As I cook more and more and more at home, and less dining out - I've been prowling for either better stuff at better prices than the Currie Barracks offers, or deeper, darker black magic. I thought I'd share my current hit list in the hope of hearing more of everyone elses.
Bite. Bite Grocerteria. Somehow the best things come here. Somehow the prices are really good. A one time flock of pheasants for less per than the frozen Dirty Willy bricks hanging out in a few of the butchers. Brassica mustard for 3 bucks a jar less than Bon Ton Market. 00 flour, when many of the Italian markets have none. I lucked into a side of milk fed pork - wowed house guests for less than 10 bucks a portion. The single smoked pincher creek pork chops are the easiest, bestest, cheapest pig dinner available.
Eclaire De Lune / Wildegrainz: The two best bakeries that slay the competition on price.
Sunnyside Natural Market: Staples, consistent produce supply - would rather pick my own instead of get the nasty box delivery. Nice staff, some good brands. I'm not sure these guys are better than any of the other organic/community/planet O locations.
Crossroads farmers market - for the most part, filled with slave camp produce, perverted euro bakers and lambs that have been tossed into band saws. Regina’s is the lone light for me here for local pork.
I mistook Blush Lane to be more then it was - and made the horrific drive in hopes of finding utopia - like sunnyside, it is just another organic food mart.
Lady Bug - Tales of Lady Bugs’ foreign work force alleged ill treatment are disheartening.
Hyped one night a week farmer’s market in a parking lot scenarios. Little trays of stuff, with the bad stuff on the bottom, price fixing and the usual suspects making the rounds. Little or no discount considering the zero overhead. I personally am totally disinterested at prospect of haggling. Vapor during the winter months.
I still seek beef. Cheaper than Second to None but better than Costco. Willing to buy frozen in some volume (not quite halves/quarters). Enjoyed some success with Master Meats but would’nt mind a cow with a better pedigree...