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SoCal Indigenous Ingredients

Servorg,

You are correct in your assessment of my intentions. I'm not as interested in what is cultivated but what is passively part of the ecosystem. What Chowhound doesn't want to try new things, especially something outside the boiler plate (foodie or traditional) holiday food? There are some fantastically informative responses and I am getting geeked about the possibilities this year. Now I just need to take up hunting, fishing, and gathering.

Oct 11, 2008
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Slingers in OC

All you STL transplants: Where can I find a slinger in OC outside of my kitchen? It is far too much work to craft whilst hungover. Is there a Tiffany's clone to satiate me?

Apr 25, 2008
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Regional Mexican Food in OC?

The fire has been lit! I've have been bitten by the Mexican food bug, for it is only recently that a life-long SoCal has discovered a cuisine that offers more than frijoles y carne asada. But am seeking chow-worthy establishments in the OC that specialize in one of the major/minor regions of Mexican cuisine. Though Tacos Jaliscos and Veracruz Restaurant are within a block of my current abode, my thirst needs further slaking.

Mar 15, 2008
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

San Marzano Tomatoes in OC

Where can I find these without having to trek to the boondocks? (I'm in central OC) It shouldn't be hard, but I'm clueless.

Jan 02, 2008
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Indigenous Ingredients

I'm shooting for what the native folks would have eaten before LA was founded. Since SoCal is so recently settled we really don't have a strong local cuisine. The cactus, olives, and peppers are interesting. I also thought of rabbit, sage, dove, spiny lobster, but I really don't know how much of the chaparral ecosystem is edible or even what can be found offshore.

Oct 09, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

SoCal Indigenous Ingredients

So I'm not becoming a localvore, but I want our thanksgiving feast to celebrate the foods that are native to Southern California. The questions I have are: What are native foods? Where can I find them, especially in OC? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Oct 09, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Merguez and Rabbit in OC

Where can I find such ingredients in not-so-good ol' OC? Does Black Sheep Bistro's store sell these, or do I need to venture to LA?

Sep 17, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Ohio style pizza in LA?

Manhattan Cafe! Wow that takes me back. I have only heard of this foulsome pizza in St. Louis and only sampled the Imo's iteration. It tasted like bile- even after a couple of pitchers of AB's best. For what it's worth, my South-City rugby team decried St. Louis style pizza as nasty. Go figure.

Sep 04, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Where are good OC Coffee Shops, besides Starbucks

There are three places that I will frequent in my avoidance of the evil empire. I notice that atmosphere is important to you, but these recommendations are more in line with high coffee standards. Kean Coffee in Newport Beach (17th and Irvine) is great- Martin Diedrich does the roasting and the baristas are well trained. Kaffa is on Main Street across from St. Joseph's hospital in Santa Ana is likewise dedicated to great coffee, though the atmosphere is not exceptional. There is also a newish coffee house on Walnut and Glassell in Orange, just down the street from Chapman University that does a good job and has SCAA posters on the wall (always a good sign.) I think it is called Chapman Coffee. Any one of these three is light years better than Starbucks, and though none of them are particularly close to Tustin, the focus is on the quality of coffee and it shows.

Aug 24, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Beer Bar in Newport

Goat Hill is the only option. Yardhouse pads their selections with cheap domestics while Goat Hill's taps are primarily California and other Micros. Plus Goat Hill has sawdust on the floor and a kitchy dive vibe about it. If you need polished wood and pretense, Yardhouse would probably be a better fit.

Aug 14, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

best mexican in the OC?

I second the El Taco taquitos. Whether they are authentic (or if that is even possible) I do not know. But impossibly hot and crunchy, redolent of beef and spice, they are well worth a visit.

Jul 17, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area

Frozen custard in LA?

I too am from the fine burg of St. Louis and have not yet found anything even resembling Ted Drew's in SoCal. Perhaps the lack of humidity and Cards fans makes the custard rather ordinary. Then again, maybe it is the honey.

Jun 28, 2007
mrpeccator in Los Angeles Area