Thinking about expanding your cooking skills? Head to some of the following ethic groceries to get all of the ingredients you need to make a fabulous exotic meal in your own kitchen.
12215 Nebel St
Rockville, MD 20852
Hours: Mon to Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Dana Bazaar offers all of the spices you need to make authentic Indian dishes at home. Help yourself to coriander, cumin, curry powder, bay leaves, nutmeg and more all for a low prices. You can also get pre-made Indian sauces to cook your vegetables in, as well as basmati rice and Indian breads such as naan. The store also offers ready made Indian appetizers such as Samosas, which are savory Indian pastries filled with a spicy blend of potatoes and peas. Feel free to pick up a CD of Indian music as well if you want to make your at-home Indian dining experience really cultural.
BESTWAY Supermercado Silver Spring
8540 Piney Branch Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Hours: Mon to Sun – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
Classic Latin American ingredients such as avocados, limes, plantains, pepitas and jalapenos can be found in abundance at this grocery store for less than what you would pay at a regular chain grocery store. You can also find items such as empanada wrappers, guava paste, and a huge variety of salsas and mole sauces. Fun items such as Inca Kola, a soft drink made in Peru, are also available for you to take home and sample.
The Italian Store
3123 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22201
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Featuring hot food such as pizza and sandwiches, this specialty store also offers a host of Italian products imported directly from Italy. Peruse the aisles for fancy olive oils, rich Italian wines, homemade pastas sauces and decadent cheeses. Pastas are also made in house and can be purchased by the pound. Options include stuffed shells, baked ziti, and manicotti. Be sure to check out the selection of Italian pastries as well.
Obeng International Foods
300 Morse St
Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This hotspot has a plethora of ingredients from various African nations so you can whip up your own African dishes. Fufu flour is one of the items at this store which is not readily available in most other grocery stores. The flour is uses to make a sort doughy snack often served with soup. Casava Leaf is another hard to find item which is sold at Obeng International. These greens come from the Casava plant and are used in stews. You can also find African spices, ginger beer, and herbal medicines.
Yetka Deli Imported Grocery
1488 Rockville Pike, Suite A
Rockville, MD 20852
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Touted as being one of the healthiest cuisines around, Middle Eastern cuisine incorporates fresh, flavorful ingredients in its dishes, all of which you can buy at this small grocery store. Find olive oils, dates, figs, pomegranates, fresh produce such as mint, tomatoes, and parsley, nuts, and of course the popular Persian desserts like baklava and cookies. Feel free to stop by at the adjoining restaurant for a hot meal on your way in or out.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.