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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Portland

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Portland, OR. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Portland’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Portland. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Portland, OR. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Portland,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Portland, OR, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Portland, OR.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Proposed Safe Rest Village site at former Portland middle school rejected

A Portland Public Schools board committee voted against using the former Whitaker Middle School campus to host a city-sanctioned homeless village.PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland Public Schools (PPS) board committee on Wednesday voted against using the former Whitaker Middle School campus in Northeast Portland as a site for a city-sanctioned homeless village.In Octob...

A Portland Public Schools board committee voted against using the former Whitaker Middle School campus to host a city-sanctioned homeless village.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland Public Schools (PPS) board committee on Wednesday voted against using the former Whitaker Middle School campus in Northeast Portland as a site for a city-sanctioned homeless village.

In October, city officials announced they were looking into the site, located off Northeast 42nd Avenue near Killingsworth Street, to build one of six Safe Rest Villages throughout Portland.

"As a PPS Board member, I have a fiduciary duty and responsibility to utilize our land and properties to support our mission to educate Portland's children and this proposal does not meet that mark," board member Julia Brim-Edwards said

Brim-Edwards said the property is adjacent to a neighborhood park that she considers a community hub. She also mentioned the board adopted a resolution in the early 2000s to possibly replace Whitaker with a different middle school, which further propelled her decision to vote against the site.

Commissioner Dan Ryan, who is leading the city's Safe Rest Village program, released a statement that said, in part, "Although today’s vote is unfortunate in terms of the Safe Rest Villages program, it is understandable. The City is passionate about building partnerships with organizations and entities that are ‘all in’ to deliver concrete action for."

Ryan said the pending relocation of Harriett Tubman Middle School, based on the Oregon Department of Transportation's plan to widen the Rose Quarter section of Interstate 5, is a "clear and obvious rationale for such a decision."

The city had planned on opening all six homeless villages by the end of 2021, but it has been a struggle for officials to find suitable sites. In early December, the city pushed back the plan to 2022.

So far, Commissioner Ryan's office has only announced three planned locations:

One proposed site near Southeast 45th and Harney was nixed when the city discovered that the land sat in a floodplain. A different proposed site that would've allowed people to park cars and RVs at the Portland Expo Center was rejected because it would have cost $1.5 million to redevelop the land for it.

Meanwhile, Ryan asked the school board to consider other properties in the school district's portfolio for a possible Safe Rest Village site.

"Our city is suffering deeply from our houselessness crisis," he said. "It is impacting us all, and everyone is looking to local leaders to step up in these trying times and do things that we’ve never done before. We welcome PPS as a partner to provide viable solutions and hope this is just the beginning."

South Portland to enact mask mandate

A mask mandate for all public buildings is likely to go into effect as soon as Friday in South Portland to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The City Council Tuesday told City Manager Scott Morelli to draft an emergency proclamation that would allow him to enact the mask mandate. Mayor Deqa Dhalac is expected to sign the emergency order Friday, effectively putting it into play for five days, and the council will officially vote on it next Tuesday.“The CDC currently recommends that you should wear a mask in public indoor sett...

A mask mandate for all public buildings is likely to go into effect as soon as Friday in South Portland to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The City Council Tuesday told City Manager Scott Morelli to draft an emergency proclamation that would allow him to enact the mask mandate. Mayor Deqa Dhalac is expected to sign the emergency order Friday, effectively putting it into play for five days, and the council will officially vote on it next Tuesday.

“The CDC currently recommends that you should wear a mask in public indoor settings where there are areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID,” Morelli told the council Tuesday. “Cumberland County has been in high transmission since early September 2021.”

The CDC defines a high transmission rate as 100 or more cases per 100,000 population, or a positivity rate of 10% or more of the population, within a 7-day period. Cumberland County is among 3,204 counties nationwide that has a high transmission rate, according to the most recent CDC data. Only 16 counties within the United States are not currently considered to have a high transmission rate, with six considered substantial and 10 considered low.

South Portland, with a population of 26,250, has seen 2,568 probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 through Jan. 16, 2022, with a population of 26,250, according to the Maine Division of Disease Surveillance.

The city updated its health measures in August 2021 to align more closely with those of the CDC and in response to the County Transmission Level being increased from substantial to high. The high transmission recommendations included a mask requirement inside city buildings, and that staff members, boards and committees are encouraged to meet virtually.

South Portland schools currently require students and staff to be masked when indoors.

South Portland’s mandate differs from the mandates in Portland and Brunswick; there will not be fines issued to non-compliers and no city staff will be responsible for enforcing the requirement.

Councilor Linda Cohen was the only councilor who spoke against a mask mandate at a public hearing Tuesday.

“Why do we have to tell adults the right thing to do?” she asked. “I think we’ve gotten to the point where we have to look out for ourselves.”

Residents spoke in favor and in opposition to a mandate.

John Pani said a mask mandate would make them feel more safe.

“My wife and I went grocery shopping recently, and in one of the grocery stores in town, everyone wears a mask,” he said. “We felt free. We were really happy to be there. We felt safe there.”

Pani avoids local stores where employees and customers are unmasked, he said.

Kate Hopkins of Davis Street, who said she was a vaccinated nurse, is against the mandate.

“I think that there’s really a desire to feel like you’re doing something and I think we’ve done that,” she said. “Ultimately, I don’t think that a mask mandate really makes sense. I think it is going to be hard to enforce.”

Chuck Martin, who owns a retail business in the west end of the city, is also worried about the mandate’s enforceability.

“I don’t think there’s a one-size fits all solution for every business here,” he said. “In mine, there’s often periods of the day when it’s only staffed by one person and I don’t think it’s realistic, or even really safe, to task that person with policing the city’s mask policies while still performing their job duties and helping customers.”

Councilor Jocelyn Leighton stated that “100 percent” of the business owners and residents she had spoken to prior to the workshop supported the mandate.

“When you’re backed up by a city mandate, you have the support of the council and other community members behind you … which empowers businesses to keep their employees safe, to keep their customers safe,” Leighton said.

Councilor Katherine Lewis cited economic concerns with the heightened transmission rate due to the omicron variant as a reason she supports a mandate.

“People get sick, even if they’re not in the hospital, not in the ICU, but sick at home waiting to recover and can’t go to work,” Lewis said. “That has had a multiplier effect, and I think that will continue.”

She compared wearing a mask to using a seatbelt. While a mask doesn’t guarantee the wearer will not be infected, it helps, she said.

Councilors were also in favor of providing masks and mask signs for businesses. While mask distribution is expected to take some time, the signs will be available sooner.

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With Smart Donkey, one of Portland’s most celebrated Mexican chefs rolls his recipes into burrito form

For the past half decade, Portlanders have correctly been treating Upside Down as a kind of tumbledown burrito bar and beer garden, a bar-hopping refuel station between the Bear Paw Inn and the Brooklyn Park Pub with picnic tables ringed by a picket fence. But take one bite of the Brooklyn Sandwich, with its brown sugar-rubbed pork, cornichon mayonnaise and caramelized cabbage, and you’ll know something is up.“There’s a lot of regular people who don’t know who I am,” Oswaldo Bibiano says of the clientele ...

For the past half decade, Portlanders have correctly been treating Upside Down as a kind of tumbledown burrito bar and beer garden, a bar-hopping refuel station between the Bear Paw Inn and the Brooklyn Park Pub with picnic tables ringed by a picket fence. But take one bite of the Brooklyn Sandwich, with its brown sugar-rubbed pork, cornichon mayonnaise and caramelized cabbage, and you’ll know something is up.

“There’s a lot of regular people who don’t know who I am,” Oswaldo Bibiano says of the clientele at Upside Down. “But they see that I do my fries right here, I cut them by hand, and I always run out because people really love them.”

Since the start of 2017, Upside Down has been the domain of Bibiano, once one of Portland’s most celebrated chefs for his work at Autentica and the short-lived Mextiza. Those two midscale Mexican restaurants led to Uno Mas, a popular two-location taqueria. All four restaurants have since closed. Now, after laying low in the Brooklyn neighborhood for five years, Bibiano is ready to expand once more, recently opening Smart Donkey, a new burrito bar with craft beer on tap and a full liquor license in a former car wash near Southeast Powell Boulevard.

At Smart Donkey, Bibiano and his team are rolling out 10 hulking burritos, with a lineup of weekend breakfast wraps on the way. There aren’t many tricks here — you won’t find any crispy cheese ala Angel Food & Fun — just good quality ingredients kept fresh and made to order, as they are at Upside Down. You will find some overlap between Bibiano’s two menus: Upside Down’s hipster bowl is now Smart Donkey’s hipster burrito. Both have braised cabbage, kale and Sriracha-spice crema.

The most notable thing after two visits to Smart Donkey might be how much each meat tastes like itself. The barbacoa – modeled after a version from Zumpango del Rio in Bibiano’s home state of Guerrero – has tender hunks of fatty, beefy brisket. Big pieces of rich, porky pork in the chile rojo combine their juices with a piquant red sauce, pinto beans and pico de gallo. A Baja-style fried fish burrito is made extra crispy with a little Topo Chico in the batter. Rolled up tight, they stay warm in their foil for the ride home. But they taste better eaten on site, even more so alongside some fresh-fried tortilla chips, chunky guacamole and a lime-tart margarita.

For now, it’s probably better to think of Smart Donkey as more of a one-cart pod than a full restaurant. Indoor seating has been kept purposefully limited, though you will find covered tables behind and on either side of the bar. But Bibiano has bigger plans for the space, including bringing in a food truck, Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine, to serve tacos, tortas and enchiladas. Once the latest COVID flareup dies down, Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July celebrations could bring live music to the lot.

And down the line, Bibiano could even see a return to a less portable form of dining, “if I’m still here, maybe in a year or two, not Autentica but similar...”

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After Thursday’s morning rain, Portland will see a long dry period extending into next week

A weak front that’s pushing moisture eastward through northwest Oregon will bring rain through the morning in the metro area, but then that’s about it until well into next week.The National Weather Service says high pressure building over the Pacific will move in behind the front beginning Friday.Portland will mostly see showers in the morning Thursday under cloudy skies. The high will be about 54, but a check of temperature stations across the metro area as of 5:30 a.m. showed most locations were near that temperat...

A weak front that’s pushing moisture eastward through northwest Oregon will bring rain through the morning in the metro area, but then that’s about it until well into next week.

The National Weather Service says high pressure building over the Pacific will move in behind the front beginning Friday.

Portland will mostly see showers in the morning Thursday under cloudy skies. The high will be about 54, but a check of temperature stations across the metro area as of 5:30 a.m. showed most locations were near that temperature already. Expect temperatures to hold fairly steady before cooling later in the afternoon.

#pdxtraffic It's also, again, an oddly warm morning. Daytime highs for Thursday are supposed to reach 54. But it's basically 54-ish in most areas now. Expect temps to just hover for most of the day. Long drying out period starts Friday! pic.twitter.com/MG08em8Uig

— PDX Traffic Alerts (@TrafficPortland) January 20, 2022

Snow levels, which had been holding steady above 6,000 feet for most of this week, will drop during the evening. Any precipitation left over the Cascades once the front passes could bring a few short shots of new snow to pass-level roads, but accumulations should be minimal as the skies dry out.

Once we get past Thursday’s rain Portland will be looking at dry skies well into next week. High pressure could trap cooler air at the surface and cause some inversions overnight. Friday may start with foggy conditions, especially in wind-sheltered areas. Forecasting models are unclear if overnight winds will be strong enough to keep fog at bay in the metro area.

Once any lingering fog burns away, expect partly sunny skies and a high of about 49 degrees.

Saturday could also start with some dense fog, but it’s likely to clear faster than Friday’s did. Once the fog is gone, Portland will see mostly sunny skies and a high of about 50 degrees.

Clear skies and above normal temperatures will be the theme through Sunday and into the first part of next week. Current long-range forecasts are showing no chances of rain through about Wednesday.

4 Portland eateries make Yelp’s top 100 US restaurants of 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Yelp has announced its top 100 restaurants for 2022, and four Portland eateries made the list.The mobile app and website created the list by reaching out to “Yelpers” for their favorite dining spots. Then, Yelp ranked each by total number of submissions, rantings, reviews and geographic representation.The list also highlighted restaurants from all over the country.Below, you will find the four Portland restaurants that made the list, along with one outside of the Portland metro a...

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Yelp has announced its top 100 restaurants for 2022, and four Portland eateries made the list.

The mobile app and website created the list by reaching out to “Yelpers” for their favorite dining spots. Then, Yelp ranked each by total number of submissions, rantings, reviews and geographic representation.

The list also highlighted restaurants from all over the country.

Below, you will find the four Portland restaurants that made the list, along with one outside of the Portland metro area:

Location: 525 S.W. Morrison St., 15th Fl, Portland

Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday

Contact Information: (503) 802-5370

The downtown restaurant focuses on pan-Asian cuisine overlooking the City of Roses.

“From street food-styled starters and meal-sized classics, to rice and noodle specialties to ethically-sourced sushi, Departure Portland embraces the bounty of the Pacific Northwest to deliver the fiery flavors of the Far East,” said Departure on its website. “Whether steamed or stir-fried, smoked or sautéed, each dish leads guests to another stage along Departure’s culinary adventure.”

Location: 422 S.E. 81st Ave., Portland

Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday – Sunday

Contact Information: (503) 208-2253

According to the restaurant‘s Instagram, it serves fresh fish, cold sake and 20 micros on tap.

Location: 2038 S.E. Clinton St., Portland

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday – Sunday for Lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday – Sunday for dinner

Contact Information: (503) 231-2859

The restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine and has a sushi bar available for both fish and vegetarians alike.

“Our masterful sushi chefs use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients from fish to vegetables, along with the exceptional service you expect,” according to Yama and Sushi & Izakaya’s website.

Thai Sky Kitchen

Location: 6036 S.E. Division St, Portland

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday

Contact Information: (971) 222-5649 and website

Location: 401 E 10th St., The Dalles

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday – Saturday

Contact Information: (541) 980-5001

The Riv operates as an espresso bar, kitchen and venue space out of a 100-year-old church.

“The Riv Cafe still operates as a Breakfast and Lunch Cafe,” said its website. “They have become known for outstanding espresso, house made pastries, farm to table style food and are Blue Zone Approved.”

For a full list of restaurants on Yelp’s list, click here.

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