Tuesday, March 31, 2009
David's Gourmet Store
I have been meaning to check out David's Gourmet, a store I have seen in passing several times. This last few days two friends have recommended the place to me so finally, on our way back from bowling, we decided to go look. What a super store, this branch is newly opened, it is full of gourmet foods as well as health foods with a fresh meat and fish department too. They are not inexpensive, but what a selection. Having posted a recipe on Saturday (28th) calling for Toulouse sausages, blow me if they weren't selling them. They have a variety of sausages including two British kinds. You can buy sandwiches there to eat in or take out which I am assured are very good. If you would like to see their web page click here. Despite advertising 250 varieties, I don't think their cheese selection is quite as good as Vincenzo's which is another excellent delicatessen store in the area, but in our fairly short visit I think they otherwise have them beat. They sell both lamb and rabbit in the butcher's together with very expensive beef which looks like it would be very good and a lot of organic fresh products. We only went in to look and came out $33 poorer. There is a statue of Michelangelo's David in the store too about the size of the original. We decided to have one of our picnic suppers which is why we ended up buying things. We bought Brie and Sopressata a garlicky Italian salami which we tasted and is delicious. Also some salad which was made with tiny tomatoes and Bocconcini (can't remember the name or the rest of the ingredients, but also delicious) and a loaf of Foccacia. We hummed and hawed about several other dishes for sale, but decided that was enough. We ate this accompanied by a glass or two of red wine. We also bought Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) which are not readily available and some Mediterranean Yoghurt (plain) which I hope will be better than the usual yoghurt one can buy here which is generally way too sweet for me although admittedly if you go to Turkey, they dollop loads of honey into their yoghurt. Also a honey mango for me - one I tried to eat on Sunday was rotten inside. I have discovered a recipe for the salad which, in this case, shows sliced tomatoes, but ours is made with tiny grape tomatoes. Tomato and Bocconcini Salad Source - Kitchen Connoisseur This is a very popular summer salad. It takes only minutes to prepare and requires no cooking. It can be made with either fresh mozzarella or bocconcini cheese, and any variety of fresh tomato. Just make sure that the tomatoes - be they cherry, roman or beefsteak - are vine ripened and full of natural flavour. 3 large Tomatoes- fresh, cut in ½ inch slices 8 oz. Bocconcini- cut in ½ inch slices 12 Basil leaves, fresh - washed and patted dry 1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (Modena) To taste Sea salt To taste Pepper - black, freshly ground 1. Arrange the tomato and bocconcini on a serving dish. This can be done in individual servings (as shown in our photograph) or on one large serving platter. 2. Drizzle with Roasted Garlic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Garnish with fresh basil and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with fresh bread and wine.