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Spekuloos in LA?

JackonCrack Aug 19, 2010 12:30 PM

Does anyone know if there's somewhere in Los Angeles that sells Spekuloos Spread?

More on it here: http://www.alwayshungryny.com/thought...

  1. Das Ubergeek Aug 19, 2010 12:36 PM

    Try Schreiner's in Glendale. I believe the standard Dutch spelling is speculaas.

    1. Bob Brooks Aug 19, 2010 01:04 PM

      I know they serve it as a waffle topping at Shaky Alibi.

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      Shaky Alibi
      7401 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        bad nono Aug 19, 2010 01:21 PM

        maybe Le Pain Quotidien, since it's a Belgian chain.

        1. Mr Taster Aug 19, 2010 04:41 PM

          A couple of suggestions, though I can't confirm that speculaas can be found at either of these places.

          The closest suggestion would be the Simpang Asia Indonesian market in the Palms/Culver City area. I know they sell the typically Dutch De Ruijter breakfast sprinkles, so speculaas isn't such a long shot. (On a totally separate Dutch cookie sidenote, I think Trader Joe's still sells real Dutch made stroopwafels too.)

          http://www.simpangasia.com/

          Secondly, I highly recommend a trip out to Winchester, CA out in the Riverside/Hemet/Deserty areas where a Dutch family (originally from Haarlem) makes really good Dutch cheese (met komijn!! Yum!) and they have a small makeshift Dutch goodie import shop as well. Call ahead if you want to be sure you get to see the cheese being made.

          http://www.winchestercheese.com/

          Mr Taster

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          Simpang Asia
          10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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            Bradbury Aug 19, 2010 05:34 PM

            It's been about 5 years since I've been there, but if I recall correctly, Simpang Asia sells a small selection of Dutch imports such as stroopwafels, speculaas, dropjes, etc. (I like the first two; the last is, um, an acquired taste). There used to be a similar place selling Dutch/Indonesia goodies on Las Tunas in or around Temple City, but I think it's long gone.

            Also, thanks for the link to Winchester Cheese! It looks like they make a real Leidsekaas (one of the few local culinary treats I actually miss from my years living in Amsterdam) so I'm keen to give it a try.

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            dustchick Aug 19, 2010 10:08 PM

            The Holland American store (Bellflower) usually has it.

            http://www.1dutchmall.com

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              a213b Aug 20, 2010 09:52 AM

              You can also order online, if those areas are too far for you, from Biscoff (it's just called Biscoff spread)

              1. sarahbeths Jun 4, 2011 03:45 PM

                I live near Simpaing Asia store and I didn't find it there.
                My friend brought me a jar but it's a different brand (Waffles&Dinges, something like that) and it's not as flavorful as I remembered it being the first time I had the "real" brand which is Lotus. I found it online "Biscoff Spread" is the american name, can get via Amazon but not available for Prime shipping, so costs $5 to ship it. Some people found it in random grocery stores on the East Coast (Kroger for example in Maryland), so if anyone has a "Biscoff Spread" siting in LA please report! :)

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                1. re: sarahbeths
                  Windy Jul 12, 2011 10:55 PM

                  Wafels and Dinges is a wonderful food cart in Manhattan. They do sell their own jars of spekuloos.

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                  jojoma Jul 13, 2011 01:47 PM

                  Ohhh, this stuff is so good! I think it's crack in a jar. I received it as a gift from relatives in France after reading about it on David Lebovitz's blog. I turned my friend on to it and she orders the spread from www.biscoff.com. According to their website, the spread can be found at Gelson's. Good to know!

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                    happybaker Jul 13, 2011 04:16 PM

                    Hey! And they even have a coupon for retail purchase!

                    http://www.biscoff.com./DirectionsWEB...

                  2. Bob Brooks Sep 28, 2011 12:29 PM

                    Check this out...

                    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

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                      yay4food Sep 28, 2011 05:11 PM

                      I found jars of Biscoff Spread at Sprouts in Monrovia for around $3.69. It is good stuff.

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                        shebop Sep 28, 2011 11:34 PM

                        I got a message from Biscoff that it is now sold at World Market stores

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                          byobqueen Sep 30, 2011 01:40 PM

                          Yes, I just saw it a couple weeks ago at Cost Plus World Market at the Grove.

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                          Cost Plus World Market
                          10860 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                          1. re: byobqueen
                            JackonCrack Oct 23, 2011 12:36 PM

                            They didn't have it at The Grove location the two times I looked but I found it in Cost Plus in El Segundo/Manhattan Beach.

                            AND I found it at the Sprouts in Burbank, so... double bonus!

                            thanks peeps!

                            1. re: JackonCrack
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                              doug5551 Dec 3, 2011 04:45 PM

                              FYI: They are now selling this at Trader Joes for $3.69. I just got it at the TJs in Torrance. I had never heard of it till I saw this thread. You should give it a try, it really is as spectacular as the previous posters noted!

                              1. re: doug5551
                                JackonCrack Jan 20, 2012 12:13 AM

                                i saw this, thanks! "Cookie Butter" ;-)

                                Also, the "Biscoff" brand is at some FRESH AND EASY stores too.

                                It MAY just be Speculoos' time to shine!

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                                  alison Jan 20, 2012 05:08 PM

                                  Saw it at Albertson's in Los Feliz.

                                  1. re: JackonCrack
                                    Professor Salt Jan 20, 2012 05:25 PM

                                    Are you saying you saw the TJ's brand "Cookie Butter" recently? They've been sold out for months, and the Irvine store says they're expecting re-stock some time in February.

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                                      Emme Jan 20, 2012 06:41 PM

                                      i heard at TJ's that it was just going to be a seasonal thing... hope i heard wrong.

                                      i've definitely seen Biscoff butter at Albertson's within the past couple of weeks.

                                      1. re: Emme
                                        Das Ubergeek Jan 29, 2012 07:59 PM

                                        TJ's now has chocolate bars with the speculoos spread inside. They were at the cash registers (like, in front of the keyboard) at the UCI TJ's. They're not all that, though.

                                        1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                          Mr Taster Jan 30, 2012 08:02 AM

                                          I've taken several trips to the Netherlands (dated a Dutch girl for a while- in fact, she bought me a speculaas making kit) and until this thread I never realized speculaas were anything other than a cookie. Is this "speculaas spread" an American iteration of a Dutch traditional food or did I somehow miss seeing or hearing about the stuff during my time in NL?

                                          Mr Taster

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                                            chez cherie Jan 30, 2012 08:37 AM

                                            i used to buy the biscoff spread on visits to france, so perhaps it escaped your notice, mr taster. if i recall correctly, the jars i bought were from holland or belgium.

                                            1. re: Mr Taster
                                              Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2012 09:01 AM

                                              It was invented in Dutchland by Dutch people, but it's not very old, maybe five years or so ago I saw it on my peregrinations through l'Hexagone et ses environs.

                                              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                                                Mr Taster Jan 30, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                My dalliances in that part of the world ended around the time my girlfriend and I broke up, which was circa 2003, so what you say makes sense. I still have a great affection for the place- especially Friesland. The small villages with thatched grass roof cottages are straight out of a storybook. I took my first "shower in a bucket" there.

                                                Alas, my wife says Europe will be waiting for us when we're old and feeble and are unable to slum it with backpacks across the developing world, and although I don't totally agree she does have a good point :)

                                                Mr Taster

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                                                  js76wisco Jun 12, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                  The Cookie Butter is as good as advertised. We eat it out of the jar on a spoon. It's also much "better" for you than some of the alternatives, relatively low per serving fat and saturated fat.

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                                toffifay Jan 20, 2012 08:23 PM

                                You can find Lotus Biscoff (Spekuloos) that you get on Delta Flights at CVS pharmacies. I found them at the Lincoln Blvd store in Venice.

                                1. sarahbeths Jun 12, 2012 01:15 PM

                                  World Market for the win! crunchy and smooth, low cost, easy to buy. it's the official Biscoff spread, which tastes much better than the other brand (waffles something) that I tried once.

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                                  1. re: sarahbeths
                                    JackonCrack Jun 18, 2012 12:36 AM

                                    I picked up a jar of the CRUNCHY a few weeks ago. It's even better than the smooth. GAH.

                                    It's like my kryptonite.

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