What happened to sardines?


The ongoing, but hopefully soon ending, COVID19 pandemic has played havoc with all sorts of day-to-day lives. From the wearing of masks to the getting of vaccines – and the foolish but not unexpected debates arising from these public health issues – virtually everyone’s life has been touched in some way. Sadly some more direly than others.

But for me, the most puzzling change has been the almost impossibility of finding … wait for it ,.. sardines

Some of the effects of the pandemic are understandable: shortages of the vaccines, difficulties finding employees as businesses gradually reopen, an increase in the cost of almost everything. But for me, the most puzzling change has been the almost impossibility of finding, wait for it, sardines. Yep, those tins of little tightly packed fish have all but disappeared from supermarket shelves in my area.

I developed a taste for these little guys when I was told they are good for cholesterol. I like to have a tin a few times a week, much to my wife’s chagrin, as she is very much allergic to anything that swims (fortunately I am unable to swim), and has a hard time with the, not surprisingly, fishy smell.

So I huddle over the kitchen sink and scarf down my little herrings, sterilize the fork and tin, then spray the whole area with bleachy kitchen cleanser. All in the name of lowering my cholesterol (and saving my marriage).

I can almost feel my cholesterol dropping, or perhaps that’s the Lipitor

But recently these tins of Mediterranean diet tidbits have become as rare as hen’s teeth. I like the everyday, sardines, not the upmarket, gourmet brands. Sardines packed into soya oil is just hanky-dory with me. Yet each week when I check the shelves at my local store, like Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, they are bare.

I recently aired my predicament to some friends. Last week for my birthday they managed to scare up several tins of sardines – gourmet at that – and present them to me. I can almost feel my cholesterol dropping, or perhaps that’s the Lipitor,

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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