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  • #586625

    Crowe
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    I am NOT trying to get free advertising in, in fact the place I work at, we just don’t, and haven’t for over 40 years, so here’s a great place to know about:

    I currently work and have for the past 7 plus years, at a really cool family owned shop (for the last 40 plus years) Pacific food Importers, or Big John’s PFI.

    For all you cheese lovers, we have more than 100 cheeses, that we cut to order. No cheese sitting around in pre-cut wrapped little hunks. we don’t sell dog food, or produce. just a TON of cheese, more than 20 olives in bulk and 5 diff Fetas. A HUGE bulk section with herbs and spices, rice beans…. We also sell olive oil, vinegar, pasta…

    If you guys who are tired or whatever of getting some of that stuff at TJ’ come to PFI. We have so many awesome things!! It’s SUPER funky, and we do not kiss anyone’s you know what. We give good customer service but don’t take crap from stuck up anyones. If you want to have super good food from people who know food and how to cook it, come on down! :0) 1001 6th Ave. South, http://www.bigjohnspfiseattle.com

    #620123

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Crowe – Sounds interesting. Would your store be willing to donate a gift certificate to our fund raiser? Might be a great way to spread the word even further.

    #620124

    barmargia
    Member

    Crowe, I’ve heard good things about Big John’s, I’m going to try it. Thanks

    #620125

    JayDee
    Participant

    Dear Crowe:

    Although I am a TJs faithful, I am willing to try local sources of the same thing. I like cheeses and am willing to look to non-TJs–while I love TJs, I prefer home grown enterprises.

    I will check Big Johns PFI out, and sing your praises if the value is there. Big Johns PFI is located in an odd place, but I will try and find it. I hate driving to Burien ever since Al’s film. I work downtown and drive home to West Seattle often.

    JayDee

    #620126

    Crowe
    Member

    New Resident: I’ll ask about a donation. :0)

    JayDee, we do have pretty darn good deals, BUT because we are a “Mom and Pop”, sometimes the big corporations beat us on price, it’s funny though, we supply A LOT of the high end grocery stores around here., any way, Please come down and check us out, it’s worth knowing about.

    We are hard to find. We are on 6th, down a steep driveway, about 2-3 blocks north of Safeco, and

    1 1/2 blocks South of Uwajimaya. any way give a call if you need directions, :0)

    Ask for a sample of the Hot Crowe olive mix (or as the Crowe flies olive mix) I made it, and it’s nummy! :0) , let me know if you are one of West Seattle Blog people. :0)

    #620127

    add
    Participant

    Wasn’t there a big article on Big John’s in the paper somewhat recently? Thanks for the reminder, I am headed in that direction soon!

    #620128

    GenHillOne
    Participant

    Some of us at the office make regular “PFI runs” as a group and you HAVE to visit whenever you entertain. PFI rocks!

    #620129

    beachdrivegirl
    Participant

    Crowe: your store sounds like my sort of place. Cheese, olives, I’ll i need is a good pinot and i will be set for the night. I am sure I will be seeing you soon!

    #620130

    barmargia
    Member

    beachdrivegirl, Crowe started off naming my favorite munchies and now I can’t wait to go

    #620131

    beachdrivegirl
    Participant

    barmagia maybe i will be running into you there…

    #620132

    Gina
    Participant

    PG Tips tea? I am going to do a field trip!

    #620133

    JanS
    Participant

    New Res…it’s true, it’s true…you have no shame – lol….good going :)

    #620134

    barmargia
    Member

    beachdrivegirl, I’ll be the one with too much food in my arms because I didn’t think I would need a basket, and the frantic look of “what more can I fit into my arms” on my face :)

    #620135

    JoB
    Participant

    olives.. did you mention olives.. and cheese…

    nothing is an either or proposition for me.. i don’t buy cheese or olives at trader joes.

    #620136

    JanS
    Participant

    one of my bestest friends just told me that she goes to PFI all the time…they have a kind of english “biscuit” that she can only find there. I’d go just to smell the smells. But..cheese is one of my favorite foods…and they have Beemster’s…and olives are one of my daughter’s faves…how good can it get? Oh…and the salmon…and olive oil…and, well,the chocolate – lol…

    #620137

    Joan
    Member

    PFI is da BOM! Thank you JanS for the reminder: Beemster XO and fresh, crisp Washington Fuji apples—-OH! OH! OH!

    And here’s my PFI FYI: lots of extremely cool Unobtainium cookie and biscuit tins that are great for loading up gift baskets, and once you snarf the cookies, these are the best tins for crafts, pens, your wacky button collections, a cookie tin banjo, MORE cookies, your vintage Navy Flake pipe tobacco… they are MOST cool. I [heart] PFI!

    #620138

    JenV
    Member

    crowe, this place sounds wonderful. I am going to have to try it. You had me at “hot olive mix” ;)

    #620139

    Bikefor1
    Member

    Gina- I found PG tips in Safeway or QFC. But you might want to do a price comparison.

    Also, bring your own empty container for the olives. I don’t recall PFI providing them. Think big yogurt containers or even tupperware.

    #620140

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Is this place in West Seattle?

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