Okay, I don’t expect any of you to remember (or care about) my first-world-whingeing of a few months ago about the bare-bones state of the vinegar section at our local supermarket.
(And I hasten to add that, despite my whingeing on the vinegar front, even back then Raymond and I were appreciating that the Madoc Foodland is a very good supermarket, especially for a small rural area. Good produce [including a nicely varied selection: Collard greens! Baby bok choy! Wow!] and absolutely second-to-none friendly and helpful customer service.)
But yes, there I was bleating in that post about not being able to find white-wine vinegar (for a potato salad) in the vinegar section. And I am sure I sounded like a complete prig when I posted a comparative photo showing the vast selection of vinegars at the local supermarket in our former Montreal neighbourhood.
I would like to think that the tone of that post was self-deprecating enough that I didn’t come across as a total idiot. But, you know, it probably wasn’t. So now I want to say that I do recognize (and did then) that exotic vinegars are not the be-all and the end-all. But also I want to say that … Ta-da! the vinegar selection at the Madoc Foodland is very good indeed these days! Was it something I said? Almost certainly not. Why would the manager of the Foodland care about me, rambling on in my blog about life at the Manse in Queensborough? Instead, it strikes me as very likely that back in the summer when I was having my “cidiot” (“citiot”?) vinegar crisis, I had just happened to hit a low-stock day on the vinegar front at the Foodland. And now things are back to normal.
So yes, credit where credit is due: at the Madoc Foodland (an excellent supermarket; did I mention that?) there is now a bang-up vinegar selection. For all your potato-salad needs, and much more.
(And hey: thanks, Madoc Foodland!)