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Global Foods - Now Open

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by Brit, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Brit

    Brit New Member

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    Now open in the old Shoppers location. Whizzed through, out of curiosity - it's pretty basic in its decor, no frills but a good selection of international (mainly Pan Asian) foods.

    Fish section is amazing - although unfortunately the whole store reeks of fish. The live tilapia tank was particularly over-crowded and disturbing. :nono:
     
  2. mdcrim

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    Seems more expensive than its similar counterparts in Sterling and Chantilly. Produce and seafood was cheap but everything else seemed much more expensive.
     
  3. Brit

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    Hard to see how they can justify this - they've done nothing to refurbish the facility - looks like they just ripped out Shoppers signage and moved in. The place is a dump, but I've never been to the Sterling/Chantilly stores to compare.
     
  4. mdcrim

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    Chantilly has Lotte Plaza. It's a step up from Global Foods. And Sterling has Grand Mart, again a step up from Global Foods but not as nice as Lotte Plaza. Not the exact same store but similar enough in the products they sell. They all seem pretty cheap on the seafood and produce but more expensive on their boxed and name brand foods.
     
  5. your_baby_momma

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    Oh man that sounds disappointing. I totally missed them opening but I'll stop in once I get out of my turkey coma.
    I drove by recently and saw them stocking but not doing anything with the interior which stinks because Shoppers was so dingy to begin with.
    Their website kind of boasts how wonderful they are.
    Anyhoo the only thing I really care about is produce and if the prices are good on produce and shrimp I'm totally happy.
    I guess I'll take what I can get, it will beat having to fight your way up route 7 or down to Chantilly. I still like the new one in Chantilly the best though, that place is gorgeous.
     
  6. OHMH

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    Went this weekend - the produce and seafood are similar pricing to Grand Mart - no more trips down 7 for me!!! It is cleaner and brighter than the Grand Mart too but that might be because it is still new.
     
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    Again wish Whole Foods opened instead....
     
  8. your_baby_momma

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    I went over the weekend too. I practically floated in the store, giddy with happiness. However, something about it made me feel kind of depressed. I think it's because every time I had gone to Shoppers in the past, it made me feel the same way. No one in there was ever happy. EVER! And it seems the same. I was all "Come on people, Asian Market in our 'hood!!!!! LET'S DANCE!"
    Anyhow, they have all the things that I would go to Grand Mart for so that made me happy. Even headless shrimp for only .49/lb more than the head ons. I can deal with that because I always hurt myself cutting off those heads because of the shrimp beaks :)
    The atmosphere is so different because it's just not hectic in there like it is at other markets. At least not yet. I hope it gets busy because I'd hate for it to fail. I haven't driven up and down Waxpool/Ashburn Farm in a while, do they at least have signs up somewhere?
    I was happy to get a .99 bag of produce in the "clearance" section. Some really nice red peppers and a cauliflower is what I got there.
    They seem to have more sauces, or at least more of a variety. Either that or it's just laid out more nicely.
    Weird thing is that they have a ton of regular grocery items, making it seem like you're still in the old Shoppers.
    We got some very expensive taro ice cream, but I bought it because I miss the bubble tea place where we used to get taro slush.
    They have milk as well, a gallon for about $2.69 which is pretty good.
    Really cute flower balloons in there for the grand opening. If any of you have kids who like looking at balloons, they're everywhere in the store to look at. Oh, and a bunch of funeral like flowers as soon as you walk in. Hee!
    So my conclusion is that it's different because you don't get that atmosphere that you get at the other markets but that could be a good thing. I'll probably go up 7 once in a while for old times sakes, but now that I don't have to I'm happy. It looks like they're competitive with the other stores as far as produce goes and that makes me happy.
    I'd love to hear what more people think.
    I would have loved a whole foods too and the last time I was in one I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have their own brand which makes reasonably priced items. Olive oil for under $4, a huge thing of cream of tartar for $2.50 or thereabouts. Some of the apples were even on sale for .79/lb. I had to do a double take.
    Not sure about that location for a Whole Foods, but a store like that may be like a Wegmans where "when they build it they will come" type thing.
     
  9. tyger31

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    That's because we're CASHBURN! :-/ We're all wealthy!
     
  10. redon1

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    i went tonight- looking for Korean soy sauce since we were making steak fried rice tonight. spring onions were kinda soggy but there were a few usable ones in each bunch. found gyoza dipping sauce that was pretty darn tasty. also got little individual servings of UME Japanese plum wine... oh so delishish!

    no style whatsoever in the place, and really- who cares what the supermarket decor looks like? as long as it's clean and i don't see bugs, mice or mold- i will deal with an ugly supermarket. lower prices if they aren't wasting money making the place look pretty!

    but... the underlying smell IS rather unpleasant- like body odor and old fish. it wasn't strong enough to be a deterrent...

    all and all- i would go there for my asian and latin specialty cooking items. about 3 times a year will do it, lol
     
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    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    I always wonder why people call Ashburn "Cashburn." I know that if *I* were wealthy I'd live closer to DC so my husband wouldn't have to drive an hour to get to work! Falls Church was nice when we were renting there but unfortunately we couldn't afford to buy there.

    -- I don't mean that as a poke at tyger31, who I know was kidding, just in general --
     
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    Yeah...that is enough for me..no need to visit, no matter how much I'll save on produce.:shakehead:
     
  13. goofus

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    I checked out Global Foods tonight. We should all be so fortunate to have a store like this in the heart of Ashburn. Yes, it's no frills... but they seem to have more enhancements in the works, so give 'em some time to get settled in. The selection was awesome, and the meat..... are you kidding me? Flap meat for fajitas for only $2.49/lb. I know what I'll be grilling up this weekend. Produce was also clean, fresh, diverse, abundant, and affordable (e.g., three giant cukes for $1 is a deal that can't be beat anywhere!). I didn't detect an excessive fishy smell. I've been into Grand Mart when the seafood stench was 10x as overpowering, so in my opinion there's not much to complain about at Global Foods. I suggest that everyone get out to Global Foods and shop regularly so that these guys will stay around for us!!
     
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    Stopped in today for the first time and I was impressed! Yes, I smelled some fish when I walked in, but it wasn't bad at all. In fact, I was blown away by their selection of fish and the low prices. Not only the fish looked good, but so did the chicken and beef...very nicely trimmed I must say. Great looking veggies and every kind of sauce, spice, bean, rice, and much more than you could ever possibly need. They have my business!
     
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    Do they sell ready to eat items such as dumplings or gim-bab?
     
  16. lisas

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    I checked this store out a few days ago, and I did not see anything bad about it. My first impression is that it is quite roomy and clean. The asian grocery stores back in NJ were always crowded, smelled of fish, had cured meats hanging up, and had merchandise spilling out into the aisles, leaving no room to walk. I was impressed with the fish selection, and yes, you do smell it when you get to that section. I did not see any counters where they would make freshly prepared dim sums. There is a frozen section where you can buy dumplings and baos, and the selection is pretty good.
     
  17. JLC

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    They have a Sushi counter and it looks like they're still working on some more "ready to eat" areas near the produce.

    I thought this place was amazing. I've never been in a store like it. I loved just looking at all the different items: cactus leaves, pigs ears, chicken feet...

    I didn't care for the odor of the place, which hit me as soon as I walked in, but it wasn't enough to keep me from going back.
     
  18. Brit

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    So why the odor - are they not putting their trash out? Fresh fish should not smell.
     
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    I dunno... the fresh fish at the marina smell too :)
     
  20. redon1

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    yes! at Wegmans you can stand directly in fron tof the fish counter and smell NADA.
     

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