A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our awesome customers for voting us "Best of" in 6 categories for the 2017 CityBeat Best of Cincinnati!
1st Bottled Beer Selection
1st Cheese Shop
1st Craft Beer Store
1st Cooking Class
1st Smoke/Tobacco Shop
1st Fresh Seafood Store
We're also honored to have been voted 2nd in an additional 3 categories!
2nd Specialty Food Market
2nd Grocery Store
2nd Butcher Shop
Oh, and by the way, if you're looking for a place to bring your friends and family who have never been to Cincinnati, we were voted the 3rd best place to take visitors to show them just how fantastic the area is!
Congratulations are also in order for our friends Red Sesame Korean BBQ for 3rd Best Food Truck in and 2nd Best Korean in Cincinnati! Be sure to stop by and see why they're so well-loved!
But that's not all! The newest addition to our Eastgate location, Abby Girl Sweets, was given the honor of BEST cupcakes in Cincinnati! WOW. Cupcakes, anyone?
Jungle Jim's International Market is so excited to have received this recognition and are proud to be included among so many great, thriving and awesome businesses! Thank you, Cincinnati!
Have a Sweet Tooth? Abby Girl Sweets Is Now Open in Eastgate!
We're excited to welcome yet another new business to Jungle Jim's Eastgate! For those looking for their next favorite coffee shop, or cupcakery, or if you're just in the mood for a sweet treat, Abby Girl Sweets has opened its doors next to the Foodie Entrance of our Eastgate location.
Stop in before or after your next shopping trip, or hey, if you're feeling adventurous, shop, grab a cupcake and a coffee, then shop some more! All that matters is that you have a cupcake or cookie in hand. Be sure to check out their website for a list of all of their cupcake flavors!
About Abby Girl Sweets
"Abby Girl Sweets is a family run business; owned and operated by a husband and wife team - Nathan & Andrea Thompson. Our cupcakery gets it's name from our little daughter Abby or 'Abby Girl" as we affectionately like to call her. "Abby Girl" is our chief taste tester and does a little cupcake dance when she really likes one.
All of our cupcakes are BAKED FRESH FROM SCRATCH; no cake mixes here. You'll find our cupcakes to be moist and full of flavor. We use the finest and freshest ingredients, like, pure cane sugar, sweet cream butter, and only the best cocoa.
We hope you get a chance to stop by our shop and introduce yourself to some of our FLAVORFUL CUPCAKES."
Recently, members of the Jungle Jim's team were able to sit down with Wailin Wong, of The Distance, a podcast about long-running independent businesses. Wailin came down from Chicago for a quick visit to our Fairfield location, where she learned a bit about the history and the day-to-day of Jungle Jim's International Market. What followed was a great series of conversations about the almost infinite number of things that Jungle Jim's what it is - a question we still have a hard time answering ourselves.
You can listen to the podcast here: https://thedistance.com/jungle-jims/
Or, if you're unable to listen, you can read the transcript.
Our sincere thanks to Wailin and The Distance Podcast for asking us to tell a bit of our story. We think there's still so much to talk about and hope to have them back for another round of discussions about the past, present and future of Jungle Jim's.
One of our favorite discoveries from last year’s Weekend of Fire X was an incredibly flavorful series of hot sauces from Minnesota’s Hellraising Hot Sauce. Packed with heat and a depth of flavor that’s almost hard to comprehend, these sauces are taking time-tested ideas and turning them ever so slightly on their heads.
Featuring the sweetening addition of pineapple, the bracing flavor of apple and peppers that run the spectrum from sweet heat to not-quite-mouth-scorching, all 4 bottles available are delicious in their own way.
Sweet Suffering - Onion and garlic don’t come close to playing second fiddle, but the sweet, tangy pineapple addition makes this an exceptional habanero based hot sauce. Lots of flavor, lots of heat.
Green Fever - Serrano peppers get their time in the spotlight here, with lime adding a little zest to an already flavorful base. Bright and peppery without being too hot or too overbearing.
Triple Inferno - Don’t let the name fool you - sure, it’s hot, but there’s a lot more going on. This registers at a solid 5 on a scale of 10 for heat, but the combined flavor of jalapeno, habanero and serrano is what makes this one so special.
Forbidden Fruit - Hear us out… Apple and cinnamon in a hot sauce is brilliant and we wish we’d thought of it ourselves. Add this one to ice cream, take your apple pie somewhere totally new, or give your hamburgers, chicken or pork chops something new. We can’t recommend this one enough.
The weather’s getting nicer, so cooking out is on the horizon. Stop by the Hot Sauce Department and let us help spice up your next meal!
Until next time. Keep it hot.
Jungle Jim’s “Pepperologist”
Have you visited Gourmet Galeria lately? As we quickly approach Easter, we are kicking off our annual Polish Pottery Eggstravaganza. Both stores have a great selection of this imported pottery, with the most Unikat pieces we have ever had. Each Unikat piece is distinctively and uniquely designed. It will always have “Unikat” painted on the bottom and will often bear the artist’s signature. The colors are vivid and the designs, dramatic.
The Polish Pottery Eggstravaganza begins today. You can be a winner as you save on this timeless stoneware.
Do check it out while the selection is so rich and savings are hopping! And enjoy our Polish Pottery Eggstravaganza before it goes away.
Over the last 6 months , this has become one of the most sought after cheeses we carry in The Cheese Shop. It was awarded first place in the World Champion Cheese Contest in 2016, and year after year wins American Cheese Society awards. With it's win in 2016, it became the first American cheese to win World's Best since 1988.
So what is it that makes this cheese so special? This is an American original, Alpine style cheese aged in copper vats. The cheese is aged for 9 months, but the flavors come across as much more complex than its age would usually produce. It has nutty notes to start, with a bit of a floral, aromatic essence coming through. It finishes nice and mellow, leaving you wanting more.
You can find Grand Cru Surchoix at both Jungle Jim’s Cheese Shops for $8.99/lb.
The Cheese Shop
The Jungle Jim’s Wine Department proudly offers the most unique selection of wine in the region, curated by knowledgeable experts with decades of combined experience between them. Housing local, regional, national and international brands and ranging in price from under $10 to upwards of $1,000, there’s no shortage of amazing vintages, incredible variety and outstanding values.
Come on in and ask our Wine Experts how to take advantage of our Wine Lockers and the special events that come with them.
Finally, we’ve found ourselves at the end of the long road known as Winter, and the first day of spring is finally upon us. It’s time to put away the snow shovels, ice scrapers, rock salt and sand, tossing them into the deep corners of our sheds and garages until we need them again. Now, let’s all get ready to brighten up your yards and gardens with some Spring flowers and plants!
Jungle Jim’s Garden Center has everything you need to get your garden ready this spring. From flower pots, fertilizer, plant food, vases, hoses, shovels, gloves, weed killer, garden decorations, and of course seeds and flowers, the possibilities are endless at Jungle Jim’s Garden Center!
We’re getting shipments of spring gardening supplies daily, so stop by and see us - we can help you get your garden looking beautiful again. The Garden Center is open from 8am-6pm now, and hours will expand to 8am-8pm in a few weeks once spring gets into full swing. There’s no better time to grab all the supplies you need and ask any questions you might have! We’re here to help, and we hope to see you here soon!
What are you looking forward to the most in your garden this spring?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Jungle Jim’s International Market! When you think of St. Patrick’s day your mind may wander to green beer, green outfits and fun parties around town, but there is much, much more behind the holiday.
Who is Saint Patrick?
The reason we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is that it’s the day Saint Patrick passed away, sometime during 385-461 AD. Patrick was a bishop in Ireland, his father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and forced into slavery.
He spent six years working as a shepherd where he “found God.” Patrick says God told him to flee to the coast where a ship would be waiting to take him home. He escaped and decided to become a priest. According to the legend Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. He spent many years on this quest converting thousands of people.
Why We Celebrate
Shamrocks and the color green are used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because he used the three leafed plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Green has been a color associated with Ireland for hundreds of years, and is part of the Green Harp Flag used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Little by little, green became the color for Irish nationalism. Because of this, green has become the color of St. Patrick’s Day.
Celebrate With Some Help From Jungle Jim’s!
Jungle Jim’s is the largest international market in the United States, which means we have a huge variety of food, snacks and beers from Ireland. Let’s take a journey to our Irish section and see what we can round up!
We have SO many options for whatever your festivities might include (and also something to revive you the next day)!
We hope you have a lucky, fun-filled and safe St. Patrick’s day! How do you plan to celebrate?
Other than saccharomyces cerevisiae, the other thing most beers have in common is their hatred of another genus of yeast, Brettanomyces. Commonly referred to as brett, this genus includes six species of yeast that can be found in nature in wood, on fruit skins and floating in the air. For most beer (and wine), getting contaminated by brett means the beer (or wine) has been ruined because the aromas and flavors that brett produces are considered major flaws. Brett contamination can occur from use of tainted wood barrels, lack of proper sanitation or even simple bad luck if the beer is exposed to brett in the air during transport from one vessel to another.
Despite the fact that most of the beer world is deathly afraid of Brett, it still has an indelible place in beer culture as a handful of beer styles have embraced Brett. Belgian lambics are the most prominent and longest standing example of this. Lambics are primarily fermented by Brettanomyces bruxellensis, a species native to the Senne River Valley and the Pajottenland in central Belgium. What makes lambic so cool is that it is spontaneously fermented. This means that, rather than carefully introducing yeast and micro-managing fermentation, lambic brewers make their beer in wide and shallow open-air fermenters called coolships that maximize the beer’s exposure to air and the B. bruxellensis floating in it. In this way, the brewers get out of the way of the beer making process and allow the beer to make itself naturally. Lambic is defined by, and wears like a badge of honor, all the flavors and aromas that make Brett so reviled by the rest of the beer world. Lambics taste of barnyard, horse blanket, hay, earth, grass and tangy under-ripe lemon. The aromas offer up all those same notes plus wet stone, musty basements and pepper. While some of these descriptors may seem off-putting, I assure you that I mean them in the best, most loving way possible. The best lambics combine all these flavors in a miraculous symphony that is unlike any other beer you’ve ever had. Lambics also feature good acidity which contributes to how food friendly they are. The most famed lambic producers are in extraordinarily high demand and command high (albeit worthwhile) price tags. If you ever come across Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Boon or Girardin, you owe it to yourself to try them. Trust me.
conventional Saccharomyces or even a lactic acid producing bacteria like Pediococcus or Lactobacillus. You would be well served to explore the fairly easily accessible and tasty beers from Crooked Stave out of Denver, CO. They brew exclusively sour beers, sometimes exclusively with Brett and others with their proprietary yeast blend that features Brett. Some of their beers are kettle soured and others are barrel soured for additional layers of sour, funk and complexity.
If you’re an adventurous beer lover like me, you owe it yourself to check out beers fermented by our much maligned but beloved underdog of the yeast world, Brettanomyces. If you’re looking for a starting point, feel free to pick our brains next time you’re in the store. Cheers!