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    California: What ingredients, or foods?

    SoapinTrucker
    Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:34 am
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    When you think of California, what foods or main ingredients do YOU think of, what comes to mind? Even if you have never been to California, what do you think of? Thanks! icon_smile.gif

    Mike
    graffeetee
    Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:45 am
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    avocados, 'cause you can grow em yourself there! and cal-mex. also wine and mesquite grilled foods....
    TheeBadMonkey
    Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:01 am
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    Oh yes, definitely avocados - I've got a couple trees in the yard. And of course the treasures found in Napa. Living in California also gave me a great appreciation of cilantro.

    I also think of the great family-owned strip-mall ethnic restaurants (usually total dives) in the San Fernando Valley. You can have incredible and authentic food from El Salvador, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Guam all in one half-mile stretch of Victory Blvd. Cheap as all get-out too!
    MaryMc
    Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:01 pm
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    Walnuts, almonds, olives, apricots, grapes, rice--can you tell I grew up in the Sacramento Valley?
    dianegrapegrower
    Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:09 pm
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    Having grown up as the the daughter of one of California's farmers, I never thought of CA having a "cuisine". Just took it for granted. But having seen other parts of the country, I've come to think that one of the most special things about CA is it's food. The incredible ethnic diversity, and the rich abundance of fruits, veges, and seafood. Think - tomatoes, lettuces, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, melons, apricots, grapes, peaches, avocados, olives, walnuts, almonds, pistachios (yeah, I know, CA's full of fruits and nuts...). Crab, shrimp, albacore tuna, salmon - the list just goes on and on... And San Francisco sour dough bread - I'm glad to be eating in California!
    Diane
    katie in the UP
    Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:33 pm
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    Having been from Calif....I miss the fruits and veggies!!
    I miss the great Sushi!! Real Mexican food!!
    We buy our San Francisco Sourdough over the internet now...so that's OK DS keeps us supplied with dried fruits...nothing better than fresh SunMaid Raisins (Kingsburg, CA)
    Oh, and another thing...YOU CAN'T BUY TRI TIP anywhere else icon_confused.gif
    PanNan
    Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:23 pm
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    I think of specifics such as abalone, citrus fruit, avocados, artichokes, sour dough bread, wine, and wonderfully fresh produce and seafood in general.
    Sharon123
    Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:52 pm
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    I lived near Watsonville, the artichoke capital! We could go to little stands along the coast hwy and buy fried artichoke hearts-yum!

    Also cauliflower and broccoli-we would see trucks carrying the produce occasionally spill some out on the road and we would always stop and pick them up.

    Also mushrooms- the folks next door to us worked at a mushroom farm and would bring home bags of tiny mushrooms for us that they would just give away.
    When I lived in Big Sur, we would harvest wild chantrelle mushrooms. My husband would occaionally bring home abalone and we would feast!(also mussels)

    Almonds come to mind-when I lived in Turlock, we had almond trees galore!

    Deer were pentiful too-my husband would hunt several times a year. The monks across the hwy from us made wine and would bring us over cases of their going out of date wine, which we would use to marinate the deer, along with other ingredients of course.

    A gentleman down the road raised goats and we would buy herbed goat cheese occasionally from him. At one time we took care of over 40 goats, and they would sometimes get free and lay on the highway! The local police would knock on our door and tell us to please get the goats off the road. Lots of memories of California. icon_biggrin.gif
    Rainbow*Bubbles
    Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:05 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    The things that most stick in my memory from CA are the sourdough bread (being from U.K. I'd never had it before, it was amazing!), the seafood in San Francisco especially (first time I'd tried crab, I loved it so much!), avocados (I don't like them personally but my mum loved them), and the fresh fruit and veg in general.
    momaphet
    Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:33 pm
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    I spent my tween-early20's in S. CA and all my family is still there.
    Lemons, oranges, dates (I wonder if the date shake shack is still on PCH?), fish, cheap booze - ok scratch that icon_redface.gif I was young.
    MaryMc
    Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:27 pm
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    momaphet wrote:
    I spent my tween-early20's in S. CA and all my family is still there.
    Lemons, oranges, dates (I wonder if the date shake shack is still on PCH?), fish, cheap booze - ok scratch that icon_redface.gif I was young.


    You mean the one between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach? I don't know, but I remember it, too!
    momaphet
    Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:11 pm
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    MaryMc wrote:
    momaphet wrote:
    I spent my tween-early20's in S. CA and all my family is still there.
    Lemons, oranges, dates (I wonder if the date shake shack is still on PCH?), fish, cheap booze - ok scratch that icon_redface.gif I was young.


    You mean the one between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach? I don't know, but I remember it, too!


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