Shipping food cross-country
September 28, 2006 1:13 PM Subscribe
What would be the level of ease, as well as likely cost, of shipping a food item from Washington, DC to San Francisco?
A good friend left my office in DC a few months ago to move to San Fran; for her birthday I'm considering what would be the ultimate gag gift (to her) of an order of noodles from the famous Chinatown Express restaurant; her favorite DC lunch spot where we all ate once a week. As it's a cross-country order I'm assuming this would require shipping the frozen noodles in a carton of dry ice, a la Ohama Steaks or any other food catalog.
Unfortunately, I could only find one place in DC that sold dry ice; an ice cream wholesaler that never picked up the phone. This would be a great gift, but not great enough to cost a heap of money in shipping and handling, so I was wondering if anyone out there with experience/knowledge in dry ice product shipping would know roughly how feasible, and how expensive, it would cost to ship what would be at most a 1-pound container of food. If I can't do this for less than $20-30 plus the cost of the food it's not worth it. I also, honestly, have no idea if it's even legal given HAzMat laws in a post-9/11 world and all that nonsense.
And yes, to get it out of the way I'm well aware there are likely even better noodle places in San Francisco, but that's light years from the point ;)