I receive a lot of emails about various questions. Here is a FAQ to help answer any questions. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
1. I live in ______. Where can I find brand______sardines?
Unless you in live in the American South, I can't pinpoint a location. Most large retail grocery stores carry certain brands of sardines depending on their contracts with distributors and what brands sell better in that market. Specialty grocers usually carry a smaller, but more exotic variety of brands. Discount stores receive all sorts of sardines; they are a great place to frequent often. A great discount store here in the South is Big Lots. Their sardine selection changes periodically as they receive new shipments of items. Some sardine brands will post on their website a list of retail stores that carry their products.
2. Do you sale sardines?
No, I do not sell sardines, nor will I go out and collect a brand to sell someone. The only tins I have on hand are tins that I have yet to try.
3. Do you trade sardines?
Yes, if you have a brand of sardines that is not on my sardine list and you want a brand that I am able to get, then I will trade. I will trade tin for tin. I will not mail out your tins until I receive the tins you have for trade. You can contact me at email@example.com.
4. Do you have ties with or work for any sardine companies.
No, I have no connections with any sardine facilities. I only eat sardines. The ratings are only my preference, and they should be looked at as suggestions only.
5. Will you rate sardines in recipes or dishes?
No, I only rate sardines straight from the tin. I eat half at tin by itself, and I eat the other half with saltines. Some tins are better alone and others would be better cooked in a dish. I point this out in my reviews. Rating sardines with other foods would not give the sardines a fair rating.
6. Some of your reviews are shorter than others. Any reason why?
No, it's a tin of fish. There is only so many things you can describe in a tin of fish. Some tins hold more than fish: sauce, produce, etc. My reviews are written directly from my notes. Hence, the choppy format.
7. Why do you blog about sardines?
That will be discussed in a stand alone page.
8. Why do "X" sardines taste like "y" sardines?
Many tins are canned at the same facility. There is only one major cannery left in North America, which is in Canada. Despite the fact that different brands are canned at the same factory, I rate every tin individually. Some sardine companies will even put your personal label on tins of sardines.
9. Do you eat anything else besides sardines?
Yes, I eat anything that stays still long enough.
10. I don't eat sardines (because I have never tried). What do you recommend?
I prefer the traditional bone-in sardines, but if the thought of bones turn you away, try the boneless, skinless sardines. They are normally on the dry side, but a good eat.
11. Do you take sardine blog submissions?
Yes, I have created a page entitled "Sardine Eaters" for guests to submit their pictures of sardines, gatherings, stories, and their reviews of sardines. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your name and location.
12. What is your favorite sardine?
That's a tough one. They all bring something to the table. Sardines from Spain, Latvia, Greece, France, and Portugal are on the top of my list because they consistently provide good tins of sardines.
Mouth Full of Sardines
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