January 21, 2010
Where can a gal procure her husband's favorites that remind him of home?
You're probably not thinking that an Asian market is the place…but you'd be wrong! Asian Seafood Market in Boulder stocks not just foodstuffs from all over Asia, and for some mysterious reason, a slew of Argentinean goods, too. No other Latin products, only Argentina's.
But I'm not complaining–the selection is great, including things I've been looking for for years! I found the standards– La Salteña Tapas for empanadas (all three varieties) and San Ignacio Dulce de Leche–but they also carry lots of other La Salteña products–the on the left are tiny tapas for 'Copetin' or snack-sized appetizers for parties; in the frozen cooler you'll find raviolis, fideos, pastelitos and more.
La Virginia Coffee, a favorite of ours has been on my 'just can't find it anywhere, need to smuggle it home in my suitcase' list for years, ditto Paso de los Toros, my suegra Florencia's beverage of choice. (It's a grapefruit flavored soda that is much, much tastier than Fresca or Squirt.)
Crilloitas are a Saltine-like cracker that can always be found in a metal dish on top of my in-law's fridge. They get set on the table with the sweet pastries for breakfast, and also come out for the post-siesta afternoon Mate.
If you're in the Boulder area, or even if you're not, Asian Seafood Market is the place to find the goods needed for Argentinean cookery.
Asian Seafood Market
The Villa Shopping Center
2829 28th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
open daily, 10:00am-7:00pm
Jen Yu at Use Real Butter has written about Asian Seafood Market on her blog (along with her snazzy photos of the shop) and if you're hunting for specialty groceries in Argentina, Asado Argentina has an awesome list. This would also be a great topic on Chow's boards–where are the best places to find Latin goods in your area? I went ahead and started a topic on it in the Southwest board. I am also going to add a list of Denver-area stores onto my Travel page.
If you're NOT in the Denver area and are know of a great place to send folks who are looking for Latin goods, please leave a comment below and let us know your favorite place to find Argentina's finest in your town! It would be great to get a forum of feedback to help everyone find what they're looking for! (and fun to hear everyone's favorites.)
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The opinions stated here are those of the author. Asian Seafood Market has not sponsored this recommendation.