Lupe Pinto’s is so much more than a deli, with all the unusual and hard-to-find international ingredients crammed in it, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of food.
This tiny shop in the Tollcross neighbourhood is an Edinburgh institution having been around since 1991. It’s my ‘go-to’ for Mexican sauces, American candy, Spanish wines and Indian spices.
But it’s also, literally, so much more than a deli. They have two cookbooks and quite the collection of recipes on their website or on leaflets picked up in store. I have never looked for another chilli recipe since I discovered theirs 12 years ago. They also run tasting evenings and cook off competitions which are great opportunities to meet like-minded foodies. This adds to the community feeling the shop has. It is the same staff that has served me for the past 12 years, getting to know what I like and suggesting new ingredients or recipes to try each time I’m in the shop.
I have to try and limit my trips to the store as I could work my way through a bag of their tortilla chips a day if I let myself, and their homemade salsa and guacamole are phenomenal!
The stock does vary slightly depending on what is available but it is always possible to request items or find out when they will next be in store.
Lupe Pinto’s perfectly combines my love of food and travel, my idea of heaven!