Brazilian market in Raleigh area?
I am trying to locate a market selling food and spirits from Brazil, anywhere in the Triangle area but preferably in Raleigh. Specifically, I am looking for a good local spot to buy high quality cachaca, the rum-like alcohol used in the Brazilian national beverage, the caipirinha. Any good recommendations?
We order awesome Cachaca from Hightimes.com! Way better selection than NCABC. Pura Beliza is the cleanest tasting. I like mine a little more musty. The ABC in Cary carries the Le Blonde brand not bad. It is what they serve at Poole's. Mix with juice of 1 lime, a simple syrup made of half raw sugar and half light brown sugar crushed ice splach of water.
For past year or so the ABC store in the Cameron Village shopping center has carried a brand of cachaca. I don't recall the brand name.
Special orders of spirits through the ABC are limited to a list of option that they are ready to provide, and generally require a minimum one case purchase.
To expand a little on chazzer's reply, in this state wine and beer can be sold in supermarkets, wine stores, C-stores, etc. Hard alcohol may be sold only in government controlled stores known as ABC's. Different stores in the same county may stock differently based on their customer base. Stores in different counties will certainly stock differently and may have minutely differing rules about what they can and can't sell. All the stores, though, maintain a list of what is available to them to special order for you if it is not available in-store. There may be a minimum orders for special orders. Sounds like the Wake ABC can accomodate you, though.
As far as a store that sells Brazilian food items, the only remote option I can think of is El Mandado on Capital Blvd. in Raleigh. They have some spefically South American products (Peruvian, Ecuadoria, etc.) so they may have some Brazilian, too. Can't say I ever noticed, though.