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What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

Jul 9th, 2006, 05:30 AM
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What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

When we set off adventuring, many of us stuff the corners of our suitcases with comfort items from home: wash cloths, diet sweeteners, toilet paper, cans of diet Mountain Dew.
But what takes their place on the way home?
When we return from London, we always bring back Yorkshire Gold tea bags. As many as we can fit. The checkout clerks at Sainsbury's must wonder how big a tea party we're planning. Yes, we can order the teabags on line in the United States, but the shipping charges are ridiculous. Last trip we brought back about 400 tea bags, enough to last until we return to London.
So, what is it you can buy in Europe that you can't do without at home?
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Jul 9th, 2006, 05:35 AM
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Hi vc,

Good saffron

Fresh olive oil

Dried cepes or porcini mushrooms

Foie gras

Macarons from Pierre Herme' or Laduree

Pastis - Not Pernod or Ricard

Tylenol and codeine

My Lady Wife stocks up on soaps and emollients




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Jul 9th, 2006, 05:41 AM
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I always bring back a good supply of plain chocolate hobnobs from the UK. And Julius Meinl coffee from Vienna.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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Chocolate, Penhaligon's Violetta perfume (I guess that there is one in Vegas now, so I could get it there now, if they mail out), Yorkshire tea, and good bacon in the UK. I can't take the latter home with me.

And yes, the shipping is riddiculous. For the perfume, they want to add $30 or 30 pounds, I forget, because it is a hazzardous material.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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From Italy olive oil from small companies. Nivea cream as it is different than what we have here in the states. Chocolates. It depends on what I see.

Why would anyone take toilet paper to Europe? Not trying to be picky but I don't understand.

Anyway, happy shopping to everyone taking a trip!!
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Jul 9th, 2006, 07:16 AM
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E45 cream from UK. The best moisturizing cream for dry skin (and I've tried so many brands).
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Jul 9th, 2006, 07:20 AM
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Olive oil from Greece -its the best oil ever for making dressing and roasting potatoes.
Foie Gras from France.
Spices from Grenada - they were the strongest smelling I have ever bought.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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real limoncello !
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Jul 9th, 2006, 09:01 AM
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Incredible blister bandaids and cheap grocery store or Monoprix brand mustard vinegrette from France.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 09:06 AM
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While not a delicacy, I like the Scandnavian processed cheese spread with mushrooms and with shrimp. Can't get here, even ultra Scamdinavian Minnesota.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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like LoveItaly above, I'm still puzzling over the list of things you say people take with them to Europe. people really pack soda pop???
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Jul 9th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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Speculoos cookies
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Jul 9th, 2006, 09:55 AM
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Suze:

Take a look at the "what can't you do without" thread. You'll be amazed.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 10:08 AM
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They must be putting crack in that diet Mountain Dew!
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Jul 9th, 2006, 11:02 AM
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It's not crack - just massive amounts of caffeine. That's why people can;t do without it - after a day or so of going cold turkey you get awful caffeine withdrawal headaches.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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In Provence, small choux pastry dough puffs dipped in sugar crystals-- impossible to eat just one. Or even half a dozen. They're called chouettes and are absolutely yummy.

Also, Mariage Frères' French Breakfast tea, which smells like chocolate but doesn't taste like it.

BTW, you can find Yorkshire Gold tea bags at Beverages and More and at a lot of on-line places, especially the ones that carry British foods--try Goodwoods.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 11:24 AM
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Greek honey and coffee - oh how I love thee ((1)).

French jam - I miss you. #39;(

Good Travels,

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Jul 9th, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Other than fois gras and esoteric Italian pastas, almost anything, including gelato, can now be found where I live--just outside DC in VA. We have a lot of gourmet stores and, if they don't have it, they order.

Additonally, we have Le Grand Cafe, a local coffee place. He roasts his own beans and is French. He makes good French style sandwiches too. He also has gelato. There is another place with a larger selection of gelato 5 minutes from Le Grand Cafe called StarNuts. I am all set.

Globalization has arrived.

Please note, that does not stop me from shopping in Europe.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Good Bread
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Jul 9th, 2006, 12:43 PM
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The delicacy I most enjoy in Europe that I can't get at home is the sheer joy of being in Europe and not at home.

Home being, after all, the lair of my infernally annoying family and the misanthropy inducing job that subsidizes my all too infrequent decampment.

What I bring home upon my return is a renewed committment to harmonious inter-personal relations and faith in the essential goodness of mankind, a state of euphoria that lasts only until the last of the lavender miel has been licked from the spoon.
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