It’s great browsing the net for hours for interesting international posts on products, formulas, recipes, and procedures, of just about anything. Now, if I could only find that “Orris Root” in my supposed neighbourhood craft store.
Going local however, is a minefield of headaches. The search is bloody, tantamount to trade secrets. Websites are hardly updated, e-mails unanswered, listed phone numbers disconnected, and finally, the pièce de résistance – the unavailability of stock. So before you start smashing your laptop or tearing out that hand-carried book of instructions, I’ve put together a basic list of alternative staples for your Pantry or Medicine Cabinet and where to get them.
This is by no means a comprehensive list; it’s a shortlisted one. I’ll put in some more detailed reviews as we go along.
Raw Local Honey
- Palengke (Wet Market) – especially in the provinces.
- Bee Blessing – available in QC Circle in the Horticulture area. Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org/+63917.464.3350
- Mutya’s Raw Honey – +63929.846.2675
I get these items from Cocowonder and contact them mainly via e-mail. It can be challenging as they can change personnel e-mail addresses without updating it on their website. You can however give them a call or visit their office and warehouse in Makati.
- Coconut Flour
- Coconut Cider
- Coconut Sugar – you can find larger sizes in Unimart
- Chamomile Tea
- Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) – I order mine online mostly from Milea Bath and Body Wellness
- Grass-fed Beef – I get mine from Rustan’s Supermarket but it you can source it locally. Landmark Trinoma carries The Farm fresh produce, and you can also check Down To Earth in Makati.
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar – also occasionally available in SM Hypermart and Rustan’s Supermarket
- Bragg’s Amino Soy Sauce – also occasionally available in SM Hypermart and Rustan’s Supermarket