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Hummus - Prepackaged / Grocery item

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Habs Mar 6, 2011 12:33 PM

After having enjoyed amazing hummus over the course of several years in London, UK, I returned to Montreal to discover that the hummus selection is pretty poor. I must be looking in the wrong places. I've tried the general selection at Metro and Costco, including various flavours (regular, red pepper, jalapeno). Nothing tastes even remotely decent. I'm a particular fan of spicy Moroccan hummus (if anybody is familiar with the UK's Sainsbury's version, you'll know what I'm talking about), but can't find something comparable that doesn't taste uber-processed. Does anybody have any recommendations? Also, I'm looking for something relatively affordable since I tend to go through a lot of hummus when I find a tasty version.

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  1. kpzoo RE: Habs Mar 6, 2011 03:39 PM

    The house brand of hummous at Akhavan and Adonis is really good. They each have several locations.

    http://www.akhavanfood.com/

    http://www.adonisproducts.com/

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      SourberryLily RE: kpzoo Mar 7, 2011 11:13 AM

      i like Akhavan's hummus too. The one in Pierrefonds always has it.

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      lagatta RE: Habs Mar 6, 2011 03:58 PM

      I usually make my own, but the Birkat Hamazon hummus and other products are also very good. They are made by a small Moroccan-Jewish family business, are kosher and gluten free if anyone is interested in those specifics. They have a "spicy" one that is more Moroccan-style aromatic spices than hot spices. I've bought them at PA Supermarket on Parc but they are available at several locations.

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        jay_81k RE: Habs Mar 6, 2011 10:56 PM

        I enjoy the one at abu Elias. Way better than the grocery kind.

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          Fabulous1977 RE: jay_81k Mar 7, 2011 08:44 AM

          OMG that's so true ! Abu Elias has really good hummus. However, I'm not sure they sell it in bulk for customers? I personally love the Sabra hummus, which Costco used to carry, but has now replaced it with the Fontaine Santé HUMMM brand, which is sooo gross.

          Because I can't find Sabra anywhere near me, I just make my own hummus, which is pretty darn close to the Sabra recipe. The trick: you gotta blend the tahini and lemon juice till it froths first, and then add the chick peas.... :D

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            Bexmtl RE: Fabulous1977 Mar 7, 2011 10:53 AM

            Sabra is for sure the best, especially the supremely spicy! They have it at the metro on Victoria, the 2 IGA's in CSL and the Loblaws on St Jacques. It's a kosher company so it tends to be in grocery stores that have a kosher section or are in a somewhat Jewish area.

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              Fabulous1977 RE: Bexmtl Mar 7, 2011 11:09 AM

              A jewish goody that everyone should try !! I'll go to the Loblaws on St-Jacques! thx

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                Bexmtl RE: Fabulous1977 Mar 7, 2011 11:17 AM

                Look in the kosher section at the back, not with the rest of the dips and spreads.

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              SourberryLily RE: Fabulous1977 Mar 7, 2011 11:12 AM

              Ditto the abu Elias recommendation! Their baba ganoush is amazing too.

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                montrealeater RE: SourberryLily Mar 9, 2011 10:44 AM

                Ha, well, I can tell you a brand to stay away from and that's President's Choice (this isn't food snobbery, I am happy to eat this brand with other items) - I bought some of their hummus from the Jean Talon Loblaw's a few weeks ago and it was truly the most disgusting thing. Gluey and extremely sugary/sweet.

          2. Chocolatesa RE: Habs Jun 6, 2011 01:14 PM

            The Sabra brand was really good, but seems to have disappeared, a friend of mine said she looked for it in 3 or 4 different stores where they usually had it and there was none. Luckily the marche Akhavan on Sherbrooke is close to where I live, I'll have to try it there :)

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              SourberryLily RE: Chocolatesa Jun 6, 2011 01:37 PM

              It hasn't dissapeared at all, it's still pretty much everywhere.

              Try Loblaws or Adonis or Costco or metro.

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