Olivia Dish

Alaskan Groceries

In Alaska, Local Flavor, Markets on April 26, 2009 at 1:28 am

New Sagaya Market in Anchorage

Giant cabbages nurtured by the midnight sun.  Fierce, pincer-snapping Alaskan King Crab.  Fresh ground bear burgers.

The mind reels at the possibilities of a local Alaskan grocery store–which is what New Sagaya promises.  Ah, yes, The Whole Foods of Anchorage–but better.  I notified my contact above the Arctic Circle.  My assignment would have to wait.  There was a grocery store to explore

My driver, Willow, told me that New Sagaya’s Midtown Market was the larger of their two stores, so we headed there.


Alaskan Halibut

New Sagaya was just what I expected–and not.  Wonderful when that happens, isn’t it?

Yes, there was local seafood, local produce, coffee roasted by Anchorage coffee fiends the Kaladi Brothers, fresh-baked artisanal breads.


Carolina pork skins

But there was also a tremendous amount of Asian food….unnaturally-colored snowball confections….frozen dim sum….every type of noodle.

And, apparently, an Alaskan essential:  Carolina Pork Skins.


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