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salt-packed anchovies in West L.A.

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BabyLitigator Aug 2, 2008 02:52 PM

Anyone know where to find salt-packed anchovies in West L.A.? So far I've tried two whole foods, vicenti foods, and bay cities, and no luck. Whole Foods said they used to carry them. Any ideas?

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  1. Servorg Aug 2, 2008 02:56 PM

    Maybe call Surfas in Culver City and see if they have them. What about Market Gourmet on Abbot Kinney?

    www.surfasonline.com

    http://marketgourmet.biz/

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      Servorg Oct 22, 2008 11:23 AM

      Might as well update my own post and let others who came to this thread later know that Market Gourmet on Abbot Kinney is no longer around as of a few weeks ago.

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        Mattapoisett in LA Oct 22, 2008 09:05 PM

        Really?!?!?!? I got an email from them today for A Curry Special and Presentation they are doing this weekend. I called their Telephone and got an answering machine. I will note their website is down but their may be other reasons for that.

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          Servorg Oct 24, 2008 06:25 AM

          I am almost positive that I saw this on Eater LA - but it might have been in the LA Times or somewhere else? If you find out they are open please post again. Thanks.

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      noahbites Aug 2, 2008 03:29 PM

      I'm pretty sure I saw them at Bay Cities just last week. But they were in the really big can, imported from Italy, and ran about 27 dollars I think (it's a REALLY big can, pictured here: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/80/247...). They're getting increasingly more difficult to find. Even in Italian neighborhoods in Brooklyn, I've only seen them in select places-- where they were sold a la cart, out of the same big cans they had at Bay Cities.

      It is miraculous how much more flavor you get out of the salted ones rather than the ones in oil. Even if you use the oil from the can to fry them, and use a lot more fillets, they just don't get that same punch.

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        Jerome Aug 2, 2008 07:05 PM

        in case someone in another part of town is looking - i just saw a ton of salt packed anchovies in vacuum packets on sale (pretty cheap) at the Jon's in north hollywood (laurel and magnolia) and the jon's in west hollywood (la brea and fountain).

        in case the local stuff doesn't pan out.

        1. George Aug 2, 2008 08:56 PM

          And I just saw salt-packed anchoivies and salt-packed sardines (I never see those over here) at the Italian Bakery and Deli in Eagle Rock.

          What about Guidi Marcello in Santa Monica?

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            noahbites Oct 22, 2008 08:48 AM

            Just noticed they have them in medium sized cans at Papa Cristos!

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            Papa Cristos
            2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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              FED Oct 22, 2008 09:43 AM

              best source for these (and salt-packed capers) is guidi marcello in santa monica

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              Guidi Marcello
              1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

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                Adsvino Oct 23, 2008 08:10 AM

                Only in the giant can though....

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                  FED Oct 23, 2008 09:09 AM

                  what are you, some kind of wimp? can't take the big can? seriously, it's tough to find salt-packed anchovies sold loose and they're mostly imported in big cans (there are a couple small producers who sell mail-order who pack in jars). not to worry: buy the big can and divide it among 4 or 5 plastic containers. just make sure each is covered by a layer of salt (you can add more if you need to). they'll last forever and if you can't eat them all yourself (or are feeling generous), pass them along to friends who like to cook.

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                    noahbites Oct 23, 2008 10:48 AM

                    The cans at Papa Cristos are medium sized, which is a pretty decent compromise.

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                      Adsvino Oct 24, 2008 07:00 AM

                      I am loading the trunk up as we speak. I may need to live on these for awhile, especially if Nov. 4th goes awry...

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