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Change of Guard

Hi Dante's Fans... Firstly, I'd like to apologise for the very belated blog!..  If you haven't heard already, 1st June 2017 Dante's Fine Foods changed hands when Vicki decided to sell her business to myself Kelly Mita-Skeet. For some of you it would have come as a big surprise to see a new face behind the counter. But rest assured that Vicki is never too far away from Dante's and no doubt you may still be able to catch up with her in the shop, however she will be on the other side of the co...

August 18, 2017

LITTLE BIRD FOR MOTHER'S DAY??

Have you tried Little Bird's amazingly delicious macaroons yet? If not you're missing out! These scrumptious treats are paleo, raw, gluten free, soy free, vegan and they do not contain any cane sugar = The Perfect Gift For Mum!! Finally a treat that can be enjoyed guilt free. My personal favourites are 'Vanilla & Almond' & 'Passionfruit'. Don't take my word for it, come and try yourself!...

May 4, 2017

FRESH AORAKI SALMON EVERY THURSDAY!

My very favourite food is FRESH salmon, and I really lay the emphasis on the word 'fresh', because as we all know fish simply tastes better fresh, we receive our salmon in every Thursday, delivered to us overnight, it doesn't get much fresher than that! And then there are some other reasons why Aoraki salmon tastes soo good! Aoraki salmon is grown in the constantly flowing, crystal clear, icy cold glacier waters. This natural, spacious and pristine environment helps produce the best fresh wat...

April 6, 2017

YESSSS!! WE STOCK POMEGRANATE MOLASSES

Yay! We have finally received our pomegranate molasses back in stock, this has been one of our most demanded product, it seems to be a favourite in many recipes at the moment! Pomegranate Molasses is simply pomegranate juice reduced to a thick intensely flavoured syrup. I love it's tangy-ness, lack of sweetness and it's ability to add a depth of flavour to many dishes. Don't despair if you purchased a bottle used it in one dish and now you just see it sitting there in your pantry. It has soo m...

March 10, 2017

VEGETARIAN SAUSAGES, ANYONE??

There is one question I seem to be asked over and over again - "Do you stock vegetarian sausages?" This is always a tricky question for me to answer, because I love meat and for me meat is part of a balanced and nutritious diet! I finally got sick of saying 'no' and thanks to my customers I found a brand called "Food Garden". Carol (the owner) makes amazingly delicious sausages, rissoles and mince meat, that are vegetarian and gluten free! I have even got a customer who is by no means a vegetar...

February 15, 2017

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS!!

Did you know we custom make gift baskets? We are already taking orders for Christmas?? Maybe the perfect solution for your staff or family? You can either come in store and choose your own selection of products, you can let us know the dollar value and we can put something together for you, or we can make up the basket together. P.S. you can also just order online...

November 15, 2016

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A YUMMY & HEALTHY SNACK?

At Dante's we are always looking for something extremely yummy to start with, but then it also needs to be a little bit different and it also needs to be healthy! So we are continuously looking and trying different products, and I think with this new range coming from South America we have ticked all three boxes. There are mixed packets of roasted broad beans, native corn and giant corn. There are packets just with roasted native corn, grown in Peru, this corn has quite a soft texture and is e...

September 24, 2016

Chocolate for Father's Day?

A question I never know exactly how to answer, what does one buy as a gift for a man? Please remember the following ideas are coming from me as a woman! I think that men are starting to enjoy their cooking more and more and many of my customers interested in all the different sauces and condiments are the men folk. They also seem to love fancy sauces to go with meats, burgers, bbq's, on pizza bases or on burgers. This could be the perfect gift! We have Glasseye Creek - Wild Meat Sauce - great...

August 27, 2016

Cheese, cheese and more cheese!

I have just spent a month overseas and you know what? I think the Dutch make the nicest cheeses in the world, well in my opinion anyway. Isn't it lucky that we import and sell these in our shop in Cambridge? Whether it is the sweet, nutty and creamy Maasdam with it's huge holes, the tangy white Goat cheese or the ever so creamy Gouda style cheese flavoured with garlic, chives and paprika, we have got it all! Ahh.. it is good to be home!...

August 13, 2016

DUTCH KROKETTEN AND FRIKANDELLEN

Gosh! We were busy yesterday receiving our frozen Dutch croquettes and frikadels! Cartons of them all needed to be stacked neatly across the three freezers we have out the back of our shop. As I was stacking them I had to fondly think back to growing up in the Netherlands where our 'fish and chips' nights are 'croquettes & frikandels with chips nights'. 'Croquettes' are traditionally a creamy beef filling crumbed and deep fried... a yummy and maybe a little bit naughty winter treat! And a...

June 17, 2016

QUINOA ANYONE?

Quinoa is deemed to be one of many superfoods rediscovered in the last few years. I have never been too fond of this little ancient super grain, but I have fallen in love with Alexandra's Quinoa mix and I am now actually rather partial to this little 'mother of all grains'. Given that Quinoa is naturally gluten free, wheat free and easy to digest, amongst the least allergenic foods available, I am very pleased to have discovered a delicious way of cooking them. Check out Alexandra Fine Foods ...

May 26, 2016

PANCAKES IN BED FOR MUM THIS MOTHER'S DAY?

I was in a creative mood on Tuesday morning and as my partner cooked me 3 little pancakes in a fry pan, I decided to make a little fancy pancake stack for myself! I never indulge like this, so for me this was very 'fancy' indeed. So, I started with one pancake topped with slices of banana, placing a second pancake on top layered with more slices of banana, a third pancake placed on top layered by more banana still, drizzled generously with Wild Country's delicious Honey and Blueberry Pancake ...

April 23, 2016

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR POMEGRANATE MOLASSES?

Have you tried using Pomegranate Molasses yet? If not, you really should it's a deliciously versatile condiment. I get asked if we stock Pomegranate Molasses on a daily basis at the moment, and with good reason, so YES we do have plenty of bottles in stock. It's great drizzled on vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Delicious added into a gin & tonic, soda water or Champagne. Divine added to cream cheese icing to jazz up plain cupcakes. Add into a basic vinaigrette to drizzle on a fig and p...

April 9, 2016

CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE AND MORE CHOCOLATE!

I really do love my job! Valentine's Day has only just been and I have the pure delight of opening up even more CHOCOLATE, for Easter this time. Not only have we received the oh so delicious handmade Devonport Chocolates and the simply divine Schoc Chocolates, but a completely new range to Dante's Fine Foods. 'She Universe' chocolate, these eggs are amazingly stunning, photo's do not do them any justice at all! And even better some of their chocolate is dairy free and sugar free, so now there ...

March 3, 2016

I LOVE HANDMADE CHOCOLATE, DO YOU?

I am so excited about the delicious handmade chocolates we received in store today from Devonport Chocolates! The chocolates look and taste exquisite, it was such a pleasure creating a 'Valentines Day' table full of these delicious treats. So, what are you going to buy your loved one this Valentines Day? As long as it is CHOCOLATE and something else, you can't go wrong. We also custom make gift baskets, so you can choose a range of sweet treats, crackers, chutneys, dressings, and really spoil...

January 26, 2016

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS

Did you know we custom make gift baskets? and we are already taking orders for Christmas?? Maybe the perfect solution for your staff or family? You can either come in store and choose your own selection of products, you can let us know the dollar value and we can put something together for you, or we can make up the basket together. P.S. you can also just order online!...

November 5, 2015

EVERY CHILD DESERVES A TREAT!

So come in and try the Molly Woppy range! All the little kids I know just love these handmade classic gingerbread's. I don't think they should be limited just to kids though, I do love them too, especially the Kiwi Bird smothered in delicious chocolate!...

September 29, 2015

ANY PEANUT BUTTER NUTTERS OUT THERE??!

If you love peanut butter, then you must try the Small Batch Peanut Butter hand made in Mt Maunganui. Included in their delicious range is an amazingly decadent 'Chocolate Peanut Butter' and a 'Cinnamon and Raisin Peanut Butter'! Even I am converted, I have never before in my life eaten peanut butter but these two go down quite nicely just by the spoonful! Oh, and we do have samples in store for you to try before you buy!...

August 6, 2015

CULLEY'S AMAZING HOT CONDIMENTS

This delicious range of 'chilli' inspired products are available at Dante's Fine Foods now! I am in love with their chipotle salt, their amazing panko breadcrumbs, and then there are all their sauces. From Hickory, Habanero, Chipotle to Sweet Chilli, Green Chilli and a Chiptole Ketchup. Simply delicious on meats, added into homemade burgers or added to just about everything! For the real 'HOT' lovers try the REAPER, this is an extremely hot condiment, sure to challenge the toughest of taste b...

July 17, 2015

BEES BLESSING

I have just re-stocked my favourite hot winter drink. Bees Blessing makes a range of delicious cordials made with real ingredients and without any added sugar. Finally a cordial that doesn't list 'sugar' as their first and main ingredient! Instead Bees Blessing uses NZ honey, organically grown produce from New Zealand wherever possible and is brewed in small batches with NO additives, preservatives or 'fillers' (like water) - so each bottle contains deep, concentrated flavour that goes wayyy ...

June 16, 2015

HANDMADE CHOCOLATES, WHO DOESN'T LOVE THEM?

I just wanted to remind you all that we stock delicious ranges of handmade chocolates. In this picture are the scrumptious Devonport Chocolates chocolate cups. We also sell Van Heiningen chocolates from Christchurch including their oh so popular salted caramel chocolate and the all time favourite Schoc chocolate tablets. New to the range at Devonport Chocolates are their silky and smooth hot drinking chocolates, definitely a good way to finish the day!...

May 1, 2015

KRISTY'S ALL NATURAL RICE CAKES

We can solve your problem! I have just sampled a range of rice cakes made by 'Kristy' and they just tasted so incredibly fresh, crunchy and delicious that I ordered a whole lot on the spot! The range includes a deliciously nutritious blend of; mixed grain cakes (white rice, brown rice, quinoa, sesame seed, fennel, stevia and sea salt), a nutritious combination of quinoa cakes (brown rice, quinoa and linseed), corn cakes (100% corn), brown rice cakes (100% brown rice) and a white rice cakes (100...

March 20, 2015

MANDYS HORSERADISH SAUCE

I personally consume huge amounts of Mandy's Horseradish Sauce in the summer time as it is my #1 go to condiment with meat and sausages at our ongoing summer BBQ's. I have only recently discovered that this delicious condiment can be used in sooo many more ways: Delicious with salmon, trout, beef, lamb corned beef and venison. Add a spoonful of Mandys Horseradish Sauce to give your Bloody Mary an extra kick! Mix Mandys Horseradish Sauce with sour cream, a little bit of chopped dill, combine...

March 3, 2015

Impress your guests at your next BBQ!

Look at these delicious colourful treats perfect for your next BBQ! Black charcoal crackers from England topped with Red Pesto Cheese, Green Pesto Cheese or White Goat Cheese. The black charcoal crackers were initially created in the mid 19th Century to aid digestion, now we just see them as stylish crackers that taste delicious! The cheeses are all imported from the Netherlands. Red Pesto Cheese is flavoured with sundried tomatoes and basil, it tastes just like Italian Pizza, the Green Pesto...

January 19, 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS

Did you know we custom make gift baskets? and we are already taking orders for Christmas?? Maybe the perfect solution for your staff or family?  You can either come in store and choose your own selection of products, you can let us know the dollar value and we can put something together for you, or we can make up the basket together.  P.S. you can also just order online! ...

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