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Specialty Produce in San Diego

Specialty Produce Fresh Foods

Fresh Items From Specialty Produce

Specialty Produce Is The Bomb Baby!

We love Specialty Produce. It’s like our 2nd home. And I’m gonna tell you why. But, first… What can I say? It’s been a while since I wrote a post. My music project has kept me busy. If you wanna check that out (which I would appreciate) please visit: funkcatbrown.com

San Diego Farmers Market Items

Farmers market items

So, now on with my love of Specialty Produce. First of all, they are open like every single day. Holidays and everything. I think the only holiday they close for is Christmas?? But, what really rocks about this place is the freshness and variety of foods they have. I mean the list is endless! They normally sell to restaurants. It’s basically a wholesale restaurant supply place, but they allow the public to shop there. It has ruined going to a regular grocery store for us. They have seasonal items, they have organic fruits and vegetables. They sell locally grown farmer’s market produce. They have things you will not find anywhere else. They have more than just produce!! They have nuts, and beans, and sauces and olives, and chilies, and oils, and Sriracha, and pastas, and grains, and rices, gourmet items, herbs, and more!

Romanesca San Diego

Romanesca

But, I’m just getting started here. The deal is that they have the freshest, choicest, and highest quality stuff. Have you ever been to the grocery store and a lot of the produce seemed like maybe it had sat in the back for a while or maybe had been on display for a little too long? Or maybe it was parked in a truck for a week? Never a problem at Specialty Produce. Since they serve restaurants primarily, the turnover of their product is high and that means you are getting the very freshest of produce. Fresher than a grocery store for sure. In fact when we do get stuff from a regular grocer now we are almost always disappointed with the quality. For example, the lettuce we get there is so fresh it lasts for a couple of weeks in our fridge without even putting in the produce/crisper drawer. Their avocados are really the best I’ve had and are always the perfect ripeness. And I could go on and on about how perfectly fresh all of their food is.

Figs in San Diego at Specialty Produce

Figs in San Diego at Specialty Produce

Variety? Check. They got it. Have you ever gone to like 3 or 4 stores looking for that one thing that might be in season? Not a problem here. They have so much variety it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. So, they have what’s in season, but one of the things I like is being able to get stuff the normal stores don’t carry if it’s not in season. I can always get watermelon and berries year-round at Specialty, for example. Need a case of bananas? They got it. Or a case of honeydew melons. Covered. I wish I could list everything they have here. But, hey… they’ve already done it. Over on their website is a list of everything they have in stock. Ridiculous. Want purple potatoes? Got it covered.

Heirloom Tomatoes at Specialty Produce

Heirloom Tomatoes at Specialty Produce

And prices!! Have you ever been to Whole Foods and bought an heirloom tomato and a Portobello mushroom and it was like $20? Not here. Their prices are amazing. We save so much money by shopping at this spot. No coupons necessary. And the staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable and friendly. Props to the staff! We love them. They are the best of the best and I just cannot say enough about how awesome they have been. You get to know them and it’s nice shopping some place where you feel like family.

Black Garlic in San Diego

Black Garlic in San Diego

Another added benefit is that since they don’t carry all that junk and crap that regular grocery stores do, we aren’t tempted as much to buy processed foods that are bad for us. And another cool thing is that if you want to taste something before you buy it, you can. Recently, I wanted to make sure some new Sumo oranges were as good as they looked, so I peeled one and split it with Mrs. McFly and of course they were so awesome we bought some. Hey, don’t go there expecting a free lunch. I mean be reasonable. But, if you need to taste before you buy, just know that you can do so within reason.

Chili peppers in San Diego at Specialty Produce

Chili peppers in San Diego at Specialty Produce

They even have this badass Specialty Produce App you can download for free for Android or Apple (you can see this stuff on their website, too) that will tell you what’s in season, what they have that’s new, and will give you details about food items that you never even knew about or maybe want to learn about. It will even tell you which restaurants in the San Diego area are using that food item and give you recipe ideas and show where it’s been spotted by other app users on a map of the world! Mind blowing stuff. I have learned so much about food since going to Specialty Produce and here I thought I was a foodie!

Watermelon in San Diego year-round.

Watermelon in San Diego year-round.

What a gift we have here in San Diego and we do not take it for granted. If you want to expand your culinary horizons or are looking for new things to try or hard to find vegetables or fruits or if you need special herbs or tons of something or just want to save money, then go to Specialty Produce and enjoy what they have to offer. It still amazes me that a place like this is open to the public and we are ever so grateful to them for all that they offer the community. If you go there be sure to tell them Funkinutt sent you.

Mushrooms in San Diego wholesale

Mushrooms in San Diego wholesale

And to give credit where credit is due: A special shout out to Rawvana. She is the one who turned us on to Specialty Produce and she was very helpful to us when we were raw for a while. Much love for a sweet spirit. Check out her blog if you get a minute. We have in turn tried to tell as many of our vegan friends about it to pay it forward. Wonderful. Nothing but wonderful. Hey, if you find something amazing, then you share it with your friends, and that is what I’m doing here. I am sharing it with you. Thank you all for reading and maybe I will start posting more. Just maybe. No promises though.

Peaches in San Diego

Peaches

Dufus Extraordinarius

Dufus Extraordinarius

Fresh Fruits and Veggies in San Diego

Fruits and Veggies

Philip Rivers made of fruit

Philip Rivers made of fruit

Pumpkins and squash San Diego

Pumpkins and squash

Black Garlic San Diego

Black Garlic

Stone Fruit San Diego

Stone Fruit

Bananas & Watermelon San Diego

Bananas & Watermelon

Plums & Pears San Diego

Plums & Pears

Plum Heaven

Plum Heaven

Vegan San Diego Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit

Melons and Plums San Diego

Melons and Plums

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Gnocchi Recipe – Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

Gnocchi Recipe Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

I had to find Gardein recipes because there were some Gardein Beefless Tips that we were hungry for and so I searched some vegan blogs and found a very interesting recipe called Hairy Dumplings. What? Repeat that! Hairy Dumplings? Hunh? Yes, indeed. Hairy Dumplings. This is not really a Gardein recipe per se, but one I added Gardein to with amazing results. The dumplings are really gnocchi and gosh, it is so hard for me to follow recipes exactly (does anyone else have this problem?), so I added a couple of my own touches.

The recipe is from Elisabeth’s vegan blog at Czech Vegan in America and uses gnocchi and sauerkraut. I know it sounds kind of odd at first, but my girlfriend and I LOVED it so much we were wishing we had leftovers! Apparently, it is a family recipe that her grandma and great-grandma make with dumplings and she modified it with the potato gnocchi instead of dumplings.

Gnocchi Recipe Hairy Dumplings with Gardein Beefless Tips

Gardein Recipes Love the Onions!

Now see I usually like my gnocchi recipes to include a vegan pesto or extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and some vegan Parmesan cheese, maybe a little tomato. So, when I read it and saw sauerkraut with gnocchi, I was a little uncertain about that combo. Don’t get me wrong, I love sauerkraut, but I was little hesitant to try it. But, the Czechs really know what they are doing and the ground caraway seeds add a delicious flavor. An added bonus is that it is easy and only takes about 20 minutes to make. Losing weight once you gained it is pretty tough, you need recipes like this one, according to brilliant phenq review, people who know more varied recipes tend to be more thin and healthy. I think Elisabeth should submit this one to the Gardein recipes section on their website. Thanks Elisabeth for allowing me to share this and for the great meal that we will have again and again.

If anyone tries this I would love to hear your comments. I’ve never actually tried any of the Gardein recipes from their website. Have you? Do you have a favorite? Do you have a killer gnocchi recipe I should try? Let me know. :)

Don’t have Gardein? Well, you can make it without it and it would still be awesome or you could try adding seitan instead. It just so turns out that the Beefless Tips were a perfect pairing with this recipe. Enjoy.

~* The Funky Vegan

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce package vegan gnocchi
2 cups sauerkraut
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground caraway seeds
2 teaspoons sugar
1/3 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups water
1 small onion, cut into thin circles

~*My additions*~
1 9-ounce package Gardein Beefless Tips
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Prepare this Hairy Dumplings recipe from Czech Vegan In America and the Gardein Beefless Tips according to package directions. Put the dill and the black pepper into the sauerkraut. When done, add the Gardein, top with the onions, and drizzle 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the top, then serve. Prepare to be blown away.

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