How, I ask you, could anyone resist this bottle of orange-yogurt goodness?  Clearly Todd and I could not. You can see our grubby fingerprints all over it.Pacific Mercantile Yogu time July 2009Every time I shop at Pacific Mercantile in Sakura Square at 20th and Lawrence,Pacific Mercantile exterior I find something new to eat or drink. King Soopers can’t hold a candle to it, though the Pacific Ocean Market in Broomfield comes close. But it doesn’t have Hawaiian goods like “Maxi Taro Chips” (made from the root in the center of the picture; daikon is on the left, and nagaimo, which I’ve never heard of, is on the right). Pacfic Mercantile taro Denver June 2009“Maxi Taro” is not exactly an appetizing name to women, but I thought the supposedly “hot and spicy” chips were all right. Just don’t expect the same crisp texture you’d get from a potato chip. You can also get POG juice there (passionfruit, orange, and guava).

If you need lots of rice, these Asian markets are the places to go. Pacific Mercantile bags of rice July 2009This picture reminds me of the massive bags of flour I helped transport to the Navajo Reservation back in the day.

I first visited Pacific Mercantile, which is on the edge of downtown Denver, during the Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a hot day, so I got this sugary tea in a bottle and a pack of what turned out to be edamame rice crackers. Pacific Mercantile tea and rice crackers Denver June 2009I was dazzled by all the edamame on the package, but once I opened it I realized that I had bought crackers, not beans. They were definitely better than the taro chips, though.

Pacific Mercantile has a long case in the back filled with various fish products, including masago (fish roe), Pacific Mercantile masago Denver June 2009squid, and a large burgundy chunk of maguro that I was too chicken to photograph because the butcher was standing right there looking at me as if to say, “Do you want something, or not?” And, oddly enough, a fish head labeled “Arigato.” Can someone interpret that one for me?

Pacific Mercantile has a housewares section half as big as the rest of the store. If you can’t find anything else there you like, you can always take this home as a consolation prize.Pacific Mercantile Choco PieLooks like it’s baring its teeth, doesn’t it?

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  1. BernardL July 21, 2009 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Yogu? Yeah, I could resist it. 🙂

  2. Beth Partin July 21, 2009 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Ah, c’mon, Bernard, it was goooooooooood.
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  3. Cara Lopez Lee July 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Have to admit, I’m with Bernard on this one, though I enjoy your enthusiasm. On the other end, I agree with you… the Choco Pie does look like it’s baring it’s teeth. What a fun store. I’ll have to coax my husband to come with me and check it out sometime. Packaging miscommunications: hilarious!

  4. Beth Partin July 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Cara, maybe I liked that drink so much because I used to mix orange juice and milk (like an Orange Julius, I guess), and the Yogu reminded me of it. It really was quite good–like orange-flavored ice cream, only liquid.
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  5. Catherine July 22, 2009 at 8:45 am - Reply

    is it wrong that I thought the POG juice would be a good mixer with vodka?

  6. Beth July 22, 2009 at 11:22 am - Reply

    No, that is absolutely, completely the best thing to think. Though I think rum might be better, actually.
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