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Made In France - cool resource for 'houndly chefs in N.Hwd.

Hungry | Dec 21, 200206:00 PM

Just got back from my first trip to "Made In France," a wholesale purveyor of European foodstuffs which also sells to individuals. It's in a big warehouse in the wilds of North Hollywood (10701 Vanowen, near Clybourne), and only about 10% of the interior is set aside for shelves of retail goods. (It's fun, though, to wander the larger warehouse, if only to see all the pallets of goods stamped "Le Havre.")

The utilitarian surroundings aside, it's what an American tourist would wish shopping in Paris were like, with friendly, extremely knowlegeable people who happily explain (in heavily-accented English) what you're looking at, how it differs from the product next to it, how to cook and serve it, and, if you'll let them, excitedly run off to get a sample of it for you to taste.

Being a neophyte cook myself, I mostly gaped at the racks (Goosefat! Styrian pumpkinseed oil! White truffle shavings!), but I'm sure others here would find Made In France a godsend.

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