MY TRIP TO CLARO'S ITALIAN GROCERY STORE

If you live in Southern California, go. Go on a Saturday when it's busy. 15 people deep at the deli counter doesn't matter because the samples keep coming.
  1. Sandwich
    This is what I came for. Pre-made. $5. Delicious.
  2. Pizza dough
    Oh, and this. Once a month they email a coupon for three pounds of free fresh pizza dough.
  3. Meat 1
    Decided I'd bring a charcuterie plate to dinner for my friend Chris' birthday tonight. This is Bon gusto salami, a house special.
  4. Meat 2
    Hot soppressata
  5. Cheese 1
    Creamy fontina
  6. Cheese 2
    Sharp provolone
  7. Garlic marinated mushrooms
    A show stopper, always. These will be in my lunch all week.
  8. Marinated artichokes
    These too.
  9. Gnocchi
    To eat in the night of the 29th. It's a tradition I leaned about when I lived in Buenos Aires that I'm excited to start adopting.
  10. Coffee
    Cause I'm out and it was on sale.
  11. Olive oil
    Ditto.