I don’t know why it’s so hard to find brisket in this part of the Bay Area – or even find out if it’s available. It’s Hanukkah, brisket is traditionally made for Hanukkah, you’d think stores would understand that, but noooo.
The Safeways in San Leandro don’t carry it, the Lucky’s in San Leandro & San Lorenzo were out of it, Al Lunardi & Co’s, a local meat company, had it at $2.50 lb, but each brisket was between 12 and 15 lbs. Galvan’s, another local butcher, didn’t have it. The meat departments of P & W in Castro Valley, Draegers and Farmer Joe’s wouldn’t answer the phone. Sheesh!
I finally found it (the flat kind) at Smart & Final in Hayward. The smallest brisket was 9lbs, but it was only $1.80 a lb, so I can’t complain. Now I’m not sure if I want to cook it all at once or cut it in two and freeze one half. I like having leftovers, but if we have too much we probably won’t eat it. Decisions, decisions!

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