We happened to wander in to Jasmine Mediterranean Foods & Halal Meats while wandering Main Street today. Super glad we did!
I’ll call this a “You can get this there” post (YCGTT?) — a bit of a description + photos of what’s available in the store.
No photos from in the store, but here’s what we came back with:
Simit - don’t know where they get them from, Smith’s Bagelry is the only place I know in Vancouver that makes them. Tasty and relatively fresh!
Chick peas — lots of peas, beans, lentils of all kinds, both dried and canned.
Egyptian rice — looks a bit like arborio aka risotto rice, but more ragged. Making some tonight, no idea what’s different about it. Seems to be imported by Jasmine Foods, a probably related importer.
Dried guavas — I love guava. Never had them dried.
Pickled turnips — I always ask for extra on my shawarma, finally have some at home.
Beef shawarma mixture — they have a full meat counter, with fresh lamb, goat, beef, and chicken plus various prepared / marinated meats.
Haloumi — a big brick of cheese for grilling