Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Austin to Boston Food Swap: Part 1

As part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance I participated in the Austin to Boston food blogger swap. I collected local Austin items (and some Texas) to send to my new blogger friend, Elizabeth from On Tap for Today in Boston. The idea was we both received some new food to try and to also help us get to know what our own cities have to offer.

I had so much fun shopping for local Austin things. Some were new to me and others were old Texas favorites.

So, here they are! If they can be purchased online I have included a link. Enjoy!
If you live in Austin, these would be great gifts!

This is literally one of my favorite foods/sauces. I originally found this at Costco but turns out it is made locally! I also made my own copycat version -Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. Fischer and Wieser also has lots of other cool jams, jellies and sauces. I prefer to serve this on crackers with cream cheese-amazing! Or you can serve it over pork or chicken.
 Local honey from Austin from Goodflow Honey.
 Peach jam-so great on toast or used in a sauce. New Canaan Farms is located in Fredericksburg. They also make jellies, jams and salsas.
 Another literal favorite food of mine, not from Austin but still Texan! Get the hot ones, they are even better! Also, my husband doesn't like pickles but he likes these! They are crunchy, a little spicy and just fun to eat! Don't be scared, try them! Buy them at Texas grocery stores or from Talk O Texas.
 This is a famous green sauce from the HEB . It is great mixed with sour cream as a dip or cooked with chicken and veggies for a Tex Mex meal.
 Chewy pralines made with caramel and nuts. So delicious! Make sure to get chewy pralines, those are the best, not crunchy! I had pralines as our wedding favor and it was such a great Texas treat!

I got these at HEB but you can find them all over here in this great state!

 Stubb's BBQ sauce since 1968. They have great BBQ sauces and rubs. I also love Rudy's sauce. What can I say? Texans know their BBQ!
 I bought this air freshener on a recent trip to San Antonio and thought it was hilarious so 
I sent it along to Elizabeth!
 Whole Foods magazine, Edible Austin.

 Of course she needed a Texas cookie cutter too!
Central Market Hatch Green Chile Salsa. Austin-ites love their Hatch Chiles! They only come around one time a year so the bottled version will have to do!

I hope these give you some fun ideas for your next grocery store trip or for the upcoming holidays! Everyone loves getting food instead of fuzzy socks or blenders!

Do you have any favorite Austin brands or foods? Have you tried any of these?

p.s. I hope you liked your box Elizabeth! Soon, I will share my loot from Boston!
 

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