I'd like to get a handle on the area, having just moved here in March. All of the unpacking is finally done, the kids are no longer in need of running around as school is finished, and now we're (my lady fair and I) ready to get down to some serious information digging. Background: we're in the outskirts of Parker (north side, almost to Aurora) and aren't opposed to going into Denver proper for the things we want, if necessary.
What we need is: an Asian market (specialty markets are fine, doesn't necessarily have to be generic Asian... Japanese, Korean, etc will do).
A European market (we already found Europa, in Aurora, and are happy with that... staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, and product is good) but would like other options, just to cover all bases.
Middle Eastern market (we have found Zaytoon International Market, formerly Global Grocery under new ownership, only three doors down from Europa... also very friendly ownership and good product... the Halal Lamb fresh daily from the family's farm for only 4.99 a pound approaches decadent)
A Latin market. Any variety, really. Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mexican in order of primary preference, but a "catch-all" Latin market is fine.
Mediterranean, Carribean, Indian are all welcome if such exists in individual markets.
"Year round" farmer's markets, fish markets. These are unlikely, I know, but I had better ask, as I might be pleasantly surprised.
A gourmet cookware store. Please, no crate and barrel, etc chain stuff. We like buying local. We've got the money to pay the difference between what mom-and-pop charge and the mega-corps chain discount. I'd much rather support a local family than a CEO a few thousand miles away.
A goumet ingredient store. Exotics, if possible, please. Fleur de Sel, Kala Namak, white and black truffles (fresh when in season), boquerones, rocambole (carpathian, german red) and purple stripe (chesnok red, persian star, metechi) garlic... That should give you an idea.
Anything else you, our good Chowhounding neighbors, might like to point out to a newly arrived pair of 'hounders. Good hole-in-the-wall type restaurant recs are particularly welcome, but would *really* like the above info first. TYVMIA.
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