Friday, October 22, 2021

Eat Globally With Local International Markets

Looking for something different to serve at your next dinner party? Visit one of these international markets and start experimenting.


HOURS: Sun., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thurs., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday.

With bakery goods, fresh produce, dairy/eggs, cereal/ breakfast, grocery, deli and meals, frozen foods, meat/poultry/eggs, wines/sodas, snacks and more, The Grove has all the kosher items you need. Plus health and beauty, laundry, cleaning, baby, housewares and specialty dietary needs. Need dishes or Judaica for the High Holiday season? You’ll find it here. It’s a one-stop-shop, a large, well-organized store. Plus, you can order items online with The Grove’s digital app for pickup in the store or delivery from Palm Beach to Miami. Catering is also available.

The Grove in Boca claims the most extensive kosher wine and Champagne selection in SoFla, and from the looks of the wine room, it can back up that boast. There are more than 500 different wines, from Napa to France to Israel, including the popular names as well as rare wines, with prices to meet any budget.

22191 Powerline Road, Boca Raton; 561/620-7999;


HOURS: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., 12 to 4 p.m.

Granted, the British product section in Publix groceries has expanded a great deal in the past few years, and even Branston’s pickle relish is carried regularly. But for real crisps (potato chips to you Americans), McVitie’s Digestives, Scott’s Porage Oats, Duerr’s Ginger Chunky Preserves or Kipper Fillets in Brine, you need to stock up at British Depot.

Thanks to the Depot’s two locations, in Lake Worth and Sunrise, the local British ex-pat community has been able to find favorite foods in bags, bottles and frozen (think Irish bangers and pork pies) for the past 20 years. Brilliant!

2402 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth; 561/585- 6222;


HOURS: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Need some rose tea? How about some shumai (shrimp dumplings), shrimp roll cakes, mochi ice cream, dumpling wrappers, banana leaves, lemongrass, steamed buns with pork and teriyaki sauce, or a package of mixed, steamed dim sum to serve at an impromptu dinner party?

Grab some lucky bamboo while you’re at the well-stocked Boca Oriental Market, because you’ll be lucky with whatever you find at this popular store. While there isn’t any prepared food to go, there are still lots of options when you stop in on your way home from work.

It’s a small space, but stocked to the rafters, and easy to navigate, with a helpful staff. There are several different kinds of ramen, all the sauces (fish, soy, sesame oil, etc.), along with kitchen utensils, pots and pans. Products are from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and others.

2431 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/361-3130


HOURS: Mon.-Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you’ve never tried the famous Turkish delight (lokum) sweet, this is where you will find it. Buy a box to give away to everyone, and buy a box for yourself. Sultan’s Boca also has rich Turkish coffee, halloumi and traditional yufka bread, as well as lots of other Turkish and Mediterranean groceries and gifts.

This store is popular with folks who are familiar with Turkish food and those who want to try something new. The staff is eager to explain what things are and how to cook or serve them.

151 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton; 561/419-8828

This story is from the January 2020 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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