When I lived closer to the city, I used to frequent Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grocery stores as a sport- it was the only type of shopping I was ever really interested in. Forget about shopping malls with glittery clothing stores, shoes and accessories; all I wanted to hunt down was a spice I’d never seen before, a good on-site shwarma sandwich and some really hot and ready homemade bread.
When I finally found a Turkish grocer, I thought I’d finally reached Istanbul- fresh sejouk, real Turkish cheeses and the softest baklava anywhere in Chicago. Sadly, that store closed after a few short years and I’ve yet to find another one like it anywhere here.
That’s why I’m completely delighted to tell you about a new online store called Hamle Mediterranean Market, a family owned business that began in the 1960′s and specializes in Turkish goods (and not just edible ones) as well as an array of other Mediterranean products, including halal candies and more. If you’re anywhere near Fountain Valley, CA you’re fortunate enough to be able to visit their brick & mortar store location where apparently you can get their freshly-made baklava- why I didn’t know about this last time I was in Orange County is enough reason to organize a trip back there around this purpose specifically.
What I also really like about them is that they import some of their goods themselves instead of relying solely on other distributors, as well as working with local artisans to sell freshly made products like lahmacun, or that Middle Eastern-style pizza. Sounds like a foodie experience I would spend a Saturday on for sure.
For the rest of us who aren’t anywhere nearby, Hamle Market has an online store where you can shop for all sorts of interesting products, such as those that will help you make the famous Turkish coffee or Turkish teas- perfect for entertaining. What about that hard-to-find yufka to make borek? They’ve got it. Go ahead and peruse their site- it’s easy to search. You should also search because if you enter the giveaway below, you could win a unique pair of items: a ceramic Turkish tea pot (they’re not like tea pots of any other variety) and a bag of Cay Cicegi (Turkish tea), of course.
Here’s how to enter in 3 easy steps:
- Be sure to read our giveaway guidelines to make sure you understand and comply with them, as leaving a comment indicates you have done so.
- Leave a comment at the end of this post with what else you might like to take home from Hamle Mediterranean Market- visit their online store here.
- Like the Hamle Market Facebook page OR follow them on Twitter and share this giveaway with all your friends!
Giveaway is open to those with U.S. addresses only and ends on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:01 am CST. We will announce the winner ON THIS POST so please check back at that time.
Update: This contest is now closed. Thank you for all of your comments!
The winner is: Meredith Schilling. Please respond to our email outreach so your giveaway items can be on their way to you as soon as possible!