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Nuts!: Cashews, Almonds, and Walnuts

laurennycfoodie Jan 11, 2007 03:26 AM

Other than Dean & Deluca and Zabar's/Eli's, are there specialty nut shops that sell jumbo whole, unsalted cashews, etc? Seeking the best lose nuts. Please advise. Thanks!

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    kathryn RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 11, 2007 06:01 AM

    The Whole Foods in Union Square has a nut bar where they sell loose nuts by the pound. Not sure about other locations.

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      meatme RE: kathryn Jan 21, 2007 05:28 AM

      Unfortunately, these all look like they're sugared, salted, and/or spiced.

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      laurennycfoodie RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 12, 2007 04:28 AM

      Thanks, that's right. Too bad Eli's gigantic, whole cashews are so expensive. Trader Joe's has great packaged nuts. Wish there were nut factories just like we have candy stores and ice cream shops.

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        mpls brat RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 12, 2007 05:38 PM

        try bazzini on greenwich st. They have lots of nuts and such.

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          chow_gal RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 12, 2007 06:50 PM

          Bazzini Bazzini Bazzini - all the way!

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            garbanzobean RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 12, 2007 07:09 PM

            Kaluystan's in Curry Hill has a great nut and dried fruit selection.

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              akk RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 12, 2007 08:45 PM

              The Sweet Life on Hester and Ludlow.

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                laurennycfoodie RE: akk Jan 13, 2007 03:24 AM

                Thank you!! Any relation to the "Sweet Life Cafe" on Christopher? This place seems ab fab. It's amazing how much good food the LES has. Dark chocolate-covered cashew bark here I come!

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                  akk RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 13, 2007 03:37 AM

                  I am not familiar with Sweet Life Cafe, but I sort of doubt that they are related. I have been going to the Sweet Life for years -- a really charming candy store with great, fresh dried fruits and nuts. I haven't been able to visit the LES since I had a kid and gave up my car, I miss it.

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                    laurennycfoodie RE: akk Jan 17, 2007 09:11 AM

                    Don't blame you. In my humble opinion, for less pretentious fare, the LES has some of the best food options in NYC. Can you hire a babysitter?

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                  wleatherette RE: akk Jan 17, 2007 02:37 PM

                  i second the sweet life. i've found their nuts to be very fresh, tasty, and well-priced.

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                  laurennycfoodie RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 13, 2007 03:28 AM

                  That's right, Bazzini's is great, although they don't sell unsalted lose nuts. Thanks for the reminder. Will also try Kaluystan's. What's the cross St.?

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                    kerokaeru RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 13, 2007 04:40 PM

                    Sahadi's on Atlantice Ave near Court St. station in Brooklyn has great prices on loose nuts.

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                      pbjluver RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 13, 2007 10:48 PM

                      Economy Candy on Rivington St.

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                        laurennycfoodie RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 14, 2007 05:50 AM

                        Thanks folks-- 2 new places to try! My goal is to find a jumbo, unsalted cashew that tastes like Eli's sans the pretentious price.

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                          KRS RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 14, 2007 11:52 AM

                          Nuts go off quickly, particularly walnuts and pecans. I've learned to buy a pound or so and keep them in the freezer. I keep a small plastic container out for noshing or scattering over cold cereal, but most of the time they work fine out of the freezer.

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                            laurennycfoodie RE: KRS Jan 17, 2007 09:08 AM

                            Thanks for the tips. Too bad I lack adequate freezer space. The price you pay for a cramped 'affordable' Manhattan studio. Besides, I try to limit myself to 1/4 lb per encounter so I don't go overboard.

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                            kayonyc RE: laurennycfoodie Jan 17, 2007 03:43 PM

                            If you are anywhere near brooklyn, Sahadi's has a great selection of nuts (and dried fruit, beans, spices, and coffee) for very cheap. It's on Atlantic Avenue below Court street.
                            Trader Joe's is ok for packaged nuts. I also like Westerly in HK for their organic selection (though not super cheap).

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