Several of my friends whip out their phones to take pictures of their food whenever we go out to eat. They make food porn at the table. And once a year, each of them has a birthday. I shop for him or her at these places.
Martinotti's is most known for their family-recipe deli offerings and top quality Italian ingredients, but their wine selection from around the world is even more impressive.
Always make a trip to the top floor (the silver room) and check out the art and strange books. And there's minimal parking so take public transport or walk.
Lao Vieng, one of the few oriental markets this side of 82nd, are successful because of a great selection and cheap prices. Go there!!
Not just for members, People's offers competitive prices for bulk items. On Weds, bring $4 to the farmers' market for tamales! So worth it.
Listen to Motörhead while shopping for quinoa in the most Portland-esque store in St. Johns. Proper Eats provides a nice date atmosphere with affordable dishes and no reservations.
More than just a place to pick up chicks, Livingscape offers classes on pickling, canning, and beekeeping. A lot of these classes are free!
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of colorful jars filled with exotic spices, ask a clerk about the current bestsellers to narrow your scope. Alternatively ask about featured recipes that may inspire meal plans.
Tell all your friends who are serious about cooking about Pastaworks! Imported vinegars and oils and handmade pastas galore! Bella!
I always think spices are a fabulous gift for any foodie in your life. Buy him or her a spice YOU like, and he or she ends up cooking you your favorite meal. Perfect, just like the selection of spices at Penzey's.
Go to Chop to pick up high quality meats by the pound, but be sure to set aside some dollars for their loaded sandwiches. El Cid and The Rebel are personal favorites.