It’s a well-known fact that Santa Fe is a special place. Known as The City Different, there is a magical feeling in the air and a variety of unique comestible shops. These are a few of my favorites.
If you are a cheese head, this singularly spectacular Cheesemongers store is heaven and the helpful staff will introduce you to some of your new favorite cheeses in no time. With a selection of more than 150 international and domestic cheeses, as well as cured meats, antipasto and related artisanal products including chutneys, mustards and crackers, you will wish you lived in Santa Fe.
Located on the toney Marcy Street, you can attend one or more of their well-curated classes and demonstrations to learn more about the phenomenal world of cheese, which you can then spread the love of your new knowledge by building a fantastic cheese board for your next get together.
Wherever we travel, we are pros at finding the best pickles and fermented foods in the area, so it was no surprise when we stumbled upon the Barrio Brinery. Hidden in a Santa Fe style strip center off West Alameda, the Barrio Brinery makes an assortment of pickles, sauerkraut and escabeche that can be purchased directly at the store front as well as enjoyed at numerous restaurants around town. If you are on the hunt for fermented foods, make sure you stop here for a taste of probiotic happiness.
As a dedicated home cook, I invariably need to access peculiar spices (sumac, za’atar, berber, powdered curries and related spices that aren’t available at the grocery store. Enter the Savory Spice Shop. Located on Galisteo, just down the street from the Plaza, this store is everything I could have imagined and more. Though it seems to be a franchise-type concept, what’s important is the herbs and spices are fresh and available in small packages, so there’s less waste.
The shelves are well-stocked with classic spices for every dish you can thing of. Latin American, check.
Middle Eastern, you bet. World flavors, absolutely.
Europe and the Mediterranean, yes. Africa and the Middle East, of course. If you are into baking, they have you covered as well.
And if you prefer grilling, their selection of rubs will fill you head with delicious ideas for your next parrillada. They also have assorted salts and peppers, pre-packaged spice blends that come with a recipe and boxed spice sets for the person who has everything.
With more than 400 spices, I feel certain you will be able to spice up your life with a visit to this sensational store.
Check back often for new edible finds that meet or exceed our culinary standards as we continue to explore the city’s diverse and constantly changing food scene, bite by bite, sip by sip and shop by shop.