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Source for Muscovy Duck in OC?

OCEllen, I saw Grimaud Muscovy ducks @ Bristol Farms in NB yesterday afternoon.

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Bristol Farms
810 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA

Apr 18, 2011
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Where can I buy European butter?

Persian markets often have a good selection of butter... I get lightly salted Lurpak at my local (in OC), for instance.

Aug 18, 2010
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Fresh chicken livers in OC

Another place to try might be the Tustin Whole Foods... I have had good luck with chicken livers there.

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Whole Foods Market
2847 Park Ave, Tustin, CA

Jul 07, 2010
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Best REAL Al Pastor (vertical spit only!) in Orange County, CA?????

Subal, I wasn't being sarcastic... I felt terrible that you had a bad experience at TG. I guess I shouldn't have mentioned it.

I'm glad you found a place you like!

Jun 26, 2010
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Best REAL Al Pastor (vertical spit only!) in Orange County, CA?????

Gosh, that sounds terrible!

Never seen anything remotely like that there, but then my visits have always been midday or a.m. It's not a nighttime shopping center, that is true.

I love their escabeche... vinegar/chile is the dominant flavor profile of escabeche. "Red beans" doesn't sound right, though... always traditional pintos, in my experience.

What is a "corn taco"?

I realize any price is too high for something one doesn't like, but, $1.10 is expensive?

Jun 11, 2010
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Best REAL Al Pastor (vertical spit only!) in Orange County, CA?????

Also in Orange just a couple of blocks N. from T. Mexico where Glassell forks into Orange-Olive, and very very good, Taqueria Guadalupana has the vertical spit.

(Would be a simple matter to hit both, seems like.)

Longer T. Guadalupana writeup: http://www.ocfoodnation.com/EatNice/i...

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Taqueria Guadalupana
1997 N Orange Olive Rd, Orange, CA 92865

Jun 02, 2010
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The Absolute Best Espresso in Orange County

Consistency, lack of same, is the problem at Kean, whose beans are delicious.

Such nice people work there... wish there was more attention paid to quality control or training or whatever it would take to make it dependable.

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May 18, 2010
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Parmigiano Reggiano in OC

Saw some very good-looking Parmigiano Reggiano in the cheese case @ Lucca Cafe in Irvine just the other day.

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Lucca Cafe & Market
6507 Quail Hill Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92603

Apr 09, 2010
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Parmigiano Reggiano in OC

Claro's Reggiano is often in good condition and worth buying. Also Whole Foods.

Both occasionally have condition issues, and either'll cost more per # than TJ's, of course.

(I agree with JB on the Pecorino Romano -- the one that TJ carries is remarkably good, esp. @ its bargain price.)

Apr 06, 2010
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OC salt-packed anchovies?

Well, I happened to be in Tustin this a.m. and Claro's did indeed have them back on the counter.

Thanks laryss!

Mar 21, 2010
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OC salt-packed anchovies?

On my last several visits Claro's hasn't, although for years they did, on top of the deli counter.

Have you seen them there recently?

Mar 20, 2010
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OC salt-packed anchovies?

Very good. Will try there. Thanks!

Mar 20, 2010
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OC salt-packed anchovies?

Thank you, I'll try that... AND the sandwich!

Mar 20, 2010
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OC salt-packed anchovies?

Anyone know of a source for salt-packed anchovies in Orange County? Claro's used to have them on the counter, but does no longer.

I'd be willing to invest in the kilo tin if that is what is available, but would prefer being able to buy in smaller increments.

Thanks in advance for any info.

Mar 20, 2010
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Breakfast tacos in OC?

Celinda's in RSM has breakfast tacos on the menu... http://www.celindas.com/menu-pageLEFT...

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Celindas the Original Mexican Dell
29941 Aventura, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Mar 04, 2010
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LA area raw unprocessed honey?

Honey Pacifica sells both raw and filtered.

Jan 22, 2010
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MINI-REVIEW: Seafare Inn - Whittier's Heirloom of the Sea

Yet my age has continued to advance in this same interim -- just doing my part to maintain the statistic, I guess.

Fried is good here, as has been mentioned, as is one of the fresh fish, griddled or as they call it grilled.

Jan 15, 2010
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MINI-REVIEW: Seafare Inn - Whittier's Heirloom of the Sea

Can't believe Seafare Inn is topical!

My family's been eating there since 1962, and it's charmingly unchanged -- even the average customer age.

Jan 15, 2010
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Japanese Mandolin is South OC?

Marukai usually has them, although it's true, not always.

Jan 11, 2010
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Pizza e Vino, really good pizza from a wood-fired oven in RSM (OC)

Thanks!

Were you able to approach the flavor profile w/TJ ingredients? Not to mention the wood-burning oven element. Bet it was more than edible even so.

Sep 08, 2009
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Pizza e Vino, really good pizza from a wood-fired oven in RSM (OC)

We had that special w/burrata the other night, too... just really good. As well as our usual four cheese. Love that they're open on Mondays now!

More here: http://www.ocfoodnation.com/EatNice/i...

Sep 02, 2009
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LA Pizza; But what about Orange County ???

My question exactly.

And the answer is: YES. The owner had another imported pizza oven built into a custom trailer, as I found out tonight over the special w/burrata, proscuitto, and microbasil that Christoofat mentioned in the other thread. So good..

Longer writeup here: http://www.ocfoodnation.com/EatNice/i...

Aug 31, 2009
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LA Pizza; But what about Orange County ???

Ya, I know!

Now I want a four cheese really bad.

Aug 26, 2009
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LA Pizza; But what about Orange County ???

You know how dough is different every day... for me, the dough @ PeV has been closer to the too-mature end of the spectrum more often than the too-young. But exceedingly small increments, for what is a very good product.

Pricewise I have no problem... maybe it was the $5 supplement for the bufala? Sometimes that (kind of high) tariff is totally worth it to me, like on their four cheese. Really good.

Aug 26, 2009
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Orange County Fresh Fish Help

Yes, I've found good fish at that F&E several times... albacore in particular. They always seem to have a couple of wild choices.

Aug 13, 2009
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Orange County Fresh Fish Help

Costco has wild salmon and halibut in season, and often ahi or another wild choice as well.

Aug 13, 2009
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LA Pizza; But what about Orange County ???

Glad you tried it! Dough flavor does vary slightly at PeV... I assume according to how mature it is on any given day.

To revisit earlier PeV thoughts: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600166

Aug 10, 2009
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Plugra butter in OC???

KQ, I do like Kerrygold. Very good butter. But the pound blocks of Plugra are very convenient and well-priced for baking and other cooking, and, if fresh, taste very good.

Jul 28, 2009
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Plugra butter in OC???

PS, I did not speak to them about it, no time when I was there the other day.

However it was asking after it at MY local, the El Toro Road store, that got it in there, and superfast too. They are very nice about such things, as you say.

Jul 28, 2009
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Plugra butter in OC???

Still no Plugra @ Irvine Culver/Walnut S&F.

Lake Forest El Toro Road S&F still has it, though, and down a dime the other day to $2.79.

Jul 28, 2009
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