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Hosting a crawfish boil in San Francisco

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kipsta23 Feb 28, 2011 08:27 AM

I lived in New Orleans for a few years and was thinking about having my own Mardi Gras party here in San Francisco, complete with crawfish boil. The only problem is that I have no idea where to get the boil kit... or the crawfish. Anybody have any ideas on where to find either of these? I'm also open to having a shrimp boil, but same problem of where to buy bulk shrimp? Also, as an addendum, anybody know where to find King Cake?
Thanks for your help!

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    Alan408 Feb 28, 2011 12:21 PM

    For live crawfish, try Bob's Bait Shop in Isleton.

    I often see cooked, imported crawfish at Lucky's Supermarket and also various Asian supermarkets.

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    Bob's Bait Shop
    302 2nd St, Isleton, CA

    1. Robert Lauriston Feb 28, 2011 12:26 PM

      There have been reports of live crawfish at 99 Ranch and other Chinese stores.

      1. wolfe Feb 28, 2011 12:34 PM

        King cake threads.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757646
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589434

        1. escargot3 Feb 28, 2011 12:40 PM

          For what it's worth, I saw them last month in Oakland at Lucky Seafood Market.

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            carfeng Feb 28, 2011 12:52 PM

            IKEA carries frozen crawfish.

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            IKEA
            4400 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA

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              Bryan Gros Feb 28, 2011 02:32 PM

              I've definately seen crawfish at Ranch 99 in Albany/El Cerrito. In the past at least.

              You can find the dry crab boil at many stores. Pretty sure Ver Brugge in Rockridge has it, Farmer Joes has it. Liquid is harder to find. I've got some in my pantry if you get desperate--I could trade it for some crawfish :-)

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              99 Ranch
              4299 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

              1. wolfe Feb 28, 2011 03:01 PM

                The very big, I think 12-16 a pound or bigger, shrimp at Costco are very reasonable and probably on the Monterey Bay Aquarium avoid list.

                1. Windy Feb 28, 2011 03:02 PM

                  I think Nora's Patisserie in San Bruno makes king cake.

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                  Nora's Patisserie
                  29 San Pedro Rd, Colma, CA

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                    wolfe Feb 28, 2011 03:09 PM

                    Colma.

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