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white truffles?

Bert Oct 19, 2010 08:08 PM

anyone had or seen white truffles yet this season?

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    AAQjr Oct 19, 2010 08:28 PM

    Cal/Oregon or European?

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    1. re: AAQjr
      Bert Oct 19, 2010 08:55 PM

      European... Answering that question made me feel very Monty Python...

    2. perk Oct 19, 2010 10:38 PM

      I've gotten e-mails from Providence and Patina...saying they're serving special white truffle menus. A friend had dinner at Providence the other night and had a pasta dish with white truffles.....she said they were quite good. I'm heading there soon myself!

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        trufflehunter Oct 20, 2010 02:30 AM

        Yes they are already about, but hold on to your money. They will be much better in another 3 or 4 weeks

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          sushigirlie Oct 20, 2010 08:42 AM

          I've seen them at Leonidas in Santa Monica.

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            Harry Niletti Oct 20, 2010 08:52 AM

            I heard that the truffles at Leonidas are not rooted out by sustainable pigs.


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              Gnoop Oct 20, 2010 10:25 AM

              Or trained dogs for that matter.

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                RicRios Oct 20, 2010 10:53 AM

                Just curious: what makes a pig sustainable?

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                  wilafur Oct 20, 2010 05:52 PM

                  i think he was joking as leonida's in SM is a chocolate store.

              2. re: sushigirlie
                joshekg Oct 20, 2010 05:49 PM

                You saw truffles the tuber type at leonidas or white chocolate truffles?

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                Mimoso Oct 20, 2010 11:16 AM

                As a chef and a man obsessed with truffles I can honestly say that the truffles this year have been stunning. In terms of aroma, flavor, size and availability it looks to be a banner year. They are far less expensive then last season so mind what you pay and enjoy.

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                  Porthos Oct 21, 2010 09:24 AM

                  I agree. I just had platefuls of the stuff in Rome and it's better than its been the past 3 years, even this early in the season.

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                  galeforcewind Oct 20, 2010 11:19 AM

                  I've seen them at the Hollywood Farmer's Market at the LA FungHi booth down by the Arclight end of the market.


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                    vinosnob Oct 20, 2010 01:35 PM

                    Price? Quality?

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                      galeforcewind Oct 20, 2010 04:56 PM

                      Sorry, didn't buy them, just know they have them. Someone came early and bought their whole supply last week - if one wants to use demand as an indication of quality ...

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                        vinosnob Oct 20, 2010 05:36 PM

                        Wow, that says something!

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                        perk Oct 20, 2010 08:56 PM

                        If it's the mushroom guy.....he has domestic truffles every year around this time. Actually, they must be early this year.....usually, they're closer to thanksgiving. i think the price is normally in the $30 a pound range.....

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                          Gnoop Oct 21, 2010 01:11 PM

                          How long does he have the local truffles? I recall Alba has a mid-January cutoff which is right about the time I'll be in need. Lucky me :(

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                            AAQjr Oct 22, 2010 12:27 AM

                            IIRC last year you could get local truffles until the 1st week of February

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                              Gnoop Oct 24, 2010 11:20 PM

                              That shouldn't be too bad, then. White truffle risotto it will be!

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                          manku Nov 9, 2010 01:36 PM

                          I spoke with the owner....$4000/lb, or about $250/ounce which is what wally's/beverly hills cheese store are charging.

                          Urbani mail order has them for $138/ounce...so I may order from them...anyone have any experiences with them? I know they are probably the biggest importer of truffles and truffle condiments so I'm not concerned, but any first hand experience with them would be nice before I drop $300 on a couple shrooms :)

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                            vinosnob Nov 9, 2010 02:48 PM

                            Not first hand, but urbani truffles got positive reviews on another board:


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                              RicRios Nov 9, 2010 04:17 PM

                              The Urbani family controls 80% of the entire world's truffle business.
                              If you like old fashioned Mafia, go for it!

                              ( Even the town where their headquarters are located sounds suggestive: Anatolia di Narco...
                              http://panjiva.com/Urbani-Tartufi-S-N... )

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