A food-obsessed post. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Walked into the Spencer's daily close to home today, and made a discovery that made my day. They stock-
(i) Dorset Cereals- yes that one owned by Prince Charles- which, even in Boston was only available in the higher-end grocery stores such as Whole Foods. Expensive even by American standards, each packet sells for Rs.450 here. Ah, Whole Foods...
(ii) Kikkoman soy sauce. Real, brewed soy sauce. The brand my Taiwanese roommates (and I) used to favour.
(iii) Pad Thai sauce, Oyster sauce, Thai green curry paste. Chinese-style candied ginger and black bean paste (which is quite wonderful, btw). All this talk of Chinese food makes me crave for Gourmet Dumpling's scallion pancakes with that divine dipping sauce, and ma po tofu. Ah, Chinatown...
Who are these denizens of T.Nagar who cook Thai & Chinese food? I'd really like to get to know them!
(iv)Prego pasta sauce. We preferred Newman's Own, however. Least tasteless of the lot.Capers! Sun-dried tomato pesto! Canned chickpeas! Apple cider vinegar! Dried cranberries and dried pineapple! Almost like being in America again.
I've missed a few things, I'm sure.
I'm sure some of these things have been available in Madras for some time now, but only in places like Amma Nana, or Nuts and Spices. To find these things in a neighbourhood grocery store with nary an expat in sight was well, a bolt out of the blue. I can't get over this!
Must now scope out the shops that expats frequent to see what bounty they might yield... Btw, does anyone know where one can get good, fresh tofu in Madras?
Oh, and look what's become cool in America! Now what, plastic baskets are going to be all the rage next?