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Japanese Candy

These suggestions should cover you for the most part. I would also like to add that the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is having the annual Bazaar next Saturday (May 2nd) from Noon till 4 PM. I have seen some unique items there that are not normally sold at stores. Plus I think its good outing for kids.

Healthy Food Downtown

+1 for IQ food. Friends who are into healthy eating swear by it. Even I enjoyed my meal the few times I have tried them.

Mille-feuille... best one?

Patesserie 27 IMO. They assemble it on order!

Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

Unfortunately I don't have access to a charcoal grill. Will wait to see your results.

Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

With the first Summerish day and the BBQ opening up in the building I reside. I trekked all the way to etobicoke and picked up a couple of Australian Wagyus Strip loin Steaks. Mind you I haven't had Kobe Steak in eons but have dabbled in the Wagyu a bit (a cooking classes focused on Aussie kind at LCBO from Oliffe a few years ago) a couple of try's of Japanese Wagyu from Famu (though not this portion size) The marbling is great on both the steaks.
I fired up the grill and cooked my steak to medium rare (a few minutes shorter than I cook my Strip Loins) Let the steak rest and then dug in. First few bites did set them apart from my regular strip loin as the umami taste is quite pronounced. This is a deifiniately a superior product to Costco normal strip loin. I don't buy the dry aged steaks but they will probably cost the same if not a lot more for this portion. So here is my verdict give it a try for sure as at this price point you are paying at chain food steak price to get a product that will cost a lot lot more.
Here are some pics.

Maha-New Egyptian Sandwiches, Sides and Desserts on Greenwood near Gerrard

I tried Maha's on Tuesday. Since was dinning sorta solo (DC didn't want to eat anything). There wasn't much I could try. Had the Po Boy and side of hummus. Hummus and the side of bread were very good. As for the Po Boy decent for what one pays. I did see they offer a sujjuck omellete so will come back to try that for sure as making it at isn't as good anymore due to lack of good sujjuck.

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

Matagali butter chicken (don't ask who ordered) was one the bad one's I have had in Toronto.

Cronuts, anyone know if anyone makes them in Canada?

To each his own I suppose I tried them a few weeks back and didn't enjoy them. Not a fan of doughnuts myself perhaps (luv croissants) that's why it didn't do it for moi.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - April to June

Saw etobicoke location's garden center open as well.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - April to June

Lady Laurier and Saint-Honoré Cheese on clearance at Scarborough location. OKA is also 2$ off this week.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - April to June

Not much to report in terms of clearance at the Etobicoke location.
Only standout being the Hot SMoked Salmon Filet for 9.97.
Also a welcome back to Bon Mama Apricot jam.
The place was a mad house yesterday so didn't want to hangout there long.
Also bought up a Monastry Rye Bread 3 pack dimpflmeier bakery as was getting bored of the regular rye I get from them. Will report back after trying.

Uncle Tetsu

I passed by a couple of times and the lineups are insane. Will try it out during the weekdays when hopefully its not so crazy.

Duck confit

I have bought duck confit from trusty old Costco (billy bishop) at an incredible price. That is seasonal though otherwise Loblaws on Jarvis/Queens Quay carries them as well.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Saw the dried pineapple at North York yesterday as well. Out of curiosity I picked up the blue crab ravioli as well. Hmmm its decent IMO and for what you pay. I did find a few pieces of shell in the meat (acceptable as its blue crab after all and a shell free would be be very hard to achieve).

recs for Thai red curry paste in Toronto

Oh forgot to add Vientiane Trading
Its in the middle of an industrial area but they do open to public. I would suggest calling in first. They carry a whole bunch of items that are quite hard to find.
(416) 743-2911
51B Jutland Road
Toronto, ON M8Z 2G6

recs for Thai red curry paste in Toronto

+1 to Aroy D. Though I think Mae Ploy version has a slight edge. I think I picked up one at either T&T or Al Premium as it has been a while.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Spinach and Mixed greens they bought were organic. So its a start I suppose.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Yesterday's trip was an eye opener if you are into organic foods. I went to the Markham location with a couple of friends who are into holistic food (read they pretty much shop at Wholefoods, Big Carrot etc.) Despite them being wary of CostCo value proposition have made them a convert
Here was their shopping list
Quinoa organic
Hemp Hearts
Chia Seeds
Steel Cut Oats
Organic Pasta
among a whole bunch of other items. Funny thing is they ended up buying way more than I normally do and their portion of the bill was 3 times what I spent! They mentioned the prices here are at the very least half of what they pay elsewhere. Some items were even qtr of what they pay the health food stores. When I mentioned that etobicoke location has even more to offer they are on for the next trip there. Hail to CostCo!

Where to find Mille-Feuille (Napoleons) in Toronto?

Patisserie 27 has an amazing version. It is prepared fresh and has always left me craving for more. Highly recommended.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

There are quite a few organic packaged items now as well
Organic Balsamic Vinegar
Hemp Hearts (amazing price according to the friend who has it sourced through moi)
Organic Quinoa
Dried Apricots (not sure they carry them anymore)
Organic Coffee Beans (Sumatra By Williams was my purchase on Sunday)
Organic Salsa

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

5.99 for a 2 pack.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

The short trip to the Etobicoke location was fruitless yesterday. They didn't even have the le cendrillon cheese anymore which proved to be popular at the last cheese course. I did pick up the white linen marinara sauce as it was on sale (till the 18th) I would recommend it as it is one of the better ready made sauces I have tried.

Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

As always impressed by your dedication to enjoying good food Charles. In the LCBO Wagyu cooking class I took a few years ago they suggested indirect heat method for cooking when using a grill (gas) but I am sure you have done your homework.
I have cooked Wagyu from FAMU in a pan and it didn't trigger the fire alarm and that was a lot more well marbled than one from CostCo. I personally didn't find it worthwhile to splurge on the Wagyu from Australia. The Japanese Wagyu was more to my liking. Do share your experience with us as I find your posts very informative.
here is a pic from the Wagyu bought at FAMU

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Saw a few boxes of Galerie Au Chocolate 4$ off at Wilson Location. These make a no brainer gift IMO and are well liked.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Not sure about the London location but pretty much Boursin cheese is a staple cheese at all the CostCo I have seen (Mainly GTA, some BC and Alberta loc). One can always call in and check the location before visiting.

bread baking class(es)

I didn't like the course I took at George Brown. Got it as a gift last year. Other than the reading in the course material the learning in the class was a total let down. The instructor was uninspiring. It was just follow the recipe and show your finished product. One gets to bring home a lot of goodies. I think the recipes are designed for what one gets at grocery stores (average to below average)
. I think one is better off reading on your own or taking day long courses.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Today's trip to Etobicoke was mundane. Only thing that caught my eye was the huge gift box for Pasta. A 10 pack of assorted egg pastas made with 00 flour for a measly 9.97 That's 2.5 KG of good pasta for we are talking here.

Chinese food for Christmas day.... Best place downtown is???

T long I tried rosewood a couple of years ago and it was very poor. I would go as far as saying equal if not worse than what one gets at a run of a mill food court level offering. Avoid!

ISO blini or blintz skins

I think you might have luck at Starskys if you can venture out to Suburbs or Yummy Supermarket if you want to stay within Toronto. I would call in advance just to be sure they have it as both places can be a mad house before Xmas.
Oops forgot to add Benna’s Fine Food

Best Costco Hors d'oeuvres?

I would recommend making a cheese platter from what they sell there.
My picks are
5 year old Balderson Cheddar
Trusty and a crowd pleaser Boursin
Then there are some seasonal cheese selection that vary from location to location.