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May 24, 2009 03:53 PM

Local source for Xipister?

As reported elsewhere, yesterday I had an enjoyable encounter with Xipister, a Basque condiment that appears to be red wine vinegar flavoured with garlic, thyme and Espelette peppers. It was great on asparagus but reportedly is also used as a basting sauce for grilled meats (analogous to Portuguese piri-piri?). Has anyone seen it in a retail store in Montreal? Thanks.

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  1. I know this isn't a retail store, but if you can't find any, this might help you on your search: Their prices (and shipping seem reasonable and they do sell Accoceberry brand, which seems to be one of the few that make Xipister. Ogourmet doesn't sell xipister, but they do sell espelette pepper powder which is the main ingredient. Also, as they already import other Accoceberry products, maybe they will special order it for you.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help and good luck in your search. I'll keep my eyes open (and pick some up for myself too!).

    1. If you get to Toronto at all, there is a wonderful bakery on St Clair called Pain Perdu. It is run and owned by a Basque family. They have it there, BUT ONLY if you ask for it.