Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Just when you thought Bergen County had too many Asian markets

Hong Kong-style whole Roast Duck, Roast Pork and Honey Barbecued Spare Ribs at 99 Ranch Market in Hackensack.
A wide variety of Dim Sum are available at another stand in the busy food court.


HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Korean supermarket chain with the folksy name of "One Arm Full of Groceries" has defined Asian food for decades.

With 6 H Marts in Bergen County alone, Han Ah Reum has had a loyal following among Korean-Americans and non-Koreans alike, despite competition from H&Y and other smaller chains.

But all that changed last week with the opening of 99 Ranch Market in Hackensack's Home Depot Shopping Center.

The Chinese supermarket may not have as many good deals as H Mart, but the Hackensack store is simply a better Asian-food experience.

See more photos at The Sasson Report and on Instagram @victoresasson.

One of the stands in the food court of 99 Ranch Market in Hackensack.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Food labels: 'Vibrant, juicy flavors' ... 'pure, sweet basil' ... 'intense, fruity'

The labels of Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Smoked Sockeye Salmon, above, and Organic Quinoa from Peru, below, show the poetic side of Costco Wholesale.


HACKENSACK, N.J. -- In cooking with some of the premium food items I buy at Costco Wholesale, I read the labels closely for information on their origin and how they are grown or raised.

Costco reserves the Kirkland Signature label for fresh, wild fish; Organic Quinoa, California Cabernet Sauvignon, Pesto made with 100% Italian basil and other items.

And besides listing salt and sodium content, some of the labels are almost poetic, as you'll see in a detailed post on The Sasson Report:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

An ethnic-food run for Mexican, Peruvian and Syrian specialties

An order of Fish Tacos at Taqueria Los Gueros on Main Avenue in the city of Passaic, above. Below, store-made Spinach & Cheese Pies, Mini Vegetable Pies, Fig & Walnut Roll and more at Fattal's in Paterson.


This past Saturday, we went on an ethnic-food run to the cities of Passaic and Paterson for Mexican, Peruvian and Syrian specialties.

See The Sasson Report for all the details.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Do You Really Know What You're Eating? has moved

I shop for good ingredients and prepare colorful and healthy meals.

Do You Really Know What You're Eating? has moved to The Sasson Report, which brings together commentary on print journalism, food shopping and restaurants, the movement to all-electric cars and other topics.


Monday, January 16, 2017

The Sasson Report has more Do You Really Know What You're Eating?

At the H Mart in Little Ferry last weekend,  I bought the biggest whiting I've ever seen -- more than 6 pounds -- for our Sunday dinner.


I'm working on a post about the stunning variety of fresh wild-caught seafood available in northern New Jersey.

From luxurious lobster to the humble whiting, great seafood is just another reason not to eat any of the low-quality meat and poultry sold in stores or served in restaurants.

When I finish, I'll be posting on The Sasson Report, which will include coverage of the news media, food shopping and restaurants, all-electric cars and other subjects.