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Looking for grocery selling products from Spain

miki Apr 22, 2011 06:57 AM

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?


  1. The Dairy Queen Apr 28, 2012 06:15 AM

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


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      adrenalin1 May 19, 2011 12:44 PM

      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
        rockyd May 19, 2011 01:00 PM

        Kitchen Window has it.

        Kitchen Window
        3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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          adrenalin1 May 19, 2011 01:43 PM

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

      2. The Chowhound Team Apr 25, 2011 05:40 AM

        Pardon the interruption folks, but in order to keep our regional boards narrowly-focused on local chow in accordance with our mission, we ask that you please limit your replies in this thread to grocery stores and other establishments in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. If you wish to discuss online sources for such products, please post on the General Chowhounding Topics board.

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          Haricotsv2 Apr 24, 2011 07:13 PM

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

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            shoo bee doo Apr 22, 2011 04:37 PM

            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. AnneInMpls Apr 22, 2011 04:30 PM

              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. The Dairy Queen Apr 22, 2011 09:18 AM

                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
                  The Dairy Queen Apr 22, 2011 09:35 AM

                  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
                    SmartCookie Apr 22, 2011 09:48 AM

                    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. splatgirl Apr 22, 2011 09:09 AM

                  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
                    AnneInMpls Apr 22, 2011 04:25 PM

                    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.

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