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Oct 11, 2006 04:36 PM

Sweet treats you miss from back home? [moved from LA board]

[NOTE: we've moved this from the LA board because we try to keep that board focused on finding great chow in LA. Since this topic is about foods NOT found in LA, it's off topic for that board. -- The Chowhound Team]

I just wanted to ask if there are any sweet treats you miss from back home since moving to L.A. My husband, for example, misses the pecan logs from Georgia. I, being from Manila, miss Serg's chocolates, Chocnut and filipino style Food for the gods (yum!).

I would like to be familiar with what indulgences people are missing from their hometown/state/country and what you wish was readily available here in L.A.

Your responses are much appreciated :)

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  1. Friendy's ice cream sundaes! Mmmm.

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    1. re: BearRock

      With butter pecan ice cream and pineapple syrup! (Yes, I know I'm a freak.)

      1. re: BearRock

        Friendly's Reeses Pieces Sundae all the way, man. This is absolutely one of my most favorite things to eat in the world. And although, to me, it tastes amazing, I think my enjoyment has as much to do with nostalgia as it does with that.

      2. I'm in Santa Barbara, originally from (southern) New Jersey. Two things I miss:

        * Tastykake snack cakes, especially the chocolate cupcakes, peanutbutter 'kandykakes', and jelly 'krimpets'. I actually think Tastykake might be available nationally now, but I still only see them regularly when I'm back in the northeast/midlantic.

        * Zeppole: basically Italian fried pizza dough dusted with powdered sugar. These were a summer beach/boardwalk staple, and I don't think I've had them in over 15 years. I know there are various versions of fried dough/funnelcake type sweets (county fair food) around the country, but these are definitely something regional that I miss.

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        1. re: allegro805

          To keep this on topic, here are some sources for you:

          Philly West, John's Philly Grille and South Street all have various Tastykakes... Kandy Kakes and Krimpets for sure. Ralphs has (or had?) them in boxes.

          Zeppole -- unfortunately you've missed it, but each year in Hollywood there's a Feast of San Gennaro, which is pretty much just a bocce court, a stage with people singing Italian songs badly, and twenty or thirty food booths. Zeppole are available there. Also, from experience, if you fry Trader Joe's prepared pizza dough and toss in the paper sack with the powdered sugar, you'll have your zeppole.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Thanks, Übergeek. I think I need to look around at the supermarkets for TastyKakes -- I do think they're distributed nationally now.

            Homemade zeppole might work if I were jonesing really bad (but who wants to deal with deep fat at home!) -- and it's just not the same if not being eaten on the boardwalk!

        2. Fresh Dragon beard candy, anyone know where to get them?

          1. As a native Angeleno, I miss Wil Wright's butter pecan ice cream,
            a proper CC Brown's hot fudge sundae, Blum's coffee cake, Chasen's hobo steak, LaBarbera's over-cheesed pizzas, Lum's hot dogs boiled in beer, Ship Shape burgers, and Helms jelly doughnuts.

            Also the ``pine needle'' dumplings from Yangchow, the crackling eel with yellow chives at Deli World Cafe, the multicourse all-duck feasts at Quanjude, the Hunan bread at Good Taste, and the amazing chow fun at the old Home Cafe in Chinatown. For a start.

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            1. re: condiment

              I'm sorry to tell you that Quanjude has gone out of business.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                ALL of the places I listed have gone out of business. Thus sweet treats I miss
                from back home, even though I seem to have never left.

                1. re: condiment

                  Yang Chow is alive and kicking in Chinatown and in Woodland Hills.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Sorry. I was thinking of Silver Wing, a Yangchow-style cafe
                    that located to the Silicon Valley several years ago. It was
                    a fine place, and nobody has executed the Yangchow classics in quite
                    the same way since. The restaurant Yang Chow is miserable.

            2. sopapillas! so difficult to find out here.

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              1. re: mollyomormon

                They're not really -- they just aren't called sopaipillas here, they're called buñuelos. They're available in every Mexican supermarket. :)