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Old 07-24-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Which city in the Upper Half of the US would offer a good selection of authentic Italian, Spanish (not Mexican), Asian, and Seafood markets? I have become a foodie and would love to live some place where I could find good authentic and high quality products to cook with.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:07 AM
 
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Which city in the Upper Half of the US would offer a good selection of authentic Italian, Spanish (not Mexican), Asian, and Seafood markets? I have become a foodie and would love to live some place where I could find good authentic and high quality products to cook with.
NYC, Philadelphia and Boston come to mind right away. There are probably quite a few, including even some smaller cities.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Which city in the Upper Half of the US would offer a good selection of authentic Italian, Spanish (not Mexican), Asian, and Seafood markets? I have become a foodie and would love to live some place where I could find good authentic and high quality products to cook with.
Good luck finding a Spanish-only grocery store. There's just not a very large number of immigrants from Spain in this country. If one did own a Spanish grocery store, she'd be crazy not to include other Latin American products. Why close yourself to potential customers?

And what's wrong with Mexican markets anyway? Some of my all time favorite markets, where I've found the best produce, the best bread, and quality meat, all at the best prices have been Mexican markets. Your loss, bro.

That said, PriceRite grocery stores (all over the Northeast) have a great selection of pan-Latin American foods. From Spanish chorizo to Colombian arepas, to Puerto Rican malta, to crema mexicana, PriceRite is great, and it's cheap too.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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Which city in the Upper Half of the US would offer a good selection of authentic Italian, Spanish (not Mexican), Asian, and Seafood markets? I have become a foodie and would love to live some place where I could find good authentic and high quality products to cook with.
New York and Boston, for sure.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:34 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Good luck finding a Spanish-only grocery store. There's just not a very large number of immigrants from Spain in this country. If one did own a Spanish grocery store, she'd be crazy not to include other Latin American products.

And what's wrong with Mexican markets anyway? Some of my all time favorite markets, where I've found the best produce, the best bread, and quality meat, all at the best prices have been Mexican markets. Your loss, bro.

That said, PriceRite grocery stores (all over the Northeast) have a great selection of pan-Latin American foods. From Spanish chorizo to Colombian arepas, to Puerto Rican malta, to crema mexicana, PriceRite is great, and it's cheap too.
Spain has some pretty specific and unique products that aren't quite the same as its Latin American counterparts or that of Italy. There are a few shops in NYC that have items from Spain, but it can get quite expensive.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Good luck finding a Spanish-only grocery store. There's just not a very large number of immigrants from Spain in this country. If one did own a Spanish grocery store, she'd be crazy not to include other Latin American products. Why close yourself to potential customers?

And what's wrong with Mexican markets anyway? Some of my all time favorite markets, where I've found the best produce, the best bread, and quality meat, all at the best prices have been Mexican markets. Your loss, bro.

That said, PriceRite grocery stores (all over the Northeast) have a great selection of pan-Latin American foods. From Spanish chorizo to Colombian arepas, to Puerto Rican malta, to crema mexicana, PriceRite is great, and it's cheap too.

Because Spanish and Mexican are two different styles of cuisine. Spanish is much more similar to Portuguese cooking than Mexican.

By the way, Spanish chorizo is incorrectly labeled. The authentic Spanish chorizo is not the same as the pan-Latin American or Mexican versions even though the producers throw a "Spanish" label on.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Because Spanish and Mexican are two different styles of cuisine. Spanish is much more similar to Portuguese cooking than Mexican.

By the way, Spanish chorizo is incorrectly labeled. The authentic Spanish chorizo is not the same as the pan-Latin American or Mexican versions even though the producers throw a "Spanish" label on.
I know they're different. I just didn't know why you were writing off Mexican markets.

And PriceRite has real Spanish chorizo (I know the difference).
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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NYC, Boston, Newark area for sure. Maybe Philadelphia and Providence too. I think Portuguese would be easier to find in Providence than Spanish.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I just didn't know why you were writing off Mexican markets.
I have absolutely no interest in ever stepping into a Mexican market again. Not my thing. I prefer the dishes from South America and the Caribbean. Southwestern is even better. In my opinion, Mexican food is the bottom of the barrel of what is offered south of the border.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Mexican food is the best food on the planet.
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