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Desparately seeking 2 items: Aztec Chocolate Kettle Chips & Soyrizo

rworange Dec 6, 2006 06:31 PM

Actually I'm more desparate about the chips. I've been activly looking for them since reading this post on the general board, but so far no dice. It won't help too much to know places that have a lot of varieties of Kettle Chips ... lots of places I looked had big selections ... but no chocolate.

Given my recent chorizo crawl, I'm interested in giving Soyrizo a meatless soy chorizo. This can be market or restaurant. So far I know Papalote has soyrizo burritos and tacos. I can go either way with this, making it at home or from a restaurant. It just will be the first place I happen to be when I spot it. There was a good recipe out there for a Sweet potato & soyrizo taco that is appealing to me.

Anyone tried soyrizo. It seems to get nothing but positive mentions on the web. Not interested in mail-ordering either. The Chron on Soyrizo.

More on Soyrizo with a semi-scary ingrediant list, but nothing to compare with El Mexicano.

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  1. Mari RE: rworange Dec 6, 2006 06:38 PM

    I was on the lookout for the BBQ Wing & Blue Cheese Kettle chips after I had them in Folsom, CA. What I discovered is that those chips are usually distributed in test markets and Sacramento is one of the biggest test markets in the U.S. I ended up finding a big bag at Costco in SF one day after about 2 months of searching in many SF stores.

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      mchan02 RE: Mari Dec 6, 2006 10:03 PM

      The Buffalo Bleu chips are sold at Harvest Urban Market (8th and Howard) as well as Le Beau Market (Clay & Leavenworth). Surely they're in other places too, but those are two places I frequent.

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        Leadbelly RE: Mari Dec 6, 2006 10:36 PM

        I just saw the Buffalo blue cheese chips yesterday in the Walgreen's at Mission and New Montgomery

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          Mari RE: Leadbelly Dec 6, 2006 10:56 PM

          Glad to hear that - I recall going to that Walgreen's and getting the Thai flavor since that was the only new flavor they had.

      2. Atomica RE: rworange Dec 6, 2006 06:44 PM

        I think you have to order those "beta" chips online. I don't think they're available in stores at all.

        Have you checked Rainbow Grocery (SF, Folsom St.) for Soyrizo?

        I found a mention on Yelp that Papalote serves something with Soyrizo in it.

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        1. re: Atomica
          Booklegger451 RE: Atomica Dec 6, 2006 06:58 PM

          This is correct... the Aztec Chocolate, along with the Island Jerk, Dragon 5 Spice, Twisted Chili Lime, and Royal Indian Curry are the current "Beta" flavors, and have to be ordered online. Cost is about $20 for all 5 bags, and a sample world music CD.

          (By the by, my favorite was the Royal Indian Curry. I wasn't too impressed with the Aztec Chocolate.)

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          mochimunchie RE: rworange Dec 6, 2006 06:54 PM

          I have seen Soyrizo at Safeway (Oakland/Rockridge). They have it at Berkeley Bowl, Yasai (Rockridge) and I would imagine at most Whole Foods.

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            Meredith RE: mochimunchie Dec 6, 2006 09:24 PM

            They have it in most safeways in the fridge area in the produce section, where they typically have the chilled dressings, wonton wrappers, kimchee and some tofu products. Why they don't put the soy meats out by the real meats is hard to figure out, but typically that is where I have seen it. As a disclaimer, however, the one time I tried to cook with soyrizo, I gave up and went chorizo-flavor free.

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              Atomica RE: Meredith Dec 6, 2006 09:26 PM

              I'm with you. For example, why does cheese have to be in THREE places in the grocery store?

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                rworange RE: Meredith Dec 6, 2006 09:37 PM

                Thanks all ... hmmm ... maybe I'll just go with getting a burrito rather than buying it for home use.

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                  sfeater RE: rworange Dec 6, 2006 09:58 PM

                  In addition to your soyrizo burrito from papalote I believe Boogaloo also has soyrizo and eggs.

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                    Glencora RE: rworange Dec 7, 2006 04:56 PM

                    The Monterey Market has it, too. I like in in a breakfast burrito with scrambled egg.

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                    foodiegrl RE: Meredith Dec 7, 2006 07:26 PM

                    I remember a manager in Diamodn Heights telling me they don't put it with the other meats because it's offensive to strict vegetarians who would prefer not to pick through "dead flesh" to get to their protein. Also, if you're looking to capture vegetarian browsers with a new product, the produce section would be a better bet. Not many will seek out the meat aisle.

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                  mchan02 RE: rworange Dec 6, 2006 10:02 PM

                  Mariachi's on Valencia at 15th has soyrizo burritos. I've bought soyrizo at Whole Foods and also at some random grocery store on Divisadero near the Independent (can't remember the name, but there's a pet supply store attached to it and run by the same owner).

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                    Cynsa RE: mchan02 Dec 6, 2006 10:37 PM

                    Health Haven
                    621 Divisadero St
                    San Francisco, CA 94117
                    (415) 351-2468

                    The owners are very community-friendly. They even distribute our NOPNA neighborhood newsletters.

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                    ML8000 RE: rworange Dec 7, 2006 06:13 PM

                    So has anyone tried Soyrizo?

                    From the Chron write-up it sounds like the reviewer used it mostly to spice stuff like breakfast burritos which really isn't a substitute in my book, more of a flavoring/masking.

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                      Glencora RE: ML8000 Dec 7, 2006 07:19 PM

                      It does tend to disappear in a dish, so I'd say it is more of a flavoring. I like it but I wouldn't call it a substitute for the real thing.

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                        larochelle RE: ML8000 Dec 7, 2006 08:06 PM

                        I've tried it. It definitely has its uses but if you're a regular chorizo-eater, you're not going to consider it as a substitute for the real thing.

                        I use it in one of my favorite diet foods; beans + soyrizo + salsa + random fridge items = a healthy dip for afternoon snacktime or with eggs & a tortilla a good breakfast burrito.

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                          pyt RE: larochelle Dec 7, 2006 08:56 PM

                          Just saw soyrizo at Albertson's yesterday too.

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