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Bitter Lemon and Fage Greek Style yoghurt


I'm in Vancouver and I'm looking for two items that I have never seen here that I really hope are indeed in Vancouver:
1) Schweppes' Bitter Lemon
2) Fage Greek Style yoghurt

I've only had Bitter Lemon in Europe, and Fage in Europe and the US. I'm hoping that there is a specialty shop that carries these items that I am overlooking.

Any help would be appreciated.


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  1. Liberte makes a euro style lemon yogurt which I like but it is 8% bf I believe. It is available at Safeways and several other major supermarkets. It is very thick tasty and tangy but I don't know if it is similar to Fage. Celtic Treasure Chest in Vancouver and British Butcher Shop in N.Van both stock a variety of British goods not sure about bitter lemon.

    1. I was just thinking about posting to ask if anyone knew whether Schweppes Bitter Lemon was available in Vancouver (I want to try it with Pimm's). My parents drank it all the time when I was a kid and that makes me think it was available domestically as they were not in a position to splurge out on "imported" soft drinks back then :-). It seems like Schweppes was bought up by Canada Dry which was in turn bought up by the 7Up googlcorp... I can't find a website that lists products. Sigh. Maybe I'll just mix some lemon juice and tonic water...

      Re the yogurt, if actual Greek will do, I believe both Parthenon and Minerva's carry it.

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      1. re: grayelf

        For a thick tasty European style yogurt, why don't you try ASTRO Balkan style? It is so tasty!

        1. re: VanGrrl

          Fage seems to have a cultish following. I have not had a opportunity to sample Fage and am curious how it compares to locally available Astro or Krinos Balkan. There is also a Macedonian yogurt that we have purchased around town that is thick - I don't know the brand because it is always sold in unlabeled plastic tubs.

          From what I have gathered, enthusiasts say that you can try merely straining a good Greek yogurt overnight in cheesecloth to approximate Fage. Haven't tried this, but it could be worth a shot.

          And then there is this thread on DIY Fage:

          1. re: fmed

            I'm one of the Fage addicts. It is actually a strained yogurt. The last batch we bought in CA was the first time I've noticed those words on the label. Might have always been there and I didn't notice before.

            I think the one with a side-car of honey is particularly appealing. Greek honey is so good. The other appeal is that even the zero fat stuff is thick and rich. This time was the first time we found lower fat yogurt (2%) with honey. Even the cherries and other sidecar flavours are good, more fruit, less sugar.

            Yes, Astro is good, Liberte is particularly good but my heart belongs to Fage. I will admit that the fact that we can't buy it here probably adds dramatically to the appeal though I did eat it every day for the 4 months I lived in Baltimore.

            1. re: sharonanne

              Fage is pretty amazing, we recently became converts. While in the US we eat it almost every day. We've tried what's available in Western Canada, and the closest to Fage would be straining the plain Liberte, but the overall flavor of Fage is richer (even the low fat one) The ones with honey are good, but I find they give you way too much honey.

        2. re: grayelf

          I found this place that sells Bitter Lemon Tonic online: http://www.abitofhome.ca/page/C1/PROD...
          Maybe the Celtic Treasure Chest has it too?

          I'm thinking lemon syrup plus regular tonic water will approximate it.

          Chowhound is a veritable treasure of DIY attempts at commercial products - DIY tonic water included:
          ....and followed it to this link:

          May be a bit to hardcore geeky, but the recipe looks easy enough...assuming you can source the somewhat esoteric ingredients (chinchona bark??). Jacking the lemon component might approximate it.

          1. re: fmed

            I found that website too, fmed. I tried Schweppes tonic water and real lemon juice -- not so good with Pimms it turns out which is what I wanted to try. Maybe I'll leave it to the memories...

            1. re: grayelf

              Don't give up yet....try botted lemon syrup (eg Monin or Torani) instead of lemon juice.

              1. re: grayelf

                My memory suggests there might be some lemon peel involved.

          2. Try one of the Balkan Delis such as Urban Deli, Jovo the Butcher, Butcher Boy, or Tina's Deli. I know I've seen it at one of these. You may also try Bosa's where I've seen a non-Schweppes version but buyer beware, I've tried imposters before and they don't compare to Schweppes.

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            1. re: liverwurstontoast

              You can probably improvise something similar using Limonata and regular tonic water.

              1. re: fmed

                ahh... never thought of that! WIll have to give it a try. Thanks

                1. re: liverwurstontoast

                  I did think of trying limonata but not of mixing it with tonic so will give that a whirl. Best combo so far: frozen lemonade with Pimm's and cucumber slices (bottled lemonade was too sweet) but of course this doesn't impart any fizz...

            2. Mary's British Home store in Steveston in Richmond (3986 Moncton St) has Bitter Lemon in large bottles and small cans - buy it all the time.

              1. luckily, there are more helpful people here on chowhound than jackasses who take the time to vent the waste of time incurred by answering repeat questions. I have also found that straining the liberte plain is a decent substitute. It doesn't have the same tang, but the mouthfeel is the best bet.

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                1. re: toutefrite

                  Liberte makes a zero fat Greek style and it doesn't even need straining.

                  1. re: sharonanne

                    The Fage with the "sidecar" of honey (love that term!) referred to by sharonanne has been impossible to approximate here. The closest I've come is the Krinos (11% bf, mmmm), but of course you have to get your own honey. It's what I have for brekky most days, though I'm too lazy to do the honey fandango so I've been buying their vanilla infusion flavour (only 10% bf). When I go to San Francisco, the first thing I do after checking into the hotel is head across the street to the little convenience store and stock up on honey-sidecar-Fages :-).

                    1. re: grayelf

                      This particular type of Liberte is pretty close. In Calgary I bought it at my local organic market and added blue agave syrup. It's not as good as Greek honey but it was what I had.

                      I need to do a head to head taste test to be sure but I had Fage in April so it was a fairly recent comparison.

                2. Found Schweppes Bitter Lemon today at Red Apple on Hastings in North Burnaby for around 1.29 per can. I had a can when I got home -- it's the real thing!

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                  1. re: liverwurstontoast

                    Fage is available in Canada- at Summerhill Market in Toronto. They have the 0% Fat and "the sidecar honey". I love Fage and am so happy to be able to buy it, albeit at $3.29 a container vs. 4 for $5.00 at Publix in Florida. Summerhill also carries a similiar brand called Oikos. I am going to Vancouver next week and was wondering if places like Meinharts or Choices might carry either of these brands since the original post is over a year old.

                    On the subject of yogurt, although I am sure it is really caloric, I love the sour cherry yogurt parfait at Terra Breads.

                    1. re: sherry f

                      Ohhhh... Toronto? Things are looking up.

                      I aent an e-mail to the company a year or more ago and they said they had no plans to be in Canada but I see now the website has a place for postal codes as well as zip codes. Crossing my fingers.

                      1. re: sharonanne

                        just bought some of this , nesters just started carrying it, and so have it on special, $2 off regualar, will report back when i've given it a go http://www.greekgodsyogurt.com/html/y..., btw they also have one with honey added, tried that in store really tasty

                        1. re: vandan

                          not sure why the link isn't working

                          1. re: vandan

                            Nice tip, vandan -- I'll try to pick some up from the Main Nesters (the downtown one is crazy parking).

                            Still wish I could get the Fage honey sidecar here... whine whine.

                            1. re: grayelf

                              Greek Gods isn't bad, but it's thickened with the assistance of pectin. I picked some up at Whole Foods on special a few weeks ago, but I don't think I'd buy it again, especially over Liberte Mediteranee or Olympic Krema (which don't contain pectin).

                              1. re: peter.v

                                am also a big fan of those 2 as well and they are both a fair bit cheaper, as good as this stuff may be i would never pay the regular price 0f $6, which is pretty steep

                                1. re: vandan

                                  Thanks for the extra ingredient intel, peter, not a fan of pectin in anything :-). I guess I'll stick to the Krema till FWSH (Fage with sidecar of honey) migrates west of Toronto!

                                2. re: peter.v

                                  Just a note then I'll go back to Calgary.

                                  The Liberte Greek yogurt is different than their Mediterranee line.

                      2. This is an ancient post but for those who are still looking for Bitter Lemon in Vancouver, I found it recently at the European deli on Cardero, across from the Aria meditarranean store. They have it in cans, about $1.70 a can or thereabouts, last time I checked in early June 2010. Not sure if somebody else has already mentioned this, if so, I hope it serves as a helpful reminder.