This breakfast includes organic brown eggs, organic quinoa and organic fresh salsa, all from Costco Wholesale. Why can't I find a mostly organic breakfast at my local diner?
Editor's note: I continue to be puzzled by varying sale prices at H Marts in Bergen County, and wonder whether I have to start to bring organic food and other items I like to restaurants that don't offer them.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
On the way home from an errand in Cresskill on Saturday, it only made sense to stop at the H Mart in Englewood for fresh greens, produce and a few free food samples.
This Korean supermarket is part of the Hanahreum Group, but you wouldn't know it when you compare it to the larger H Mart in Little Ferry.
For example, you might find a 5-pound box of Bagu Clementines from Spain on sale for $5.99 at both stores.
Yet, the Englewood H Mart will claim you saved $3 while the Little Ferry store puts your discount at $2.
A 15-pound bag of Kokuho Yellow Label, a white rice grown in California, was on sale for $14.88 in Englewood on Saturday and for $12.88 in Little Ferry on Sunday.
|The parking lot at the Little Ferry H Mart on Sunday.|
Spinach, red snapper
On Sunday, I saw a few large potholes in the parking lot and a large, frozen pond that blocked access to half of the lot.
The Englewood store, which was renovated a couple of years ago, has a food counter where you can have lunch or buy prepared Korean food to take home.
Little Ferry had a dingy lunchroom, but it is now closed.
Still, Little Ferry offers more free food samples on weekends, and on Sunday, I sampled sushi made with cooked snow crab, broiled eel, seafood dumplings, fresh fruit and sauteed mushrooms.
In addition to the bag of Kokuho rice for $12.88 and clementines for $5.99, I bought two bushels of fresh spinach, on sale for 99 cents instead of $1.49 each.
At the fish counter in Little Ferry, I bought two large, wild-caught red snappers nestled in ice, and had them cut into steaks, including the head and tail ($6.99 a pound).
For dinner, I stir-fried the spinach and prepared the fish with organic diced tomatoes, red wine and fresh lime juice.
Web site: H Mart
Natural sugar oozing from large sweet potatoes I bought at Costco Wholesale and baked at home.
Plenty of restaurants offer baked potatoes, but finding sweet potatoes on the menu is rare.