I live in Brooklyn, but was just down in Blue Bell visiting my mother who took me to a new fine food shop near the Blue Bell Country Club. Their selection was fabulous in some departments and spread thin in others. For example, they had only maybe 4 brands of prepared tomato/pasta sauces (I remember Patsy's, Rao's I think) but it took up a whole unit. It seemed that they had every variety these manufacturers made. And their tea selection was slim.
BUT THEIR PRICES WERE OUTRAGEOUS! I could not stop exclaiming "Get out of here!" every time I checked a price. Regular Baleine sea salt- I get cheap in Brooklyn for $1.60, expect to pay $2.50 elsewhere- they were selling for $3.69! Everything was absolutely outrageous. When I went by the prepared foods counter, I thought it wasn't so pricey, until I read the fine print where it said prices were by they HALF pound, not by the pound.
No wonder the shop, indeed the whole shopping center, was dead. They have another location, too, in Doylestown.
I, however, did come as close as I ever have to finding my elusive Amareni cherries from Italy. I got so excited when I saw they had the strawberries. I thought I'd just get those, until I saw one jar cost $22.50. I guess I'll just have to keep dreaming.
Also, below, I've posted a link to the NY Times article on Morimoto and Django, and the Philly food scene in general. I didn't see anyone mention it yet today. You may need to register at the site to view the article.
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