great olive oil but I'm wondering if there is one a little more noted, an insider's "must-have" kind of thing. I've read some about the Umbrian olive oils in the hill towns that sounded intriguing.

May 21, 2015
Kikinyc in Italy

Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

I blog about souvenirs, and lots of them end up being food. I am heading back to Italy in September and want to visit some off the radar place where they make incredible olive oil or cheese (I am assuming two different places but didn't want to ask a similar questions twice). I am interested in the kind of product that isn't exported because the producer is so small but is so spectacular that it's the kind of thing you'd think about booking a flight for just to refill your supply. Other food souvenir suggestions welcome too. I'd prefer the producers to be within a three hour train ride/drive from Milan but will travel anywhere for an incredible, special product.

May 20, 2015
Kikinyc in Italy

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

Thanks for the tip, I'm definitely going to include them on my blackout tour! The owner says it's based on Ebinger's original.

May 12, 2015
Kikinyc in Outer Boroughs

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

Now that the weather's nice I am back out on the hunt. I went to the UES Two Little Red Hens this weekend and can still confirm the blackout cake is spot on. I'll try Ladybird this weekend, but I'm confused on the former name-- is it affiliated with the UES bakery?

May 11, 2015
Kikinyc in Outer Boroughs

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition! [OLD]

Everyone I know on FB seems to be buying that Thug cookbook. Is it really good or just hype? Incredibly intrigued by the Yucatan cookbook-- I've been all over the peninsula and the food is incredible. I'm hoping to recreate some dishes for my blog so maybe this will be a good referral.

Does anyone have recommendations for hyper regional American cookbooks? I'm seeking recipes that aren't well known outside of their specific locales.

May 05, 2015
Kikinyc in Home Cooking

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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
Kikinyc in General Topics

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