Without grocery stores, urbanites would have to grow their own pumpkins in window boxes and spend hours negotiating with the family parakeet until it agreed to be milked. Let rural bounty come to you with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of non-organic Ajika products at Ethnic Foods Company.
At Ethnic Foods Company, Ajika spices and herbs are further organized by their country of origin, including Chinese cuisine, Middle Eastern goods, and Thai groceries. Curried potatoes and vegetables play nice with dried fenugreek leaves ($4.99/oz.), and protein-packed [chickpea flour] http://store.ethnicfoodsco.com/buy/besan-chickpea-flour-bengalgram-ajg004 ) can bind kofta and kebabs, thicken soups, and make for a more nutritious powdered-wig coating. Shelves also proffer prepackaged mixes for full meals, such as hearty Mexican pinto bean chili ($14.99/2 lb.) and Royal basmati pilaf with nuts and spices ($5.99/11 oz). For an after-dinner course, visitors can mourn the failure of the two-pronged fork and nosh on sweets such as Persian crispy walnut cookies ($10.99/7 oz.)
Ethnic Foods Company
Spices ranging from rosemary to cardamom to shawarma lamb seasoning perfume the air at Ethnic Foods Company, a warehouse shop stocked with ingredients for traditional dishes from around the world. The savvy staffers guide visitors through aisles of cookware, beans and lentils, massage oils, and ready-to-cook gourmet international dinners, such as Indian-style dal masala and Moroccan-style bean tagine. Newbies can learn the basics of cross-cultural cooking in demonstration-based cooking classes, which focus on simple international recipes significantly tastier than Antarctica’s much-maligned ice-based cuisine. Ethnic Foods Company has also recently added sushi-making courses to their curriculum for students who wish to learn how to make sushi on their own.