The Best Foods

The Best Foods Everyone Should Be Ordering from California

When I moved to Los Angeles a year-and-a-half ago, it wasn’t my first California rodeo. I’d lived in San Francisco several years before, but all it really took was a trip to the sprawling Santa Monica Farmers Market to remind me how lucky I am to have the bounty of this vast state at my fingertips.

California has no shortage of incredible things to eat, from year-round farmers market tomatoes that, yes, actually taste good, to the inventive dishes coming out of buzzy restaurant kitchens, to handcrafted artisanal products made with sunshine and love. And good news: Even if you can’t get your hands on California’s super-fresh produce, you can still share in the state’s incredible bounty by ordering some of its best ingredients for your own home-cooking adventures.

Here are some of our favorite products……

Grist & Toll Flour

For an entirely different baking (and cooking) experience, try Pasadena-based Grist & Toll’s thoughtful flours. The company sources its grains carefully (they’re local and organic whenever possible) and mills them with the whole kernel intact so as to retain as much flavor and nutrients as possible. On their site, you’ll find soft white Sonora flour for baking and pastry, rye flour for pancakes and pastas, and freshly milled polenta that will surprise you with its corn-y flavor.

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