Chef Michael Opdyke shared this tip on saving money on groceries: Ethnic grocery stores are often cheaper.
Opdyke, who until last year was the chef at The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, offered a tour of two of Wake County's larger ethnic groceries. Those were El Mandado, a Latin store on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, and Grand Asia Market off Buck Jones Road in Cary.
His excitement inside Grand Asia was palpable. "$1.59 for asparagus -- it's always $1.99 at the other stores," Opdyke exclaimed. "King oyster mushrooms for $3.31. That's a really good deal. Beautiful watercress. Pumpkin by the slice. ... This is one of the only places in the city where you can get baby bok choy. ... This is one of the best fish departments in the city and the state."
And his deal observations went on and on.
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