Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:24 am
a small batch of great tasting independent beers? =D
japanese love their beer as much as the next guy. they have about a hundred brands of small breweries in their country.
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:22 am
Though the Japanese love their beers and booze, because of taxes and customs regulations, these are not feasible options..
However I've brought many many pounds of Wisconsin artisan cheeses in styrofoam boxes with frozen gel packs to Korea and Japan with no problems and they were huge hits as gifts.
I'd shy away from blue cheeses as most Japanese I know are not fond of them but sharp and crumbly or ooey gooey they really love.
Most of the vendors are at the Dane county farmers markets as you know Mark, and others are mostly available at the hildale century grocery store. I'm also certain, Tory and the crew at Letoile will be more than happy to help you out sourcing most of them probably for cheaper. Also ask them to individually vacuum seal the cheeses that doesn't come already. They will last much longer.
Also If you want more information on certain Wisconsin cheeses so you can brag about them to the Japanese knife makers, I know a person who works for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and I'm sure she'll give you more than a handful!
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:27 am
Oh and Gail Ambrosious chocolates travels well with the cheeses in the styrofoam box as well!
Did I mention I'll be back in town in may for a week?? I'm gonna get all these back to NYC for my own consumption! I miss Wisconsin, very very dearly. Except for the brutal winters..
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:33 am
I'll add my vote to Wisconsin cheese. The Tokyoites I know would be very into something that not only is representative of the US, but of *your* particular region of the country.
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:52 am
I was thinking about the cutting board idea this morning. I think something with some American wood would be a great.
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:37 am
I like the cheese idea a lot. It's very local to my area in wisconsin and I'll bet they would appreciate some serious chees like hooks cheddar. It's also small and easy to pack.
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:26 am
When the Japanese ships were here there was one item in particular that all of them went after. In fact in one of the stores they cleared the shelves.
Maple Syrup, it really was a special treat for them and anything that had a maple flavor to it as well, you can get cookies, toffee.
Ice Wine was another one and I found a maple syrup flavored ice wine that went over well.
You bring them Maple Syrup and you'll be the King, trust me.
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:59 am
That might be even better. We have some really good local maple syrup makers here in the state. Maybe I'll bring both.
Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:11 am
Maple syrup is treasured every where!
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:13 pm
Connecticut casts one (1) vote for Maple Syrup.
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