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Jul 15, 2008 08:55 AM

Sobeys Urban Fresh, Edmonton (and other stuff)...

I am going to Edmonton Thursday to pick up some goods I cannot get here (i.e. good olive oils, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, sumac, duck, lamb, oxtail, etc.) and have compiled a list of spots recommended on this board. I am also going to bakeries you've recommended.

Is this Sobeys worth a look? Does it offer anything other grocery stores do not?

By the way, where is the best place to purchase great olive oils? The Italian centre?

We are going to the Red Ox Inn for dinner as recommended as well.

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  1. I 've only been there once, and didn't fnd it interesting or unique enough to warrant a special trip. There's another thread on here somewhere from when it just opened, and it sounded good, but I went looking for duck, elk, caribou, etc (all mentioned in the other thread as being there)..things not stocked in most grocery stores, and except for a dry and flavourless elk sausage, and a very dry and hard and EXPENSIVE smoked duck breast, nothing interesting. Those were both at the deli counter, and there was nothing at the meat counter other than the basic chicken/beef/pork...

    Others have also cited the cheese section as being good, but other than 2 or 3 interesting things it was pretty much the same as any other grocery store. And not at all as good as Italian Centre or Paddy's.

    And yes, Italian Centre is probably best for olive oil.

    Not sure what is on your list or what has been recommended already, but I was in a middle eastern store on Saturday that had a very good selection of spices. Can't remmeber the name, but it was at 134 ave and 113 st, in the same plaza as a halal meat store and Paradiso Bakery. If you are in the mood for baklava, Paradiso is the place!

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    1. re: Dan G

      I agree - I was in Save On (Strathcona) yesterday and they had duck - smoked and regular.
      Yes, Italian Centre for olive oil (and lots of other things), 99 Market (Chinatown) for lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, and you may want to check out Buffalo Valley Variety Meats for various game meats. Happy shopping!

      1. re: ihatepickyeaters

        Excellent advice - I appreciate it. I will not bother going there then and spend my time at specialty food shops. We will definitely return to the Italian Centre and try 99 Market, Buffalo Valley, Paraiso Tropical, Tree Stone Bakery, Spice Bazaar. Dan G, is that the place you meant for spices? If we have time (have a 3-hour drive) we will try T&T Harvest Hills. Does that sound like a good itinerary? And we are going to Culina for dinner. Whew - it will be a great day filled with food shopping! Can hardly wait...

        1. re: chefathome

          That sounds good. If it's a Thursday, you should be okay. For future, if it's a Saturday, get to Tree Stone early (they were out of fresh-baked bread by noon last Saturday!) or call ahead and order. And get to Paraiso Tropical around lunch hour for the steam table (only on Sat).

          1. re: chefathome

            Maybe it's just early and I'm sleepy but are you going to T&T in Calgary and then to Edmonton?

            1. re: sharonanne

              I asked on another post for ideas for specialty stores in Edmonton as we are new to Alberta. One person suggested T&T so that is where I got it from. So there is no such thing in Edmonton??

              1. re: chefathome

                There is a T&T in West Edmonton Mall. I think Harvest Hills must be a Calgary neighbourhood though.

                1. re: Dan G

                  Yes Harvest Hills in N.E. Calgary.

                  Here is a link to the T&T website if you're looking for specific addresses.


        2. re: Dan G

          I definitely agree. Not really worth a special trip. They do have a nice selection of dried mushrooms though, in case you stop at DeVine wines across the street.

          1. re: Dan G

            i think the middle eastern store is called el safadi's. if you like the baked goods they sell, you should go a little farther east down 134 ave until you hit a small stip mall beside a school- you will find a bakery called sunshine or something like that- they sell fantastic baked spinich pockets and meat pockets.

            1. re: jim bachinski

              Yes, that's it - El Safadi. It was my first venture into that area on Saturday, specifically going to Paradiso because someone has recently brought some of their baklava to my house. They mentioned a place that sells spinach pies but I couldn't remember where exactly. Sunshine...must go there (I think they are the ones who supply Italian Centre with baklava).