Monday, May 23, 2011

From The East Side: Inglewood Market

Today I'm writing about a great find here on the East Side.  The Inglewood Market.  On first appearance, you won't think much and inside isn't any prettier.  But, this place just houses so much you won't find anywhere else.

Yes, there is produce.  Most of it is marked with where it is from, like, "Georgia Peaches", etc.  But, they have some crazy things you won't likely find other places.  All kinds of plantains, cactus leaves, tomatillos and green bananas to name a few.  They have a lot of bulk to.  You can scoop whole nuts by the pound or buy HUGE bags of them and birdseed at a great price.  There are bulk beans there too.  Different basics that you can get for far cheaper a pound than you would at the health food stores, etc. they would normally be.  What a savings!

There are prepackaged goodies as well.  One area by the fresh produce has bags of things like coconut flake, nuts, banana chips, dried cranberries, dried cherries and blueberries, crystallized ginger, yogurt covered raisins and pretzels and so many more I have no idea.

By the frozen foods there is a reach in with lots of bagged rarities as well like soy protein flakes, flax seeds, all types of rice, powdered fructose and others that I can't remember because I have no idea what they are.  They have some more fresh goods along the back and here is where you can get huge bunches of herbs for way less than ANYWHERE.  They have some packaged fresh corn, okra, green beans and other basics as well.

There are appliances there for Mexican cooking as well as all kinds of dried peppers.  There is a butcher and a small amount of grocery goods including 2 full rows for only Mexican cooking where you'll find lots of hot sauces, more bulk bagged beans and all kinds of crazy drinks.

Please go visit.  It is such a great find.  I've made blackberry jam from berries found there years ago.  They were the best berries I ever had and I went back and bought the rest.  I buy things for great Mexican dinners (like frozen tamales) and I stock up on things to spice up my granola.  I just know you'll love it.  Don't be afraid.  Walk in and enjoy the zero ambiance.  Ha.

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