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Fresh longan in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong Oct 16, 2007 10:34 AM

Picked up some fresh longan from China this weekend at Asia Mart on Guerneville Road. They're about $2.50 per pound, sweet, juicy, and good quality. We still had a little RRV Gewurz on the table after dinner and my friends were amazed at how closely the flavors mirrored each other.

Asia Mart
2481 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

  1. wearybashful Oct 22, 2007 05:07 PM

    Too late, it's gone. I'll have to wait until next year to find out about this fruit.

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    1. re: wearybashful
      wally Oct 22, 2007 06:02 PM

      It is available at both Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market so other places may have it.

    2. c
      canard Oct 22, 2007 03:55 PM

      Yummmm....Asia Mart - my favorite shop. Anyone know of a Mexican/Latin American equivalent in Santa Rosa area? I get to the Mission every so often, but long for a good one closer to home.

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      1. re: canard
        hibiscuits Oct 22, 2007 04:23 PM

        Lola's Market on Dutton @Sebastopol Ave is decent - the takeout meats are fairly good, as well (and the quesadillas at their attached restaurant are a good deal, esp. with the fairly extensive salsa bar).

        1. re: hibiscuits
          canard Oct 22, 2007 05:05 PM

          Thanks Hibiscuits!

        2. re: canard
          Melanie Wong Oct 23, 2007 04:02 PM

          Check out Quezada too, as it stocks some non-Mexican Latin American products to differentiate itself. Both Lola's and Quezada, plus the newcomer Rancho Mendoza are better than most of the mercados in SF's Mission.

          Lola's Market
          1680 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

          Rancho Mendoza Super Mercado
          640 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

          440 Dutton Ave # 17, Santa Rosa, CA

          Quezada Market
          700 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            kare_raisu Oct 23, 2007 04:22 PM

            Have you done any sort of SR chorizo crawl supplement to rworange's legendary postings - Melanie?

            1. re: kare_raisu
              Melanie Wong Oct 23, 2007 04:25 PM

              Nope. I have purchased both Big John's and Fiesta/Pacific markets bulk chorizo and didn't like either of them. In that department, my hometown Salinas institution, Star Market, takes the prize.

        3. j
          johnpressman Oct 18, 2007 10:01 PM

          Melanie. What is an exotic fruit like longan (my wife's favorite) doing in the outback that is Santa Rosa. Exactly where is this Asia Mart? Our kids are driving up there tommorrow.

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          1. re: johnpressman
            Melanie Wong Oct 18, 2007 10:34 PM

            The message boards have a new feature called "Places". If you click on the Asia Mart link in my post above or the same thing listed under "Places Mentioned" in the upper right hand side, it will take you to the Places page for Asia Mart with a google map and other information about the place. It's on the corner of Fulton Road. A little hard to access, as you can't make a left turn into the store's parking lot if you're approaching from Fulton. Easiest way to get there is to take 101 north, exit at Steele Lane, head west and it becomes Guerneville Road. The store will be on the right hand side just before intersection with Fulton. Hope they still have some.

            If you continue heading west on Guerneville Road, you'll fine Wine Country Honey and after that, Willowside Meats.

            Wine Country Honey
            2971 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, Ca

            Willowside Meats & Sausage
            3421 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

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