Having grown up in Kansas City it wasn't uncommon for me to make a 40-minute trip to my local Whole Foods. Now living in Chicago there's a market on every corner and major grocery stores within an easy mass transit commute, but this weekend I still found myself driving 40 minutes to the suburbs. How far do you travel for groceries? Although Chicago is littered with markets serving up international foods and things that might be hard to find in other parts of the country, there are a few specialty stores that serve all the Asian or Latin ingredients you could desire all under one roof. A recent trek out to the city of Niles landed me in just such a place.
I'm more than willing to travel to find exact ingredients to make a new dish, and even though I'm probably not making that journey every week, that doesn't mean I won't make the drive every few months for a few special items.
Friends think I'm ridiculous as they never leave the neighborhood for groceries and just eat what they can find around them. How do you find ingredients? Do you head to the local chain grocer no matter the distance? Shop the local corner store even if it's a little sketchy? Make long trips to the suburbs in the name of fresh tofu and live snails? Let us know below!