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Cured meats - "exotic" types and where to buy?

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Cured meats - "exotic" types and where to buy?

jen223 | Dec 15, 2009 02:35 PM

I'm trying to get a nice selection of cured meats as a christmas present for my boyfriend who eats salami like it's going out of style. He normally goes to Garden of Eden to buy whatever looks good at the moment.

Thus I'd like to try to get him something a little more "special" or "exotic". No internet b/c I refuse to pay $50 shipping for perishables when the best food city in the world is my backyard.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to go for some special/different cured meats? Whether special being animal type (know there's pork/beef, read about duck salame, boar, is there lamb?) or a different taste or method of preparation. I unfortunately don't have a meat slicer (maybe that'll be his birthday present next year?), so nothing that has to be sliced impossibly thin, please. And no fresh sausage since they're perishable.

I've done my homework to see that chowhounders like faicco's, despana, and dipalo's - haven't gone to them yet so am curious what i'll find there and elsewhere. Good values are preferred.

Thanks!!! (And happy holidays.... may you all eat and drink and be merry!)

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