Written By Adam Cantor Places / Shops / Victoria Jul 2, 2014 Mysterious Blair Mart SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestBlair Mart is a store on Pandora that is easy to miss if you are walking by. It looks like regular corner store from the outside and its sign is only visible if you are walking toward it from one direction. Yet, a regular store this is not. Blair Mart is the place to go if you are looking for Middle Eastern, Persian, or Turkish groceries. The store also has a first class selection of proper cooking oils.I am able, for example, to perpetuate my aversion to canola and other yellow vegetable oils by buying large (and affordable) containers of olive and grape seed oil here. These two staples comprise the foundation of most of the cooking I do (along with coconut oil and the indispensable magic of butter). Extra virgin olive oil, with its vibrant green hue, provides flavour to salads, dips, and all sorts of dishes. It can even be poured onto a plate, garnished with a dash of balsamic vinegar, and sopped up with a fresh baguette. If you put this out for your guests it will vanish quickly, I promise you. Blair Mart’s owner, Mat, is as demure as the signage he has erected to advertise his place. He retreats into the back folds of his kitchen as soon as I mention my camera. I ask him about the lunch platter he makes for customers and at first he doesn’t want to say how he invented it. “It’s just the things that everybody likes the best” he says. When I press him a little on the matter, asking him when he learned these recipes, he acquiesces to the fact that the recipes on the plate were made for him by his mother when he was a child.The lunch platter consists of hummus, baba ganoushe, dolma (rice and lentil wrapped in grape leaves), a pâté of feta cheese, turnip pickles, olives, and a Moroccan stuffed filo pastry. To be honest, eating all of this stuff made me start to rethink my entire philosophy of lunch. Sandwiches and soups can be nice, but the idea of having all sorts of little bites of things is compelling. This is a particularly nice mixture of things for the summer, for picnics, for eating when it is hot. One can spread items out on a blanket and eat them in the park sunshine. Blair Mart makes all of these items to go, incidentally.Blair Mart is a jumble of fine products. One needs to browse for a while before everything begins to coalesce into a sensible order. The quality of everything is excellent. I’ve come home with olives, bags of rice, walnuts and almonds, spices, and I’ve been impressed by all of them. As I sit eating my lunch, people in the know filter in and buy samosas and baklava. Get in line behind them, my friends. It’s worth it. Blair Mart Mediterranean Foods924 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3P3Phone: (250) 721-1626 blair martdelieastmiddle eastmiddle easternPersianturkishTurkish food SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Adam Cantor Born and raised in the mysterious East (by which I mean Ontario and Quebec, not Asia), Adam migrated out to British Columbia in search of adventure and fortune. He had been at different times a scholar, a musician, a poet and a ... Read More You may also like Events / Press Release / Workshop November 5, 2018 Press Release: Young Agrarians Land Linking Workshop Nov. 24 Press Release: Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Pierson of the Vintage Consulting Group as their new ... Read More Shops / Victoria March 7, 2018 Beyond The Food Court: Fujiya From tuna sashimi to instant ramen, Japanese cuisine thrives in Western Canada. Victorians experience few barriers in accessibility to original ... Read More Restaurants / Sponsored February 23, 2018 6 Dishes You Have To Try in 2018 Do you consider yourself a foodie? If trying out new dishes is one of your favorite things to do, this article is for you. We’ll explore some of ... Read More Chefs / Events January 25, 2018 Wine, Beer, Foodie and Fun-lovers Celebrate Parksville Uncorked It’s time to raise your glass and toast the exceptional wines, beers, ciders and cuisine of British Columbia at the 10th annual Parksville Uncorked ... Read More Travel / Wine Travel January 8, 2018 COWICHAN: Vancouver Island’s Food, Wine & Cultural Heartland On your drive to Tofino, you’ll pass through Cowichan. Road tripping Up Island? Sure, you’ll have to go through Cowichan. ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria January 3, 2018 Pierogi Power at Sült Pierogi Bar “Sült” has etymological roots across Europe. In Gaelic, it refers to pork fat or a dish made of it. In Hungarian, it translates to “fried” ... Read More Comments are closed.