|The spiciest version of Valentine Mexican Hot Sauce carries a black label.|
After we moved to Hackensack in 2007, we discovered a wonderful, mid-size ethnic market not far from home, Hackensack Market on Passaic Street.
We love hot sauces and found Valentina Salsa Picante among the store's wide selection of Hispanic and Jamaican products.
We started buying small bottles and even brought some back from Mexico last year.
This red sauce is thicker and far less expensive than Tabasco from Louisiana, so you can use it liberally.
This month, I brought home a liter bottle of Valentina, 34 ounces for a mere $1.99. The regular price is $2.49.
Hackensack Market is at 120 Passaic St., 201-996-9177.
-- VICTOR E. SASSON