Herma’s News – Fun Shopping and Enjoying Warm Nights with Friends

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. – Mary Pickford

Dear Customers,

We love warm nights spent with friends and family outdoors, and for us, yummy gourmet foods are always part of that equation. We also love a fun afternoon of shopping and believe Herma’s is the perfect place for that.

Shopping at Herma’s

From fragrances for men and women, Jellycat stuffed animals for children, to jewelry, cookware, food and home décor – there is something for everyone. A couple of our favourites? VIDDA Jewelry and Baggallini Purses.

VIDDA Jewelry

photos by VIDDA

We love VIDDA’s silver and gold-plated pieces of handcrafted jewelry from Spain featuring original designs that evoke an elegant, contemporary style.

VIDDA’s Artistry Revealed – How they do it…

They fill their molds with a nickel-free metal alloy which, when extracted, are polished on a rotating drum, then bathed in 24 karat gold or sterling silver, depending on the design. After that they are polished again by hand and are combined with vegetable tanned leather, a unique alloy or Swarovski crystals to create genuine pieces with their own personality.

Baggallini Handbags

photos by Baggallini

Baggallini handbags and totes are stylish, but more than that, they will keep you organized with cleverly placed pockets. We think the 3-in-1 Tote (top) is exceptional as it is designed so that you may hold it by the handles, wear with a shoulder strap or carry as a backpack.

Party Time

Find drink mixes and barware that will make this spring and summer an endless string of fun, festive nights with family and friends.

Fuse & Sip

photos by Fuse & Sip

Fuse & Sip Kits at Herma’s

We carry the following fusion kits that will make you the life of the party.

The Apertivo Spritz

Try this juicy blend of oranges, rosehip & gentian with organic cane sugar for an all natural take on the traditional Aperol Spritz. You can make it a cocktail or a mocktail by  using vodka or water and sparkling wine or sparkling water.

Suggested infusion;  vodka, or water.

Nacho Average Spicy Margarita

A juicy blend of strawberries, peaches, limes and chili pepper with organic cane sugar. The prefect spicy Margarita to drink pool or patio side.

Suggested infusion; tequila or water.

Hammock Time

Think sandy beaches, palm trees swaying in the warm tropical breeze. Your hammock time awaits with this drink infusion of pineapples, oranges, lemons, coconut and organic cane sugar.

Suggested infusion; whisky, rum, bourbon, gin, vodka, tequila or water

Fancy Pants

This exotic blue drink is a spicy mix of oranges, ginger & butterfly pea flowers with organic cane sugar.  It has a great kick with the ginger and orange flavour and is a head-turner with the natural bright blue hue.

Suggested infusion: gin, vodka, tequila or water

Perfectly Peared

This aromatic bevy is a juicy mix of pears, apples, roses, vanilla bean pod, hibiscus flowers & organic cane sugar.  The beautiful golden hue of this drink and warm vanilla scent is pearfect for sipping with friends.

Suggested infusion; rum, whisky, gin, vodka, or water

photo by Fuse & Sip

An instant infusion may also be had by warming over stove for 15-20 minutes.

These kits from BC use Canadian ingredients whenever possible and do not contain artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. 

Herma’s other mixes for mocktails and cocktails?

Fee Brother’s Cranberry Bitters, Rhubarb Bitters, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Lemon Bitters, West Indian Orange Bitters and Cherry Bitters +  Gourmet Village’s Coco-Lime Margarita Mix, Mojito Watermelon, Pink Strawberry Frose, Sangria, Paloma Grapefruit & Lime Mix, Margarita Salt (in round, flat tin for dipping rim of glass) – And don’t forget from last week…Jolly Cut’s Old Fashioned, Old Fashioned Smoked, Simple Syrup along with their Sumac & Cranberry Cocktail Syrup – AND THERE’S MORE (although too many to mention)

And if you need barware or special glassware? Don’t worry. Herma has you covered!

A Delicious Grilling Alternative? Pizza!!

Prepare and grill your pizza in style with these amazing tools found at Herma’s.

photos by Epicurean, Dreamfarm and Emile Henry

Pizza Peels

Perfect for building pizzas, slipping them in and out of the oven (or on or off the BBQ), slicing and serving.

Emile Henry Pizza Stone

Emile Henry’s flame technology allows the pizza stone to withstand high temperatures of up to 930 degrees F, like, ahmmm, on a BBQ. Durable and scratch-resistant, you may also slice your pizza directly on the tray. Freezer, Dishwasher, Oven and BBQ safe!

Dreamfarm Scizza – Pizza cutter and spatula in one!

Slice your pizza with special precision scissors without losing cheese and toppings (which is often the case when using regular pizza cutters). It may also be used as a spatula to move pizza slice from stone or peel to plate.

Herma’s Pizza Ingredients

Preparing pizza can be as easy as you like by using already made pizza crust from Manoucher or made-from-scratch with special dough mix. We also have the cheese along with an endless selection of pizza toppings as seen in the list below.

Pizza Crust from Manoucher – Urban Slicer Worx Pizza Dough Mix – Pomodoro San Marzano Tomatoes – Pizza Sauce – Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – Parmigiano Reggiano DOP – Pecorino Romano DOP – Buffalo Mozzarella – Gruyere – Pizza Toppings like Salami, Prosciutto, Chorizo, Bacon, Artichokes, Grilled Peppers, Olives (all types), Sundried Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, Dehydrated  Mushrooms, Anchovies, Pesto and more 

When using Buffalo Mozzarella for your pizza…

Buffalo Mozzarella is the most commonly used cheese for pizza both in Naples and the rest of Italy. It contains a lot of moisture so be sure to dry by dividing into 3-4 pieces and placing in a mesh strainer, covered, in a fridge for 2 hours.

No time for pizza? Try this…

Prosciutto & Buffalo Mozzarella on Crostini

Top crostini with a slice of fresh mozzarella and prosciutto. Grill or broil the toasts for 2 minutes, or just until the mozzarella begins to melt.  Remove from the grill or broiler and top with salt, pepper and fresh basil.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

While writing about the Fuse & Sip Kits for a night of fun on the patio I couldn’t help but think how wonderful it would be to sit outside in the cool of the night with friends also enjoying the ooey-gooey, seductively satisfying goodness of baked brie. Toppings may include fruit preserves, honey and/or crumbled nuts. We like topping the brie with any one of Saltspring Kitchen’s Fruit Spreads (Hot Mango Spicy Pepper, Sparkling Apricot & Pink Peppercorn, Peach & Pepper, Raspberry & Habanero and also Sour Cherry, Rhubarb & Rosemary). Consider making the Brie dippable by cutting the top of the rind from the cheese.

Emile Henry’s Cheese Baker

photos by Emile Henry

Try Emile Henry’s Pear & Almond Baked Brie Recipe


1 Brie – 1 Pear – 3-5 Whole Almonds – 5 Hazelnuts – 1 TBSP Olive Oil  – A few Sprigs of Rosemary


Preheat the oven to 375 F – Gently toast almonds and hazelnuts. – Peel the pear and cut into 1/2 inch slices. – Place the cheese inside the cheese baker and score the top in a checkered pattern. – Arrange pear slices on top. Then sprinkle almonds, hazelnuts and rosemary sprigs on top. – Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve, immediately, with homemade crostini, baguette bread slices or crackers.

We think Perfectly Peared Fuse & Sip Drinks would make a beautiful pearing served alongside this particular baked brie recipe. 

Please note that Herma’s Cheese Bakers only come in red.

Popham Lane Farm Black Currant Sauce

These cultivated black currants are grown on a 12-acre farm near the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton and are super nutritious. Best enjoyed when baking a cake, drizzled over desserts, ice cream, pancakes, in vinaigrettes, spread onto crepes or any other way you can imagine. Now that warm weather is here, we think it is best drizzled over a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream. The Full Berry Sauce & Drink Mix has a slightly more intense flavour than the spread and is good for drizzling.

We wish you all the best this weekend and in the days to come.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts