Where do you buy sushi nori sheets? and sushi rice?
Japanese or Chinese stores in Manhattan or Ave U.Roasted Nori or Yaki Nori doesn't require a hashgocha.Rice, as long as it's not flavored, doesn't require a hashgocha.
The best price for flanken that I saw in the vicinity of the central Midwood is $8.49/lb (boneless) or $8.99/lb (with bones); OU and a chasidishe hechsher, I believe. Flanken used to go for $6.99/lb in the Glatt Zone on Avenue J (Kiryas Yoel meats), but they did not have meat for a while so don't know what the story is now (Glatt Zone is under ARK, the Association for Reliable Kashrus). In comparison, Mount Fruit and Glatt Mart are a rip-off in this regard.
Paperific has cheap flanken I think. I usually buy the $3.99 meat from Glatt Mart, half of the packages have flanken in them. Also, if you come to Glatt Mart on Friday, $3.99 meat is $.50 off and all other meat is $1 off so if you buy 2 small packs you get a good discount.Mountain fruit is only good for sales items. A lot of spoiled fish, meat and dairy products. And especially nasty are their super sales on juices that are one month expired.
Ditto when it comes for Moshe's posting when applied to things such as 100% natural orange and apple juice, just to bring a couple of simple examples (these are not selectively exhaustive, obviously) not requiring hechsher. Obviously one has to be very careful about products from Israel (if from the crops of the shmitah year). Heter mechira approach is accepted by some in the national-religious (dati leumi) community, but the "black hat"/hareidi world does not go by that. Alan
I spoke to Moshe about this. Bought take out chicken soup last week from the Mountain Fruit along with matzo balls. Started to warm it up when my bro goes to me, "dude, it smells." Yeah, they sold spoiled soup. I brought the containers for the both items last night to the Mountain Fruit and suggested a manager takes a whiff. He smiled but did not take me up on this offer. He goes, "what do you want?" "Refund", I reply. "You don't want to buy anything?" "No, thank you very much, I've already completed my shopping." He actually looked at the prices on containers and told a cashier to issue me a full refund.
They're used to it. They know they're selling spoiled food and they know that for every person that comes back, 10 wont and that's a lot of profit.
Mountain Fruit: Honey Nut Cheerios, 12.25 oz box for $2.99 (as of Friday, June 20th).
Chicken breast $3.99 in Mountain Fruit.
I gotta get mahself some chicken breast, it's a good price. I did not have a chance to look yesterday.
According to my sources, the Glatt Zone is supposed to have meat again next week, if anybody cares...