Forget fridge magnets and logo T-shirts—if you want to evoke a taste of your bygone travels then stock up on some local treats. One bite of buttery shortbread, a spoonful of gourmet jam or a local pour sipped from a one-of-a-kind vintage glass and you’ll be instantly transported back to your city sojourn. Here are some local bites, spirits and cocktail gear to bring home.
In beautiful Beantown, you’ll find a variety of Atlantic edibles to bring home. Packing live crustaceans from James Hook & Co. might prove challenging but, for a sweet twist, pick up a bag of cherry-flavoured gummy lobsters available at local candy stores. Throw in a few bags of sea-salted Cape Cod Chips, a jar of Marshmallow Fluff and a few cans of creamy nitro beer from Samuel Adams for a nostalgic Massachusetts feast.
On Canada’s West Coast it’s all about locally inspired treats, handcrafted by Vancouver’s passionate culinary artisans. Luxuriate in the briny snap of Northern Divine’s sturgeon caviar, enhance your cocktails with the botanical blends of Bittered Sling extracts or savour creative preserves like Figs & Walnut Wine Jam from Vista D’oro Farms & Winery. And don’t forget to pick up the caramel-filled Mermaid’s Choice chocolate bar from Mink Chocolates.
Few cities are as rewarding for the hungry shopper as London, thanks to its great luxury emporia and busy street markets. At Harrods’ Food Hall, one can easily fill a suitcase with goodies, including those charming heritage biscuit tins filled with shortbread. But be sure to leave room for fragrant loose-leaf tea from Fortnum & Mason, Prestat London gin truffles from Selfridges and the Queen’s favourite: Frank Cooper’s marmalade from Partridges.
Even the locals struggle to stay on top of the tasty delights available in this lauded culinary capital. Black and white cookies from William Greenberg Desserts, treats from Jacques Torres Chocolates and honey from Andrew’s Honey, sourced from rooftop hives, satisfy those with sugar cravings while Sigmund’s Pretzels’ chips, Polish bialys from Hot Bread Kitchen and the spices, rubs and herbs at Greenpoint Trading Co. capture the taste buds of the savoury set.
Cocktail Gear and Spirits
Gear: BYOB Cocktail Emporium for Japanese bar tools.
Local spirit: Still Waters Distillery Stalk & Barrel single malt whisky
Gear: The Modern Bartender for shameful tiki mugs.
Local spirit: Sons of Vancouver Distillery No. 82 Amaretto
Gear: Bar Keeper for one-of-a-kind vintage glassware.
Local spirit: Greenbar Distillery Tru Organic Vodka
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