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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Reporting back from the Etobicoke location
Not much to report except some sale items
Thurie Marble Chocolates from France (enjoyed their macarons quite a bit) are 5$ off so 10$ for good size box
Didn't see the Raw Cashews which is surprising as this location has a lot more organic item selection (picked up Chia Seeds and Hemp hearts for a friend as there are selling these at unmatched price)
Also picked up Wild Sockeye Salmon as it was not to be found when the last time I tried buying it.
The Tuxedo Cake (if you like to CostCo made desserts) is special as well.

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elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Thanks a bunch nevy looks like another trip to Costco is in order for the cheddar cheese alone.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

They have schedule on the website here
http://www.costco.ca/wcsstore/CostcoC...

I saw the balsamic pearls at the Wilson/Billy Bishop location.

Italian Truffle Salt

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Thanks Nevy.
Today's trip reaped some interesting items other the the regulars.
I picked up a raw cashew bag for 13$ for 1 KG. Haven't opened it yet but looks pretty good. One can get similar priced raw cashews at Freshco but I think these might be a little better will report back.
Also a gem that I picked up were the Balsamic Vinegar Pearls from Goccia a 3 pack for 30$ (Costco online had 4 for 44$) The road show sales lady was surprised when I saw and just wanted them as she was trying to make the sales pitch that they cost so much more at Pusateri's (hey there no need to make a sale when you have already made a sale I shop at CostCo so I know there cost value proposition) I think I will put these to good use over the holidays. She let me try them as well so if you are curious before committing if you ask nicely they will oblige.
Didn't see much at clearance here though.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Oh the organic apples were great as I got to try the Gala variety on my last extended trip to SF. They had two varieties for organic if I recall. The one that really caught my attention were the organic pears!
Anyone seen the Merlot Belavitano Cheese this year at CostCo? I loaded up on it last year when it came out around the holidays.

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

We have reached an impasse. You should try Cluny so we can compare notes :)

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

I guess it will be down to personal preference then. People here don't recommend Le Societe' but I enjoy myself there. If you trust your friend's food choices by all means go for it. Worse case you will have something to share with us :)
P.S. I didn't like 416 Snack bar so you and I don't have similar taste in food.

Can you suggest a great pre-theatre dinner in/near Distillery?

+1 for Mangia & Bevi their Pizzas are top notch and even the pasta dishes I tried surprised me as to how good they were (I tend not to eat pasta dishes out)

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

Here is my input for the brunch from last month
This is another addition to the mundane restaurants that line the distillery district.
The interior is striking to say the least so full marks there. The staff is well trained though is overly keen at times so full marks there as well. So if those two items are high on your criteria by all means visit this place.
I have had exposure to both the bakery and the restaurant so will rate them separately.
Bakery is kind of neat and the desserts look enticing. I ordered a apricot tart and my friend had the Bostock. The tart has a good shell. The filling was over powered by the almond extract IMO. Bostock was OK again over use of almond extract IMO.
The macarons look good so will give them a try though next time but with SOMA right across I think they have stiff competition already.
I dined here for brunch. Had already looked at the menu so knew exactly what to get.
Crab Benedict. Crab meat was forgetful and has that frozen taste to it. The eggs were poached well and the hollandaise was OK. Fries were shoestring and didn't do it for me.
French toast. Didn't try it as was having dessert later from the comments I was told it was way too sweet.
Merguez Sausages a surprisingly huge portion, was decent and I would recommend sharing it with a 3-4 people as an add on if you like this sausage.
The cafe latte was forgetful too apparently.
I would say 2.5 stars for food with a half star thrown in for ambiance.

Low acid tomato sauce

White Linen brand sold at Costco is very good. Very neutral tomato taste and low acidity.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

The RFD forum says the no more rebate on Amex after Oct 1 though one can still use one till Dec 31.
Oops spoke to soon. A follow up post is giving conflicting info. Will confirm and report back if no one else does beforehand.
I guess this is the fate for AMex cards
http://i.imgur.com/rBuqQws.jpg

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Sounds familiar I think I saw a similar dish being preped at Le Bernardin in NYC with a huge dollop of Caviar was on Bourdin show if I recall. Will try and venture out to try.

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Zucca Trattoria is pretty darn good.

Looking for san marzano in Toronto/ markham

If I recall that has something to do with the import duty so they add basil and use it to get imported under sauce category.
I have used the large can before and it is wonderful for making sauce (provided your recipe calls for basil :)
But at less than 5$ for 2.8 L of San Marzano I would say worth a try.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Same situation here Amex is primary card though I would think that they are going to come up with a good offer for the new MC for people to switch. Lets wait and watch.
Ended up at the Scarborough Costco on the weekend.
Picked up a few new items I haven't seen elsewhere.
Dark Chocolate covered ginger (OK not great)
Prana Kilimanjaro Dark Chocolate Mix (Looks good will try and report back)
Also heard from friends that Etobicoke location isn't carrying the legendary Kirkland Vanilla Ice Cream anymore since its not selling well. Hopefully other location will still keep them.

Vegan bakeries in Toronto

Had horrible experience at Tori's on my visit. The dessert display was full of fruit flies/bugs and when I brought it up with the sales person they had the so what attitude.
Thanks but no thanks I don't want my desserts with protein so I skipped.

Looking for san marzano in Toronto/ markham

Would Canned version work for you? If yes they are sold at CostCo for ridiculously low price. 4-5$ for Large can.
Fresh Version I have only seen them at Pusateri's though there might other stores carrying them as I have never looked for them.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Do you have the SKU?
You can give it to the Admin office at your local Costco and they can track it down for you. I recall seeing it at Billy Bishop location but not sure they still have it.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Awesome at this price I can give it a try I suppose.
Any Experts here pan fry or open flame or try both ways I suppose :)
The rib steak I saw there wasn't marbled as much as well. Hmm Famu is the way to go if I want to splurge.

Costco Montreal

I would say the wine/cheese selection is unique to Quebec as I haven't seen a whole bunch of items that are sold here in Ontario CostCo's (no wine in Ontario anyway)
Last trip I saw oysters and some pates that I haven't seen elsewhere.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

That looks nice. The Wagyu at Costco is 60$/kg so half of Zehrs.
Hmm as for competing with Famu I guess we can have a contest going on here :)
Here is the Wagyu from Japan that I saw there. The marbeling is jaw dropping.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

The leaflet they had in store at Costco says 5 plus.
Famu is hands down my favorite premium priced butcher.
Here is a Wagyu Striploin I bought from Famu I would go as far as saying if I could frame it and hang it in in my living room I would!

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

2 Steaks for starters and its Wagyu for crying out loud. One can pay easily 1.5/2X at another butcher or 5X+ at a restaurant.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Just came back from the Etobicoke Costco. Other than the regular items I saw wagyu from Australia. They had only rib left though after talking to the butcher he said they also carry striplion and it will be a regular item. Well marbled compared to other wagyu I have seen except the one sold at famu. Worth a look.

best coffee in queen/king/bathurst/spadina area

R Sqauared for Cappuccino is my pick
+1 on Forno Cultura their pistachio cookies are down right amazing.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I picked up Champagne Grapes from the Wilson location. Didn't see much on clearance or new items.
Will try the Scarborough or Etobicoke location next as they seem to have more variety.

Best Scones in Toronto

Has anyone tried the other scones at Blackbird? Maple is not my first pick but would like a recommendation as the stuff looked tempting when I walked by today.

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

These would be my picks
Foie Gras (Au Pied De Cochon actually is the most economical for whole lobes believe or not! otherwise Le Canard Libéré is my pick)
Beers from Unibroue
Cheese (raw milk kind)

Bes Frutti Di Mare Pasta in Toronto?

My Friend's hubby luvs Frutti Di Mare
Here are their top picks
Sarpa/Terra
Zucca Trattoria
Carmelina Restaurant

I have only dined at Zucca myself and can vouch that their pasta items are very good.