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A Look At New York Mart, The Best New Supermarket In Town

New York Alice Gao 17 comments

The newly opened New York Mart on Mott Street is like the Eataly of Chinatown. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But it's a crazily impressive food destination. Inside this mega-supermarket, there's a huge array of Chinese and Asian goods, along with American products—along with butchers and fish and live frogs, a bakery and steam tables and a rotisserie, a huge produce selection and a bigger frozen section. More

Snapshots from Sweden: Roaming Around a Swedish Supermarket

Robyn Lee 15 comments

It was supposed to be a quick stop, but by pulling into the parking lot of ICA, one of Sweden's largest supermarket chains (if not the largest), I ensured that I'd be late to my next scheduled destination. Because when I'm in a supermarket outside my home territory, I look at everything and take bright-eyed joy in everyday items like cereal and mayonnaise. Kids love candy stores; I love supermarkets. (...And I also love candy stores.) Here's a slideshow of some products that caught my eye. More

Cross-Border Shopping Guide: Canada

Erin Jackson 100 comments

If a trip to Canada is in your future, or the Canada/US border is within driving distance, take a look at this cross-border shopping guide featuring some of Canada's tastiest eats. Be warned: None of them are particularly healthy. But you can always rationalize the extra calories by thinking of your shopping as a cultural experience. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Grocery Shopping in the UK

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 34 comments

It may come as a shock, but the UK public is obsessed with food. British food has a reputation as being a stodgy, greasy, bland accompaniment to beer — or nameless, boiled, blobby things served at school dinners (the possible exception being curries introduced by the large South Asian population). The past 10 or 15 years have greatly changed what's available to eat here, however, and the diversity of people's diets is very much reflected in, and abetted by, the supermarkets. More

St. Paddy's Report: The Butcher Block in Sunnyside, Queens

New York Sara Markel-Gonzalez 6 comments

The Butcher Block in Sunnyside, right off the 7 train, is equal parts Queens grocery store and British-Irish importer—and it's full of all sorts of Irish foods for your St. Paddy's Day needs. Take a walk through in the slideshow... More

Adventures in Urban Food: The Duane Reade Supermarket

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

[Photo: Carey Jones] "Duane Reade opens new Chelsea store location featuring expanded fresh food and grocery offerings!" trumpeted the press release. "It features a greater emphasis on fresh foods, locally-sourced grocery items and on-the-go coffees and meals designed to... More

New Jersey Dispatch: Asian Food Center

New York BrianYarvin 9 comments

"Beautiful bellies, bones for soup, ears and intestines, you name it, it's there." Back in July I wrote: "Right now... I believe The Great Wall is the best Chinese supermarket in the state, but rival chain Asian Food Center is... More

Recreating the Adult Brownies from Andronico's

Serious Eats Tam Ngo 24 comments

The Adult Brownie from the Bay Area-based supermarket chain Andronico's doesn't contain alcohol, tobacco, or any other "adult" ingredients. It's just a super dense, fudgy chocolate brick spiked with sea salt and coffee. And it's incredibly addictive. More

Happy Birthday to the Bar Code

Robyn Lee 1 comment

Break out the cake and party favors; it's the bar code's 35th birthday. Those alternating black and white bars weren't always around to make our shopping experiences easier. The New York Times celebrates the bar code's birthday with some information behind the development and gradual use of this "technological staple of everyday life." You can add this little tidbit to your trivia database: On June 26, 1974, the first bar code was read off a 67¢ 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum.... More

Hispanic Foods Moving Out of the 'Ethnic Aisle'

Erin Zimmer 5 comments

Hispanic products may no longer be hiding in supermarket aisle corners like the gluten-free breads and Manischewitz yolk-free noodles. Several major chains are expanding their specialty offerings to capture business from Latinos, the country's fastest-growing population and already almost one-sixth of the U.S. total in 2008, according to this MSNBC report. Walmart is in the process of converting two stores (one in Phoenix, the other in Houston) into Supermercados aimed at Hispanic shoppers. According to the Walmart website, the Houston store opened in late April and has a bakery with over 40 traditional sweet breads and fresh corn tortillas, and a meat department with milanesa (kind of like the Hispanic schnitzel), fajitas, and arrachera (similar to skirt steak). This... More

Tips for Choosing Supermarket Coffee

Adam Kuban 22 comments

Hardcore coffee geeks wouldn't even consider buying anything but freshly roasted whole coffee beans from a skilled local roaster. But what if you don't live near an Intelligentsia, Stumptown, or Blue Bottle roasting location? In that case, the Atlantic Food Channel gives some tips for selecting the freshest coffee beans from your local grocery store. Among them: Few markets date their bulk bins. If coffee is properly packaged in a valve bag (the bags with the internal buttons and little slits), it probably will taste fresher than bulk coffee, which has been exposed to atmosphere. Put your nose up to the valve and squeeze the bag. Evaluate the aroma. And this:... More

Shopping for Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Pierogies in Greenpoint

New York Barbara Hanson 1 comment

Editor's note: It's time for another dispatch from Serious Eats community member BaHa, aka Barbara Hanson, who checks in now and again about the various one-of-a-kind food stores and markets in New York. Before I reached the top step of... More

Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown on Fire Last Night

New York Erin Zimmer 4 comments

Photograph from BoweryBoogie on Flickr Hong Kong Supermarket, the Chinatown landmark at the corner of Pike and East Broadway, burned down last night. Bowery Boogie has photos and video footage from the scene. Apparently the fire started in the... More

How To Save Money at Supermarkets

Robyn Lee 49 comments

The Consumerist shares some tips from Consumer Reports for how to save money at the supermarket—such as choose store brands, use a bonus card, and clip coupons—but the comments from readers on how they save money are more informative and detailed than the post itself. Readers discuss their favorite stores, best store brand items, checking circulars in print and online, and more. What are your tips for saving money at the supermarket? Related Recession Grocery Shopping: What Are You Doing Differently? Where Americans Are Cutting Corners: Food... More

New Jersey Dispatch: Patel Brothers Supermarket

New York BrianYarvin 13 comments

While I was very excited about last week's piece on 99¢ curries—and cheap food is always at least a bit exciting—I fear that it failed to mention enough about the place where I bought those curries in the first... More

Global Grocery Shopping in Jackson Heights at Patel Brothers and More

New York Barbara Hanson 2 comments

My 2009 Resolutions: 1. Refrain from, when in an unfamiliar neighborhood outside Manhattan, calling husband and saying, "We could live here. Totally. I love it!" 2. To consider not only my own health but that of Serious Eaters, and... More

Super Designer-y MPREIS Supermarket

Adam Kuban 7 comments

Photographs from mpreis.com Believe it or not, that's a supermarket at top. It's one of the handful of Austria-based MPREIS stores. More at Cool Hunting.... More

Off the Beaten Path: Abalone Pastries at Chung Fat Supermarket

New York Joe DiStefano Post a comment

When I saw the new Chung Fat Supermarket I could hardly believe my eyes. The sprawling grocery that just opened on Main Street in Flushing takes up more than three storefronts. Since I was unable to find someone to... More

Country of Origin Labeling Takes Effect Tomorrow in U.S.

Allison Hemler Post a comment

While a new food labeling law goes into effect tomorrow, don't expect to find the country of origin of processed food or roasted nuts, fruit platters, turkey, bacon, juice, and mixed frozen vegetables. Will consumers adjust their purchasing habits based on this new info? We'll be looking for reports after the six month compliance period.... More

New Hong Kong Supermarket Opening in Chinatown

New York Gordon Mark Post a comment

The Beijing Olympics isn't the only event banking on a lucky start date of 8/8/08. The new Hong Kong Supermarket in Manhattan's Chinatown opens today. More

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