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The PAX East 2013 International Food Exchange (How do you like your coffee?)

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    profanitiprofaniti Brighton, UKRegistered User regular
    Very happy to bring specifics on request from the UK (I guess mainly candy / cakes / things that will be okay in my case on the flight - glass bottles of things to be discouraged) and happy to swap for any other non-uk based treats. PM me with anything specific you would like!

    Would also be very up for some sort of meet up / candy swap where multiple things could be sampled : )

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    vicechanvicechan Registered User regular
    @Sarah, if I could have a Guinness, if they are as different as @zezspecs says, I'd be very interested! I can look for gluten free licorice in return? Black, not red? And the caramel wafers sound tasty! We'd love to see you at a meetup! I hope to go to the Pokecrawl as well!

    @TheAggroCraig, I like having this on Friday so we aren't burdened too long with our treats...but...what type of dessert? :o

    Looking forward to meeting you, @tisanian! Glad that you're excited from looking at the thread!

    @sillyzombie666, no charge bro, if I can find them!

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    sillyzombie666sillyzombie666 massRegistered User regular
    @vicechan well i want a bag or 2 for home, also friday is a must you get your trading out of the way you get snacks for all 3 days and if your like me and waited too long you only have a friday pass

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    zezspecszezspecs ScotlandRegistered User regular
    @vicechan I can't promise the can version is any better, but the poured keg version is. The leading theory is in the pour and the cleanliness of things (another major factor being serving it close to room temp in the UK/Ireland), but I've also heard that more aggressive pasteurization on the exported stuff is the issue (I haven't found a definitive source on it though). I figure I'll do a blind taste test like the one I'm doing on my chocolate. If it is the pour and the temp, I'm screwed until I go back across the pond, which may be a while.

    Supposedly getting it in Ireland itself is even better. My one aunt refuses to drink it here because she's gone/goes to Ireland enough that it's not worth drinking it here.

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    punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    last years meet up

    I forgot about the japancakes. I meant to try one of those but I don't think I did. @chaosisorder !

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    territoiresterritoires Upstate NYRegistered User regular
    As someone who benefited greatly from this food exchange in the past, I'd be willing to help out a UK resident in exchange for anything US-based that they'd need. I have recently relocated and now I need Marmite like you wouldn't believe.

    Here's a list of dream items:

    -Marmite
    -Tin of Marrowfat Mushy Peas
    -Potato Bread (Tatty Scones in Scotland, I believe)
    -Soda Bread

    I'm not sure if they're prevalent in the UK outside of Northern Ireland, but potato bread and soda bread are hallowed items for which I would probably give you anything in exchange. I would move the heavens and the earth for those two.

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    profanitiprofaniti Brighton, UKRegistered User regular
    @territoires I could do the Marmite and the Marrowfat. The bread might go a bit stale, as I am arriving in Boston on the Wednesday. : )

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    profanitiprofaniti Brighton, UKRegistered User regular
    @territoires I could do the Marmite and the Marrowfat. The bread might go a bit stale, as I am arriving in Boston on the Wednesday. : )

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    ironysparklesironysparkles Lowell, MARegistered User regular
    Oooh this looks like a lot of delicious fun! I'm going to chime in and request yummy KitKats. I'm in NH and can't think of anything we have that's a hot commodity, except a local maple whiskey that's actually pretty good! I also work at a liquor store so if there's anything else you can think of I can probably order or buy it.

    And I've bought Kinder Eggs in NH before (a few years ago), so I'll look to see if I can still get them and get back about it! I'd be willing to smuggle some. :P

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    sillyzombie666sillyzombie666 massRegistered User regular
    And I've bought Kinder Eggs in NH before (a few years ago), so I'll look to see if I can still get them and get back about it! I'd be willing to smuggle some. :P[/quote]

    Protip: Do not try to import Kinder Surprise into the US. They will be confiscated by CBP and the parts within are deemed a choking hazard under US law.


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    DeciusDecius I'm old! I'm fat! I'M BLUE!Registered User regular
    Yeah we've had people from both Canada and the UK have their bags opened and the Kinder Eggs removed.

    I'd love to know how they keep making it into these little shops in the states. Some sort of clandestine Kinder Surprise underground railroad...

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    edited January 2013
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    Streetlight345Streetlight345 Seekonk, MARegistered User regular
    I have a hard time making it to NH but I'm trying to acquire a bottle(s) of Jack Daniels Winter Jack. Anyone from NH or come through there?

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    I am another Canadian who is driving down, however I am married to a lady from the Midwest who has requested I try to get some Pearson's salted nut rolls for me. For my personal consumption, if anyone can track me down a Stone Enjoy by (assuming there is a current one at the time) and/or a smoked porter, I would be grateful. I will update if I have any other requests.

    I can repay in a similar amount of Canadian specific foods, homemade baked goods, cash (both US and in our new plastic monopoly money/bimetal coins), local craft beers (Black Oak Brewery unless otherwise requested, current selection will have to be determined closer to mid-march as they have some really wonderful seasonals), mainstream Canadian beer, etc.

    I am also willing to bring food/drink to be exchanged as requested. As noted above, no kinder eggs or anything else likely to get me more looks at the border than I'm already likely to get travelling with 2 or 3 cosplayers and all of their stuff for a weekend at a con.

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    vicechanvicechan Registered User regular
    I'll see what I can do, @sillyzombie666!

    @zezspecs, hmmm, the only thing that I could think might make the can better is freshness/water source. Probably nothing beats it from the tap in Ireland.

    @punzie, you dodged a bullet if you didn't eat any of the cakes with durian.

    @profaniti, I'd love to see what maybe some of your favorites are to share and sample with everyone!

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    sillyzombie666sillyzombie666 massRegistered User regular
    punzie wrote: »
    last years meet up

    I forgot about the japancakes. I meant to try one of those but I don't think I did. @chaosisorder !

    those things were weird but i loved them at the same time, if i remember correctly they had the texture of astronaut ice cream, hard an powdery but the taste was just odd it was sweet and had almost of a carbonated smell / taste to it fruity but like a weirdness to it , kind of like a sourness / tang

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    ironysparklesironysparkles Lowell, MARegistered User regular
    I have a hard time making it to NH but I'm trying to acquire a bottle(s) of Jack Daniels Winter Jack. Anyone from NH or come through there?

    It's mostly if not completely sold out, though I can search for a bottle if you'd like! We definitely have Evan Williams' version, too.

    And as I said, I live in NH, which is in the states. I figure if I can buy Kinder Eggs at my corner candy store there isn't a problem. I used smuggle as a joke.

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    SarahSarah Registered User regular
    Sarah wrote: »
    where do folk meet up to swap? Is it a giant swapfest or do folk post later where and when they can meet?

    It's a mix of pre-planned during PAX swapfest and private trade offs, depends on if you are just bringing things to share, trading for cash and people's schedules. Last year, we had a big meetup at 2PM on Friday. I imagine when the time/day is settled, it'll go in the main post!

    thanks, I'lkl keep my eyes peeled for details closer ot the time. the swapmeet would most likely suit me

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    Streetlight345Streetlight345 Seekonk, MARegistered User regular

    It's mostly if not completely sold out, though I can search for a bottle if you'd like! We definitely have Evan Williams' version, too.

    And as I said, I live in NH, which is in the states. I figure if I can buy Kinder Eggs at my corner candy store there isn't a problem. I used smuggle as a joke.

    if you could search for a bottle I would appreciate it very much.

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    As someone who benefited greatly from this food exchange in the past, I'd be willing to help out a UK resident in exchange for anything US-based that they'd need. I have recently relocated and now I need Marmite like you wouldn't believe.

    Here's a list of dream items:

    -Marmite
    -Tin of Marrowfat Mushy Peas
    -Potato Bread (Tatty Scones in Scotland, I believe)
    -Soda Bread

    I'm not sure if they're prevalent in the UK outside of Northern Ireland, but potato bread and soda bread are hallowed items for which I would probably give you anything in exchange. I would move the heavens and the earth for those two.

    If no one else can supply it coming from the UK, I can try to hunt marmite down here, I'm fairly certain I see the stuff more often than I can stand, so I probably won't be looking too hard. I'm fairly certain the product sold here is the UK and not NZ version (if it matters at all, I have no plans of doing a comparative taste test ever).

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    punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    If anyone is coming from Australia, I'd like to try Australian Oreos to see if they differ from ours like the Canadian ones do. I think I'll be baking with them when I go to PAXtralia and I just want to know how they are now if I can.

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    sillyzombie666sillyzombie666 massRegistered User regular
    a few things i forgot, i will bring some chocolate soda this year just for fun, also i am dying to try weird drinks / sodas , any one how east coast food stuff requests since im local

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    BatmanSays5BatmanSays5 Registered User regular
    I'd really appreciate some Crunchies/Flakes if anyone can bring a few over from the UK. I'm not sure what I could find around here (Boston area) to trade - maybe maple candies, which are shaped maple sugar. Any banoffee pie like thing would also be appreciated! I'm not around on Friday, but could meet either of the next two days.

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    Found locally in the Toronto area, Bachelors bigga marrowfat peas (2.30 a can as well as original mushy), chruncies and maybe flake bars should be fairly common here (horray for the commonwealth!). Marmite is uk version and as common as I thought.

    Banoffee kicks in my mind as something that was also in the same section as the peas but where I didn't look here before going out and only stumbled upon the UK based food. I'll likely be back at a Bulk Barn in the next few weeks and can update if no one else finds it or offers to bring one over.

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    FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    Decius wrote: »
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    Personally I would pay dearly for some Tim Tams.

    Check your local grocery stores. Save-On-Foods out here has them. While I know you guys don't have that chain, I would hope there would be a chain that does. I think I've seen them in Sobeys, which in the Québec region operates under the IGA, IGA extra, Marché Bonichoix, Les Marchés Tradition and Rachelle-Béry banners.

    They are quite delicious.

    Awesome news, unfortunately they are not seen in the area yet. I have hope now though.

    As for me I'll bring the usual assortments of candy bars (Coffee Crisps, Smarties, Kit Kats and Oreos [chocolate and mint]), maybe a bag of chips or two (Ketchup and All Dressed).

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    ironysparklesironysparkles Lowell, MARegistered User regular
    I can bring maple candy and maple sugar candy! That stuff is awesome.

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    chaosisorderchaosisorder Cupcake Princess and Pinny Whore OregonRegistered User regular
    @punzie - Am I bringing you any of the asian oreos for baking or just snacking? Since this is our final trip, we'll have more space.

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    treezatreeza Registered User regular
    FUN!!!

    I'm flying in from Toronto, and am making a list of things I've seen mentioned so far that I could possibly bring:
    - Coffee Crisp
    - Mint Aero
    - All-Dressed Chips
    - Smarties (are Canadian Smarties different from US Smarties?)
    - Twinkies?

    I'll see what's in greatest demand closer to the event, and will try to stuff my suitcase as much as possible - might be difficult, as I'm also bringing cookies for the Cookie Brigade, but I'll do my best!

    @chaosisorder I would also love some deliciously flavoured kitkats! I loooove kitkat!! :rotate: Any requests for treats from the Toronto area?

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    Yes our Smarties are different, my wife (originally from Iowa) refuses to accept Nestlé's even though the US version is just Rockets...

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    Reverend SnideReverend Snide Registered User regular
    Frugus wrote: »
    REPORTING IN

    Personally I would pay dearly for some Tim Tams.
    punzie wrote: »
    If anyone is coming from Australia, I'd like to try Australian Oreos to see if they differ from ours like the Canadian ones do. I think I'll be baking with them when I go to PAXtralia and I just want to know how they are now if I can.

    Both requests duly noted. :)

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    FrugusFrugus Photographer MontrealRegistered User regular
    Frugus wrote: »
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    Personally I would pay dearly for some Tim Tams.

    Both requests duly noted. :)

    Reverend, we meet again! If you would please propose something that you would like me to bring you in exchange. Also, <3

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    TheAggroCraigTheAggroCraig Ultimate Lucky Douchebag MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    vicechan wrote: »
    @Sarah, if I could have a Guinness, if they are as different as @zezspecs says, I'd be very interested! I can look for gluten free licorice in return? Black, not red? And the caramel wafers sound tasty! We'd love to see you at a meetup! I hope to go to the Pokecrawl as well!

    @TheAggroCraig, I like having this on Friday so we aren't burdened too long with our treats...but...what type of dessert? :o

    Looking forward to meeting you, @tisanian! Glad that you're excited from looking at the thread!

    @sillyzombie666, no charge bro, if I can find them!

    I'm probably going to just bring a tray or two of chocolate lava cakes to give out/trade, or cheesecake or something.

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    KazamagdKazamagd Registered User regular
    When I was last in the UK I fell in love with a candy called Revels. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revels_(confectionery)) I believe they are still available in the UK and the last time I was there I was able to buy a large bag in Duty Free. I will happily exchange pretty much anything for them.

    I am coming in from Burlington, VT so the most I can offer is real maple syrup, maple candies, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and any possibly Cabot cheese. Ben & Jerry's is close but it will not keep and they have gotten rid of the "Scoop Shop Only" flavors like White Russian. (And don't listen to Frugus and his 'Pro-Poutine' ways. He is a fry pusher. :) )

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    sillyzombie666sillyzombie666 massRegistered User regular
    o if any ones coming from france or know what they are my fathers been looking for these cookies its shaped like a piece of toast with a smile face on them and it has a chocolate center no clue what its called

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    Reverend SnideReverend Snide Registered User regular
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    o if any ones coming from france or know what they are my fathers been looking for these cookies its shaped like a piece of toast with a smile face on them and it has a chocolate center no clue what its called

    You mean these?

    (Note: I'm not in France so not sure I can procure any.)

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    Old Red InkOld Red Ink Registered User regular
    I have heard legends of a delicacy known as "Kinder Milk Slices". Apparently these are sold primarily in Germany and its neighbours, although it may also be possible to acquire them in other parts of Europe. If anyone had access to these I would love to try one.

    I'm coming from southern Ontario, and I'm not sure if there's anything I can supply that other Canadians haven't already covered, but if anyone has any ideas I'd be happy to try.

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    vicechanvicechan Registered User regular
    @TheAggroCraig, those sound great!

    Hahaha, I'd love to see/try those BN's. They look so happy! XD

    Yaaaaaay, @Reverend Snide! :D

    @PurpleBek, I have S'mores Pop Tarts for you!

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    LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    Offerings
    I can bring Aplets and Cotlets, a regional NW specialty that's a bit like Turkish Delight, without the rosewater.
    Anything else from Seattle (Except Gabe and Tycho, as delicious as they might be).

    Requests
    Is anybody coming from France? I'd kill for Roast Chicken and Thyme flavored potato chips.
    6-Pack of Kinder Bueno...? Pleeeeze?

    Challenge
    I'm bringing Cherry Bounce. If you know what it is, I'll tell you a secret and give you a few small bottles.


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    PurpleBekPurpleBek Manchester, EnglandRegistered User regular
    vicechan wrote: »
    @PurpleBek, I have S'mores Pop Tarts for you!

    Yaaaaay! :D

    I am going to be buying my bundle of English goodness soon :)

    @LexiconGrrl does the Bueno's have to be from France? we have them over here too. I have no idea if they do it differently...

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    chaosisorderchaosisorder Cupcake Princess and Pinny Whore OregonRegistered User regular
    edited January 2013
    @LexiconGrrl I actually think I can get Kinder Bueno here. I can get a whole random assortment of Kinder stuff and those look familiar. I am not guaranteeing the recipe will be the same, but I can bring 'em!

    I did think of a request- Sum Poosie. I'm not linking them, because the labels have gone a tad NSFW lately, but I fell in love with the wonky cherry flavor years ago and I haven't seen them except in the occasional mom and pop game store in forever. Or Cherry Bawls. Or really any cherry flavored drink that is difficult to find. (My Cheerwine obsession is not lonely.)

    Requests I am bringing which I will update in this post:
    - @sillyzombie666 - baijiu
    - @lexicongrrl - Kinder Bueno
    - @neurallink- matcha liqueur if I can find it and if under customs liquor limit ;)
    - @gigabrain - 2L Cheerwine
    - @punzie - Kitkats, Japancakes if I can find them again
    - @Decius - Kitkats
    - @Ironysparkles - Kitkats
    - @treeza - Kitkats
    - @tisanian - On the lookout for taro items (I think they make a pastry here I can take back)

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