How many times have you driven past this little place on Lake City Way in Seattle? (Not many for you non-Seattlites, I'm sure!)
For me, many a time, and I was always intrigued by the sign saying "Mediterranean Market" so I finally paid a visit. It was well worth it and I wish I had ventured in here a long time ago. I had mistakenly thought that the little open air produce area was the extent of the market.
Wrong! There is an entire store beyond it full of goodies (a well named spot).
I met the friendly owner, Jay, who is originally from Lebanon. We had a lovely chat and I learned about the produce that arrives every Friday. Produce like green plums, loquats, fresh grape leaves, Persian cucumbers, and check out these fresh green almonds...
I will be venturing in often to check out the bounty. His shelves are lined with olives, dates, coffee, stuffed grape leaves, Turkish delight, dried apricots, tea, a variety of pastas, grains, nuts, seeds, beans and spices. In the chilled section, there are cheeses such as feta, halloumi and labne. If you like pastry and bread, there are frozen bourekas and fresh pitas. Jay makes his own signature green sauce plus hummus and baba ghanouj and shared samples with me. Yum! He also imports a number of Israeli products such as a fresh tasting tomato sauce, date syrup and pickles.
Stop by for some delicious ingredients and say hello to Jay or one of his sons. Goodies Mediterranean Market & Produce is located at 13721 Lake City Way NE in Seattle.