Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Diana Takes a Bite of Pumpkin

October does strange things to people. Despite its availability during all other 11 months of the year, as soon as the calendar hits October 1st, everything turns pumpkin. Pumpkin invades bread, pancakes, lattes, ravioli, ice cream, cupcakes, etc., and people go mad for the stuff.

While I am typically resistent to jumping on any band wagon, I can't help but smile when Starbucks starts posting signage for their popular pumpkin lattes. Maybe it's because eating pumpkin is my adult self's way of celebrating a holiday that no longer belongs to me, or maybe it's because pumpkin actually tastes really good, but I find the whole seasonal pumpkin-obsession amusing rather than irritating.

As a tribute to the month of the pumpkin, here is my list of partially tested/partially un-tested purveyors and sources for the funky orange vegetable.

The Griddle Cafe - West Hollywood
Hugo's - West Hollywood
John O'Groats - West LA
Kokomo Cafe (aka "The Peach Pit") - West Hollywood
Cici's Cafe - Tarzana
Jinky's Cafe - Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Pumpkin Ale (spotted at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's)

Cucina Paradiso - West LA (Pumpkin ravioli served in a light cream and sage sauce)
Angelini Osteria - West Hollywood (Pumpkin tortelli with butter, sage and asparagus)
Girasole Restaurant - Larchmont (Pumpkin gnocchi with butter and sage)
Soleil - Westwood (Pumpkin ravioli with mushrooms, sage and light cream sauce)
Zucca Restaurant - Downtown (Housemade roasted pumpkin tortelloni, butter, sage and parmigiano - reggiano)

Ice Cream
Double Rainbow Pumpkin Ice Cream - Available at Trader Joe's
Bennett's Ice Cream - Farmer's Market
Scoops - East Hollywood (subject to whims and inspiration of owner Tai Kim)
Toppers Yogurt - West Hollywood (subject to whims of Toppers' management)
Fosselman's - Alhambra

Baked Goods
Sprinkles Cupcakes - Beverly Hills (Available Wednesdays and Fridays)
Vanilla Bake Shop - Santa Monica (Pumpkin cupcakes available Tuesdays and Fridays)
Joan's on Third - West Hollywood (Pumpkin cupcakes)
Urth Caffe - Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood (Pumpkin Pie)
Boule - West Hollywood, Beverly Hills (Pumpkin macarons)
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies - Available in the bakery at Ralph's markets
Pumpkin coffee cake (seasonal) - Bake & Broil in Long Beach (Courtesy of That Girl)

Pumpkin Butter - Trader Joe's (Courtesy of my roommate)

Have a hot pumpkin tip? Leave a comment and let me know!


Jennifer said...

Pumpkin butter! Much like apple butter, but...well, you know! I've seen it at Trader Joe's and other gourmet food stores. It's tasty on toast!

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin coffee cake (seasonal) at Bake & Broil, Long Beach.

BTW your blog is adorable and I love the oatmeal recipe. I've linked you on That Girl Can Eat.

-That Girl

Jennie said...

I have a DIY pumpkin post. Everyday Food published a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip squares. The recipe is available at:

I even make it my own by subbing out some of the white flour for whole wheat pastry flour and making it in muffin tins (1) for portion control and 2) cutting the squares loses too much of them).

Futile Sniffer said...

Oh my god, I love this! I want to eat everything you mentioned.