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Portuguese sausage - where to find in Marin/SF?

Sarah Sep 23, 2009 06:15 PM

Hoping to make kale soup for ailing friend and need above sausage - but where to find this, and is there another name for it -- chorizo?? This is new territory for me! Thanks for any help.

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    Sharuf Oct 3, 2010 04:49 AM

    The Sonoma Sausage Co. (apparently now defunct) made a nice Portuguese Hawaiian sausage. It was carried at Costco. Wonder if anyone has jumped in to fill the void?

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      DavidT Oct 2, 2010 09:58 AM

      Saag's (in San Leandro) makes both Chorizo and Linguisa. Their offerings are available in Bay Area markets or you can buy from them direct.


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        PDKL Oct 1, 2010 04:31 PM

        Personally, I think Hawaiian style portuguese sausage is the best (but then, I grew up there). Check out www.gouveas.com --- I order mine from there. It comes via overnight shipment with shipping included in the price.

        1. Melanie Wong Dec 22, 2009 06:57 PM

          What did you choose?


          1. moto Sep 25, 2009 05:13 PM

            i'm constantly trying different sausages in soups, bean stews, and tagines, and the organic portuguese-style sausage that Whole Foods sells (pre-packed, not loose by the pound) is somewhat mild and lean, but better than some of the commercial super market linguicas.

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              trojandude Sep 24, 2009 10:01 PM

              Neto's Sausage in Santa Clara makes a mean linguica. Their proper store may be too far, but your Costco might have it. I saw a big pack at the Sunnyvale Costco.

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                Joan Kureczka Sep 24, 2009 02:21 PM

                Spanish Table is now carrying several good looking versions of linguisa from 2-3 different makers from out next Tracy. These are different and additional to the ones on the web site link that Wolfe posted. One was the Barcelos, but there were two others when I was at the Berkeley store on Saturday.

                1. scarmoza Sep 24, 2009 10:11 AM

                  Andronico's carries Barcelos Linguiça - which might be your tastiest option in San Francisco proper. The brands sold at Safeway (Silva, usually) are low in quality and taste.

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                    Brandon Nelson Sep 23, 2009 09:32 PM

                    The recipe you are refering to is caldo verde. It is made with chorico (the Portugese word for chorizo), chorizo, or linguica. Good quality peperoni is a fine stand in, as it is the Italian version of the same type of sausage.

                    i have purchased Dona Juana chorizo leon, and chorizo sarta, both dry cures, at Berkeley Bowl. they also have some refrigerated fresh chorizo in their meat counter. Angelos one highway 121 has house made chorizo as well.

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                      Sarah Sep 23, 2009 10:26 PM

                      There's Spanish Table across the freeway in Strawberry -- maybe they'll have something that'll work. Any specific kind of kale for this?

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                        Melanie Wong Sep 23, 2009 11:25 PM

                        Curly kale is fine, Russian is tastier, go for young and tender. You need a very sharp knife to chiffonade it to 1/16" so it's like thread after cooking.

                        1. re: Sarah
                          Brandon Nelson Sep 24, 2009 12:03 AM

                          Any place with Spanish foodstuffs is a good bet. You can use other grens as well, but i prefer kale. I like the Lacinato variety best, but Melanie has good suggestions too.

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                            Melanie Wong Sep 24, 2009 12:51 AM

                            Yes, i cook more lacinato than any kale, but for other things. Making caldo verde for an ailing friend, probably calls for hewing as close to what his/her mother cooked, using the same type of kale and sausage. Maybe check with the friend. . . or buy take-out from Grubstake. :-p Azores style vs. mainland, some differences.

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                            wolfe Sep 24, 2009 06:51 AM

                            Spanish Table sausages.

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                              Sarah Sep 24, 2009 10:31 AM

                              Out of these, which would work best -- not likely that the store would carry them all tho. May hit up Andronico in SAnselmo.

                          3. re: Brandon Nelson
                            scarmoza Sep 24, 2009 10:21 AM

                            Uma sopinha ou um caldinho?

                            I know I'm being tedious but - are you sure it's not sopa de couves and not caldo verde?

                            1. re: scarmoza
                              Brandon Nelson Sep 28, 2009 04:28 PM

                              Could be that as well...

                              I saw no mention of beans or other meats that are popular in the Azores as additions to
                              sopa de couves. Either way the whole concept is causing my tummy to growl. I Like to smoked neck bones and chickpeas which kind of take the dish in the direction of Spanish Cocida Madrileno.

                          4. Melanie Wong Sep 23, 2009 06:34 PM

                            If you go a little further north to Rohnert Park, the best brands are stocked at Nine Islands bakery. There's a lot of crap linguica out there.

                            9 Island Bakery
                            1 Padre Pkwy, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                              Sarah Sep 23, 2009 06:40 PM

                              And across from Popeyes! Bonus -- I've been dying to try the chicken there -- so it's a two-fer! And thanks to Wolfe, I know what to ask for. Thanks!

                            2. wolfe Sep 23, 2009 06:23 PM

                              Linguica or linguisa.
                              Probably available at many supermarkets.

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                                Brandon Nelson Sep 24, 2009 08:36 AM

                                We have overlooked the Fatted Calf. They will have what you need as well.

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                                  Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2009 10:59 AM

                                  I haven't seen linguiça at Fatted Calf recently and there's none on this week's list. They almost always have chorizo, but the flavor's pretty different.

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                                    Brandon Nelson Sep 28, 2009 02:12 PM

                                    They have had pepperoni and Spanish chorizo every time I have been there, that will vary though.

                                    You are correct about linguica. I have never seen that on display.

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