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Feb 26, 2007 06:49 PM

Fage yogurt - can I get it in Vancouver?

Just back from a trip to the US and had some fantastic yogurt imported from Greece. Anyone ever tried Fage? Anyone know if I can get it in Vancouver? How about a reasonable fascimile? The 2% was great, the 0% was fine.

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  1. I'm not sure if Trader Joe's exists in Vancouver, but they carry this product. Greek style yogurt, such as Fage, is nothing more than strained regular yogurt. You can make this yourself. Here's the play by play:
    1. Place a basket-style coffee filter into a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl that will fit into the refrigerator.
    2. Place plain yogurt of choice into the coffee filter, cover the sieve and bowl, and refrigerate over night.
    You should have deliciously thick yogurt by mornin' time to enjoy with crunchy granola and fresh fruit. I like to sweeten plain yogurt with a little honey or real maple syrup.

    1. The Fage website doesn't list Canada as a place they exporet to. I'm also disappointed. It's very different than what we used to called 'yogurt cheese' which is what is descibed above. Especially the Fage with Greek honey.

      1. There are no Trader Joe's anywhere in Canada.

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        1. re: John Manzo

          I had Fage yougurt and it definitively has a different flavor and texture from the yougurt that you can get in Canada. Most of Canadian yougurts have thickening agents added and many have corn syrup as a filler not to mention "poor" microbial cultures. I would try Whole Foods in W. Van to see if they might not have it or some of the Greek delies on the west side (10th Ave. area).

        2. How bizarre. I was just about to post asking if anyone knew where I could get it in Calgary. I share your disappointment! ANd straining the yogurt does approximate the consistency, but the flavor isn't quite the same.

          1. Alex- we get labneh from any Lebanese grocery in Calgary. Same thing. Mix it with a drizzle of honey-- heaven!

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            1. re: John Manzo

              Thanks John. Can you tell me where some of these Lebanese grocery stores are? I tried the yellow pages, but no luck. Do they have obvious "lebanese" names or are they lebanese-owned corner store type places?

              1. re: alex8alot

                We get it from Middle Eastern Bakery in Forest Lawn (NE corner of 52nd St and 17th Ave SE, in the ugly strip mall), but really if you go to any middle eastern bakery you'll find it there.

                I agree that there is a kind of Greek yogurt that I used to have in grad school, it was a gyros place that had the most amazing buttery grilled pita and they made their tzatziki with this yogurt, it was almost greasy in its richness.... it's more silky than labneh, but labneh is damn good as a form of strained yogurt.