- Manudos (that's Alajuela residents to you CR
lingo challenged folks), I always knew that the
little store across the street from the post
office in Alajuela had some of the same products
that are sold at Tips in San Jose. Today I
discovered that they carry non-gritty
confectioner's sugar and artificial flavorings
such as almond, mint, etc. I wanted to bake some
almond cookies last month and couldn't find the
flavorings in any of the supermarkets in town and
ended up buying a double shot of almond liqueur
at a bar. It worked but it was much more
expensive than a single bottle of the concentrated flavoring.
The sugar is called "azúcar refinada" and the
extracts are called "esencia de almendra, menta, etc."
Interestingly enough, they are also a veterinary
supply store and carry some seeds such as
culantro, carrots, etc. Yep, you can buy a saddle
pad, a machete, culantro seeds, a baking pan, a
dog carrier, cat food, mint flavoring, and a rake
in one fell swoop. Who says Hipermas has got a corner on variety?
- The missing culantro seed store!!! We have been looking for these for
ages . . . thanks . . . this is the same store that sells pots and
pans across from the post office? Berni
>this is the same store that sells pots and pans across from the post office?Yep, called "La Granja" or "El Granjero" -- I forget. I bought
culantro seeds there about 6-8 months ago. I just hadn't wandered far
enough into the back to see the flavorings and hadn't noticed the
refined sugar in the beer cooler behind the cashier until yesterday.
I also found a kitchen timer there when there were none at Cemaco.
- --- "Alajuelanorth" <bernij@...> wrote:
>That's the very one, Berni.
> The missing culantro seed store
> ... the same store that sells pots and
> pans across from the post office?
But be cautious about the seeds. I've been in
that store on several trips to CR (in different
years) recently. I saw the seeds there in a
display on the back [N.] wall of the store.
Upon examining the seed packets, imprinted
on the reverse side of the envelopes was the
notice: 'Packed for YYYY season', but the year
was the previous year each time and it so
happened that I was in the store during March
on each occasion.
I don't know if it is still there, but there
was a big 'Semillero' (seedsman) store in San
José with a lot of selection, with seeds that
were sold in whatever portion that you needed,
measured out of large cannisters. Their stock
(seeds) were always fresh ones, packed for the
current planting season.
This store was located on the north side of the
block that the Hotel Europa sits on and may be
there still today. That would put the store at
C 5, Av 0-2, middle of the block, on S. side of
the street. I never learned its name. Just was
curious enough to go inside and look around
on occasion to see what all they had.
I knew it was there cuz I used to always stay
at the old Pensión Otoya (up 'til the mid-90s),
which used to be nearby at C 0, Av 5-7 before
it was razed to make way for a bus garage.
Hope this is useful for you.