One thing I was worried about moving away from Chicago was leaving my local grocery markets behind. I was really spoiled by Andy's Fruit Market on Kedzie, Harvest Time on Lawrence, and even stupid crappy Stanley's on Elston. And you know, its not the same. Tim & I have pita shaped holes in our hearts when we get to thinking about Sanabel & all the beautiful things we made out of hot, fresh, incredible pitas that were a dollar a bag. A DOLLAR. But here in Indianapolis we have discovered Saraga International Grocery. It's got it all, even things we have never seen! I mean, weird grocery stores are a hobby for us! It's a big deal! Its huge & weird & has fresh pita or naan (not as amazing Sanabel's, but a good start..) It has a gross meat section, some cute oddball housewares, good basics & random impulse buys. Scary things in jars. Mustard oil that you aren't supposed to eat. The last time we went there was a booth in front selling appointments with a photographer that could take a photo of you & your man, then make it look like you were inside a giant cognac glass. Glamour!!!!
Here are a few little finds, on retrospect Pickapeppa sauce isn't that wild, but it is tasty! (it tastes like A-1 sauce)
Tim drank that Jamaican mountain man soda & it was fermented & sort of alcoholic & super stinky & gross! Awesome! Also I haven't had that particular can of Coco Rico & it was delicious.
These were darn good.
Little kitchen flowers
I haven't made either of these yet! But I've been on a big coconut kick for a few years so I have to try the DoFu Delight!
We cook with the squid sauce a few times a week, this is our second bottle of that brand. Also I love sodas in glass bottles!
We haven't tried either of these yet, but that sardine can is too pretty to open anyhow! :)
These are (were) YUMMY! Crispy sweet little biscuit cookies, way good. The ginger candies were good & spicy & sticky!
Cans of pina colada that are... kind of cupboard decoration cos they are too cute to eaaaaat! ;) Those nacho chips were gross. The Irish Moss is another Jamaican drink, it was like a peanut butter milkshake in a can. Kinda gross & kinda good! Probably more gross though..
Saraga is the first place we came across Tapatio chips!!! Tapatio is the best hot sauce, yum. Well, I mean I love Sri Racha & Tabasco as well, but mmmm Tapatio. These Tapatio con limon Ruffles were really delicious junk food!
Annnd then I found Tapatio Doritos while visiting Chicago. They were in a dollar store & I bought several bags. I am now burnt out on Tapatio Doritos & probably won't buy them again. Aaaand after searching for them for like 6 months and getting so excited to randomly find them, they are available in the chip aisle at Kroger. Which was exciting, but I was already over them by that time! Yikes.
Crunching! Not organic, not very good for you, but c'mon! Once & awhile you have to give in! This is in front of our 1960 Frigidaire Flair oven. Someday I'll write a blog post on her!
There are a bunch other ethnic grocery stores we are dying to check out here, I'll keep you updated! In the meantime, buy a can of something mysterious & tell me how it goes! :)