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cherimoyas in Grover Beach!

toodie jane | Feb 1, 200608:30 PM

Guadalaja Market is a nice addition to the sparse number of hispanic groceries in San Luis Obispo county. Most Latin markets are located in Santa Maria, northern Santa Barbara county, with a dozen or more serving that town's hispanic population.

This past year a nice little market opened in Los Osos, right behind Starbuck's in a strip mall. Nice choice of staple items and a few fruits and veggies, along with periodicals and sweets from Mexico. I got some wonderful Chile Roja paste there. It's small now, but the owner told me he's moving to a bigger spot in the center in April. He hopes to have a meat market. Get ready Los Osos!

Grover's Guadalajara Market is a good-sized neighborhood market, with a huge fresh meat counter, complete produce section with bulk rice, chiles, corn husks, and a huge array of both Mexicana and Tampico bagged herbs. On a quick recon trip today I saw cherimoyas, Mexican limes, sugar cane, nopalitos, habaneros, pasillas, 4 different 'specialty' bananas(besides the normal ones), 8 varieties of dried chiles in bulk,(12 varieties in pkgs) two types of dried corn,plus your standard offerings of produce. One thing that caught my attention was neat bundles of cinnamon stacked high in a display. They carry slabs of guava paste that is the most gorgeous shade of pink--like raspberries.

Prices seemed very reasonable for produce (pasillas at 1.09#, where they are about 1.69# at Von's) and the meat market was even better. .59# for chicken leg quarters, 16-20 ct. shrimp $7.00#. There were beef shanks, milanesa, longanisa, octopus, chicken feet, tongue, tripas, fresh Mexican cheeses (I tried a sample of fresh ricotta type and it is wonderful! don't reall the name--came in a big tub) and on and on. I can hardly wait to try the shrimp.

So anyone wanting to get some good staple items now doesn't have to drive south to Santa Maria--it's here in Five Cities. If there's something special you're looking for, I'm willing to bet the owners would special order.

I don't know what to do with half of what I saw; for those of you in large urban areas, this is probably a real yawner of a post, but here, its BIG stuff. I hope you local hounds can make the short trip to GB and check it out.

(Polar Bear, I put 'cherimoya' in the title for you--did you see it?)


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