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Where to Buy Indian Ingredients in New York City

New York Ava McAlpin 12 comments

More Shopping Guides Thai Ingredients » Mexican Ingredients » Italian Ingredients » Chinese Ingredients » Where to buy _______ » Rounding up Indian ingredients in New York City has been my biggest challenge yet. The difficulties hit right from... More

Where to Buy Mexican Ingredients in New York City

New York Ava McAlpin 23 comments

Shopping for some Mexican ingredients is quite simple—but if you want to go beyond the Goya aisle, New York has a lot to offer. Here's a tour of Mexican ingredient shopping all over the city. More

Where to Buy Thai Ingredients in New York City

New York Ava McAlpin 13 comments

[Photos clockwise from top left: Robyn Lee; Flickr: SpecialKRB; Pithy and Cleaver; Flickr: Pullao ] More Shopping Guides Italian Ingredients Chinese Ingredients On a recent trip to Thailand, I discovered how fast and easy Thai cooking can be—in spite... More

Where to Buy Chinese Ingredients in New York City

New York Ava McAlpin 5 comments

Photos: Ava McAlpin and Robyn Lee For those who understand the language and the ingredients, Chinese groceries, in Chinatown and elsewhere in New York City, offer incredible variety and value. For those without this familiarity, however, such stores can... More

Where To Buy Italian Ingredients in New York City

New York Ava McAlpin 18 comments

Please welcome first-time contributor Ava McAlpin, a New York native freshly returned from culinary school in Italy, to Serious Eats: New York. —The Mgmt. [Photos: Ava McAlpin and Robyn Lee] Best Bets: D. Coluccio & Sons: 1214-20 60th Street, Brooklyn,... More

DIY Grocery Planner and Templates

Robyn Lee 6 comments

[Photograph: Design*Sponge] Artist Kate Pruitt of Design*Sponge shares instructions for how to make your own grocery planner featuring a clipboard, magnetic pen/receipt box, and customizable shopping list and menu templates for you to print out. It sure beats my method of writing on a Post-It. [via Lifehacker]... More

Still Thanksgiving Planning? Last-Minute New York Shopping

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

Still thinking about Turkey Day? Tomorrow is the last day to get your Thanksgiving on at the Union Square Greenmarket. If you're looking to buy a turkey, pick up some prepared sides, or otherwise shop for Thanksgiving dinner in New... More

New Jersey Dispatch: Alpine Deli, and Alpine Deli

New York BrianYarvin Post a comment

[Photographs: Brian Yarvin] Every time I heard an excited comment about the Alpine Deli, somebody was bound to ask what other store could compare with it. The problem, though, is that there are two unrelated shops called the “Alpine... More

Asian Markets Attract Budget-Minded Chefs

Erin Zimmer 26 comments

Photograph from Jeremy Bautista on Flickr Shopping at the Asian grocery chain H-Mart might be like a frenzied afternoon at Marshalls—piles of Fuyu persimmons, jars of kimchi, and stacks of slimy fish all compete for space—but the prices put Whole Foods to shame. Granted, you won't always know where your food came from (probably somewhere in Asia) but the products are diverse, inspiring, and recession-friendly. That's why D.C.-area chefs like Michel Richard of Citronelle and Central are flocking to H Mart and Super H Mart, according to Melissa McCart in the Washington Post. She notes that at a conventional grocery store, shoppers might find one or two brands of condiments, but at H-Mart, the variety is comparable "to the... More

Recession Grocery Shopping: What Are You Doing Differently?

Ed Levine 47 comments

With budgets tightening across all economic strata in this country, many families are selectively bypassing organics to save money, according to the New York Times' Andrew Martin. The question that I find even more pressing is whether people are going to stop shopping at farmers' markets across the country, which are generally more expensive than both conventional and organic supermarkets. What are serious eaters everywhere doing to save money? Are organically and/or locally grown produce still important to you? As Martin put it, are consumers going to decide they can no longer afford to let their conscience dictate their shopping list? I for one will not stop supporting my local farmers. I have always felt that local and sustainable... More

Our Groceries Are Quietly Shrinking

Emily Koh 18 comments

Photograph from Consumerist At the grocery store, the purchasing power of our dollars isn't the only thing that's shrinking. Manufacturers are quietly downsizing the quantities in packaged food, often while holding prices steady, all in response to the rise in commodity and fuel costs. A few examples: Kellogg's cereals have an average of 2.4 fewer ounces per boxTropicana orange juice containers decreased from 96 ounces to 89 ouncesWrigley's 17-stick PlenTPak has been replaced by the 15-stick Slim PackSpreads (butter, mayo) and ice cream containers have decreased in size overall The story, in Time magazine, says that people are more sensitive to price than they are quantity, which explains why manufacturers are trying to slip the changes by us. "Most... More

Envirosax Reusable Grocery Bags

Lia Bulaong 5 comments

If I didn't tell you these colorful, beautiful bags were meant to carry your groceries, would you ever think it? Designed in Australia (and made in China), the Envirosax are meant to replace the 500 or so plastic bags that each one of us uses once and then throws away every year. $33 for a set of five bags, each of which is lightweight but strong enough to carry the contents of two supermarket shopping bags, and they roll up into a pouch you can keep in your glove compartment. I buy groceries in small amounts but frequently, like a good New Yorker, so maybe I'll buy a set, keep two bags rolled up in the bottom of my... More

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