Dave's Food Finds @ OOAK Spring 2023

Wow. What an adventure we've been on in these past couple of posts. Honey. Hot Sauce. Sour Cherry Onion Confit and Smoked Chili awesomeness. As all stories, this one must come to an end... but not before I tell you about the last couple of great food finds at the Spring One of a Kind Show in Toronto.

The hashtag... Will you miss it as much as I will? There is a good chance that you might, even if you don't care about it at all!


I'm very excited to tell everyone about these final gems I found like a week ago or so. I tried to get it done within a week, but last night the sandman brought a sledgehammer.. of sand... or whatever he does.

saha shich taouk marinade
Saha Internation Cuisine - Shish Taouk

 Saha was directly across from us at the show, and they are awesome. They have a line up of different international marinades and sauces. I was talking to one of my new favourite people, Rahul, and he was educating me on all his products. Saha focuses on bringing the flavour (which they do) but not on making it spicy, so you can add the spicy to your heat level. I think all of them would go great with some fresh chilies. 

My favourite one is the Shish Taouk, which is a chicken marinade. They recommend adding yogurt to the marinade. I'm going to add some freshly chopped red thai chilies. On their website they say the following about Shish Taouk:

"The word shish originates in Turkey and means “skewer”. Taouk (also spelled Tavuk, pronounced ta-vouk) is also Turkish, and means “chicken”. In Arabic, it can also be spelled tawook/tawouk/tauwos and can refer to other kinds of poultry, such as peacock."

So if I can get my hands on some, I'm down for some peacock skewers.


Food4life market garden black garlic infused balsamic vinegar
Food 4 Life Market Garden - Black Garlic Infused Balsamic Vinegar

These guys deal with black garlic. They grow and make and sell and breathe it. When I went up to their booth, I had a great conversation with the lady about all the black garlic products and I asked her about the differences between the different sauces and which one was her favourite. She picked this one. I tried everything from the pure black garlic to their black garlic salt - this one was the one I bought. It's not as sweet as the other ones. It is the one I want to cook with.

Just tasting it straight, it's got black garlicy, salty, sweet and acidic goodness in just a drop. It hits all the tastebuds with all the tastes all at once and in good balance.

I'm going to be using this one a lot in everything.

Let's say goodbye to the best hashtag created in 2023 (So Far!) - #DFFOOAK23 

Do you have a food product that you think I have to try? Let me know!

Love, Dav3

PS - Check us out at Saltscapes very soon!