Having been born and raised in Dallas, I’ve had the chance to live in several of its neighborhoods, everywhere from the then fledging northern suburb of Fairview (20 minutes to get to the nearest grocery store!), all the way down to a loft in the area known as Deep Ellum, dotted with nightclubs of all kinds, cool little art stores and awesome hole-in-the-wall places to eat (if you watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’ve probably seen Deep Ellum and East Dallas mentioned a few times). For the last several years, I’ve happily called East Dallas home and really can’t ever see myself living anywhere else in the city.
Jimmy’s Food Store
|This is real. Giant Italian Nutella. I really cannot think of a better way to spend $70.00|
|This is the muffuletta at Jimmy’s. The small one. FOR $7 BUCKS.|
Spiceman FM 1410
The small storefront is the perfect getaway from the bright Texas sun and inevitable sighs of relief come from everyone as they step into its dim light. I always make a beeline for the large glass counter towards the back. In a previous life it sheltered deli meats and cheeses; today, the case is filled with exotic mushrooms of all types and bags full of peppery arugula and just about any kind of leafy greenness you can think of.
Just past the counter and through the backdoor lies Spiceman’s garden. And I mean GARDEN. Rows and rows of anything he can grow. I am completely green with envy. Except for my brown thumbs, of course. If I can’t grow gorgeous produce, I’m glad there’s Spiceman to do it for me.
Brown bag full of various wild mushrooms and arugula in hand, I’m already thinking about what I’ll buy the next time I visit as we walk out the door.