New to the Lutherville area...
We're new to Maryland and looking for some specialty food shops. I would love to get some input on where to go in the area. We live in Mays Chapel (Lutherville area), are close to Towson and fairly close to Baltimore.
Our current store of choice is Mom's Market, which I can't say enough good things about for our weekly grocery shopping... however I'm looking for some International/ Gourmet type stores to get those special ingredients.
I'm always on the lookout for a great Mexican market (as my husband is Mexican) to buy fresh chorizo, dried chilies, and conchas.
I would love to find a seafood market to buy FRESH fish and shellfish. I've been to Wegmans, Whole Foods and Fresh Market and I've been a little less then impressed. I'm from Seattle and I've heard the east coast has some pretty amazing seafood, but I'm guessing I just haven't found it?
I would also love to find a specialty food market that sells things like, orange blossom water, rose water, espresso powder, and maybe some traditional Italian or French ingredients.
I've also recently gotten into making homemade cheese. I buy most of my supplies offline but a source for rennet and other cheese making tools, ingredients, and supplies would be great. I also hear raw milk is illegal here? Is this true?
Any info would be much appreciated!
As far as seafood goes...the best (IMO) near you would be Conrad's Crabs on Joppa Road at Loch Raven. They consistantly have very fresh fish, and great crabs.
In Fells Point is a restaurant named Tortilaria Siniloa (sp) that makes fresh tortillas daily for a buck and change. Don't know if they sell the fresh Chorizo, but Harris Teeter makes their own and has Spanish as well. It is located in the city in Locust Point. I have heard that raw milk is illegal, but know some folks who can get it somehow :). There are several Italian delis that have great stuff...Mastellones at the Towson Circle and in Parkville...and Trinacria on Paca Street downtown.
For a huge selection of Asian,Mexican, and all types of everything, it's HMart on the corner of Rolling Road and Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville. It's a bit of a trek, but you will be absolutely amazed at the produce, fish, and unusual types of meats they have there. Try to go during the week if possible...it is JAMMED on the weekends.
Gourmet markets in your area are Grauls, which has a store in Mays Chapel, and Eddies Gourmet which has a store on Charles St.
It is illegal to sell or buy raw milk here in MD, but you can purchase it elsewhere and bring it in. So you have to make the drive to PA. I've been buying my milk, eggs, chicken, beef, pork,etc from Your Family Cow, just outside of Chambersburg PA. It's about a two hour drive each way. They have a drop point in Shrewsbury and Saubel's Market, also in Shrewsbury carry their milk. Shrewsbury is located off of 83 just over the Maryland line.
As a temporary substitution, Trickling Springs milk is carried at Mom's and Whole Foods. Yes, their milk is pasteurized, but it is supplied by Your Family Cow. The cream-line comes closest to their raw milk.