Favorite Italian supermarket finds?

Sep 7th, 2005, 03:21 PM
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Vanilla or maybe malted milk (?)...either way it sounds like something my son might like! We will be in Italy at the end of this month. Does anyone know the names of the dept. store and department stores I should go to? Thanks!
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Sep 7th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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I went in every grocery store I passed in Venice and Florence in early August. I could find the Tesori D'Orient products, but no zenzero. All my friends at home were waiting for their "fix"; I have addicted them all by doling out little bottles of the great smelling stuff. I never found any to my great regret.
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Sep 7th, 2005, 05:46 PM
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Although not Italy but continuing with the discussion of supermarkets in Europe generally, I would add Choco Miel in Belgium. It is chocolate flavored honey and is our most recent supermarket "find."
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Sep 8th, 2005, 07:11 AM
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I have made loads of lists taken from the various Italian subjects, most lately this one.Thanks to everyone for all the great ideas.
I am off to Rome and Tuscany the first of October.It looks as though I really need to take an extra (empty!) case with me - if only one could.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:40 PM
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Jamiec - for the boullion cubes you can get them at pretty much any large supermarket such as S-Esselunga and COOP or at smaller alimentari (neighborhood grocers) Have a yummy trip!
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Sep 9th, 2005, 12:29 AM
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My husband must have bought 20 tubes of shave cream (looks like toothpaste tubes) as well as 20 packs of Lavatzza coffee before we left Italy. I bought about 10 bottles of the Auchan brand body wash, cream and almond is my favorite, cheap too!
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Sep 9th, 2005, 10:39 AM
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Thanks for the info...Keep the ideas comin' I'm counting the days 'till we leave...17 to be exact...
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Sep 12th, 2005, 02:12 AM
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Oh, one more... Pocket Coffee candy. I think their horrible but my hubby loves them. You can't get them in the summer though.
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Sep 12th, 2005, 06:22 AM
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My son ADORES these teeny, tiny little yoghurts that come in flourescent tubs. The only yoghurt he will eat (errr apart from from the frozen varieties). I love the pasta selection and enjoy frozen foods that we don't get elsewhere
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Sep 12th, 2005, 06:51 AM
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Tubes of double concentrated tomato paste at about 1/4 of the price in the US
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Sep 12th, 2005, 08:02 AM
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Supermarkets! One of the guilty highlights of any trip but especially Italy: Marvis toothpaste, the original green one; regional extra virgin olive oils (I swear the one from the Cinque Terre tastes like the earth and the sea); blocks of coffee; I always look for a bargain on 1995 or 1997 couple of bottles of Brunello; Giant bag of porcini mushrooms for risotto - now Im on a quest for those boullion cubes; bags of that dried pepper, parsley, garlic mix - fantastic on toast with olive oil and last but not least Kindereggs (I'm 43 but still get a kick out of the prize you get inside!) and for some strange reason we always buy pesto, which makes me feel queasy just to think about it.

Oh by the way, when we were in Venice last year the hotel left us treats every evening of soft, dense, sticky, utterly delicious almond cookies that I still dream of? Has anybody seen them to buy? They were basically made of almond paste, eggs, honey, a little flour and dusted with sugar ...
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Sep 12th, 2005, 10:40 AM
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AnnieP - What are kindereggs? I assume they are a kids treat - chocolate maybe? Perfect! Also, the dried pepper, parsely, garlic mix ??? What is that, some sort of spice mix in a bag? Or is it a paste? THe Marvis ttothpaste has been mentioned so I guess I'll have to try it! Thanks!! And anyone who know about those almond cookies, please let me know the name!
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Sep 12th, 2005, 10:46 AM
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Kinderreggs are the best! My german friend introduced them to me. When I went to Europe I bought them everytime I bought something else. They are chocolate eggs that crack open and have a toy (surprise) inside. They can be found in the US at foreign (my experience polish/russian) grocery stores. They bring out the kid in you.
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Sep 12th, 2005, 10:51 AM
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> kindereggs?
Kinder Surprise, Kinser Überrschung. Some of the toys inside still make a lot of money a collectors exhibitions.
>20 tubes of shave cream
Isn't that stuff sold in the US? It's as common as toothpaste here in Germany.
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Sep 12th, 2005, 10:58 AM
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They're amaretti biscuits. Also one of the best deli in Rome that love going back to whenever I'm there is Castroni on Via Cola di Renzo. Superb selection of food stuffs. Also next door to it is the not too bad Franchi - though slightly more expensive.
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Sep 12th, 2005, 11:01 AM
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Italian dry cat food!

It was made by Purina, believe it or not, but the flavors were cool...it was one of those "trios" and it included a nugget that was Parmigiano flavored.

My cat went nuts for it! Even cats have it better in Italy....
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Sep 12th, 2005, 11:05 AM
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Ya know, I love my cat, but not enough to waste valuable luggage space on cat food!!! HA HA HA!
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Sep 12th, 2005, 12:07 PM
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numrad are those cookies you are talking very very soft? these were very heavy and round, some of them were green, some just regular cookie color, some had a nut pressed into them and some a piece of dried fruit. Im sure they are about 1,000 calories each but its worth it.

Jamiec: you HAVE to try Kindereggs, they are so fun. I have to admit though the prize used to be a lot better when I was a kid. Its usually a little toy that you get to snap together. Have fun!
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Sep 12th, 2005, 04:10 PM
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Jamiec. Sorry the dried pepper mix. Its dried loose flakes of garlic, red pepper flakes and parsley mixed together, you can get it everywhere, in the airports etc. I dont know what its called because the brand I have is called "Pulcino" from Montepulciano. Its really a great thing to have, a super secret ingredient to throw a spoon of it in your pasta sauce at home, really gives it a kick. Sprinkled on Italian toast with olive oil, you could find dozens of uses for it. I have my whole family addicted. My mom brought back 6 bags of it last time she was in Italy. Its a great thing to buy as it lasts forever though. I am sure you can buy it in the U.S. but its not as special, is it!
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Sep 13th, 2005, 10:46 AM
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AnnieP - Thanks for the info - it has garlic so i'm buyin' it! ...
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