Like most communities we have many small shopping centers scattered about town. They serve different neighborhoods and in our area even different cultures. To me, our local Hispanic and Asian markets are most useful because I can find an array of spices and other necessities for my cooking projects. I find that I learn more about a culture just by cooking with ethnic ingredients. Knowing more about the uses of new fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices makes cooking more creative and enjoyable.
Store signs are another matter. Some are quite confusing and somewhat intriguing. Intriguing enough for me to make a visit to see what's up, like the sign below. Just what the sign signs, as you enter the store a display of cigarettes, cigars and lighters. The rest of the store an incredible inventory of dresses of all sizes, serving children and adult women who celebrate the important events of their Hispanic culture. It may seem like an odd combination at first, but the sign worked.....I went in!