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Debbie Lee

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Specialty food stores

I love cooking, so I really like going to specialty food stores when I travel to bring back cool ingredients!  Any recommendations?

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  • Tim Ferriss

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    There's actually a section in my book The 4-Hour Chef for specialty markets and suppliers in NYC! Here they are:

    • Saxelby Cheesemongers: An awesome selection of cheeses curated by owner/cheesemonger Anne Saxelby (who everyone says is very helpful). They also have bread from Sullivan Street Bakery if it’s your cheat day.
    • Eataly: There are all manner of pastas and pizzas, plus out-of-this-world gelato, for your cheat days, but you can also find an incredible selection of fish and vegetables.
    • International Grocery: International grocery specializing in Greek and Mediterranean fare with aisles of nuts, legumes, grains, olives, spices, cheeses, and olive oils.
    • Kalustyan's: International bulk spices and Middle Eastern specialty items. Thirty varieties of dried whole chilies and chili powder and 180 varieties of imported tea.
    • Di Palo Fine Foods: A quintessential old-school Italian market in Little Italy offering cheese, proscuitto di parma and other cured meats, oils, vinegars, honey, and preserves.
    • Bangkok Center Grocery: Asian groceries, especially Thai ingredients. If you’re looking for Thai basil or kaffir leaves, here’s where to find them.
    • Korin: A great kitchen begins with great knives, and this place has the most badass Japanese knives around. They’ll sharpen old knives too.
    • Bowery Restaurant Supply Co: They’ve got everything for cheap. Mark Bittman says this is his favorite restaurant supply place (check out the article and video here.

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      Wow, awesome! I feel like I should pack an empty suitcase just to bring all this stuff home. Thanks, Tim! · (0 likelikes)

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    I'd add East Village Cheese to that list. Great selection and surprisingly affordable.

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      I am a fiend for cheese. Thanks for the suggestion, Drew! · (0 likelikes)

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