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

sharkgirl88 Oct 11, 2006 04:36 PM

[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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    BearRock Oct 11, 2006 06:15 PM

    Friendy's ice cream sundaes! Mmmm.

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      Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2006 06:23 PM

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

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        charmedgirl Oct 11, 2006 09:06 PM

        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.

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        allegro805 Oct 11, 2006 06:29 PM

        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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          Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2006 06:38 PM

          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.

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            allegro805 Oct 11, 2006 07:15 PM

            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!

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          Problem Child Oct 11, 2006 06:59 PM

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

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            condiment Oct 11, 2006 07:14 PM

            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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              Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2006 09:01 PM

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

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                condiment Oct 13, 2006 12:57 AM

                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.

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                  Das Ubergeek Oct 13, 2006 03:15 AM

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

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                    condiment Oct 13, 2006 07:06 PM

                    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. mollyomormon Oct 11, 2006 07:16 PM

              sopapillas! so difficult to find out here.

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                Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2006 09:02 PM

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

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                frank828 Oct 11, 2006 07:29 PM

                hmm...im a socal native so i guess i have no "back home" :(

                if i were from hawaii tho, i'd miss betty's best cookies...good thing i can still get them online tho.

                1. ozzygee Oct 11, 2006 07:38 PM

                  I miss McDonald's fried apple pies. That counts as a SoCal treat, doesn't it?

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                    cookgirl Oct 11, 2006 07:41 PM

                    El Farolito Carne Asada Super Burritos in SF. And tacos from La Taqueria.

                    1. mr mouther Oct 11, 2006 08:59 PM

                      i miss boiled peanuts, mustard-based bbq and biscuit sandwiches all about equally
                      (from SC originally, scal now)

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                        Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2006 09:02 PM

                        Boiled peanuts are available at most Korean drinking establishments -- at the Pointe and at whatever the place is on the second floor of the monstrosity that replaced the Brown Derby.

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                          mr mouther Oct 12, 2006 06:20 PM

                          are they hot? I've found them at filipino markets in glendale and at A-1 grocery on sunset but they are always cold and not soft (and not salty or spicy.)
                          the best i've been able to do is buy fresh raw penauts and make them myself (when i have 6 hours to kill in season) or buy the ones from A-1 and then reboil them at home with some flavor.
                          But i would love it if the places you mentioned actually serve them soft!

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                            Das Ubergeek Oct 12, 2006 11:08 PM

                            They're soft, but not hot... stone cold, sorry.

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                        SanJoseHound Oct 11, 2006 11:25 PM

                        I'm Filipino too. Although I grew up here, I miss the churros y chocolate at Dulcinea. I miss the peanut butter / banana / chocolate shake at Jony's on Boracay. I'm newly addicted to 2 kinds of tamarind candy (not sampaloc) I'm told is only found at Shoe Mart. Both "Moniegold" brand - one form is shaped like Willy Wonka "Nerds" candy & has a bit of a spicy kick; the other is in gummy candy form & is tamarind/plum flavored.

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                          abbeyraish Oct 11, 2006 11:54 PM

                          Toasted ravioli, Ted's frozen custard and Imo's pizza from St. Louis.

                          Food trucks from Philly (I miss being able to choose from 10 different cuisines in one block!) and Yuengling!!

                          1. Non Cognomina Oct 12, 2006 03:58 AM

                            I love sorghum. So hard to get it when you are far from Tennessee.

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                              calabasas_trafalgar Oct 13, 2006 10:53 PM

                              Sander's caramel cupcakes from Detroit

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