Bodega in Scottsdale: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over

The Spot: Bodega, Open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

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What We Bought: The small locally-focused market attached to the new FnB location off of Fifth Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale is pretty much a who's who of Phoenician wares. Handmade marshmallows ($5) and bacon brittle ($7.50) from Sweet Republic are a must have for sugar junkies. Every good foodie knows bee pollen is in, so grab a jar of McClendon's Select bee pollen while you're there too to add a kick to summer salads. We're also pretty wild about the deli selection of in-house made pasta salad ($5), tzatziki ($4) and egg salad ($3)-- for that FnB flavor on the go. Plus, who can say no to baby purple artichokes ($5/pound)? They're as adorable as they are tasty.

What We Skipped: As small as Bodega is, it's hard to find much to skip there. Certainly there were items we didn't buy on our visit, like the $5 canisters of Mediterranean oregano and the local duck and goose eggs, but it's not like they were bad picks. Much like Charleen Badman's menu, it's all good-- it just depends on what you're in the mood for.

What We're Still Lusting Over: Do people call Charleen Badman-- Charleen badass? We think they should. After an intensely flavorful dinner next door at FnB, it's nice to wander around the little Bodega and see what local goods her restaurant recommends. We'll definitely be back for the Tender Belly maple bacon and Boho Farm blood orange marmalade-- and another fantastic meal at her restaurant.

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