Food souvenirs let travelers bring local flavors home
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Saturday’s Maltby Street Market — a South Bank phenomenon — is crowded with artisanal purveyors including Kernel Brewery, one of the most exacting and creative of London’s microbreweries.
Buy it at: The Brewery’s stand. Arrive between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Arch 11 on Dockley Road to sample its chocolaty London Porter or crisp lemony Chinook Pale Ale. They’re the perfect taste of London.
Stonehouse California Extra Virgin Blood Orange Olive Oil
This Stonehouse product (let's call it EVBOOO) combines the nuances of extra virgin oil and sweet-perfumed citrus — it’s made from ripe blood oranges pressed with late-harvest olives.
Buy it at: The Ferry Building Marketplace’s Stonehouse shop (1 Sausalito; 500 ml, $20).
New York City
A Jar of Empire Mayonnaise
Stop into a gourmet market or Empire Mayonnaise’s own Brooklyn storefront in Prospect Heights to grab what has to be the most unusual of Brooklyn’s ever-growing roster of artisanal foods: homemade mayonnaise from former pastry chef Sam Mason. The jars are nicely designed and filled with colorful mayo flavored with epicurean ingredients like smoked paprika, bacon or French curry.
Buy it at: Empire Mayonnaise (564 Vanderbilt Ave.; 718-636-2069; 4 oz. jar, $6).
Applewood Smoked Sea Salt
Since just a pinch of this fragrant black salt powers up the flavor of even the quietest ingredients — cottage cheese, for example — it’s great atop anything from sliced tomatoes to steamed salmon.