Sunday, August 08, 2010

I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose.
Praise Marty Moose!

Let's say you are on vacation and need to bring something back for someone. OR, let's say you are going back to Hawaii and you've been unemployed for a year and a half and totally broke but need to bring gifts for family. Er...hypothetically...

Bringing gifts back for people is called omiyage - and believe me it can add up. But I have a few tricks you see. And here's a twofer for you - this post can also be filed under "Disneyland tips." See, I'm here to help.

You don't even need to pay the $5000 entry fee to get into the park - oh no, you can buy this stuff right OUTSIDE in Downtown Disney AND the parking is free! Right in the center of Downtown Disney is Marceline's Confectionery. The smell of the candy is intoxicating and you can watch them make wonderful creations right in the front window.

While there are typical high priced resort sweets, here are pictures of some of the more affordable items that also pack really well in a suitcase:

Goofy's candies
There are plenty of bagged candies but look closely: the GOOFY ones are just $2.95. Other ones are almost DOUBLE that, so stick with Goofy! Gummies, lollipops and sours, these all pack well and have long shelf lives.

Minnie's Bake Shop cookies
Think totally cute Oreos. I'm a sucker for any cookie with a character on it, and these sturdy boxes hold a bunch of cookies for just $3.95 and the single servings are just $1.45! And I'm totally not ashamed to just give people the small box. They also have Gluten Free and Sugar Free cookies should you need that sort of thing.
Mickey's Chocolatears
There are other chocolates availiable but are they pricey - stick with these bagged loose candies (which are really tasty) are just $4.95. They also pack a lot easier into a suitcase.
Goofy's gummies
Let's say your two kids are running around playing 'lightsaber', driving you nuts while you are trying to make the decision of which candy to pack into your carry on bag. Again....hypothetically speaking. ANYWAY, this 4 pack of gummies is only $3.95 and for $1 a piece I'd say that was worth your sanity.

These are just a few things that I take back as souvenirs. They don't break the bank and are terribly cute. The trick is to not eat them all yourself before you get on the plane.

(Also - if you are still reading this - you'll notice the Mickey influence on today's recipe post...)
Bacon+Buttermilk Waffles recipe, here.

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Anonymous poppy said...

omiyage: the curse of us Japanese Americans. I go the cheap-but-cute route, too.

Sunday, August 08, 2010 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger msdina said...

Cool! only I don't live anywhere near Downtown Disney :( and we didn't even walk DD when we were there, FAIL! My family expects dungeness crabs and sourdough bread, ANYWHERE in the country that isn't within the immediate Bay Area! And then when we come back to Hawaii they expect those and Trader Joe's goods. I think the 808 state would have been happier had TJ's come instead of Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond!

Sunday, August 08, 2010 1:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Darlene said...

Unfortunately tacos and burritos don't hold very well because that would be the best EVA!

I forgot the Filipino word equivalent for omiyage because I am horrible.

Monday, August 09, 2010 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where can you park for free at Downtown Disney??

Monday, August 09, 2010 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

And yay, though the Hindus speak of karma...I implore you: give her a break.

Baa-ruu-gataaaa allelujah...

Candy is always my omiyage of choice for coworkers.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:02:00 AM  
Blogger msdina said...

Pilipino word for omiyage is "Pasalubong"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:54:00 PM  

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