International Food Market, NJ
I remember reading on these boards about a very large international food supermarket somewhere in NJ. I realize there are several, but I am looking for one of the larger ones. Can anyone help? I've tried the search function with few results.
There were two places that had International Market, or similar, attached to their name, sadly, both have been closed if you were a fan.....one was a Chinese owned Supermarket located in Jersey City called International Food Mart, that I believe is now a Target Store......the other was International Passport Foods or International Food Warehouse, located in Lodi, which has recently been closed and I believe the new store will be a Korean supermarket.
What type of ethic foods are you looking for?
The international food warehouse in Lodi sort of moved around the corner, in the same building. they have fruits and veggies in a room outside of the main building, and the main building has a very abbreviated version of what the place used to be like.
if there's any other market in north jersey that specializes in a wide variety of international foods i'd be curious. we have a good selection of korean, japanese, and latino markets, which is nice.
I did not know that. Are the newer digs inside where the produce market was/is....or has a newer revamped space been made. I've been to the Food Warehouse in the past, but I was not a big fan for anything other than the dry goods and fresh bread. The produce operator was terrible.
I haven't heard much chatter about the location in months. the last I heard, the Indian food stand was still operating.....I can't imagine how though without any foot traffic.
The best one that I knew of was the long-lost lamented Foodmart International in Jersey City, as Fourunder mentioned. That place was awesome, and had aisles devoted to foods from various regions/countries. It was next to the Holland Tunnel and it's probably what the OP (Comtech5) was thinking of. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when they were (allegedly) kicked out so that Target could move in. Most people incorrectly referred to it as International Foodmart but it was actually called Foodmart International (or Food Mart International).
F.I. also had locations in North Bergen (which is also gone) and off of Route 1 in Linden (I seriously doubt it's still there either, but not 100% sure). Neither was as impressive as the JC location. After some Googling, I'm 98% sure that the Spring Valley NY location (if it actually still exists) that Mom22Tots mentions is the same chain (and possibly the last remaining outpost of this chain, again, assuming it exists).
Here is their ancient website, which apparently hasn't been updated since 2001!
No where near the caliber as those (now closed) locations but the Wegman's international food section has a surprisingly large selection of ethnic, cultural choices for the home cook and many items go on sale quite frequently.
Maybe I'm late to this news, but there's a circular in our town's throway paper for the newly reopened Intl Food Warehouse on Rt 17 in Lodi...?!?
I went to an International Food Warehouse in Hackensack today. An interesting mix of Indian, Arab, and Eastern European foods with a decent selection of wines. Resisted the boxed Brain Masala ( just add goat brains) but couldn't resist the basil drink that looked like it had green seeds floating in it.Great variety of teas, jams and honeys in particular. Nothing Asian. Interesting that many of the foods do not have English ingredient lists- which I thought was a requirement for all things sold in the US. Also, people were complaining about errors in the sale flyer and the manager was pointing to the disclaimer that said they were not responsible for typos. My understanding is that while a store is not responsible for typos, they much post an notice that is visible showing awareness of the mistake.
Not sure that I will go back- but it was definitely worth a visit.
Selling food past expiration dates is not unusual and I highly doubt half of the store's products are so in this particular case. You can legally sell milk past the expiration date, though not recommended. The expiration date for milk is a guide to let you know when it was pasteurized(15 days). There are plenty of Thrift Good Stores that sell baked goods with varying degrees of expired products. Pepperidged Farms, Wonder Bread, Friehofer's and Entenmann's all have retail outlets specifically for this purpose.
I just had the great good fortune of going to Buford Highway Farmer's Market in the Atlanta GA area. It was an amazing place. Foods from all over the world -- legit stuff not the Americanized brands. Great produce department. Fish monger with fresh looking fish and good prices too. I could have stayed there all day just exploring.
Now I am wondering if there is anything similar in NJ. I go to H Mart, Mitsuwa and Corrados. I am looking for someplace with more countries represented.
Market Tours: Maricel Presilla's Hudson County, NJ Latin Supermarkets
by Andrew Coe, feeds.seriouseats.com
December 11th 2012 SLIDESHOW: Market Tours: Maricel Presilla's Hudson County, NJ Latin Supermarkets
Maricel Presilla is an acclaimed chef, cookbook writer, and chocolate expert. She's won a James Beard Foundation best chef award for Cucharamama, one of her two excellent Hoboken restaurants. And Norton has just published her new cookbook, Gran Cocina Latina, a comprehensive and mouth-watering survey of Latin American food from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile. Yet neither her restaurants nor her cookbook would be the same without the Hudson County community in which she lives. This patchwork of little cities has drawn immigrants from all over Latin America, including Cubans, Colombians, Ecuadoreans, Salvadorans, Peruvians, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and so on. To feed themselves, these immigrants have built a network of food business, from tiny panaderias to massive supermarkets. It's those supermarkets in particular that have inspired both Maricel's restaurants and her writing.
"Whatever is called for in my cookbook," she says, "can be found in these supermarkets." Her recipes are based on years of travel across Latin America and years of haunting the supermarket aisles in Union City and West New York. One day, she says, "I bought $300 worth of food I didn't recognize and taught myself how to cook it." She still regularly drives up from Hoboken to make a quick dash through the aisles to buy whatever's needed for her restaurants.
The first of Hudson County's pan-Latin-American supermarkets was Union City's Mi Bandera ("My Flag"), now called simply Bandera, which was opened back in 1992 by a Cuban immigrant. Its radical concept was to divide the store not by food type but by Latin American nationality, so you had the Mexican aisle, the Cuban aisle, the Colombian aisle, and so on. Bandera once had an amazing produce section, but Maricel finds this has become too Americanized. For her, Bandera's wonders are found in the nationality aisles, where you can find, say, dried Peruvian purple corn kernels to make chicha morada, the refreshing purple drink. She also likes the frozen section, where you can buy frozen fruit pulps for making quick batidos and all kinds of pre-cooked frozen tubers. And in the dairy section, you can find a few dozen varieties of queso fresco, and similar cheeses, each catering to a different national or provincial taste.
Lately, however, Maricel has found herself passing by Bandera and heading 20 blocks north to West New York's Food Bazaar. From the roof of this busy, crammed supermarket fly the flags of the United States, Cuba, and Korea--the owners are Korean. As Maricel says, this market shows the "mimetic qualities" of the region's Korean shopkeepers. There may Korean food somewhere here, but it's lost in the staggering array of fresh, canned, and frozen foodstuffs from all over Latin America.
The produce section is the place to start, beginning with the big display of Florida avocadoes. I've long snooted at Caribbean avocadoes, but Maricel swears that I'll change my mind if try her cookbook's recipe for Cuban avocado salad with watercress and grilled pineapple. Beyond that, there's a wall of tiny bananas and big plantains—yellow, green, and burro—leading to the Northeast's best selection of tubers, from massive African yams to tiny knobs. Maricel's favorite here is arracacha, also called apio, a happy marriage of coconut, parsnip, and sweet potato flavors. Here you also find the spiky chayote, cactus paddles, and an array of herbs, including epazote and papalo (stuffed into cemitas as flavoring).
From the produce, you wander into Food Bazaar's meat section—check out the enormous cow's feet—and then into regular aisles. Here the owners are copying the success of Bandera, with densely-packed sections devoted Ecuadorean food, Salvadoran food, Guatemalan food, and so on. You can easily get lost in wonder here—or build a career on what you find. Before you leave, Maricel recommends that you visit the big votive candle section. "Be sure to buy some, because they're perfect for hurricanes." (Now reopened, both her restaurants suffered Sandy damage.)
On Tuesday, December 11th, Maricel Presilla will be speaking about the area's Latin American food scene at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The event will include a tasting of delicacies from her cookbook and a cooking demo.
Bandera Supermarket 518 Hackensack Plank Road, Union City, NJ 07087 (map) 201-348-2828
West New York Food Bazaar (opens 7:00 am, 7 days)
5701 Broadway, West New York, NJ 07093