GSI Wild Salmon

Gourmet Secrets' deluxe salmon selections adhere to the highest standards of quality and food safety. Sockeye, Coho, Pink and Atlantic salmon are all available online at www.gourmetsecrets.ca!A flaky yet firm fish, full of delectable ocean flavor, renowned around the world and found right here at home in Canada… it’s gotta be salmon! One of the most popular food fishes in the world, salmon is beneficial for human health as it contains a high quantity of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Prepared in numerous ways from cedar-smoked to rolled with king crab and cream cheese, or grilled plain with lemon juice, salt and pepper, this flavorful fish is welcome at dinner tables across the world.

Salmon are fish in the Salmonidae family, which are typically born in fresh water and migrate to salt water as they mature. They have the uncanny ability to return to the exact lake in which they were born, generation after generation, a homing sense primarily powered by smell memory! When they return from off the coast of BC to their inland spawning lakes, the salmon runs are so massive that some say you can walk across the river on a bridge made of salmon! These also present a prize opportunity for bears, wolves and other predators to catch as much salmon as they can- salmon fishermen have also enjoyed the plentiful bounty they catch from these yearly salmon runs.

Increasingly, however, the importance of keeping a large salmon population in the rivers is fueling the increase of aquacultured, or farmed salmon, in Canadian markets. While our BC salmon products come entirely from wild stocks, our Atlantic salmon selections are farmed. The intricacy of salmon farming is not lost on Gourmet Secrets, and we ensure to source our product from the highest-quality aquacultures following the highest safety and feed standards. As with all our seafood and fish products, our salmon selections adhere to the Safe Quality Food Level 2 guidelines which are some of the strictest in the country.

This marvelous fish is available in a myriad of prepared and raw fashions for you at Gourmet Secrets’ online store. Make salmon a part of your diet today with Gourmet Secrets’ help!

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Mango Edamame Summer “Salsa”

Now THIS would go great with some of our Boneless Chicken Breasts, or some pan-seared Coho salmon!

Juliecat in the Kitchen

Here’s a quick and tasty salad for the summer!  I made this little “salsa” as a topping for grilled chicken one night and pan seared salmon another.  Top over a bed of rice or quinoa.  It’s so good and such a great summer dish!

Mango Edamame Summer “Salsa”

Mango Edamame Salsa

– Cherry Tomatoes: sliced in half

– 1 Mango: chopped

– 1/2 Cup Edamamde

– 1/2 Cup Cilantro: chopped

– 1/4 Cup Red Onion: finely chopped

– 1/2 Cup Asparagus: chopped

– Apple Cider Vinegar

–  Olive Oil

– Lime or Lemon

– Salt

1.  Mix all of the fruit and veggies together in a bowl.  Toss with equal parts vinegar and olive oil until coated.  Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice.  Add a dash of salt.

Enjoy!

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Wild Mahi Mahi Portions

Mahi mahi from Hawaii, deliciously grilled and served with salad... what's not to like?Firm, flavorful and delicious, mahi mahi practically embodies the term “ocean treasure”. Hailing from the seas around Hawaii, this fish is highly prized as a gourmet ingredient, whether grilled on the barbecue, battered and baked, or chopped up to make delicious fish tacos.

Its scientific name is Coryphaena hippurus: a beautiful-sounding name for a beautiful fish. Reaching a weight of 7 to 13 kilos on average, these oddly-shaped fish shine with amazing ocean colors, from blue at the dorsal fin to tropical green at the belly and a strip of gold on their side, earning them the Spanish name “dorado”, or golden. At first, mahi mahi was bycatch- that is, while fishing for tuna and swordfish, mahi mahi would be incidentally caught and then sold as an afterthought. Over the years, a commercial fishery for it has developed on the fish’s own merits- its firm flesh and incredible flavor make it an ocean delight that Gourmet Secrets is proud to offer to families across Canada!

Like all Gourmet Secrets fish and seafood products, our 5 oz Mahi Mahi Portions are Safe Quality Food Level 2 certified, which means they adhere to the highest food safety standards in Canada. Flash-frozen right on the boat to lock in the juices and flavor, when you grill these on the barbecue or toss them with Hawaiian-style dressing for delicious fish tacos, you’ll go wild with Gourmet Secrets’ Wild Mahi Mahi Portions!

Myths and Facts about GSI Shipping

As the first meat and seafood company in Canada to provide online ordering services to families across the country, we get our fair share of questions from customers who are not too familiar with our concept or the process that’s needed to make all parts of it possible. Whether it is about the quality or provenance of our products, to the shipping process, to the green-ness of the online shopping process, we love to address these questions and spread the news about Gourmet Secrets to our customers. By far and large, however, the number one question we receive is this one:

Why is there a shipping cost, and why is it so expensive?

And this is a good question- it’s important to know where your money is going! There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this particular question, however, and we want to make sure you’re armed with accurate information on how the shipping works at Gourmet Secrets. Here’s one of the myths and facts about Gourmet Secrets shipping.

Myth: Shipping is always expensive when ordering from Gourmet Secrets.

Fact: Yes, shipping can be expensive- when you order only a few items. Every package from Gourmet Secrets comes in a styrofoam container and with enough dry ice to last until it arrives to your door, no matter if it’s 2 items or 20 items. We do not get these things for free: their price must be included in the cost of an order if we are to be able to grow as a company to serve you better. Smaller orders also tend to need somewhat more dry ice than larger orders to keep frozen for the same amount of time, since the lone items will thaw more quickly than an item surrounded by other frozen things. A larger order will thus have a lower shipping price per item than a small order, and since you are ordering fewer times, you don’t pay for more than one trip for your food!

Myth #2: We don’t pay shipping on purchases from a physical store.

Fact: You don’t see it, but it’s there: shipping costs in physical stores are usually included in an item’s price, as well as the costs that come with a physical location such as heating, electricity and employee wages: collectively, they are called “overhead”. Unless you purchase directly from a manufacturing plant, there is always a shipping cost included in the price of any item you purchase at a store, as it had to travel from that plant to the retailer which now stocks your items. The overhead is a smaller portion of the price of larger stores due to the sheer quantity of items they purchase at one time, while in smaller butcher shops, the overhead can make a real difference in the price of the meat. At Gourmet Secrets, you get a store that’s accessible 24/7 without needing to pay for the heating and electricity costs associate with a physical store- and you get it sent straight from the plant to your house, with no need to use extra gas to go to the store, in an easy and convenient way!

Myth #3: Gourmet Secrets makes money off the shipping cost.

Fact: Contrary to what you might think, Gourmet Secrets is also charged shipping for all outgoing orders! The shipping solutions offered by UPS ensure that we can deliver your food right to your doorstep without you needing to sign for the package- this also means employing the services of that external courier company, which charges a shipping cost to both person and business. The shipping charges on your order are thus part of the total cost of purchase from us. We know that having our customers pay for the entirety of our premium shipping and packaging wouldn’t be very fair, though- that’s why we help reduce the shipping cost as much as we can so we can bring it down to the very reasonable rates we have now.

The delivery of our food straight to your doorstep is part and parcel (no pun intended) of the Gourmet Secrets concept- and so is the delicious food that we are proud to bring to you with convenience and at great value. You can shop from Gourmet Secrets with confidence that every penny you spend with us helps us grow and serve you better.

Recipe: Three Seafood Tomato Bake

This recipe was inspired greatly by the one found here, though I omitted some ingredients and added others of my own. The end result is a similar recipe, reminiscent of Louisiana étoufée (though not made with a roux), with a blend of different flavor histories. It serves six to eight people comfortably! This seafood casserole will be bursting with hearty flavors as well as a cascade of textures: the prawns will be crisp and fresh, the scallops tender and flavorful, and the haddock flaky and juicy. The au-gratin style adds the sharp asiago and cheesy cheddar flavors that are sure to delight. Serve this atop of sautéed garlic potatoes, linguine or even brown rice, and a medley of steamed vegetables such as celery, carrots, broccoli and/or cauliflower!

Ingredients:

  • 650 g / 1.5 lbs Gourmet Secrets Black Tiger Prawns
  • 650 g / 1.5 lbs Gourmet Secrets East Coast Giant Scallops
  • 4 x 4oz Gourmet Secrets Haddock Loins
  • 2 tablespoons jamaican jerk spices
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (canned or homemade)
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion (optional, if present in sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons thyme (optional if present in sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (optional if present in sauce)
  • black ground pepper
  • salt 
  • 1/2 cup asiago cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat up your tomato sauce in a pot until it bubbles, then lower to a simmer. Add in the cayenne pepper and chili sauce.
  2. Chop up your bell pepper and onion into bite-size pieces and toss in the frying pan with some oil or solid fat (butter, margarine, Earth Balance or whatever). Crack some black pepper on top, salt ‘em up, add your thyme and oregano, and sauté these bad boys until the onion becomes translucent. Transfer them into the tomato sauce pot and stir well.
  3. Keeping the heat on the sauce to a low simmer and stirring every now and then, prepare your seafood. Using a utility knife, chop up your scallops in half or quarters, then chop up your haddock in a checkered X pattern. Squeeze the tail ends off of the tiger prawns and either keep them whole or chop them up into smaller pieces. Throw all the seafood together into a deep, rectangular baking pan, top off with a copious amount of jamaican jerk spices, and mix together with your hands, ensuring the spices coat the seafood evenly.
  4. Once your seafood is mixed, pour the tomato sauce over the top and mix it again until it is evenly distributed. Coat with asiago cheese first, then layer the mozzarella and yellow cheddar on top. Place the pan in the oven and bake at 325 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

SQF and You: Making the Right Choices

Seafood comes from the ocean. And some kinds of seafood are only found in certain parts of the ocean. So far, this is pretty obvious: you won’t find Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns, Chilean Seabass and Digby Giant Scallops in the same place, right? But how do Canadians ensure that all of their seafood adheres to the same high standards of quality, if it is coming from so many different places in the world? The answer is SQF: Safe Quality Food, a global food safety standard that ensures all of your fish and seafood from Gourmet Secrets is of the highest quality!

Food safety? Check.Specifically, all Gourmet Secrets fish and seafood products are SQF Level 2 certified. What does that mean for you?

First, it is the most stringent standard for food safety in Canada. To be SQF Level 2 certified, all seafood and fish that are processed by our federal plant must fall within acceptable quality standards set out not only by the SQF scheme itself, but also the HACCP approach to dealing with risks and hazards. In our case, every item that contains seafood in some shape or form must have all its ingredients undergo the food safety protocol. Every incoming shipment of product to our federal plant is tested against the SQF Level 2 standards for criteria such as color, humidity, heavy metals and undesirable preservative and contaminant contents: if even one item in the shipment does not fall within these standards, it is sent back in its entirety. That’s how strict it is- and how important your health and the quality of your food is to us.

Second, it is globally recognized. The SQF Level 2 certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, an international non-profit organization of food safety experts and industry leaders that sets the standard for the best food safety practices in world food industry. Our seafood’s quality is backed up by the hundreds and thousands of people who have collaborated with one another to ensure that the SQF Level 2 standard is one of the very best worldwide.

Consequently, by purchasing your seafood from Gourmet Secrets, you are guaranteed to have the best quality product, free of contaminants and preservatives, good for your health and full of wholesome ocean flavor. Why wait any longer? Order your favorite fish and seafood selections today!

The Truth About Gourmet Secrets

Since 2011, Gourmet Secrets has operated exclusively online to bring to all Canadians the very best in gourmet meats and seafood. During that time, we have partnered with group deal websites such as Groupon, Dealfind, TeamBuy, Buytopia, Tuango, LivingSocial, MadDeal, DealGetters, SwarmJam and others in order to reach out to our customers and offer extra value for their purchases with us. The deals we featured on those websites and others were created in such a way as to be sustainable for Gourmet Secrets in the long run, to ensure that even with great value offered to our customers, we would be able to not only survive, but grow even more to serve them better. Because of this design, however, individuals with limited budgets or who wanted a different kind of offer with no strings attached found themselves disappointed or frustrated by our deals, and have in turn expressed this by calling us a scam.

In light of this, it is very important for us to be clear:

We are not a scam.

We value your patronage with Gourmet Secrets. We have built this company from long-term, trustworthy relationships with our customers, the highest-quality food the world has to offer, and convenient, easy service from the time of ordering to the time of delivery.  When you make an order, everything is inspected and placed in your container by hand, to ensure the quality of your food is at its best and your order is complete, and we have never offered a special or an order that purposefully includes less than what is advertised (Mistakes do happen though, and if your order is missing anything, our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee will take care of you!). Like any special offered in almost any other store, there are conditions on our coupons which are put in place to ensure that we can sustain the deal and provide for every customer who orders with it. We attempt to make these conditions as clear as possible in our deal, though the final layout of the conditions is up to the company with which we are partnering at the time. We always recommend for prospective customers to give us a call if they have trouble with the way any of our deals work, and we can answer all their questions quickly and easily.

A scam involves dishonest business practices or promises made that do not add up to what you actually receive. We cannot promise to plan our deal in a way that doesn’t allow us to grow as a company, nor can we promise to give free food to people without paying for it.
We do promise to deliver the very best in gourmet foods to you in a courteous and convenient manner, at great value. We promise as well that if an item you receive is not up to your standards, we will take all possible measures to correct that and make you happy. We promise a deal that gives you extra value for your purchase, a deal that is good for you and good for us too. Again and again, our satisfied customers have expressed their delight in the food and service they have received from us, through Facebook, email and over the phone.

In the end, our campaign with group deals has been very successful, with over 50,000 vouchers sold nationwide and over $1,000,000 redeemed by our customers through their coupons since. This much saving on the best food available for Canadians nationwide- now that is something to be excited about!