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dntw8up
April 14, 2006 07:07PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 1,866

Is there a grocery item you've sought and scoured the island to find, something you think would obviously be in any grocery store but isn't here?

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Alexandra Marshall
April 14, 2006 09:16PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 481

Red Vines Licorice
Contadina Sweet N Sour Sauce
A Taste of Thai - Peanut Sauce mix
Hoisin Sauce
Coleman's dry mustard
Mystic Mint cookies smiling
Pork flavored Maruchan Ramen
assorted kinds of candy bars that my sons like
good Beef Jerky
artichokes
pretzel sticks (much better than the twisted ones!)
boneless pork roast
Comstock blueberry and raspberry toppings
Orange sherbet



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STT Resident
April 14, 2006 10:51PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 860

Alexandra- don't know about your Plaza Xtra on the big island but the STT branch carries the Taste of Thai peanut sauce, Hoisin and Colman's Mustard and the butcher will also make up a boneless pork roast on request. I think some of the other things are also carried there.

I buy the Colman's from my food supplier in the 16 oz size - want me to mail you one? PM me if so!

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Alexandra Marshall
April 14, 2006 11:39PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 481

I've found the peanut sauce here twice in nearly 3 years. My sister sent me some for Xmas and then I bought a case when I was on the mainland in February and the mustard and Hoisin as well. I'll have to see if the Plaza butcher here will consider deboning the pork sometime. I get them from Costco on San Juan now and then when we make a supply run for my fiance's business. The cut of meat is different than what Plaza carries here.

It's rather amusing to shop for sundries on the mainland and then bring them back on the plane. The TSA bag checker had a hilariously funny look on his face when he opened my carry-on to figure out what in the heck it was he was seeing on the scanner. I could see him puzzling out what I could possibly be cooking with that combination of ingredients.

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Linda J
April 15, 2006 04:45AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 3,903

Ric likes a certain brand of tea and when I go back to Kentucky I always stock up. I usually have a suitcase full of tea, vitamins, and assorted other stuff! You do get some strange looks at TSA.

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Becky R
April 15, 2006 05:53AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 717

I remember the weekend my husband and I chased all over the island for a pizza crust, pizza dough, or anything resembling round bread - it seemed so simple at the time and turned into the weekend joke. Come to find out, everyone was just out...I see them all the time (now that I'm not craving)!

Anyone like Big Train Chai Tea? Not gonna be here, or at least that I've found - if anyone knows of any at a specialty shop on STX, please do tell. I ordered 25 lbs. of it, the post office didn't put a pick up slip in my box, and so it went back. The supplier is agitated with me and can't understand....I can hardly understand myself, as the post office has also done a "return to sender" on vast quantities of my mail, including paychecks...

Cavender's Greek Seasoning - I think the only place I found it was Food Town. One time. Am quite unsure of how to cook without it, and Adobo just isn't right.

Boneless pork roast - yum - I'd settle for bone-in at this point.

Campbell's Beefy Mushroom soup for cooking.

FRESH Reese's peanut butter cups...I can pick a bad one a mile away!

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Linda J
April 15, 2006 08:14AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 3,903

Miniature marshmallows that are NOT all stuck together into one big, sticky lump!!!! Christmas was tuff this year, no fruit salad (heavenly hash we call it).

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mell
April 15, 2006 08:44AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 463

Boudins Sourdough bread, or something equally as good. I am sure I will have a few more things to add to this list as time goes on.

Great question Dntw8up! Do you think you will be able to procure some of these items and make them available to us on a regular basis smiling?

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Island Ed
April 15, 2006 07:50PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 372

99 cent gallon of whole milk! LOL

"Island Ed"

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fungrl
April 15, 2006 09:26PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 34

Diet Ginger Ale
Edamame
Snyders Hard Pretzels
UTZ potato chips
Smart Food White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

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mell
April 15, 2006 11:04PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 463

Peach Fresca
Diet Faygo

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Loyal Reader
April 16, 2006 12:09PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 193

Edamame can be found (sometimes) in the frozen section of Food Center.

Diet Ginger ale you can also get at Food Center (STT)

Best,

LR

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David
April 16, 2006 02:16PM

They almost always have Edamame in the frozen section of Marina Market in Red Hook

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shelly
April 16, 2006 02:35PM

Dr. Pepper

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Alexandra Marshall
April 16, 2006 03:53PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 481

they have Dr. Pepper at Cost U Less most of the time.

It's all two of my sons wanted to drink before they got here. One soon switched to Cherry Coke and another was wild about one of the Sprite Remix products that didn't stay in the stores long. Oh, well. Then there's the mutant one who drinks Mt. Dew. Ick.

I just wish Diet Pepsi were drinkable here and didn't taste like acid. I had to switch to Diet Coke after a lifetime of faithfulness to Pepsi. One of those island adjustments!

The Presidente is pretty good, too...

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fungrl
April 16, 2006 09:18PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 34

Unfortunately, I'm in STX....

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Alexandra Marshall
April 16, 2006 10:38PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 481

Unfortunately? Oh, come on now.....

Think of all the people living in miserable places around the world who would LOVE to be here on STX. Even if they can't get edamame and Diet Ginger Ale without making a day trip to STT.

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agv
April 17, 2006 09:32AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 100

Blue Bell Ice Cream
Wolf Brand Chili
Rotel Tomatos - - i stock up when i do find them
Dr. Pepper is rough to find when you crave it
A&W Cream Soda
Tony Chachere's Seasonings - sometimes they are at gourmet gallery
small stateside avacodos, not big west indian ones, can be hard to find at times

Re: Grocery Query

Emperors_angel
April 17, 2006 10:20AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 7

Agv,

You must be from Texas!!! Until I got to YOUR post I thought I would make it on the island considering the items people wanted and couldnt get, but blue bell and wolf chili are pushing it abit!!

haha!

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JUlie
April 26, 2006 12:12PM

Thanks for the warning! I am also from Texas and will be moving to STT in July. I will be sure to bring RO-Tel, Wolf Brand and Velveeta.

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fungrl
April 26, 2006 06:18PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 34

A.M. I didn't mean anything by the "unfortunately I'm in STX" comment ---- simply meant, I wasn't in STT which I thought the poster thought.......... OF COURSE, I'm happy to be in STX!!! Be careful what you read into a post.........

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Alexandra Marshall
April 26, 2006 09:39PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 481

that's what I thought you meant. I was just teasing!

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Chef Jimi
April 27, 2006 04:04PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 5

Hey Becky It's JD, i know your cravings for pizza... so this week at the cafe i have been making pizza, i will send some home with jeff. I also have greek seasoning here and can probally get your chai tea also, you and Russ should come by and see me and have lunch. My soup today was corn & potato chowder...yum!

JD

Re: Cafe Society - for Chef Jimi

Becky R
April 27, 2006 04:40PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 717

Jimi, why don't you come and see us sometime? Oh, I forget - YOU WORK...and bring down Brew Pub on the weekends....HA!

Thanks for the invite - all of ya'll, this is Cafe Society in Caravelle Arcade - new little internet coffee shop, sandwiches, muffins, whatever...and Jimi, of course!

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fungrl
April 27, 2006 10:43PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 34

Oh man! Silly me!

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