February 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Asian market comes to Santa Fe
By Lynn Cline
Lynn Cline is a former food editor and the author of two books – Romantic Days and Nights in Santa Fe and Literary Pilgrims: The Santa Fe and Taos Writers' Colonies, 1915-1950. She also loves to cook, when not dining out.
Those of us who have been driving to Talin Market in Albuquerque for years in order to purchase exotic global ingredients not found anywhere in Santa Fe will rejoice at the news that, after 30 years in business, Talin Market is finally opening a Santa Fe store. Stop by the grand opening this Saturday, February 9 in Luna, a new retail, office, restaurant and living suites development at 505 Cerrillos Road, where the old Luna nightclub used to be. They hope to open before the Chinese New Year, and opening day features a Chinese dance at 2:30 p.m.
Talin is a food-lover's Mecca, a place where you can find such far-flung ingredients as Indonesian Rendang Curry, tea-flavored Asian noodles, French tarragon Dijon mustard and hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables including cherimoya, lychee, plantains, guavas, curry leaves and potato leaves. It's a food emporium, a gourmand's Nirvana and an international food fare and I have often wandered their many aisles, perusing the produce and trying to figure out what kind of strange vegetable I'm looking at and how could I prepare it.
Santa Fe is such a food lover's town that this market is the perfect match. While other grocery stores in town carry a wide range of imported and regional foods, Talin puts them all to shame with its endless rows of incredible foods from around the world, it's fresh supply of exotic seafood and it's incredible variety of noodles, curries, pastes, sauces, chile and more. They estimate that 80 to 90 percent of the items they sell are imported from outside the U.S and that they carry ingredients from every continent excluding only Antarctica.
The new store in Santa Fe will occupy 5,000 square feet and be filled with Asian and tropical produce, fresh seafood and meat, eclectic gifts and housewares and a Japanese-style ramen bar with fresh or instant noodles cooked in different kinds of broth with vegetables and toppings such as Chinese brocolli, fish cakes, mushrooms and more. Your meal is prepared from fresh ingredients right in front of your eyes and you can also enjoy Thai tea, coffee, green tea mojitos and other exotic, fresh-brewed beverages.
"Santa Feans have been some of our most loyal customers for decades," says Victor Limary, Talin's director of operations. "We look forward to being an integral part of the community and developing lost-lasting relationships with our guests and our neighbors. Being located in downtown Santa Fe is wonderful because of how walkable it is. We're literally blocks away from some of Santa Fe's most active areas."
Talin Market opened in Albuquerque in 1978, providing not just exotic ingredients but also regional food products, including one of the largest fresh seafood selections in the Southwest. Talin has since become a cornerstone of Albuquerque's International District and New Mexico's largest international food grocer. It has outgrown three locations and its current site on Louisiana Boulevard opened in 2005 to great success, reflecting the growth of America's culinary obsession with exotic and rare ingredients.
Gourmet Girl predicts that with the opening of this wonderful, New Mexico-owned grocery store, there will be some amazing dinner parties, cocktail hours and more happening in the City Different. For more info, visit www.talinmarket.com.