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23 April 2005 @ 09:03 am

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

Giovanni's has done a lot to assuage my homesick desire for real pizza. It's not perfect, but it fills the hole. Similarly, a friend turned me on to House of Bagels, and as long as you avoid the one on Lawrence Expwy, I'll grant you they something better than the round pieces of bread the likes of Noah's tries to pass off as bagels. They're not Schwartz's (Sorry, I know intellectually that H&H are better than Schwartz's but for some reason when I'm jonesing for a bagel fix, I'm daydreaming about the Southside of Pittsburgh.) but they'll do.

The one item I've not yet found: pickles. PDC used to have barrels of them, in a "take as many as you'd like" kind of set up. A friend of mine who was living in Fremont got so bad that he took to having cases of Ba-Tampte Half Sours Fed-Ex'ed from Brooklyn. Unfortunately (for me) he's found his way back to Old New York.

I've been toying with that idea for some time, but it seems excessive. There HAS to be a decent deli around here somewhere (though I suspect I'll have to go north to find it). I recently ran across something intriguing. Trader Joes' Half-Sour Kosher Dills. Once again, in a side-by-side comparison, they'd not stand up to a Ba-Tempte or Guss'. They're not as crunchy as I'd like, though they're better than the flaccid spears most of the sandwich shops around here use. BUT they taste right!, oh, do they taste right. I missed that experience.

I share this experience for two reasons. I suspect I'm not the only one in this predicament, and someone else can benefit from my discovery (incidentally, if you're interested in splitting shipping costs, let me know). Also, if any of you have been keeping a deli to yourself, because you didn't think the philistine Californians would understand, please speak up.

Hmm, I think I'll have one right now. Breakfast of Champions.

Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: "The Motorcycle Song" — Arlo Guthrie (except that I do want a pickle)
stealthymonkey on April 23rd, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Pickles- go to the Whole Foods in Palo Alto and walk into the specialty section [the one with the wine, cheese, and (hopefully) olive bar]. Ask teh dude/tte behind the cheese section if those dills inthere are 'Bubbie's'. If the person says yes, get the largest container you have and fill 'er up. It's exactly what you're looking for.

If all else fails, I can send you some- or I can always send you some jars of Ba'Tempte. They sell them in Cub foods here, of all places.

I know what it's like with the pickle thing. I know I know. BEtween that and the pizza in N CA, arg!
(They can ship those too!)
Erik Ogan: for hireeriktheplaid on April 25th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! I'll try that.

I didn't think I'd get to reap the benefits of your new job directly. :)

You know, I was about to say that I'm surprised I never got Ba'Tempte at Cub. But then I remembered how completely fucked up their store layout is. (For those of you not in Chicago, there are 4 (count them, FOUR) places to get cheese. Nothing is where you think it should be.)

As has been established time & again: U R teh r0x0rz.
stealthymonkey on April 23rd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
PS- Some stores carry Gus's