Pumpkin everything....That time of the year!
Seeking recommendations for great pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, soup, etc. Anything pumpkin!
Sometime around this time of year, Bennett's in the Farmer's Market will do pumpkin ice cream which is one of my favorites.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
i'll second the rec for CF's pumpkin cheesecake.
also, williams-sonoma sells a great pumpkin bread mix for the bread machine.