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sweetbasil Feb 22, 2008 09:54 AM

I'm about to make another trip (I'm north of the city so I don't go as often as I'd like) and am looking for some new things to try. In addition to the standards (bread, masa, etc) I'm going to pick up some lard, tizano salsa, toffee crisp bars (mmm!) and look for the guanciale mentioned in another thread.

What else do you recommend?

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    danoc Feb 22, 2008 10:29 AM

    I heard a Fiesta is opening in Georgetown...anyone else catch wind of this?

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      mkwng Feb 22, 2008 12:27 PM

      I believe they are taking over some of the old Albertson's locations; the one at Stassney(?) and I-35 is now a Fiesta.

      I get my HP sauce there, among many other things.

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        danoc Feb 22, 2008 01:41 PM

        There is an empty Albertson's in Georgetown...fingers crossed

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          sweetbasil Feb 22, 2008 02:04 PM

          A Fiesta in Georgetown would be a dream come true. Add a Central Market somewhere in the area (RR perhaps), a My Thanh grocery store, Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Penzey's, and life would be complete.

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            danoc Feb 22, 2008 02:06 PM

            and also Costco...According to their employees, they are planning a new store between Round Rock and Georgetown. Rumor?

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              angusb Feb 22, 2008 04:28 PM

              sweetbasil, your post is right up my alley. I've written to both Penzey's and Trader Joe's several times over the years to ask them to open stores in Austin. I'd especially love a Trader Joe's, though.

              Angus

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                sweetbasil Feb 22, 2008 05:24 PM

                I've sent TJ's several emails, too! I thought I was the only one that nutty....!!!

      2. Aggiegirl1998 Feb 22, 2008 12:02 PM

        Anything from the International Aisles! I buy all my Asian ingredients over there. They have great prices on sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, etc. Also, buy empanada shells, queso fresco, chorizo, etc. I love that place!

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          rudeboy Feb 22, 2008 12:11 PM

          I like being able to pick up fresh epazote, banana leaf, yerba buena, and other produce oriented things that i can't get anywhere else. And achiote paste.....

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            sweetbasil Feb 22, 2008 02:03 PM

            Great suggestions! Adding all of these to my list. Especially looking forward to the fresh epazote -- don't know why I never thought of it before. I'm always so interested in all the fun produce that sometimes I miss the "regular" stuff. We were excited to pick up a cherimoya one time.

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          renz Feb 22, 2008 04:17 PM

          I love the pumpkin empanadas from their bakery. Check if they have sour oranges in produce, and you can make some good mojo sauce.

          I also think they have a good supply of Gulf shrimp: if you get some head-on, you can make a great stock and gumbo. They also have very fresh catfish (it's still swimming in tanks behind the counter). Generally, the popular seafood/fish is very fresh because they have a very high turnover, and very reasonably priced. Some of the more exotic offerings (actually, think opposite of exotic: stuff you'd find mentioned in Western/European dishes) doesn't always move as quickly.

          In the Hispanic food aisles (where they keep all the Goya stuff, near the awesome international aisles), seek out some Spanish-style dried and smoked chorizo. I have trouble finding this elsewhere, especially at a fair price. The Goya brand is pretty good, and they now carry a Spanish brand whose name I forget, but it's also good.

          Masa is available at every HEB and Wal-Mart I've been to here in Austin, as is lard, fwiw.

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            sweetbasil Feb 22, 2008 05:28 PM

            I've only seen hydrogenated lard at HEB & Walmart -- have you had better luck? I am really, REALLY excited about the smoked chorizo. I just love Spanish food. Thanks!!!

            And on a tangent, IMHO the BEST part of any Fiesta trip is a large elote and a snow cone.

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              sqwertz Feb 22, 2008 07:34 PM

              A lot of places are now carrying the Palacios brand of chorizo. I love the hot version in the 12" links. Much better than the Goya brand.

              Anchovy stuffed olives are always a staple, as well. The shrimp is hot or miss - I've been underwhelmed a coupe times. This week they have pork loin on sale for $.99/lb, so that would be worthwhile.

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              renz Feb 22, 2008 04:17 PM

              Last time I went they had a large selection of yerba mate for a fraction of the Whole Foods price, if you're interested.

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                sweetbasil Feb 22, 2008 05:26 PM

                Got some of that last time. The jury's still out - I'm just not sure if I like it or not. Is it an acquired taste? Or do you just get hooked on the energy buzz?

              2. Passadumkeg Feb 22, 2008 04:27 PM

                We went there for the first time yesterday. We had to buy a duffle bag to take back everything I bought to take back to Maine! My faves were the charque, dried chorizo and the torteria.
                Our flights were canceled this a.m. and we've had another glorious day in Austin!

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                  jungleboy Feb 22, 2008 06:03 PM

                  My dog is particularly fond of the cabeza de borrega entera in the carneceria...
                  agree that the Asian section is particularly good and we found some great frozen nam on our last visit...also, this last week amazingly good fresh garbanzos at $.39/#

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                    sqwertz Feb 22, 2008 07:30 PM

                    San Marcos Brand Chipotle Sauce in the 17.5oz bottle (also comes in 5oz cans). This is a fantastic all-purpose sauce. Kinda like a taco sauce, but it goes on everything. It was hard to find there for a while and I was trying to duplicate it at home, but now it's reappeared in a large, supersize bottle for $1.29.

                    Mexican sodas made with real sugar. They always have a couple brands on sale, and they sure beat the high-fructose corn syrup crap the U.S. manufacturers pump out.

                    Fresh bay leaves. Fresh garbanzos. Cleaned smelts for deep-frying.

                    -sw

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                      chucklesmcfarland Feb 23, 2008 04:25 PM

                      ready to eat indian stuff
                      frozen naan
                      cheap pico de gallo
                      french bread (bollios)
                      bagels

                      1. angthefoodie Mar 3, 2008 03:22 PM

                        I went yesterday to the new one at Stassney & I-35 (thank goodness for Cabelas-since DH wanted to go there, he threw in a trip to Fiesta). I couldn't find the frozen Naan bread. I did get some pomegranate molasses (can't wait to experiment!!), some apple empanadas, bunuelos (DH loved them-now he's glad we went), some chorizo, fresh corn tortillas (won't have to choke down the HEB variety this week!) I also go Horchata mix, coconut water and coconut soda. Will have to spend the $$ on gas to go more often!

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