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Belated Weekend ramblings 99 Ranch, La Parilla...

Slow Foodie | May 12, 200412:58 PM

Saturday morning I was the first customer in the 99 Ranch Market in San Gabriel when they opened at 8:00 a.m. I went a little crazy but it's been great eats in casa slow foodie ever since. I got gorgeous huge bunches of garlic and regular chives for about 50 cents each as I recall. I got a bag of Chinese beef meatballs from which made a great appetizer for Sunday dinner, also using the thin sliced bread they sell and some grated carrot in rice vinegar. I got a big tube of Black Currant pastilles--fantastic and almost gone because I was too stupid to hide 'em from the pups. I didn't have the nerve to pick out a live fish but I got some beautiful pre-killed cod. I polished off last night while watching Dick Van Dyke (was has Mary Tyler Moore done to her face???) some salty Ritz like crackers filled with sweet papaya cream that the pups had rejected. I can't give you my whole shopping list because the cart was full but other highlights were ovalettes (gnocci-like pasta made with rice flour) boneless, skinless chicken legs (which would be great for stuffing and roasting), gorgeous green beans and lots of sauces, sesame seeds, green tea and coconut/lychee ice cream...A very successful and soon to be repeated shopping expedition.

Saturday I took the pups to the Renaissance Faire where they were immediately drafted into the children's militia and trained to handle a bayonet. They worked up quite an appetite from their servitude, and while the food at the faire will set ye back many a farthing, it is far far better than Disneyland or any other Abusement Park. We enjoyed decent fish and chips, a roast beef sandwich and some nice mango lassi.

Saturday night we hit the original La Parilla on Cesar Chavez in Boyle Heights. Having dined at the one in Silverlake and the one near Good Sam., I must say that these branches really pale in comparison to the original which has incredible handmade tortillas and the best guacamole (made to order) I've ever had in a restaurant. Hub ordered a gorgeous grilled "golden" fish which was perfectly prepared--moist and delicious. Cub major insisted I share the fajitas for two with him--beef and chicken. Not what I really would have chosen but nicely prepared and good tasting. I personally enjoy a bit of blaring mariachi music, of which Boyle Heights abounds, but husband finds it maddening, regardless of copious Mexican beer. Maybe if La Parilla were licensed for hard liquor...

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