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harissa paste

Anyone got an idea where I can buy harissa paste which is used in Moroccan recipes? I live in Los Feliz but will travel ;)

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  1. I purchased some at Williams Sonoma ... you might want to call before you make the trip though ... Not sure if Surfas is still in Culver City (I left the state two years ago) but pretty sure they would have it if they are still around.

    1. Spice Station in Silverlake.

      1. This subject comes up from time to time. Here is an earlier post:


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        1. re: JBC

          Personally, I like the one imported from France that comes in a can, also available in a tube. Here is a picture of both:


          Does anyone know where one can buy a can of this wonderful stuff in the L.A. Uber-opolis ?

          1. re: JBC

            That's the DEA, which is okay, but I much prefer Le Cabanon. It's more coarsely ground and I think has a richer flavor. I bought a tube at a pricey fancy-food store up in Berkeley, but my friend there says they now have only DEA. So I found a seller on Amazon for Le Cabanon; while shipping on a single tube was ridiculous, I got a case (it does keep, you know!) for what worked out to $2+ per tube.

            1. re: Will Owen

              I am in complete agreement with you: Surfas carried only Le Cabanon, then only carried DEA, and now it carries both (or possibly just Le Cabanon).

              Le Cabanon has a brighter color, and I agree about the richer flavor. Surfas sells it for something under $3, I think.

              And La Dijonaise down the street from Surfas has merguez sausage and fries, and they'll provide Le Cabanon harissa if you ask. It's a delicious meal.

              La Dijonaise Cafe
              8703 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

              1. re: hhewitt

                If it's under $3 that IS a good deal - at the Pasta Shop in Berserkeley it was $4.50, and when they switched to DEA I'm told that was more like $6!

                I'd forgotten about La Dijonnaise and their merguez - my merguez-loving brother- and sister-in-law got that on our family visit some years ago and pronounced it among their best. Now I'm even more impatient for that damn train to get there … !

          1. I bought a tube at Bristol Farms.

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            1. re: sparkareno

              So did I (Westwood Blvd. & Ohio Location); however, 2 weeks ago their manager said they stopped carrying it = typical.

            2. I've seen jars of harissa for sale at Le Pain Quotidien in Santa Monica near the promenade. It was about $8 a year ago. Did not buy it though, so can't say whether it is any good.

              1. There's a middle-eastern market on Venice Blvd and Westwood (don' t remember the name), that has fresh harissa. The butcher, an Algerian, makes it two, three times a week and it's no more than a couple of bucks. Ask for it at the butcher counter.

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                1. re: fkingford

                  Is that Payless International Market? I've been meaning to go there after reading about if elsewhere on CH. I've driven by many times, and it's the only "Halal carniceria" I've seen around.


                  1. re: hhewitt

                    yeah, that's the one, right across the way from Cafe Brasil. The clientele is multi-national; Mexican, Indian, N. African, you name it. You can find some great bargains there. They have parking in the back and a hookah shop right on the premises not to mention a Turkish restaurant -unaffiliated - upfront.

                2. why would you travel to buy something so simple to make? we cooks can be so darn lazy sometimes.

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                  1. re: sushigirlie

                    some may not have the desire, the ingredients or the know-how to make it from scratch. just because some of us think it's simple doesn't mean that everyone does.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      you're right. but my suggestion is to just take a few minutes to research how to make it rather than instinctively going out to buy it.