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Help me stop hating AZ (85228), are there any...............

Transplanted CA looking for:

Any good:
Indian markets
Baleadas
Thai markets ( not Lee-Lee)
Latin markets
Puffy tacos
Filipino market (like Seafood City)
Korean market (like Assi or Zion)
AYCE Korean
A place to buy a Kaffir lime tree
Help!!! Or I will be forced to live on a diet of Pop Tarts;-)

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  1. Pretty tall order for the desert! Have you tried 17th St. Market in Tucson? It's a bit tricky to find, but its selection of ethnic foods is unparalleled for its size. There's stuff there I can't even find in the SF Bay area without driving over 50 miles...(Also check out their organic produce.)

    Good luck!

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    1. re: Claudette

      Thanks, it's just so frustrating after spending the past 3 months living in the middle of L.A. where I can find everything from fairy floss to banh phong tom within 5 miles;-) However, I'll give your market a shot;-)
      Thanks so much!

      1. re: lockedhalo

        I hear your pain because I lived in LA for three delicious years, but what AZ lacks in ethnic markets, it makes up for in saguaros, roadrunners, bobcats, etc. BTW: check out the Phoenix CH board - might be some tips on ethnic grocers there.

        1. re: Claudette

          We've been in Coolidge AZ for 6 years and I'm still missing CA;-)

    2. Why not LeeLee? One of the best things that happened to me was when they opened one up in Tucson. They have a lot of stuff, especially the Mesa location, which is the nearest one to you.

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      1. re: EWSflash

        I know, Lee-Lee is of course my go-to, but believe it or not they don't have everything I need

      2. Oh- one more thing- why Coolidge? Good grief, not exactly a megalopolis like the L.A. area.

        You should be able to find a kaffir lime at any of several nurseries in the Phx area, if nothing else, hit Mesquite Valley Growers in Tucson. That's where I got mine.

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        1. re: EWSflash

          TY for the lime, my tree just sort of curled up and called it quits.
          Why C-town? that my friend is a long story.........let's just say we made a BIG mistake!!!
          BIG,BIG, BIG mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!

          1. re: lockedhalo

            All righty, then- good luck in your searching- if you find any gems, let us know.
            And give the lime another chance- just be sure to keep it watered throrughly until it settles in. Mine actually survived a multi-day hard freeze last January.

            1. re: EWSflash

              Knock wood I can find a replacement tree, still looking.