Saturday, March 14, 2009
calling all omnivores
I can't recall if I've posted about LaVerne's Corner Butcher Shop, but in any case they deserve some more press -- if for no other reason than that we want to make sure they keep a healthy business going in these tough times.
Yesterday K. was working from home, so we met up for lunch at CBS. They have specials every day, and yesterday's was a housemade hotdog and a Dale Brothers beer for $1.99. The dog, as K. kept saying afterwards, was the Platonic ideal of a hotdog. Me, I'm not sure that hotdogs get to have a Platonic form, but this was the best dog I've ever had (while still being undisputably a dog).
The cases at CBS are full of all kinds of amazing stuff, including a zillion kinds of sausage and the output of their smoking ovens. They're open till 8 on weekdays and 6 on weekends, so with a little planning you can swing by after work and pick up something nice -- no need to rely on the supermarket (and their questionable provenance). The seafood/fish case at CBS isn't large, but the selection changes every day, and everything I've tried was of top quality.
I have a new colleague who just moved here from the midwest. I namedropped various ethnic markets one too many times, and he asked me for a list of my sources. So, here are the ethnic places that I shop. Does anyone have others to add to the list, especially for the underrepresented cuisines?
El Super (cheap if not fabulous)
Upland Farmers Market (the best)
Basha (the furthest and biggest)
Grove Farmers Market (the nearest and worst)
What have I missed?