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Vanilla Beans

vf | | May 10, 2006 11:08 AM

Where have people found the cheapest and good vanilla beans in NYC (or boroughs if necessary?) I know there's good sources online, but since I only need a few now and then, wanted to buy them in the city if possible. Wondering if people know of any good sources..

The one's I checked out yesterday:
NY Cake Supplies - 2 beans for like $11-12
Kaluystans - 3.99 per bean, but they looked a bit dried out
(Previously, I had checked out Whole Foods and they were around 2 for 9 or so))

I went with Williams & Sonoma - 2 for 8.50, pricey, but the beans looked moist and plump

Any other places to try? or is this the norm in NYC?