Sparkling wine. Mysterious tea
After betting on original and top-of-the-range kombuchas, the Lao producers, based in Quebec, are branching out towards non-alcoholic sparkling wines, with a surprisingly subtle offering called Bulles de thé. On the program: an effervescent and festive drink featuring the flavors of Japanese green tea and kombucha culture. And not just any tea: We used gyokuro okabe, with high-quality dark leaves grown using a ancestral technique, partially protected from the sun by umbrellas. Let’s unearth this sleek black bottle (if we can manage it, the cork is badass) and flair. The bubbles are generous and fun, but gyokoro connoisseurs won’t find the spinach, seaweed, or sweetweed leaves they’re used to. In general, we are more into exotic and summer fruits, between pears and white plums. In the second step, an umami aspect develops and a tender palate-enveloping sensation. The twist of the Bulles de thé is a bit underwhelming, with a noticeable, sparkling opening that falls as soon as a sip is swallowed, but leaves a lovely finish with a slight bitterness.
Sylvain Sarrazin Journalism
Bubble tea from Lao Kombucha
$24.99 (750 ml), available online, at Apéro à Zéro and at several points of sale
The sauces from here make you travel
After ketchup, mustard, and relish… here comes the Asian sauces. Simon-Pierre Murdock, the entrepreneur behind the Quebec-based Canada Sauce brand, has launched six new products inspired by several Asian countries. The range was conceived with the goal of making “the rich and contrasting flavors of Asian gastronomy accessible to aficionados,” we can read in the press release. In our eyes, mission accomplished! A very versatile peanut satay sauce that goes well with both vegetables and meat. The perfect solution for a night’s dinner: leftover chicken, a few pieces of pepper, rice noodles and a little sauce. In less than 10 minutes, the meal is served. We also loved the korean bbq sauce and seasoning, which is very good. Wonderful banana ketchup is also part of this line of homegrown products that keep you traveling.
Veronique Laroque Journalism
Asian sauce with Canada sauce
$8.99 (375 mL) per jar, available online and in many Montreal-area supermarkets
Goodbye potato chips
In search of a snack to satisfy late-night cravings, we recently tried roasted, barbecue-flavored lentils from Canadian brand Three Farmers. to rule? This is exactly what we were looking for without even knowing it. With their spicy and crunchy taste, lentils are the healthy solution we wanted to find to replace the potato chips that, personally, we would like to eat less. With its high vegetable protein content (10 to 12g) and 7g of fiber per 40g serving, it’s a satisfying snack that you can also imagine enjoying between meals. In the same style, Saskatchewan also serves roasted beans and chickpeas. The flavors are varied, from the classic salt and vinegar to the original turmeric and spice, through to the famous spicy cheddar cheese.
Veronique Laroque Journalism
Roasted lentils by three farmers
Grown and made in Canada
$5.99 for a 140 gram bag
Better than soda?
Ray’s products, in general, we love; Whether it’s the classic kombucha variety, the one with 1 gram of sugar per serving or the fizzy drinks launched last year. That’s why we were immediately excited to try their latest innovation, Better Soda, a line of “good-for-you” soft drinks, with interesting health properties: made with 100% natural ingredients, and very little sugar per serving (between 2 and 3g, from fruit juice), and, above all, the use of cassava, a plant to which probiotic fiber adds 3g of fiber per can. Soft drink good for gut health? This is an innovation that seems very relevant. In their pretty colorful cans with a retro aesthetic, the three flavors (Orange, Cola, and Lemon Lime) turn heads on the shelves. But in terms of taste it pinches the shoe; When tasted, the sweetener (Reb A, from stevia leaf extract) takes up way too much space. The result is somewhat monotonous. We expected more punches. Even the son, who is addicted to kombucha and other sparkling drinks, didn’t want to finish his drink. That says it all…
Iris Gagnon-Paradise, Journalism
Better soda than Rise Kombucha
Contains FiberSMART fiber, a natural source of fiber from the cassava plant.
$3.49 per case or $12.99 per case of 4, available at points of sale
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