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Mar 18, 2010 11:44 AM

Anywhere to buy Connetable sardines in the East Bay?

I don't think this is possible but I thought I'd ask.

I will be breaking into some aged Connetable sardines in the next few days

What to eat and drink with four year old sardines?

I have zero interest in mail order. Don't have time

Unfortunately, anything farther than Oakland just isn't going to happen for me given all that is going on.

Thank you for searching your memory banks. When I bought one of these cans through email four years ago, there was no local source ... not even the old 'Made in France'. I know the new version of that shop might have them, but I just don't have time to get down there.


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  1. This blog post mentions spotting them at a deli in San Jose's Grand Century Mall,
    Anyone is San Jose headed up to the East Bay?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I walked through the whole mall this morning, as well as the supermarket on the north corner of the parking lot, and not Connetable sardines. The two Euro-delis inside the mall that sell a lot of fancy sweets, tinned French pate', and Fabrique Delices products looked like good candidates. I didn't see them there either, asked at both, and no-go. But seeing what these two shops had for sale, maybe looking at Vietnamese food stores is not a bad idea for finding these sardines.

      Fabrique Delices
      1610 Delta Ct # 1, Hayward, CA

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        That was so nice of you to look. And thanks for your long ago contribution to tonight's dinner of Filets de Sardines Bretonnes (green can)

        Seriously, if this had not been so ... unplanned ... I would have invited you and a few hounds to the tasting ... a sardine chowdown, so to speak.

        Instead I am sharing with someone who I thought had NO Chowhound inclinations and who surprised me by being quite the Chowhound this past week. It turns out he just wasn't exposed to different foods.

        It has been a blast seeing him discover and delight in food that most of us think common place like Italian bread that is dipped in oil and vinegar.

        I'm absolutely giddy with the thought of seeing what he thinks of the cheese tonight as he talked about how he liked cheese and was trying different ones ... along the supermarket type.

        Anyway, i got carried away with all of this.


        God Bless the Cheeseboard. Seriously. When this was still a one person thing, they were not only nice enough to cut small slices of lots of cheese, but actually gave me a container with one of each olive they sell. Big kisses to you Cheeseboard. I'll miss you most of all.

        I have a surprise entry to the dinner. While at Zarri's picking up the Angelo Parodi sardines, I found there was also a version with chili peppers. I thought ... why not ... and added that to the party.

        1. re: rworange

          slightly veering off subject here but, have you tried the goods at The Spanish Table? Great olives, spices, a few meats and I'm betting they have sardines.

          CH added a ink to the Mill valley location. I'm speaking of the Berkeley store.

          1. re: DonZ

            Great suggestions and i was happy with both Spanish Table locations and the sardines they sell. They are somewhere in this list

            The Great Sardine Taste-off – the Spanish Saga (cans 40-49)

            Spanish Table
            800 Redwood Hwy 123, Mill Valley, CA

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          Probably too late, I was just at Eurasia (the one on the end in the Grand Century Mall) and they were selling cans (smoked with chili packed in olive oil) of Connetable sardines by the cash register.

          Also of mild interest, the light green banh bo (sweet rice cakes) have a distinct fermented tang reminiscent of bak tong go (which I think someone was looking for on CH recently). The ones at the deli next door are not fermented (but still good) and their banh da lon (layered tapioca/mung bean chewy thing) are really good (fragrant, not too sweet, pleasantly toothsome).

          1. re: sfbing

            Thanks, glad to know they can be found there. EurAsia was one of the two spots that I tried inside the mall. I asked the lady there about sardines, and she understood what I wanted and said there were none.

      2. Not in the East Bay, but Avedano's on Cortland sells them. For the premium price of $5.50. I think I'll stick to the Moroccan brands.

        235 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. Taylors Market has Connetable sardines. Don't know where it is located but mid SF somewhere;
          I googled it wanting some myself. I've ordered from Taylors before, from my home in SoCal

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