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Lamb's lettuce/mache around Berkeley?

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kds May 24, 2007 01:52 PM

I'm craving a salad I used to eat in Turkey with little clusters of round, green leaves. My favorite cookbook gives it as "lamb's lettuce" in English and Gregoire had the same green in a salad last year and called it mache (no yogurt-garlic dressing, though!).

Has anyone seen this at a farmer's market?

  1. ttriche May 24, 2007 11:59 PM

    Don't you guys have Trader Joe's in Berkeley? i know for sure there's one in the Mission...

    Anyways, they usually have mache for $2.99 per 4oz. Not cheap, but really, really tasty.

    Try it with yellow beets, pecans, and chevre; a little light olive oil (I like the Spanish stuff) and the citrus-muscat-champagne vinegar they also sell at Trader Joe's, plus a little lemon juice, makes a nice salad with bright, sweet flavors. (You'll have to track down the golden beets at a real farmer's market, but they are worth it -- subtler and less sweet than the usual dark beets).

    Hope you find what you're after!

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      zin1953 May 26, 2007 07:44 AM

      >>>> Don't you guys have Trader Joe's in Berkeley? i know for sure there's one in the Mission...

      Anyways, they usually have mache for $2.99 per 4oz. Not cheap, but really, really tasty. <<<<

      It's available in bulk at Berkeley Bowl for $4.99-$5.99 per pound -- a heck of a lot cheaper than Trader Joe's! And if they don't have it (for some reason -- they usually do), Monterey Market has it, as do one or more stands at the Farmer's Market (as Robert pointed out).

      All are less expensive than the $12/pound that TJ's offers it for!

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        oaktowngirl May 26, 2007 11:55 AM

        No, there is no Trader Joe's in Berkeley. Long story of development woes and political infighting. The nearest (until fall) ones are El Cerrito and Emeryville.

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          zin1953 May 26, 2007 12:57 PM

          True, but mache is cheaper elsewhere . . .

          1. re: oaktowngirl
            Robert Lauriston May 26, 2007 01:02 PM

            No Trader Joe's in Berkeley this year if ever.

            There's one in the works at the old Albertson's at 5725 College just over the border in Oakland.

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        gordon wing May 24, 2007 11:48 PM

        Monterey Market in Berkeley usually/often has it.

        1. Robert Lauriston May 24, 2007 02:27 PM

          Also, at least one of the stands at the Saturday market has it regularly.

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            SLRossi May 24, 2007 02:17 PM

            Berkeley Bowl and Whole Paycheck (Foods) usually carry it.

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