Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O is the tune so familiar to our little toddlers, but living in the suburban area of Torrance, CA, rarely do you really see a farm. Probably the closest we get is the local farmer’s market where the fresh fruits and vegetable travel a few hours in a truck to arrive at the market. So, in an effort to show Emanuel where our produce really come from, we went to a farm.
Nestled in Moorpark, CA, there is a large farm called “Underwood Family Farm.” Only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Torrance, CA, the drive was an easy drive from the 405N to the 118W. The farm is straight off the freeway and very easy to find. Upon arrival, you will pay a $3 per person entrance fee weekdays and $6 for weekends. You pay for what you pick and the prices of all the items are listed on the map and on a sign near each patch. Then you’ll be directed to where you can pick up a little red wagon, plastic bags and containers to fill with the veggies and fruits of your choice.
Ever thought, instead of grocery shopping at your local Ralphs, Vons or Trader Joes for your groceries, that you would try a 99 Ranch near you? 99 Ranch is an Asian supermarket that carries a different variety of produce, cuts of meat, seafood, bread, sauces and anything else that would be necessary for Asian cooking. The prices of seafood such as crab, shrimp, fish and meats are a lot cheaper than the American markets. Make a little adventure down to the one located in Gardena, CA.
Week after week, I would ask my husband, “Do you want spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner?” The sound of my voice asking that question rings with a sense of boredom for me.
Then when I was over at a friend’s house for dinner and a playdate, her husband made the most delicious beef stew. I asked, “what is the secret ingredient?” They told me simply, it’s the chicago steak seasoning sold at Penzeys Spices. And that’s how I found this this store of exciting spices.
I stopped by Penzeys to find the steak seasoning and found myself amazed by all the different spices, seasoning and rubs. They have bottles of seasoning out for you to smell and see. It was an exploratory shopping trip for me. I signed up for their newsletter and within it are all the spices and recipes to go with it.
626 Night Market – April 14, 2012
Thinking of the days of growing up in Hong Kong, my brother’s family and I were thrilled to hear that we can have some “stinky tofu” & “dragon whisker candy” at the first 626 Night market. A street was blocked off in Pasadena, CA, and the market featured over 70 vendors selling products & food.