Baiz Market in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over

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What We Bought: Baiz Market is a frequent stop for us on our quest for grocery deals and unique spices. Big cloth bags of rice, large canisters of olive oil, jarred tahini and other basics for Middle Eastern cooking are great buys at Baiz. A package of the Al-Hana pita bread is a steal priced at only $0.99. Al-Hana, the restaurant inside Baiz, also serves up generous portions for under $10 for a full entrée plate. Their spiced and flavorful falafel sandwich is one of our favorites in town and it's under $4.

Spices like turmeric, sumac and curry powder, which can be expensive and hard to find in typical mega-mart grocery stores, are under $4 for an 8 ounce bottle. We also love the cheap rose and orange blossom waters ($2) and the large assortment of fig jams for adding a unique floral scent and taste to our favorite dessert recipes. Last but not least, drop by the sweets case in the back for a rose water infused Turkish delight.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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