Real Pickles from Alexander Valley?
- Melanie Wong May 1, 2005 05:35 PM
Taking a look around Big John's in Healdsburg on Friday, I noticed quart-size plastic tubs of fresh pickles from a local company called Alexander Valley Gourmet (www.alvalgourmet.com) for about $6. On a unit basis, that's less than the Bubbies next to them on the shelf. Since pickles aren't a big part of my diet, I didn't buy them. But thought I'd post here in case someone else has can offer a taste report and to let folks know about them. According to the company website, they're also available at Fiesta in Sebastopol and Pacific in Santa Rosa.
We just had these at a dinner party last weekend and they are fantastic. They are in the "new" dill style with no vinegar added to them. Nice and crisp with sort of a light spicy fermented aftertaste. Highly addictive - but you have to like that style of pickle. I bought ours at Dean & Deluca in St. Helena - there is a list of stores on their website. They also make Bread and Butter pickles which we haven't tried yet.
re: Melanie Wong
We just tried the Bread and Butter Pickles. We purchased them at Pacific Market in Santa Rosa. Yum! They have a slightly spiciness which reminds me of curry (although that isn't an ingredient listed - the spice is serrano chiles). They are not "hot" at all. They are crisp and have a tough dill pickle like skin. The general concensus was to buy them again with 1 dissenter. We also love Ricks Picks www.rickspicksnyc.com Bee 'N' Beez pickles but these ones are much easier to get!
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