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Looking for Lizano Salsa

anonymoose Jun 10, 2009 10:20 PM

I'm looking for Lizano Salsa (from Costa Rica), preferably in Edmonton but other places in Alberta or maybe even Vancouver will be okay too.

In Edmonton, Paraiso Tropical said they have carry the same kind of sauce but from a different brand, so I will likely try that one and see how it tastes. The person who answered the phone at El Rancho Latin Market told me they didn't speak English and hung up on me.

I'd prefer to avoid ordering it online and paying for shipping costs and/or customs. :(

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    Bob Mac Jun 11, 2009 07:55 AM

    LOL...good customer relations from El Rancho...yikes

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      squeegeeboy Jun 11, 2009 07:57 AM

      Only spot we have found it (close to Vancouver) is in Pike Place Market, where there is a Latin groceria that carreis it. Very VERY hard to find from our experience, and like you we were not interested in ordering a case from Unilever.

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      1. re: squeegeeboy
        grayelf Jun 11, 2009 08:08 AM

        I wonder if South China Seas might have it -- they carry a few sauces from Central America...

        South China Seas Trading Co Ltd
        1904 Grant St, Vancouver, BC V5L, CA

        South China Seas Trading
        1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H, CA

        1. re: grayelf
          fmed Jun 11, 2009 08:36 AM

          flowbee posted that Art Knapp's in Surrey had the best hot sauce selection in the Vancouver area:


          Worth a phone call?

          1. re: fmed
            anonymoose Jun 11, 2009 09:04 AM

            It's not a hot sauce but I'll give them a call anyway! Thanks fmed.

            1. re: anonymoose
              fmed Jun 11, 2009 09:19 AM

              Ah yes...I see that it is more akin to HP sauce. I'll keep an eye out.

          2. re: grayelf
            anonymoose Jun 11, 2009 09:05 AM

            Thanks grayelf I'll make sure to check them. Is this the same company that had a location on Granville Island?

            1. re: anonymoose
              Sam Salmon Jun 11, 2009 09:11 AM

              Consider ordering online from someone who will ship *USPS EXPRESS MAIL*, it's fast not expensive at all.

              I say this because although I've seen it @ El Sureño on Commercial Drive in YVR the bottles were old and the contents-which aren't an attractive colour to begin with-looked slimy and yucky.

              1. re: anonymoose
                grayelf Jun 11, 2009 12:44 PM

                Yes it is (the Johnston Street address) but I just called both and neither have it :-(. Maybe you could give us a bit more info as I think we were all assuming it was a hot salsa/sauce...

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            truthserum Jun 11, 2009 03:18 PM

            If you have any connections out East, there have been several responses to a similar query in the Ontario board.

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              grayelf Jun 11, 2009 03:38 PM

              I found a reference to the Lizano brand being purchased by Knorr on some webpage but I could not find any evidence of that happening. I also now know that it is a veggie based condiment but not at all like a hot sauce :-)

              1. re: grayelf
                Sam Salmon Jun 11, 2009 03:50 PM

                Salsa Lizano is a thin vaguely fruity brown sauce in the HP mould, content details here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salsa_Li...

                It only tastes good in Costa Rica-because Tico food is so uniformly awful.

                1. re: Sam Salmon
                  anonymoose Jun 12, 2009 11:01 AM

                  The taste is odd, but when I added it to rice and beans it was soooo good.
                  The closest I could think of for taste was a V8 but without the tomato, and more spices.
                  Recipes recommend substituting Worcestershire sauce.

                  Thanks for the help everybody.

                  1. re: anonymoose
                    fmed Jun 13, 2009 03:03 PM

                    Found (as Sam posted earlier) at El Sureno on Commercial Dr. The bottles looked new and clean.

                    Anonymoose - if you wish, contact me through the http://vanchow.ning.com group and I will mail you a bottle.

                    El Sureno Market
                    1730 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N, CA

                    1. re: fmed
                      raidar Jun 13, 2009 03:27 PM

                      Great find fmed.

                      1. re: fmed
                        anonymoose Jun 15, 2009 01:03 PM

                        Aw, that's so sweet! I'm going out of town but will probably let you know sometime next week. Thank you!

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                          lovinitt Aug 24, 2009 01:46 PM

                          FYI-i found it on ebay & amazon- (ebay was cheapier) I purchased 8 bottles and the shipping was bad at all $11- Dont get me wrong i would love to be able to walk in to a store and buy it.

                        2. re: fmed
                          anonymoose Aug 28, 2009 12:57 PM

                          Just wanted to update - a relative in Vancouver bought some for me and is bringing it to me this weekend. Was about the same price as on eBay, but without the shipping charge.

                          Thanks again for the help everybody!

                2. Jetgirly Aug 24, 2009 02:59 PM

                  Next time you call El Rancho, say: "Lo siento, no hablo espagnol. Tiene salsa Lizano?" If they answer with a whole bunch of words in Spanish, just keep repeating, "Salsa Lizano, si or no?"

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