I totally love the idea. A Gourmet Sari-Sari Store. And the proprietor is frequent commenter Artisan Chocolatier from Cebu, the man that baked the madelienes I featured here. His idea was to put together a small retail food store that would eventually feature some of the best locally produced food items, in addition to all the regular things you might expect to find in a convenience store. Artisan had told me about this concept a few months ago, and even asked if he could “borrow” the word “Suki” as the name (of course I said yes, I certainly didn’t have the rights to it), then in a recent comment on this blog mentioned his store was now open. So last week, when I was in Cebu, I decided to drop by unannounced to check it out. The store is on Veterans Drive, directly across from the old Casino Filipino building just a bit further up than the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. It’s on the way to Busay… It had only been open a couple of weeks when I got there and stocks were a bit slim, but in addition to the regular sari-sari store items, I was pleased to find fresh milk from a local cebuano dairy cooperative, several types of baked goods like wheat pan de sal, cookies, etc. made in their own kitchens (at a separate location), etc.
There are also plans for pre-cooked foods, and the freezers also stock a limited selection of steaks, some of them from another frequent reader and commenter, The Steak Lady. So although I rarely feature businesses of friends, acquaintances or readers, I am more than happy to do a post on this little but intriguing store. I hope more of these types of stores, owned by individuals with a passion for food, join the retail scene across the country. Oh, and one last thing, they also sell re-usable cacha shopping bags, and I bought a few to keep my own marketmanila.com suki bags company. If you are from/in Cebu, check out The Gourmet Sari-Sari Store the next time you are in the neighborhood!