Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins
- Jeff Shore
My wife and I adore pumpkin soup. This fall, we want to make and eat it in restaurants as much as possible.
1) Who has the best pumpkin soups in LA? (DC-3 served an amazing version last November, but I hear the chef's gone...)
2) How can you tell the best pumpkins for cooking?
3) Got any good pumpkin recipes?
eager to hear your thoughts...
One of the most interesting pumpkin recipes I have seen in LA is at A Japanese place in Torrance called Musha. Musha serves what they refer to as modern Tokyo-style food, a very odd mix of Japanese and foreign items. Among the things they serve are a splendid pumpkin salad - I think using a mix of pumpkin and kabocha, the Japanese squash.
You might also see if you can find a really good Mexican restaurant that has duck with a salsa Pipian, which is made of ground pumpkin seeds... It's hard to find in LA, but great when made right.
Gaetano's Ristorante in Calabasas (how appropriate) has a couple of good pumpkin dishes this time of year. Had a soup there last year, but you should probably call first...
Spaghettini Cucina in Long Beach is giving a class on cooking with pumpkins. There may still be room for the October 15 class. (562) 431-3606.
Martinique Restaurant in Hermosa Beach has a Caribbean squash soup that is made with pumpkin and garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds - it is quite good. Just about everything there is good, in fact. The restaurant is French-Caribbean and much more successful at it than anywhere else I have visited in LA. Service is friendly but can be slow during peak times. Parking is, alas, a nightmare on weekends unless you use the rather expensive valet service.
This isn't about soup, But Old Town Bakery and Resturant (on Colorado blv. across from Urban Outfitters) has amazing Pumpkin pancakes. To die for