I'm trying to locate a Los Angeles brick and mortar retail location where I can buy food grade lye to use while pretzel making. It's the best way to get that pretty gloss that makes the pretzels so appealing. The baking soda method doesn't produce anywhere near the same results.
I'm trying to avoid ordering it online due to time pressure issues and the complication of shipping hazardous material. Surfas, Sur la Table and Bristol Farms don't carry it, btw.