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Best Hot Sauce selection - Vancouver BC

aussiewonder Dec 16, 2008 11:58 AM

I'd like to give a gift of hot sauce selections and wondering if anyone could recommend a particular store (outside of Capers and Urban Fare) that has a good selection of hot sauces and gourmet food products in Vancouver BC. Any recommendations for favourite brands would be good too - the recipient has a diverse palette so I'm open to suggestions.

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    lunchslut Dec 16, 2008 04:33 PM

    My recommendations of gourment stores for a selection fo hot sauces would be:

    1. South China Seas Trading Company
    Their "wall of fire" should give you the international selection hot sauces you will need. They have a location in the market at Granville Island and a new one on Victoria just north of 1st Avenue
    2. The Gourmet Warehouse on Hastings Street just east of Clark
    The gourmet mecca for foodies this gourmet store should meet your needs for sauces, cooking implements and anything else chowhound.
    My recommendation at GWh is Fischer & Wieser's Raspberry Chipotle Sauce -- a heavenly balance of sweet and heat -this sauce can be served as a condiment on a cheese plate or as a barbecue sauce for chicken. It is completely addictive -guaranteed

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    1. re: lunchslut
      aussiewonder Dec 17, 2008 09:41 AM

      thanks lunchslut, i'm going to check out GWh - i think that might be a good place for the other foodie gifts on my list.

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      vandan Dec 16, 2008 05:50 PM

      t&t or sunrise for asian hot sauces

      1. flowbee Dec 16, 2008 07:01 PM

        There's some stuff at Sammy J Peppers on Granville Island too http://www.sjpeppers.com . Just as you walk inside, there's a selection of hot sauces and even super-hot microwave popcorn there (Dave's Insanity...love the stuff). I noticed Pure Cap there on one visit. The prices are not that great, but if you're a hot sauce aficionado, you're used to paying a premium for hot sauces.

        If you want to make the trek out to Surrey, Art Knapps has the BIGGEST selection of them all http://www.artknapp.ca

        I personally like hot sauces by Hatari Bros and Denzels.

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          vandan Dec 16, 2008 09:17 PM

          omg art knapp for hot sauces crazzzy!!

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            fmed Dec 16, 2008 09:38 PM

            Incredible find flowbee. I'm not a hot sauce guy, but that store looks pretty impressive -- like the hot sauce boutiques you might see down in the States.

        2. peter.v Dec 17, 2008 12:18 AM

          I know South China Seas carries Marie Sharp's sauces from Belize. They're up there on my favorite list. I know this isn't an obscure rec, but Blair's is being carried by IGA these days. There seems to be a big push by Blair's Canadian distributor in the past few months for product availability.

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            vandan Dec 17, 2008 05:15 AM

            also have a look @ Rice World across the street from sunrise, even if they don't have what you need its a pretty cool place to wander around as its completetely under the radar for alot of ppl

          2. waver Dec 17, 2008 10:56 AM

            What a nice gift idea. South China Seas carries a decent variety including my favorite: Bufalo brand chipotle sauce. Love it. They also have Pickapeppa and a variety of sambals. So you could put together a pretty cross-cultural selection.

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              powriv Sep 10, 2009 12:49 AM

              I can't remember the name of the store but its on the lowest level of Lonsdale Quay and they have some great hot sauces. Anything above 1, 000, 000 Scoville units they keep behind the counter in a locked glass case. They had some Blair's 3am and 4am sauce. The owner made me wash my hands after just touching the bottle

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                grubgeek Apr 7, 2010 11:51 AM

                Check out a store called "Fresh isBest" at Bayswater and Broadway in Kits. Awesome hot sauce selection, tons of mexican stuff, and the best salsa and chips you'll ever taste. www.freshisbestvancouver.ca

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                  julesincoq Apr 7, 2010 02:14 PM

                  Love their chips and salsa (If you have to buy salsa this is the closest to home made). You can get both at Thrifty's.

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                    grayelf Apr 10, 2010 11:15 PM

                    Made in Kamloops, IIRC.

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