I've gotten hooked lately watching Daisy Cooks on PBS and just got the matching cookbook. I already started small with the tostones (fried plantains), which were great. I want to make more of the recipes, but I'm having trouble finding the ingredients. This is crazy, since I'm in OC, which is about half Hispanic! In Irvine, the only ethnic markets are Chinese. I looked around a bit in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, but the markets I saw didn't have anything I couldn't find at Albertsons.
Where are the good places?
FYI, here's some of the stuff I'm looking for:
ajices dulces / cachucha / ajicitos (tiny sweet peppers)
culantro (like cilantro, but bigger leaves and stronger)
annatto / achiote seeds
Also, does anyone know of any places in LA or OC that serve Puerto Rican food? I could find any - the closest were some Cuban restaurants.