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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Austin to Boston Food Swap

We love swapping: cookies, clothes, recipes... you name it. But for the most part, that's all done locally. Our pal Rachel from Boston Food Bloggers had a great idea: what if we swapped food with people halfway across the country? And thus the Austin to Boston Food Swap was born!

The 3 of us were excited to sum up our fair Hub in a single flat-rate box. Our Austin buddy is John of Luvs2Eat, and we wanted to give him a taste of how we experience Boston. So, we set out to source some of our favorite local purveyors and specialties, with a few of our own twists thrown in. Here's what we included:

Though at different ends of the spectrum, Taza Chocolate and Marshmallow Fluff are two treats made right here in Mass. For me, the juxtaposition of high and low brow is part of Boston's food culture.

With all of our institutes of higher learning, Boston is a quite the literary city. We decided to include a taste of our local food writing — a copy of Edible Boston, an issue of Cook's Illustrated, and Shucked, Erin Byers Murray's memoir of life on an oyster farm.

I happened to pick up Shucked at the Eat Boutique Holiday Local Market, where Lyn grabbed some tasty Lark shortbread and Q's Nuts to add to the box.

Last but not least, we had to include something homemade! Into the box went a jar of apple butter, lovingly produced on camera for our CBS Sunday Morning segment on canning that will air sometime in the future.

John, we hope you enjoy your goodies, and we're looking forward to a slice of Texas!

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