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Igourmet (igourmet.com) — Similar to the above, with more emphasis on imported cheeses, slightly lower prices. I shop here every December, not so much for gifts as for great goodies to get me through the winter. ■

Craft and Commerce

★★ (Good)

675 West Beech Street (between India and Kettner), Little Italy, 619-269-2202; craft-commerce.com

HOURS: Daily 5:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
PRICES: $4–$15.
CUISINE AND BEVERAGES: Gastropub eclectic. Interesting creative cocktails, international craft beers, minimal wine (and no coffee).
PICK HITS: Fries and pickles; roasted bone marrow; hotdog #3 (with tomato relish); mussels (specify “fries on the side”); cocktails.
NEED TO KNOW: No reservations taken, and crowded even on a Monday; come as early as possible or expect a long wait for a table or bar stool at peak hours. Loud, dark (bring a penlight to read menu), convivial. Enough for lacto-vegetarians, including veggie burger.

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Naomi Wise Nov. 28, 2010 @ 9:08 p.m.

Mea culpa! (as it were). The intense anchovy sauce at Zingerman's that I identified by its ancient Latin name, garum, is nowadays called Colatura by the Neapolitans who bottle it. Costs $17 for a 100-ml bottle but keeps until ancient in the fridge. More frugal in the long term than opening a whole can of anchovies just to use a little shot in a Pasta Puttanesca or a frutti di mare spaghetti. (Though I do wonder if nam pla or nguoc manh might possibly work as well.)

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