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Looking for Phoenix area foodie gems that are NOT restaurants?

What are your favorite shops and markets that are your "go to" sources for anything food/chef related when you're hunting down that special, unique ingredient, kitchen tool, cookbook, or even the place that offers great cooking classes as part of their business. Spice/oil shops are of particular interest, as are independent/used book stores that might have a focus on cooking/culinary arts.

I have one week to explore the area later this month; day trips to other destinations are also on the agenda, so don't limit yourself to metro-Phoenix.

Phoenicians and other Arizonians, what your "must-go-to" shops and markets?

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  1. Queen Creek Olive Mill is something you should put on your itinerary... It's only about 45 minutes from downtown.

    http://queencreekolivemill.com/

    If you have a day, maybe check out the wine regions of Southern AZ... Sonoita, Elgin, Wilcox... It's about an hour south of Tucson and definitively a doable day trip. AZ Vines and wines will have much more information. There's also the Sedona wine regions and Vines and Wines will have that info too.

    http://www.arizonavinesandwines.com/

    Good luck and let us know what/where you end up!

    LBX

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    Queen Creek Olive Mill
    25062 S Meridian Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85242