I will be in the city this weekend and was wondering if it was worth the detour to stop in at the Spanish Table in Berkeley? I know that they have a selection of Spanish/Portuguese products but was curious about the ratio of the store regarding food items, cooking implements, and general housewares products. The last post I found was from 2001 and was wondering if anything has changed.
Being Portuguese I would be happy if they had linguica, does anyone know if they carry any and if they have a large selection of Portuguese goods?
Thanks in advance!
No change. They have some Portugese stuff, I buy piri piri there regularly. Definitely worth a detour.
While you're there, check out Indus Foods a block away, interesting selection of halal foods from all over.
Where are you coming in from, gmk1322? They have linguiça from Moniz (sausage company in Oakland). Sometimes they have morcela, too. I kind of like Moniz. Not as good as homemade, but at least they don't add msg, coloring, etc.
Their selection of Portuguese and Luso-American (from here and Brazil) is very small in comparison to their Spanish offerings. But it's still nice and maybe more variety than what's on the shelves of Portuguese Bakeries/Import stores throughout California. They don't have those cream filled dark chocolates (with the gold and colorful foil wrapping) your Avó might have brought back from a trip to the ilhãs - but they'll have other (more expensive) things.
If you're in the area check it out...
re: Robert Lauriston
Thanks Robert, I also put together a Chowhound list
If you are looking for Portuguese, Spanish table isn't the best place. The area from about Hayward to San Jose is where the most Portuguese bakeries and stores are located, especially Alum Rock Road in SJ.
If you click on the name of each business in the above list, you'll get records with hours and other info. I would call though since this is a holiday weekend.
If you are coming down 80, just across the bridge in Rodeo is Peaple's Grocery. While it isn't the best source of Portuguese in the Bay Area, it does carry some items from the East Bay Bakeries.
I'm not sure what you mean by "large" selection, but overall the shop is much more a boutique than a grocery, so not really a large selection of most things (exceptions: real nice spanish wine collection and a vast array of paella pans). But definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere nearby.
Anyway, somehow I found myself on their new e-newsletter. Last month included the following:
"Speaking of friendly, many of you have chatted with Andre, our grocery buyer and unofficial "Portuguese liaison". He's been hard at work sourcing more Portuguese products for us - things his relatives would recognize. He's responsible for our ever-expanding linguiça selection, multiple varieties of piri-piri, and steady supply of salt cod (and salt cod cooking advice).
"In addition, he's had an ongoing pet project - trying to find Regina chocolate umbrellas and Amendoas Lisa Cores (Portuguese " Jordan " almonds). The very emblem of growing up Portuguese, he says no corner store in Newark, New Jersey (or Portugal) is without them. You should have seen his happy face when our distributor called to tell him they had finally arrived! Perfect for Easter baskets, the pastel-colored amendoas even have a big blue bow printed on the package - $4.99 for a 250gr bag. And the umbrellas ($1.49 each) are just really cute. Now, if he can find a source for the still-elusive "milk chocolate pencils", he'll be one happy Portuguese guy."
re: Chuckles the Clone
I disagree, Spanish Table has a pretty comprehensive selection of Spanish ingredients, many of which I haven't seen elsewhere. Most places that do have some Spanish stuff would have one kind of rice or one brand of sardines. I wish they'd carry more Spanish chorizo, but they have most of the stuff from Dona Juana / La Española . They have four brands of piri-piri.