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Where to buy a fresh lobe of foie?

mstinawu Apr 18, 2010 10:07 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations on where I can pick up a lobe (or half) in the South Bay or West LA area??

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  1. korndog RE: mstinawu Apr 18, 2010 05:31 PM

    Cheese shop of Beverly Hills. Bristol Farms sometimes carrys them. I used to get them from Bristol in Westlake; usually a day or two order unless it's Christmas time.

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      foodiemahoodie RE: korndog Apr 22, 2010 08:19 PM

      They're REALLY pricey. Try Surfas. They used to be reasonable with whole lobes.

    2. Phurstluv RE: mstinawu Apr 18, 2010 08:22 PM

      Surfas in Culver City had single lobes shrink-wrapped when I was there yesterday.

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        mstinawu RE: Phurstluv Apr 19, 2010 11:35 AM

        It looks like a cafe to me from the website.. Do they also sell market goods there?

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          wilafur RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 11:36 AM

          surfas originally started as a store and added on the cafe in the last couple years.

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            mstinawu RE: wilafur Apr 19, 2010 12:02 PM

            Ahh.. Thanks for the explanation. =)

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            Phurstluv RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 02:30 PM

            Most definitely.

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            foodiemahoodie RE: Phurstluv Apr 22, 2010 08:20 PM

            But they have some stuff that's frozen. I can't remember the name, but they're like medallions of foie. I know you said whole and fresh, but whatever you do - DON'T cave and buy these frozen things. They suck. Really suck.

          4. mstinawu RE: mstinawu Apr 18, 2010 08:55 PM

            Know if any of these places carry Hudson Valley foie?

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              Phurstluv RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 07:53 AM

              IIRC, it was. But I would call them first to make sure.

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                mstinawu RE: Phurstluv Apr 19, 2010 11:24 AM

                IIRC? Not sure what that is.. Is that the name of a market or something?

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                  wilafur RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 11:29 AM

                  i think the poster was referring to hudson valley foie being sold at surfas.

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                    Phurstluv RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 02:30 PM

                    IIRC stands for if I recall correctly, a new computer type of lingo.

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                whatsfordinner RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 07:46 AM

                I saw it at Guidi Marcello in SM a couple of weeks ago.

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                  wilafur RE: whatsfordinner Apr 19, 2010 10:52 AM

                  just got off the phone with a person at guido and they do not carry fresh foie.

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                    whatsfordinner RE: wilafur Apr 19, 2010 01:28 PM

                    Hmmm. I could have sworn it was in the refrigerator and not the freezer!

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                      wilafur RE: whatsfordinner Apr 19, 2010 03:09 PM

                      i was excited when i saw your post, that's why i called them because they are near me. but the person that answered said they do not carry fresh foie. bummer.

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                        foodiemahoodie RE: wilafur Apr 22, 2010 08:21 PM

                        I've never seen it there either.

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                  frank21864 RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 03:02 PM

                  Maybe too far East for you but I think I've seen them for sale at one of the poultry butchers at the Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax.

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                    degustateur RE: mstinawu Apr 19, 2010 10:02 PM

                    Within ease and reason, your best bet is probably to order a whole, fresh (raw) lobe of foie directly from Hudson Valley Foie Gras. Their product is sourced from Moulard ducks specially raised and fed on their exclusive 200-acre facility in Ferndale, NY.

                    You can order a minimum 1.5 lb, Grade “A” lobe packaged and shipped to your door overnight for about $100. It is excellent in both taste and texture. It will remain fresh in your refrigerator for up to 5 days, but it is best to prepare and consume it immediately. The quantity will afford you the option of several preparatory methods.

                    http://www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com

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                      mstinawu RE: degustateur Apr 20, 2010 06:39 AM

                      Yea.. I wanted to see if I could avoid shipping charges. =)

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                        wilafur RE: degustateur Apr 20, 2010 09:54 AM

                        or you can order fresh lobes from sonoma artisan (support CA farmers). i do during the holiday and their stuff rocks.

                        my friends and i usually place a large order and share in the shipping costs and it typically comes out to be @ $50-55/lb shipped for grade A fresh foie lobes.

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                          WSB RE: wilafur Apr 20, 2010 02:29 PM

                          I just looked at shipping at Sonoma Artisan one 1.3 lb liver $65.00 and $ 37.50 to ship over night no ground shipping.
                          Hudson Valley 1.5 lb liver $ 71.05 and $ 27.00 to ship overt night or $8.00 UPS ground.

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                            wilafur RE: WSB Apr 22, 2010 02:48 PM

                            interesting how it costs less to ship overnight from NY than a mere 370miles. lols.

                      2. mstinawu RE: mstinawu Apr 21, 2010 08:15 AM

                        Thanks for the suggestions! I ordered my 1.5 lb lobe from Surfas (should be ready for pick up today or tomorrow) which sources it from Hudson Valley for 69.99/lb, no shipping charges! Yay!

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