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Found: Superb Spanish sardines | Citizen of Ottawa

A small business in Ottawa imports fine Spanish food products.

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What: Small, high-quality canned sardines from the Spanish region of Galicia.

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Why: When Spaniards Alvaro Gonzalez and David Gonzalez (who are not related) wanted to start a business in their new home in Ottawa, they decided to bring the best of Spain to Canada.

“We analyzed the market and found that the quality of olive oil was improvable and the quality of canned seafood was very improvable,” says Alvaro Gonzalez.

Under the Solfarmers name, the couple now import four types of premium olive oil and 11 types of canned seafood from grocery stores and chefs from Vancouver to Quebec City.

“The quality, flavor and appearance are amazing and all the work is done by hand which is really cool,” says Jon Svazas, chef and owner of the new Bar Laurel in Hintonburg where Conservas de Cambados knives, baby squids in ink and baby sardines in olive oil are on the menu.

The most popular of all Solfarmers’ products are these little sardines, says Alvaro. “People are going crazy about them.”

Where to buy them: Epicuria, Jacobsons, Lapointe au marché Byward, Market Organics, Herb & Spice on Bank Street, Glebe Meat Market, Merivale Fish, The Soca Kitchen, Grace in the Kitchen, Pastina in Gatineau, Les Fougères and the Solfarmers website.

How much: $ 9 for a 115 gram box.

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