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ajs May 29, 2008 10:19 AM

Let me start by saying that I completely adore Bazzini's Super Colossal Pistachios, from their Greenwich Street store in Manhattan. Haven't yet had better.

These nuts go wonderfully with Sidecars, and I have a couple of friends dropping by for one or two of suchlike. I'd like to be able to foist some great pistachios upon them.

Sadly, I'm not in Manhattan, I'm in Saint Paul.
Nominations for places in the Cities that peddle exceptional pistachios are welcome/yearned for.
thanks!

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  1. cheeseguysgirl RE: ajs May 29, 2008 10:25 AM

    I was just at the Caspian the other weekend, and they had a couple of varieties. A couple were flavored, but they had the really small pointy ones (Turkish, maybe?) that have a very delicate and different flavor.

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    Caspian Bistro
    2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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      The Dairy Queen RE: cheeseguysgirl May 29, 2008 10:31 AM

      I love Caspian's market.

      ~TDQ

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        AnneInMpls RE: cheeseguysgirl May 29, 2008 11:08 AM

        If you go to Caspian for pistachios, be sure to taste first. Most of the time, the nuts are great, but I've had the occasional not-so-great batch. (Uncrisp and slightly old-tasting.)

        And leave time to browse the shelves - there's a ton of great stuff at this Middle-Eastern deli, like my beloved Turkish apple-peel tea.

        Anne

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        karykat RE: ajs May 29, 2008 11:54 AM

        I have gotten nice shelled ones at the coop. Mississippi Market. I imagine the other coops would have them as well. Not sure what their lineage is (probably not Turkish) but they've been good.

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          ajs RE: karykat May 31, 2008 03:37 PM

          Thanks folks!
          Haven't gotten to Caspian yet; I ended up improvising with some nuts from Kowalski's.

          karykat, Which Mississippi Market are you meaning? I hit the one at Fairview/Randolph, but all they had were bulk, in the shell, in the dispensomatic bins. Hunted around to no avail. Could you have found these at the (larger) Dale St. store?

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            karykat RE: ajs Jun 1, 2008 12:12 AM

            Yes, I did get these at the Dale Street store. I've seen them pre-bagged near a set of scales in the bulk food area. Ask someone there if they have them. They'll know.

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          julie612 RE: ajs May 31, 2008 06:37 PM

          I have purchased Bazzini's here in the TC, at Cooks of Crocus Hill...

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            ajs RE: julie612 Jun 1, 2008 04:06 PM

            Thank you, julie612, good to know!

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            ilikepeas RE: ajs Jun 1, 2008 08:48 AM

            I bought some pistachios at the cheese shop at France 44. A variety I have never heard of before called Kalagoochi. Apparently they're grown in CA. Best pistachio I've ever had.

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              pgokey RE: ajs Jun 1, 2008 11:22 AM

              Surdyk's sells really good pistaschios. In bulk, even.

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              Surdyks Liquor and Bistro 2go
              303 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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