California Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mordecai, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Also orange socks, but that is a bit off topic.

    Meat prices look normal on the high end stuff, and high on the more rustic cuts, compared to what I see.


    +1. $10/lb oxtail?
     


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    Those prices are what I pay to high end butchers in NY, more or less.

    yeah, those aren't out of line for that kind of product. and remember that the next time you're complaining about feed lots. if you want stuff that's conscientiously raised, it's going to cost more. me, i'm usually at the mexican market paying $1.99 a pound for pork shoulder. but at least i don't pretend.

    I agree - the prices are similar to Whole Foods even - it's just frustrating to have a lack of choices between the bottom end and the top end. The typical grocery stores have pretty sad selections, and the high end is more than I'm willing to spend for my daily fare. I suppose I have found a few Mexican neighborhood markets to fill the gap, and I appreciate you Russ for the pointer on Seafood King, but it took a while to find these places. I'm lamenting the demise of the regular old neighborhood butcher. I suppose I'm getting this thread off topic so I'll drop it.
     


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    +1. $10/lb oxtail?

    The comment about waste specifically relates to oxtail (and a few others). I've paid much less/lb for it, but never had any with more meat on them, nor any as good in flavor, although I didn't ask about their provenance.
     


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    The comment about waste specifically relates to oxtail (and a few others). I've paid much less/lb for it, but never had any with more meat on them, nor any as good in flavor, although I didn't ask about their provenance.

    That's true, those do look like they have a ton of meat on them.
     


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    I agree - the prices are similar to Whole Foods even - it's just frustrating to have a lack of choices between the bottom end and the top end. The typical grocery stores have pretty sad selections, and the high end is more than I'm willing to spend for my daily fare. I suppose I have found a few Mexican neighborhood markets to fill the gap, and I appreciate you Russ for the pointer on Seafood King, but it took a while to find these places. I'm lamenting the demise of the regular old neighborhood butcher. I suppose I'm getting this thread off topic so I'll drop it.

    There are two great neighborhood butchers in Santa Cruz, one that goes back to the '30s. Until about 15 years ago, prices were par or lower to chains for superior stuff. They started creeping up. Now they are definitely high but the quality is still much better than chains. There is a better selection of mid to low and poutlry prices are not high.

    We got Whole Foods maybe two years ago and their prices are [​IMG] but at least they haven't pushed up the prices elsewhere.
     


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    I agree - the prices are similar to Whole Foods even - it's just frustrating to have a lack of choices between the bottom end and the top end. The typical grocery stores have pretty sad selections, and the high end is more than I'm willing to spend for my daily fare. I suppose I have found a few Mexican neighborhood markets to fill the gap, and I appreciate you Russ for the pointer on Seafood King, but it took a while to find these places. I'm lamenting the demise of the regular old neighborhood butcher. I suppose I'm getting this thread off topic so I'll drop it.
    Jons on Vermont. They're old school, even though it's in a supermarket. fwiw, the stand alone butcher that I grew up with in Encino is still in business. Seafood city is great
    The funniest thing is seeing them in downtown la. it used to be, before downtown cleaned up, that you would see little clumps of them, families, in some of the absolute worst areas (blade runner is like mr. rogers), looking frantically at their guide books. "WTF?" or whatever the german translation would be.
    [​IMG] "It says Scarface was shot here. I assumed they meant the movie.."
     


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    I agree - the prices are similar to Whole Foods even - it's just frustrating to have a lack of choices between the bottom end and the top end. The typical grocery stores have pretty sad selections, and the high end is more than I'm willing to spend for my daily fare. I suppose I have found a few Mexican neighborhood markets to fill the gap, and I appreciate you Russ for the pointer on Seafood King, but it took a while to find these places. I'm lamenting the demise of the regular old neighborhood butcher. I suppose I'm getting this thread off topic so I'll drop it.

    yup, but depending on where you live, you can still find them. at the old farmers market (the one with no farmers), there's a great butcher (marconda's) and a great poulterer (pilgrim).
     


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    yup, but depending on where you live, you can still find them. at the old farmers market (the one with no farmers), there's a great butcher (marconda's) and a great poulterer (pilgrim).

    I think I had a friend in high school whose parents broke up because of apoultery.
     


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    Where is this?

    if matt won't answer ... it's marshall store on tomales bay.
     


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    I think I had a friend in high school whose parents broke up because of apoultery.

    were they "wingers"? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    were they "wingers"? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I don't think so. The wife liked hens better than cocks. (I had to do it - sorry)
     


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    Stuff changing in my old neighborhood.


    Highland Park, 85 years ago:

    [​IMG]

    Same building after some renovations today

    [​IMG]
     


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    They produce some of the best beers available, bar none:

    [​IMG]
     


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    Stuff changing in my old neighborhood.


    What a crime.
     


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