What would YOU bring home from Spain?

Feb 19th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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Choricero peppers, Idiazabal cheese, jamon bellota, chorizo,any canned seafood product from the north coast, seeds for padron peppers and guindilla peppers that we can't get in the US. Can anyone send me some seeds please?
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Feb 19th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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As a paella lover, I always bring home their uncooked rice even though you can get it in most supermarkets in the UK.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 08:28 AM
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A beautiful soft leather handbag from Lupo - their yellow is gorgeous.
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Feb 19th, 2010, 09:07 AM
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Javier Bardem, if only I could convince him to leave Penelope Cruz
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Feb 19th, 2010, 12:15 PM
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Egbert: guindillas are available from:www.reimerseeds.com/guindilla-hot-pepper.aspx
and Johnny's sells seeds for padrons.

Can you really bring cheese and vegetables back to the states (legally)?
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Feb 19th, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Aged cheese is fine, but not the soft or uncured cheese. Vegetables are not allowed unless they have been processed.

A little note about growing pardons! Soil and water conditions are what make the padron pepper special. If you can match the soil, then they should taste okay. It’s like trying to grow your own Piquillo peppers (from Navarra). Lots of luck!

We've been able to bring back canned tuna (Bonita del Norte) and other succulents, just don't advertise the fact you're carrying them.
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Feb 20th, 2010, 05:21 AM
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black pottery from the northern coast, saffron, magno soap and turron .. the last 3 you can buy here in the US .. but is does get rather pricy compared to bringing it back
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Feb 20th, 2010, 05:30 AM
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MAN-freakin-CHEGO

All I could smuggle
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Feb 20th, 2010, 05:32 AM
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Oh, and Penelope Cruz
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Feb 20th, 2010, 07:37 AM
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Yes i forgot Penelope and Paz Vega too. Jubilada thanks so much for the seed advice, what is Johnny's? Robert, it never occured to me about the soil. Maybe Massachusetts is worth a try as it is directly across the pond from Northern Spain. Probably won't be the same though. Oh how I crave those little green padron peppers flash fried in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.
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Feb 20th, 2010, 08:01 AM
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Egbert:
www.johnnyseeds.com/ has wonderful seeds of all kinds, and are widely available in Western MA.
While it is certainly true that soil contributes heavily to the flavor of whatever we grow, I'd try it, speaking lovingly in Spanish ( or Euskara) to the plants at every stage. It might just work!
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Feb 20th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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Well I agree with Rialto girl, pimenton and saffron. Takes up no space.

And I bought about 6 "rose petal" rosaries at the Cartuja gift shop in Granada and now I wish I had about 10 more. They make great gifts for my Catholic friends and take up very little space.

I also bought some lovely silk shawls picos) in Sevilla.
And some fans.
And some linens/& those cute little dishtowels.
And some castanets (but I know what I am looking for in that dept be carefulyou don't over pay)

I would also get a more of the (sweetish) wine at the tapas place Casa del Abuelo where they have that great shrimp.
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Feb 20th, 2010, 10:54 AM
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Saffron; ceramics; in-lain wood (such as jewelry boxes); and they have a delicious liquor made from peach (similar to peach schnapps). It is served ice cold right from the freezer. Awesome. I cannot remember the Spanish name for it for sure, but it might be Teichenne (brand name, but there are several brands I think).
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Feb 25th, 2010, 05:22 AM
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Infotrack : I think you are referring to "Orujo" yes it does come in flavours.
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Feb 25th, 2010, 05:31 AM
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Remember that Padrón peppers and Gernika peppers are similar but not quite the same...the first ones are smaller and rounder...Gernika ones are thinner and tastier. In both cases, the "hotness" or "spiciness" (this is not English, isn´t it?) shouldn´t be there, it depends on the insects that polinize them.
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Feb 25th, 2010, 05:34 AM
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Yes, Mikel, this is English, oddly enough. Weird language, yes?!
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Feb 25th, 2010, 06:49 AM
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I brought back some ceramics from a craft fair in Granada and shawls. I wish I had broke back more of both.
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Feb 25th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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