April 21st, 2010 NATALIE BAKER | Food Reviews & Stories
 

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[ETHIOPIAN/CONVENIENCE] In re-creating the small shops of their home countries, a handful of Portland’s entrepreneurial newcomers have started businesses that seem to toe a fine line between convenience store and international market. Merkato is perhaps the finest example of this phenomenon, with towering shelves of lentils and spices rubbing shoulders with PBR and coffee creamer in a small establishment that also stocks Ethiopian CDs, incense, clothing, wine, flour, oil, cigarettes and lottery cards. Yadi, the store’s female owner, sells freshly prepared injera to many of its loyal customers.


Grocery list: Injera, Bati beer, cheap wine, Ethiopian biscuits.

 
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