Found at Jay International: Wasabi Shrimp Chips

We’ve all experienced the desire for a lil’ snack. The problems arise when we can’t decide if we want chips, shrimp, or wasabi. Thanks to the cheerful workers at the Calbee company (headquartered in Japan, with production in Thailand), you no longer have an excuse for such episodes of befuddlement.
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Found at Jay international: Por Kwan Seafood Soup Paste

Maybe you’ve had this experience: You open a jar of fermented shrimp paste in the kitchen, then discover 75 mewling neighborhood cats when you open the door to get some fresh air. It’s not funny, but it’s true that some Asian seafood pastes put off an aroma that travels four miles in every direction. Continue reading “Found at Jay international: Por Kwan Seafood Soup Paste”

New Series: Found at Jay International

Living in South St Louis in the Tower Grove area puts me within walking distance of South Grand, which boasts the most diverse collection of ethnic restaurants in the city. So, I’m pretty lucky, but I rarely eat at any of them. Sure I’ll grab a shawarma from The Vine once in awhile, but usually I prefer to make my food investments at the little mothership of international grocery shopping, Jay International. Continue reading “New Series: Found at Jay International”

Kvas: The Original Slavic Soda Pop

I was very fortunate to study Russian language at St. Louis University High School for the first two years of my high school career. To compound the blessing, my teacher was Mr. Gregory Morris, who spoke beautiful Muscovite Russian and taught us as much about the culture as he did the language. Continue reading “Kvas: The Original Slavic Soda Pop”

Gyulaí Kolbasz: Smoked Hungarian Sausage

We don’t have a large Hungarian population in St. Louis, so the really good homemade-quality sausages are somewhat out of reach. We do, however, have access to some commercially produced Hungarian charcuterie at international supermarkets. Jay International on South Grand and Global Foods in Kirkwood come to mind. I picked up this one-pound package of Bende Gyulaí Kolbasz at Jay International for about $5. Continue reading “Gyulaí Kolbasz: Smoked Hungarian Sausage”