QUOTE(mongo_jones @ Jul 29 2007, 04:37 PM)
then back down to united noodles, which was not as large as i'd expected "the largest asian grocery in the midwest" to be. it's also quite well hidden. they did have an acceptable, if not very large, fish section (i bought some head-on shrimp and some pomfret), but their meats too were more expensive than we were used to in either l.a or denver. a nice selection of east asian greens though, and i did see that they had most everything i need for my experiments with sichuan cooking--though i could not find sichuan peppercorns (can someone confirm if they or some other store in the area carries these?).
spent a little more time in united noodles today and realized that they seem to separate the staples aisles by country. they do carry sichuan peppercorns--you just have to find the right spice aisle.
bought some samosas and gulab jamuns from patel bros.. these were consumed with tea on our return home--barely acceptable (the samosas were a lot better 3 weeks ago--must have lucked into a fresher batch then).
bought some more goat from the place next to patel bros.. the proprietor informed me that since they sell goat mostly frozen they can't guarantee proper cuts through the cutting machine. since the meat itself was very good maybe i'll just ask them to make 3 horizontal cut pieces for me next time and cut it up myself at home after it thaws. on the other hand, i did establish a hyderabad connection with him at time of sale (turns out he's from there, and i lived there for 4 years), and his demeanour improved markedly, so who knows what may become possible next time.
also checked out holy land. great prices on grapeseed oil, and a large selection of olive oils. unfortunately, we were in a rush and i couldn't explore fully. they too sell goat frozen and fresh, and the price of the fresh, which i'm guessing is the one cut to order, is significantly higher than that of the frozen.