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  • Post #31 - May 10th, 2017, 9:07 pm
    Post #31 - May 10th, 2017, 9:07 pm Post #31 - May 10th, 2017, 9:07 pm
    Giardiniera would be good in this gift basket
  • Post #32 - May 10th, 2017, 9:33 pm
    Post #32 - May 10th, 2017, 9:33 pm Post #32 - May 10th, 2017, 9:33 pm
    Malort?

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #33 - May 10th, 2017, 11:25 pm
    Post #33 - May 10th, 2017, 11:25 pm Post #33 - May 10th, 2017, 11:25 pm
    I lost a bet that I need to pay (by mail, which rules out some options) in Chicago foodstuffs to a downstate cousin. (When one of these bets goes the other way, I get a box of Taylor's chili from Carlinville.)

    I haven't ruled out the tastesofchicago.com option, but because my cousin is a Cardinals fan and his wife is from Lincolnshire, the idea I like best at the moment is a box of Fannie May chocolates, because I could put a note to my cousin-in-law at the bottom of the card that my cousin would not fail to notice: "p.s., don't tell him that Fannie May is the official chocolate candy of the Chicago Cubs!"
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #34 - May 11th, 2017, 12:40 pm
    Post #34 - May 11th, 2017, 12:40 pm Post #34 - May 11th, 2017, 12:40 pm
    Although you clarify in your first sentence, the thread title [didn't originally] specify you're looking for a food gift. My first instinct was a bundle of Benjamins in a brown envelope. It certainly says Chicago, it's easily transportable on a plane and doesn't break any TSA rules, and once in the hands of your out of town friends, they can buy their own damn food.

    Buddy
  • Post #35 - May 11th, 2017, 1:24 pm
    Post #35 - May 11th, 2017, 1:24 pm Post #35 - May 11th, 2017, 1:24 pm
    Bari Giardinaire(my specific Giardinaire preference), Vienna neon green relish, Don Roth Blackhawk dressing. Instead of Fannie Mae, his wife may like Long Grove Confectionary if she's from Lincolnshire(they have an outlet store off Lake Cook in Buffalo Grove.)
    "And if you don't know, now you know." -BIG
  • Post #36 - May 11th, 2017, 1:42 pm
    Post #36 - May 11th, 2017, 1:42 pm Post #36 - May 11th, 2017, 1:42 pm
    mkess wrote:... Instead of Fannie Mae, his wife may like Long Grove Confectionary if she's from Lincolnshire(they have an outlet store off Lake Cook in Buffalo Grove.)

    Ah, that's a good idea! I actually live closer to Long Grove than to Lake-Cook.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #37 - May 14th, 2017, 10:57 am
    Post #37 - May 14th, 2017, 10:57 am Post #37 - May 14th, 2017, 10:57 am
    stevez wrote:Garrett's popcorn. A can't miss taste of Chicago. It's my go to Chicago gift and is always met with enthuiasm.

    Seconding. We citizens may think of Garrett's as something for the tourists, and it is, but the premise of the OP's question is that the recipient is a "tourist," albeit of the non-traveling variety.

    Plus it's really good.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #38 - May 15th, 2017, 11:09 am
    Post #38 - May 15th, 2017, 11:09 am Post #38 - May 15th, 2017, 11:09 am
    riddlemay wrote:
    stevez wrote:Garrett's popcorn. A can't miss taste of Chicago. It's my go to Chicago gift and is always met with enthuiasm.

    Seconding. We citizens may think of Garrett's as something for the tourists, and it is, but the premise of the OP's question is that the recipient is a "tourist," albeit of the non-traveling variety.

    Plus it's really good.

    Agreed!
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #39 - May 21st, 2017, 1:19 pm
    Post #39 - May 21st, 2017, 1:19 pm Post #39 - May 21st, 2017, 1:19 pm
    stevez wrote:Garrett's popcorn. A can't miss taste of Chicago. It's my go to Chicago gift and is always met with enthuiasm.

    Garrett's is delicious, and now that they have stores at the bigger airport, it's easier than ever to pick up on your way out of town. The only caveat is that its quality declines rapidly within a few days, so you shouldn't buy it until the last minute, and the recipients need to consume it quickly for maximum impact. I find that their caramel cashew type is loved by more people than the cheese-and-caramel mix, but different strokes and all that.

    My go-to gift that says Chicago consists of a box of chocolates from Belgian Chocolatier Piron in Evanston. Everybody I know loves it and eagerly looks forward to it when I visit. I also ship it to friends and family. Obviously, it doesn't work so well during hot weather and en route to hot destinations.
  • Post #40 - December 14th, 2021, 9:28 am
    Post #40 - December 14th, 2021, 9:28 am Post #40 - December 14th, 2021, 9:28 am
    Lists of "Iconic Chicago foods", as in restaurant fare, is easys to find.

    My brother can buy and sell me with his pocket change. I need creative gifts, things he cannot get in California that may be memorable.

    I know I can get a Pizza Uno, or similar, shipped, for a greate expense, but I don't know if he'd prefer Giordanos, etc. Other foods like Jibaritos are likely to be available where he is by now.

    So far I have sent him a small bag of Garret Popcorn and a sample bottle of Malort. If I knew he liked either, I'd have sent a full size package. A minimal single serving package of Garret was $4 at Local Goods Chicagl.

    I have sent some cookbooks, recipes from famous chicago restaurants, etc.

    Offtrack: I have also sent a number of other books, history, etc. I ordered extra copies of some sunday supplements (like chicago-ese, or the Bears). Some CDs of local music performers in the past, but by now he may may not have a CD player. I'm sure that typical souvineers like coffee mugs with the chicago flag would not be of interest. I'm sure his wife has the decor set, so any pictures, etc would not be displayed.

    Any other ideas? He left the area before the time of craft beers, so they would not mean anything to him (and are difficult to arrange to ship, anyway).
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #41 - December 14th, 2021, 10:15 am
    Post #41 - December 14th, 2021, 10:15 am Post #41 - December 14th, 2021, 10:15 am
    I'd recommend the Tastes of Chicago site, partly because they ship the far-superior Malnati's pizza versus the airport-quality Uno's shippable deep dish.
    But they have amalgamated a number of Chicago brands including Portillo's and Vienna hot dog kits, Garrett Popcorn, Manny's Deli, Home Run Inn, Vosges, Campanari's Ice Cream, etc. onto one website.
    Of course that comes with a price -- you might be able to get better deals at individual websites.
    https://www.tastesofchicago.com/
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #42 - December 14th, 2021, 10:33 am
    Post #42 - December 14th, 2021, 10:33 am Post #42 - December 14th, 2021, 10:33 am
    You might also look at Send Some Chicago. They have gift boxes with assorted Chicago products. I'll also put a plug out there for Transit Tees. They have Chicago themed housewares, stickers of hot dogs or Chicago pizza and some great jigsaw puzzles, among other things.
    -Mary
  • Post #43 - December 14th, 2021, 10:33 am
    Post #43 - December 14th, 2021, 10:33 am Post #43 - December 14th, 2021, 10:33 am
    One Off Hospitality (The Publican, Avec, Violet Hour, etc.) also has nationwide shipping: https://www.oneoffathome.com/shop
  • Post #44 - December 14th, 2021, 4:15 pm
    Post #44 - December 14th, 2021, 4:15 pm Post #44 - December 14th, 2021, 4:15 pm
    OK, first an apology, I was irritated that
    (1) my post was moved, which meant I did NOT get notifications of updates, I had to go and search, which put me at the beginning, not starting at my post (and that added to confusion about suggesting things I already had or said no to.
    (2) the criteria for the original post might lead to people NOT suggesting what I wanted for an ex-pat and NOT to carry with me from the airport
    (3) many suggestions were primarily pizza and such that I was very carefult to exclude
    (4) other sites had items primarily at $100-300, which if I could afford, and my brother could buy and sell me with his pocket change, would mean he was in the Bill Gates class.

    Going back and digging deeper, there were some possible gems hidden, and my memory was triggered of things that could have been suggested, like "Nuts on Clark" .

    Many of the modern items sound interesting for myself and I will check them out when I can go in person and browse, but are marginal for my brother, though that is because I did not make clear: he left town in the 1970s, so anyhing newer would be good if I was sure he would like it, but less meaningful otherwise.

    Starting from some of the suggestions, I have found other search paths and items I did not find before, so thank you for that also.

    Anything durable, if he wants, he will already have much better, such as original art instead of a poster, leaded crystal glassware with chicago images etched instead of a coffee mug, etc. A coffee mug would be thrown out with the giftwrap. A t-shirt used as a rag to polish the car.

    If anybody knows of a cookbook I might not find at Borders, maybe. Even if I see it at a store, I can't tell in a few minutes how good a cookbook is, so a personal reccomendation ("makes normally difficult dishes easy") could be valuable.

    Other examples I have sent:
    --several spice mixes from The Spice House ("back of the yards" & others)
    --Burr Daddy’s cranky chef seasoning (though a new item)
    --Rick Bayless Mexican Granola mix (")
    --Deep dish pizza spice mix (didn't record name)

    And yesterday, ordered online from Macy's:
    --Frango mints (Oh sh*t, today I learn that only Garretts is selling the original Field's version, and currently only by mail, so what I had sent is wrong. I will never ever shop Macy's again, they deceive and sell something different in a Fields-like box, but only in Chicago)

    I looked a little for seeds for the specific type of onion that chicago was named for. I sent a non-food seed (also not Chicago, a different family connection)

    Does Portillo's or any other Chicago iconic place (hot dogs, BBQ) sell a sealed jar of dry or liquid seasoning with their trademark taste? Not a complete kit, just a small, shippable flavoring.

    The lowest cost food on Nuts On Clark website is $25 (plus shipping?), for a popcorn 12 mini pack, but my memories of them are for nuts. I presume going to the store would present a lower cost options, like just one mini-pack? Maybe a small pack of nuts?

    Gold Coast Dogs did not seem to have anything packaged.

    Are any of the following STORES recommended for browsing or not?

    Local Goods Chicago (been there, happy)
    Green City market
    Local Foods Market (on willow)
    Spice House (Evanston)
    Nuts On Clark
    Dill Pickle Co-Op
    Belgian Chocolatier Piron
    Lutz (for their chocolates)
    Vom Fas (anything local?)

    Any others? Other Co-ops? Any farmers' markets have "many" stands selling packaged foods beyond honey and jams? Any secrets like "blueberries grown in northeast illinois taste different and make a different jam"? Anything special (caviar?) made from local smelt (probably as a joke gift)? Or zebra mussles (I know too recent, but at least in the news).
    Last edited by diversedancer on December 15th, 2021, 2:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #45 - December 14th, 2021, 4:29 pm
    Post #45 - December 14th, 2021, 4:29 pm Post #45 - December 14th, 2021, 4:29 pm
    diversedancer wrote:I object to my post being moved to one that is very explicitely different. The OP it was appended to, is "you are traveling and want to take something". And specifically to somebody who NEVER was in chicago.

    I said I wanted (1) something prepackaged, not a fully prepared pizza. (2) specifically FOR an ex-pat (just the opposite)

    And the appends since my post cleary did NOT respond to ME but to the OP, suggesting t-shirts and other non-food items.

    I'm not exactly sure what the issue here is. My response *was* to you with some Chicago related ideas since it seemed you were open to other things besides food. That's the beauty of this board - the sharing of ideas. Feel free to explore them or not.
    -Mary
  • Post #46 - December 14th, 2021, 4:57 pm
    Post #46 - December 14th, 2021, 4:57 pm Post #46 - December 14th, 2021, 4:57 pm
    The GP wrote:
    diversedancer wrote:I object to my post being moved to one that is very explicitely different. The OP it was appended to, is "you are traveling and want to take something". And specifically to somebody who NEVER was in chicago.

    I said I wanted (1) something prepackaged, not a fully prepared pizza. (2) specifically FOR an ex-pat (just the opposite)

    And the appends since my post cleary did NOT respond to ME but to the OP, suggesting t-shirts and other non-food items.

    I'm not exactly sure what the issue here is. My response *was* to you with some Chicago related ideas since it seemed you were open to other things besides food. That's the beauty of this board - the sharing of ideas. Feel free to explore them or not.

    some mutherfuckers will just find anything to complain about, even abject kindness. no wonder this world is such a fucked up place
  • Post #47 - December 14th, 2021, 5:43 pm
    Post #47 - December 14th, 2021, 5:43 pm Post #47 - December 14th, 2021, 5:43 pm
    The GP wrote:I'm not exactly sure what the issue here is.
    Rest assured, you're not alone.

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