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Andouille sausage in Vancouver/Victoria?

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sun lover Dec 27, 2012 04:48 PM

Any idea where I could buy good andouille -- as smoky, spicy as possible -- in Lower Mainland (Vancouver/Burnaby to Surrey, Langley, White Rock, not North Shore) or Victoria?

Many thanks!

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    anewton Dec 27, 2012 05:09 PM

    The Whole Beast (on Oak Bay Ave. in Victoria) makes brilliant andouille. Not sure about where you should go in Van...

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      sun lover Dec 27, 2012 05:27 PM

      Thanks a lot! (I've been using chorizo, but it's just not the same.)

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        vandan Mar 14, 2013 06:17 AM

        Freybe does one (or did in the past anyways) and I have bought it at Buy Low Kingsway

    2. LotusRapper Dec 27, 2012 06:20 PM

      I'd imagine Oyama Sausage Co. (Granville Isld), Polonia Sausage House (Fraser St) and Continential Sausage (Main St) all offer them once awhile if not all the time.

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        sun lover Dec 27, 2012 07:45 PM

        Much appreciated! (I live in Gulf Islands, don't know a lot of these places. It'll be fun to check them out.)

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          geekmom Dec 28, 2012 08:52 AM

          If you're going to try Oyama, I'd suggest calling ahead as they may be able to reserve some andouille for you. Their sausage menu is immense and they rotate the types and flavours so you never really know what you will find when you get there. They really do make excellent sausages.

      2. KarenDW Dec 27, 2012 11:58 PM

        I'm not sure what your criteria for "good" would include, but Whole Foods does have andouille.

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          cassie Dec 28, 2012 09:29 AM

          Galloping Goose sausage from Victoria also does one and they're available at three of the Gulf Islands (check GG website) - you could ask the retailer to get a package of it in next time he orders.

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            vandan Dec 29, 2012 06:42 AM

            Try Freybe on Hastings

          2. fmed Dec 29, 2012 10:20 AM

            I've seen andouille at many places, but hard to say where to find "good" andouille (which I'm assuming will come from Lousiana or France). Most andouille I have seen is just smoked, spiced regular pork sausage - andouille should have coarse chopped pork and/or pork stomach and intestine in the filling. ( Some varieties are made with nothing but fat, stomach and intestine).

            Same Issue with chorizo. It's easy to find bad and mediocre chorizo here from all the usual places. It is difficult or impossible to find a good one. Even the ones made by high end artisanal purveyors here do not taste right.

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              anewton Dec 29, 2012 10:25 AM

              Interesting. What about places that sell imported castellano chorizo from Spain? Not too hard to find...(I can think of at least 3 places here on the island that sell it, so it must be fairly accessible on the lower mainland).

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                fmed Dec 29, 2012 10:31 AM

                Palacios is what I usually buy. Castellano is kind of industrial - laden with admixtures such as milk powder, food colouring, etc.

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              Geoduckling Mar 13, 2013 02:40 AM

              Stumbled across some in my area. Perfect as I've been meaning to make some gumbo after having recently moved to van. The spices were right, could have been smokier and was on the pricey side.

              http://www.woodlandsmokehouse.com/ind...

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                emtrev Mar 23, 2013 07:31 AM

                I got some at Heritage Meats in Langley

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