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post #1 of 21
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Specialty items are hard to come by sometimes. Things like creme fraiche or even avocados aren't sold everywhere and often it takes several trips to various supermarkets to find certain items.

Imagine my excitement when I found the perfect specialty supermarket last week! I've only been a couple of times since I discovered it and I still don't know everything it has to offer but upon first inspection I've found items that I've only read about.

Juniper berries
Woodsear and chanterelle mushrooms
pink and green peppercorns
gooseberries
italian radicchio (the kind that's white with purple specs)
baby leeks
yellow tomatoes
dried figs from all over the world
creme fraiche
gunciale
beef's tongue
quail
lady apples

Honestly, everywhere I look I see things I've never seen before. Their meat department is extraordinary, I've never seen such beautiful hard to find meat before. And don't get me started on the cheeses!

This week I bought the juniper berries - next week it's either venisson or wild boar to cook them with. Oh it's a good day!

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post #2 of 21
Ok, so are you going to tell us where it is and the store's name or keep all the goodies for yourself?:thumb:;)
post #3 of 21
Juniper berries are great with venison. I some times put a few in my sauerkraut. Right now I have a big crock of that fermenting away. Mongo cabbages were only $1.25 each here this season.
The chanterelle's and quail would be calling me but I prefer to harvest my own quail even If I do have to hunt them on a game preserve here.
I'm actually a bit spoiled as we are in an area with a lot of specialty and fantastic farmers markets.
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post #4 of 21
May I ask what Lady Apples are ?

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post #5 of 21
Pink Lady's?
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post #6 of 21
Yes, forgive me....

I have not heard of them, when I checked the name it said something about apples ?

I also like your quail idea ....


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post #7 of 21
I use juniper berries with game - both birds and venison.

Isn't it wonderful when you find a new source of produce? :lol:
post #8 of 21
Juniper berries is something I would like to cook more with....

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post #9 of 21
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They were labed Lady Apples and I'd never seen or heard of them before. I know of Pink Lady apples, but these were different. They look like tiny little miniature apples. If you good lady apples and click on Images you'll see a few.

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post #10 of 21
I just looked at a picture, they are so small, the size of a crabapple...

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post #11 of 21
Nice to find everything under one roof. Our weekly shopping involves a lot of places.

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post #12 of 21
I'm surprised to hear, Koukouvagia, that you've had trouble finding ingredients, considering your location. Have you been mostly shopping in chain supermarkets?

Astoria, itself, is a hotbed of ethnic and specialty markets---mostly Greek and Italian, but others as well. It's just a matter of ferreting them out. Barring that, just take a drive down Queens Blvd, which is a morass of specialty and ethnic markets and shops.

And, of course, worst comes to worst, you're only 15 minutes from the City. If you can't find it (whatever "it" is) there, it likely doesn't exist. Plus, of course, when you have more time, Brooklyn has turned into a foodie's wonderland.

For our shopping even the most basic items either just aren't available, or lack any level of quality. So our weekly shopping starts with a drive to Lexington---35 miles away. Once there, a typical trip involves 6-8 different markets, scattered all over the place. If we need baking goods as well, that means driving to Midway, to visit Weisenberger Mill, which is 45 miles from here.

Basically, to shop means cutting out an entire day.
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post #13 of 21
To all those who expressed interest in using juniper berries. If you can't find them, just substitute gin. It lends the same flavor profile.
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post #14 of 21
Alright already about the juniper berries and lady apples....!

Where is the dang store and what's it's name?

Can anyone shop there, or just you, Kou?
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post #15 of 21
If you have any left over make some GIN !:peace:
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post #16 of 21
I'm surprised too.....
Balducci's in it's day used to carry all of your listed items
Zabars
Fairway
Grace's Market
*Garden of Eden near 23rd has great cheeses, wild shrooms, etc....
Union Square market had crones, bio dynamic cheeses, capons/squabs/etc.....

Whole Foods here has a great selection, though I purchase meats/fish else where....if you were to look for a premium store this would be the one. Though I tend to shop at a mydrid of places for a variety of reasons.
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post #17 of 21
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Of course you're right KY, in NYC anything is possible... but hard to get to everything. I'm quite familiar with the greek ethnic stores in queens and we're quite spoiled to have so many greek products at our fingertips. But there are certain ingredients you almost never come into contact with, only in your dreams. You can't just buy cloudberries at the drop of a hat can you?

I'm not keeping the store a secret, are you in or near NY? It's called Eli's and it's on the upper east side. It's a foodie paradise.

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post #18 of 21
I like juniper berries but I really do not like gin. I can't say I find a lot of juniper berry flavor in gin. To me it just tastes like medicine or in the case of Tanqueray like pine pitch.
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post #19 of 21
Eli;s is the son of the original owners of Zabars. When he started all he sold was bread.
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post #20 of 21
The juniper flavour in gin is often exaggerated, in some gins it is almost undetectable - using the berries gives a totally different flavour to food. Also some gins are highly aromatic, not just flavoured with juniper and those gins would add a really weird note to many dishes which stipulate juniper berries in the recipe.
post #21 of 21
Eli's also carries super yogurts....some that are hard to find anywhere else.
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