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Monday, May 16, 2005

A Trip to the Ranch


99 Ranch Market, that is.

One of our favorite places to shop while living in California was a fantastic store called 99 Ranch Market.

What an amazing place!

A full-sized market, but the spin was...all the products were Asian! Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese...you name it. Matt and I would stroll up and down the aisles, picking up all sorts of interesting and unusual things.

The produce was fantastic; fresh and inexpensive.

We'd load up rice cracker snacks, wacky candy, noodles...you name it.

But one of the best finds was a freezer case filled with fake, that is...vegetarian, foods. Crab, shrimp...lots of it.

My favorite was the veggie shrimp; one of the few seafoods I ate before my vegetarian days was shrimp, and I do occasionally miss it. With these fake foods, I could have it! Battered and fried! Cocktail! In a salad with avocado...yum.

Then, as the story goes...I got pregnant, we moved to Tennessee, and all our sources for these great products were thousands of miles away.

But last weekend? We experienced a little 'taste' of home: there's a 99 Ranch Market in Atlanta, GA! Less than four hours away!

Matt was in Atlanta for a friend's wedding, and was planning to make a grocery run at a Whole Foods (which we also miss). The groom-to-be mentioned there was a big Asian supermarket nearby, as well; something called 'Ranch market'.

Matt did a web search, saw that it was, in fact, the same store...

When he came home from Georgia, not only was the cooler packed, but he had bags and bags of goodies!

The best part? All the fake foods!

Veggie sausage, chicken and ham...

Shrimp! Or a soy-based facsimile...

Crab and prawn, veggie-style

Assorted veggie fish

I've already had the shrimp, in a couple different dishes. Mmm...good stuff!

So, while it's not exactly a trip to our neighborhood grocer, we now know we can, in fact, find many of the products we loved and missed.

4 Thoughts for food:

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hm. I wonder if they do mail order? Thanks for the link - I'll go check it out!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I have no idea...but if they do??? I see major credit card bills in my future!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger dexygus said...

woohoo stephanie, i'm so happy for you. i used to really like the frozen veggie hot dogs. much more meatlike than western renditions, except that the casing was inedible, literally. i think it plastic or something. you had to squeeze the "meat" out. strange, but good.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you!

You and I have discussed how much I missed this store.

Granted; it's still a bit of a drive to get there...but the important thing is: we can get to a 99 Ranch!

I'm not kidding; you wouldn't believe how much stuff Matt brought back. I had to get creative to find room in the freezer. But oh...am I enjoying the fruits of his labor!

I don't think I ever saw those hot dogs. We used to get the ones from Morningstar Farms (which Matt actually thought tasted just like the real thing), but we've been unable to find them for well over a year.


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