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No.5 Umami Paste

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cwangdom Dec 1, 2010 03:24 PM

Trying to find No. 5 Umami Paste by Laura Santini in Vancouver as gifts for some friends. I saw it at Holt Renfrew last week but they seem to be sold out and they dont know when they will re-stock. Does anyone know where else I can find it in Vancouver. Alternately, does anyone know of an online store that ships to Canada that would have it?

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  1. fmed RE: cwangdom Dec 1, 2010 07:21 PM

    I had to Google this stuff. So it is a mixture of anchovies, parmesan, dried porcini, and balsamic vinegar - in a toothpaste tube. I wonder of Gourmet Warehouse or Urban Fare will have it?

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      betterthanbourdain RE: cwangdom Dec 1, 2010 10:55 PM

      fwiw, holt is owned by the weston family iirc. apparently a super nice chap. just odd that a food retailer(generic) owning and running a high end boutique store(top 3 in the country). they do have some food products for xmas.

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        fmed RE: betterthanbourdain Dec 2, 2010 07:51 AM

        Ah - if that is the case then maybe Superstore has it? (Westons/Loblaw owns Superstore.)

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        selena03 RE: cwangdom Dec 3, 2010 02:01 PM

        Was at HR 10 min and they had about 10 left if you hurry! The girl said that they got a shipment in last night and that they are almost sold out again.

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          greenchilinewmexico RE: cwangdom Feb 8, 2011 10:06 AM

          if you haven't found the No. 5 Umami paste yet, I got it from Amazon.com. It came from Taylor Market in Sacramento, CA tho. It's wonderful!

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            twinkienic RE: cwangdom Oct 28, 2012 09:30 PM

            Reviving this thread...

            I only just learned about No. 5 Umami Paste from a recent VanMag list of things to taste in Vancouver (I think that's where I read about it anyhow). The article said it could be purchased at Superstore but I failed to find it at the Richmond branch today. The staff I asked simply stuttered something about being new when I tried to ask. Has anyone spotted it anywhere?

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              LotusRapper RE: twinkienic Oct 28, 2012 09:48 PM

              Superstore staff are IMO some of the least helpful supermarket staff around. I've never received any meaningful help from the aisle staff, that is, if they even acknowledge you properly.

              If you need help, best to go up to the customer service counter.

              Sorry for the rant, but it's one of my biggest frustrations with RCSS.

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                jamesalexandra RE: twinkienic Oct 29, 2012 11:21 AM

                I bought mine at the Grandview Hwy Superstore. It was located near their "deli" (where they have vacuum-sealed, pre-sliced cheeses, dips, etc.). It was on a stand where they were highlighting "easy, gourmet entertaining ideas!". Good luck.

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                  jcolvin RE: jamesalexandra Oct 29, 2012 12:50 PM

                  They have it at South China Seas in Granville Market (and perhaps in their Victoria St store). Tasty stuff.....

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                  thatwhileifound RE: twinkienic Oct 29, 2012 01:35 PM

                  It's distributed by Left Coast Naturals as well. They can't help you in the sense of selling it to you, but they're friendly chaps who'd be happy to let you know what retailers in your area might have it, I bet.

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                    Snurful RE: twinkienic Oct 30, 2012 11:41 PM

                    Gourmet Warehouse sells it. I bought it last weekend but have not tried it yet...

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                    Georgia Strait RE: cwangdom Oct 29, 2012 01:32 PM

                    forgive my ignorance - what do you do with this paste?
                    is it something you add to a sauce?
                    is it like pesto?
                    eat on crackers?

                    i don't know about it - tho we do have a superstore so i should go and look one day - and yes, the help can be frustrating LR

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                      LotusRapper RE: Georgia Strait Oct 29, 2012 02:32 PM

                      Google the stuff along with "review" and you'll see several reviews out there and what to do with it. I'd use it in cooking if I had some, the same way you'd use tomato paste, miso paste, soy sauce in any marinating or cooking processes.

                      But there's probably a handful of ways you *shouldn't* use #5 Umami, including this one:

                      http://spiltwine.com/2010/01/26/what-...

                      Just sayin' ;-)

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                        twinkienic RE: LotusRapper Oct 29, 2012 02:55 PM

                        That's a pretty hilarious post - makes me want to try it more ;)

                        I'll check out South China Seas if the Grandview Hwy Superstore doesn't work out. Thanks for the tips!

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                          LotusRapper RE: twinkienic Oct 29, 2012 03:10 PM

                          And don't brush your teeth with it !!

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                          jcolvin RE: LotusRapper Oct 30, 2012 01:08 AM

                          I'm surprised...Marmite makes everything good (and is extremely umami itself)

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                            Georgia Strait RE: jcolvin Nov 1, 2012 09:00 AM

                            indeed i can relate to marmite too --- esp w/ cottage cheese
                            but NOT vegemite
                            i take Marmite south to PDX for some fans down there who just like it
                            hard to explain

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                        meghany RE: cwangdom Oct 30, 2012 06:58 PM

                        I saw it at (the Deep Cove) Superstore yesterday... in quite an obscure place but if they are all laid out the same, it was on the end of an aisle directly facing the deli. Along with gourmet nuts and Superstore's version of Effermere (sp?) sodas.

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                          twinkienic RE: cwangdom Nov 29, 2012 11:20 AM

                          To follow up...

                          I was successful in finding the No. 5 Umami Paste at the Superstore on SW Marine Drive. Thanks for the tip of looking near the deli!

                          Haven't had a chance to try it much yet other than in a salad dressing, which added a bit of extra depth.

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