The 4505 chicharrones (http://www.4505meats.com/chicharrones... ) are without a doubt the tastiest I've ever eaten, except for one problem: my extremely sensitive palate can't handle the spice (I know, it's pretty mild as far as spices are concerned, but it's still too much for me).
Can anyone recommend a good gourmet alternative in the East Bay (I live in Berkeley)? I know I can find chicharrones at Mexican markets, but I'm looking for light, fluffy ones from high-quality, pasture-raised pigs. Marin Sun Farms used to make them but no longer does. The Local Butcher in Berkeley makes them, but they're hard—like pita chips—which I don't like. Any suggestions?
Not quite within the area, but I think i remember that the chicharrones at el Salchichero in Santa Cruz are not quite as spicy as 4505 -- they might ship? Also, like the crazy beef ones at Plum Bar -- not spicy if you don't dip in the hot sauce. Although very salty.
Sorry, its a little off topic, but if I were to go to the Ferry Building on saturday around 10, would it be a problem to get these chicharrones? The web site has an option to pre order a bag, but I don't know what time I'll wake up. Would it be safe to just assume they would be available or do these things sell out quick?