Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rawsome

The metal door says Members Only. Upon entering, you must sign a discharge of liability. Yet this little Venice "club" is merely a place where you can buy produce, raw milk dairy products and all kinds of foods, some of which are pretty crazy - like the Kombucha featuring "symbiotic fungus"; I'll pass, but my dear friend Stacie swears by it. The dairy products, made with raw milk à la Europe, come from an Amish community, know for its commitment to all-natural methods and ingredients; the Amish also produce an apple cider I'm eager to try.
They have their own oil press on the premises and just bought a mysterious machine they mention with awe, that should allow them to make such products as almond butter...

If you're interested in food, don't miss The New Yorker's food issue, now in stands. Also check out the New York Times's article on so-called edible walls.

23 comments:

Viva La Fashion said...

ooohhh, i think i see a persimmon but i'm not sure. :)

Mary-Laure said...

VIVA LA FASHION - yes, it's Fuyu persimmons - they're in season!

Laura in Paris said...

I'd love to go and explore .. will you take me?

Simply Mel said...

My husband is addicted to Kombucha!

Mary-Laure said...

LAURA - of course, I'd love to go with you!

MEL - really? I haven't tried it yet... The "fungus" part kind of turns me off.

Gabbi said...

Omgosh... I didn't know that persimmons were back! They're one of my most favorite fruits!

Solange said...

wow, you present us again, with special, colourful and delicious looking photos :-)
These products must taste really good, I am usually a big fan of organic, but the fungus part sounds a bit less good..

have a good weekend!

Debra said...

Oh- I want to go. I love places like this. Wish I had known about this when my son lived in LA.

Taocito said...

Woaaaaaaaaaaah! Real food, not that processed crap! You gotta love the Amish! Dear Oracle, what is the difference between Amish and Quakers?
And there are Amish communities in California? Are they stylish?

Joyful said...

Sounds like a store I'd like to poke around in!

Sherin said...

Oooo, wow. Looks like such a great place.
The foods sound like they'd be so fresh.

Benjy said...

TAOCITO - there are no Amish in CA; not their style, obviously. They are mainly found in places like Pennsylvania, more austere, no?
I find the Amish very stylish indeed...
The Quakers and the Amish are quite different. They're both religious groups known for a certain severity, but the Quakers are not committed to the same lifestyle as the Amish from what I understand.

KIRAFASHION said...

Delicious!!!

Sam said...

My goodness! That's my idea of heaven - I'd spend hours there I think!

mansuetude said...

this looks Rawsome!

the Amish store i used to frequent made great jellies and ice cream. Nothing raw milk, though.
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Was thinking last night, a bowl of whip cream makes you very "naughty" and it seemed a week ago yesterday we wished each other a naughty nice New Year, last year.

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Taocito said...

Oh Oracle your wisdom is endless.

Joyce said...

I would love this shop. I wish there was one in my area. Great photos. Have a golden weekend! xo

Anonymous said...

Awsome!

Mary-Laure said...

MANSUETUDE - yes, I remember our naughty year wishes! He he he...

TAOCITO - and he knows it!

marie said...

looks great! love looking at interesting and unique foods

Chloe Van Paris said...

On parle de confiture !!!!
Organic Kombucha Jam here i come , wait for me !

Mary-Laure said...

CHLOE - je ne connais pas la confiture de kombucha, il faudra que tu me la fasses gouter...

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

All that looks rather intriguing and other-worldly!!