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Sep 22, 2007 11:46 AM

Fresh Guinea Hen and Squab in Los Angeles?

The rain is making me think of autumn and that makes me think of squab and Guinea hen for dinner..though.not on the same night.

Does any one know of a market that carries high quality fresh Guinea hen and/or squab?

Thanks so much.

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  1. In Chinatown there are two markets that sell fresh foul. I think they are both on Broadway. You cant miss them they have big pic's of chicken out front and they smell like a chicken farm, but you will find Guinea Hen and Squab as well as fresh pigeon and rabbit.

    1. Puritan Poultry in the 3rd & Fairfax FM usually has both in their display case, though emphatically not cheap. If you're near there and don't feel like going clear to Chinatown that might be a viable option. As I'm in Pasadena, I do intend to check out the Chinatown markets ASAP. I'd REALLY like to find a proper full-grown guinea fowl (pintade), as opposed to the little baby ones (pintadeau) that are all most American markets carry - I want a bird you gotta braise!

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      1. re: Will Owen

        Thanks, Will.

        Even though I buy chicken at Puritan every week, I had forgotten that they carried squab, and sometimes Guinea hen as well. It may be frozen.

        I must disagree about the price, at least at to the chicken. It is much less ($1-2) per pound than that at Gelson's, WF, and Bristol. I think that it, along with their amazing eggs, are well worth the price.

        Would yuu refresh my recollection? What is the difference in age/weight between the pintade and the pintadeau?

        Also, do you know of a market here that carries fresh Challans/Nantes duck?

        Many thanks.

        1. re: Paliman

          I think you'd need to find a specialty duck farmer, or else see see d'Artagnan carries it (and $$$$$ if they do!), to get anything but a plain old Pekin White. European ducks and geese will probably come into our markets one of these days, but at least here in the Southland I haven't heard of any. PLEASE someone, tell me if I'm wrong about this...I'd love to be.

          The pintade we had in France must have been at least 3 lb. each. The cook braised two of these in a slow oven all morning (and she got up early), and served them at noon. There was enough for the six or seven of us to have a piece each, and then again cold at supper. The ones I've been able to find pre-packaged have been under 2 lb., with the soft flexible breastbone and wingtips that indicate a very young bird. All very well if you're going for delicacy, but I seldom do.

          It just occurred to me that for those of us in the Pasadena/Glendale area, Harmony Farms up in La Crescenta is another likely source.

        2. re: Will Owen

          I am very much interested in similar sources for game birds in Orange County!