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If I could I would bring Absinthe like Odile suggested, but I think the real stuff is not legal here in the US, so I never pushed my luck.
Oh but it is .... La Clandestine from Bugnon, for instance, is imported to the USA a lot. From:

http://www.absintheclassics.com or from

DrinkUpNY

and many more real absinthes from the Val-de-Travers, its birthplace.

One friend who lives in Long Island, NY, often organises tastings at his house, but also at the Steampunk Fair festival in NJ, every May.

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Absinthe was made illegal for some time because the producers would not divulge the exact ingredients used in it's production and hygienic issues the FDA(Food and Drug Administration in the USA) had with it. It's legal now.


Some people have the impression they are drinking a liquid opium or will cut off their ears at the end of the day. Just we are not in the 1790's anymore.


When I go to the south of France Swiss people always ask me to bring Absinthe from there to here. So...
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

A package of Kafferahmli...not that you would otherwise buy them, but could be a good conversation starter when someone asks you what is popular in CH

(Hope no native CH takes offense, it just a unique feature)
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

You should come and visit its birthplace, its Museum and bar (with about 100 absinthes on sale) and some of the distillers. Happy to show you round. Which is your favourite?
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You should come and visit its birthplace, its Museum and bar (with about 100 absinthes on sale) and some of the distillers. Happy to show you round. Which is your favourite?
Is there an affordable hotel near by I can pass out at if I bring a friend or two?
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Check and make that customs won't charge you duties on goods newer than six months. There may be an assumption that you're purchasing goods here to sell there. This applied for us moving to CH from the UK.

If I were going home to CA, then I would want to take my metric measures (although you can buy that stuff there) & some of my killer pots and pans (although you can also buy that stuff there). As the saying goes, 'if it ain't broke, then don't fix it.' This is especially so if your relo package affords you taking loads of stuff.

We've brought our lamps from Calif. to UK to CH, replacing the plugs each time. If you're quite keen on a given lamp, then take it with!

http://http://www.homedepot.com/c/fi...nutes_HT_PG_EL

Things one can't find that easily: Spargeltöpfe, Spaetzlegeräte, Raclettedingbums...but do you really need such things anyway?
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Oh, yes! I just thought of something that, to me, as a baker, is of utmost importance! Vanilla paste is plentiful here, but I don't think I ever saw it back home in CA. We've vanilla extract which is also fine, but very fluid. I've become accustomed to the paste when I bake cakes and cookies and prefer it.
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Is there an affordable hotel near by I can pass out at if I bring a friend or two?
Digressing- so if more questions, by pm. But yes, there is the Hôtel de l'Aigle in Couvet (opposite Bugnon's distillery and up the road from Artemisia), there is a B&B called 'A Côté' in Môtiers, opposite Mauler Champagne and the excellent Auberge des Six Communes, 1 mins walk from Racine and Bovet distillers, and 3 mins walk from La Maison de l'Absinthe Museum, Fornoni distillery- and also Le Père François- and all a couple of minutes from the train station. The village of Boveresse is a 15min walk away with Martin's distillery in a wonderful 1777 house with its own dryer. And several good B&Bs in Fleurier, near the train station. One is next to Fata's distillery and near L'Herboriste and Guilloud, called 'Beurre et Confiture'- and of course about 15 mins by car to Pontarlier, and Guy and Pernot distilleries too, with Hôtel St Pierre. Only 30 mins from Neuchâtel, so also possible to stay there and visit from there.

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A package of Kafferahmli...not that you would otherwise buy them, but could be a good conversation starter when someone asks you what is popular in CH

(Hope no native CH takes offense, it just a unique feature)
I'm a native Swiss, and no, I don't take offense. Quite the opposite. It's a means to prove to Americans that the Swiss use real cream, not just a white powder of unknown composition.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

I will also be leaving soon and don't really plan on thanking anything to the states, except maybe some chocolates and a swiss watch or two
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Take one of those big cow bells back to CA and secure it to the front of your car.

Aside from that, I would just take chocolates like Villars, Ragusa, and well, that's pretty much it.
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I'm a native Swiss, and no, I don't take offense. Quite the opposite. It's a means to prove to Americans that the Swiss use real cream, not just a white powder of unknown composition.
Um actually we have real cream in the US too. We have Choices is the point, if you prefer powdered cream it's available, if you prefer real cream it's available, if you prefer flavored cream, that's available too.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

I would def take chocolate, Caotina hot chocolate mix and if you can a nice watch just for sentimental value because there's a 100% chance you can get the same watch in the US for half the price.
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Go across the border in France and get healthy, but expiration date in mind, cheap medical and vitamin supplies.
Why would someone who is healthy need vitamin supplies? There is no shortfall of fresh fruit and vegetable in California (as well as here).
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And if you need vitamins, etc, one of the best sources in the US is iherb.com - located in california!
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Memories. And, I hope, some good ones.
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First, I don't know why people suggest bring coffee. It's the MACHINE that makes the real difference and yes you can get an espresso machine in the U.S. For beans check out Sweet Maria's or the Blue Bottle, highly rated amongst coffee snobs world wide.
Second, if you like beer your now in paradise. Enjoy having over 100 craft brewers within a 50 mile radius. Try everything from Stone brewery. Same with wine.

Where in NorCal are you relocating? Just asking to give more local advise.

Third, Cali is a sinking ship. It's full of debt with a large portion of the population on a handout mentality (gangs, drugs, crime and meth) and she has over regulated herself to near death. Don't fart outside or you'll be finned for methane pollution. Housing is beyond anything a reasonable reality would suggest. Quite a few house sit empty as "housing investors" make more money off the $30-50 credit check fee from potential renters than actually renting it out. That said I still love and miss Cali dearly. Every time I go back it's like being able to breath fresh air again. Food. Healthy food. And tons of choices. I miss grocery shopping there.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

I would bring back a good swiss quality coffee machine
-and my steam iron - its migros, but its extremely robust. I will just buy an adapter for it to use in north america
-my mom thinks european washing machines are better - she may have a point. She is trying to convince me to bring mine when i move to Toronto
-i will bring as much chocolate as my bag allows for. If customs werent checking, i would have brought cheese, landjaeger and cervela.
-biberli and birrewegge! lots of it!
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I would bring back a good swiss quality coffee machine
-and my steam iron - its migros, but its extremely robust. I will just buy an adapter for it to use in north america
-my mom thinks european washing machines are better - she may have a point. She is trying to convince me to bring mine when i move to Toronto
-i will bring as much chocolate as my bag allows for. If customs werent checking, i would have brought cheese, landjaeger and cervela.
-biberli and birrewegge! lots of it!



You can get most of it here
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/german-market/
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1) Buy 25 packets of aspirin, about CHF 12.50 a packet of 20 tablets. In the USA they sell them in bottles of 500 tablets (hence the 25 packets) for less than $4.00, at the grocery store right between the light bulbs and the hunting ammo. Granted, those are only 325 mg instead of the Swiss 500 mg, but your Californian neighbors will turn green of envy when you tell them that you have aspirin that's 80 times as expensive as their stuff.

Now wait a minute.....
just for the note; if you ask for generika aspirin it is about CHF 3 for 20 tablets
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