I can't bring sunshine - what else?
February 17, 2012 10:28 AM   Subscribe

I'm visiting an old friend in Seattle this weekend, and I would like to bring her a little something. What would be a good gift to bring from Los Angeles?

My friend is not very girly, so soap/other girly things won't really work. She's a bit of a hippie and not very materialistic, and really hard to shop for.

Oh, and another caveat: I'm leaving tomorrow morning, and I'm working today. What can buy tonight? Good LA specific baked goods? Some kind of booze?
posted by ablazingsaddle to Human Relations (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What part of LA are you in?
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:34 AM on February 17, 2012

I work in Burbank, I live in Echo Park, and I have a car and would be willing to go as far west as Fairfax.
posted by ablazingsaddle at 10:38 AM on February 17, 2012

Personally, I think booze would be a great gift, especially if you can bring something that is hard to find since our liquor stores in WA state tend to not have a great selection. But, are you flying? If so, you'll have to put it in checked luggage and make sure it's nicely padded.
posted by joan_holloway at 10:42 AM on February 17, 2012

Not really an LA thing specifically, but does she like spicy-sour Mexican snack foods? I always bring bags back from Chicago & LA b/c they're harder to find elsewhere (DC, you culinary wasteland, I'm looking at you). Mmmm, Sabritones.
posted by Westringia F. at 10:44 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Failing some extra sunshine, what about a big bunch of tropical flowers?
posted by jquinby at 10:49 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Citrus is in season. And the Echo Park farmer's market is this afternoon/evening.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:02 AM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]

A bag of fresh local lemons or oranges or avocados ('cados are hella pricey here) would be nice.
posted by The otter lady at 11:37 AM on February 17, 2012

Peaches! Seattle peaches suck, especially in wintertime.

(And, contra jquinby, don't bring sunshine -- true Seattleites will recoil, hiss, and burst into flames.)
posted by The Tensor at 12:32 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

The lemons suggestion is awesome. Particularly special would be Meyer lemons, which can be hard to get outside of CA.
posted by kms at 2:22 PM on February 17, 2012

One other thought - is she a coffee fan? LA has great coffee roasters. The new hotness is Handsome Coffee Roasters and there is also Intelligensia.
posted by kms at 2:28 PM on February 17, 2012

Coincidentally, my boss just brought in a bunch of lemons from her lemon tree.

Lemons+canter's hamentashen (my mother's suggestion) it is! Thanks guys!
posted by ablazingsaddle at 2:29 PM on February 17, 2012

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