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Sorrel- HELP!!

meganodining Sep 18, 2010 12:36 PM

I am making Gordon Ramsay's Cauliflower and Sorrel (with caviar no less) soup for my gourmet club this evening. Waited until today to get the Sorrel and CANNOT FIND IT ANYWHERE! Any suggestions? I have searched all Bristol Farms, Whole Foods and Gelsons. Is there any substitute? the bummer of it all is I only need a little bit (my guess is it is potent stuff- it is the garnish, but is important enough to be included in Chef Ramsay's title of the dish.

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    ijakie Sep 18, 2010 02:07 PM

    Try calling some Jamaician food markets in Oakland or Berkeley, they should have dried sorrel. Try calling any International food markets, some Spanish markets also carry sorrell. If you live in Sacramento, Call the Red Star International market. Good Luck.

    Good Luck Bar
    1514 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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      bad nono Sep 18, 2010 01:54 PM

      I've never seen it but at the Hollywood Farmer's Market when in season and only at 2 vendors, and no, there's no substitute to it. It's pretty bitter, so maybe you can try a tiny bit of wild arugula and/or young spinach. But it won't taste the same. I know Surfas doesn't carry fresh herbs, so I doubt they'd have it.

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        AAQjr Sep 18, 2010 11:34 PM

        It's not really bitter, but sour which make it very distinctive.

      2. Servorg Sep 18, 2010 01:32 PM

        Have you checked with Surfas? I am not sure if they carry something like this, but maybe. Also I would give Marina Farms on Centinela in Mar Vista a call and see if they have it.

        Marina Farms
        5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Centinela Cafe
        4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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          AAQjr Sep 18, 2010 12:45 PM

          Ouch. A little late but I've seen it at the FM in SM. There really is NO substitute for Sorrel.

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