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Thanks to post-war immigration, it’s easy to find good parmesan or Ortiz anchovies in Sydney. But take a spin around Gourmet Life and you’ll realise how many important European products are still missing from local shelves. The shop imports fresh European mushrooms, for example, which have to be cleaned by hand before they can pass border control.
Gourmet Life was originally a wholesale retailer specialising in truffles and caviar, which explains its indulgent tendencies (truffled potato chips, anyone?). These days it has a library of salts and peppers; jewel-coloured jams from Moreno Cedroni; fruit vinegars; century-old balsamic; and a perennial supply of fresh horseradish, wasabi and salsify. True to its roots, Gourmet Life also has the largest spread of caviar you’re likely to see in Sydney.
This tray is a good addition to any pantry, though the sparkling wine chips aren’t likely to last long in any household.
- Prunotto organic tomato and basil sauce.
- Patatas Torres sparkling wine chips.
- Giuseppe Afeltra rigatoni.
- Selektia green olives.
- Sant’ Eustachio espresso coffee beans.
- Pablo Garrigós dark chocolate with hazelnuts.
- Sal de Ibiza salt pot.
- Conservas de Cambados sardines in olive oil.
- A copy of Broadsheet Sydney Food.
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