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Watermelon Juice

Anyone know where I can find watermelon juice on the westside?.. I am also looking for anywhere with watermelon martinis that uses real watermelon.. not the fake stuff...

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  1. So true. Watermelons yield an incredible amount of juice so you probably wouldn't need to buy a very large watermelon to get your desired yield. My only concern is that it's March. That's not exactly peak of the season. What are you using it for?

    R. Jason Coulston

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    1. re: Jason_Coulston

      I didn't even realize that they were not in season. I had it while I was in Belize... big jugs of fresh watermelon juice, almost frozen... It was so good! Just looking to recreate that.... I had a martini once with the real stuff too, but I can't remember where.... Thanks for all the input!

      1. re: sailorbelle

        Somebody can jump in and correct me if I'm wrong, but my farmer's market in Orange County, CA tells me that watermelons are in season from July through October. Maybe even more like early August to late September. I'm sure they're available year round if you really need one, but that would suggest to me they're being flown in from far-away places and for me, that's just no way to shop at all for food. I follow the seasons and the markets and watermelons aren't even on my radar right now. I'm waiting for strawberries and favas. ;-)

        R. Jason Coulston

        1. re: Jason_Coulston

          They are in all the markets right now. Not sure of the origin though. Also, it is strawberry season already (1 of our 2).

          1. re: justagthing

            It's the beginning of Strawberry season. ;-)

            They're just "okay" at the moment. The two best growers we know are just coming into their first crop and, with any luck, the cooler weather will hold out and we'll get a bounty of the season's best within the next 3 weeks. They're nice and red at the moment, but they're not as good as they can or will be with a bit of time and patience.

            As for our farmer's markets, I haven't seen watermelons yet and I hope I don't for a few more months at least. I'm in no hurry to rush the year along.

            R. Jason Coulston

            1. re: Jason_Coulston

              Agreed -- they're nice and red but they're not fragrant. Fine for making things that require macerating the berries, or for sorbet, but not for eating out of hand -- give it a couple more weeks.

              I think I missed the tiny baby artichokes this year. They're already huge. That makes me very, very sad.

          2. re: Jason_Coulston

            You can get watermelons most of the year at the Irvine FM, at the stand (I'm sorry, I have totally blanked on the name) that is at the far end of the market, next to the juice guy -- furthest from the Indian restaurant. They usually have lots of citrus.

            Flown in they are most certainly not -- that particular family are from Lake Elsinore.

            Agree, though, that watermelon is a late-summer fruit.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Are you talking about Reginald Scrimshaw? He has beautiful melons when they're in season. He also has beautiful winter squash and he gets select smaller citrus like Kaffir and Key Limes. Or are you talking about the stand at the entry of the rear of the market that has a ton of different produce from lettuces to garlic to beets to leeks?

              Reginald's melons aren't going to be in full effect for awhile. We were just there Saturday and had a full conversation with him about a personal matter in his family.

              The truth is you can get out of season produce all year round, even from local growers. There are red tomatoes sitting at a dozen stands at the local farmer's market. Last time I checked my calendar though, it said March, not August or September. I'm pretty sure I'd take a pass on melons and tomatoes at this point. Look to the best farm-driven restaurants in the state, like Ubuntu, Lucques, or Chez Pannisse. I'm guessing, nay betting, none of their menus are featuring out of season product . . . like melons.

              R. Jason Coulston

              EDIT: I checked the menu at those three restaurants in particular. No melons in sight, thankfully. ;-)

              1. re: Jason_Coulston

                As you go in the rear entrance of the market, on your right is the place with the various produce (they have, incidentally, the most amazing squash blossoms in season, and CHEAP), then the juice vendor. Directly in front of you is the place I'm talking about. They have cocktail "grapefruits" (really more like oranges) that are my 10-month-old daughter's absolute favourite fruit.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I know which stand you're talking about. They do have good squash blossoms when the season hits. We buy them to make a warmed squash blossom and goat cheese soup with rye crouton that we do mid-Summer.

                  R. Jason Coulston

                  1. re: Jason_Coulston

                    That sounds incredible. Would you mind sharing the recipe on the Home Cooking board?

                    I usually stuff them and deep-fry them (how typical!) or stuff them with goat cheese and put them in quesadillas.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      We have split the requested recipe into a new thread on the Home Cooking board. You can find that topic here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/501003

          3. re: sailorbelle

            Last time I was in Costco (a week ago here in OC), they carried watermelon.

        2. I've seen it in the refrigerated juice section at various Trader Joe's locations.

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          1. re: TracyS

            The stuff from Trader Joe's is nasty!

            Ralphs has a bottled one that is delicious. I believe it is Evolution brand...?

          2. Whole Foods carries a brand of juices (it's not Naked Juice, but similar) that has watermelon juice. It's usually in the small containers. Be warned, however, that it goes bad pretty quickly.

            1. Tacos Por Favor at Olympic and 14th in Santa Monica has it. It's delicious!

              1. Fresh watermelon juice is one of the best things on earth..
                I have seen it at Whole Foods..it does go bad quickly..
                I juice my own..
                Watermelon martini's are so good and I have never found anyplace that does it..if you do, please post..

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Lola's on Fairfax has an enormous martini menu, including watermelon.


                  945 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                2. Go Veggie makes watermelon juice. It is on Centinela, just North (I think) of Jefferson.

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                  1. re: Tari

                    Go Veggie is one of my favorite places! I've gotten watermelon juice from the Farmers Market on Melrose/LaCienga on Sundays from one of the enchilada/taco spots there. Also, Lola's uses Watermelon Liquor, not fresh juice unfortunately - at least they did the last few tiems i was there.

                    1. re: Clyde

                      Interesting. I know Lola's has a reputation for squeezing all of their own juices. But haven't specifically ordered the Watermelon myself. Surprised if that one is all booze, but maybe.

                  2. F & E also carries fresh watermelon juice, but I haven't tried it there yet since I can usually buy it at a boba tea place for less.

                    1. I love the stuff, and buy it at Trader Joes...only they dont have any in right now, and claim it wont be back on the shelves for another month or so. I got that info at the TJ's on Santa Monica in West Hollywood - the one closer to B-Hills...and again at the location on La Brea...I also bought a small watermelon last week, despite it being way out of season, and lo and behold, it really wasnt that good...when summer does roll around though, it freezes really well!

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                      1. re: rachaeln

                        I honestly can't imagine NOT juicing my own watermelon if I needed it. Buying already squeezed watermelon juice just seems completely counter-intuitive to me. In a pinch, I guess, I would suggest a really good Mexican joint with an aqua fresca bar.

                        R. Jason Coulston

                        1. re: Jason_Coulston

                          It's a matter of convenience mainly. The cost also may not be that much less. When watermelons are not in season, the cost of enough watermelon to give a pint of juice can be close to the cost of purchasing the juice.

                          As for agua frescas, they usually have sugar added. I've never found a watermelon agua fresca without sugar.

                          1. re: Jwsel

                            agree that the agua frescas add water, but usually you can get at a asian tea place w/out the added sugar, but you need to ask, just in case.

                            1. re: justagthing

                              I get the Watermelon AguaFresca at Loteria Grill all the time. I'm sure they may add some water, and even some sugar, but if they do I can't taste it. Seems like just delicious fresh watermelon flavor to me.

                      2. The best use of watermelon juice is the watermelon granita. It's easy to make and extremely delicious, especially on a hot day, if the ice is a little loose and slurpy, not hard-frozen and dry. In fact, I often use it as a semi-frozen soft drink, although I once carelessly spilled a splash of Stoli on top.

                        To make the granita, just add a small amount of fresh lemon juice and chopped zest and a minimum of sugar to watermelon juice and then freeze in a shallow container, stirring and scraping every 15 minutes or so after it gets good and cold. Fresh juice is best.

                        1. The Mexican supermarket TopValu in Culver City (on Inglewood) has fresh watermelon juice, as well as other juices.

                          1. Lollicup on Sawtelle has fresh cut watermelon juice.. they blend it up. it's one of those Boba places but they do have it!

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                            1. re: silleee117

                              Tapioca Express also carries watermelon juice year-round. Freshly blended, though the melon might be frozen if it's the off season. Still, you can hardly beat the convenience of $1.99 watermelon juice year round!

                            2. You can get watermelon juice at Trader Joes, or sometimes at Fresh and Easy if you have one of those nearby.....you could also check whole foods

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                              1. re: jmulheim

                                I had the watermelon agua fresca at Tacomiendo in Santa Monica just a week ago. It was very good.

                              2. evolution.they got it at whole foods.it tastes kind of boring though

                                1. you should just try those boba places like lollicup or any "asian drink place" they always got it, they use real watermelon and you can ask them to add ice or not, or without sugar as well