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Top Takeout Tip: Curried Couscous from Mendocino Farms

If you like Couscous, you should check out the curried couscous at Mendocino Farms. And if you hate couscous, you should still check out the curried couscous at Mendocino Farms.

Why? Because Mendo’s curried couscous is really, really good.

Normally, couscous is served as a warm, relatively flavorless mound of tiny pasta particles placed under a piece of meat or fish. Mendocino Farms’ couscous is different. It’s made with pearl or Israeli-style couscous, which is bigger, chewier and holds sauce better than its smaller cousin.

Mendo also serves their couscous cold, almost like a pasta salad. And it’s super flavorful, too, with a creamy curry flavor and just a bit of a kick. One caveat: this stuff is surprisingly caloric, so it’s probably not a good diet food.

Otherwise, have at it. I recommend bringing some of Mendocino’s curried couscous along on a picnic, or enjoying it as a side with a sandwich like their Not So Fried chicken.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times.

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