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Buying fresh/hot peppers in Orange County?

Fantastic! Thanks a lot omotosando. I think next pay check I will try them out as I love Thai chiles and to be honest, have actually never bought any. Have you ever tried to dry or pickle them? That, along with trying to make some nam pla prik, is going to be my next project.

If you're into chiles, I recommend thehippyseedco.com for a great selection of seeds, sauces, and other things pepper. It is a little home-grown family and friends operation in the Down Under. Their hot sauces are absolutely amazing, 100% "organic" and without the awful chemically extract/capsician powder additives (which seriously taste/smell awful and has no resemblance to the real taste and heat of most chiles... I can't believe that stuff sells and its kind of sad because a lot of the super hot chiles they should be using have great, unique, and often surprisingly fruity flavors), that almost everyone seems to put into hot sauces these days. Neil, the owner, also recently set the new Guiness World Record last year with a Butch T Scorpion, usurping the Bhut's ranking as the hottest.

And Dave: I'm Carrion_Fairy on the SAFII blogs and am going to be your "wo bu pa ma" comment tomorrow at Chong Qing, hopefully it gets me upgraded. Lamb with cumin here I come!

Mar 23, 2012
Dyldo in Los Angeles Area

Buying fresh/hot peppers in Orange County?

Thanks DU! Yeah, I know its far off season, but I know some farmers grow year-round to keep the supply up in the dry season sometimes.

I was at El Fortin a couple weeks ago and they had a large bowl of fresh chillis at the register, 3 for $2 I think. I'm not totally sure what kind they were but had a night heat and made a nice grilled popper.

Mar 23, 2012
Dyldo in Los Angeles Area

Buying fresh/hot peppers in Orange County?

I'm wondering if any of you hounds know of a good farmers market, or even a market, that has a good selection of peppers. Jalapenos and Habs are fine, but I'm also interested in getting rarer or hotter varieties (scotch bonnets, nagas, even bhuts or butch T). I had a nice little garden going but they all crapped out and this chili head needs his fix.

I live in Orange, so that surrounding area would be best, but if there's anything exceptional even out as far as LA I'd probably take the trek. Thanks!

Mar 23, 2012
Dyldo in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast at the Orange circle

The Filling Station, while a great location and really enjoyable for sitting outside on warm weekend mornings, is pretty forgettable in terms of taste. Bland potatoes, unseasoned eggs, cardboard bacon, and forgettable omelets. The Belgian waffle is good, but its just a Belgian waffle.

It also gets really crowded on the weekends and with the food being what it is, definitely not worth the wait. I asked myself why I wasted money and calories here when I was leaving.

Feb 22, 2012
Dyldo in Los Angeles Area

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village (first impressions)

Went here a few weeks ago. The XLB is the best I've ever had, hands down. Incredible taste explosion with the textures being just right and the soup/juice flooding your palate.

I also ordered the back-alley pork (that really is an unfortunate name) which was also very good. Very sweet, almost like some kind of carnivorous candy treat. There are two sizes and I split the smaller one with the lady and after the first bite immediately regretted not spending a bit extra for more. They put a hard-boiled egg in there which the meat sits on top of that really didn't click for me.

Feb 22, 2012
Dyldo in Los Angeles Area

Barolo Cafe in Tustin

Late reply, but just saw this.

Barolo has a few excellent dishes with others ranging decent to mediocre. The Linguine Cardinale is mind blowing, incredibly creamy and rich with the pasta perfectly al dente. My knees quiver thinking about it. Get it! The chicken pesto is also great. Generous portions.

The complimentary focaccia bread is good, but make sure you tell them you'd like your order cut from the center as its the much more soft and buttery. The salad is nothing to write home about.

The specials can be hit or miss. Every now-and-then they have a duck raviloli that is quite delicious. Lemon sole with capers is good, too, when they have it.

I've heard it described as Italian-American, but the owner/chef (and its just him cooking), who's name escapes me, actually moved here from Italy and started the place up something like 10-15 years ago so there's some authenticity to the dishes. He can be a character, shouting in Italian over sizzling pans amicably arguing with another patron about a soccer game on TV.

Feb 22, 2012
Dyldo in Los Angeles Area