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Heading on a cross-country road trip: What non-perishable food items should I bring back with me?

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Heading on a cross-country road trip: What non-perishable food items should I bring back with me?

SabuPDX | Jul 4, 2011 05:37 PM

Hi there,

I'm heading out on a 2-month Cross-Country road trip this summer, and I would love to bring back some gifts for friends back here in Portland, OR that they just can't get any other way. After a friend recommended Chowhound for some good restaurant suggestions from city to city (and boy, did my forum searches turn up some good suggestions!), I thought maybe the fine community here could help me with this quest as well.

I know that some restaurants offer their own jars and bottles of hot sauces, gravies, etc. And in some cases there are simply some local delicacies that aren't found outside of their natural habitat. (Coffee syrup is a good example-- and I plan to pick some up when I'm in Rhode Island, for sure)

The one catch is that anything I pick up to bring home needs to be non-perishable, since I'll need it to stay pretty fresh while sitting in my car for a month or more. (thus, I sadly cannot bring home any east coast pumpernickel loaves!!) In fact, if you know of any tricks to help food travel well, I'd love to hear them.

To narrow things down, here are a few of the cities I'll be visiting:

Topeka, KS
Kansas City, MO
Eureka Springs, AR
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
Charlotte, NC
Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, MD
Philadelphia, PA
New York City, NY
Boston, MA
Portland, ME
Buffalo, NY
Mackinac Island, MI
Madison, WI
Chicago, IL
Black HIlls, SD
Billings, MT

So, what do you say? Do any of these cities provoke the feeling of "Ooh, I would totally stop at ______ and pick up some _______!! It's delicious!!"?

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. And I'm certain that my friends' taste buds will appreciate it as well.

Cheers!

- Eric

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