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Where can I find a1 sauce?

vanierstudent Jun 23, 2012 01:53 PM

My aunt loves this stuff, sadly, our metro, maxi and IGA stop carrying it. Asking chowhound for help!

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    Lowe Arthorbit RE: vanierstudent Jun 24, 2012 08:32 AM

    I tried last year without success to get A1 in mtl. In the end it was my brother in toronto who got me a bunch of bottles. I really don't understand this lack of A1 in quebec thing.

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    1. re: Lowe Arthorbit
      vanierstudent RE: Lowe Arthorbit Jun 25, 2012 10:41 AM

      Yeah, I know. Seems like I have to go to Toronto to grab a few bottles.

    2. Haggisboy RE: vanierstudent Jun 24, 2012 08:53 AM

      I seem to recall seeing it at IGA or Super C. Perhaps WalMart's food section would be your best best. Failing that, I recommend you pick up a bottle of Jamaica's Picapeppa Sauce if ever you come across it. Very much like HP or A1, but with more flavor.

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        Gregoso RE: Haggisboy Jun 24, 2012 12:11 PM

        That sounds delicious- where can I buy Picapeppa (esp west island!)

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          Haggisboy RE: Gregoso Jun 25, 2012 07:55 AM

          On blvd des Sources you can find it readily available at two locations. Marche Victoria and Kim Hoa. Sells for roughly $2.50 a bottle. Not a hot sauce, though it is commonly found in the hot sauce section. It is really the Jamaican variant of HP. The company does make some traditional hot sauces though, but I've never seen them on the West Island (only the brown sauce is available on the WI, it seems). If you want to try the full range of their sauces, your best bet is to head to Les Doucers du Marche in the Atwater Market. Here's the link to their website. Plus, they have one of the nicest labels of any sauce in the business, if that counts for anything.


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            vanierstudent RE: Haggisboy Jun 25, 2012 10:40 AM

            thank you!

      2. mtlcowgirl RE: vanierstudent Jun 27, 2012 09:44 AM


        A1 and HP are virtually the same thing.

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          westaust RE: mtlcowgirl Jun 27, 2012 10:28 AM

          That's like saying that Coke and Pepsi are virtually the same thing, sure both are steak sauce, but taste different and some people (including me) will not eat one or the other (in my case, I love HP but not A1)

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            Haggisboy RE: mtlcowgirl Jun 27, 2012 06:44 PM


            You need to actually try these two (along with others such as Daddies Favourite) before you make such a proclamation.

            For a full breakdown of how the HP and A1 sauce's ingredients differ, refer to this Chowhound thread.


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              vanierstudent RE: mtlcowgirl Jun 27, 2012 08:12 PM

              Tell this to my aunt and you will receive an hour long answer on why it isn't the same thing. HP is a bit more vinegary if I'm correct, or it is the other way around.

              I also prefer A1 over HP, although we mostly use it for cooking.

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              chickenbruiser RE: vanierstudent Jul 8, 2012 08:34 AM

              The Metro in Kirkland had a bunch of bottles

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                finefoodie55 RE: vanierstudent Jul 9, 2012 08:29 AM

                I saw both A1 and HP on sale at Boucherie Westmount.Tony tells me that he has A1 in his store year round.While your there order an 1855 Rib Steak.The best in Montreal.

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                  vanierstudent RE: finefoodie55 Jul 10, 2012 09:11 PM

                  Thank you!

                  Westmount is far for me, but I will make sure to buy some the next time i'm in the neighborhood.

                2. Har_Gow_Freak RE: vanierstudent Jul 10, 2012 01:58 PM

                  Seen it in some dépanneurs and Dollarama I think? I have seen it for sure at a couple of locations in Montréal. Will post back if I come across any.

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                    vanierstudent RE: Har_Gow_Freak Jul 10, 2012 09:12 PM

                    That will be highly appreciated!

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                    CaptCrunch RE: vanierstudent Jul 11, 2012 05:49 AM

                    When I look for stuff that's hard to find I usually look at Marché PA on Dufort (Guy-Concordia metro) or Mourelatos on Sainte-Catherine Ouest (Guy-Concordia metro). Especially Marché PA (found Fever Tree tonic and 40% artisanal cream there... almost impossible elsewhere!). Don't know if they have any though!

                    1. Har_Gow_Freak RE: vanierstudent Jul 24, 2012 05:50 AM

                      Just found the A1 at Marché PA on Parc. Price is 5.99$.

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