Sunday, March 28, 2010

Asian Grocery Stores in Zurich, Part 4: Aggarwal and New Asia Market

Before I continue this series, a quick note to anyone looking for my March Daring Bakers Challenge.  As you will have seen on other blogs, I was supposed to make an Orange Tian like this one, or this one. To be very honest, I just couldn't muster up the enthusiasm.  This dessert is a sweet butter cookie, whipped cream, marmalade, orange segments, and a simple caramel sauce layered together. Though it's time consuming to make all those separate components, I don't feel that any of them are particularly challenging, and Matt isn't the biggest fan of citrus desserts anyway.  So, no tian for me.   I'm looking forward to finding out what April's challenge will be!

Onwards to the next two Asian Grocery Stores on my list, both located within walking distance of the Kalkbreite tram stop.  See also Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Aggarwal Indian Food
Kernstrasse 27
8004 Zurich

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Aggarwal actually has two locations in Zurich, both in Kreis 4.  Most online resources I've read point you in the direction of the Langstrasse shop (Langstrasse 62), but I've been to both and this one at Kernstrasse is by the far the better of the two. The store is quite large and spacious, with a neat and organized fresh produce section and a good choice of other imported dry goods, mostly focusing on Indian specialties (despite the Guinness in the picture!).

[Update 16.7.2010.] For those interested in Indian stores, another mostly-Indian grocery can be found at Baslerstrasse 102, which is quite a ways on Tram 2 towards Farbhof.  They have a fresh produce secton, lots of beans and legumes, bulk rice, and special flours.  This is the only place I found jaggery (unrefined Indian sugar chunks).  The store also serves a hot lunch, to eat there or take away, for the low low price of CHF 9.90.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My New Job, and a Swap Surprise

I know I've been a slacker and haven't posted last week's Asian Stores in Zurich post yet - but once you hear about what happened last week you'll understand that I was a little distracted! After job searching for 3 months without much luck, I submitted yet another CV and cover letter to yet another job ad. The very next morning (Friday), I got a call from the company. I went in last Tuesday for the interview, that evening had an offer, and the next day had a contract in my inbox. It was all incredibly whirlwind and exciting and preoccupying!

The long and short of it is... I have a new job! It's not that anything went wrong at my current one, but I've been there four years now and frankly it has become very monotonous. Late slips, attendance, lost iPods, report cards, all going around in an endless circle. I need a change. So! I signed the contract on Monday morning and start work at a small Zurich-based executive-search (headhunter) firm on June 7th.

In the middle of all this last week, I got a lovely package from Jennifer over at Make Tea not Warr in Australia. We were paired up through a blog-swap organized by Michela where each person sends the other a little package of pretty things to surprise them.

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In the envelope I found a small pear-scented candle, cupcake-shaped knitted pincushion, postcard of Alice in Wonderland, a cookbook on eating healthy, and a friendly typewriter-typed (!) letter where she explained her thoughts on all the items.  It was a lovely package to get in the middle of a hectic week - thanks so much, Jennifer!  I hope you enjoy the package I sent you just as much!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Forget spring flowers....

...I'm planting kittehs instead.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blood-Orange Cardamom Baklava

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Books are one of my greatest pleasures. And more wonderful than just a book on its own is the time to get thoroughly, totally engrossed - without interruption and without distraction. At the end of January I went on a ladies' weekend to a small mountain town, and given the less-than-favorable skiing weather, I allocated the entire Saturday to reading one book. That book happened to be Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life, one of the most beautiful and poignant collection of essays about the intertwining of family and food and memories I have ever come across.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Asian Grocery Stores in Zurich, Part 3: Chiang Mai Thai and Sala Thai

The next two stores on my list (see Part 1 and Part 2) are still fairly close to the train station, and focus more on Thai cuisine and ingredients.

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Chiang Mai Thai
Josefstrasse 13
8001 Zurich
044 271 82 52
Mo 10:30-18:30 | Tu-Fr 10:30-19 | Sa 9:30-16

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It doesn't look like much from the outside, but this would be my first stop for ingredients to make Thai Tapioca Pearl Dumplings from Andrea's book.  Only a few minutes' walk from the train station, this store isn't much bigger than the HB Asia Store, but it's nicely laid out and also has a food counter serving hot lunch every day.  You can either do take-away or enjoy your food at one of the wooden block tables scattered around (bottom right).

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In addition to two aisles of dry goods, there is also a well-labeled produce refrigerator, and a couple small freezers.  Besides groceries and hot food, they also sell various souvenirs and decorative items from Thailand.  The staff are very friendly and happy to help, and if you can't find what you're looking for, they also take special requests and orders.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Asian Grocery Stores in Zurich, Part 2: HB Asia Store and Yumi Hana

For lack of a better way to group the stores in this series (see Part 1), I'm going to do it by location.  Counting the Hauptbahnhof as the center of Zurich, I'll start there and work my way outwards. I'll also include a map at the beginning of each post so you can see which stores are closest to where you live.  After all, not everyone is as OCD thorough as me and wants to spend half their Saturday on trams because they just have to check out one last store in Kreis 67. Right?

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Asia Store Hauptbahnhof 
Main station underpass, halfway down track 18 (not connected to ShopVille)
M-F 10-19:30 | Sa 10-18 | Sun and holidays 11-17

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