Greek Yogurt in Calgary
I thought it was time to start a Calgary specific thread for this.
I haven't made it out to Frest Lawn for the yogurt recommended by John Manzo nor have I checked the Greek store kittycorner to The Good Earth on 11 st and about 15 ave SW. Has anyone else? I really should since they may also have Santorini honey which I cannot find even at the honey vendor at the Farmer's Market. It's different because the bees have access to wild thyme. I'll try to get there this week.
I see the Vancouverites list another brand - Arvand. I sent an e-mail to Sunterra asking if they have access to that brand.
I'll be in Florida in a couple of weeks but carrying yogurt home from the US is getting old.
Sharonanne- I'll try to make a point of checking out Kalamata Grocery today. They've done some renos and let's hope it's increased their shelf space.
Got down to Kalamata Grocery. I picked up a plastic tub of strained Greek yogurt. Looks like it may be packed in house. It was $3.99 for about 500 ml. It's good but it isn't Fage. It is much thicker, more like cream cheese with a more pronounced sour taste than Fage. Not a bad thing at all just different. There is no fat content on the label but I'm betting it is high. It would make an amazing tzatziki. I couldn't eat it every day either.
They also had a more commercial brand. I think it was Astro but since I can get that at Safeway I didn't buy it. There was a sheep's milk yogurt that I will try the next time I go down there.
The honey selection is pretty nice. I read the labels carefully, saw no mention of Santorini but took the one that mentioned wild thyme to the cashier and asked about Santorini honey. He had no idea if they had such a thing but he said he had tried all of the brands they carry and this was the best. The brand was Attika. The three of us think it is as close as we can remember. The honey isn't as sweet as Canadian honey but has a unique aftertaste.
Finally, I picked up some really good bread. Two 10 inch flat rounds well brushed with olive oil. Either really thick pita or round foccacia. Warmed in the oven it was incredible.
What would be really good is the yogurt and honey spread on the warm bread.
Because of the various queries and my own curiousity I emailed FAGE Usa yesterday about availability of their products in Canada and this was their response(which was super quick I might add):
Thank you for your e-mail and interest in our FAGE Total Greek yogurts. Unfortunately, due to 100% duty restrictions and quotas on yogurts, we are unable to export to Canada at this time. We are working on finding a solution and hopefully sell in Canada in the near future. In the meantime, I would suggest stocking up with FAGE Total Greek Yogurt on your next trip to NY. I have seen so many Canadian people doing that.
Our Total Greek Yogurts can be found at Wegmans, Hannaford's, Giants, Price Chopper Markets, etc.
If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for being a loyal customer and we would greatly appreciate it if you could recommend our products to your friends and relatives.
FAGE USA, CORP.
25-26 50th Street, Suite# 202
Woodside, NY 11377
Tel: (718) 204-5323 x 104
Fax: (718) 204-1842
I used to be able to get Fage yogurt at Zagara's grocey store in in Cleveland, Ohio when I lived there (just before moving to Calgary), so the pertinent question to FAGE USA, CORP should be how far west in the US do they distribute their product. If it's Montana, Idaho or Washington, it might be worth a run to the border! I concur with the rest, after having visited Athens and Mikonos, Fage was the closest to fulfilling my craving for greek-style yogurt.
I think the furthest west I have bought Fage is Las Vegas. Since that was at a Whole Foods store I'm betting they carry it at the California stores too. There is a Whole Foods in Seattle but not in Idaho or Montana that I can see.
It's actually easier for me to make a run to Las Vegas but I haven't had enough of a craving to brave airport security. I'll be in the US in April so I'll be returning with that full suitcase.
I just tried the Phoenicia yogurt (3.25% MF) from Shaganappi Grocery which is in the strip mall near 17th ave and 37 st SW by Liquidation World. While thick, it is sour compared to Fage and lacks the smooth mouth feel that even fat free Fage has.
The store is nice and clean though and has a good selection of fresh looking spices, breads and nuts. They also have large bottles of Attika honey for $12.95.
In negotiations now with husband for a trip to Vegas. Wonder how many people go to Vegas for yogurt.