Bite Groceteria

10 May

Bite's great sign

It’s been a long time since I was in Inglewood, but on a recent visit, Connie and I popped into Bite Groceteria – a hole-in-the-wall type of grocery store tucked into one of the older buildings in the area.  Why hole-in-the-wall? The grocery store is actually set back substantially from the sidewalk, and if it weren’t for the huge sign with the intriguing name, we would likely have walked right by.  If we hadn’t been walking, we likely wouldn’t have seen it at all.

If we had missed it though, we would have missed a treat!

Within the relatively small shop, Bite has filled every shelf and rack with delightful, eclectic goodies.  Our first distraction was a very small cooler filled with unique chilled beverages (we both picked up a Grizzly Paw Ginger Beer to go). Next, while she was looking at another display I was intrigued by a very small display of tinned T|Nik tea.  The Earl Grey smelled wonderful, and there were several other varieties that looked interesting, but I settled on ‘Glacier Springs Marzipan Rooibos’.

At that point Connie was looking at spices (and having a hard time choosing between the Himalayan pink sea salt, the smoked black sea salt, and the black Hawaiian sea salt) while I was looking at the unusual pastas, and then at the cooler where there was an amazing assortment of delightful things, including a small selection of caviar and duck eggs.

Rose jam mixed with plain yoghurt

The meat and deli case was uninspiring (since that’s not really my interest anyways) but I headed to the jams and jellies area where I picked up some delightful Turkish Rose Jam.  I’d been thinking of rose jelly or syrup for a while, and didn’t imagine I’d find it – so I was very happy to pick up the jam instead.  (As an aside – the jam is fantastic, with a very clear, quite sweet rose flavour.  I would have preferred a jelly though, and something more ‘pink’ in colour for the visual effect.)

We wandered to the front of the store where there’s a small selection of fresh produce, as well as candies and a cappuccino bar, and paid for our selections.

Overall, the shop had a great atmosphere, is laid out in a way to encourage exploring, and the staff were friendly- but the prices were high (as specialty goods usually are), and several items seemed to be lacking price tags.  I personally find that a bit frustrating; as though I’m missing out on something. I’d highly recommend checking out Bite if you’re wandering through Inglewood, and see if some of the hard-to-find foods you’ve been looking for are nestled happily on the full shelves there!

Have you been to Bite?  What hard-to-find items did you discover there?  Please comment below!

Want another blogger’s opinion on Bite?  Check out Dan’s post on Dan’s Good Side from August 2010.

Bite! Groceteria
1212 9 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 263-3966

Looking into Bite


Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Downtown Calgary


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2 responses to “Bite Groceteria

  1. Mon Bunbi

    November 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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    • Dawn

      November 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

      There are a lot of different platforms – WordPress offers both paid and free platforms, if you’re unsure, I’d recommend looking at a variety of blogs you like, and seeing if there is a common theme between them. Also consider if you want to make an income from your blog or not. I’ve tried a few different platforms, and find some much easier to use than others. You may find taking a class useful; there are in-person and online classes to learn blogging skills available. Good luck!


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