I love my Indian grocery store!

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Posted by Maureen on July 29, 2002 at 12:20:44:

In reply to: Re: I found an Indian grocery store! posted by Paul on July 28, 2002 at 16:40:22:

BUT...their henna powder is always very old and stale. And I have
had the same experience that Kenzi described above regarding the
Jamila...packages with holes in them. I tried the Al Aroosa because
of the wonderful experience that Paul had with his terped Al
Aroosa...I wanted to see the purple stain very much. But, nothing.
A waste of money. The problem with this little shop is not that they
don't turn their henna powder over fairly quickly. I have been
watching their stock. The problem is that it comes in stale with old
packaging dates. They also can't rely on what henna powder they are
going to get. Just a group of different sorts and brands of henna
powder and nothing fresh when it comes in.

But, I love them anyway. They have these large bags of Jasmine rice
that I buy and will now buy no other. They are the only place I can
get those tiny little purple egg plant. The Masala of every possible
sor saves me time in the kitchen. And right next door is the most
wonder clothing store...they also own that...a family affair. And
the one young female working there lets out and takes in the clothes
so that they fit. Some of the most beautiful outfits and material.
In reading the prices people were quoting a bit further down. Their
outfits are also quite reasonable priced. Even a beautiful raw silk
three piece with embroidery and beautifully design is no more than
$125.00 to $150.00. My problem is that the seamstresses who make
them do not believe in darts for breasts. But the styles of many are
such that it is not a problem. But that little grocery store has
everything crowded in it from design books, scupltures, incense,
kumkum, cooking utensils, video rental, CDs, cassette tapes as well
as every imaginable food item one could desire. Their fresh mangos
changed me from hating mangos to loving them.

The henna powder...bad news...waste of money. But, I keep purchasing
a box or two of whatever henna powder they have just to try it.
Expecially the Duhlan and Al Aroosa trying to see what other folks
are talking about with regards to their staining capacity. I figure
that just the law of averages dictates that someday I am going to get
a good box. Or so I hope.

I have told the owner that his henna powder was old and stale. He
appeared to think because the box may have a 2003 expiration date on
it, that it is fine. I have convinced him that it is not. So the
last time I was there he got on the phone and asked his suppliers for
henna powder packed in 2002 or no later than fall 2001. They told
him they didn't have any...lol!!! He is really a very nice person.
I enjoy talking to him when going in.



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