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July 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Seafood City: Filipino supermarket to open at Southcenter

My Filiipino friends will forgive me: until I got the news yesterday, I’d never heard of Seafood City, the California-based supermarket chain set to open its 20th location — Washington’s first — at Westfield Southcenter in Tukwila. Next week’s grand opening is Thursday, July 22, and if Seafood City’s far-ranging fan-base is any indication, when the store makes its debut on the mall’s north side, they’ll be a whole lot of excitement going on.

Seafood City Supermarket, set to open next week at Westfield Southcenter. [courtesy Seafood City]

As at locations throughout California and in Las Vegas, the 44,000-square-foot market is meant to be a one-stop shop for the Greater Seattle-area Filipino community. As the name suggests, seafood is a key component, and will be on display in a “talipapa” (open air-styled) setting. A cornucopia of produce, meats whose cuts you won’t find at QFC, an on-premise bakeshop, grab-and-go eats and an adjacent number of Filipino-friendly businesses (among them the fast-foodery Jollibee) should be a big draw.

Like so many of the area’s Asian supermarkets, Seafood City will also be a magnet for eaters like me, who find excursions to unfamiliar shopping venues a veritable passport to a culture not our own. I’ll look forward to getting a broader taste of the Philippines — just as I regularly revel in my quick “visits” to Vietnam, Japan and Korea, among other places where I’ve yet to actually set foot — and I encourage you to to the same. Because you never know what new food-addictions await when you’re on one of those mini-vacations.

The best rice crackers I’ve ever eaten, popped fresh and warm early this week at the Alderwood Korean-food wonderland, H Mart. Only $2 a bagful! (Now ask me how sorry I am I didn’t buy three.)

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