Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Peppers Newsletter April 13, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! &quot;Houston, we have a problem.&quot; Those were not the words that Commander James A. Lovell Jr. spoke 51 years ago today when NASA&#39;s Apollo 13 spacecraft suffered a major malfunction en route to the moon. He also didn&#39;t say, &quot;Houston, well there&#39;s the problem!&quot; or &quot;Houston, what&#39;s your problem?&quot; No, in one of the most misquoted phrases of the 20th century, what he actually spoke was, &quot;<em>Houston, we&#39;ve had a problem here</em>.&quot; At least that&#39;s what the official NASA transcript states. And what a problem it was, indeed. For as many of us are already aware, the craft&#39;s oxygen was rapidly venting into space due to a short circuit which caused a significant explosion. Commander Lovell, as well as fellow crewmates&nbsp;Fred W. Haise Jr., (Lunar Module Pilot) and John L. Swigert Jr., (Command Module Pilot) were then forced to survive in space for an additonal four days (the accident happened on the third day in) while the spacecraft, instead of landing on the moon, orbited it on a return trajectory to earth. On April 15th, Apollo 13 was 254 km from the lunar surface on the far side of the moon and 400,171 km above the Earth. This is a Guinness World Record for the farthest distance from Earth reached by human beings&nbsp;and still holds to this day. They all survived the ordeal.</p><p>Okay so there&#39;s alot of ground to cover this morning so lets get right to it. And this week, our newsletter is packed with loads of local stuff which is very exciting! Salsa&nbsp;is the most consumed condiment on the planet. So it shouldn&#39;t surprise anyone that we have some new ones to tell you about! <em><strong>Everland Organic Salsa</strong></em> is made in Vancouver, BC and we have both <em><strong>Mild </strong></em>and <em><strong>Hot </strong></em>varieties available. Organic tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and spices combine to create a flavourful sauce perfect for chips and everything else that tastes great with salsa!&nbsp;</p><p>If I had to guess, I&#39;d say the second most consumed condiment would have to be ketchup. I&#39;m not going to look it up but that sounds about right. So when we ordered the Everland Organic Salsas, we figured that we may as well get a whole bunch of <em><strong>Everland Organic Ketchup</strong></em>, too! BBQ season is here so complete your next cookout of dogs and burgers with this super tasty tomato ketchup!</p><p>Say, if we&#39;re talking burgers, let&#39;s talk about the buns to go with them. Another exciting local product&nbsp; that&#39;s new to Pepper&#39;s is <em><strong>Portofino European Bakery Golden Potato Buns</strong></em>. With a sweet buttery taste and soft texture, your next burger or sandwich is going to be the best you&#39;ve had in awhile! You&#39;ll love these buns!</p><p>A very popular saying is the one that goes &quot;you reap what you sow.&quot; In&nbsp; other words, you&#39;re farming karma. Which leads us to our next excellent product by Kelowna&#39;s <em><strong>Farming Karma Fruit Co.</strong></em>! With the warm weather on the way, now is the perfect time to try <em><strong>Farming Karma Fruit Co. Sodas</strong></em>, made from apples frown in BC&#39;s Okanagan region! There&#39;s no added sugars and the juice (there&#39;s an entire apple&#39;s worth per can!) is not from concentrate. The original Apple flavour contains just 50 calories per can (10 grams of <em>naturally</em> occurring sugars) with&nbsp;almost no sodium (10mg) and has 14% of the RDI of vitamin C. That doesn&#39;t sound like a lot but how much nutrition is contained in the average can of pop? Exactly - zero. So get your hands on this line of BC-made sodas that come in <em><strong>Apple, Cherry, Peach, Berry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Pear</strong></em> flavours: the&nbsp;sodas that are ripe with good karma!</p><p>Salmon Arm, BC is home to the original <em><strong>Happy Days Goat Dairy</strong></em> which has added an excellent cheese to their already popular line of goat milk products! <em><strong>Happy Days Goat Cheddar Cheese</strong></em> is pure white cheddar goat cheese and is the perfect alternative to cow dairy cheddar. It has a light yet distinct flavour that every cheese lover will enjoy!</p><p>Our <em><strong>Deli Department</strong></em> has added some terrific pre-sliced meats from Victoria&#39;s own <em><strong>Berryman Brother&#39;s Butcheries</strong></em>! Now you can purchase half-pound&nbsp;packages of <em><strong>Pepperoni </strong></em>as well as <em><strong>Capicola&nbsp;Ham</strong></em>!&nbsp;Both are ideal as pizza toppings. Oh and in case you were wondering, capicola is, as per Wikipedia:&nbsp;<em>a traditional Italian and Corsican pork cold cut (salume) made from the dry-cured muscle running from the neck to the fourth or fifth rib of the pork shoulder or neck</em>. It&#39;s fatty but not too fatty, lightly spiced and slightly smoky. In other words, it&#39;s delicious! Plus, now back in stock is <em><strong>Berryman Brothers Garlic Ham Rings</strong></em> as well as their <em><strong>Charcuterie Pack</strong></em>!</p><p>And if you&#39;re putting together a charcuterie board with the aforementioned items, you can really kick it up a notch with <em><strong>Little Stand Red Pepper Jelly</strong></em>, another exclusve to Pepper&#39;s Foods! More local goodness with exquisite flavour =&nbsp;happy customers!</p><p>The <em><strong>Deli Department </strong></em>has also added ready-to-heat soups from<em><strong> Vancouver Soup Company!</strong></em>&nbsp; Every flavour is made from scratch in small batches using nothing but the freshest of fresh ingredients! They&nbsp;take pride in offering home-made food that is reliably consistent and has rich and complex flavour profiles. And with soups such as <em><strong>Chicken Coconut Curry, Smoked Salmon Chowder </strong></em>and <em><strong>Potato Leek </strong></em>(just to name a few), there is bound to be at least one that is destined to become your next favourite!</p><p>Let&#39;s close the newsletter out with an exciting giveaway that the store is holding on Instagram!&nbsp;</p><p>Five amazing local businesses have teamed up to offer a chance for one person to win a gift pack loaded with products they are sure to enjoy!<br /><br />WHAT CAN YOU WIN?<br /><br />&bull; $50 gift card to <strong>Dumpling Drop</strong><br />&bull; $50 gift card to <strong>Pepper&#39;s Foods</strong><br />&bull; pint of ice cream &amp; t-shirt from <strong>49 Below</strong><br />&bull; bag of coffee, tote bag &amp; toque from <strong>Discovery Coffee</strong><br />&bull; one dozen tortillas, one pack (8) medium tortillas, one bag Hominy, one pound Masa Dough &amp; gift card from <strong>Maiiz Nixtamal Tortilleria</strong><br /><br />HOW TO ENTER?<br />Follow these&nbsp;steps:</p><p>Head on over to our Instagram account:&nbsp;<strong>@peppersfoodsvictoria</strong></p><ul> <li>LIKE the Giveaway post ??</li> <li>FOLLOW these accounts ??</li></ul><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;@discoverycoffee<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;@dumplingdrop<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;@maiiz.nixtamal<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;@49below<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;@peppersfoodsvictoria</p><ul> <li>TAG a friend in the comments of this post who would also want to win (1 comment = 1 entry, so tag away!) ??</li></ul><p>* contest closes @ midnight on April 15th 2021. Winner to be announced April 16th and must be able to pick up their winnings from Pepper&#39;s Foods.</p><p>Well, there you have it. Loads of goodies await one lucky winner. Perhaps it could be you! We&#39;re pulling for ya! We want to wish you continued safety from this exhausting pandemic. Keep doing all the good things! Stay positive. Be kind. Help your friends and neighbours. And, as always, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter April 6, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; We trust everyone had a safe, enjoyable and socially distanced Easter long weekend! Any my, what amazing weather we had, too! The pink plum and cherry blossoms are in full swing here in Victoria and the sun has been shining brightly! But let&#39;s not get too excited because the forecast is calling for sub-zero temperatures this weekend. So best not put those seedlings in the garden just yet.</p><p>It&#39;s great when the subject of our little history lessopn has to do with food, although this week, one could argue that the item we&#39;re about to discuss is actually food. Today in 1930, a Canadian-born baker named James Alexander Dewar invented the Twinkie in Schiller Park, Illinois. Dewar was an employee of the Continental Baking Company when he realized that the machines which were used for injecting cream into strawberry shortcakes went unused when the berries were not in season. So he decided to fill some cakes with banana cream instead. When WWII broke out, bananas were rationed and the company was forced to switch to another flavour: vanilla. The name &quot;twinkie&quot; was conceived when Dewar saw a billboard for &quot;Twinkle Toe Shoes&quot; on a St. Louis billboard.</p><p>We mentioned holding off for awhile on planting outside but if you have a hankering for some fresh vegetables pick up some fresh <em><strong>BC Grown Living Lettuce</strong></em>! We have living<em><strong> Romaine, Butter</strong></em> or <em><strong>Spring Lettuces </strong></em>available that you can either leave out on the kitchen counter and continue to water or keep in the bag in your fridge. Fresh, crunchy, sweet and delicious greens that taste just like they were picked from the garden can be in your dinner salad today!</p><p>Consumers are becoming much more conscious of the choices that they make and how they can affext the environment, or degradation of it. For instance, plastic straws are frowned upon now and loads of people keep a reusable one in their purse, bag or glove box. Plastic bags have been largely replaced with reusable fabric bags. And plastic cutlery is becoming as equally avoided because they go straight into the landfill. That being said, we have a super convenient dining accessory kit available right now made entirely of bamboo! <em><strong>The Future is Bamboo Utensil Kit</strong></em> comes in a convenient and cute velcro-closing pouch and contains a bamboo knife, fork, spoon and straw (as well as a tiny brush for cleaning the straw). This renewable resource is used to make durable cutlery which can be washed and reused over and over with zero generated waste. They&#39;re vegan and cruelty-free certified, friendly on your wallet but best of all, they&#39;re good for the planet. Make a switch to your daily routine and ditch plastic once and for all!</p><p>If we&#39;re talking about items that are good for the earth, we&#39;d better mention <em><strong>True Earth Eco Strips Disinfectant Multi-Surface Cleaner! </strong></em>This product is made from the same company that created those eco-friendly laundry detergent strips! It&#39;s way&nbsp;cool because the package contains 8 strips of which you drop one into your own spray bottle filled with hot water thus creating a disinfecting solution that kills 99% of bacteria, 99% of fungi and mold and 99% of viruses! You shake the bottle until the strip is disolved and you&#39;re good to go. All without creating any waste plastic. You only need one bottle which you can use over and over again. Oh and did we mention that it&#39;s Health Canada approved?</p><p>Keto-dieters listen up! Things just got real. Gone are the days of using a leaf of lettuce for your low-calorie, low-carb wrap.<em><strong> Folios Cheese Wraps</strong></em> are here in our Deli Department! What&#39;s that, now? What is a cheese wrap? Here&#39;s what the company website has to say:&nbsp;<em>Folios Cheese Wraps, the first ever and&nbsp;#1&nbsp;cheese wrap on the market!&nbsp;Folios are 100% all natural lightly baked sheets of cheese that are made from <strong>Parmesan </strong></em>or <em><strong>Cheddar </strong>cheese and&nbsp;are recipe-ready to crisp, wrap, roll or melt. Ideal as a keto-friendly, low-carb alternative for tortillas or bread, Folios is the better-for-you alternative you never knew you needed.&nbsp;We are committed to using the highest quality, nutritious ingredients that are free of additives, sugars and preservatives and with only 1g of carbs per serving! </em>They&#39;re naturally lactose and gluten-free as well!</p><p>How does a fillet of salmon sound on the BBQ tonight? Yes, it&#39;ll probably make a sizzling sound but that&#39;s not what we mean. What we mean is, how appealing is&nbsp;grilling&nbsp;a fillet of salmon on the BBQ? Not just any fillet of salmon mind you. How about <em><strong>Aquastar Smoky Peppercorn Salmon</strong></em>? It&#39;s a side of marinated wild caught Alaskan chum salmon with garlic and cracked pepper! And it&#39;s a snap in either the BBQ or oven&nbsp;taking anywhere from 23-29 minutes depending on how you choose to cook it. The bag also has a see-through window on the back so you can have a peek before you buy it. We&#39;re working on getting this in individual portion packages as well!</p><p>We&#39;ve talked about all things savoury thus far so let&#39;s switch over to the sweet stuff!<em><strong> Walkers </strong></em>has been making fine Scottish shortbread for eons and their popularity is evident by the amount&nbsp;that Pepper&#39;s sells. We go through A LOT of shortbread at this store. Not surprisingly, Walkers wants to get in on all that gluten-free action so they decided to make a cookie. <em><strong>Walkers Gluten-Free Biscuits </strong></em>come in <strong>Oat &amp; Cranberry</strong> as well as Chocolate Chunk &amp; Orange (this flavour will come up again soon...) They&#39;re certified gluten-free and vegetarian and yet still taste delicious because, hey, they&#39;re <em><strong>Walkers</strong></em>. Now you don&#39;t have to exclude anyone from your next tea party, although, with COVID numbers exploding, you probably shouldn&#39;t be having a tea party to begin with. But if you or your bubble peeps need gluten-free stuff, now you&#39;re all set!</p><p>Terry&#39;s Chocolate Oranges sell out every time we get them in stock. And why wouldn&#39;t they, since the taste of delicious milk chocolate and oranges makes an excellent flavour coupling. It only makes sense then that they finally started making <em><strong>Terry&#39;s Orange Chocolatey Confection</strong></em> in bar form. Well, they&#39;re more like several little round pieces of chocolate. Regardless, they&#39;re really, really good! You can get <em><strong>Terry&#39;s Orange Original</strong></em> or <em><strong>Terry&#39;s Orange Cookie Biscuit</strong></em> which is the same except that it has pieces of cookie mixed into the chocolate. We know it was just Easter and you&#39;ve totally filled up on chocolate and couldn&#39;t possibly even think about eating any more but c&#39;mon, it&#39;s only wafer thin.&nbsp;</p><p>We couldn&#39;t finish things up this week without mentioning something new to drink now, could we? <em><strong>Tonica Kombucha Tonic Blue Lemonade Supertonic</strong></em> has been in the store for awhile but we&#39;ve just recently added <em><strong>Tonica Kombucha Tonic Pineapple Lemonade!</strong></em>&nbsp;How good does that sound (not this again...) It&#39;s the fresh taste of pineapple combined with the zingy tang of lemonade in raw, organic, enzyme-rich kombucha form! Yummy!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for another week, folks. Please continue to do keep doing everything that you can to minimize your exposure to this stubborn virus. We&#39;re almost to the finish line so keep staying the course! And as always, our wish is for you to continue to take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter March 30, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Hey y&#39;know what? This year, March has five Tuesdays in it which means that this is a bonus newsletter for the month! Woo hoo! And today&#39;s history lesson is directly related to two things that I love a lot: Victoria and hockey! Yes, today in 1925 the Victoria Cougars of the WCHL beat the&nbsp;Montreal Canadiens of the NHL 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup (Victoria took the series 3-1 in the best of five)! This was the last time any team that wasn&#39;t a part of the NHL won the Cup. The game was played in the old Patrick Arena in Oak Bay at the corner of Cadboro Bay Road and Epworth Street (then called Empress Street). Alas, the arena burned to the ground in what appeared to have been an act of arson on November 11, 1929. On a side note, the WCHL ceased to exist after the 1925-26 season and the newly formed NHL team in Detroit purchased the Victoria Cougars becoming the Detroit Cougars until 1930 when they renamed to the Detroit Falcons and then in 1932 came to be known as the Red Wings.</p><p>Easter will be here in a blink and if you&#39;re looking for some sweet treats for those baskets we&#39;ve got loads of stuff to pick from. <em><strong>Cakes Etc.</strong></em> has <em><strong>Easter Egg Cookies</strong></em> in a bag of five or individual <em><strong>Bunny Cookies</strong></em>! <em><strong>Dutch Bakery</strong></em> has <em><strong>Solid Chocolate Bunnies</strong></em> available in milk or white chocolate! Or we have bags containing both<em><strong> Easter Bunny and Egg Cookies</strong></em>! Plus, there are loads of other Easter candies located on the aisle end at the first till! So make sure to get some really great goodies now before we&#39;re all sold out!</p><p>Does eating gourmet, whole-hearted soul food sound appealing to you? It did to us as well. And that&#39;s precisely why we started carrying <em><strong>SaltSpring Pie Company Pies</strong></em>! Homemade, delicious hand-crafted and hearty, these pies are made by three generations of Walde women with lots of love! They&#39;re easy to cook and healthy, too! With flavours like <em><strong>Roast Chicken, Vegetable and Sweet Corn</strong></em>; <em><strong>Braised Beef &amp; Mushroom</strong></em>; <em><strong>Turkey and Roast Yam</strong></em> and<em><strong> Pork Apple &amp; Sage</strong></em>, you&#39;re getting simply exceptional comfort food made on the farm from one family to another!</p><p>If low-carb and keto-friendly eating is the name of your game then get ready to be happy because we now offer <em><strong>Sprague Simply Soups</strong></em>! Not only do they only contain between 6 and 7 net carbs per serving, they&#39;re also gluten-free and full of plant-based proteins! Choose from <em><strong>Simply Green</strong></em> (broccoli, creamed coconut and curry), <em><strong>Simply Bisque</strong></em> (tomato bisque with roasted red peppers and cream) or <em><strong>Simply Cauli</strong></em> (cauliflower, hemp hearts and turmeric). Sprague Foods has been in business since 1925 and they&#39;re proud to produce 100% Canadian products!</p><p>Oh, and did we mention that there are also <em><strong>Sprague Organic Simply Soups</strong></em> as well? These are just regular organic soups, not the keto-friendly, low-carb kind. The company motto is <em>tasting is believing</em>. So don&#39;t take our word for it that these soups are unbelievable.&nbsp;You&#39;re just oing to have to try them for yourself. Choose from six gluten-free flavours: <em><strong>Lentil and Vegetable, Carribean Black Bean, Tomato Red Pepper, Qu&eacute;bec-Style Split Pea, Tuscany-Style Minestrone</strong></em> or <em><strong>Sweet Potato Coconut Curry</strong></em>!</p><p>Here&#39;s an excerpt from the website of<em><strong> RiceSelect</strong></em>, a company that produces, no, not rice, but exquisite couscous! <em>Traditional Moroccan Couscous is a small, natural pasta that&#39;s extremely light and fluffy when cooked, but absorbs large amounts of flavor. With origins from North Africa, this pasta resembles small balls that are made with 100% enriched durum semolina wheat. Couscous is prepared by steaming the pasta to create a light and fluffy consistency. This grain&#39;s versatile shape and short cook time of 5 minutes make couscous ideal as a stand-alone dish or paired with sauces, vegetables, and other protein-heavy recipes. With RiceSelect, you can cook with confidence, knowing our Couscous is the perfect addition to an unforgettable meal.</em> That meal could be your Easter dinner this weekend! Whether it&#39;s <em><strong>RiceSelect Conventional Pearl Couscous with Turmeric</strong></em>,&nbsp;<em><strong>RiceSelect Organic Pearl Couscous</strong></em> or <em><strong>RiceSelect Organic Tri-Coloured Pearl Couscous</strong></em>, you have a very quick yet delicious side dish that makes a great alternative to potatoes or rice!&nbsp;</p><p>How convenient would it be to have a dairy-free beverage that&#39;s the perfect size for an on-the-go drink? With <em><strong>Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla</strong></em> you get four 240ml bottles of almond beverage free from added sugars, artificial flavours or colours! Pack one in your lunchkit or gym bag, stash some in your staff fridge or grab one on your way out the door!</p><p>Here&#39;s a perfect snack to go with that tasty beverage: <em><strong>Lotus Biscoff Sandwich Cookies</strong></em>! It&#39;s the unique caramelized taste of Lotus Biscoff with either a <em><strong>Biscoff Creme, Smooth Vanilla Creme</strong></em> or <em><strong>Smooth Chocolate Creme</strong></em> filling! You&#39;ll reminisce about that perfect plane trip that you took ages ago because these are the cookies served as snacks on many commercial airlines!&nbsp;</p><p>If you want to give your laundry detergent a serious boost without adding harsh chemical detergents, try <em><strong>Nellie&#39;s Oxygen Brightener Powder</strong></em>. This all-natural formula is unscented and phosphate-free and can be used on colours as well as whites. It cleans clothes, fights stains&nbsp;and does an excellent job deodorizing, too! So if you have gym clothes that you just can&#39;t seem to de-stinkify, this is your new go-to product! And since it comes in a nice tin, you can re-purpose the packaging to hold whatever you like.</p><p>Before we go, let&#39;s update you on <em><strong>The Little Stand</strong></em> product naming that we talked about last week. We erroneously stated that the product was a honey mustard glaze. The sweetness comes from brown sugar, not honey. And it tastes like a sweet and tangy mustard that you can use as a glaze or serve cold as a dip. Our staff tried it and LOVED it which isn&#39;t surprising since all of The Little Stand products are simply wonderful. At any rate,&nbsp;&nbsp;the name is <em><strong>Nanny&#39;s Ham Sauce&nbsp;</strong></em>and you can get some right now for your Easter dinner in jars of two different sizes.</p><p>Have a great long Easter weekend and until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter March 23, 2021 Peppers Foods Mon, 22 Mar 2021 14:35:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp;&nbsp;Elevator puns are bad on so many levels. Elevator puns really push my buttons, you know?&nbsp;Seriously, these elevator jokes really drive me up the wall! In fact,&nbsp;I&rsquo;m terrified of elevators, I&rsquo;ve been taking steps to avoid them. Alright, alright, I&#39;ll zip it. What&#39;s the reason behind these elevator jokes today? An American inventor and industrialist named Elisha Otis installed the very first commercial elevator in a New York City department store today in 1857 and went on to found the Otis Elevator Company which is still going strong to this day! His story is quite interesting in that his life&nbsp;had its fair share of ups and downs. He contracted pneumonia which was severe enough to almost kill him. His first wife died leaving him with two young sons. His career repeatedly stalled and he tried his hand at numerous jobs including dollmaker, mechanic and sawmill operator (which he designed and built). However, at age 40 while working as a manager for a bedstead factory, he wondered how to move debris from the lower levels to the upper in order to clean up the building.&nbsp;As a skilled craftsman, he was able to design and build a safety platform which could be raised&nbsp;and lowered without risk of falling. If not for this invention, modern skyscrapers would not be possible. So the next time you&#39;re inside an elevator, remember to thank it&nbsp;for picking you up whenever you&#39;re down!</p><p>Alright, bad jokes aside, this week we have some good items to discuss so let&#39;s get down to brass tacks. Easter is fast approaching and you&#39;ll want to be prepared if you&#39;re hosting dinner for this holiday! It&#39;s fairly easy if nobody has any dietary restrictions. But it can get a little more challenging when you need to feed the non-meat&nbsp;eaters as well! Though not new, a wholesome and tasty meat alternative is <em><strong>The Very Good Butchers Stuffed Beast</strong></em>! It&#39;s a meatless herby roast filled with delightfully tasty stuffing and veggies that feeds 5-7 people easily. Plus, it&#39;ll last up to four weeks in the fridge and even longer in the freezer.</p><p>Another great meatless option is <em><strong>Gardein Meat-Free Stuffed Turk&#39;y</strong></em>. This is a holiday favourite and you get not one but two individual stuffed turk&#39;y as well as two packs of gravy! So if it&#39;s just dinner for one, no problem. Just cook one and save the other for another occasion! These beauties cook up moist and delicious in just 20 minutes. If you like Tofurky, you&#39;ll <em>love </em>these!</p><p>We might as well mention another meatless option while we&#39;re on the topic. These guys were just in our ad but didn&#39;t make it into last week&#39;s newsletter. Oh well, better late than never, right? If you&#39;re in the market for an exceptional cheese alternative, and one that&#39;s already shredded, pick up <em><strong>Violife 100% Vegan Cheddar Style</strong></em> or <em><strong>Mozzarella Style Cheese Alternative</strong></em>! You next pizza, omelette, or batch of nachos will shine with the excellent flavour and perfectly melted texture of these shreds!</p><p>Let&#39;s go full 180 degrees from vegan to the artery hardening breakfast favourite: bacon. It&#39;s universally accepted that bacon is the most satisfying food in existence. Just ask Homer Simpson. So in addition to the already &uuml;ber popular Harvest bacon flavours that our Meat Department already stocks (Applewood Smoked and Thick Sliced) now we have <em><strong>Harvest Hickory Flavour Bacon</strong></em>! It&#39;s naturally smoked using real hardwood chips (so you know it&#39;s good) and cured using special flavourings and seasonings. Breakfast just got a whole lot better with Harvest&#39;s &quot;good taste of the West!&quot;</p><p>But, if your go-to breakfast is simple cold cereal, that&#39;s cool. We&#39;ve got you covered. <em><strong>General Mills Cinnamon Cheerios Oat Crunch</strong></em> are Multigrain Cheerios topped with whole grain oats and real cinnamon. One bowl has more than half of your daily recommended whole grains and there are five types of whole grains to boot including oats, sorghum and millet. It&#39;s a quick and easy,&nbsp;hearty and nutritious breakfast with a good source of fibre.</p><p>Another whole grain food item, albeit one designed to satisfy your snacking, is <em><strong>Nature Valley Crispy Creamy Wafer Bars</strong></em>! Choose from <em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em> or the obviously better combination of <em><strong>Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em>. Light and crispy whole grain wafers are coated in peanut butter and topped with crunchy granola (as well as chocolate if you bought the chocolate covered one which you should have and if you didn&#39;t then make sure you get it next time).&nbsp;</p><p>Whole grains seems to be trending in this newsletter so let&#39;s keep it rolling along by mentioning that we have a new item that is also in our advertised specials this week! <em><strong>Lundberg Organic Mini Rice Cakes</strong></em> are a light, bite-sized treat made with the goodness or organic brown rice. They&#39;re crafted to be thin, lightly crunchy but heavy on flavour. And since they&#39;re made with rice, it goes without saying that they&#39;re gluten-free but we&#39;ll say it anyway. These crisps are certified gluten-free! Right now we have <em><strong>White Cheddar, Sea Salt </strong></em>and <em><strong>Apple Pie</strong></em> flavours to choose from and they&#39;re <em><strong>ad-priced this week at $3.76 each</strong></em>!</p><p>I don&#39;t know about you but all this talk of delicious food is making me thirsty. If you also could use a new drink in your fridge then pick up <em><strong>Perrier Blackberry Carbonated Natural Spring Water Slim Cans</strong></em>! This premium sparkling water sets itself apart from its competitors because its water is naturally carbonated. And with zero calories, zero sweeteners and all natural blackberry flavour, we have it just in time for spring!</p><p>One last thing...The Little Jam Stand has concocted a &quot;Ham Gravy&quot; that will be available in time for Easter. It&#39;s another of her incredible items exclusive to Pepper&#39;s. It&#39;s kind of like a honey mustard glaze but it looks like gravy and it&#39;s for serving with ham. Problem is, there&#39;s no real name for it yet. That&#39;s where you come in. Reply to this email with a suggestion for the product name and the one whose name is chosen will win themselves a free jar! The name and more details of this item will follow in a future newsletter. Good luck!</p><p>From all of us here at Pepper&#39;s Foods we wish you a Happy Springtime and hope that you continue to take good care! Cheers!</p> Peppers Newsletter March 16, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! There&#39;s been a whole lot of news and social media coverage lately about space travel. With NASA&#39;s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover successfully touching down on the red planet (launched July 30, 2020 and landing Feb. 18, 2021) and the numerous SpaceX flights that have occurred recently, these are very exciting times! But noine of it would be possible without a fellow named Robert H. Goddard. This American physicist, professor, engineer and inventor imagined, created and built the world&#39;s very first liquid-fuelled rocket. And he launched it on today&#39;s date in 1926. It only flew 56 meters into the sky but it was a remarkable accomplishment which led many to dub him&nbsp;&quot;the man who ushered in the Space Age.&quot; This brilliant man patented 214 inventions, wrote several exemplary monographs regarding rocket science and because of these and other achievements, NASA had the Goddard Space Flight Center built named after him in 1959, 14 years after his death.</p><p>We have loads of new items to reveal this week so let&#39;s get down to business, shall we? Let&#39;s start off with another great local business based out of little old Victoria, BC! <em><strong>Moon Organics</strong></em> creates delicious and nutritious <em><strong>Superfood Powder Beverages</strong></em> containing ingredients from all around the world that are also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda diets! Choose from a variety of types and flavours in containers ranging from 18-30 servings! We have <em><strong>Happy Dreams Creamy Hot Chocolate</strong></em> (raw cacao, lucuma, bacopa, lion&#39;s mane &amp; ashwagandha), <em><strong>Matcha Ritual </strong></em>(ceremonial matcha, lion&#39;s mane, MCT oil), <em><strong>Wake Cup Chai Chai Cha! </strong></em>(carob, chai mix, eleuthero, cordyceps, MCT oil &amp; lion&#39;s mane), <em><strong>Sunny Delight Soothing Golden Beverage</strong></em> (turmeric, banana, lucuma, shatavari, MCT oil &amp; reishi), and <em><strong>Mighty Berries </strong></em>(guava, maqui, acai, raspberrym, amla &amp; chaga). Head on over to their website to read all about these innovative and nutritious mixes, as well as to learn more about the owners and their story! <strong></strong></p><p>Our <em><strong>Deli Department </strong></em>has added a bunch of new stuff this week, one of them being geared towards those on a paleo or keto diet. New <em><strong>Crepini Egg Wraps</strong></em> are made with, you guessed it, eggs but one of them is made with <em><strong>Cauliflower </strong></em>(no grains) and the other one <em><strong>Gluten-Free Grains</strong></em>! Neither contains any sugar, dairy or carbs and only 10 calories per wrap so if you have dietary restrictions these are the way to go!</p><p>And if you want a sweet treat that&#39;s 100% plant-based, sugar-free and also paleo and keto friendly, choose<em><strong> Sweets From the Earth Sugar-Free Cookies</strong></em> in either <em><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></em> or <em><strong>Chocolate Chip</strong></em> flavours! Each kind has only 1 gram of net carbs per cookie and absolutely no sugar, plus, they&#39;re certified gluten-free by the Canadian Celiac Association.</p><p>Most of us think of some kind of jerky if we&#39;ve got a hankering for some meat snacks, right? But now you can get <em><strong>Freybe</strong></em> (fry-bee) <em><strong>Snack Salami Slices</strong></em> in <em><strong>Chorizo, Classic</strong></em> and <em><strong>Italian Wine</strong></em> when you want some meat to go! They&#39;re gluten-free, lactose-free and 100% pork! Toss one in your lunch kit or reach for one for your mid-afternoon snack to get you through until dinner. So good!</p><p>Could real, authentic bagels taste any better? The answer is...YES! By adding some <em><strong>Epicureal Everything Bagel Seasoning</strong></em> you&#39;re adding a blend of crunchy, nutty and salty flavours to your already delicious bagel! This product of Canada contains sesame seeds, sea salt, onion powder, poppy seeds and garlic and you can find it in aisle 3 with the other seasonings and spices!</p><p>In 1962 in the Okanagan, Mr. Ted Atkinson founded <em><strong>Summerland Sweets</strong></em>, a company which specializes in fruit flavoured syrups and jellies! Pepper&#39;s already carries several of the syrups and now we have another sweetly satisfying one for your breakfast table: <em><strong>Maplapple Syrup</strong></em>! It&#39;s an apple-flavoured syrup that goes perfectly on your pancakes, waffles, french toast, crepes, ice cream cheesecake or plain yogurt!</p><p>Let&#39;s move on to some dairy products. We&#39;ve been expanding our lactose-free choices steadily over the past few years as the demand steadily rises. So we&#39;re very happy to now offer <em><strong>Tre Stelle Lactose-Free&nbsp; Traditional Feta</strong></em>! it&#39;s the same taste and texture as their regular traditional feta but without the lactose! Woo-hoo! This is so new, it&#39;s not even on their website! But if it&#39;s anything like their other multi-award-winning feta cheeses, it&#39;s sure to make your salads, pizzas and Greek dishes extraordinary!</p><p><em><strong>Olympic Dairy Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt </strong></em>contains real vanilla beans and milk from grass-fed cows. It&#39;s 100% all natural. There&#39;s not much more to say about it, really. We know that Olympic makes great tasting yogurt so if you&#39;re in the market for organic greek yogurt, here&#39;s our newest offering.</p><p>Cam, our Produce Manager, just loves adding new items to his inventory! Whether it&#39;s Mangosteen Fruit, Mini Bananas, Cotton Candy Grapes or something savoury like&nbsp;<em><strong>Save Da Sea Foods Vegan Smoked Salmon</strong></em> or&nbsp;<em><strong>Very Good Butcher Very Good Dogs</strong></em>, he likes to &quot;keep it real&quot; so to speak. Our customers appreciate a varied selection instead of him just offering the same old stuff. So keep an eye oput for things like <em><strong>Pluots</strong></em> (a tangy cross between a plum and an apricot. I&#39;m not sure if I prefer that or Apriplum.) or<em><strong> Starfruit </strong></em>(aka the Carambola which is a sweet and sour fruit from Southeast Asia).</p><p>Easter is coming up quickly and if you look around the front of the store, you&#39;ll see that we are starting to get in some goodies for this holiday. But you don&#39;t have to wait until Easter to indulge just a little bit right now. That&#39;s why you should pick up some<em><strong> Christie Chips Ahoy! with Cadbury Mini Eggs Cookies</strong></em>! This is a family-sized bag because they know all who partake will quickly deplete the contents! Seriously, Chips Ahoy! plus chocolate eggs = off-the-hook amazing taste! Get some now before they&#39;re gone!</p><p>As if March is halfway over already! It&#39;s kind of crazy just how quickly the time goes by. So make good use of yours by reading the attached weekly advertised specials and either place your order online or by a good old fashioned telephone call. Of course, you could always come down to the store and check things out for yourself. We love seeing our customers in person. So as Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone would say, &quot;Stay classy.&quot; and &quot;Thanks for stopping by.&quot; (Oh, and take good care!)</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Peppers Newsletter March 9, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Mar 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Did you ever play hide and seek outside as a kid and were the last one to be found? Sometimes you hid too well and just stayed put waiting and waiting to be discovered but whoever was &quot;it&quot; never came by. Well on today&#39;s date in 1974, something similar happened except that the person was a Japanese soldier who, for almost 30&nbsp;years after the war in the Pacific ended, refused to believe that the Second World War was over!&nbsp;Hiroo Onoda and three other soldiers waged their own guerilla war on Lubang Island, refusing to believe that the war was over because there was no way that Japan could ever have surrendered. They believed that the leaflets being dropped in the mountains stating that the war had indeed ended on August 15, 1945 were lies told by the enemy. Over time, due to various factors, Onoda&#39;s fellow soldiers were either killed or surrendered, and it wasn&#39;t until his former commanding officer, by then a bookseller, was brought into the mountains to talk to him that he finally surrendered.&nbsp;Onoda died of heart failure in 2014 at a hospital in Tokyo at the age of 91.</p><p>Let&#39;s start things off this week with three new flavours of a new type of Que Pasa chip! <em><strong>Que Pasa Organic Grain Free Tortilla Chips</strong></em> are made with cassava flour, a gluten-free, grain-free (obviously) and nut-free flour made from the cassava plant root. It&#39;s suitable for paleo diets and just like their regular tortilla chips, is crunchy and delicious but with a nutty flavour with a hint of sweetness. We have <em><strong>Sea Salt, Nacho</strong></em> and <em><strong>Squeeze of Lime</strong></em> flavours for you to try!</p><p>Authentic Mexican cuisine is what <em><strong>Adriana&#39;s The Whole Enchilada</strong></em> is all about. So she went ahead and made a <em><strong>Cookbook</strong></em> to share her incredible and most popular recipes from their deli with the people who love her products, many of which we already sell at the store. Head on over to our <em><strong>Deli Department</strong></em> and ask for a copy of this cookbook which will quickly become your go-to kitchen reference for Mexican!</p><p>Last week we posted an organic coconut whipping cream as well as a full fat coconut cream by Cha&#39;s Organics. This week, we have a few other new items from them! <em><strong>Cha&#39;s Organics</strong></em> brings the flavours of Thailand to your dinner table with <em><strong>Thai Red Curry</strong></em> (two out of three chilis on their heat scale) as well as a hotter <em><strong>Thai Green Curry</strong></em>. Both are curry pastes with dried herbs that makes 4-6 servings per package in about 20 minutes! here&#39;s what you do:</p><p>1. Heat 2 Tbsp of cooking oil on medium heat, stir in contents of curry paste and herb pouches and saut&eacute; 1 minute.</p><p>2. Add 2 to 3 cups of vegetables and protein of your choice then saut&eacute; 5 minutes</p><p>3. Add 1 can (400 mL) of&nbsp;Cha&#39;s Organics Premium Coconut Milk&nbsp;with &frac12; cup of water and simmer 10 minutes or until all ingredients are well cooked.&nbsp;</p><p>4. Season to taste with salt and your choice of sweetener then serve over rice and garnish with lime and fresh Thai basil.</p><p>Ta da! As well, you can get a pouch of <em><strong>Cha&#39;s Organics Tom Yum Soup</strong></em> (a type of hot and sour soup) which is also a paste with dried herbs. Usually the protein added to this fragrant soup is prawns, but it can be whatever you like!</p><p>For a super quick and easy side dish tonight, give <em><strong>The Little Potato Company Microwave Ready Creamer Potatoes</strong></em> a go! In five minutes you can have fresh creamer potatoes (mix of red and yellow) cooked and seasoned with either <em><strong>Savoury Herb</strong></em>, <em><strong>Lemon Garlic &amp; Herb</strong></em> or <em><strong>Garlic Parsley</strong></em> on the table!&nbsp;</p><p>For the first time ever, Canadians on a keto diet can now enjoy ice cream made with real cream and zero grams of sugar! That&#39;s right, you can purchase a creamy pint of delicious ice cream with a great selection of flavours that contains only natural sweeteners that won&#39;t spike your blood sugar (erythritol, monk fruit, and xylitol). Fun fact: dogs cannot tolerate xylitol so no sharing! <em><strong>Enlightened Keto Ice Cream</strong></em> is now in Aisle 5 and currently Pepper&#39;s has <em><strong>Mint Chocolate</strong></em>, <em><strong>Caramel Fudge</strong></em>, <em><strong>Coffee Chip</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Vanilla Bean</strong></em>!</p><p>Shoppers love the taste of <em><strong>French&#39;s Fried Onion Crunchy Toppers</strong></em>! Casseroles, potatoes, burgers and salads are just a few of the dishes that can be enhanced with some BIG TIME flavour with these little beauties! And now you can mix things up with new French&#39;s Dill Pickle Crunchy Toppers! Made with real cucumbers, you can add flavour and extra crunch to salads, sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs or whatever you want! Look for them in Aisle 2.</p><p>If sensitive skin bothers you then this new and affordable detergent should help out on laundry day! <em><strong>Arm &amp; Hammer Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent 2.03L</strong></em> is skin friendly with a hypoallergenic fresh scent that&#39;s suitable for all types of washing machines. It&#39;s gentle on skin but tough on stains. It&#39;s also gentle on your wallet because this week, you can find it in our <em><strong>Weekly Advertised Specials</strong></em> for the awesome price of <em><strong>$4.96 a bottle</strong></em>!</p><p>And finally, if you&#39;re not gluten-friendly but you love cookies, it&#39;s your lucky day. it&#39;s an extra lucky day, actually, because now you can indulge in the sweet decadence of<em><strong> Oreo Gluten-Free Cookies!</strong></em> Finally, the same Oreo cookie that you remember is now available sans gluten so you can glutton-out on these bad boys all day long!&nbsp;By the way, they&#39;ve already sold out once in the few days since they hit the shelf. But we&#39;ve ordered extra to ensure that we have some on hand when you order a bag (or three)!</p><p>Thanks for tuning again this week! We love bringing you this newsletter and many of you will often say how much you appreciate it or enjoy it. And that&#39;s very much appreciated by us because it&#39;s all done on one person&#39;s own time every week with the hopes that it not only informs you of new things to purchase, but that it brings some kind of small pleasure to our shoppers on Tuesday mornings. Thank you so much for your continued support during this nagging pandemic. We love our customers and we want you to know it! Have a great week and until next Tuesday, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter March 2, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Mar 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Today, the hills are alive with the sound of music! Well, they were in 1965 when the musical film <u>The Sound of Music</u> premiered. It was based on the Austrian von Trapp family and was actually an adaptation of the 1959 stage musical of the same name. Rodgers and Hammerstein composed and wrote the lyrics and it won a plethora of awards including Best Picture&nbsp;Academy Award as well as Best Picture Golden Globe. it also won for Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Score and one of its stars, the fetching&nbsp;Julie Andrews who played Maria, won Best Actress. A dashing Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer played Captain von Trapp.&nbsp;Plummer, who recently died in February, was an acclaimed stage and screen actor for over 70 years. Born in Toronto, he became a member of the Stratford Acting Company (located in Stratford, ON, this writer&#39;s hometown) in 1956 playing Henry V and would spend 11 seasons there between 1956 and 2012. I had the great pleasure of meeting him on several occasions and feel so fortunate to have done so. His character in <u>The Sound of Music </u>remains one of his most iconic and memorable roles.</p><p>Alright we have lots to talk about today so here we go! new from Libert&eacute;/Yoplait is <em><strong>Libert&eacute; 0% Lactose Free Greek Yogurt 4x100g Multipack.</strong></em> High in protein, this delicious yogurt is available in <em><strong>Strawberry Rhubarb</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Raspberry</strong></em> flavours! And sometimes there&#39;s good reason to keep things simple.Less can go wrong! With<em><strong> Yoplait Simply 3 Yogurt </strong></em>there&#39;s only yogurt, real fruit and cane sugar. That&#39;s it. And with 3X more fruit the<em><strong> Tropical </strong></em>and<em><strong> Raspberry</strong></em> flavours are extra intense and yummy!</p><p>We&#39;re really excited about this next item! <em><strong>Cha&#39;s Organics Organic Coconut Whipping Cream</strong></em> is going to be your new favourite item! It&#39;s sp easy to use: just refrigerate for 2-4 hours, plunk into a bowl and ,ix with an electric mixer! It will not droop, melt or separate and it makes an ideal frosting for cupcakes or cakes! You can add any sweetener or flavour of your choice, too! And while you&#39;re enjoying this whipping cream made from organic coconuts harvested from regenerative organic orchards in Sri Lanka and sourced on fair trade terms, you can rest easy knowing that 1% of the sale of your purchase goes directly towards help solving the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka (there are elephants on the label).</p><p>And if it&#39;s&nbsp;organic coconut cream you&#39;re after, try <em><strong>Cha&#39;s Organic</strong></em>s! Their <em><strong>Full Cream Organic Coconut Cream</strong></em> is the perfect dairy-free choice for your sauces, soups and stews!</p><p><em><strong>Moong Pani Mung Bean Soup-Tea</strong></em>. Ever heard of it? We hadn&#39;t either until last week but this Indian style food is made from plant protein rich mung beans. But is it a soup or a tea? It&#39;s both! As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>Moong Pani truly comforts like a tea and nourishes like a soup. We&#39;ve transformed mung beans&nbsp;into an instant mix with aromatic herbs and spices for a delicious sippable snack. Just add hot water. No fuss. No cooking (we&#39;ve done that for you!).</em></p><p><em>? Good source of fibre, and easy-to-digest protein that aids digestive health</em></p><p><em>? Turmeric, black pepper, ginger and spices for healthy deliciousness</em></p><p><em>? Contains leptin, a natural appetite suppressant that reduces food cravings</em></p><p><em>? All natural&nbsp;&ndash; no hydrogenated oils,&nbsp; artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, sulphites, maltodextrin or MSG</em></p><p><em>Moong Pani embodies the principles of Ayurveda to balance</em> the vital energies of body and mind, and to live in harmony with nature&#39;s seasons.</p><p>These are wonderful for those wet and chilly days when you don&#39;t feel like making anything difficult! Or anytime, really! Available from Pepper&#39;s in <em><strong>Ginger, Lemon and Cilantro;&nbsp;Roasted Garlic, Black Pepper and Turmeric; Resfreshing Mint and Lime</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Spicy Chili Pepper</strong></em>!&nbsp;</p><p>If you&#39;re feeling like a little bit more of a traditional pick me up then check out what <em><strong>Discovery Coffee</strong></em> has in store for you! This Victoria business is excellent at sourcing, roasting and brewing uber satisfyingly tasty coffee. With over five locations in greater Victoria, chances are if you&#39;re a local, you&#39;ve visited one of their shops.Pepper&#39;s has a bunch of varieties for you to choose from to brew at home including <em><strong>Single Origin Ethiopian, Florestra, Kenyan&nbsp;</strong></em>and more!&nbsp;</p><p>For thousands of years, people have been shredding cabbage and fermenting it. You know why? Because it&#39;s awesome! Sauerkraut is truly a superfood chock full of vitamins, minerals and probiotics. except when it&#39;s in a can or jar not refrigerated. That means it&#39;s pasteurized and all those beneficial bacteria are kaput. So if you&#39;re looking for incredible, raw and best of all local (Duncan, BC) <em><strong>Thorst&euml;n&#39;s Authentic Foods Sauerkraut</strong></em> is here for you! We have it in three varieties: <strong><em>Classic, Kraut Kraut</em>&nbsp;</strong>(Honey Ginger) and <em><strong>Hearty Kraut </strong></em>(Smokey Bacon &amp; Herbs). It&#39;s raw, vegan and gluten-free and FULL of all the probiotics that lactic acid-fermented foods bring! Look for it in our Produce section!</p><p>If we told you there was&nbsp;a magical fruit from the tropics&nbsp;(Southeast Asia) tasting of lychee, peach, strawberry and pineapple, would you believe us? Well, there is one such fruit whose&nbsp;nickname is the &quot;queen of fruits.&quot; It&#39;s said that Queen Elizabeth, in the 1890&#39;s, would grant anyone knighthood who brought her one unspoiled. It&#39;s the <em><strong>Mangosteen</strong></em> fruit, whose royal purple exterior yields to a snowy white and soft flesh with a juicy and delicate texture. It&#39;s a sweet and tart-type of flavour that&#39;s slightly acidic. And now you, too, can enjoy this exquisite fresh fruit that explorers and royalty alike have enjoyed for centuries. All you have to do is go to our outdoor produce section and look by the avocados.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Lesley Stowe </strong></em>hasn&#39;t expanded her line of <em><strong>Raincoast Crisps</strong></em> for quite some time but recently she added <em><strong>Wild Blueberry and Almond with Chia and Pumpkin Seeds</strong></em>! Eat them straight out of the box or pair them with burrata, fresh chevre or sharp cheddar cheeses and as for charcuterie, try genoa salami, prosciutto or smoked salmon.</p><p>Lastly, for convenient sanitation on the go, try <em><strong>Clorox Disinfecting Wipes</strong></em> available in either a 15 or 30 pack. Kill 99.99% of viruses and bacteria with these <em><strong>Fresh Meadow</strong></em> scented wipes that fit perfectly in a purse or bag!</p><p>Ok gang, that&#39;s all for this week. Spring is officially only three weeks away (woo hoo!). Please make sure to check out the attached weekly specials and until next week, as always, our wish for you is to take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter February 23, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Most people are aware of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers who invented, built and flew the world&#39;s first motorized airplane. They did it near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17,&nbsp;1903. But did you know that on February 23, 1909, the first powered heavier-than-air (non-dirigible craft) flight occurred on the ice of Bras D&#39;or Lake at Baddeck Nova Scotia? The pilot was John Alexander Douglas McCurdy and the aircraft was the&nbsp;AEA (Aerial Experiment Association)&nbsp;Silver Dart. The flight was of a distance of less than one kilometer. McCurdy was one of the craft&#39;s designers and the AEA was founded under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell through a joint US/Canadian venture. Dart-like this plane was not, as per the description taken from Wikipedia:&nbsp;<em>The frame and structure of the&nbsp;Silver Dart&nbsp;were made of steel tube,&nbsp;bamboo,&nbsp;friction tape, wire and wood. The wings were covered with rubberized, silvery balloon cloth provided by Capt. Thomas Scott Baldwin of Hammondsport; hence the name the &quot;Silver Dart&quot;. Its Kirkham engine, supplied by&nbsp;Glenn Curtiss, was a reliable&nbsp;V-8&nbsp;that developed 50 horsepower (37&nbsp;kW) at 1,000 rpm. The&nbsp;propeller&nbsp;was carved from a solid block of wood. The aircraft had what is now called a&nbsp;canard&nbsp;or an &quot;elevator in front&quot; design. Like most aircraft of its day the&nbsp;Silver Dart&nbsp;had poor control characteristics; likewise, it had no&nbsp;brakes</em>.</p><p>Ok, so let&#39;s get into the newsletter with everybody&#39;s favourite subject matter: new stuff to eat! First on the list is a wonderful <em><strong>Salmon Wellington</strong></em> now available from our Meat Department! Sockeye salmon is wrapped along with spinach, parmesan cheese and some other good stuff, in puff pastry which bakes up light and flaky. It&#39;s super easy to make and super delicious!</p><p><em><strong>Miss Vickie&#39;s Potato Chips </strong></em>are some of the best around, and have been since the&nbsp;company started in 1987. They use tasty Canadian potatoes cooked in oil for that kettle cooked taste and they come in a great variety of flavours. That&#39;s why we&#39;re excited to introduce their newest flavour: <em><strong>Spicy Dill Pickle</strong></em>! It&#39;s like a cross between Miss Vickie&#39;s Jalapeno Chips with a Lay&#39;s Dill Pickle Chip! Unbelievable! You&#39;re going to go nuts for these so drop everything and get down here so that you can immediately spice up your snacking!</p><p>Speaking of spicing things up, how about doing it to your BBQ meals as well? With <em><strong>Newman&#39;s Own Most Wanted Original BBQ Sauce</strong></em>, the not-for-profit made sauce that doesn&#39;t contain high fructose corn syrup, gluten, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours.&nbsp;However, it <em>does</em> contain a mighty whollop of great flavour. The Verdict&#39;s in: Frank Galvin would have approved and so will you!</p><p>Thgis next product comes to us from Pender Island which further expands our excellent lineup of locally made goods. <em><strong>El Faro Gluten Free Flour Artisan Blend</strong></em> is just that- a perfect blend of&nbsp;Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch,&nbsp;Sorghum Flour, Sweet Rice Flour, Arrowroot Starch and Xanthan Gum. Actually, that&#39;s the entire ingredients list! Use it for all of your gluten-free and vegan baking!</p><p><em><strong>Quaker Oatmeal Cookie Mix </strong></em>is the perfect way to make easy, home-made cookies in 9-14&nbsp;minutes! Your home will be filled with the aroma of freshly baking cookies and afterwards, your belly will be full of those freshly baked cookies! And since each package makes 60 cookies, if you have a large family, that&#39;s a lot of full bellies!</p><p>If you&#39;d prefer to purchase your baked goods already made, the choice should be to make it something from <em><strong>The Dutch Bakery &amp; Diner</strong></em>.&nbsp;Again, we&#39;ve had to add more of their stellar products to our inventory because what they make is some of the&nbsp;tastiest sweets in these parts! <em><strong>Dutch Bakery &amp; Diner Peanut Butter Cups</strong></em> and <em><strong>Kahlua Cups</strong></em> are full of rich and creamy peanut butter as well as delicious chocolate and kahlua! Waaaaay better than any&nbsp;mass produced peanut butter cups. We also carry their <em><strong>Flying Saucer Cookies</strong></em> as well as decadent<em><strong> Almond Bread</strong></em> (filled with almond paste). This stuff sells quickly but don&#39;t worry, we&#39;ll have more soon if we sell out!</p><p>Mayflower Foods is a mid-sized, family run bakery located in Central Saanich. They pride themselves on providing the locals with real, hand-made foods that taste incredible. And they&#39;re succeeding! Mayflower Foods Ukee Vegan Dessert Bars are located in our Deli Department&#39;s cold case near the front entrance. They&#39;re so new that we don&#39;t have any info on them except that they&#39;re a sweet, vegan dessert bar reminiscent of a Nanaimo bar with a chocolate and sliced almond&nbsp;topping. You&#39;re simply going to have to try it for yourself!</p><p>And if you need some kind of beverage to go along with your snacking, how about <em><strong>Silk Unsweetened Coconut</strong></em>? It&#39;s the non-dairy beverage that&#39;s high in calcium and is an excellent source of vitamins A, E and B12. Plus, it has only 45 calories per serving. Try this &quot;temptingly tropical&quot; treat today!</p><p>Next week we will be into March, can you believe that? Let&#39;s see if it comes in like a lamb or a lion. Until then, treat the people you come in contact with like lambs because there are already enough lions and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter February 16, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Say, you know who had a good morning on today&#39;s date in 1923?&nbsp;English archaeologist&nbsp;Howard Carter had a very good morning then because it&#39;s when he discovered the final resting place of the teenaged Egyptian King Tutankhamen. after five years of unsuccessful attempts to locate it. After 3000 years, the solid gold casket of King Tut, who lived around 1400 B.C. was discovered in the last of four chambers unearthed that day in Thebes, Egypt. Thousands of other artifacts and relics such as golden shrines, jewellery, a chariot, weapons and clothing were found, but it was ther perfectly preserved mummy of King Tut, the first that had ever been discovered, that was the most valuable find. Today, the permanent home of the&nbsp;&ldquo;Treasures of Tutankhamen&quot; exhibit is the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.</p><p>Here&#39;s hoping that everyone stayed safe and sound throughout this weekend&#39;s stormy days and that your Valentine&#39;s Day and Family Day long weekend was&nbsp;otherwise thoroughly enjoyable! We have some beaty items to tell you about this week so let&#39;s get started!</p><p>Fresh juices are chock-a-block full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, especially if they&#39;ve been created using cold pressing. That&#39;s when intense pressure is used to squeeze the living daylights out of the fruit, as opposed to using spinning metal blades to chop and extract&nbsp;which creates heat and introduces air (causing oxidation and thus, reduces vitamins and enzymes). So if you&#39;re looking for some excellent, locally made (Vancouver) cold pressed juices, look no further than our own Produce Department! <em><strong>Chaser&#39;s 100%&nbsp; Cold Pressed Juices </strong></em>(500 ml) has grown from a small stand in Yaletown to one of Vancouver&#39;s largest producers of fresh juices! And with varieties such as<em><strong> Alkaline Me, Supremely Kale, Cold K, Taking Car of Business, Beet Rejuvination, Turmeric Sunrise</strong></em> and<em><strong> Tropical Greens</strong></em> it&#39;s easy to see why! We also have an assortment of 1L bottles of their<em><strong> Apple Cider, Cranberry Cider,&nbsp;Lemonades</strong></em> and other kinds!</p><p>Ever since<em><strong> Bubly Sparkling Water</strong></em> made its way onto the scene it&#39;s helped to explode the popularity of flavoured sparkling waters containing no sugars or calories (it doesn&#39;t hurt that crooner Michael Bubl&eacute; endorses the product). As if the selection of flavours wasn&#39;t already extensive (blackberry, cherry, orange, strawberry, grapefruit, to name but a few) now they&#39;ve added new <em><strong>Pineapple</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Peach</strong></em> flavours! Enjoy some flavours of summertime right now and fend off the February blahs!</p><p><em><strong>Stubborn Chef </strong></em>is the Victoria BC business responsible for bringing you their incredible Ginger Sauce as well as numerous other captivating culinary creations! Another new item in our Produce Department is <em><strong>Stubborn Chef Spicy Pickled Daikon</strong></em>, the mild, Japanese radish high in potassium and vitamin C.&nbsp;It&#39;s been said that steaming hot white rice with&nbsp;pickled daikon&nbsp;is like the bread and butter of Japanese&nbsp;food. Give it a shot and see for yourself!</p><p>If you need a little somethin&#39; somethin&#39; to spice up your Asian cooking a bit more then try <em><strong>A Taste of Thai Roasted Red Chili Paste</strong></em>, &quot;<em>a&nbsp;concentrated blend of red chilies and Thai spices, combined for a spicy flavour. Use as a stir-fry seasoning, a soup base, or as a condiment for noodles or chicken. Add a teaspoon to your favourite marinades for a bit of spiciness</em>.&quot;</p><p><em><strong>Avalon Dairy</strong></em> has been a local tradition since 1906. It says so right on the product. And with their new <em><strong>Triple Cream Honey Yogurt</strong></em>, they&#39;re helping to ensure&nbsp;that they stay in business for over another 100 years! This yogurt is 100% natural and probiotic. It&#39;s a&nbsp;balkan style yogurt and it&#39;s keto friendly while&nbsp;the 9% milk fat content makes for a rich and creamy treat!&nbsp;</p><p>If you want the absolute ultimate rich and creamy treat, though, you&#39;re going to have to head over to the other side of the store to the frozen food section.&nbsp;There you will discover two of the greatest frozen ice cream bars EVER created, especially if you&#39;re a fan of chocolate (and a lot of you are!). <em><strong>Magnum Infinity Chocolate </strong></em>is a combination of dark chocolate ice cream with a chocolate swirl dipped in dark chocolate and cocoa bean nibs. The Belgian unsweetened chocolate is out of this world so, as Buzz Lightyear would say, &quot;To infinity and beyond!&quot; You can also choose new <em><strong>Magnum Mini Dark</strong></em>, the vanilla ice cream bars dipped in dark, unsweetened Belgian chocolate. They&#39;re smaller (you get 4x55 ml bars so you&#39;ll feel better about eating one because they&#39;re smaller but you&#39;ll only end up eating them all because they&#39;re just like potato chips and impossible to stop with just one).</p><p>Breakfast just got a little bit better because <em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s</strong></em> has introduced <em><strong>Vector Maple Crunch</strong></em>, the high-protein breakfast cereal with 11 vitamins and minerals sweetened with natural maple syrup. Tastes great in a bowl with milk or eaten as a snack all on its own!</p><p>But if a high-protein snack for busy folks is required then&nbsp;<em><strong>Rock Coast Vegan Protein Bars</strong></em> in <em><strong>Mint Chocolate </strong></em>(16g protein) or <em><strong>Peanut Butter Chocolate</strong></em> (17g protein) are the perfect choice. They&#39;re made with seven high quality organic plant-based proteins, without any artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours. They contain no pea protein, no sugar alcohols and no isomalto-oligosaccharidea (common sweetener used in protein bars). Plus they&#39;re gluten-free!</p><p>Thanks for tuning in again this week! Stay warm and dry out there and always remember to take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter February 9, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; For all you youngsters out there, today, in 1964, the Fab Four, the Liverpudlian Lads, George, John, Paul and Ringo otherwise known as The Beatles, made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Needless to say, it made for a &quot;really big shew&quot; as more than 73 million people tuned in to see the shaggy haired yet snappy-looking group. This marked the beginning of the British invasion and was a record-setting event for US televisionsurpassing the viewership&nbsp;of&nbsp;Elvis Presley&#39;s appearance on the variety show three years earlier. The setlist that night included &quot;All My Loving&quot;, &quot;Till There Was You&quot;, &quot;She Loves You&quot;, &quot;I Saw Her Standing There&quot; and &quot;I Want&nbsp; to Hold Your Hand.&quot;</p><p>There are a couple of things to mention before we get into the meat of the newsletter. Until February 12th, you can have the shopping fee waived if you&#39;re a first time user of our online store! Whether you&#39;re looking to have your order delivered or you&#39;d rather pick it up at the store, you can save a little bit extra. So if you haven&#39;t shopped online with us yet, now&#39;s the time!</p><p>We have&nbsp;an exciting contest on now as well!</p><p><u><strong>Enter to Win a Virtual Perogie Making Class</strong></u></p><p>Buy some <em><strong>Perogie Pinchers</strong></em> perogies &ndash; put your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and drop it in the entry box. One winner will be contacted in early March!</p><p>Invite your friends, neighbours and even your in-laws and get ready to roll up your sleeves, do a little pinching and have your very own Private Perogie Party! This is a perfect and&nbsp;unique idea for birthdays, anniversaries, team-building and much more!</p><p>100% gluten-free is what Victoria bakery <em><strong>Origin Bakery </strong></em>is all about. Whether you&#39;re looking for sweet cookies, chews and bars or delicious, savoury breads, buns and rolls Origin Bakery has it all. Their loaves contain no dough conditioners or preservatives and freeze great!&nbsp;</p><p>get your cheese and crackers all-in-one with two new <em><strong>Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers</strong></em>! <em><strong>Cheez-It Italian Four Cheese Snack Crackers</strong></em> contain four types of 100% real cheese baked right in! Or choose <em><strong>Cheez-It Crunch Original Cheddar Baked Snack Crackers</strong></em>, the cracker with that extra satisfying crunch!</p><p>As long as we&#39;re talking about cheese, we may as well talk about cheese-like prodcts new to Pepper&#39;s. <em><strong>Daiya Mexican 4 Cheeze Flavoured Blend</strong></em> is the deliciously dairy-free cheese alternative made with chick peas! It contains a blend of cheddar, monterey jack, asadero and queso quesadilla flavoured shreds without the soy, dairy or gluten. Or you could pick up a pack of <em><strong>Daiya Smoked Gouda Flavoured Slices</strong></em>. Their website describes it like this:&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Sharp yet sweet with just the right amount of smoked flavor, they&rsquo;re made with our new, improved recipe for even better taste, texture and melt. Pure plant-based perfection</em>.</p><p>How about a plant-based, dairy-free product that&#39;s spreadable on your favourite crackers or artisan bread? Boursin, renowned for their incredibly delicious soft cheese spreads, now has something just as good for the dairy-free consumer! <em><strong>Boursin Dairy Free Cheese Spread Alternative</strong></em> is made of a base of high-quality coconut oil infused&nbsp;with <em><strong>Garlic &amp; Herbs</strong></em>. It&#39;s a super smooth and creamy cheese-free spread that subs perfectly for regular Boursin!</p><p>Looking for an apple that you can bake with, cook with, juice or eat fresh? How about an all around versatile apple that&#39;s crisp and&nbsp;sweet yet tangy? Or an apple that&#39;s cellared in the fall until the new year in order to enrich the unique taste and texture? If so, may we suggest the most excellent <em><strong>Red Prince Apple</strong></em>? This Canadian-grown fruit is a cross between a Golden Delicious and Red Jonathan apple and the name comes from the grower who first discovered this NATURAL cross apple in a small town along the Dutch-German border: Mr. Princen. He was inspired by its rich, perfect deep red colour. It was originally transplanted to Canada in Thornbury,&nbsp;Ontario, situated along the shores of Georgian Bay.</p><p>Here&#39;s another very different type of fruit that makes the perfect cocktail or cheese tray garnish or&nbsp;dessert topping for a decadent dessert. <em><strong>Sable &amp; Rosenfeld Bourbon Tipsy Dark Reserve Cherries</strong></em> are, as the company website states:&nbsp;<em>Large, firm, blush variety of Oregon-grown Stardust&trade; cherries have been packed in our exclusive syrup spiked with Bourbon to create the &ldquo;Dark Reserve&rdquo;. </em>I don&#39;t know about you but I could probably polish off that jar all by itself. What more of an excuse do you need to really go overboard than a global pandemic?</p><p>Another way to get loopy is with new <em><strong>Kashi Organic Cocoa Loops </strong></em>or <em><strong>Kashi Organic Cinna Loops Cereals</strong></em>! Whether you choose the equally delicious chocolate or cinnamon flavour, you get: 25 grams of whole grains, 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibre per 40 gram serving of this certified organic and vegan breakfast treat!</p><p>It&#39;s been awhile since a Health &amp; Beauty product found its way into the newsletter but for all you lovely ladies out there, here are two just for you! If you&#39;ve ever used EOS Lip Balm, you know just how well these work to keep your lips soft and moisturized. Now you can have that same feeling when you shave with <em><strong>EOS Shea Better Shave Cream Vanilla Blis</strong></em>s which provides 24 hour moisture. It contains shea oil as well as shea butter and can be used wither wet or dry! The non-foaming formula contains vitamins C and E for an antioxidant packed ultra-smooth shave! Or check out <em><strong>EOS Pomegranite Raspberry Shave Cream</strong></em> which contains soothing aloe as well as shea butter for the same type of great shave that can be used on either wet or dry skin!</p><p>Perhaps we jinxed things last week by bragging about our balmy weather here on the island. The temperatures are forecast to drop over the next few days here so make sure you&#39;re prepared! Pepper&#39;s has kiln-dried kindling and firewood as well as firelogs to keep you warm when it gets chilly. So bundle up and stay warm and while you&#39;re at it, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Peppers Newsletter February 2, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! It&#39;s prognosticating day aka Groundhog Day and we&#39;re all waiting with baited breath to find out if Wiarton Willie or his other North American brethren will see their shadows or not! And while we&#39;re at it, has anybody figured out yet how much wood these critters can chuck? Groundhog Day, officially, goes way back to February 2, 1887, in&nbsp;Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Specificaly, Gobbler&#39;s Knob is the exact location&nbsp;where a fellow named Clymer Freas, a local newspaper editor, decided that his idea of a weather predicting giant squirrel (lovingly named Punxsutawney Phil) should emerge from his den and determine if another 6 more weeks of winter should occur by whether or not his sees his shadow. The tradition of a small animal predicting the length of winter, however, goes waaaay back to a pagen festival called Inbolc which morphed into a Christian tradition called Candlemas. Germans spun their own version whereby badgers and other small critters seeing their shadows signified an extended winter. Some of those Germans settled in Pennsylvania in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and that&#39;s where the custom comes from. Of course, those of us who live here in Lotus Land couldn&#39;t actually give a care about this custom because it&#39;s already almost 10 degrees and the cherry and plum blossoms are just about ready to explode. Sorry rest of Canada.</p><p>Ok, it&#39;s business time so to speak so let&#39;s get going on what&#39;s new at Pepper&#39;s! Valentine&#39;s Day is just around the corner so why not spread some of the love around by offering some amazing <em><strong>Heart Shaped Valentine Cookies by Cake&#39;s Etc</strong></em>.? These tasty sugar cookies are decorated in coloured chocolate and come in a six-pack gift bagtied with a red ribbon!&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;More cheese, please!&quot; was the sentence asked by one of our customers and Dora, our Deli Manager, responded by putting not one, not two but <em>three</em> types of them in her cooler! <em><strong>Haltwhistle Cheese Co.</strong></em> of Duncan, BC, produces numerous varieties of cheese and the cows&#39;&nbsp;milk types brought in are definitely going to please all those cheese-lovers out there! As taken from the company website:</p><p><em><strong>Thombury</strong></em> -&nbsp;<em>is the cows&#39; milk counterpart of our signature Tomme de Vall&eacute;e.&nbsp; This traditional French Alpine cheese is full of rich and earthy flavour.</em></p><p><em><strong>Tadwick</strong></em> -<em>&nbsp;is our traditional English cheddar.&nbsp; This cheese is sweet and sharp with a melt in your mouth texture.</em></p><p><em><strong>Nailsea</strong></em> - <em>is a mild Gouda with a pleasantly smooth texture.&nbsp; This buttery and velvety cheese has a fresh and light flavour, making it adaptable to many uses.</em></p><p>You just can&#39;t beat the one-two combo of cheese and crackers. And bonus if both of them are local! So pick up a box of <em><strong>Jenny Marie&#39;s Cracker Company Turmeric &amp; Pepper Crackers </strong></em>when you pick out your new favourite cheese from <em><strong>Haltwhistle</strong></em> (they&#39;re within five feet of each other). The earthy flavour of turmeric combined with the subtle spiciness of black pepper creates a most excellent profile that pairs with just about anything. They&#39;re hand-made and baked fresh right here in Victoria, BC!</p><p>You know, it&#39;s imperative to have something to drink when you&#39;re eating cheese and crackers. Wine is often the go-to beverage of choice. But if you&#39;re a beer drinker just embarking on your Dry February journey, you can still enjoy a nice cold one! How&#39;s that? <em><strong>Partake Brewing Non-Alcoholic Beer</strong></em> is a Canadian brewed craft beer that not only contains no alcohol (well, almost no alcohol at 0.3%. That&#39;s about the same amount as a normal sized glass of orange juice) but has only 10-30 calories and as low as zero carbs per can! It&#39;s won World&#39;s Best in the non-alcoholic category at the World Beer Awards, too! Choose from <em><strong>Blonde, IPA </strong></em>or <em><strong>Pale</strong></em> brews and feel free to mosey over to their website for in-depth descriptions of each of these truly delicious suds:&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>There are just so many great foods that pair well with a cold beer and often it comes in the form of wings, burgers, chicken, pork and so on and so forth. But how great does this sound to go along with them? <em><strong>Frank&#39;s RedHot Thick Sauce</strong></em> comes in <em><strong>Original, Buffalo Ranch</strong></em> and <em><strong>Buffalo BBQ </strong></em>and makes the perfect coating for your wings, an excellent dip for veggies or a super sauce for pulled pork or shredded chicken on a bun!&nbsp;Seriously, if you&#39;re a fan of Franks RedHot Sauce you&#39;ll already know that you&nbsp;can literally &quot;put that $#!t on everything!&quot; and make it taste even better!</p><p>How about a fun and healthy side-kick to the awesome kick-butt meal you just created with Frank&#39;s RedHot? Easy! <em><strong>Cal-Organic Rainbow Carrot Chips</strong></em> are great for snacking or dipping and have been washed, peeled and cut so they&#39;re ready to eat straight outta the bag!</p><p>Meat pies are very popular this time of year so when we got wind of Duncan&#39;s <em><strong>Little Zimbabwe Farm</strong></em> (Vancouver Island&#39;s happiest place!)&nbsp;<em><strong>Pies</strong></em>, we didn&#39;t hesitate to get them in our Frozen Foods section! Available in <em><strong>Beef Baby</strong></em> (beef and vegetable medley) and <em><strong>Cha Cha Chicken</strong></em> (chicken and vegetable medley) there&#39;s also a&nbsp;<em><strong>Veggie-licious</strong></em> (garden vegetable medley) option for those of you who don&#39;t want the meat! Hand crafted and locally produced in the Cowichan Valley, they&#39;re fully baked and ready to eat. Cook on the middle rack of the oven at 350 degrees and you&#39;re good-to-go in 15 minutes!</p><p>If you&#39;re already heating the oven up you might consider tossing in some <em><strong>Gardein Meat-Free Seven Grain Crispy Tenders</strong></em>, too! These certified vegan tenders are also kosher and dairy-free and are quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes! Your meatless Mondays will never be the same again!</p><p>Have yourselves a great day and until next week stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 26, 2021 Peppers Foods Mon, 25 Jan 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; On today&#39;s date in 1924, American Charles Jewtraw became the first person ever to win a Winter Olympics medal, taking the gold in&nbsp;500m speed skating, the first event of what the International Olympic Committee called &quot;Winter Sports Week&quot;. The games were held in Chamonix, France from January 25-February 5 and attracted over 10000 paying spectators. 258 athletes (only 11 were women) from 16 countries competed in 16 events. The Canadian men&#39;s hockey team dominated their sport by scoring 85 goals in the first three games before allowing another team to net one! On January 28, Canada beat Czechoslovakia 33-0. The next day Canada beat Sweden 22-0 and the day after that beat Switzerland 33-0. On February 1, it was a little closer for the opposite team with a 19-2 victory for the Canadians over Great Britain. Canada wouldn&#39;t play the United States until the gold medal game where they beat them 6-1 scoring a total of 122 goals over the course of the tournament and&nbsp;allowing just three against! Great Britain took home the bronze.</p><p>Some of you may know that we had a very special visit from CHEK TV the other day, specifically from Ed Bain and Jeff King, the hosts of <u>The Upside</u>, the segment which appears nightly during the newscasts. It&nbsp;highlights&nbsp;&quot;<em>positive stories in our community and around the world to bring some levity and smiles to our viewers</em>.&quot; And leave it to these guys to bring the smiles! They put on some silly costumes, gave away gift cards and baskets and showcased some of the many local products that Pepper&#39;s offers our customers. It was a great night! If you missed it, here&#39;s the link where you can see the segment:&nbsp;<strong></strong></p><p>And starting next Tuesday, you&#39;ll find our weekly ad in The Times Colonist newspaper! It can also be found on our website and&nbsp;at the store as well just in case you forget to check it before you come for a shop!</p><p>Our newsletter today is mostly themed around baking and baked goods so without further adieu, here we go! <em><strong>Little Northern Bakehouse</strong></em> makes excellent gluten-free breads in many varieties and we carry a lot of them. But now they&#39;ve gone organic! New <em><strong>LNB Organic Loaves</strong></em> are described as follows from the company website:&nbsp;<em>Now you truly can have it all&mdash;gluten-free, allergy-friendly bread with all the taste and texture of the real thing, made from organic whole grains and seeds. Take your toast to a whole new level with three delicious varieties of organic gluten-free bread: <strong>Organic Ancient Grain, Organic Oatmeal</strong>, and <strong>Organic Original</strong>.</em></p><p>All you hot dog lovers out there who can&#39;t have gluten will be thrilled to know that we now hoave a new variety of bun! <em><strong>Aidan&#39;s Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns</strong></em> are light, airy, soft and golden and are made with 100% natural ingredients without any eggs, dairy, soy, sesame seeds, peanuts or nuts.</p><p>Local bakery <em><strong>Cakes Etc.</strong></em> has been around since 1989 providing quality baked goods that get high marks for style, artistry and flavour and use local ingredients whenever possible.&nbsp;We&#39;ve added<em><strong> Cakes Etc. Scones </strong></em>in a variety of flavours, both sweet and savoury, to their already stellar line-up and you can find them in our Bakery Dept. near the checkouts.</p><p>If you watched Saturday Night Live in 1989, you may recall a spoof commercial&nbsp;sketch with Phil Hartman called Colon Blow, showcasing the ultra high fibre cereal that is the equivalent of 30000 bowls of oat bran cereal. Well, if you need to add more fibre to your diet and want to make your own Colon Blow at home then pick up a bag of <em><strong>Pure-Le Psyllium Husks Powder</strong></em> in our breakfast cereal section in Aisle 3. According to Wikipedia, psyllium&nbsp;is <em>mainly used as a dietary fiber to relieve symptoms of both&nbsp;constipation&nbsp;and mild&nbsp;diarrhea, and occasionally as a&nbsp;food thickener.&nbsp;It is commonly used as a&nbsp;food ingredient&nbsp;in manufactured&nbsp;breakfast cereals. </em>But please, treat this plant-based fibre as a dietary supplement and follow the directions carefully.</p><p>Also down Aisle 3 is <em><strong>XO Baking Co. Oatmeal Gourmet Cookie Mix</strong></em>! it&#39;s not only gluten-free but it&#39;s also rice-free. Prepare the dough ahead of time and store in the fridge to bake crunchy and chewy certified gluten-free cookies when it&#39;s most convenient for you!&nbsp;</p><p>And while you&#39;re still in the aisle, you can pick up a jar of <em><strong>All Natural Grynd Endurance Butter, </strong></em>made by<em><strong> Island Nut Roastery</strong></em>&nbsp;We shone the spotlight on this delicious nut, chocolate and honey mixture last week so you&#39;ll be pleased to know that you can now purchase a <em><strong>500g jar </strong></em>for a much larger source of complete nut-based nutrition!</p><p>If we told you that you could purchase a cream sauce for pasta, dips or as a topping for baked potatoes or rice that contained NO dairy and is vegan would scoff and then say, &quot;That&#39;ll be the day!&quot;? You&#39;d be forgiven if you did. But that day is here my friends. Because now you can purchase not one, not two but three cashew-based. dairy-free and gluten-free cream sauces! <em><strong>Nona Vegan Sauces</strong></em> come in <em><strong>Alfredo Style, Cheesy Style </strong></em>and <em><strong>Carbonara Style </strong></em>and can be found in our Deli Dept. cold case near the first till. And these sauces are proudly made in Ontario. They freeze well in the package or you can portion them out in an ice cube tray! Plus, they&#39;re certified kosher and&nbsp;certified delicious!</p><p>That&#39;ll do it for this week, folks. Can you believe that we&#39;ll be into February next week? It&#39;s kind of ridiculous how fast the time is going. And that&#39;s a good thing, because for those of you who want it, that means the vaccine will be available sooner than later. Fingers crossed...</p><p>Until next Tuesday, stay safe and take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter January 19, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Hey, hey, hey we&#39;ve got some exciting news (this <em>IS</em> the newsletter afterall)! It&#39;s contest time here at Pepper&#39;s and you can win an AWESOME prize package valued at over $150! Here are the deets: Nine incredible local companies have collaborated to provide you with an opportunity to win one of two gift bags consisting of items from businesses located right here in Victoria, BC!</p><p>HOW TO ENTER:</p><ul> <li>Log into your Instagram account</li> <li>Tag a friend (one entry for every friend tagged)</li> <li>Make sure you are following ALL of the accounts listed below</li> <li>Bonus entry: share the post to your story and tag us <strong>@peppersfoodsvictoria</strong></li></ul><p><br />@seaciderhouse&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (bottle of sparkling juice)<br />@singingbowlgranola&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (box of granola)<br />@dumplingdrop&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (bag of dumplings &amp; chili oil)<br />@maiiz.nixtamal&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (tote bag &amp; bag of tortillas)<br />@49below&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (t-shirt &amp; tub of ice cream)<br />@thelittlestand&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (3pack jam gift pack)<br />@fernwoodcoffee&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (bag of coffee)<br />@marthasdelectables&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (shortbread gift pack)<br />@peppersfoodsvictoria&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ($25 gift card)<br />&nbsp;</p><ul> <li><strong>Winner must be able to pick up prize @ Pepper&#39;s</strong>.</li> <li>Contest closes @ 12 midnight, Thursday Jan. 21st.</li> <li>Winners to be announced Friday, Jan. 22nd, 2021.</li></ul><p>Thanks for all who enter and good luck!</p><p>We have some great new items to share with you today (hooray!) so let&#39;s not delay, okay? First up we have <em><strong>Grimm&#39;s Old Fashioned</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Ham Steak</strong></em> and <em><strong>Honey Ham Steak 250g&nbsp;</strong></em>which, coincidentally, also happen to be <em><strong>in our ad this week for the terrific price of $3.36 each</strong></em>! Grimm&#39;s uses verified 100% Canadian pork to create these gluten-free, lactose-free and soy-free ham steaks that are slow roasted, extra lean and naturally smoked. Just&nbsp;heat and serve!</p><p>Horseradish packs a mighty flavour wallop that stings the nostrils and has biting heat! It hurts so good! But it&#39;s not just for roast beef! For instance, you could use new <em><strong>Cedarvale Prepared Horseradish</strong></em>,<em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em>either <em><strong>Regular or Extra Hot</strong></em>, to make a cranberry horseradish glaze for your grilled hamsteaks that you just purchased.&nbsp;</p><p>1) Preheat grill for medium high heat and lightly oil grate.</p><p>2) In a small bowl combine horseradish, cranberry and lemon juice with&nbsp;brown sugar. Heat over the stove or in the microwave until warm and sugar has dissolved.</p><p>3) Score the ham steak on both sides. Place on the prepared grill. Baste continuously with the brown sugar mixture while grilling. Cook 8-10 minutes per side. Simple yet delicious!</p><p>You may recall a few weeks ago that we wrote about some hot sauces from Belize by Marie Sharp&#39;s. They came in varied degrees of hotness but their hottest sauce was omitted from our line-up. Until now. <em><strong>Marie Sharp&#39;s Scorpion &amp; Habanero Pepper Sauce</strong></em> is another spicy item that, if you&#39;re not careful, will sting you! Not for the faint of heart, this sauce is around 20 times hotter than Original Tabasco Sauce. Fly too close to the sun and your wings <em>will </em>melt. Fair warning.</p><p>One condiment that definitely will not require having a medic on standby is<em><strong> Suzie&#39;s Organic Tomato Ketchup</strong></em>! The label says it&#39;s &quot;double dip worthy&quot; which means that George Costanza would approve of this condiment. Headquartered in Pendleton, Oregon, this is a favourite of families of the Pacific Northwest!</p><p>It&#39;s January which means clean eating is on the menu. And for many, that means adopting&nbsp;a diet consisting of plant-based foods. So why not give <em><strong>Laird Superfood Creame</strong></em>r available in <em><strong>Original </strong></em>and <em><strong>Unsweetened</strong></em> a shot at your morning coffee? Add a boost of energy to your coffee, tea, smoothies or oatmeal! It&#39;s a creamer made of coconut mlk powder as well as coconut sugar which lends a smooth, creamy texture with a hint of coconut flavour as well as a touch of sweetness. All four MCTs can be found in this dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, keto and paleo friendly food! Plus, it&#39;s shelf stable which means no refrigeration is required!&nbsp;</p><p>Another new, plant-based coffee creamer is <em><strong>Plant Veda Original Cashew Creamer!</strong></em> It&#39;s thick and creamy, made especially for coffee and contains no added oils. It has &quot;the creaminess of cashews, the silkiness of coconuts and it foams perfectly for your latte!&quot; It&#39;s dairy-free, cholesterol-free and vegan. And your dollars stay in BC when you purchase this product because this business is located in Surrey!</p><p>Let&#39;s keep the plant-based items rolling with another excellent item from Victoria&#39;s <em><strong>Very Good Butchers</strong></em>, the plant-based butchery that provides wholesome and delicious meat alternatives. With <em><strong>Very Good Pepperoni</strong></em>. As per the company website:&nbsp;<em>It has&nbsp;just the right amount of spice and is perfect for&nbsp;anything from sandwiches and calzones to snack boards and deep dish (or just eating straight out of the package). The options are endless with our adzuki bean pepperon</em>i.</p><p>We told you about Miracle Noodles a few weeks ago, the popular Japanese noodle eaten for centuries and made from the konjak yam. It sold out instantly so we decided to bring in another line of larger packages. <em><strong>Better Than Foods</strong></em> makes<em><strong> Better Than Pasta Organic Konjak Pasta&nbsp;</strong></em>in numerous styles like Ramen, Spaghetti and Penne. This pasta alternative is high in fibre which fills you up with zero sugar, zero sugars, zero fats and almost no calories or carbs per serving.&nbsp;They&#39;re also vegan and a source of calcium!</p><p>If you&#39;re looking for an all natural energy boost that comes in a convenient&nbsp;package, then it&#39;s time for <em><strong>Grynd Endurance Butter</strong></em>. Hailing from beautiful Sidney, BC, this is nut-based pocket&nbsp;nutrition that is made simply from peanuts, chocolate and honey! Each 125g squeeze pack contains 47g of carbs, 700 calories and 16g of protein! It&#39;s super convenient energy-on-the-go with this super smooth blast of nutrition that tastes amazing, isn&#39;t overly sweet and won&#39;t upset your stomach! My boss said to me today, &quot;Hey, Jonny! Have this tube of Grynd to give you the energy you need to write the newsletter tonight. It&#39;s awesome!&quot; And you know what? He was right! It <em>IS </em>awesome! And, it comes in both a 32g and 125g package with jars coming available in the near future. This is one of the most exciting local items to come our way in awhile so pick some up and keep yourself going strong through whatever activities you engage in from day to day!</p><p>That&#39;s all she (he) wrote for another week, folks. Don&#39;t forget to enter the contest that we told you about at the beginning of ther newsletter! The prize is definitely worth the small effort required to be eligible to win. And, as always, our wish for you is to stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter January 12, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Tomorrow the NHL returns, albeit with a curtailed schedule, and all of the Canadian provinces have signed on to allow games to be played thereby allowing the creation of an all-Canadian division, the firsdt and likely last on ever! That&#39;s exciting because a lot of us could use a pleasant distraction from many of the current events occuring now. Our newsletter kicks off with its usual historical fact relating to today&#39;s date. Today in 1918, Joe Malone of the Montreal Canadiens scored five goals against Ottawa, leading to a 9-4 victory. He became the first 20 goal scorer and would go on to score a total of 44 goals that season. Some of Joe&#39;s NHL records include:</p><ul> <li>Most goals in one game (7), January 31, 1920 at Quebec. Final score: Quebec 10, Toronto 6</li> <li>Most games played with 5 goals or more: 5</li> <li>Highest goals-per-game average, one season: 2.20 with Montreal, 1917&ndash;18 season (44 goals in 20 games)</li> <li>Fastest player in NHL history to score 100 goals: 62 games</li> <li>Most consecutive three-or-more goal games: 3 (1917&ndash;18 and again later in that season), tied with&nbsp;Mike Bossy&nbsp;(1980&ndash;81)</li> <li>Longest consecutive goal-scoring streak from start of NHL career: 14 games (1917&ndash;18)</li></ul><p>The Sillery, Quebec-born player won the Stanley Cup three times over the course of his career and was eventually inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950 as well as to Canada&#39;s Sports Hall of Fame.</p><p>Alrighty then, onto the new items! Our first product comes to us from a legendary local business known for their gastronomical and libacious (is that a word?) creations. <em><strong>Spinnakers Brewpub</strong></em> (Canada&#39;s oldest by the way) brews many types of beer and ciders, spirits and ales. They make vinegars from those beers and ciders, bake fresh breads, cheeses and jellies. Heck, they even make their own sensational chocolates! So we&#39;re not surprised that they&#39;ve created their own line of <em><strong>Sparkling Mineral Waters </strong></em>and <em><strong>Sodas</strong></em>! With zero calories and zero sugars, these <em><strong>Sparkling Mineral Waters</strong></em> are super refreshing and come in <em><strong>Apricot, Blackberry</strong></em> and <em><strong>Grapefruit </strong></em>flavours. They make excellent mixers, too! <em><strong>Spinnakers Soda Co.</strong></em> make deliciously refreshing sodas in <em><strong>Black Cherry, Ginger Ale, Cola</strong></em> and <em><strong>Rootbeer</strong></em>! Locally-made doesn&#39;t get any better than this! Look for them in our cold beverage case at the front of the store.</p><p>Also following inline with &quot;Dry January&quot; is <em><strong>Sea Cider Farm &amp; Ciderhouse&#39;s Temperance Series</strong></em>, a line of new <em><strong>Non-Alcoholic Ciders</strong></em>! So far there&#39;s<em><strong> Eden</strong></em> (apple) and <em><strong>Bonnie</strong></em> (blackberry and apple). As taken from their company website:</p><p><em>Our Temperance Series consists of non-alcoholic ciders free of added sugars, preservatives and sulphites.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Our Temperance Series of juices reminds us of &ldquo;wellness&rdquo; in the physical, mental and spiritual sense. It is about living a balanced life, and nurturing ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. As individuals, we each have unique approaches and aspirations, including our own views of what it means to live a balanced life. Our Temperance Series invites us to strive for a personal harmony that feels authentic, and reminds us to be open to simple pleasures, large and small, that bring colour and joy to our world. When we find ourselves feeling anxious in a hectic, chaotic world, we are reminded of the things that truly matter.? With wellness in mind we are excited to partner with the <strong>Family Caregivers Network of BC </strong>to support through the sales of our Temperance Series and look forward to sharing more about this very soon. ?</em></p><p>This next item isn&#39;t new to the store but it&#39;s another excellent local product that deserves another mention because of a recent deal made on CBC&#39;s Dragon&#39;s Den! <em><strong>Bin Breeze Indoor Compost Powder&nbsp;i</strong></em>s a counter-top compost additive that eliminates not only odours but also those pesky fruit flies! The all natural, non-toxic formula absorbs moisture and comes in <em><strong>Unscented</strong></em> as well as a&nbsp;<em><strong>Lavender</strong></em> scent!</p><p>If you want authentic, high-end Italian ingredients for your recipes then San Remo is where it&#39;s at! In addition to the numerous varieties of beans, legumes, tomatoes and sauces that Pepper&#39;s stocks, we now have <em><strong>San Remo Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena</strong></em>! And guess what? It&#39;s <em><strong>in the ad this week for the super price of just $4.66</strong></em>! San Remo Food Importers Ltd. was born of the evolution of Vancouver&#39;s Renzullo Food Market, established in 1964 and which still exists today!</p><p>Hey, if we&#39;re talking about Italian cooking, we should mention <em><strong>Olivieri Skillet Gnocchi</strong></em>, available in our Meat Department! Ready in 5 minutes, these scrumptious little pillows are made in a skillet so there&#39;s no boiling or draining of water necessary. They end up being crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Each bag serves two and you can get them in <em><strong>Original </strong></em>and <em><strong>Real Cheese</strong></em> flavours! And, they pair nicely with <em><strong>Olivieri Classic Alfredo Sauce</strong></em>. Our selection of <em><strong>Olivieri Fresh Pastas</strong></em> has also expanded significantly! With too many new varieties to list, there are lots of new kinds of <em><strong>Tortellini</strong> </em>as well as <em><strong>Sacchettini</strong></em>.</p><p>But if you prefer dry pastas over fresh, especially ones that come with cheese, Annie&#39;s has added two different types in two different sizes! <em><strong>Annie&#39;s Homegrown Deluxe Rich &amp; Creamy Shells</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>312g </strong></em>are made with 70% organic&nbsp;ingredients and come with real cheese sauce! We have &#39;em in <em><strong>Shells&nbsp;with Aged Cheddar </strong></em>as well as <em><strong>Shells &amp; White Cheddar</strong></em>. <em><strong>Annie&#39;s Homegrown Organic Shells</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>170g</strong></em> come in the same two flavours but the cheese is in the standard powered form like you&#39;re accustomed to.&nbsp;</p><p>Last but not least we have <em><strong>Melitta&nbsp;Eco Clean Coffee Descaler</strong></em>, the boidegradable, natural and non-toxic treatment for your K-Cup, drip and espresso coffee machines. Each bottle gives you enough descaler to perform three cleanings using citric acid as the main ingredient which means no awful odour and no corrosive properties. Plus, there&#39;s also an ingredient to inhibit the growth of mould and bacteria. get better tasting coffee naturally!</p><p>Until next week, stay safe and please...take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Peppers Newsletter January 5, 2021 Peppers Foods Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning and welcome to the first newsletter of 2021! You know, the weather around southern Vancouver Island hasn&#39;t exactly been very pleasant the past few weeks. We got that big snow storm on December 21 and lately we&#39;ve been living up to our reputation as being the &quot;wet coast.&quot; It&#39;s been a constant deluge of rain. But it&#39;s definitely not as bad as the &quot;Great Frost of 1709&quot; which started on today&#39;s date and left all of Europe in a deep freeze for three months, the likes of which hadn&#39;t been felt in 500 years. England dubbed this weather phenomenon the Great Frost. In France, it was called Le Grand Hiver. There, more than 600000 people died due to the ensuing famine. People rioted for food. Livestock froze. Trees and plants froze. Rivers, lakes and even the ocean froze. The ground froze solid up to a metre deep.&nbsp;And yes, a lot of people froze, too. With sustained temperatures of -10 degrees C to -15 degrees C, it may not sound that cold to us today, but back then, it was deadly.&nbsp;</p><p>Everybody knows that a nice hot bowl of soup chases the winter chills away. And if you happen to enjoy the soup from one of Canada&#39;s favourite coffee chains, you&#39;ll be super happy to know that you can now purchase it from Pepper&#39;s and prepare it at home whenever you like! <em><strong>Tim Hortons Ready-To-Serve Soups</strong></em> are prepared in Canada and come in <em><strong>Cream of Broccoli, Chicken Noodle</strong></em> and <em><strong>Chicken &amp; Rice</strong></em>&nbsp;flavours! And as luck would have it, <em><strong>they&#39;re also in our ad this week for the great price of 2/$5</strong></em>!</p><p>Way back in the early 1900s, aluminum cookware started to replace the traditional heavy cast iron found in North American households. And cleaning them was difficult. Hence, a cookware peddler and his jeweller brother-in-law came up with the Brillo Pad and an effective cleaning product was born. All these years later, Brillo is still producing&nbsp;household cleaners. And Pepper&#39;s has a couple of new ones for you to try. <em><strong>Brillo Basics Dishwashing Liquid Soap</strong></em> is available in <em><strong>Clean Lavende</strong></em>r as well as <em><strong>Oxy Power</strong></em>. It&#39;s easy on the hands but tough on dirty dishes. Plus, the ingredeints are entirely biodegradable and the&nbsp;colours are strangely seductive!</p><p>And when it&nbsp;comes time to clean the bathroom, there&#39;s<em><strong> Brillo Basics Foaming Shower Cleaner</strong></em>.&nbsp;Its foaming action easily removes soap scum, hard water stains, and dirt. Plus, it won&#39;t scratch surfaces and it leaves a brilliant shine with a fresh clean scent. Great for use on shower walls and doors, tubs, glazed ceramic tiles, stainless steel and chrome fixtures, glazed porcelain, vinyl and fiberglass surfaces. But don&#39;t use it on acrylic, brass or natural marble surfaces.</p><p>Pimentos (or pimientos) are a type of sweet chili pepper without much heat. In fact, they&#39;re the mildest of all the chili pepers. But they&#39;re very flavourful and make great additions to dips, appys and spreads such as mayonnaise or cream cheese. So if you need to pick some up, Pepper&#39;s has new <em><strong>Unico Diced Pimentos</strong></em> in Aisle 1, right above the BBQ sauces.</p><p>As long as you&#39;re in Aisle 1, you might as well pick up some<em><strong> Earth&#39;s Own Chocolate Oat Milk</strong></em>. With 50% l<em>ess </em>sugar than conventional chocolate milk, it&#39;s made with Fair Trade Camino Cocoa and 7x less water than is required for producing almond or cow&#39;s milk! And it&#39;s gluten-free! Oh, and just before you leave the aisle, there&#39;s one more new item for you to get: <em><strong>Olympic Organic Multipack Yogurt 4x100g</strong></em>. Made from wholesome milk from grassfed cows it contains 100% natural ingredients. Choose from <em><strong>Vanil</strong></em>la or <em><strong>Blueberry</strong></em> flavours.</p><p>We love when we can unveil items in our flyer because you get to try something new for a great price! In addition to the Tim Hortons Soups, this week we also feature <em><strong>Everland Organic Popping Corn for just $3.96</strong></em>! This non-GMO, Certified Canada&nbsp;Organic popcorn pops fluffy and delicious making a great high fibre, whole grain healthy snack! And if you&#39;re in the market&nbsp;for a less healthy snack, look no further than our Bakery Department where you&#39;ll find <em><strong>Top Dessert Jelly Roll Cakes </strong></em>in&nbsp;<em><strong>Vanilla Lemon</strong></em>, <em><strong>Chocolate Swiss</strong></em> and <em><strong>Strawberry Jelly </strong></em>flavours. Always a family favourite, these sweet cakes are fun to eat and taste oh so good!&nbsp;</p><p>We draw two $100 Gift Card winners every single month and the only way to win&nbsp;is to deposit your receipt with your name and number into the receptacle at the front of the store. Free food is always a welcome windfall so don&#39;t forget to enter! You could be the next winner!</p><p>Until next week, stay safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter December 29, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 29 Dec 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; Well, that&#39;s another Christmas in the books and despite all of the adversity of trying to prepare for it in the midst of a global pandemic, we&#39;d have to say it was a resounding success! Normally we sponsor two families in need but because of the overwhelming generosity of you, our customers, we were able to expand this to three families this year. And not only that, we were able to provide them with enough food to last a month. A month&#39;s worth of food is a big deal to anybody and so we would like to extend our thanks once again to those who contributed towards improving the lives of your fellow human beings. Blessings to you all!</p><p>We need to take a minute to remind you that <em><strong>our store closes at 6 pm every night right up until January 3rd</strong></em>. This is because the time right after Christmas and New Year&#39;s usually&nbsp;isn&#39;t that busy. But starting on Monday, January 4, our regular store hours will resume.&nbsp;</p><p>We didn&#39;t get a whole ton of new stuff in during the week of Christmas and then we were closed for two days afterwards. So you might assume that there&#39;s not a lot to talk about this week. And you&#39;d be correct in that assumption. It&#39;ll take a little time to get the ball rolling again but despair not, for the higher-ups are working on it this very moment! There is, however, a new ad this week so make sure to take a look. We do have one thing to mention, though. It&#39;s <em><strong>Frico All Natural Goat Cheese Slices</strong></em>. These mild and creamy cheese slices are made with 100% pure goat&#39;s milk and aged 5 weeks. Plus, they&#39;re imported from Holland. So you know it&#39;s good.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s going to feel so good sending this newsletter out next week in 2021! It&#39;s been one tough year for all of us but we got through it. Man, what a crazy time that we live in, right? But let&#39;s keep supporting each other, in the spirit with which you did our sponsor families! If we continue to do that (as well as wear a mask and listen to our&nbsp;provincial health officer and other medical experts) until the vaccine is available we will be alright. We will be. We hope that you enjoyed your Christmas holidays and we sincerely wish you all the best in the coming year! Enjoy yourselves kicking 2020 to the curb and wiping the slate clean. Happy New Year, everyone! Take good care.</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter December 22, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Hey, if you live on southern Vancouver Island then you know how ironic it was that it got whalloped with a HUGE winter storm on the first day of winter! Wow, talk about your intense low pressure system! That was ugly. Here&#39;s hoping everyone managed alright with the brutal driving conditions and cancelled ferries. So this week we&#39;re going to change the newsletter up just a little bit because it&#39;s crazy hectic for everyone these days. We&#39;ll forgo the usual history lesson or story and cut down on the description of the new items so that we can squeeze more items&nbsp;into the newsletter without it taking an hour to read. But don&#39;t worry: we&#39;ll have a &quot;proper&quot; newsletter next week, promise!</p><p>Let&#39;s start off by listing our holiday store hours, just in case any of you missed it adorning the top of our last ad. Our store hours will be as follows:</p><ul> <li>Christmas Eve:&nbsp;7am to 4:30pm</li> <li>Christmas Day: CLOSED</li> <li>Boxing Day: CLOSED</li> <li>New Years Eve: 7am-6pm</li> <li>New Years Day: CLOSED</li></ul><p><em><strong>Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce</strong></em>. This is the real deal, straight out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and it&#39;s a great value at only $2.99 for a 370ml bottle!</p><p><em><strong>Burnbrae Farms Pickled Eggs</strong></em>. You get six hardboiled, peeled pickled eggs per jar. Superbowl is coming up (COVID permitting) and these pretty much go hand in hand with football and a beer. Look for them in the dairy aisle.</p><p>Another snack you might want to have handy for that is <em><strong>Angie&#39;s Boom Chicka Pop White Cheddar Puffs</strong></em>. Baked, not fried and made with real cheddar cheese. Gluten-free, too.</p><p>Last week we had Kellogg&#39;s The Elf on the Shelf Holiday Cereal. This week it&#39;s <em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s Rice Krispies Holiday Edition</strong></em>! They&#39;re coloured just for the holidays!</p><p><em><strong>Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener</strong></em> is made from the monkfruit which is, like, 200 times sweeter than sugar. It has zero calories, zero carbs, is zero on the glycemic index and can be used cup for cup like regular sugar.And unlike stevia or other sweeteners, there&#39;s no gross aftertaste.</p><p><em><strong>Lisc Pure Redcurrant Jam</strong></em> is something that you should have on your holiday breakfast table. It&#39;s sweet and tart and makes a great topping for your toast or bagels.</p><p>You could also purchase local and get&nbsp;<em><strong>The Little Stand Jam Packs</strong></em>. Each cellaphane package contains three different jams for either you or someone on your gift-giving list to enjoy!</p><p><em><strong>Yoggu!</strong></em> is a dary-free coconut yogurt made in Vancouver and we&#39;ve added the ubiquitous flavour of <em><strong>Pumpkin Spice</strong></em> to the line! Get vegan probiotic cultures with every bite!</p><p><em><strong>Klades Holmen Herring Tidbits </strong></em>are craved by Scandinavians everywhere! And now you as well can satisfy your herring hankering by visiting our Meat Department which carries four kinds: <em><strong>With Dill, In Mustard, With Onion</strong></em> and <em><strong>In Tomato</strong></em>!</p><p>Speaking of seafood, you can purchase some frozen from Vancouver with <em><strong>Ocean Mama Seafood Raw Shrimp</strong></em>. They&#39;re peeled, deveined and come with the tail-off.</p><p><em><strong>Botanacine Micro Greens </strong></em>are vertically grown in the Cowichan Valley. This process is environmentally friendly, uses less water, is reliable and eliminates the need for any pesticides or chemicals. Our Produce Department has <em><strong>Butter Head Lettuce</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Pea Shoots</strong></em> and <em><strong>Sunflower Shoots</strong></em>.</p><p>This Christmas, remember to be extra patient and stay socially distanced when visiting the store. Each and every one of us here at Pepper&#39;s extends our warmest and most sincere holiday wishes to you and your families. We hope that your holidays are cheerful, joyous and warm but most of all, we want everyone to stay healthy and&nbsp;safe.&nbsp;</p><p>Merry Christmas, everyone, and remember to take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter December 15, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:10:00 GMT <p>Good morning!&nbsp; The glorious National Flag of Canada, the single red maple leaf on a white background bordered by two red panels was approved by a parliamentary committee of 15 members on December 15, 1965.&nbsp;The design, chosen from thousands of submissions from fellow Canadians, was one by George Stanley, the Dean of Arts at the Royal Military College (RMC) of Kingston, Ontario. The RMC&#39;s own flag is almost exactly the same design and George liked it so much, he simply plunked a 13 point maple leaf in the centre. The maple leaf was redesigned to have only 11 points because the detail of 13 was lost when viewed at a distance. This flag was officially adopted by proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II on January 28, 1965 and was raised in a public ceremony on Parliament Hill on February 15 that same year, replacing the Canadian Red Ensign flag that had been used from 1921-1965.</p><p>Ok so before we get started we need to talk turkey. Literally. If you haven&#39;t yet ordered a fresh turkey from us you should know that everybody wants a small bird this year. We&#39;ve had more requests for 10-12 lb turkeys than ever before because there are smaller gatherings due to COVID-19. But there are only so many little birds to go around. They needed to be ordered months in advance and since then, provincial mandates were implemented limiting the number of people who could be allowed to spend time together. Yet another casualty of this pandemic. So we want you to know that you can order a half turkey or even just some parts of a turkey instead of not getting the small whole bird that you&#39;re looking for. We can easily cut a 20 lb bird, for example in half, allowing you to still have the same amount of turkey, with both white and dark meat, and it&#39;ll cook faster, too. We had quite a few satisfied customers at Thanksgiving who chose to have a half turkey so we wanted you to know about this option so that you can plan your holiday accordingly!</p><p>Now, onto the new stuff! If you&#39;d rather not eat an animal for your holiday dinner then you should definitely consider getting a <em><strong>Vegan</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Stuffed Beast</strong></em> from Victoria&#39;s&nbsp;<em><strong>The Very Good Butcher</strong></em>. As per the company website: <em>Please everyone at the table with fluffy, savoury stuffing wrapped in a succulent meatless roast. Crispy, herby and juicy, this best-seller is the perfect addition to any meal and comfortably feeds 5-7 people.</em>&nbsp;Just know that these are selling quickly and quantities are limited.&nbsp;</p><p>Another great local business is&nbsp;<em><strong>Green Cuisine</strong></em> restaurant, bakery and caf&eacute;. It&#39;s been offering Victorians vegan dining options since 1990. And Pepper&#39;s has a really unique and yummy treat called<em><strong> Green Cuisine Mochi</strong></em>! It&#39;s the rice cake you&nbsp;bake! The company website describes mochi as follows:&nbsp;<em>Made from organic sweet brown rice, Green Cuisine Mochi comes as a flat, hard square and has a plastic-like sheen to it. Mochi is a traditional Japanese food, and is said to promote stamina. We carry different mochi flavours to satisfy your sweet or savoury needs. Mochi may seem strange at first, but it&rsquo;s delicious!&nbsp;</em>Choose from <em><strong>Original Brown Rice,</strong></em> <em><strong>Cinnamon Raisin</strong></em> or <em><strong>Sesame flavours</strong></em>. Here are a few ways that mochi can be prepared:</p><p><strong>Baked Mochi</strong>: Cut mochi in 1&Prime;-2&Prime; sections and bake for 8-10 minutes. Mochi will puff up into soft, pillow-y squares that are chewy inside.</p><p><strong>Mochi Waffle</strong>: With a large knife cut mochi into slices, place them in a preheated waffle iron, close lid and cook for 4-6 minutes. The mochi will melt together into a crispy waffle. Enjoy with maple syrup.</p><p><strong>Mochi Sticks:</strong> Cut mochi into thin slices, bake or pan fry until crispy, and serve with a soup for a warming lunch.</p><p>Sometimes just getting dinner on the table, let alone a healthy and low calorie one, can seem&nbsp;like a miracle. But with new <em><strong>Miracle Noodle</strong></em>, you&#39;ll wonder how you ever got by without it! It&#39;s the smash-hit noodle craze that&#39;s lasted over 1400 years in Japan! Made from the konjac plant, now you can have noodles with almost no calories, low/no carbs, that&#39;s grain-free, low on the glycemic index and gluten-free! Yes, by substituting<em><strong> Miracle Noodle </strong></em>with your traditional&nbsp;sides of potatoes, rice&nbsp;and regular pasta, you&#39;ll be eliminating hundreds of calories at every meal and&nbsp;your blood sugar won&#39;t spike. These vegan noodles are comprised of 97% water and 3% soluble plant fibre that moves slowly through the body, making you feel fuller longer and tasting great! Try them in<em><strong> Fettuccine Style</strong></em> or <em><strong>Angel Hair Style</strong></em> and your keto or paleo diet will never be the same again!</p><p>Looking for a tasty and quick high-protein snack that you can take anywhere? You get all that with <em><strong>Ocean&#39;s&nbsp;Snacki</strong></em>t, the tuna with multigrain rice cracker snack available in <em><strong>Original </strong></em>(skipjack tuna, mayonnaise style dressing), <em><strong>Lemon &amp; Pepper</strong></em> (skipjack tuna with lemon flavour and pepper) and <em><strong>Onion &amp; Celery</strong></em> (skipjack tuna, mayonnaise style dresing with onion and celery). Each one has between 16g and 19g of protein and zero gluten. Plus, the tuna is responsibly caught, they&#39;re classroom and dolphin friendly and best of all, they&#39;re ready-to-eat!</p><p>You know, cranberry sauce is the cherry-on-top, so to speak, of the holiday turkey meal. If the turkey is the&nbsp;Pi&egrave;ce De R&eacute;sistance the cranberry sauce is the Beaute d&#39; Emeraud. You&#39;ve gone through all that trouble to make the perfect dinner, right? So why not serve the best dang cranberry sauce this year? <em><strong>Farmer&#39;s Market&nbsp;Organic Cranberry Sauce</strong></em> is made with organic, non-GMO cranberries and cane sugar. And it&#39;s free of the Big-8 allergens just in case you were wondering.</p><p>We can&#39;t forget the kiddie&#39;s at the Christmas breakfast table! They&#39;ll squeal with delight when they see a box of <em><strong>Kellogg&#39;s The Elf on the Shelf Holiday Cereal</strong></em> waiting for them. Its nummy vanilla flavour is Santa and the elve&#39;s favourite and it&#39;ll be little Cindy Lou&#39;s, too, once she gets a taste!&nbsp;After all, there&#39;s a reason that it&#39;s the official cereal of the North Pole.</p><p>What&#39;s traditional and festive, filled with dried fruits and made with butter,&nbsp;almonds and eggs? The answer is Panettone, the Italian sweet bread of the holidays! You&#39;ll make the best french toast of your life with this bread, and you&#39;ll make a best friend for life is you give this bread as a gift! <em><strong>Moulin Vert Bakery</strong></em> just so happens to make a fine Panettone and you can find it in the bread aisle at Pepper&#39;s. Right beside it you&#39;ll find a few more exquisite holiday treats from Moulin Vert. There&#39;s <em><strong>Moulin Vert Fruitcake</strong></em>, the fruitcake that will make you actually like fruitcake! It contains house-candied fruit, dried fruits,&nbsp;almonds and real drinking rum! And while you&#39;re at it, grab <em><strong>Moulin Vert Orange Cranberry Shortbread </strong></em>or <em><strong>Moulin Vert Haggis Farm Shortbread</strong></em> which is their version of the classic Scottish shortbread made with 100% organic spelt flour.</p><p>There&#39;s only one more newsletter until Christmas! Oh, and please keep the donations coming in for the two families that Pepper&#39;s is sponsoring this year! Your generosity is so very much appreciated! Until next week, stay safe getting all of your holiday tasks completed, be kind to each other and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Peppers Newsletter December 8, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:06:00 GMT <p>Good morning! On today&#39;s date, 1963, 19 year old Francis Wayne Sinatra a.k.a. Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped from room 417 at Harrah&#39;s Lake Tahoe, a hotel and casino, in Stateline, Nevada. The kidnappers were three amateurs looking to make some easy money because, well, Frank Sinatra was a bit of a high roller at that time and they figured that he&#39;d fork over the dough without much of a fuss. They were asking for $240,000 (equal to $2 million nowadays) which &quot;Ol&#39; Blue&nbsp;Eyes&quot; paid within a couple of days. It was no coincidence that the kidnapping took place shortly after the assination of President Kennedy, a close friend of &quot;The Chairman of the Board&quot; himself. Frank Jr. was released unharmed and it didn&#39;t take very long for the FBI to make some arrests. One of the kidnappers, John Irwin, confessed his crime to his brother who promptly called the Feds. Irwin&nbsp;gave up the other two, Barry Keenan and Joe Amsler and all three were convicted and sent to prison. Almost all of the ransom was recovered from this terribly executed kidnapping.</p><p>Before we get to the new items, we want to let you know that Pepper&#39;s is sponsoring two families in need, as we do every year at this time. We will be accepting non-perishable food items (look for the buggy with the bow outside) as well as monetary donations until December 21. This has been a rough year for most and your donations will go a long way towards making someone&#39;s Christmas just a little better.</p><p>Ok, let&#39;s start with what you all want to know about: new stuff! First up is <em><strong>Rawesome</strong></em> (Raw plus Awesome) <em><strong>Non-Dairy Cultured Cashew Cream Cheeses</strong></em>. Made with raw cashews, filtered water, spices and cultured with organic enzymes, these delicious dairy-free spreads go great on sandwiches, bagels, pasta or&nbsp;wraps and make excellent dips, too. Choose from <em><strong>Original, Coriander &amp; Chili Pepper</strong></em> or <em><strong>Onion &amp; Chives</strong></em>. There&#39;s also a <em><strong>Rawesome Tzatziki</strong></em> that, like the cream cheese, is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free and vegan! Look for these where we keep the tofu!</p><p>Our frozen food section has been graced with two new items from the dedicated gluten-free bakery Bake My Day of Duncan, BC. We now have ready-to-bake vegan and gluten-free <em><strong>Samosa Rolls</strong></em> as well as&nbsp;gluten-free <em><strong>Chicken Curry Hand Pies</strong></em>. The samosa rolls are made with potatoes, peas, onions, garlic and lots of spices while the dairy-free hand pies contain chicken curry and coconut milk wrapped in a vegan pastry!</p><p>While you&#39;re picking those up, you might want to grab a bag of the newest variety of <em><strong>Dumpling Drop Dumplings: Lemongrass Chicken</strong></em>! The flavour combinations of the chicken, lemongrass, water chestnuts, chives, soy sauce and sesame oil make for one darlingly divine dumpling!</p><p>You know, we said it once before but they can pretty much make milk out of anything now. For those of you who drink nut milks, Elmhurst has two really awesome new non-dairy beverages for you to try, each made with onbly TWO ingredients!&nbsp;<em><strong>Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Hazelnuts </strong></em>is simply hazelnuts and water. That&#39;s it! It&#39;s great in iced coffee, on cereal, oatmeal or porridge and it makes the tastiest smoothies ever! <em><strong>Elmhurst Unsweetened Milked Walnuts</strong></em> is a high Omega-3 beverage comprised of, you guessed it, just water and walnuts! There&#39;s no bitter taste&nbsp;often associated with walnuts, either. Both milks are shelf stable until opened, meaning no refrigeration is required. Plus, there are no emulsifiers or gums added, they&#39;re gluten-free and vegan and they&#39;re kosher!</p><p>You know what might go just peachy with the aforementioned nut milks? How about some <em><strong>Singing Bowl Granola Sweetly Raw Healthy Vegan Treats</strong></em>? We have <em><strong>Caramel Crunchers </strong></em>as well as a <em><strong>Peanut Butter Crunch Bar</strong></em>. They&#39;re so new, we don&#39;t even know what&#39;s in them! But if they&#39;re even half as good as the granola or other stuff that SBG makes, they&#39;re sure to taste incredible!</p><p>January 1 will be here before you know it and that means the start of another diet for a lot of people. So if you&#39;re planning on eating more rabbit food then (or now for that&nbsp; matter) why not make it taste so much better by splashing a little Maison Orph&eacute;e on it? We&#39;ve expanded our line to now include <em><strong>Maison Orph&eacute;e Vegan Raspberry Vinaigrette</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Maison Orph&eacute;e Vegan Ceasar Vinaigrette</strong></em>. Made with First Cold-Pressed Oil, these vegan and dairy-free dressings also make excellent marinades and&nbsp;contain no gluten.</p><p>So far we&#39;ve been talking savoury so now it&#39;s time to sweeten things up a bit. And what better way to satisfy that sweet-tooth than with chocolate? Last week we showcased <em><strong>Temper Chocolate</strong></em> and this week we have another brand from Vancouver: <em><strong>Solasta Chocolate</strong></em>! It won&#39;t last long, though, once you take a bite of their 55% vegan dark Belgian chocolate bars in unique and innovative flavours! Try <em><strong>Maple Pecan &amp; Sea Salt</strong></em> (sugar free),<em><strong> Rosemary Olive Oil &amp; Sea Salt </strong></em>(sugar free), <em><strong>Macadamia &amp; Cacao Nibs</strong></em>&nbsp;(vegan) or <em><strong>Cherries &amp; Almonds</strong></em> (vegan)! These make excellent stocking stuffers and look very festive with their popping red and white packaging!</p><p>Our Store Manager, Don, gets in the greatest treats from all over the place. Last year he made available <em><strong>Cartwright &amp; Butler Sweets</strong></em> from England and they were a smash hit! And why wouldn&#39;t they be? They make the most unique sweets that come in the nicest packages but best of all, they taste SO good! So he got some more for this year, too! We have <em><strong>Tangy Pattern Fruit Sweets, Sea Salted Toffee, Butter Toffee </strong></em>and <em><strong>Sherbet Pips</strong></em>. All will be perfect for the holiday candy bowl but they&#39;re also the perfect little gift for that sweet person in your life!&nbsp;</p><p>Ted Templeman is a super successful music producer. But he had nothing to do with <em><strong>Templeman&#39;s Toffees Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Crunch Toffee</strong></em>! No, the famed Van Halen producer is only good at laying down Eddie&#39;s sweet guitar licks. He left the candy-making to the experts who just so happen to be located in Port Perry, Ontario! It&#39;s award-winning, hand-made buttercrunch toffee slathered in luxurious dark chocolate and sprinkled with coarse sea salt. Deadly combination, no? Yes! You Really Got Me should be the song attached to this exquisite toffee because once you taste it, you&#39;ll be hooked!</p><p>If you&#39;re wondering why you can&#39;t find any Welch&#39;s Grape Jelly it&#39;s because there&#39;s a shortage of it, probably due to COVID-19 or some such. No need for sour grapes, though, because Victoria&#39;s <em><strong>The&nbsp;Little Stand</strong></em> has their very own <em><strong>Grape Jell</strong></em>y! Buying locally tastes better anyway, right? The Little Stand products are&nbsp;located outside our front entrance as well as on the aisle end-cap in front of the ATM.</p><p>Thanks for checking us out again this week! Turkey orders are pouring in fast and furiously so make sure to contact us at 250-477-6513 to reserve yours today! With reduced sized gatherings this year, we are getting many requests for smaller turkeys. We do everything that we can to accomodate your requests but we can&#39;t guarantee the exact size of your bird. Don&#39;t forget that we have turkey breast rolls (stuffed or unstuffed), hams, prime rib, salmon, lamb and plenty of options to make your holiday meal spectacular!</p><p>Until next week, be safe and take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Peppers Newsletter December 1, 2020 Peppers Foods Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:05:00 GMT <p>Good morning! Today in 1955, Rosa Parks, a black woman in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give her seat on the bus to a white man who had no place to sit because the &quot;white&quot; only seating section was full. Rosa, along with three other &quot;coloured&quot; people were told by the bus driver to stand and give up their seats to allow more seating for whites. The other three complied, but Rosa did not. No, the 42 year old was sick and tired of giving in to the demands of white society. She was arrested and found guilty four days later for violating segregation laws (and charged $10 plus another $4 for court fees) and given a suspended sentence. Her non-compliance led to a bus boycott which garnered national and international attention. On November 13, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to have segregated buses and Rosa, who had since lost her job and experienced a full year of harrassment and threats,&nbsp;became known as &quot;the mother of the civil rights movement.&quot; She moved to Detroit and lived a meaningful life working as an administrative aid for a congressman and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honour that can be granted in the United States. Rosa died on October 24, 2005, at the age of 92.</p><p>There&#39;s a bunch of new stuff to talk about today (much of it gluten-free) so let&#39;s get started! Two weeks we told you about the <em><strong>Dr. Henry Whiskey BBQ Sauce</strong></em>&nbsp;and we sold out immediately! But despair not, for we now have loads of it back in stock, as well as another of the creator&#39;s sauces: <em><strong>Chef Ann Kirsebom&#39;s Tequi-Lime Sauce</strong></em>, described on the website as &quot;<em>a fusion of East meets West in a bottle. The sweet dark flavors of the Asian grill; blend with the south-of-the-border heats of chilies, bright fresh lime finished with a celebratory shot of Tequila!</em>&quot; Pick up a bottle of each when you shop this week!</p><p>Our Deli Department is going all out once again bringing in items that will make your holidays dazling and delicious! For starters, they&#39;ve added <em><strong>Lynch Mincemeat&nbsp;Tarts with Pure Rum</strong></em>.&nbsp;A family tradition, this is a Canadian Classic since 1943. Bursting with fresh apples, delicious dried fruits and with just the right amount of citrus peel, spice and rum makes this perfect for traditional and everyday celebrations. Plus, you can purchase just the mincemeat itself, a&nbsp;great filling for tarts, pies, and pastries. It also makes a great fetsive topping for ice cream!</p><p>The Deli Department has also added a plethora of nummy stuff from <em><strong>Wendel&#39;s True Foods</strong></em> that are certified gluten, wheat and egg-free. There&#39;s <em><strong>Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread</strong></em>, <em><strong>Peppermint Stars</strong></em>, <em><strong>Gingerbread Babies</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Gingerbread People</strong></em>&nbsp;which you can decorate yourself. Fun!&nbsp; Another option for mincemeat treats is <em><strong>Wendel&#39;s Mince Fruit Tarts</strong></em>, loaded with a rich, rum-drenched filling! These tarts are certified gluten-free.</p><p>Let&#39;s keep this gluten-free ball rolling by mentioning more decadent Deli Department delicacies: <em><strong>VGF Gluten-Free </strong></em><em><strong>Nanaimo Bars&nbsp;</strong></em>and <em><strong>Peanut Butter Cups</strong></em>!<strong>&nbsp;</strong>The bars, as described by the company are: <em>a&nbsp;healthy indulgence, the base is sweetened only with organic dates and the filling with organic maple syrup. Topped with a layer of delicious vegan chocolate. </em>The cups are simply fresh peanut butter also topped with delicious vegan chocolate!</p><p>And if you&#39;re looking for an extra decadent and smooth cheese, try <em><strong>Natural Pastures Triple Cream Camembert</strong></em>, a variation of their award winning camembert! It has a delicate note of mushroom and is only here for a limited time! All of these Deli items can be found in the cold case near the store entrance!</p><p>Innovative and local products really get our juices flowing so when the opportunity arose to bring in <em><strong>Jam Packed Way Beyond Berries Spreads </strong></em>from Nanoose Bay, BC, we didn&#39;t hesitate! These aren&#39;t just your typical fruit spreads, though. They&#39;re way beyond that! In addition to fruit, you&#39;ll find stuff like kale, broccoli, spinach and other ingredients whose flavours enhance the fruit and add extra nutrition! There&#39;s also no added sugars so you won&#39;t get overwhelmed with sweetness! Choose from<em><strong> Barnyard Batch</strong></em>, <em><strong>Field Fixin&#39;s</strong></em> or <em><strong>Country Fare </strong></em>varieties!</p><p>Onion marmalade, otherwise known as onion confit, is a savoury offering of onions cooked to a very soft consistency with added salt and herbs. This condiment goes wonderfully with roasted meats, pat&eacute;s, game and foie gras and it will absolutely ramp up your charcuterie or cheese platters! You can also make onion tarts. So this holiday season, make sure you get hold of <em><strong>Royal Selection Belberry Mulhouse Onion Confit &amp; Chutney</strong></em>. It&#39;s imported from Belgium so you can add it to the list of really good foods perfected there such as chocolate, waffles, fries and beer (not food).</p><p>And if perfection is what you seek, look no further than Aisle 5 where you&#39;ll find <em><strong>Perfection Snacks Gluten-Free Snack Mixes</strong></em>! The <em><strong>Original Mix</strong></em> contains a savory mix of pretzel twists, cheese curls, cheddar tortilla chips, and seasoned bread sticks. And <em><strong>Guacamole Ranch </strong></em>flavour contains avocado ranch tortilla chips, parmesan/cheddar cheese curls, spicy guacamole corn chips and pretzel twists. Both types are certified gluten-free, kosher, contain no hydrogenated oils, artificial flavours or colours, MSG or high fructose corn syrup. Choose flavour. Choose Perfection!</p><p><em><strong>Temper Chocolate &amp; Pastry</strong></em> is&nbsp; a &quot;<em>community based pastry shop/cafe, specializing in European pastries, cakes and chocolates</em>.&quot; They&#39;re located in West Vancouver and if you love dark chocolate you&#39;re going to be thrilled to get your hands on a selection of <em><strong>Temper Dark Chocolate Bars </strong></em>now available at Pepper&#39;s! Choose from <em><strong>70% Dark, Caramelized Almond, Smoked Salt &amp; Toffee </strong></em>or <em><strong>Orange </strong></em>flavours! This is gourmet chocolate containing gourmet ingredients for chocoholics and connoisseurs alike. For detailed and lengthy descriptions of Temper&#39;s fine chocolate, please visit their website at <strong></strong>.</p><p>The countdown to 2021 begins today with it being December 1st already! Pretty soon we&#39;ll be on our final newsletter of 2020. Oh, and don&#39;t put off ordering your fresh turkey from our Meat Department because the holidays will be here before you know it. Order it now and rest easy knowing it&#39;s been taken care of. Thanks for tuning in again, be well and until next week, take good care!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>