I write a popular blog about travel and "souvenir" shopping-- it's not all about food, but food definitely makes a great souvenir. It's been easy to write about foreign places I visit because I know what I can/can't get here in NYC.
But I'm finding it hard to figure out what to write about here in NYC (or in the USA for that matter) because I'm not really sure about availability elsewhere. I look for things that reflect the region-- I do some research on the background of an item, go to the store and photograph it and the surrounding area so the reader can get a feel for the experience and put it in context so it's more than just a "thing".
For NYC, one of the items I was thinking of are bagels of course-- wasn't sure which bagelry would best represent "classic" NYC bagels. Maybe black and white cookies too? Not sure what else?
I also like to focus on an ingredient, then photograph a recipe you can make back home (eg I bought paprika in Budapest came home made goulash). Are there certain ingredients you can only get in the area?
Thanks for any tips!