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Happy Monday everyone!  These are a few foodie features I’m crushing on right now. I can’t get enough of these recently discovered treats and I hope you enjoy them too, check them out below.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I have found the best snickerdoodle cookie on the face of the Earth.  I suppose it wasn’t a hard sell since I’ll approve pretty much anything ‘snickerdoodle’  but I really do declare this to be the best of the best.  Vancouver’s own bake shop Butter Baked Goods has created a  Maple Snickerdoodle Sandwich. The puffy snickerdoodle cookies are stuck together with sweet maple icing. Without being too sugary the buttery taste makes for a perfect medley of flavours. Butter Baked Goods can be found at their adorable little bakeshop on 4321 Dunbar Street in Vancouver or at various local Whole Foods Markets and Urban Fare grocery stores in Vancouver. Also, right now for the holiday season Butter Baked Goods is offering their goodies boxed up for the holiday season and are taking custom orders right now. You can find them at www.butterbakedgoods.com

Another product I’m loving right now is Epicure’s Curry Dip Mix. It’s an exotic blend of indian spices can be used in various dishes. The directions on the bottle recommends you mix a spoonful of the dip with a little bit of mayonnaise and sour cream to create their delicious dip. I have been using this on everything. It’s great for dipping with veggies, tortillas, prawns but it can also be used for a spread for burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, lamb chops etc. The little jar will last you a long time and only cost $7.95 a bottle. It’s a handy little mix to keep around for the holiday season as it will spice up any holiday party platter. Epicure Selections can be found in almost any community at various trade shows and markets or you can check out their website to find a consultant in your area www.epicureselections.com


The Bench Market located on Upper Bench road in Penticton is a great place for  unique culinary finds or even a relaxing sunday brunch. This little gem of a  deli/gourmet grocery store is always offering new and local products and cuisine. One of my favourite items that also doubles as an excellent stocking stuffer this holiday season is their  toasted sweet almonds. They are crunchy and just sweet enough without taking away from the almond. The Bench market also makes a spicy version of the almonds for $3.99 a pop. www.thebenchmarket.com

Who doesn’t like dessert? Dessert without the guilt? Even better!  With only 7 grams of fat per skewer  these little treats will curb your chocolate craving without make you feel like your missing out.  You won’t even realize that you are actually eating a banana. These little Belgian milk chocolate treats are available at  M&M Meat Shop. www.mmmeatshops.com

Do you shop at certain grocery stores for the prices, brands, quality or certain products? Do you drive half way across town just because one store offers the tastiest cut of meat, or unique sauces? Usually I shop anywhere from big box Sav-on Foods to the Kitsilano Capers Market. Different stores have different items to offer that are often unique to that them. I’ve complied a list of my favourite store food finds from various Canadian grocers, these items are on my “must get” list whenever I stop at these stores. I will feature a different grocery store in each ‘Grocery Store Gold’ segment. Also, I’ll keep adding more as I discover them.

Today’s feature grocery store is ‘The Real Canadian Superstore’. They are a favourite of mine mainly because of their low-priced food that is actually outstanding quality. Their President’s Choice Line of products is a culinary adventure as they are constantly discovering new recipes from around the world and bringing them to our Canadian stores. Not to mentioned their Joe Fresh line of clothing helps you get your groceries and a new wardrobe all in one stop. Here’s what to add to your grocery list next time your shopping at Superstore.

Maple Balsamic Vinegrette – Maybe it’s the Canadian in me but this balsamic maple salad dressing is simply delicious. Everytime I have guests over I usually dress my salads with it and they are immediately asking what kind of dressing it is. The maple taste is subtle and compliments the creamy balsamic flavour. I usually put it on a spinach salad with a variety of veggies but it can be used on any type of lettuce really. I haven’t yet tried it in cooking but I have a feeling that it would be excellent to saute some meat in as well.

PC Vegetable Lasagna with 7 Cheeses – This is another must pick up whenever I got to Superstore. You would think that perhaps a veggie lasagna would be lacking in heartiness without the meat but you don’t miss it. It’s packed full of vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, corn, spinach and onions. The cheeses are creamy and substantial and it’s a fabulous way to get your vegetables. It’s a definite must try

PC Splendido Rose’ Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce – This is my ‘go to’ pasta sauce. Instead of spaghetti night after spaghetti night I find this is a tasty change that is always a hit. I usually fry up onions and white mushrooms then add the pasta sauce. Add some fried chorizo and add to some boiled tortelinni and voila delicious alternative to a spaghetti dinner. Don’t make the mistake of buying the lighter option of the sauce from the PC Blue Menu though, it lacks flavour. This sauce to be kept refrigerated, you can find it in the deli section.

PC Thai Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Skewers – This is another delicious product from the President’s Choice line of products. They are easy enough to make and come seasoned. I typically fry them in a pan, bending the wooden skewers to make it easier to flip. This can be great as a appetizers for a party or a dinner, accompanied with rice and salad. They don’t take long to cook and are a fast meal idea.

PC Red Velvet Cheesecake – This isn’t a hard sell, most people can’t resist a slice of cheesecake. This soft and creamy cake goes well any season. Superstore has a wide variety of cakes and desserts, including freshly baked doughnuts. Their sugared jelly centered is a personal favourite. I’m also hoping that this holiday season Superstore brings back their Candy Cane Peppermint Cheesecake.

PC Thai Sauces – The PC line of Thai products is well done. Nothing too spicy which works easily for family dinners. The Yellow and Green curry sauces are similar to those found at most Thai restaurants and can be whipped up rather quickly into a meal accompanied with PC Jasmine rice. Another excellent product is their frozen Thai meals, I find that the yellow curry meal with chicken is the best as the green one includes shrimp that gets a bit watery when cooked in the microwave.

The Superstores own house brand is incredible quality at the best price, their produce department is usually excellent as well has a variety fruit and vegetables for all cuisine. One of the only downsides to shopping at Superstore is that you have to plunk $1 into the cart, which can be inconvenient because I don’t always have a loonie on me. Overall I give The Real Canadian Superstore 4/5 Grocery carts.