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White Anchovies???

eatemup May 10, 2010 08:42 AM

Where can I find these little fellows?

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    cstr May 10, 2010 09:47 AM

    I've only found them in SF, pretty awesome and nothing like those in a jar or canned ones. Maybe Point Loma Seafoods?

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      cubano May 10, 2010 09:54 AM

      I think I saw those in the deli counter of the Hillcrest Whole Foods Market. You might want to give them a call first to make sure they're in stock.

      1. jmtreg May 10, 2010 10:20 AM

        I've seen them at Mona Lisa.

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          pantani May 10, 2010 11:45 AM

          Are they better, less fishy than the canned ones?
          I love anchovies on Pizza, pasta, etc but rarely have them because my wife hates the smell.
          I want to say I saw some at Trader Joe's once but not sure about that.

          1. re: pantani
            jmtreg May 10, 2010 11:46 AM

            I'm not sure, because I don't really eat anchovies, but they were in a plastic tub.

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              eatemup May 10, 2010 05:59 PM

              They are different and IMHO better whole. The old canned stuff is good for recipes.

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              cstr May 10, 2010 06:45 PM

              They are totally different than the canned ones, not put up in oil, it's like eating a tiny fillet of white fish, very mild and tasty. Oh, and no little hairy bones.

          2. SaltyRaisins May 10, 2010 09:17 PM

            The Hillcrest Whole Foods carries excellent Spanish white fillets, the ones cubano mentions. Though they are packed in olive oil and the plastic tub, the quality is great. The Spanish know how to preserve seafood. They can be found in the cured meats/canape ingredient section.


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              Beach Chick May 11, 2010 09:08 AM

              what are you going to do with those little fellows?

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                eatemup May 11, 2010 11:53 AM

                Actually I'm going to make "Anchovies 2 ways." A white anchovy sitting on a deviled duck egg and then an anchovy and herb sauce (using regular -- not white -- anchovies) over grilled salmon and radiichio (sp?). The latter recipe I got from Chef Paul Bartolotta when he did a class at Macy's during the last San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. I need a wine pairing -- Sauv Blanc?

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                  Beach Chick May 11, 2010 12:41 PM

                  are you going to grill the radicchio?
                  sounds lovely..(except the duck egg) not into that kind of stuff.
                  Sauv Blanc sounds good..maybe ibstatguy will chime in since he is the wine guy!

                  1. re: Beach Chick
                    eatemup May 11, 2010 07:00 PM

                    I'll saute the radicchio but grilling would work too.

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                    SaltyRaisins May 11, 2010 12:44 PM

                    That sounds delicious. An atypical suggestion: a good dry riesling, Alsatian if possible. Somehow this wine is overly associated with Asian foods or dessert over here, and could certainly stand a makeover. Mona Lisa sells a decent Gentil Hugel at the correct price. Really good.



                2. ibstatguy May 12, 2010 10:36 AM

                  Eatemup - if you can find one, try pairing with a white Txakolina, from the Basque region of Spain. See if Dennis at 3rd Corner can help; I don't think you'll find any at 57 but Bryan might be able to help you. My second suggestion would be a blanc de blanc if you have interest in going the bubbly route. After those, in no particular order, Muscadet or Cru Chablis, Rueda.

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                    eatemup May 12, 2010 10:40 AM

                    Nice. I like the Spanish angle. Thanks.

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                    Cathy May 15, 2010 04:48 PM

                    Bristol Farms $13.99/lb. Next to the by the pound poke...between meat counters and sushi area.

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                      SDGourmand May 15, 2010 08:37 PM

                      they carry white anchovies now at Sea Side Market. Haven't tried them but they looked good.

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                        eatemup May 16, 2010 07:18 AM

                        I ended up getting the ones at Mona Lisa and they were quite good. They were loose in olive oil. They also had them at the Buon Appetito Market in a vacuum pack. Thanks you all for the tips.

                        Buon Appetito
                        1609 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

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                          cstr May 16, 2010 07:32 AM

                          Did you taste them? what do you think compared to the canned ones?

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                            Cathy May 16, 2010 08:52 AM

                            They are loose in olive oil at Bristol also. What was the price per pound at Mona Lisa?

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                              eatemup May 17, 2010 08:23 AM

                              cstr - they bear almost no resemblance to canned. They were delicious and can best be described as tasting like the sea. Cathy- I'll confess to not looking at the price.

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