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nosherboy Oct 15, 2006 02:11 AM

I thought I'd share a great pickle...real NY style when young, as is green, half-sour...It's Alexander Valley Manhattan style pickles. It's available at Pacific Market and Fiesta in Santa Rosa, and Sebastapol, and I tasted them at a "customer appreciations day" at Pacific Market, along side David's Pastrami. It's a great match, and these seem to be a real New York match together, as long as you have some great rye bread.

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  1. rworange RE: nosherboy Oct 15, 2006 03:29 AM

    I love those pickles. They are also sold in Sonoma at the fig pantry and Sonoma Market. At the fig pantry you can buy a single pickle, so you don't need to commit ... eat the pickle before leaving, you'll want the jar.

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      Melanie Wong RE: rworange Oct 15, 2006 05:29 PM

      Here's a link to your post and more on the pickles.
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      I've also seen them at Big John's market in Healdsburg.

    2. snarkygirl RE: nosherboy Oct 15, 2006 07:10 PM

      I was lulled into buying these pickles by a friend's raving about them. He said they were real half-sours.

      He's from Pittsburgh. I'm from New York.

      I know New York pickels. I've eaten New York pickles. These are not New York pickels.

      Props to Lloyd Benton.

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        rworange RE: snarkygirl Oct 15, 2006 07:57 PM

        No, they are not half sours and IIRC they don't promote them that way either. They also have another type that has some sort of pepper in it.

        Well, Conneticut/New York/Boston/Polish background here ... and IMO, at least at one time, Boston had the world's best half-sours. Never tried the pickles in Pittsburg though. I can see with the freshness and not being overly salted, how someone might think they were half-sours.

        Be that as it may, IMO the Alexander Valley pickle is superior to Gus's Pickles ... or at least the version of Gus that we get on the West Coast.

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