All posts tagged: ethnic market

Road Trip: Frank Cianciola and Son

[UPDATE 2016-11-11: Cianciola’s is closed. They were bought out and shut down by a larger food distributor. Darn.] Cianciola’s is an Italian food importer and distributor in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. Their main business is supplying local pizzerias and Italian restaurants in the Akron area, but they are open to the public, and if you’re looking for a good deal on imported Italian ingredients, they’re definitely worth a visit. Now, Cianciola’s doesn’t look like much. The building is a, square, windowless warehouse – see the picture at the top of the post. I drove past it, not realizing it was my destination until Google Maps told me to do a U-Turn. The public section is in a corner of the warehouse – they were loading pallets of flour while I was there. And, the stock is limited. This is not a gourmet emporium, looking to supply your every possible Italian food need. So, why go there? Because what they have is carefully chosen, good quality, and sold at warehouse pricing to the general public. Their …

Road Trip – Seasons of My Heart Cooking School in Oaxaca, Mexico

Susana Trilling’s cooking school, Seasons of My Heart, has been on my bucket list for a while. I learned about it years ago; probably from Rick Bayless, but maybe from Susana’s cookbook, which I picked up at the library. Oaxaca is acclaimed as the best food city in Mexico, famous for its seven different types of mole, the complex sauce based on chiles, nuts, seeds, and chocolate. And Susana is the expert on Oaxacan cooking. I would occasionally check the Seasons of My Heart website, looking at the list of classes, dreaming about an escape to Mexico. (Especially this time of year – in February, highs in the 80’s sound fantastic, and that was before this brutal winter.) Late last year, I saw it – Susana was hosting a week long chef’s intensive tour of Oaxaca for culinary professionals. A whole week? In a cooking school in Mexico? I’m so there. Seasons of my Heart has lots of shorter, less intense classes; half day classes, Wednesday market trips with cooking lessons, and week long tours that aren’t …

Road Trip – Market District – Grand Opening in Green, OH

Market District is a new type of grocery store. Start with a normal Giant Eagle store. Add a wide selection of specialty and gourmet cooking supplies. Include a cafe, and a food court with a wok station, sushi bar, pizzeria, and wine bar. Then stand back, and try to avoid being trampled by the lucky people in Green, Ohio, as they rush in to see what happened to their neighborhood grocery store. I read about Market District stores opening in our area, and I was itching to go see one. I’m a sucker for specialty cooking ingredients. When I was invited to the grand opening of the Market District in Green, Ohio, I jumped at the chance. I was part of a group of local bloggers – we arrived at 8AM, connected to the store wi-fi, grabbed our complimentary cups of coffee, and warmed up the digital cameras. We were ready for the tour. Market District Green 1700 Corporate Woods Parkway Uniontown, OH 44685 Open 24 hours Website: MarketDistrict.com Phone: (330) 896-4456   Dinner is …

Road Trip: West Side Market

Cleveland’s West Side Market, on the corner of West 25th and Lorain Avenue, is one of the few public markets that remained open during the dark days when grocery store giants roamed the land, crushing everything in their…ahem, sorry, got carried away there. The West Side Market opened in 1912, and celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. My own history with the market goes back to high school…when I ignored it every day as I trudged by. But I’m not here to talk about history. I’m here to talk about food. And, oh, my, this is a food paradise. The market is made up of more than 100 small businesses. There are butchers and bakers, produce vendors, cheese sellers, and seafood markets, all in the same building. If I lived any closer, I’d be visiting every week, but the market is just a little too far away for regular shopping. I make a trip up every few months, to visit and stock up on things I can’t find locally. The market had a fire a …

Road Trip: Penzeys Spices

Looking for great spices in Northeastern Ohio? Make a trip to Penzeys Spices in Woodmere. I’ve bought mail order spices from Penzeys for years, and they finally opened a store close enough to drive to.Penzeys is a national chain – there may be one located near you. If not, check out Penzeys.com, or get on the catalog mailing list. Penzeys carries every herb and spice I’ve ever looked for, and they are always fresh, due to the store’s high turnover. I’ve complained about expensive spices before; jars of spices at Penzeys are about the same price as jars in the supermarket. But Penzeys also sells their spices in bags, by weight, which brings the prices down dramatically. I buy a jar of spices the first time, then just buy bags to refill the jar when I need it. Penzeys Spices28859 Chagrin BoulevardWoodmere, OH 216.839.0777Penzeys.com Woodmere is southeast of Cleveland, and just east of Beachwood. It’s about a 30 minute drive North of Akron. Penzeys is in the same shopping plaza as Sur La Table and Trader …

Road Trip: Sherman Provision

Looking for pork in the Akron area? Sherman Provisions is worth a trip. From simple cuts like pork loin and Boston butt, through pork jowls, and trotters, neck bones and pork belly. They even have whole pig heads available in their meat case. And, if you need a whole pig, give them a call – they can fill the order with at least week’s notice. It’s not just pork, they are a full service butcher. Sherman’s has homemade sausage, aged beef, fresh chicken, a wide variety of smoked meats, and a small but exotic international dry goods section.*I think the dry goods are mainly Eastern European, but I don’t recognize the language on the packages. If you know the nationality (nationalities?) of their international section, please tell me in the comments! Sherman Provision3998 Johnson RoadNorton, OH 44203330.825.2711ShermanProvision.com My Top 5 list:1. Pork: I was in hog heaven. Whole loins, Boston butts, spare ribs, entire pork shoulders with the skin on. Sides of pork belly, both cured for bacon and uncured. Did I mention the pig …

Road Trip: Hana Asian Market

*My Road Trip posts look at stores for home cooks in the Akron area, my home town. If you don’t live in Northeast Ohio, seek out your local ethnic and gourmet markets. You can travel around the world without leaving your city! Hana Asian Market, in the Merriman Valley area of Akron, has a great selection of Asian groceries. They specialize in Japanese and Korean food, but they have a good selection of Chinese, Thai, and Indian ingredients as well. I’ve been stopping in this store a lot as I work on various Korean and Japanese recipes – they have everything I need, and they are happy to help when I can’t find what I’m looking for. (Which is often – part of the fun of cooking from another culture is trying to figure out what, for example, shichimi togarashi might look like.) Hana Asian Market also has a good selection of homemade Japanese and Korean food. There is always homemade kimchi in the refrigerator case; on Tuesday and Wednesday there are freshly made dishes to go. …

Road Trip: Near East Market

*My Road Trip posts focus on stores that a home cook will enjoy in the Akron area, my home town.  If you don’t live in Northeast Ohio, seek out your own local ethnic and gourmet markets. You can travel around the world without leaving your city! The Near East Market in Cuyahoga Falls is an interesting mix of  Southern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian ingredients. In this one small grocery store, you can travel from Marrakesh to Mumbai without leaving the aisle. Looking to make hummus, kebabs, or a curry? Visit the Near East Market to stock up. *Special thanks to the anonymous commenter who suggested I pay them a visit. Near East Market3461 Hudson DriveCuyahoga Falls, OH 44221(330) 475-0538Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM to 8PM, Sunday: 10AM to 5PM My Top 5 list of favorite things they sell: 1. Exotic spices: I love the spice section, from the familiar (ground coriander) to the exotic (sumac, zatar). They also have the most complete line of Patak’s curry paste that I’ve seen in our area. 2. Dried beans: From the …

Winter Farmers Market in the Cuyahoga Valley 2011-2012

The Countryside Farmers Market in Cuyahoga Valley National Park switched to their winter schedule, and the next market is this Saturday.  Time to stock up on local produce for Thanksgiving! The market will be held at Old Trail School this year, right around the corner from the summer Howe Meadow site.  The market will be open on Saturday mornings, from 9AM to Noon. *If you don’t live in Northeastern Ohio, make sure to find your own local farmers market.  Yes, they usually run through the winter! The schedule is: November 5 November 19 December 17 January 14 February 4 February 18 March 3 March 17 April 7 April 28 Here’s the address: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School 2315 Ira Road Akron, OH 44333 (330) 666-1118 More information is available at their website: Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy View Larger Map Related posts: My list of Ethnic and Gourmet stores near Akron, Ohio. *Enjoyed this post?  Want to help out DadCooksDinner?  Subscribe using your RSS reader or by Email, recommend DadCooksDinner to your friends, or buy something …

Duma Meats and Farm Market

If you are in the Akron area, and are serious about meat, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to Duma Meats. Duma’s is a full service butcher. And by full service, I really mean it – they raise their own cattle on site, and sell everything from a 400 pound side of beef down to their own homemade bologna. They have two locations: the original store in Mogadore, and their new location in the Hartville Marketplace. Either location is worth a visit, but I prefer the original store.*The original store has cattle wandering in the field out front, chewing their cud and watching you pull into the parking lot.**Special thanks to my neighbor, Missy, for telling me I had to try Duma’s Duma Meats Farm Market857 Randolph RoadMogadore, OH 44260(330) 628-3438dumameatsfarmmarket.com Duma’s Hartville Marketplace1289 Edison Street (Stands #2 to #8 in the Hartville Marketplace)Hartville, Oh 44632(330) 587-0032dumameatsfarmmarket.com My Top 5 list of favorite things they sell:1. Meat bundles: Beef bundle, Pork bundle, Chicken bundle, or Mixed Beef, Pork and Chicken bundle.The guy …

Road Trip: Lehman’s Old Time Hardware

Lehman’s Old Time Hardware, located in Kidron, Ohio, specializes in non-electric tools. Their plan was to sell to local Amish communities, but when people found out about them, their business blossomed. The store started as a barn, and now it sprawls across multiple connected barns and buildings. I love to wander around and see what I find in the nooks and crannies.Last time I saw a full-sized scythe handle on the wall. I half expected to see Death in line at the checkout counter, bony hands sticking out of his robe, pushing a shopping cart with the handle inside. Why do I love Lehman’s so much? Because a ton of those non-powered tools are for home cooking. Cast iron pots, cutting boards, cutlery, canning jars, camp stoves…and that’s just the items that start with “C”. Need to satisfy your kitchen gadget lust? A trip to Kidron is just what the doctor ordered.*After seeing their stock of cast iron, I may be underestimating. It might be two tons of home cooking equipment. Lehman’s Old Time Hardware 4779 …

Farmers Market: Saturday in the Cuyahoga Valley, Wednesday at Highland Square in Akron

I can’t believe it – my annual farmers market update is late! The weekend Countryside Farmers Market in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park started on May 14th…and I forgot to mention it. It runs every Saturday, 9AM to Noon, from May 14th through the end of October. *If you don’t live in Northeastern Ohio, make sure to find your own local farmers market. Countryside’s weeknight market moved to Wednesday nights at Highland Square in Akron. It runs every Wednesday, 4PM to 7PM, June 1st through the end of September. I’ll see you at the market this summer! Here are the addresses: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow 4040 Riverview Road Peninsula, OH View Larger Map Countryside Farmers’ Market at Highland Square Corner of West Market Street and Conger Ave Akron, OH View Larger Map More information is available at their website: Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy Related posts: My list of Ethnic and Gourmet stores near Akron, Ohio.

Road Trip: Al’s Quality Market

Al’s Quality Market is an old school Eastern European butcher and sausage maker in downtown Barberton, Ohio. If you are looking for ethnic sausage made the old fashioned way, you need to check out Al’s. Their motto is worn proudly on their t-shirts: “It’s all about the sausage.” And, if thinking about that sausage makes you hungry, stop at Al’s Corner Restaurant, located right around the corner from the market. The restaurant only serves lunch, from 11AM to 2PM on weekdays. Hot and mild Hungarian sausage, stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash, pierogies, cabbage and dumplings…I couldn’t decide, so I got it all with their sampler platter. *Lisa Abraham at the Akron Beacon Journal did a great writeup on Al’s last year. Check it out: Old World Flavors [ohio.com] Al’s Quality Market151 2nd Street NorthwestBarberton, OH 44203Phone:330-753-7216 Hours:Tuesday to Friday: 9 – 5:30Saturday: 8 to 4 My top five list of favorite things they sell are, in no particular order: Smoked sausage: This is the star attraction at Al’s; they make and smoke their own sausages. Hungarian, …

Winter Market in Cuyahoga Valley 2010-2011

The Countryside Farmers Market in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has switched to their winter schedule, starting this weekend.  Time to stock up on local produce for Thanksgiving! The market will be held at Old Trail School this year, right next to their usual Howe Meadow site.  The market will be open on Saturday mornings, from 9AM to Noon. *If you don’t live in Northeastern Ohio, make sure to find your own local farmers market.  Yes, they usually run through the winter! The schedule is: November 20 December 11 December 18 January 22 February 5 February 19 March 12 March 26 April 9 April 23 Here’s the address: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School 2315 Ira Road Akron, OH 44333 (330) 666-1118 More information is available at their website: Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy View Larger Map Related posts: My list of Ethnic and Gourmet stores near Akron, Ohio. *Enjoyed this post?  Want to help out DadCooksDinner?  Subscribe using your RSS reader or by Email, recommend DadCooksDinner to your friends, or buy something from Amazon.com through the …

Road Trip: BayLobsters Fish Market

Update 2015-12-31: BayLobsters Fish Market is closed.   For my Four Fish Week posts, I needed to find a good fish market.  I can find decent seafood at my local megamart, but when I want the best, I go to a fish market. I’ve been meaning to check out BayLobsters Fish Market in Twinsburg, and reading about sustainable seafood in Four Fish gave me the push I needed to make the trip. I knew I was in the right place as soon as I opened the door. The briny, slightly sweet smell of high quality fish greeted me as I entered the store. That is my first test for a fish market – does it smell right? BayLobster sure does. The display case of fish is a work of art – whole fish and sides of fish, carefully arranged to show how beautiful they are. And, the place was hopping – it is clambake season and they were doing a brisk business. There was a steady stream of customers during the Friday lunch that I …

Road Trip: A Best Fixture/A Best Kitchen Restaurant Supply

View Larger Map A Best Fixture (aka A Best Kitchen at AKitchen.com) is a restaurant supply store in Akron that is open to the public. Looking for basic, professional quality, inexpensive cookware? Start here, or at your local restaurant supply store. By professional quality, I don’t mean high end. This is the real stuff, tools used in every professional kitchen from school cafeterias to local restaurants. For some reason, you can’t buy them at most stores that sell housewares. Or, houseware stores sell them for ridiculous prices. I don’t want flimsy, nonstick “cookie pans”. I want professional strength aluminum half-sheet pans that won’t buckle if I put something heavier than a cookie on them. I want my bowls to be stainless steel and shallow, not plastic, or glass, or “non-skid” with a handle and pouring lip. Or having some other so-called improvement to the design. Of a bowl. And, really, when you’re flipping hamburgers on the grill, you want the same spatula that a professional would use, not one of those “grill spatulas” that include …

Road Trip: Asian Food Market

The name is generic, but Asian Food Market in Cuyahoga Falls is worth the trip. They have more of a Korean and Japanese focus than CAM Asia Market up north, and they carry ingredients for almost every type of Asian cuisine. Last year, they moved up the road to a new store (in what used to be the Golden Dragon restaurant). It is a nice upgrade – the new store is cleaner and has better lighting than the old one. Asian Food Market2419 State RoadCuyahoga Falls, OH 44223-1503(330) 928-4710 My top five list of favorite items they sell, in no particular order: 1. Thin sliced beef, Korean style: Look in the freezer area for Short ribs for Kalbi, and thin-sliced boneless beef for Bulgogi (recipe still in development.) 2. Rice vermicelli noodles: I always keep a package of rice vermicelli noodles for a quick stir fry (recipe coming later this week).  They do not need to be boiled; soak them in hot water for ten minutes and they’re ready to go.  I like the packages of noodles tied …

Farmers Market: Saturday in the Cuyahoga Valley

Spring is officially here! The weekly Countryside Farmers Market in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park starts this weekend. It runs every Saturday from 9AM to Noon, from May 15th through the end of October. *If you don’t live in Northeastern Ohio, make sure to find your own local farmers market. I have some exciting news: I’ll be doing cooking demos at the market this summer! I’ll be at the Howe Road market on June 5th, and at the Stan Hywett market on June 24th. I hope to see you there! I won’t be able to make it to this weekend’s market; my son has a conflicting soccer game. And, since I’m the coach…I have to be there. I’m sure I’ll see you all at the market at some point this summer! Here’s the address: Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow 4040 Riverview Road Peninsula, OH More information is available at their website: Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy View Larger Map Related posts: My list of Ethnic and Gourmet stores near Akron, Ohio.

La Loma Supermarket

A few weeks ago, Tom at Exploring Food My Way did a review of Taqueria La Loma, a taco truck on the east side of Akron.  In passing, he mentioned the truck was parked in front of a Mexican supermarket. I had to check it out; I love shopping at a good Mexican grocery store. It was even better than I had hoped! La Loma Supermarket is well stocked, with all the staples you need if you want to cook authentic Mexican food.  Even better, they have a full service Mexican butcher on the premises, with all the specialty cuts that are unique to Mexican cooking.*The butcher gave me a sample of chicharrones to munch on while I walked through the store. Mmm…deep fried pork belly… La Loma Supermarket421 Darrow Rd.Akron, OH 44305Tel: 330-784-9300 My top five list of favorite things they sell:1. Full service Mexican butcher:Along with the usual selection of pork, beef, chicken and seafood, they have a variety of Mexican specialty cuts. Freshly made chorizo, thin sliced pork adobo, skirt steak…even more …

Winter Farmer’s Market in the Cuyahoga Valley

Would you like to give your cooking a mid-winter shot of inspiration?  Find your local winter farmer’s market. My CSA from Crown Point doesn’t run during the winter.  I needed a fix of locally grown produce and locally raised meat.  The Cuyahoga Valley Conservancy, the organization behind the Howe Road farmer’s market in the summer, moves the market indoors for the winter. It is in the Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and it runs one Saturday a month from November through April. I was impressed with the variety of food available for a market in the middle of winter.  Obviously, since this is Northeastern Ohio, we don’t have a wide range of produce, but the storage vegetables were out in abundance.  I couldn’t believe all the different, locally grown meats that were available.  Beef, pork, lamb, buffalo, chicken, duck…and those were just the ones I saw; someone might have been hiding in a corner that I didn’t get to. They even have a “bank machine” at the front desk of the lodge …

Road Trip: Mustard Seed Market

Mustard Seed Market is my local health food store. While I’m not into “health” food, I am into good food, and they have plenty of that.  If you want good vegetables, you go to the store that caters to vegetarians.**It took me a while to figure that connection out.  Yes, I can be a bit dense sometimes… The more I’ve learned about eating ethically and locally, the more impressed I’ve been with Mustard Seed. Sure, I feel out of place there sometimes*, but they care about their food.  I’ve found that this matters – I can taste the difference in the ingredients I buy there.*Frankly, the “supplements” aisle scares me. The level of pseudo-science and unsupported claims it has makes me avoid walking down it. It’s like I’m afraid I’ll get converted, or something. But I’m willing to put up with it if I can get good fruit, vegetables, and ethically raised meat. Mustard Seed MarketWest Market Plaza3885 West Market StreetAkron, OH 44333330-666-7333mustardseedmarket.com My top five list of favorite things they sell are, in no particular …

Road Trip: Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm

Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm is my favorite place in Akron, when late summer comes and the sweet corn starts rolling in.  Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, they specialize in sweet corn, but have a ton of other vegetables.* *Some of their vegetables are locally grown, and some aren’t any different from what you get at the grocery store.  If that matters to you, just make sure you check their signs to see “fresh picked” or “local.”  Their corn is always grown in Ohio, though some comes from fields they have South of Akron so they can start the season a little early. Unlike some farmer’s markets, they are open every day of the week.  With sweet corn, this really matters.  You want to eat sweet corn as soon as possible the day it is picked, because it starts converting its sugar into starch.  I make a special trip down to Szalay’s on the day I want to cook my corn. Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm4563 Riverview RoadPeninsula, OH 44264330-657-2727Hours: Open daily, 9am-7pm, mid June …