Happy New Year from The Mercantile

Happy New Year!

As we look forward to entering our 10th year on Roncesvalles, we wanted to thank you all for making us your friendly neighbourhood specialty shop. Whether you're looking for a special gift or that missing ingredient for your first foray into Moroccan cooking or a simple treat on the way home, it is so gratifying to meet our customers daily, weekly or even just occasionally and know that they think of us as the place where you're likely to find just the thing.

Thanks to you all, we had a terrific 2017 and we hope you did too. And of course, we hope that 2018 brings you everything you hope for and that you'll keep us in mind for both your every day needs and your special occasions.

It goes without saying that we are also your go-to store for ringing in the New Year - whether you're hosting or looking to bring just the right contribution to the snack or bar table: the best selection of aromatic bitters in the neighbourhood, cocktail mixers and soft drinks, snacks, chocolates, olives, pickles, gourmet treats or all kinds and accoutrements for the bar, cheese board or kitchen counter. And of course we've got Walter Craft Caesar Mix for New Year's Day!

Have a safe and happy new year and we look forward to serving you in 2018.

A reminder that we're open 10:00am-4:00pm on December 31st, closed on New Year's Day.

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Cheesy New Year!

Seriously Cheesy Puffs

At this point it's probably been a week's worth of over-indulging and you are already contemplating a new regime of kale smoothies and sit-ups. But there's still one last blast to get through this weekend and we have everything you need: tonics, sodas, bitters, chocolates, chips, napkins - you name it.

But if you're looking to bring the ultimate snack to a New Year's party or provide bowls of deliciousness to your own guests at your NYD levée, you seriously have to check out these cheesy puffs from Portland. Face it, you can put out plates of the finest charcuterie and paté at an upscale party and spend hours making caviar blinis and devilled quail eggs and what will be the first thing to be demolished? The bowl of cheezies (or cheezits or cheese puffs or whatever your preferred brand calls them) always needs refilling. It's a guilty pleasure with strong echoes of childhood and you need only scan the fingertips of your guests to see who has just gone down a rabbit hole of nostalgia. These ones from Fuller in Oregon take the cheesy to the next level with a decidedly adult dimension: Sriracha-Cheddar, Asiago-Black Pepper and Blue Cheese-Jalapeño are your options. 

Your guests (or hosts, as the case may be) will curse you for having introduced them to something so irresistible it's going to seriously challenge their New Year's Resolutions. 
You're welcome.

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