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French groceries in LA / lentilles du Puy

akmck May 13, 2007 02:31 PM

Can anyone suggest where I might buy imported French groceries in LA?-- on the east side, if possible. I'm looking for green lentils, the lentilles du Puy variety.

Or, if there's a comparable equivalent (e.g. latin, middle eastern) that's more easily available, that'd be great, too....The lentils don't necessarily need to be French, just green, hearty and tasty.


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    danikm May 15, 2007 10:25 PM

    Monsieur Marcel in the farmer's market has them. I bought them a few weeks ago.

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      bulavinaka May 15, 2007 09:06 PM

      Marina Farms on Centinela in Del Rey/Mar Vista has them, back by the frozen Filipino foods.

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        bulavinaka May 13, 2007 06:57 PM

        When in doubt, Market Gourmet (on Abbot Kinney in Venice) and Surfas (you know where).

        1. Joe Blowe May 13, 2007 05:09 PM

          They have what you want here:

          Made In France, Inc. d/b/a Village Imports
          10701 Vanowen St.
          North Hollywood, CA 91605

          But, you have to call ahead and find out the date of their next open house.

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          1. re: Joe Blowe
            Maxmillion May 13, 2007 06:22 PM

            I second that rec for Made in France. They have loads of great French imports. Aren't they open almost every day any more? It's been a while.................

            I'm pretty sure SURFAS carries these lentils (the Lentilles du Puy)

            Gelsons does carry some small green lentils in a dark green, square box, too. They are very good.

            Also ask around for "beluga" lentils -- they are small and either black or dark green and really tasty.

            Take care not to overcook them, BTW. Simmer in ratio of 1 (lentils) : 3 (water)
            for about 12-15 mins (or to taste).

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            chez cherie May 13, 2007 04:34 PM

            nicole's gourmet imports usually has them...call first to be sure. she has lots of other great stuff.

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              Faulkner99 May 13, 2007 04:09 PM

              This store might be worth giving a call:
              They're located in the Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax.

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              1. re: Faulkner99
                hazelnutty May 13, 2007 06:52 PM

                I was actually there the other day looking at lentils--they have a very good selection, slightly overpriced though--Bristol Farms carries a nice selection as well and it's cheaper than Marcel's--but I'm not sure if they carry they same exact stuff. The latter may have the French ones you are looking for.

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                NYCnowLA May 13, 2007 03:25 PM

                The French Market Cafe sells french grocery products. Last time I was there they had a variety of lentils.

                Abbot Kinney between washington/venice

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                  bubbles4me May 13, 2007 02:42 PM

                  The Wine Country, a wine shop in the Long Beach area carries those lovely AOC lentils. Maybe not as close as you hoped but they have a cool Saturday tasting every week, maybe you can make and afternoon of it. :)

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                    Burger Boy May 13, 2007 02:38 PM

                    I think Jons Markets carries them, try Vermont & Hollywood or Santa Monica 3 blocks east of Western or in Glendale on Colorado just east of Glendale Blvd.

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