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Feb 5, 2007 06:25 AM

Ingredient Shopping in Athens GA


I haven't lived in Athens long and I'm looking for things like xanthan gum, bulk fresh herbs, blood orange, and other stuff you can't get at the Kroger. Is there anywhere I can go to get this stuff?

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  1. This is a really good question. Probably your best bet is to move among the ethnic grocery stores (there are several on Baxter St., including Fooks Foods, The Tuscan Market, and Taj Mahal; a supermercado on Prince in Normaltown and one out Jefferson Highway called La Jalisco; and a Korean market on the East Side on Gaines School called Sa Rang Bang). Earthfare might have some stuff as well.

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    1. re: hillarybrown

      thanks. I was hoping to find a kitchen supply store or emporium type place, but I guess I'll check out the local ethnic markets for the fresh stuff, and order nonperishable/less perishable stuff online. I already go to a tienda on Barber st (I can walk to it, plus it's right next to the package store, bonus!) for all my meat. They have the freshest head-on shrimp I've seen around here and their ground beef and steaks are very fresh. I guess I'll ask them where I can get banana leaves/fresh arbols, etc. Those other ones sound good. Where is the supermercado on prince? Thanks for the tips.

        1. re: hillarybrown

          I just got back from the supermercardo on prince where I was picking up some "home made" chorizo for $2.79/lb (to go with some mussels I'm making for a dinner app). Noticed they had lots of good looking food at the meat counter, including some fresh looking beef jerky. But the big score was that there was a guy outside selling both chicken and pork tamales for $1 each. I've only had the pork so far, but it was excellent, especially with the green pasty hot sauce on it.

          1. re: Dax

            Lordy. Is that an every Saturday kind of thing? I haven't had great tamales since my last visit to San Fran.

            1. re: uptown jimmy

              Not sure, there was a bit of a language barrier. All he said in English was tamale, chicken and pork. I'm far from a tamale expert as I tend to find them a bit boring, but this was pretty tasty. He had 3-4 coolers filled with the tamales around 1:30 today.

              Mussels were good tonight, but the chorizo wasn't nearly as spicy as I'm used to, in fact it was a little sweet.

        2. The mercado is next to Agua Linda and owned by the same people, I think. I haven't been in there, so I can't vouch for it, but I hear they have a great selection of CDs.

          1. haha maybe I'll pick up some menudo while I'm there

            1. Atlanta's not far... ;-) Good luck!

              1. Daily Grocery is good for fresh herbs and produce. Not a huge selection but lots of it is local. I bought blood oranges at Kroger last week. You should be able to get Xantham gum at the Phoenix market downtown, corner of Pulaski and Broad. If not, EarthFare probably has it. Also, check out, it's a coop that has weekly pickup at Gosford Wine. Saturday farmer's market at Big City Bread. It's middle of winter, so selection at the last two isn't great, but it gets better as it gets warmer.

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                  1. re: himynameischuck

                    Where is Daily Grocery?

                    I found great blood oranges at earthfare a few days ago and they were actually cheaper than at Kroger. I bought them to make a Blood Orange Vanilla-Cello, if anyone's interested.

                    I also was looking for Lecithin to make a foam with and I found it without any problem at earthfare, didn't see any Xantham Gum though. That would be great to be able to find that stuff locally.

                    On another note, it seems like their are a lot of posters here from Athens.

                    1. re: Awall25

                      Daily is on Prince, near The Grit. I think they have a website, so google should locate it.

                    2. re: himynameischuck

                      Any idea what time of year that Saturday farmers mkt at Big City Bread typically opens? I realize the farms might not have enough ripe product yet, but this warm weather keeps reminding me of farmers markets.