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Meaka Henningson with Paulina Kwan, the owner of Keefer Court bakery.

Meaka Henningsen with Paulina Kwan, the owner of Keefer Court Chinese bakery on the West Bank.

U guide to international markets

By Jennifer Schulz

From eNews, August 19, 2004

International students come to the University of Minnesota from more than 130 different countries. And often, the one thing they miss the most from their home countries is the food.

Now, thanks to a new publication by the University's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), these students can feel less homesick and more easily enjoy the tastes of home, right here in Minnesota.

The International and Ethnic Grocery Markets in the Twin Cities is a guide that lists more than 70 local markets that specialize in ethnic groceries and products. The directory is divided geographically, with each listing falling under a Twin Cities area. The directory also notes the grocery stores that are ISSS staff favorites and those that are near a bus line.

"We developed the directory with new international students in mind," says Meaka Henningsen, the ISSS office administrator who decided to put the directory together after years of fielding questions from the U's international community. "But a wide variety of students and staff, including native Minnesotans, have told me they've been using the directory to find new places to shop and explore different cultures. It's fun to try new foods from all over the world without even leaving the Twin Cities."

The directory is available online at