I remember once, years ago, after I'd checked out and my purchases were packed in a box, the owner said "my son will help you out to your car" and she motioned her head towards a not too enthusiastically excited about helping me out to my car pre-teen boy and I said "no, it's ok..I've got it" and she said "Please. It is good for the boy, he WILL help you to your car" and who was I to say anything else but "OK!". I liked that, and if I owned a store I'd be making my pre-teen boy do the same.
They are always so sweet and are always incredibly helpful if you need assistance in finding anything.
The woman on the left reminds me SO much of my grandma, in looks and mannerisms as well. So much so that sometimes after a visit I get in my car and cry a soggy little cry. Then I pull myself together because I usually have picked up a banh mi or fresh spring roll that needs to be inhaled.
If you're loving the little packages of nori strips that Trader Joe's carries, then you need to stop, drop and roll your way over to Asia Mart. You can get 9 packages for $3.79 - I think they are $1 a package at TJ's (they carry them at Costco too...but I'm not sure what the price is, anybody got that info?)
Zack wanted some hot sesame oil and was going to buy some at Big John's for some crazy inflated price - it was almost $4 cheaper at Asia Mart. Some of my other usuals include: coconut milk (99¢ a can!), bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, rice wine vinegar, shoyu, nori (sprinkle and strip), fresh ginger, fresh lemongrass, shiitake mushrooms, mochi with red bean paste, Sapporo Ichiban, red curry paste, miso, and noodles of every shape and size.
Anyone else have a favorite Asian food store?