I am a man of Marmite

Not an ordinary sandwich – the secret ingredient is love!
Just kidding. The secret ingredient is Marmite.
That tarry brown paste/spread that falls into the ‘savoury’ category of food flavours, plus a new descriptor I learned: “umami“.

It is salty, and has a definite yeast taste (apparently it is made from by product of beer brewing). Aficionados advocate using it sparingly, rather than slathering it onto stuff peanut butter-style.

It is always described as an acquired taste, but here’s the thing: I bought some a few years ago to try (and mostly to frighten my coworkers with, as they didn’t have exotic tastes).

I tried some and didn’t fall in love with it at first, then forgot about it for a couple years.

Then yesterday while scheming up some meal plans, out of the blue I thought: “Hey! You know what would be great with this? Marmite! “, ran out and bought some and now I’m liking it.

I figure if you like flavours like capers or anchovies, you might enjoy it – and if not, you’ll have bought yourself a lifetime supply of it for about four bucks 🙂

Also, apparently it is loaded with B-complex vitamins!

Ripe Tomato Pizza on Whyte Ave

Here’s the Calabrese pizza, simple, spicy and a winner!

Hey! New foodery on Whyte Ave!

I happened across the grand opening of the new location today (not quite by accident, I’d seen the signs they’d put up along some of the boulevards around the neighborhood).

I am always down for good pizza, so here you go: grand opening of Ripe Tomato

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Their opening had a lineup out the door, obviously because of the tantalizing deal (two bucks for a nine-inch, choice of Calabrese or Margherita!), but check the menu and it doesn’t seem too bad even at regular prices.