@Cassandra: I appreciate the suggestions and insight. You had me at "cookie"!
I wanted to try to impress my new husband with my cooking skills, but after price-checking nearby places to eat it probably does make much more sense to hit some of the cheaper joints instead of stressing about cooking too much. From what I can tell the quality will be better than anything I could cobble together in our bare-bones kitchen.
@salpico: I do plan on bringing a few knives and maybe a peeler for cutting fruit. Searing Ahi is a great idea. I will bring a few 59cent packets of sesame seeds from the Mexican grocery.
Hi, NYCEater I'd love to have the recipe for the shortbread if you don't mind. I have some nice Murray River salt I could use for that (I think). I'm trying to sort out which is the best shortbread recipe to use and that sounds like a winner.
Catboy, did you use any cookie cutters on the shortbread? I wonder if shapes would hold up in the mail. I kinda want to do round with scalloped edges. I bet she would love it with the lemon rind btw.
I think I'm going to go with a variety of lemon shortbread, apricot hamentaschen, and sour cream twists.
Thanks so much for the great shipping and baking info everyone! My grandma will be so happy.
I second the cafe at Chez Panisse. It's very reasonably priced and it'll knock your socks off.
I was thinking the same thing, squid. My friend's birthday is tonight but I'm sure she'd be just as happy with cupcakes.