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Going to Russo's, what is best right now?

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seidleroni Mar 24, 2012 10:16 AM

I go to Russo's market in Watertown pretty regularly, but I never know which produce is at its peak or whats good when I'm there. Last week I bought a case of champagne mango's which were absolutely amazing, but the persimmons are definitely not at their peak any longer. Has anybody been wowed with anything there recently that considers it to be a "must buy"? I'm willing to buy anything out of the ordinary, which is half the fun of shopping there.

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  1. nsenada RE: seidleroni Mar 24, 2012 01:06 PM

    According to Conan, "crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women."

    Just was there today and got some spring onions, that appear to be very nice. Fennel has been surprisingly small and shrunken the last few times I've been there. And they do have ramps, which looked good, but I didn't grab any.

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      Bob Dobalina RE: nsenada Mar 26, 2012 04:56 AM

      The ramps are usually pretty expensive, almost prohibitively so, but they are definitely worth a try at least once. Like a mix between a shallot and a chive, turned up to 11.

      Best quote ever. Also the first line that Ahnold spoke in the movie, so it had added oomph.

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        nsenada RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 26, 2012 09:46 AM

        Yes, I so rarely get the chance to use it (thanks, OP).

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        StriperGuy RE: nsenada Mar 26, 2012 11:18 AM

        And Grace Jones in the movie... AWESOME.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: StriperGuy Mar 27, 2012 05:35 AM

          She was actually in Conan the Destroyer, the sequel. But let's be honest - any Grace Jones appearance is a good one. She was the best thing in a View to a Kill.

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            StriperGuy RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 27, 2012 08:56 AM

            That's right...

            But she was AWESOME in that movie.

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              nsenada RE: StriperGuy Mar 28, 2012 09:23 AM

              Yes, indeed

      3. nsenada RE: seidleroni Mar 24, 2012 01:35 PM

        I noticed that they also carry Kewpie mayo, so grabbed some of that, too.

        1. viperlush RE: seidleroni Mar 25, 2012 11:20 AM

          I usually stick to what looks good. I was there a couple weeks ago and got a couple amazing artichokes. Firm, heavy, w/ tight leaves. No bitterness in the stalks. I haven't gotten any this year but their cardoons have been good in the past.

          1. tammyh RE: seidleroni Mar 26, 2012 06:52 AM

            Does anyone know if fiddleheads are coming in yet? I figure with the "early spring" that they should start appearing about now.

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              viperlush RE: tammyh Mar 26, 2012 08:47 AM

              I was just at Russo's today and didn't see any.

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                Jenny Ondioline RE: tammyh Mar 26, 2012 08:52 AM

                Even in a regular spring, I rarely see them before May.

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                  teezeetoo RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 26, 2012 01:37 PM

                  at Russo's today - beautiful spring onions, dill, nice arugula - haven't tasted the mandarins but I bought a box - artichokes looked crappy, rainbow kale was lovely, lots of baby vegetables (carrots and beets).

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