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Feb 14, 2013 05:57 AM

What to eat in California

east coaster coming to southern ca in about a month. I would like tips on what to try while I am there. Thinking of foods that are grown in or unique to California that I am not able to get on the east coast, or things that suffer from being shipped that will blow my socks off when eaten closer to the source. Not really looking for restaurant recommendations .

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  1. The uni in Socal is some of the very best in the world. J. Steingarten considered it worth a trip.

    1. >>>The uni<<<

      Ed, please explain

      5 Replies
      1. re: Gail

        Santa Barbara uni (sea urchin roe/gonads) vs. Mendocino uni

        1. re: Gail

          Uni is a sushi staple. Really good uni is creamy, nutty, and unique in flavor/texture. Some places it is used for soups or in a sauce for like spaghetti, but fresh uni is my favorite way to finish a sushi meal - like a savory desert.

          1. re: Ed Dibble

            About 18 months ago had a carbonara-style uni-sauced udon at Morimoto in Napa, tasty!

            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              This sounds wonderful. I have always thought that udon noodles would be ideal with a carbonara sauce.

        2. Can only speak for So. Cal since I live there, but try fish tacos and/or street carnitas, both classics.

          1. Artichokes, avocados, dungeness crab, sand dabs (more norcal, but can be found in socal).

            1. In-season produce of just about all kinds in nearly every part of California. Depending on where you're going to be, you could be hitting strawberry season in stride.