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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The BrokeAss Gourmet's Grocery Shopping Tips

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The BrokeAss Gourmet version of pumpkin gnocchi
  • The BrokeAss Gourmet version of pumpkin gnocchi
On Friday we met the BrokeAss Gourmet Chef, Gabi Moskowitz. This woman might be more obsessed with food than we are-- remember when she said she would bathe in peanut sauce if she could? 

After we rabbit-holed through her website and stumbled upon recipes like Curried Pumpkin Pizza and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sambal Cheese Sauce, we were a little skeptical of our ability to cook these meals for less than $20. 

How can this Mission-living, kindergarten-teacher-turned-caterer-turned-food-author afford cooking gourmet at home? She gave SFoodie all of her grocery shopping secrets:

Moskowitz's number one grocery shopping tip: Shop like a European. Aim to buy what you need in the next few days. When things go bad you are dumping cash into the compost bin.

Here's our map of BrokeAss Gourmet Grocery Shop spots:

View Brokeass Gourmet Shop Spots in a larger map

Farmer's Markets
If you typically get there at the crack of dawn-- you may be paying too much. Moskowitz recommends going to farmer's markets 30 minutes before they shut down. "They don't run out of the best stuff, and people are willing to reduce prices if you arrive late," she says.

Duc Loi on 18th and Mission streets
Moskowitz says the staff is not only friendly, but knowledgeable on their fully stocked shelves of Latin American and Asian food products. Shop here for fresh produce, meat, seafood, frozen foods imported from Asia, and fresh Mexican crema.

Golden Natural Foods on Castro at Duboce Avenue

The BrokeAss Gourmet chef says this overlooked hotspot is like a health food store and Asian grocery market in one. There's a wide variety of gluten-free and organic food along with a stellar fresh meats and seafood.

Berkeley Bowl
When Moskowitz is willing to make the trip from her home in the Mission district, Moskowitz says this Berkeley supermarket is the best place for lots of options at a reasonable price.

Trader Joe's
Enough of the pre-made cheese plates with dry cheddar slices, TJ's is the best place to put together a brokeass gourmet cheese plate.

We have all been guilty of participating in their value deals that overstock our pantries with cans of tomato paste. But Safeway has fresh options for sustainable fish raised in the U.S., so don't totally write off this superchain yet.

Of course, you don't want to buy the book until you've tasted from one of her recipes, so let the BrokeAss Gourmet chef feed you first. Meet her at at her book signing (complete with food tasting) at Green Apple Books on Thursday, Mat 10 at 7:00 p.m. See more BrokeAss recipes on her website, BrokeAss Gourmet.

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