Before going to the market, I got a tip from my friend Jo about buying samosa pastry sheets to use in making samosas. I had never heard of this item before but I was able to find it at the Punjab Food Center. I was also able to buy some coconut cream, curry and a few other items for future cooking adventures! Some day I'm hoping to try Jo's samosa recipe here.
The Punjab Food Center has such an amazing array of spices. These two photos show the bagged spices but the store also carries a lot of bulk spices. When I have more time I will take a better look at the spice selections. I was also impressed with the selection of "exotic" flours and oils. I know where to return when I need a special ingredient.
I didn't have a lot of time at the Punjabi Market because I had many other errands that day. I only had time to hurriedly snap some street scenes and storefronts to give you some idea of the stores in the neighbourhood. I bought one very nice cotton maxi dress for my niece. I am tempted to keep it for myself and use it as a pattern. But the better idea is to perhaps go back and buy another one to use as a pattern.
Of course all that shopping made me hungry. I asked the owner at the Pumjab Food Center where to get good samosas in the area. He said anywhere would work. I stopped at Jubilee Restaurant & Sweets and had a wonderful lunch. I could only eat about half of the food on my plate. It was all very good though I found the pakoras were dried out. I think it was because it was very late in the day, almost dinner and the pakoras were probably prepared for lunch. I will have to go back another day and try some of my favourite dishes. I found the eggplant dish (green "blob" on the right side of the plate) especially good and the chapati was very nice too.
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