The last place you’d expect to find the finest selection of international groceries is off the beaten path in Lake Forest. Set among other warehouses, you’ll find My Panier’s warehouse market, a nirvana for anyone who appreciates fine foods and groceries from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the U.K., even Japan, Africa, Canada, and gourmet finds from the U.S.
In the same way that its neighbor, Amis de la Terre is dedicated to zero-waste, plastic-free kitchen pantry items, Fill Up Buttercup in Costa Mesa is the place for nontoxic household essentials that reduce plastic waste. Owner Jamie Lake opened Fill Up Buttercup in August of 2020 with the intention of planting seeds in minds about how much waste a household produces and to start questioning daily product ingredients.
More than a grocery store, Amis de la Terre Market in Costa Mesa is a zero-waste market. Now, you can find your favorite organic pantry staples and health foods without contributing to the waste cycle. Amis de la Terre Market is the brainchild of newlyweds Jessica Walden and Chris McGuire, two graduate students of the UCI Ph.D. program in Earth System Science. After years of research on the ocean, while finding microplastics in water samples from local beaches, they decided to create an answer to eliminating plastic packaging from pantry staples that can have a dramatic impact on consumer plastic waste.