United Nations of the Bench – Foodie-style

Made a spontaneous stop at the Orient Market on Emerald today looking for some dry miso. As with most random foodie trips my ‘oh look at that!’ mentality meant I walked out with more.


Front and center were yummy fresh pastries from the new Yen Ching Bakery in DTBoise – we snagged the coconut and custard pastries. Also grabbed some super affordable loose leaf Jasmine tea, and got distracted watching fish mongers in the back clean fresh red tilapia and sea bass.

Which leads me to singing the praises of my fantastically diverse – at least from a foodie perspective – Bench ‘hood. From Emerald to a few blocks south on Orchard we have a slew of ethnic markets and eateries:
- A Wee Bit of Scotland
- Orient Market
- BoEx Bosnian Market
- Indian Market
- Campos Mexican Market
- Tango’s Argentinian Empanadas
- Banh Mi Baguette Deli (Vietnamese)

Must own up to having only frequented the Orient Market (for sushi supplies, soups and spices), Campos (for great BBQ meats and tamales), and Tangos (for kick-ass delightfully fried meal and dessert empanadas).

But this summer I’m pledging to keep broadening my foodie horizons and do a culinary Tour d’Bench. Look for more posts as I try my hand at more ethnic foodie fare than my typical Italian roots :-)
(and let me know if I missed a stop on the Bench!)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the YC bakery. I keep passing it and wondering what is inside. Sounds like some yummy stuff.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We buy a lot of our spices at the Indian Market. They’re so cheap and fresh, it doesn’t make sense to go anywhere else. Likewise, if you need 50 pounds of Indian Basmati rice, that’s your spot. Campos has great meat (especially if you’d like to wow your friends with quick, fresh-grilled tacos) and lots of other good Mexican stuff. including the best fruit popsicles around, fresh tortillas, tamales and baked goods. And oh my, the Baguette Deli. How can you beat a light, fresh BBQ pork sandwich for only $3.25? You can’t. Oh, and they have Bubble Tea. Mmmmm.Just down from Orient Market, don’t forget Wok-Inn Noodle. Sure the decor is dreary (I’m not sure how they manage to make a forest of houseplants dreary, but they do), but they make their own noodles, and the owner is very friendly.

  3. I would add Pho Tam just down the street. I really like it. The ONLY real problem, is the food is inconsistent. At least, the pho is, and that is the main reason I go there. Pho, Empanadas, and BosEX’s lunch-time gyros make this a wonderful area to work. Lunch time is great. :-)

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