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    Lenona Guest

    Default Bargains at ethnic grocery stores?


    Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.

    However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    than any other deal on tapioca around here.

    Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    stores? Thanks.

    Lenona.

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    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:54:43 -0800 (PST), Lenona <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.


    I guess that's where to find them now. After seeing many posts here
    in rfc about the unavailability of tapioca pearls at regular grocery
    stores, I looked for them at a huge and newly remodeled store and:
    ditto. Not even a shelf tag. I didn't pursue it any further.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >

    You can find dried mushrooms at a good price, especially if they're
    broken, in Asian/Chinese shops.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    Goomba Guest

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    On 12/7/11 1:54 PM, Lenona wrote:
    >
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >
    > Lenona.


    I found a mess of good buys at the Asian store near me. Dried mushrooms
    are dirt cheap. Fresh produce, while not always pristine pretty are
    often good deals.
    I can also get things there that aren't commonly found in other stores
    so whatever the price, it's right for me if I want the item.

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    l, not -l Guest

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    On 7-Dec-2011, Lenona <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >
    > Lenona.


    I suppose I'm fortunate in having an international grocer nearby that isn't
    small. The building is a former supermarket, for a chain that was driven
    out of our region.

    Anything Mexican is a bargain; corn shucks for wrapping tamales, dried
    peppers, tortillas, etc. Most asian items, especially sauces and condiments
    are much less expensive. Nearly all spices and produce are a bargain, though
    the produce may not be as pretty as other stores, the quality is otherwise
    equal.

    Anything that local supermarkets consider "specialty" or slow-moving is much
    less expensive at the international grocer; less common pasta shapes, pearl
    barley, all manner of rice (except Uncle Ben's), semolina, polenta, pretty
    much all grains except rolled oats.
    --

    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:54:43 -0800 (PST), Lenona <[email protected]> wrote:


    >Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    >small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.


    Yes, particularly saffron, as we've discussed before.

    -- Larry

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Lenona" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:9258d361-2e4d-4e4c-b075-ce3df716ee5c@r28g2000yqj.google[email protected]..
    >
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.


    The ones around here have good produce prices but whenever I've been in, the
    produce wasn't fresh.



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    Gary Guest

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    Lenona wrote:
    >
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.


    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >


    I have a large heathfood store near me. Pretty expensive on most things as
    you can imagine. However, it's the best place to buy bulk grains and
    spices. And you only have to buy as much as you want.

    Gary

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2011-12-07, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have a large heathfood store near me. Pretty expensive on most things as
    > you can imagine. However, it's the best place to buy bulk grains and
    > spices. And you only have to buy as much as you want.


    Trouble is, most health food stores subscribe to similar or the same
    bulk food vendors. We have 5 health food stores in our small valley
    of about 10K ppl in 2 small towns. Four of them buy from the same
    bulk vendor, which sells only #2 med bulgar instead of #1 fine bulgar.
    This, no doubt, due to the fact this bulk vendor also sells a pre-fab
    tabouli "mix" with dried herbs and god knows what else in it, which
    the four stores carry. It's way too powdery to make good tabouli. If
    I want #1 bulgar, I gotta buy Far East boxed mix, which still has
    similar dried herbs, but inludes real #1 fine bulgar. Naturally, it's
    cheaper at Walmart.

    The only thing I buy at health food stores is bulk spices, which are
    one quarter to one fifth the price of sprmkt spices. Better, too.

    nb

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

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    On Dec 7, 10:54*am, Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >


    Bell peppers, yellow onions, and of course, Asian vegetables at
    "Chinese" supermarkets.

    Olive oil at Middle Eastern markets.


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    Bryan Guest

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    On Dec 7, 12:54*pm, Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.


    Chilies. At Global Foods the jalapenos and serranos are much cheaper
    than at the supermarket. The downside is that they pre-package them,
    so you have to buy more, which is fine with the chilies since I eat
    those
    things quickly. I prefer to buy bean sprouts at the supermarket so I
    can
    buy them in smaller quantities. The multi-ethnic store has had limes
    cheaper than anyone else right now, but not always.
    >
    > Lenona.


    --Bryan

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    Dave Smith Guest

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    On 07/12/2011 1:54 PM, Lenona wrote:
    >
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >


    I occasionally go to an oriental supermarket in a nearby city. That's
    what they call it, but it's about the size of a small corner store.
    Almost everything he sells there is cheaper than I can find it anywhere
    else. I go there for curry paste, rice, coconut milk, hot sauces and
    fish. The best deal I ever got there was on mangoes. They were only 49
    cents each, and perfectly ripe.

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    Cindy Fuller Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Lenona <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >
    > Lenona.


    Shallots at Asian grocery stores. Regular supermarkets will charge you
    about $3 per pound. Asian stores will charge much less.

    Cindy

    --
    C.J. Fuller

    Delete the obvious to email me

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Wed, 7 Dec 2011 15:52:49 -0800 (PST), spamtrap1888
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Olive oil at Middle Eastern markets.


    And grapeseed oil. And in some markets, like the Crossroads
    International Market here in the bay area, a good olive section at
    very low prices. About 7 kinds of feta too..at lower prices per pound
    than in other markets.

    Christine

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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:41:43 -0800, Cindy Fuller
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Shallots at Asian grocery stores. Regular supermarkets will charge you
    >about $3 per pound. Asian stores will charge much less.
    >
    >Cindy


    Same for ginger and garlic.

    Christine

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    Kalmia Guest

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    On Dec 7, 1:54*pm, Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >
    > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >
    > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > stores? Thanks.
    >
    > Lenona.


    Wasabe powder, noodles.

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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 8 Dec 2011 06:06:35 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Dec 7, 1:54*pm, Lenona <lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > > Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    > > small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    > >
    > > However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    > > grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    > > than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    > >
    > > Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    > > stores? Thanks.
    > >
    > > Lenona.

    >
    > Wasabe powder, noodles.


    Real wasabe or horseradish in disguise?

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    James Silverton Guest

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    On 12/8/2011 9:06 AM, Kalmia wrote:
    > On Dec 7, 1:54 pm, Lenona<lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    >> small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >>
    >> However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    >> grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    >> than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >>
    >> Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    >> stores? Thanks.
    >>
    >> Lenona.

    >
    > Wasabe powder, noodles.


    A local Chinese grocery (Great Wall in Rockville, MD) has frozen, peeled
    chestnuts which are rather a bargain compared with imports.

    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

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    James Silverton Guest

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    On 12/8/2011 9:34 AM, sf wrote:
    > On Thu, 8 Dec 2011 06:06:35 -0800 (PST), Kalmia
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Dec 7, 1:54 pm, Lenona<lenona...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >>> Generally, I don't tend to find ANY bargains, since they tend to be
    >>> small stores. One occasional exception is spices at Indian stores.
    >>>
    >>> However, I may have found another one - tapioca pearls at a Portuguese
    >>> grocery. They came to $1.36 per pound, which I'm pretty sure is better
    >>> than any other deal on tapioca around here.
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone know what other good deals you can find at which ethnic
    >>> stores? Thanks.
    >>>
    >>> Lenona.

    >>
    >> Wasabe powder, noodles.

    >
    > Real wasabe or horseradish in disguise?
    >

    One of these days for interest' sake, I'd like to try "real" Wasabi.
    Where would you suggest I buy it?

    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 08 Dec 2011 09:55:27 -0500, James Silverton
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > One of these days for interest' sake, I'd like to try "real" Wasabi.
    > Where would you suggest I buy it?


    I would too and was just reading up about wasabi -
    http://www.chefseattle.com/blog/food/real-wasabi/
    http://www.gardeningtipsnideas.com/2...wn_wasabi.html

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 08 Dec 2011 09:53:50 -0500, James Silverton
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A local Chinese grocery (Great Wall in Rockville, MD) has frozen, peeled
    > chestnuts which are rather a bargain compared with imports.


    Are they raw or cooked?

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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