We eat right from our own backyard as much as we can around here, but every once in awhile we get craving for something from far away -- maybe even very far away. Maybe even as far away from our backyard as you can get. Spring Valley's Food Mart International is an incredible resource for local cooks. I try to get there at least a couple of times a year. It's a safe bet that I'll find things like papaya, lemongrass, okra or Asian greens if I'm looking for them here. I've seen acerola and lychee nuts, too. They have an awesome produce selection.
You can also get a variety of fresh seafood.
Is this the brand of rice noodles that I use for the Vietnamese spring rolls?
Or is it one of these?
I'd been craving the Carribbean Vegetable Stew from the Moosewood Cookbook, but couldn't find okra anywhere in Nyack. Found it here fresh, and with backup, frozen.
This is my favorite kind of tea-- at my favorite price.
If spice is your thing, you'll find an amazing selection of chiles and hot sauces.
I always buy a small bottle of sesame oil.
They didn't have my regular brand of Mexican chocolate this time, so I got this one.
Curious.....? Lactic acid in popsicle form? Anybody had this?
Just in case you were wondering where you might find whole frozen pig parts. (Heads, too!)
My regular freezer section purchases - tamales and potstickers.
Laugh if you like, but if you add this hot pink Jamaican grapefruit soda to some cheap red wine with a few chunks of fruit, you'll have some terrific sangria.
So, help me out for my next visit. I know there's still plenty to be discovered here... what else should I be looking for?
Speaking of cooking, Christopher Kimball from America's Test Kitchen tweeted the following recipe today - I love the way he got it down to 140 characters! But what does "nap tips" mean??
STEAK TIPS: Wsk 1/3 c mol, 1/4 cdr vin, 1/2 t red p flks, 1/4 t slt; Sauté 1 1/2 lbs stk tips w/ T oil, remve, add sauce, reduce, nap tips.