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Nov 8, 2010 06:53 PM

Where to buy magret de canard?

For my birthday, I am looking to make real magret de canard (i.e., duck breasts from ducks raised to provide foie gras). Is it possible to find well-priced magret de canard (and goose fat) in LA? (Hopefully close to Los Feliz?) I remember the last time I bought goose fat I got a tiny tin from Whole Foods for $7; this seemed like a complete rip-off, given that in the Bay Area it's possible to buy a veritable vat for about $15.

Also -- if you've had a fabulous magret de canard at a restaurant (or great luck with a particular recipe), I'd be interested to hear. Recently had a fantastic dining experience at Bistro Central Parc in Haight/Ashbury in San Francisco, and would like to try to replicate the dish in my kitchen!

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    1. A true magret de canard is the breast meat of force-fed ducks raised to produce fole gras. Most of this food is corn syrup based because it produces a fat liver quickly. It has more of a beefy taste. Try specialty foods if they are still around or Made in France.

      1. You can buy magret de canard from D'Artagnan at www.dartagnan.com. While they are in Hudson Valley, New York, the delivery is very prompt and delivered to your house packed in blue ice. You can also buy anything duck including fat.

        1. I saw some at Surfas in the refrigerated section yesterday. I didn't check if they were from duck raised to make foie gras,sorry.
          If you don't care for the raise-to-make-foie-gras part, I had excellent fresh duck breast I had special ordered from the poultry place at the Farmer's Market on 3rd & Fairfax.

          1. Here ya go, California grown: http://www.artisanfoiegras.com/produc...

            They don't use corn syrup in their feed, instead cooked corn mash. Good people, great product! Perhaps you can call them and ask if they know of a retailer near you.