Want to step it up a notch with your cooking? New contributor Ken Hoff offers the inside scoop on the imported groceries at Inno Bakery.
More than Cakes, Breads and Buns
With a name like Inno Bakery, you’d better have cakes, bread and buns, and they do. But what really floats my boat at this Tri-Cities bakery and deli is the imported grocery selections. With retail locations in downtown Port Coquitlan and Coquitlam (on Ridgeway at Marmont), plus a specialty cake shop at their factory and head office on Brigantine, Inno stocks a lot of items that you may not find on every grocer’s shelf. Whether you want to move your mustard beyond French’s or try a new balsamic reduction, there is bound to be something for you.
There’s nothing wrong with the brands on a typical grocery store shelf and I buy as much bulk bin or big box store foodstuffs to save money as the next guy, but if you want to try something a little different, give your recipe a little zing or add a whole new level of flavour, you can get some imported sauce or condiments to experiment with without a whole lot of investment in a large bottle or a whole lot of cash. Trying a new cuisine or trying to duplicate a dish you enjoyed on a vacation are just a couple of reasons you may be in the market for an imported product. Try duplicating your grandmother’s recipe with ingredients she may have actually used in the ‘old country’ and get a taste of real authenticity.
Innovative Selections for Home Chefs
Expand your tastes and move out of your comfort zone with different infused oils and vinegars in a homemade salad dressing, try a spicy sauce that the ‘locals’ use instead of a generic mass market big name brand. A lot of home chefs like to try new things and having a place like Inno nearby to offer advice and provide some alternatives to your usual fare is invaluable. For me, walking the aisles at Inno Bakery stimulates my appetite to cook, and eat, something new. I am sure Inno will stimulate your kitchen creativity and open you up to new culinary possibilities, also. Check out Inno Bakery for imported grocery items in the Tri-Cities and make sure you set a place for me!
1053 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam
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2332 Marpole Avenue, Port Coquitlam