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Isreali Couscous

Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 03:51 PM

Anyone know where to get some? Whole Foods doesn't seem to have any...

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    AHan RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 03:55 PM

    I would think The Butcherie would be your spot. Why Israeli? Just curious. Is there anyhting different about it?

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      Luther RE: AHan Jan 14, 2007 04:03 PM

      Israeli couscous refers to the large-sized couscous pearls.

    2. galleygirl RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 04:14 PM

      I have found it at every WF, in the bulk sections, or, in the stores that don't have bulk bins, pre-packed in one pound containers.

      1. trufflehound RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 06:52 PM

        Christinas in Cambridge may have it.

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          bee RE: trufflehound Jan 14, 2007 10:14 PM

          Yes, I've bought it there.

        2. lissy RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 07:08 PM

          I think I've bought it at Foodie's Market on Washington Street in the South End.

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            sabra18 RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 07:13 PM

            The Butcherie on Harvard St. definitely has it.

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              powella RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 11:21 PM

              Strangely enough, Ocean State Job Lot in Quincy had it last week in small one pound bags. Haven't tried it yet, but it looked fine to me.

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                cheesehead in recovery RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 14, 2007 11:48 PM

                YES! I stock up at Ocean State Job Lots on Rt 1 --.99 per bag! (even the ocean state in Palmer MA has had it)

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                  StephenEdward RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 15, 2007 03:57 AM

                  I got a big bag of it at the middle eastern grocery store next to the Franklin Cafe on Shawmut Ave. in the South End.

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                    kbw18 RE: StephenEdward Jan 17, 2007 01:38 PM

                    The store is called The Syrian Grocer, and it's open Tu-Sa 11-6:30ish. Highly recommended for any Middle-Eastern ingredient. No better place to get imported olives than from the barrels he keeps in the corner. Also a very good source for spices in bulk.

                  2. hotoynoodle RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 15, 2007 02:02 PM

                    i've bought it at whole foods... and i just bought some at polcari's in the north end.

                    now who knows how to cook it so it doesn't get sticky? i've tried toasting it first, and even that doesn't work.

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                      The Chowhound Team RE: hotoynoodle Jan 15, 2007 03:08 PM

                      Please post on the Home Cooking board for couscous cooking tips. Thanks.

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                        StriperGuy RE: hotoynoodle Jan 15, 2007 04:21 PM

                        Just posted on the Home Cooking Board about preparing Cous Cous without sticking.

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                          Food4Thought RE: hotoynoodle Jan 27, 2009 03:29 AM

                          Can confirm Polcaris-corner of Salem and Parmenter.

                        2. LindaWhit RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 15, 2007 07:42 PM

                          You can find it at Formaggio Kitchen/Huron Village. Also if you're up in Newburyport, Joppa Fine Foods in the Tannery carries it. But I agree with galleygirl - I'm positive I've seen it at WF-Woburn.

                          1. Alcachofa RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 16, 2007 10:27 PM

                            I just purchased some at WF. It was not where the "regular" cous cous was. It comes in a round see-thru container and is labeled "Mid Eastern Cous Cous". It was WF brand.

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                              shaebones RE: Alcachofa Jan 17, 2007 06:08 AM

                              If it was not where the "regular" cous cous was, where in the store can I find it.? Plan on making a chicken tagine this weekend and israeli cous cous would be perfect to serve w it.

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                                Alcachofa RE: shaebones Jan 17, 2007 01:44 PM

                                Apparently it can be in different locations! My DC had purchased it near the "regular" cous cous in the Cambridge WF. We did not see it there in the Charles River Park WF, so we had to ask someone behind the deli counter where it was. Armed with both the "Irseali" and "Mid Eastern" monikers, someone working there should be able to help you find it.

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                              mellospice RE: Boston_Gourmand Feb 12, 2007 03:42 PM

                              Wilson Farms in Lexington has it in boxes.

                              1. 2stews.com RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 27, 2009 01:46 AM

                                Whole Foods has it in the bulk section and I was very pleased to find that Trader Joe's has recently started carrying it in a box.

                                1. Gio RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 27, 2009 02:53 AM

                                  I bought a box of Israeli couscous at the Reading Market Basket.

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                                    lbfoody RE: Gio Jan 27, 2009 04:53 AM

                                    I bought some recently at Trader Joe's. It was the first time I saw Israeli couscous there. I think I was in the Needham store.

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                                    galka RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 27, 2009 07:24 AM

                                    I also bought it at Armenian store Lamejun Bakery on Belmont str in Cambridge ( not sure, maybe it is actually Belmont)

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                                      D.Bernstein RE: galka Jan 27, 2009 12:48 PM

                                      The store is Eastern Lamejun on Belmont St. in Camb. There Lamejun is excellent along with their Hummus and Eggplant dip.

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                                        Allstonian RE: D.Bernstein Jan 27, 2009 12:53 PM

                                        The store is Eastern Lamejun Bakers on Belmont Street in Belmont, not Cambridge.

                                    2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Boston_Gourmand Jan 27, 2009 10:33 AM

                                      I've bought it in the Kosher section of the Star Market in Allston.

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