i was walking down to la palma today when i noticed a new butcher shop on 24th st., near folsom. please forgive the lack of concrete details, but i was suffering from the excesses of a project runway season premiere party the night before involving muddled berry and mint infused vodka cocktails topped off with champagne. and some cheese. anyways i believe it's called alhamra meat company. i did stare at the awning trying to commit the name to memory, but...cocktails. ow.
it's a halal shop, so obviously no pork. i don't really understand what makes meat "halal," in terms of laws regarding slaughter, cleaning, feeding, etc. there was a banner that advertised something about no hormones, no antibiotics, all natural, etc. there was a wide selection of beef, lamb, and chicken, as well as goat. and quite cheap, too. i remember that the ribeye steaks were $8.99 per pound, whole leg of lamb at $3.99 a pound. there were a number of steaks, as well as pounded thin cuts of chuck, eye of round, etc. ground chuck, ground lamb, lamb riblets, and much more. didn't pay too much attention to the poultry section. i'm intrigued by the goat, since i've only had it once in a pakistani curry, so i had trouble discerning the goat flavor in the midst of all those spices.
i picked up a few merguez sausages. i should've asked if they were made in house, but...fuzzy brain. i assume they are, but i haven't tasted them yet. they were $3.99 a pound. there is a freezer with packaged kibbeh patties, phyllo, and boxed commercially made frozen meals, ranging from kebabs to...i think pakistani dishes. i grabbed a pack of frozen, pre-sliced shawarma meat, thinking of steak-ums but oh so much better. we'll see. the ingredients list isn't scary. there is an olive bar and two fridge cases. one with beverages (grabbed some guava juice) and the other with cheeses, yoghurts, etc. there's a small stand of desserts and dates, and a small, limited produce case which i found negligible. oh, and a bunch of canned and dried goods. saw basmati rice, dried legumes, pomegranate molasses, things like that.
i'll let you know how the sausages and frozen shawarma turn out. anyone else checked this place out yet?