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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
Larbars
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
OKA
Trusty and a crowd pleaser Boursin
Then there are some seasonal cheese selection that vary from location to location.

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

Lai Wah Heen
Crown Princess
Dynasty
are my recommendations in order :)

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Finally made it here for dinner last night here is my input
Here is what we went with
Mezze platter, Turkish pastry platter and Kebab Platter (wait a sec that's a lot of platters:)
I ordered a glass of Cabernet which was decent.
For starters they brought out a variety of breads along with couple of dips, good olive oil. Good start here as the bread variety was decent.
Mezze and pastry platter were brought in together.
Mezze platter was good. Various pickled vegetables. I liked the zucchini mezze. quail eggs (meh) satay chicken (completely out of place IMO) and bastrama beef (excellent as they didn't hold back on the spices here)
Mixed turkish pastries in filo dough. This was a weak offering. The fellow diner commented more like frozen version bought from the store level as nothing stood out here.
Kebab platter. This was decent with the spicy lamb being the stand out. Chicken was OK. The Sturgeon and normal lamb were over cooked IMO. The rice one side was OK. The standout was the side of Shirazi salad. The falafel crisps were just right. Not the crisp on the out and soggy in the middle kind, makes me wonder why others don't do falafel at the this size.
Service was very good though I think they still have a bit of learning curve ahead of them.
Overall for the price point they are hitting for dinner I would say this place is 3 stars. I might revisit this place for lunch/brunch if I am in the area or visiting this museum.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

I didn't see Bonne Maman at Wilson though cheese was high priority for moi.
The item # from what I can make out from the pic is 408377 Crepe Suzette you can call the store and find out whether they have it before venturing out.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Thanks for the info Nevy.
The Wilson location was unfortunately devoid of the cheese selection you mentioned. I didn't even see the shrimps on sale which is odd as sale items are usually province wide I thought.
Will try the Etobicoke location next week as have planned brunch coming up.
Tillybug you are not alone being single and Shopping at Costco :) I entertain quite a bit so still its worth it for me to shop there despit being single. Just the cheese and steaks are enough for me to justify the executive membership there.

"Sweet Note Dessert" - Gem of a find in Markham and offering the BEST Souffle in the GTA, period!!

Thanks for the recommendation in Europe. If and when I visit I will make a point to try those spots.
As for the macarons this place had one the most vile version I have had. I tried the lavendar version and it was like eating soap! The Souffle looked decent though I make a decent version at home so don't crave it much anymore.

Going to Costco tomorrow

5 Year Balderson.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Now that's a compliment Charles.
The verdict is Sashimi is in a league of its on and the rolls were a hit. Sushi hmmm the white fish didn't fare well. The other stuff was top notch and can go toe to toe with the best in the city (I haven't tried Yasu so will leave that out for now)
GeeDee I please the 5th for that comment.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Sorry missed one pic.
Tako Wasabi
150$ all in GeeDee

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Here is the catch of the day will report back on the quality after the meal.
Sashimi (Tuna & Ika)
Deluxe Family Platter
Assorted Rolls

2014 Turducken recommendations?

CostCo online has it.

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Thanks for sharing pity they are only open for lunch otherwise would have visited them on a weekday. Looks like I have a brunch spot picked out. Will visit soon and report back.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Thanks Charles your advice (words of wisdom) is always appreciated. Nogoro I can order in advance at Taro fish for sushi so I should be OK for those. I will try out Sushi 930 when I get a chance.
Sashimi I like to pick myself as have started to enjoy spotting the minute differences. Will report back on how it went as Taro it is.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Folks wanted to get the fellow CH to chime on these two places as have an upcoming dinner at home.
Taro Fish has been the go to place for moi for take out Sashimi. Haven't had sushi from there in a while. How the sushi there nowadays?
By The Sea at J-Town is a longer trek for me as I live Downtown. I have had their Sashimi and it was quite good. Again how's sushi there? Another issue apart from the much longer trek is that they don't have an online menu. The fellow diners want to pick and choose a few items (mainly sushi rolls) which I am sure are carried by them a well but it might make it harder to order in and just pick it up from there.
Just to get the point across other fellow diners are more into Sushi.