In order to feel like a good houseguest, I always bring goodies. I try and cater it to the host's desires: wine for the oenophile, fiery sauces for fellow hot heads, etc.
We are getting ready to visit family in Whitianga, New Zealand. My relatives used to live in the Seattle area, and seem to miss Costco, among many other things. I offered to bring whatever they need, and here are their picks:
-64 ounce Yoshida sauce. While the Yoshida brand sounds familiar, Smart & Final did not carry any of it. After asking the S&F staff (friendly and helpful, yes!) if they had a good substitute, and getting a truthful "we don't carry it and I don't know what the ingredients are," it was time for further action. I reluctantly bugged Oscar at work so he could Google Yoshida. After he read me the Yoshida line of teriyaki sauces to me, I picked a substitute: Kikkoman's Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, the Original Teriyaki.
-Any sort of hot sauces. No need to Google that, although a Hot Sauce blog query would've helped. I selected Tapatio, Sriracha, Trappey's Red Devil Cayenne Pepper Sauce, and The Original "Louisiana" The Perfect Hot Sauce, One Drop Does It. All of these items will be carefully wrapped and placed in a box, rather than in my suitcase. I will write my relatives' address, in case the box goes missing en route. That's also a great way to guarantee I won't have clothes dripping with hot red goo.
-They asked for 5 lbs. of Columbian whole bean coffee, but they're getting 6 lbs. total. That's 4 lbs. of whole bean Peerless Hawaiian Island blend, and 2 lbs. of the Peerless Sunrise Blend.
-Life Cereal. My cousins have always loved this stuff. I hope 62 ounces gets them by for a good while.