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What is worth the Schlep?

thecuriousone | Mar 8, 201703:02 PM

Hi Everyone-

Im preparing to go back to Italy. This trip will focus on the Piedmont. I can say with certainty that I have see enough duomo's to last me a lifetime. All of my clothing for the 10 day trip will fit into my carry-on. Which leaves my suitcase available for foodstuffs and the two cases of wine that I'm bringing back.

I'm giving careful thought to what I can bring back that is worth the schlep. I'm focusing on a function of quality vs. price. If I find that there is really no difference between what I would pay at here and what I pay there, than it doesn't make the cut.

So far, I'm thinking balsamic vinegars, really fresh olive oil, tuna packed in oil, maybe some fresh baccalau (although the smell might drive TSA crazy!), maybe some rice, 1/2 a round of parmesan (if, I can find a good price), chickpea flour, 1 lb of tipo 00 flour...., salt cured anchovies/sardines.

When I'm not eating, I will be shopping the gamut from Winery tastings to Eurospin. I can only imagine the look on the face of the customs officer who gets me!

The question I'm putting to the community is this:

What else should be on this list? Tell me what, but more importantly, tell me why.

Thanks to all

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