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Plug for GOOD EGGS

westsidegal Apr 22, 2014 04:47 PM

This is an unabashed, shameless plug for the food that has been delivered to my door by Good Eggs.

In particular, their produce has been beyond exceptional.

Normally, the stores on my normal rotation for produce are: Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, and Sprouts.
Every single produce item that Good Eggs has delivered to me has been FAR superior than the stuff that I’ve been able to get by driving all around town. The fresh fava beans that were delivered yesterday were the most stunning, flavorful, BIG, beautiful, fava beans I’ve seen anywhere this season.
I’m blown away.
The oranges that they delivered last time, which were sourced from Burkart Organics, looked like normal oranges, but TASTED much better than any that I’ve gotten from the market.

They carry other “artisanal” foods too: cheeses, meats, etc.
I’ve also been very pleased with the goat cheeses that they brought that were sourced from Soledad Farms, (but, truly, I’ve not done the whole “drive all over town” comparative test on cheese).

Every few days, their offerings change.
(Just because they offered organic EVOO today, doesn’t mean that it will be available tomorrow. On the other hand, the berry pies that they weren’t offering yesterday, may be offered today.)

If you order over $30 worth of stuff and are willing to take delivery during one of their “free delivery” time windows, the delivery is free.

The refrigerated food was packed in insulating material and was cold when I unpacked it.
the stuff that shouldn't have been refrigerated was NOT cold (i.e. they didn't just pack my entire order and put it in a refrigerated truck. every item was treated properly.
I’m in love with this operation.

http://www.goodeggs.com/la

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    Dirtywextraolives RE: westsidegal Apr 22, 2014 08:49 PM

    Thanks for the info, I will check them out.

    Just a quick look at the website, how are the prices, in relation to the stores you've frequented?

    For example, I see organic blueberries for $6 a box. But no weight. How much does the box weigh, a pint? A quart? Just curious, thanks.

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      westsidegal RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 22, 2014 08:57 PM

      if you keep clicking around, eventually the weights will show up. (i.e. if you click on the words "organic blueberries" it will come up as a 6oz box.

      those were too dear for me, but the fresh fennel bulb they delivered was twice the size of those that the regular grocery stocked AND it was so fresh that the little lacy tops were NOT wilted, so it turned out to be a good deal, the oranges were priced in line with the prices at whole foods. the fava beans cost more than what the grocery stores were charging but, in terms of quality, they were in a completely superior league, so, imho, they are more than fairly priced)

      that said, this is not a service for those to whom pinching pennies on food is a satisying endeavor or is some sort of art form.
      this is for those of us who :
      1) really appreciate and desire the difference between top quality food and the next tier down

      2) place some kind of value on our own time. (really, i guess if i made it my business to go to EVERY farmer's market and food specialty store on a regular basis, i could come up with comparable stuff. i'm not going to spend my life that way in order to buy the relatively small quantities that i would be buying. i like fresh food, not wilted/tired food nor left overs from 3 days ago.

      3) are willing to spend an extra few dollars per meal to get top flight ingredients without devoting tons of time in order to procure those ingredients. ( i understand that if you are part of a couple, going food shopping together can be a fun, bonding, activity. that aspect of the process doesn't apply to everyone, though)

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        revets2 RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 23, 2014 01:58 AM

        Would also add, these are probably not any run of the mill organic blueberries (like the ones from Chile or Mexico). These are from Forbidden Fruit which is sort of like the Harry's Berries of blueberries in SoCal. They are expensive and they are delicious. Same price that I paid at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, I believe.

        DWEO, you also might be interested in their Bread Lounge baguettes delivered to your door.

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          ns1 RE: revets2 Apr 23, 2014 10:05 AM

          yowza, 4.50/baguette. I'll wait until I can hit up surfas =X

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            Dirtywextraolives RE: revets2 Apr 23, 2014 07:30 PM

            I did not see anything from bread lounge listed, and I'm not the baguette fanatic on the board. Plus I can buy one for $3.50 from Maison Giraud, which is right down the street from my kids' school.

            And, I just cannot justify spending $1 an ounce for blueberries....I don't care how wonderful they are....I have bought some huge sweet ones from my local grocery store for $3.99 that were grown in Oregon. It's just not doable to feed my family with prices like that. We are still paying for tuition, clothes, shoes and extra curricular activities for my sons. Even saving $2 on each item adds up.

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              revets2 RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 23, 2014 10:37 PM

              Completely empathize with that!

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                westsidegal RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 24, 2014 12:34 PM

                it's all a matter of priorities.

                i have no problem paying an extra $4 for a bag of fava beans in order to get the BEST, PERFECT, HUGE fava beans DELIVERED to my door rather than drive from farmer's market to farmer's market all over town on the chance that one of the vendors MIGHT actually be selling something acceptable.

                on the other hand, i don't have reservations for opening night at newport seafood in beverly hills.

                in total, my food indulgences cost less than yours.
                it's just a matter of personal preference--no right or wrong here.

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: westsidegal Apr 24, 2014 07:00 PM

                  Absolutely. Obviously i don't have reservations ANYWHERE, haha, and my priorities are different since I have children in the house and work at home so I have the time and inclination to travel to different stores and markets in search of better deals. Also often times, my husband works very late and does not eat dinner with us, so splurging on exotic organic veggies when my kids won't touch them is a huge waste of money.

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                    ilysla RE: westsidegal Apr 25, 2014 11:49 AM

                    This is a good point. I certainly think for some people that it's probably a God-send. I myself don't mind browsing around for goods (it's one of the few times I'm not at work or at home!), but I think when I'm entertaining at home that home delivery (even at a cost) would be lovely....

                    QUOTE: "on the other hand, i don't have reservations for opening night at newport seafood in beverly hills."

                    But what if Sergio is cooking? ;) J/K, of course....

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                      emglow101 RE: westsidegal Apr 25, 2014 09:28 PM

                      I don't even live in L.A and I completely agree. Priorities. I would do the same.

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                      ns1 RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 24, 2014 05:23 PM

                      re: breadlounge

                      http://www.goodeggs.com/breadlounge

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                        VenusCafe RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 28, 2014 09:59 PM

                        Your 'just cannot justify' statement, which you have made several times here, makes me wonder how you can justify patronizing Maison Girard and his high prices??? Even if I did not have such concerns, I would have a problem with the unconscionable mark ups and the small portions giving bad value.

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                          Dirtywextraolives RE: VenusCafe Apr 29, 2014 07:46 AM

                          I don't go to MG every week.

                          I do go grocery shopping, at least once a week. And produce is extremely perishable.

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: VenusCafe Apr 29, 2014 10:37 AM

                            Plus, not that it's any of your business, but MG is considered a splurge in my household; grocery shopping is not.

                            And I hardly find his pricing to be that out of line with any other upscale restaurant in this city. You think Melisse, Nobu & n/naka have huge portions? And they are probably twice the price.

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                              VenusCafe RE: Dirtywextraolives May 1, 2014 06:54 PM

                              Yeah, but for many reasons, I don't despise THEIR pricings and portions...sorry to exceed what for you is 'not my business', but aren't we here to discuss food/value/splurges included?

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                                Dirtywextraolives RE: VenusCafe May 1, 2014 08:45 PM

                                Not sure why my household's spending habits would become your business, whether I post on this board, thread, or not..... And that's fine if you don't patronize MG, they apparently do not miss your business at all. And for the record, his portions are much more reasonable for the $ than many places in this city.

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                          JudiAU RE: revets2 Apr 24, 2014 05:19 PM

                          Forbidden Fruit really does have the best blueberries. In our house they are known as "the good ones" and yes, that is what they cost at HFM.

                          It must be said though that the quality of blueberries grown in SC has improved exponentially due to the breeding improvements at where? UC Hastings? One of the UCs...

                          But I like theirs the best...

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                            JAB RE: JudiAU Apr 24, 2014 05:22 PM

                            Probably UC Davis.

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                        ns1 RE: westsidegal Apr 22, 2014 08:56 PM

                        Is there a sub fee a la amazon fresh?

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                          westsidegal RE: ns1 Apr 22, 2014 09:06 PM

                          no sub fee.
                          to get free delivery, you need to
                          a) order $30 or more
                          AND
                          b) accept delivery during one of their special "free delivery" windows of time.

                          you can specify other delivery time windows and/or order less food for a $5 delivery fee. i've been plenty satisfied with the free delivery because they package the refrigerated items so well.

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                            ns1 RE: westsidegal Apr 23, 2014 12:03 AM

                            Well then I got nothing to lose by trying!

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                              Dirtywextraolives RE: westsidegal Apr 23, 2014 07:25 PM

                              And it certainly won't be hard to get up to $30........

                          2. Dommy RE: westsidegal Apr 23, 2014 10:56 AM

                            Thanks Westside Gal. I don't think they would deliver to my area, but they have a drop box in Leimert Park. P. is favoriting this more local business to Amazon Prime... we'll see...

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                              omotosando RE: Dommy Apr 23, 2014 12:10 PM

                              I just joined Amazon Fresh and love it, but I also am happily awaiting my first order from Good Eggs, which will be delivered later this afternoon.

                              I think Amazon Fresh and Good Eggs are complimentary to each other and since there is no membership fee for Good Eggs, well, why not order from both.

                              Good Eggs definitely has more exotic produce (I ordered mulberries!), but less selection. (I wanted tomatoes, but they didn't have any).

                              Good Eggs is also slightly less convenient in that they don't have early morning delivery. I got quite excited seeing on the website that if I placed my order by midnight Tuesday, I would have it Wednesday and I was planning all the breakfast things I would have for Wednesday morning until I saw the first delivery was much later in the day.

                              Anyway, I am very much looking forward to my first Good Eggs order and I hope a lot more people will use itm as I am sure the larger the customer base they have, the more profitable they can be and the larger selection they can offer.

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                                Steve2 in LA RE: omotosando Apr 24, 2014 02:26 PM

                                I'm waiting to receive my first Good Egg order any minute now. (I also use Amazon Fresh). I think they're different like Whole Food's and Ralph's are different. Both in price AND quality. There are certain items where it doesn't matter and you can save some dough. Others, where it's all about quality, you can make an informed decision.

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                                  revets2 RE: Steve2 in LA Apr 24, 2014 02:39 PM

                                  Well said.

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                                    omotosando RE: Steve2 in LA Apr 24, 2014 06:41 PM

                                    My first order from Good Eggs just arrived! A nice young man dropped it off. I thought it was supposed to be delivered yesterday (I was confused) and I called them at 8:30 p.m. to ask where it was and got a live person. How great is that? It is different than dealing with Amazon Fresh.

                                    But I love them both. The produce at Amazon Fresh, by the way, is much better than at my local supermarket with a much better selection of organic. One of the differences may be that Amazon Fresh produce is coming to me straight from the warehouse at 7:00 a.m. and my local supermarket produce has been sitting under lights in the store all day (and perhaps for days).

                                    I am now munching on a vegan coconut cupcake that Good Eggs delivered from "Lisa & Mo." Very good. Much better than the stuff that people stand on line for hours to pick up from Sprinkles.

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                                      westsidegal RE: Steve2 in LA Apr 29, 2014 11:43 AM

                                      i just looked at the amazon website.
                                      the first item i saw that i actually consume on a regular basis costs $2.50 a bag at gelson's where i can buy just the flavors i like.
                                      at amazon, i'd need to order an assortment of 6 bags (which includes flavors that i'd NEVER eat) in order to pay a $3.33 a bag.

                                      thus, far, it doesn't look like amazon is any kind of bargain although they do carry an incredibly wide assortment of items.
                                      amazon, it seems to me, is trying to compete with grocery stores and with big box retailers.
                                      Good Eggs, it seems to me, is a high-end food broker, that is aiming at an entirely different part of the market.

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                                        omotosando RE: westsidegal Apr 29, 2014 03:27 PM

                                        I'm not sure if you looked at the regular Amazon website or the Amazon Fresh website. If you buy from the Amazon website (which you need to do if you are not a member of Amazon Fresh prime), you generally need to buy in large quantities (because they are not going to ship you one box of cereal, for instance).

                                        For example, if I go to regular Amazon and look for my preferred dish liquid, I have to buy a minimum of 6. If I go to my Amazon Fresh account, I can order one.

                                        To me, Amazon Fresh and Good Eggs work synergistically, allowing me to never set foot again in a supermarket or a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes (both of which I despise, unlike some other people).

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                                      bulavinaka RE: omotosando Apr 26, 2014 07:34 PM

                                      Assumption on my part but the lack of tomatoes (organic in particular) probably aren't offered because it's not prime time yet? Sounds like Good Eggs is trying hard to establish a serious repution in terms of quality. Clamshells of grape tomatoes from Mexico can be had anywhere year around. A solid two-pound heirloom makes me think of summer. Only summer.

                                  2. Savour RE: westsidegal Apr 23, 2014 11:27 AM

                                    It seems like a good alternative to a farmer's market visit.

                                    1. OCEllen RE: westsidegal Apr 23, 2014 12:23 PM

                                      Wish they were in OC!

                                      1. TonyC RE: westsidegal Apr 23, 2014 01:03 PM

                                        wsg, do you not shop at HFM/SMFM? Cuz the producers they cull from are at both locations.

                                        I mean, it makes no sense when Pead & barnett can be found at SMFM selling the exact same products on Wed/Saturday.

                                        Perhaps if the kids baseball practice is Wednesday and soccer practice is Saturday I'd use this on a regular basis (or, if you really, REALLY hate the guy giving away free hugs). Otherwise, organic grape fruit was 3 lb for $2, Spenser's avos are $1, ea, this wknd, vs their pricing (!!!!). OTOH, it's rather difficult to source P. BALISTRERI guanciale, so.. YMMV

                                        One interesting comparo: 1/2 gal of non-GMO fresh soy milk @ VP/VK Tofu: $2.75. 1/2 gal of fresh soy milk via Good Egg: $8. It'd better have that morning Xanax already dissolved inside.

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                                          westsidegal RE: TonyC Apr 23, 2014 05:23 PM

                                          when i worked in santa monica i'd go to the SMFM every wednesday.

                                          for my current situation, GOOD EGGS is far, far, far, better.

                                          just like with ANY food broker, the customer needs to pick and choose.
                                          thus far, i've made some wonderful choices.

                                          (fwiw, i've contacted them about their soy products and recommended that they connect with San Diego Soy Dairy, a producer that i like.
                                          if they do this, i will gladly add soy products to my Good Eggs shopping list. if they don't, i'll just focus on the other things they offer that i like.)

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                                            omotosando RE: westsidegal Apr 24, 2014 07:11 PM

                                            I may be the only person in the world who actively detests farmers markets. The Wednesday Santa Monica market meant fighting traffic to Santa Monica, looking for a parking space, missing out on the best unless I got there at the crack of dawn and then getting in to work hours late because of the hassle of it all. The Saturday market was the same, except for instead of getting in to work hours late, I would simply have less time to do the things I find enjoyable when not working (like exercising or gardening or lazing around with the newspaper) in favor of jostling around with strangers.

                                            Good riddance farmers' markets. Hello Good Eggs.

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                                              Dirtywextraolives RE: omotosando Apr 24, 2014 08:17 PM

                                              I will concur that it is quite the rat race..... And the crowds seem to get worse every week....

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                                          JudiAU RE: westsidegal Apr 24, 2014 06:14 PM

                                          Very interesting to see that also deliver from full catch or half catch from Community Seafood.

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                                            hungrydrunk RE: westsidegal Apr 25, 2014 10:11 AM

                                            i might try this, i like the fact they they deliver to the SGV and it's not just a "westside" thing.

                                            1. omotosando RE: westsidegal Apr 25, 2014 04:56 PM

                                              Good Eggs sent me some complimentary Polito Family Farms tangerines with my first order, and I have to say they were the best tangerines I have ever had.

                                              Goodbye mediocre supermarket fruit.

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                                                westsidegal RE: omotosando Apr 25, 2014 09:21 PM

                                                +1
                                                also, goodbye driving all over town.

                                                i made an absolutely terrific recipe for lunch getting ALL the ingredients from Good Eggs ( i used three of their blood oranges instead of navel oranges):
                                                http://food52.com/blog/9862-molly-ste...

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                                                oniontears RE: westsidegal Apr 26, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                Happy to hear good eggs is making waves in LA as well. I'm a Bay Area customer of theirs since they started their operations and have been consistently impressed with the quality of their products and the way their offerings have gotten better and better with time. (I mean Tartine bread delivered to my door, and still warm?? UNREAL.) Customer service is great--once a delivery guy was 45 min late and they apologized profusely and offered a credit for the inconvenience. I also like their handwritten notes and postcards that come with my order :-)

                                                I've been following their LA site since my sig. other lives in Pasadena so I'm down there every few weeks and I am constantly searching for easier ways to get high quality, local foods without scheduling our lives around farmer's markets and LA traffic. Compared to SF, the pickings a bit slimmer and the prices gave me some sticker shock ($5 for swiss chard?!), but that may be more a product of the supply up here versus down there since I find even in SF the prices are on par with farmers markets (and sometimes a shade lower). I will say that their LA offerings have expanded about 3-4x in the past 8-10 months, which is really promising for Angelenos.

                                                EDIT: Mid-week deliveries have far more options than Mondays in LA! Great selection. Excited to try Meiji tofu finally!

                                                They have a great business model, which helps farmers and other local businesses as much as it does the consumers. No doubt they source some of the best produce, meats and fish, and small batch producers in the area and make sure those guys have another market in which to sell their food. Many of these producers sell at local farmer's markets but when you order from good eggs there is a lot less waste since they know how much to harvest, etc.

                                                With westsidegal's plug and the desire for the company to get even better down there I will try it next time I am in town and create some more demand.

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                                                  revets2 RE: oniontears Apr 27, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                  Great post and insight, thanks. And thanks for the tip on Meiji tofu. Really difficult to find it on the site, was under "Local Meals & Snacks". Hard for us to get all the way to Gardena by noon. Worth the upcharge.

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                                                    westsidegal RE: revets2 Apr 29, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                    revets2: could you please tell me what is special about meiji tofu? i've not heard of it before and since it was not organic, i'd dismissed it.
                                                    what am i missing here?

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                                                      Dommy RE: westsidegal Apr 29, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                      It's a very fresh, finely textured tofu that is made locally. It's not organic, but is no GMO and tastes amazing. I usually get it at the little market next to Tempura House on Sawtelle and sometimes at McCalls Meat and Fish (they tend to just have the silken though). Our favorite tofu by far for taste and texture (you might get fresher, but not as tasty with the same mouth feel).

                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                        revets2 RE: Dommy Apr 29, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                        Dommy hits it and it's much more expensive at McCall's.

                                                        It's artisanally made by Koki Sato. I think the custard tofu improves over a few days, but there is no comparison to the commercial brands. It's like artisan cheese.

                                                        The storefront in Gardena closes by 1pm and noon on Saturdays. It's closed Sunday and Tuesday.

                                                        Can't say it any better than Ben Calderwood at LAWeekly:
                                                        http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2010...

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                                                          bulavinaka RE: revets2 Apr 30, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                          Nijiya carries Meiji tofu products.

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                                                            Dommy RE: bulavinaka Apr 30, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                            Not all Nijiyas... The one on Sawtelle does not. On Sawtelle the only place to get it Granada Market (next to Tempura house) and they have somewhat limited hours.

                                                            --Dommy!

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                                                              bulavinaka RE: Dommy Apr 30, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                              We normally get Meiji tofu peoducts at the Torrance store. But my wife saw it and got a few at the Sawtelle store over a month ago. Don't know if it was a stocking fluke or what - haven't been back since.

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                                                                Dommy RE: bulavinaka Apr 30, 2014 10:09 PM

                                                                Interesting, I wonder if they sell out quickly which is why I've never seen it there. Will look for it again next time! Nijiya has much better hours...

                                                                --Dommy!

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                                                                  bulavinaka RE: Dommy Apr 30, 2014 11:39 PM

                                                                  Don't know - we don't recall seeing it at the Sawtelle store in the past either. Since Torrance seems to be the mothership, we just assumed that products like this were only available there.

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                                                                    Mattapoisett in LA RE: bulavinaka Apr 30, 2014 11:45 PM

                                                                    Has anyone see in it or other fresh made Tofu for purchase in Koreatown. Since we live closer to there than Sawtelle it would be a nice find. As an aside, when we are less busy, we'll put together an order for Good Eggs one of these days to try it out,

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                                                                      Dommy RE: bulavinaka May 1, 2014 07:15 AM

                                                                      OH! My mistake... I thought you were taking about the Nijiya on Sawtelle... But yes, the Nijiya in Torrance carries it, but if you are already down there, you could always just go to the factory...

                                                                      --Dommy!

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                                                                        bulavinaka RE: Dommy May 2, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                        Sorry I'm not clear. We never saw Meiji tofu at the Sawtelle Nijiya in the past. But my wife picked up a couple of their tofu at Sawtelle over a month ago. She just assumed that the Sawtelle Nijiya started carrying it as well. We haven't been back there since so I don't know if it was a fluke or not.

                                                  2. omotosando RE: westsidegal Apr 26, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                    I had my first Good Eggs breakfast this morning -- cereal (not from Good Eggs) topped with Good Eggs mulberries and Good Eggs turmeric almond milk. The mulberries were delicious albeit pricey - this was my first time eating mulberries -- I don't think they even have them in supermarkets. The turmeric almond milk was a bit strange at first in the cereal -- it's a bit jarring to top your cereal with a bright yellow beverage and with a curry taste to boot, but I ended up finding the combination more satisfying than my usual breakfast cereal.

                                                    I've already put in my second New Eggs order and told dozens of people about it, all of whom are eager to try it. Thanks to Westsidelegal for bringing it to everyone's attention as until a few days ago, I had no idea that such a service existed. No one I told about it had ever heard of it either.

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                                                      J.L. RE: omotosando Apr 26, 2014 07:58 PM

                                                      I first tried mulberries at Shunji's a while back. What a great, tasty fruit!

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                                                        westsidegal RE: omotosando Apr 27, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                        omotosando: i'm so glad you like them as much as i do!

                                                        i just placed my order for wednesday delivery.
                                                        (as long as i'm on this obsessive jag making the molly stevens' roasted fennel, red onion, and orange salad again and again and again, it's totally easy for me to completely rely on Good Eggs.
                                                        also, my other current obsession: Porthos, on one of the other Chow boards posted his great, simple, recipe for fresh fava beans which are IN SEASON now and Good Eggs is the very best source for getting them.)

                                                        will also be trying the organic dried persimmons this time.

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                                                          revets2 RE: omotosando Apr 27, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                          How big was the basket of Pakastani mulberries? Thought it was a steak at $5. The Persians (which I prefer, but are not available right now) are usually $10 for a small basket.

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                                                            westsidegal RE: revets2 Apr 27, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                            the website says a 4 oz box for $5.

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                                                              cacio e pepe RE: revets2 Apr 28, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                              Sorry for the aside, but as a fellow *persian* mulberry lover, you may like to know that fresh WHITE Persian mulberries have been spotted at the SMFM. I had never seen fresh white mulberries and did a side by side taste test between Pudwill's and Coleman's. Pudwill's tasted like styrofoam. Just nothing. Coleman's was sublime. They're spendy, but you've got to give them a try. So good.

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                                                                omotosando RE: cacio e pepe Apr 28, 2014 10:00 PM

                                                                Can you describe the difference in taste between the Persian and Pakastani? I am just becoming a mulberry connoisseur.

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                                                                  cacio e pepe RE: omotosando Apr 28, 2014 10:35 PM

                                                                  Persians are much much juicier and intense. Pakistani mulberries are usually drier and can have a vegetal taste to them.

                                                                  The best way I can describe it is to imagine the finest, juiciest, most intense Pakistani mulberry you've had. The average Persian mulberries are even juicier, more intense, and lack the vegetal note that gets in the way.

                                                                  White Persian mulberries are pretty grand, but similar to white peaches, they have less acid to balance their sweetness. Some people find them boring, but I love them. Yes, they are less complex, but they still have a lot of interesting flavor to me.

                                                                  To my palate, nothing can touch a good Persian mulberry.

                                                                  Fun fact: the purple staining you get handling Persian mulberries can be rubbed off by crushing fresh mulberry leaves between your hands.

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                                                                    JudiAU RE: cacio e pepe Apr 29, 2014 08:08 PM

                                                                    Pakistani mulberries are almost never worth the money. I can't imagine why there are so many Pakistani mulberry sellers. I always think the farmers saw that other farmers where getting $10/4 oz and then planted the wrong kind.

                                                                    I don't really begrudge any price for Persians. They are sublime.

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                                                            ns1 RE: westsidegal Apr 28, 2014 01:27 PM

                                                            Let's link some good stuff guys:

                                                            bagels from BROOKLYN BAGEL. only $5/half dozen! Of course, by the time they arrive it'll be too late (ie mid day instead of before breakfast)
                                                            http://www.goodeggs.com/brooklynbagella

                                                            grill masters rotisserie chicken
                                                            http://www.goodeggs.com/grillmasters

                                                            auntie em's
                                                            http://www.goodeggs.com/auntieems

                                                            Decent coffee selection
                                                            Handsome / Installation Cold Brew (32oz @ 18.50, kinda expensive) / Cafecito Organico

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                                                              omotosando RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                              I was thinking of putting in an order for both Brooklyn Bagel and Grill Masters with my last Good Eggs order, but didn't because I was not familiar with either of their wares. Do you recommend?

                                                              I will report back on my latest order, which was delivered today, once I have a chance to sample all the goodies that were delivered.

                                                              I will probably put in an order for later this week because I am almost out of the insanely delicious (and insanely expensive) raw almond milk that was delivered last week.

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                                                                ns1 RE: omotosando Apr 28, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                I can only say that both companies are recommended on CH with a fair amount of regularity.

                                                                Do they have early morning (7a - 9a) slots that are eligible for free delivery?

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                                                                  westsidegal RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                  i don't think they offer any deliveries during the morning rush hour in LA.

                                                                  http://www.goodeggs.com/about/la/deli...

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                                                                    ns1 RE: westsidegal Apr 28, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                                    well that makes bagel deliveries absolutely pointless.

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                                                                      omotosando RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 06:55 PM

                                                                      The first Good Eggs delivery is a free delivery slot between 1 and 5 p.m. If you are not home, they leave it. I happened to be home today and my delivery came around 3:00 p.m. or so.

                                                                      The other delivery options are a $4.99 slot between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. or between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., or another free slot between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. The difference between a free slot and a $4.99 slot is a 4 hour delivery window versus a two hour window.

                                                                      Amazon Fresh will deliver bagels from Western Bagel or from Canters or from Diamond Bakery before 7:00 a.m. However, I highly doubt they are coming to you hot and fresh from the oven. The future may be here, but not to than extent. My guess is that the vendors delivered the bagels to Amazon's warehouse the prior day.

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                                                                        ns1 RE: omotosando Apr 28, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                        lack of early morning deliveries is a deal breaker for me, unfortunately.

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                                                                          omotosando RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 07:39 PM

                                                                          Perhaps as Good Eggs expands, they will have early morning deliveries. I think Amazon Fresh tries to steer you to early morning deliveries because that way their delivery trucks can navigate the city streets faster without traffic. I'm guessing that Good Eggs doesn't yet have the infrastructure in place for early morning deliveries.

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                                                                            ns1 RE: omotosando Apr 28, 2014 07:50 PM

                                                                            they actually don't steer you towards early morning; if anything early morning is technically a worse time slot because it's a 3 hour block instead of the 1 hour blocks available for attended deliveries.

                                                                            it just works for me because I can get goods for lunch before I leave for the office...

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                                                                              omotosando RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 08:11 PM

                                                                              I also use my Good Eggs and Amazon Fresh deliveries to take lunch to the office so I don't have to eat the crap that is available in Century City.

                                                                              This afternoon Good Eggs delivered some "Mumly" curry and rice. The rice and curry were separately packaged shrink--wrapped with a label that says they are good until May 4. I'm planning on taking them to work tomorrow for lunch and I am sure they will be fine.

                                                                              I have tried virtually every single fresh food delivery service in Los Angeles -- Freshology, Fresh Diet, Zen Diet and Sunfare -- and all of them deliver only 6 days a week, meaning you get your weekend delivery on Friday night for both Saturday and Sunday and it was never a big deal that the food was not delivered right to my door on the day I was supposed to eat it. And they all delivered the night before -- usually sometime between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. and not at the crack of dawn.

                                                                              By the way, when my Good Eggs delivery arrived at 3:00 p.m. today, I didn't delve deeply into the package of refrigerated goods and I forgot to remove some goat cheese. I just went to retrieve it now at 8:15 p.m. and it is still nice and cold, so I wouldn't worry too much about thinks keeping on your porch unless your porch is in the blazing sun (or you are concerned about thefts).

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                                                                                westsidegal RE: omotosando Apr 29, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                                yes the frozen block pack that they put inside the mylar bubble wrap envelope along with the cheese keeps the whole thing cold for a very long time.

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                                                              cacio e pepe RE: westsidegal Apr 28, 2014 10:48 PM

                                                              Wow. Just took a gander at the Good Eggs site. I was fully expecting the prices to be quite out of control, but I was surprised to see that most of the items I buy at SMFM were only a dollar or two more. Considering the convenience factor, that isn't too crazy.

                                                              Not a service I'd use because it doesn't fit my lifestyle, but not the mark-up
                                                              I was expecting.

                                                              1. a213b RE: westsidegal Apr 29, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                Thank you, WSG!

                                                                I wasn't aware of this, and when I saw you as the OP, my first thought was this would only be available in a limited delivery area on the WS.

                                                                Like others, there are many times where even the thought of waking up very early/driving/parking/battling for "the best" at Farmer's Markets becomes just too exhausting a thought.

                                                                So I am eagerly scouring the Good Eggs site to make up my first order. It is not the cheapest, but given all of the high praise in this thread I am quite excited and very much looking forward to what I receive.

                                                                Thanks again!

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                                                                  westsidegal RE: a213b Apr 29, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                  ;-)

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                                                                  Bjartmarr RE: westsidegal Apr 29, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                                  How awkward that they price their items by "package", "wedge", "jar" etc. instead of using standardized measures of weight and volume.

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                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Bjartmarr Apr 29, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                    I thought so too.

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                                                                      revets2 RE: Bjartmarr Apr 29, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                      I thought so too, but you have to click on the product to see what the weight/volume is.

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                                                                        westsidegal RE: Bjartmarr Apr 29, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                        the way to get the STANDARDIZED measures is simply to click on the name of the product.

                                                                        really, it's not that difficult.
                                                                        when you click on the name of the product, the ingredients and sometimes a more detailed description of the product will pop up along with the standard measure

                                                                      2. omotosando RE: westsidegal Apr 29, 2014 11:55 PM

                                                                        For dinner tonight, I heated up the "Mumly" Lamb vindaloo and rice that was delivered yesterday from Good Eggs (you need to order the rice separately).
                                                                        http://www.goodeggs.com/mumly

                                                                        It was really, really good and perhaps due to the shrink wrapping tasted absolutely fresh -- like someone had just made it for me. It was very nicely spiced and on par with what you would get from a really good Indian restaurant. With a salad or appetizer, it could have fed two.

                                                                        I will definitely be ordering Mumly again through Good Eggs.

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                                                                          westsidegal RE: omotosando Apr 30, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                          another advantage of ordering prepared food from Good Eggs is that you can see the complete ingredient list before ordering. Just click on the name of the dish.

                                                                          helpful for those who have food sensitivities and for those with strong food preferences/dislikes (i.e. the folks for whom cilantro tastes like soap).

                                                                        2. omotosando RE: westsidegal May 3, 2014 12:05 AM

                                                                          A few more Good Eggs products to report on.

                                                                          Mumly Tandoori Naan. http://www.goodeggs.com/la/products/5...
                                                                          Very good - tastes like what you would get at an Indian restaurant. Will order again.

                                                                          Amaranth tortillas. http://www.goodeggs.com/la/products/5...
                                                                          Excellent. My new breakfast staple.

                                                                          Sugarbird Green Tea/White Chocolate scones. http://www.goodeggs.com/la/products/5...
                                                                          Excellent. Not sickly sweet and squishy soft like most commercial scones (I'm looking at you Trader Joes). They also sell the dough of some of their scone flavors so you can bake your own. http://www.goodeggs.com/la/products/5...

                                                                          Millet gluten free vegan bread. http://www.goodeggs.com/la/products/5...
                                                                          What can I say? Maybe if you are gluten-free. I personally won't be ordering again. Tasted strange.

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                                                                            ns1 RE: westsidegal May 14, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                            Am I stupid or is there no search function?

                                                                            I realize that these choices are not mutually exclusive, thanks.

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