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serrano ham in Vancouver

vandan Feb 19, 2009 08:45 AM

anyone know where to get it, i figure oyama is a really good bet but is there anywhere else?and is it almost identical to easily sourced prosciutto?

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    gourmet wife RE: vandan Feb 19, 2009 09:52 AM

    If you're talking about the one from Spain, Bosa has it. Can't remember if Cioffi in Burnaby carries it not but I'm pretty sure they do. I find the serrano has a sweeter taste to it and there's something else but I can't pin point it but it's good. If only we can find iberico jamon (black pig) from Spain that would great. What hubs did a couple of times was purchase various types of parma, serrano and proschiuto from various sources and just pigged out on it with friends. Cioffi has the best parma. Whole foods has one from the states that a lot people like, it's not bad, pretty creamy/butter however, they have this raw taste to it that we're not fond of.

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      vandan RE: gourmet wife Feb 19, 2009 10:06 AM

      great help, is it that serrano is maybe les salty? hard to imagine anything as salty as prosciutto

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        vandan RE: vandan Feb 19, 2009 10:18 AM

        as an aside in regard to the saltiness, off the top of my head, i can't think of any food that i can be enjoying so much 1 minute and so tired of the the next, is it just me?

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          vandan RE: vandan Feb 19, 2009 05:12 PM

          santa barbara market had spanish and non-spanish serrano

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      nonfob RE: vandan Feb 21, 2009 06:11 PM

      If you like Serrano, you might want to check out jamon iberico. The only place I know you can get it in Vancouver is at oyama. Way better, it's not called the holy grail of ham for no reason!

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        vandan RE: nonfob Feb 23, 2009 05:01 PM

        well nonfob i took your advice and headed to bosa to buy some iberico, and almost dropped when the woman told me the price ($20/100 gr) i mean i knew it wasn't gonna be cheap but $200/kg !!!! i opted for the serrano at $4/ 100gr, not cheap either but a price i was prepared to pay, and hey its pretty tasty stuff as well, btw if bosa sells it at that price i can't imagine how much oyama charges, any idea?

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          gourmet wife RE: vandan Feb 24, 2009 07:15 AM

          Bosa has Iberico Jamon?? I thought they only sold the Serrano Jamon? Iberico isn't usually readily available in North America, hmm, interesting to find out.

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            peter.v RE: gourmet wife Feb 24, 2009 07:24 AM

            Bosa is one of a few importers who started to bring in Iberico as of last year after some regulations changed.

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              vandan RE: gourmet wife Feb 24, 2009 09:26 AM


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                gourmet wife RE: vandan Feb 24, 2009 12:40 PM

                Thanks everyone. They must of had a new shipment in because from Nov-Jan, all they had to offer was the serrano one.

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          NRF RE: vandan Feb 23, 2009 07:22 PM

          In West Vancouver, Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats had some very good looking Spanish Serrano when we last visited. Plan to shop there when you want (and are prepared to pay) the finest meat available.

          Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats
          2425 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V, CA

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            vandan RE: NRF Feb 24, 2009 01:14 PM

            ok so i just called oyama to see what princely fee they charge for it and , have a seat folks but sell it for $36/ 100 gr

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              peter.v RE: vandan Feb 24, 2009 02:07 PM

              A bargain at Bosa then! Haha.

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                fmed RE: peter.v Feb 24, 2009 05:33 PM

                Everything is a bargain there! I love shopping at Bosa.

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                Pollo RE: vandan Feb 24, 2009 05:54 PM

                Do you know if it's Bellota?....if not then it's 10x more than what it should be for a non-Bellota ham. In US Dean & Deluca has the real deal for ~$450 per leg (~13 lb).

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