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Jan 28, 2011 07:02 AM

Looking for argentinian products

Hey everyone, new on the boards, and I've lived in the Bay Area for 2 years. I'm originally from Argentina. I wanted to see if someone in the area knows where I can buy grocery products from there, like empanada disks, cookies, mate cocido tea bags, that sort of thing. I found a couple of places in the mission, but not a lot of variety. And i dont live in SF anymore, i moved to the East Bay, so i wanted to find a store closer to where I live. TIA!

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  1. Try Spanish Table on San Pablo.

    Spanish Table
    1814 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: Windy

      I don't think Spanish Table has anything from Argentina, not even wines any more.

      Spanish Table
      800 Redwood Hwy 123, Mill Valley, CA

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        The one in Berkeley had some items, as I recently picked up some smoky chimichurri that i believe was Argentine, and I saw a few other things. This was at the beginning of January.

    2. In SF's Mission (sorry), the Italian market Lucca's on Valencia has a small section of Argentinian products. Perhaps, given historical influences, Italian specialty shops in the East Bay might also have some Argentinian products?

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      1. re: david kaplan

        Huge numbers of Italians have emigrated to Argentina in the past, so there is certainly something to that tip.

        1. re: Tripeler

          At least one of the 2 latino stores on San Pablo near University do have some South American products. I really can't give you much detail (I don't go in there very often), but I recall seeing aji chileno in there. (I know, no relation to Argentina, and argentinos never eat anything that spicy, but at least it is the right latitude).

          I'm not optimistic on the Italian shop suggestion. Perhaps the Country Cheese store in Berkeley has the mate cocido.


      2. Argentina's one of the countries listed on the window at Mi Tierra in Berkeley.

        Mi Tierra
        2096 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I was in there today. Although I didn't get the magnifying glass out, there wasn't much. There were a few brands of mate, and there was a glass-jar dulce de leche (next to a few types of cajeta, which is hilarious, if you are from Argentina). I couldn't even find the ají chileno they used to have. They did have plenty of boxed juice from Chile. If you want your teeth to rot instantly from too much sugar, this is an excellent product. It seems like they have more selection from Peru now.

          1. re: lmnopm

            Yeah, lots of Peruvian stuff. Also Colombian. Some unusual things in the freezer.

            I was surprised to find Jeremiah's Pick coffee for $1 less than Berkeley Bowl.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Not to stray this too far off, but Monterey Market also sells the coffee for less than BB.

        2. Did you find more stores with Argentinian products in the East Bay Area? Thanks.

          1. Evergreen Supermarket in the Mission.
            2539 Mission St
            San Francisco, CA 94110
            b/t 21st St & 22nd St