In order to pull off a successful trip to the grocery store, experts recommend bringing along a detailed list, reusable shopping bags, and your pet lobster for testing tomato ripeness. Take to the aisles with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of artisan groceries at Aubergine Specialty Foods.
Aubergine rouses palates with an eclectic potpourri of local and international sweets and savouries. Customers can satisfy cosmopolitan taste buds with imported delicacies such as South African farmer-style sausages ($17 for a two-pack) or Vij's 12 assorted frozen curries ($13.99). A selection of house-roasted organic and fair-trade coffees ($7.99/half lb.) brim with rich flavours and ambrosial aromas enriched by a slow grinding process in an antique Elgin grinder. Containers of Sabra hummus ($5.49) stand ready to enliven any party tray, and truffle-oiled grocery-aisle ziplines make for quicker shopping. Epicureans can slather offerings from the store's wide selection of meats with 15 varieties of Stonewall Kitchen barbecue marinades ($8.99). The gourmet grocery also purveys island Ocean Wise seafood as well as kosher, gluten-free, and Klingon staples.
Aubergine Specialty Foods
Born into a farming family in South Africa, Aubergine Specialty Foods owner Leon Zetler has always recognized the importance of knowing where your food comes from. Over the years, his passion for food has led him from his family farm to a career as an organic-produce specialist.
Now, at Aubergine Specialty Foods, Mr. Zetler visits local farms daily, and hand-selects the freshest produce from Saanich. For example, tomatoes and cucumbers hail from Sun Wing Farm, while strawberries come from Oldfield Orchard. He also roasts organic and fair-trade African coffee beans to order, and gently grinds them in a 110-year-old Elgin coffee grinder. And he imports a vast variety of organic, kosher, and fair-trade pantry staples and favorites from around the world, specifically Africa, such as biltong, boerewors, and Mrs. Balls Chutney.
Mr. Zetler is happy to guide newcomers around the small, cheerful store. In the event that customers can’t find what they’re looking for, he even takes requests for products they would like to see on the shelves.l
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