From Lydia (me!), in Rhode Island:
A couple of years ago, Nika told me about Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Market Place, a market serving the Middle Eastern, Armenian and Greek communities of Worcester, Massachusetts. It's taken me all this time to get there, though it's only an hour from my house. It won't be long before I go again.
The market, in a decommissioned fire house, offers one-stop shopping for everything from spices to flours to condiments, to cheeses and wines. Bins of olives? Absolutely. Wooden ma'amoul molds? Sure. Spinach pies and parmesan bread? Yep. Homemade baba ghanoush and tabbouli? Of course.
What I bought for my pantry: pomegranate molasses, green lentils, dried chickpeas, fregola sarda, harissa.
Ted and I had a great time looking around. We also bought taleggio cheese and mango-ginger cheese, locally-made fresh pita bread, and a spinach pie to nibble on in the car on the way home.
On Saturdays, for more than two years, we've been peeking into Other People's Pantries all around the world.
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