While spending some time today wandering around Chinatown in my hometown of Toronto, I was reminded of how great some of the stores there are, and I haven't found places as good anywhere in LA. There's a place in Toronto called K&K that sells nothing but fruits - today I got some of the best mangoes I've ever had, as well as an exotic I hadn't tried before called dragonfruit. (It looks like it came from outer space, but inside it's like a kiwi). There are other places that have high quality vegetables; I got some nice baby bok choi. And then there are places where you can buy stuff off the shelves that hasn't been sitting around rotting for three years. But, I'm not in Toronto all the time - I'm in LA. So my questions are:
1) Where can one buy quality Asian fruits in LA, including all those great tropical fruits that can be hard to find (e.g., mangosteen)
2) Where can one buy quality vegetables in LA, including some of those fresh seasonings that can be hard to find (e.g., fresh lime leaves, fresh turmeric)?
3) Where can one buy Asian ingredients that are somewhat fresh? (Many of the stores I've been to in LA have items that look distressingly old, dusty and petrified.)