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Nov 13, 2007 07:57 AM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. This is the response from Sunterra regarding Arvand yogurt.

      "I made some calls regarding this product and unfortunately, no-one knows this brand."

      Thanks for checking Kalamata.

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      1. re: sharonanne

        I sorta... forgot. Sorry- now I'm away until next week- hopefully somebody else can solve this mystery before then (return Mon evening)

        1. re: John Manzo

          Not a problem. If I get down that way I'll look. It must be time to buy some mizithra cheese and vine leaves anyway.

      2. Hi Sharonanne,

        Kalamata Grocery does indeed carry Greek strained yogurt. I don't recall the brand but the one we get comes in a little pail. Its fat content is rather high for me to consider for daily eating but it makes the most deslish tzatziki. Happy hunting!

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        1. re: Jasz

          My dad also informs me that they carry Santorini honey too.

          1. re: Jasz

            Thank you so much. I'll get down there as soon as I can.

            1. re: sharonanne

              hi sharonanne, please share your thoughts once you do: fage-worthy or no? I have just been straining the liberty organic as a sub. it's hard for me to get down there, but for the right tub, I could swing it!

              1. re: alex8alot

                I promise to report back, maybe even compare when I return from Florida. I already have the map to the Ft Lauderdale Whole Foods printed out and in the travel folder.

                1. re: sharonanne

                  too funny . between the two of us, we could compile a trader joe's/whole foods atlas for distribution to the food-obsessed!

                2. re: alex8alot

                  Reading this thread with interest. I strain Liberte too for tzatziki. I had some Delphi honey from our trip to Greece but it is long gone. I'll have to somehow make it down to Kalamata too.

            2. re: Jasz

              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.

              1. re: sharonanne

                thanks sharonanne, great info. hmmm. I like the promise of high fat content, but really dislike sour tasting yogurt, hence the FAge obsession. But I will try it out. Hope you had a good trip?

            3. 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):

              Dear Erica,

              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.


              Katerina Pappas

              FAGE USA, CORP.
              25-26 50th Street, Suite# 202
              Woodside, NY 11377
              Tel: (718) 204-5323 x 104
              Fax: (718) 204-1842

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              1. re: maplesugar

                Thank God "Canada" is next to "New York"!

                I think I'll drive down to Wegman's tomorrow to pick some up and bring it back to "Canada."

                1. re: John Manzo

                  lol I didn't have the heart to point that out to her when I sent her a thank you. I appreciate her getting back to me, although she does lose a few points for that one (gee I wonder where our stereotypes come from heh)

                  1. re: maplesugar

                    Yeah, a quick response is a heck of a lot better than none. But once again we're reminded how far we are from the US border compared to Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver...

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      Are we even allowed to bring dairy over the border? I can see the headlines now - "Foodie charged with yogurt smuggling!"

                      1. re: anonymoose

                        I'm in major trouble if we aren't. I've done it many times and I don't lie to Customs officers.

                2. re: maplesugar

                  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.

                  1. re: 8it4dinner

                    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.

                3. 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.