Even better, for vegetables, meat, and certain staples these Asian supermarkets are cheap!
|Japanese Staples & Sauces at Tomato, Atlanta|
|Sliced meat ready for various Asian dishes|
In Atlanta, we're lucky to have a wide variety of shopping options. There are a few, small groceries specific to Japanese stores we enjoy, particularly Tomato (one in Smyrna and another in Norcross). There are numerous, tiny Asian food store, even one down in Newnan called Oriental Market.
|The rice cracker & snack aisle at Tomato|
We have gone to the massive Buford Highway Farmer's Market since the mid-90's. This kind of international supermarket has food from all over the world, including Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean as well as central Asia, but they specialize in Hispanic and Asian foods. I recently brought a friend from Puerto Rico there and she was delighted to find certain fruits and vegetables that she normally could only find in Miami.
H-Mart is another Atlanta chain that can be found in other cities in the U.S. This is a Korean owned chain that primarily sells Asian foods, but my local one also has quite a bit of Hispanic food because of the large Latino community. H-Mart can be found in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Georgia.
AND, if they don't have a store near you, they do offer on-line shopping.
|Produce at H-Mart|
They had me at food court. I am so there.
|Variety of greens at H-Mart|
|The rice curry aisle at Tomato|
Are there international groceries in your area? Do you have shopping recommendations that would help others find these stores?