Posted 07 June 2005 - 05:36 PM
Posted 09 June 2005 - 11:51 PM
If you want dried chiles, you're best off with a Mexican market. (Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon and Su Casa Imports are probably the best locations near Portland.)
But for fresh, I don't think any place is any better than any other. Even Safeway will have serranos, jalapenos, and habeneros, plus perhaps an Asian chile, such as the Thai bird. Toss in some Fresnos (ripened Jalapenos), Anaheim, Poblanos, etc, depending on the time of year. But I haven't found any market where I think, Wow, these guys's chile selection kicks ass.
The greatest service chemistry has rendered to alimentary science, is the discovery of osmazome, or rather the determination of what it was. ~Brillat-Savarin
Nick Zukin, Mi Mero Mole
Co-Author, Artisan Jewish Deli at Home
Formerly, Kenny & Zuke's
Posted 12 June 2005 - 12:03 PM
For anyone who stays away from buffets at ethnic eateries b/c the spice level is too mild -- I recommend Swagat's lunch buffet -- NW 21st. Most of the curries are a solid medium and deeelicious. And some interesting dishes -- not just daal and bland mixed veg curry. They have lamb kofta, onion pakora curry with pickled veg. and mustard seeds, and FRESH piping hot nan -- not the stale crisps you usually get at Indian buffets. Check it out -- $7.50 or $8 all you can eat.
Thanks for the advice.