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Vanilla Beans in New York

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maggiej Nov 11, 2008 07:14 AM

Where do you buy whole vanilla beans in New York? Or is it better to do mail order? Ideally below 34th st...

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    chocolatebirthdaycake RE: maggiej Nov 11, 2008 07:33 AM

    Kalustyan's on Lex (near W.28th, I think)...

    Happy cooking!

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      PAULSCOHEN RE: maggiej Nov 11, 2008 07:35 AM

      try Kalustyan's 123 lexington ave.(bet. 28th&29thSts.).

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        maggiej RE: PAULSCOHEN Nov 11, 2008 08:00 AM

        funny, i didnt see them on their online site. But you've seen them in store?

      2. _emilie_ RE: maggiej Nov 11, 2008 09:50 AM

        I've gotten them at Whole Foods before.

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          hungrycomposer RE: maggiej Nov 11, 2008 10:06 AM

          s.o.s. chefs on Avenue B
          http://www.sos-chefs.com/vanilla.html
          fun to browse there too.

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            maggiej RE: hungrycomposer Nov 11, 2008 12:23 PM

            Thanks, I've been meaning to go thereā€”do they keep regular hours?

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              hungrycomposer RE: maggiej Nov 11, 2008 01:38 PM

              call first, they're not exactly a supermarket, and close fairly early.

          2. Ora RE: maggiej Nov 11, 2008 02:34 PM

            Penzey's in the Market Place located in Grand Central Station or you can order from their website: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...
            Penzey's has very high quality spices, including vanilla beans.

            Fairway also sells vanilla beans.

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              Hurner RE: maggiej Nov 12, 2008 06:53 AM

              Buon Italia in the Chelsea Market sells them.

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