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Spring Produce -- L.A. Dish of the Month, May 2014

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SPRING PRODUCE - LA Dish of the Month (May 2014)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for May 2014 is Spring Produce.

Here's a link to the voting thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970179

Because of the tie, LAMB will be the dish for June, and will spare the nominations and voting.

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of spring produce. Anything spring produce-related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find spring produce (and all of its various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating spring produce.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

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  1. Exaclty.

    Congrats again Dirty.

    Once again, you're request has won.

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    1. re: kevin

      Wow, two for two. Imagine that, I'm on a roll!

      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        Wow, two for two. Imagine that, I'm on a roll!

        Maybe June can be BREAD month.

    2. We still have one day left of SHELLFISH, don't we??????

      1. Today at S.M. Farmer's Market I bought:
        Brooks Cherries from Murrays
        Spring Onions and Bloomsdale Spinach from Tutti Frutti
        Purple cauliflower and Yellow Cauliflower from Gloria
        Cherry tomatoes from Gloria
        Purple asparagus from Zuckerman
        Mixed pee wee potatoes from Weiser
        Gaviota Strawberries from Harry's Berries
        Raspberries from Pudwill
        Meyer Lemons and avocado (can't remember the name)
        Herbs from Kenter Canyon
        Little Gems Lettuce from Coleman Farms
        I'll paste this tomorrow if we have a new May thread.

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          1. re: jessejames

            I don't ever recall seeing Kettlecorn at that market. I did, however, by shelled pistachio nuts. So good with olive oil on grilled fish.

            1. re: maudies5

              cool i go to the one in BH with the best intentions but end up with kettlecorn tamales and dates along with the pea sprouts as a token green veg. Those shelled pistachios are dynamite and i agree nice with fish...enjoy your bounty!

              1. re: jessejames

                if big mista showed up at the sm fm that would be great.

          2. re: maudies5

            anyone know when the Persian Mulberries arrive at the Farmer's Market in SM ????


            1. re: kevin

              I saw mulberries last week. Not this week.

              1. re: maudies5

                damnit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                I'm almost thrusting my fists into the air now. :(

                I missed the boat.

                oh, well .................

                1. re: kevin

                  Kevin, you may find them at the S.M. Farmer's Market this Saturday. They seem to be more available on Saturdays. I really like that market.

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Yeah, for some reason, I don't know, why I always think that the Wed market is the standard bearer.

                    But it's really good to know Saturdays are right up there too.

                    I presume they start later on Saturdays like maybe 10am or so ????????????


                    1. re: kevin

                      Open at 8:30, same as Wed. Some of the best Farmers on Wed are also at the Sat Mkt. e.g. Coleman Farms, Tutti Frutti, Zuckerman, Weiser, Harry's Berries. Coleman has a better selection for consumers on Sat. I think Wed they reserve most of their supply for restaurants. Wed Mkt is only on Arizona, not second street. Very easy to navigate and fewer people also means easier parking. I tend to use the pay lot at 2nd and Santa Monica Blvd. So easy to get in and out of that lot.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Wednesday has less selection since the restaurants & food brokers buy up or reserve bushels of produce before the rest of us get there.....and even then, I find it very frustrating when they are in front of you in line and buying up entire crates of stuff you were intending to buy a small bag of..... Saturdays not so much, but it is much more crowded with lookie loos and non locals.

                        Sundays at Pac Pal FM do not have that problem, usually.

                    2. re: kevin

                      Eat (mulberries) at Shunji's.

                      1. re: J.L.

                        He pairing those mulberries with desserts these days or do you mean in the savory dishes too ?????????????

                        1. re: kevin

                          As part of the dessert offerings at Shunji's.

                  2. re: kevin

                    Kevin, no Persian mulberries this week in Santa Monica. I did buy a box of the Pakistan variety and they were very good.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Persian Mulberries today 2nd and Arizona Santa Monica Farmer's Market at Weiser Farms. They were $10.00 for a tiny box. I didn't buy any.

                        1. re: maudies5

                          They also had "pink lemonade" blueberries. They look like unripe blueberries and supposedly taste like pink lemonade. I didn't bite either. Harry's was kickin' it in high gear though - Gaviotas were superb.

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            Made a quick run to BH today to fill in my Harry's tomatoes.
                            Weiser Farms just happened to have the Persian Mulberries at $10. As I am writing this I am eating some Harry's Gaviotas and Weiser Persian Mulberries. Wonderful dessert. Glad I decided to spring for the Weiser mulberries. They are so delicious and bear no resemblance to the mulberries which Pudwill Farms sells. These are just incredible.

                      2. Should I just take a picture of my gardens? LOL

                        broccoli rabe
                        blood oranges

                        BTW...the OP is still stating "SHELLFISH".

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                        1. re: Novelli

                          Looks a lot like my garden! Right now:

                          lettuce (several varieties)
                          erba stella
                          herbs of many types
                          new zealand spinach
                          radish pods
                          summer squash
                          cherry tomatoes
                          chile peppers
                          bell peppers
                          snap peas
                          pole beans
                          bulbing fennel

                          Wondering what this crazy heat wave is going to do to the garden...

                          1. re: happycat

                            Your garden sounds wonderful. I'm envious. Would love a photograph of this bountiful harvest.

                        2. A day early, but there's gotta be some spring produce in these dishes I had from Guerrilla Tacos today:

                          ~Mushroom taco, fried egg, duxell, portabello conserva, burnt tomato chile, chives

                          ~ Octopus & chorizo taco, pistachios, arbol chile, lime, avocado, and cilantro

                          ~ Garlic shrimp burrito, scrambled hen eggs, almond chile, parsley, avocado

                          ~ Lambs tongue taco, charred flowering kale, manchego cheese, raw tomatillo chile, pickled onions

                          (Pasted from their website.)

                          Okay, it's just an excuse to post an early entry for LAMB in June. ;-)

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                          1. re: TheOffalo

                            Technically, you could have posted them on all three, since you had octopus, shrimp, flowering kale, & lamb ;)

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              I'm a Quarterly kinda guy. :-) I did post the shrimp one to the shellfish thread.

                          2. The longest lines today in Santa Monica were at Murray's for the cherries and for Mike's eggs. People always queue for Mikes' eggs. Today was the first day I have seen Murray's Farm cherries. Had the Brooks variety tonight and OMG, they were fantastic!! If you see Murray's Farm Cherries at other farmers mkts be sure to get some.My understanding is that the Brooks and Sequoia varieties are both fabulous.

                            1. 3 hours early at Andrea's Pelican Hill. But it was 5/1 on the east coast right? ;)

                              I'm always skeptical about resort dining but this was a pleasant surprise on the upside.

                              -wagyu beef carpaccio with fried artichokes. Excellent.

                              -pasta cappelletti stuffed with braised beef cheek. Superb! Overstuffed pasta, perfectly al dente. The beef cheek had a bit of lemon zest which brightened the dish. Served with peas and radish. Very elegant high end northern Italian. Don't recall the last time I had a high end northern Italian pasta this good in LA. And yes, that includes Factory Kitchen.

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                              1. re: Porthos

                                Where's this ????

                                This was breakfast before golf hence three hrs early ??????

                                Please explain.


                              2. My current favorite dish on the menu at Gjelina = the salad of charred snap peas, pickled eggplant, cherry tomatoes with mint yogurt dressing. Sounds like a bit of an odd combination but it's delicious. The contrast with the sweet, crunchy snap peas; sweet/tart tomatoes; tart, soft pickled eggplant; and creamy dressing is addictive.

                                1. Shame on every one of you that voted for spring produce! ;)

                                  At Gjelina for lunch:

                                  -Smashed English peas with burrata and mint

                                  -kale salad with fennel and bread crumbs

                                  -dandelion salad with avocado and bottarga

                                  1. I keep forgetting to take shots for this thread, not that my shots are any good.

                                    Wonderful Avocado Toast at Superba Food + Bread - avocado pickled fresno, radish sprouts, sea salt

                                    1. Had a nice fennel and Spring onion soup this week at Huckleberry.

                                      1. Last night we went to Playground in DTSA and had a wonderful meal.

                                        Cauliflower Nachos, Pickled Jalapeño, Pico De Gallo, Housemade Queso, Cilantro Crema - wondefully crispy and creamy all at once with a good spicy kick from the jalapenos. The cauliflower was incredibly sweet (in a good way).

                                        Artichokes Roasted Over Japanese White Oak, Green Garlic Aioli, Lemon, Olive Oil - I enjoyed eating these. The GF didn't. Too much work, so I stuck to the leaves and gave her the hearts.

                                        Also had the King Salmon (looks like it stuck to the grill) and the special A5 Miyazaki Wagyu (melt in your mouth beef butter). Both were incredibly good.

                                        I had dreams of that Waygu all night...

                                        1. This is today's California Spring Produce from Pacific Palisades Farmer's Mkt. The only thing missing is my mixed bouquet of anemones in every color! In the upper
                                          right corner is ahi from yesterday's Topanga Farmer's Mkt, under heavy produce! The produce is so versatile, crowning ahi,
                                          basil leaves in the ice cream, in a vegetable ragout, etc., etc.

                                          1. Connie and Ted's tonight for Mother's Day:

                                            -Asparagus salad cooked and raw

                                            -strawberry and rhubarb pie

                                            -gratuitous shot of the live New Bedford scallops. Perfectly cooked.

                                            1. Bestia tonight:

                                              -Roast market vegetables
                                              -carrot quadretti with mushrooms, fava, and carrot tops

                                              1. Went to Maison Giraud and had the farmers market dinner a few weeks back.

                                                Pics of the flatbread with spring onions, prosciutto & baby mixed greens and the salad with spring greens, grapefruit and shaved, fried asparagus.

                                                1. First of the season corn made an appearance today at downtown Santa Monica Farmer's Mkt. Also, tomatoes are tasting fabulous. I'm getting them from Harry's Berries. Their Gaviota strawberries are out of this world. Peaches from Summer Harvest Farm are also wonderful. I love this time of year.

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                                                  1. re: maudies5

                                                    +1 for the Gaviota strawberries from Harry's Berries. Frightfully expensive and absolutely worth it. I feel so fortunate to have them at my little neighborhood farmers' market.

                                                    1. re: maudies5

                                                      Yes, I found the tomatoes to be delicious this early too. Also the white corn we had for Memorial Day weekend was local and sweet.

                                                    2. Getting it in just under the wire...

                                                      Sweet potato leaves and baby bok choy (both courtesy of Pine & Crane in Silver Lake)...

                                                      This place is great for both vegetarians and omnivores who need yummy veggies to make them eat veggies alike.

                                                      1. Persian mulberries in the kanpachi dish at Taco Maria.


                                                        1. The fresh strawberry Tom Collins I had at Hungry Cat tonight, it was so good!

                                                          1. Late entry:

                                                            Torched baby barracuda over momotaro tomatoes at San Shi Go in Newport. Topped with chiffonade shiso and fried yams.

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                                                            1. re: Porthos

                                                              Is this the joint just a block away from the ferry boat ????

                                                              Thanks man.