[HALAL] Amir Halal Market is an odd combination of import market and convenience store. Curries, spices and a surprisingly wide variety of beans and lentils share shelf space with shampoos and detergents. Everything is hand-priced, and the owner, Said, speaks a nigh-indecipherable dialect of English with endless charm and understanding, and will help you pick your ideal rice from a long wall laden with 10- and 20-pound bags. A small chest freezer in the back is filled with cuts of lamb and beef. Don't miss out on the myriad of mixes for most types of curry you'd think to look for.

Grocery list: Madras curry powder ($3.99 for 14 oz.), Ziploc bag of raisins ($10), organic dried mulberries ($7.59), beans and more beans.