Monday, July 2, 2007

Golden Farms, straddling Burbank and Glendale

I have long been tempted based, on the sheer size to stop at Golden Farms and found myself on San Fernando Road fortuitously and stopped by last week. It is really huge and funky but a veritable treasure trove if you can find a shopping cart with four working wheels. There’s a great assortment of fresh locally made baked goods, lots of interesting frozen items and a carryout section where I ordered two carry-out sandwiches, chicken and beef. They came on mediocre but freshly heated french bread with pickle and a variety of seasonings and fresh kabob meat and were absolutely delicious. If this were on a fresh baguette, it would be my new favorite sandwich but even on the somewhat squishy extant roll, it is a contender. There was a huge jar of dehydrated shallots, something I’d never seen before. It was explained that they are rehydrated and mixed with either lebni or yogurt. I asked the name of the dish and was told it’s called "shallots and yogurt" and lo and behold, that’s how it was labeled at the service deli. The deli itself (and the meat and fish counters too) was kind of dicey and there was something for sale which obviously showcased canned peas. Nevertheless, the shallots and yogurt was a fresh summer revelation on the store brand and un-greasy pita chips, as was the eggplant and pepper salad I scored. The produce department was heavy on good looking and inexpensive herbs and enormous barrels of beautiful freshly roasted nuts certainly beckoned too.

Golden Farms
6501 San Fernando Road
Glendale 91201

1 comment:

tannaz said...

awesome. i need to buy some fresh herbs and basmati rice on my way home from work today (work is in glendale), and golden farms was suggested to me. i was worried that it wasn't specifically iranian though -- i need fenugreek, and that's kind of an obscure one outside iranian markets. but you have a photo of fenugreek in their produce section. yay!