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Pumpkin everything....That time of the year!

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Seeking recommendations for great pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, soup, etc. Anything pumpkin!

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  1. I just bought the pumpkin bread/muffin mix from Trader Joes for a few bucks and it was delish. To keep this post on topic, I'll mention that Mimi's Cafe usually has some pretty good pumpkin pancakes this time of year.

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    1. re: SouthOCHound

      I'm familiar with those, thanks for the reminder.

      1. re: SouthOCHound

        I was going to suggest the pumpkin pancakes at Mimi's! My sister ordered them this past weekend and took a couple of bites. They're pretty tasty especially with the apples that come on top of them.

      2. Sometime around this time of year, Bennett's in the Farmer's Market will do pumpkin ice cream which is one of my favorites.

        1. Okay... I did this one last year. Here's the list of Pumpkin dishes I sampled:

          Fritto Misto's Pumpkin Ravioli in sage cream sauce (not bad, but leaves much to be desired)
          Pumpkin Curry at Chandni (eh...)
          Pumpkin pastry at Amandine (tooo sweet!)
          Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (it's better this year, Pyramid took over the contract)
          Monastery of the Angels Pumpkin Bread (it was a little too fluffy and generic)
          Double Rainbow Pumpkin Ice Cream (very nice, very spicy)
          Dr. Bob's Pumpkin Ice Cream (the carton I got may have been very old... not so good)
          Coldstone Pumpkin Patch Ice Cream Sundae (like the concept, in execution the blend-ins are better than the pumpkin base)
          Yashima Pumpkin Salad (eh, again...)
          Griddle Cafe Pumpkin Pancakes (these are unbelievably decadent, with a whole can of pumpkin pie filling on the top... best to share!)
          John O'Groats Pumpkin Pancakes (not bad, not enough pumpkin)
          Jinky's Pumpkin Almond Pancakes (also not bad, but muted pumpkin flavor)
          Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale (not good...)
          Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (Yuck... we really need to get Dogfish Head on the West Coast)
          Luggatti’s Italian Grill Huntington Beach Pumpkin Ravioli (the best of these I've tried)
          Pumpkin macarons at Boule (these are only available when they're in the mood to make them)
          Thai Nakorn's pumpkin custard (terrific, but muted pumpkin flavor)
          Pumpkin Curry at Busaba Thai (so very good)
          Jack in the Box Pumpkin Shake (surprisingly good, honestly)
          Pumpkin Tamales at Gallego's (very good stuff)
          Pumpkin Tamales at Mother's Market Costa Mesa (not as good, but still pumpkiny!)
          Baskin Robbin's Pumpkin Ice Cream (Pretty lame)

          Go forth and forage for rich pumpkiny goodness!

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          1. re: Moomin

            Great list...where do I find Double Rainbow ice cream?? Thank you!

            1. re: eriny

              Double Rainbow is a Bay Area ice-creamery, they stock it in most Trader Joe's locations. Pumpkin is one of their most popular flavors, but it rarely comes out before October 15th... get it while it's cold.

              1. re: Moomin

                Trader Joe's nationwide carries Double Rainbow, lucky for us, but this year they haven't started selling the Pumpkin one yet. I wonder why they're behind?

                1. re: ilovepumpkins

                  No Double Rainbow Pumpkin this year at all according to two different westside locations. They don't know why, but it's definitely not coming in.

              2. re: eriny

                I think there is a Double Rainbow in WLA somewhere... Let me check... I used to go there when I lived on the West Side.

                1. re: WandererLA

                  It used to be on Westwood just past Santa Monica Blvd., but it was closed and a Starbucks moved in at least five years ago. Sorry. There are no Double Rainbow locations in Los Angeles anymore.

                  The Pumpkin pints should start showing up in Trader Joe's midmonth, though. Last year they were late with their shipment... which meant they stayed in stock into the New Year.

                  1. re: Moomin

                    Not LA, but there's on on State Street in Santa Barbara.

              3. re: Moomin

                This is amazing! Did you do all this in one day? The holiday is a short one...I am serious: over what period of time did you accomplish this wondrous feat?

                1. re: liu

                  It's possible to get most of these from September through November. My wife and I indulge in a pumpkin orgy virtually every year.

                2. re: Moomin

                  I'll second the pumpkin raviolis at Lugatti's - they're heavenly! Another don't miss item is the pumpkin pie at the Filling Station in Orange. It's outrageously good.

                  1. re: Moomin

                    Awesome LIST!!! I do love those Gallegos Pumpkin Tamales... YUM!!!!!!!

                    I also have to put in a plug for my favorite pumpkin thing... Baked Pumpkin drizzled with Clove spiked saramel. One of my favorite desserts ever and you can get them fresh at El Mercado in ELA... :)

                    --Dommy!

                    1. re: Dommy

                      We kicked off the festive pumpkin season on Friday with a multicultural pumpkin feast of Pumpkin Curry from Busaba Thai, Gallego's Pumpkin Tamales, and Frito Misto Pumpkin Ravioli.

                      We had three couples convening from three parts of town with their pumpkin delicacies. It was all washed down with a selection of Buffalo Bill's, Shipyard, and Blue Moon Pumpkin ales.

                      If the Double Rainbow had hit the shelves it would have made a perfect foil for the warm, heavily spiced, pumpkin tamales... but alas, it's late again this year. We probably won't see it at Trader Joe's until Thanksgiving.

                      Thanks again to Ollie for reminding us that the festive season had arrived!

                  2. Pumpkin cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory always puts a smile on my face....

                    How funny, Dr. Bob was my Wine & Spirits professor back in college. I only knew of his chocolate flavors.

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                    1. re: brekkie_fan

                      About two years ago I had an awesome pumpkin shake at Fry's Electronic store in City of Industry. It was completely memorable. I called them last year at this time and they said they didn't have it but a lot of people had been calling and asking about it. Guess I wasn't the only one... I'll be checking there again several times this season just in case!!!

                    2. i'll second the rec for CF's pumpkin cheesecake.

                      also, williams-sonoma sells a great pumpkin bread mix for the bread machine.