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Looking for grocery selling products from Spain

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Hi, everybody - My daughter and I are interested in following the Mediterranean diet that her cardiologist recommended for her, and I want to make this an adventure for the both of us. This means shopping. : )

Does anybody know of a grocery store that specializes in groceries from Spain here in the Twin Cities?


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  1. What exactly are you looking for that you don't think you'll find at a good grocery store? Unless it's something obscure--canned white asparagus or canned squid or those noodley worms or something, there's nothing particular exotic about Med. ingredients.
    Surdyks deli usually has pimenton and Spanish cured meats and cheeses, paella rice and some other more obscure Spanish ingredients. I've seen marcona almonds at Byerlys and Costco.
    The Brazillian restaurant Samba in Hopkins has a mini-grocery with a decent selection of ingredients, many of which are very similar to Spanish specialty grocery items.

    1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

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    1. re: splatgirl

      Surdyk's also carries Zoe olive oil, which is my favorite Spanish oil. It's not the super-expensive extra virgin stuff, but it is virgin olive oil, and it's such a good price that I use it for every-day cooking. And it comes in a can, not a bottle, so it stays fresh much longer.

    2. This is not necessarily directly responsive to your question, but Bills Imported Foods on Lake Street in Minneapolis is a terrific source for olive oil. http://www.billsimportedfoods.com/

      Good luck!


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Oh, and when we had "Spanish"/Penelope Casas month for COTM (Cookbook of the Month on the Home Cooking Board) a couple of years back http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m..., I had fairly decent luck finding Spanish cheeses, vinegars, olives, pimentos, rice, and olive oils at the Wedge. Not a huge selection, but enough for me to get by. I don't think I had any luck at the Wedge with cured meats, though. But, that was a couple of years ago. Things might have changed.


        1. re: Maryld

          Sur La Table on 50th and France carries Piementon, and Coastal Seafoods carries smoked Piementon.

          Coastal Seafoods
          74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

      2. Coastal Seafoods sometimes has boquerones from Spain - those wonderful marinated anchovies that are fabulous with a glass of good sherry. They're REALLY expensive, but I tell myself that all that heart-healthy omega 3 fish oil is medicine AND delicious food. Yum.

        Coastal Seafoods
        74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

        1. I just bought a large (3 lb.) roll of dry chorizo from Spain today at Costco. I'm taking it up North for a crowd. It looks really good and it wasn't that expensive.

          1. Whole Foods for marcona almonds, cheese, chorizo. Also Lunds/Byerlys.

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              1. I am looking for paella rice, specifically Bomba, in Minneapolis. Someone suggested Surdyks, and Kowalski's, Whole Foods and Bill's Imported Foods. I just called all of them - NONE of them have it!! Any other ideas?

                Bill's Imported Foods
                721 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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                1. re: adrenalin1

                  Kitchen Window has it.

                  Kitchen Window
                  3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                  1. re: rockyd

                    Thanks. Did you try it? Does it make a difference, compared to substituting other rices?

                2. Link to BigSal's COTM post talking about sourcing Spanish ingredients: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8449...