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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Hmm maybe the location you went to was out of stock as they had it on special last week. I did see it at Downsview.

Apr 08, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Which Balderson were you looking for? They don't have the 5 year old anymore. They only have the 2 and 4 year old versions in addition to the double smoked version

Apr 07, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Please do share your opinion on the Balsamic. With my recent addiction to Caprese Salad I have been using Balsamic quite a bit. Kirkland one is decent actually but at this price I want to try out the organic one as well (after all the best things come from the deepest darkest part of the Jungle and are organic :D

Apr 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

No these are pre cooked in BBQ sauce so just need to be thawed and warmed up.
If you are referring to the Kalbi style cut they do sell them at Downsview location as well (Miami Style Ribs). I assume other stores that have Kosher focused items carry those as well. They are pricey though so haven't tried them yet as one can get the Kalbi King Rib for the same price!!!
I am attaching a pic of those too so they can be admired :)

Apr 02, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Picked up the beef ribs from the downsview location will report back how they taste.
Also of note were the organic strawberries from Mexico for 7 $ (2 lbs) They are decent (not the same level as the wild small one's that one picks from the farm)
Kung Pao Shrimp was on clearance for 13.97$ for a 2 lbs box. At that price worth a try I suppose.

Apr 02, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Saw some beef ribs in the freezer at Downsview Location. Has anyone tried them as luv beef ribs and make it a point to order them whenever see them on the menu.

Apr 01, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yang's Chinese Seafood Cuisine, Markham - An Impromptu Giant Lobster Feast

Charles thanks for sharing. Can you kindly confirm the exact address for the Markham Yang's as google search is not giving the desired result.

Mar 26, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Canard a la presse in Toronto?

Thanks for sharing I called in and its 150$ per person for a six course menu (2 courses are duck) They are looking at minimum of 4-6 weeks notice and are currently looking at May reservations. Pricey but considering the alternate of travelling to Quebec or France might be worth a shot.

Mar 26, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Well this is not a salt and oil set like I got last year rather a duo of Truffle oil. I didn't get much use out of the truffle oil last time so am gonna skip it. The truffle salt is still popular :)

Feb 26, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Saw and picked up some of these items on Clearance at Downsview
Biscotti by Nonni 6.97
Terra Cotta EVOO 2.97!!!!
Organic Salsa trio Pack (mango, regular and pineapple) 5.97
Also interesting for a gift was Black and White truffle oil set for 9.97! 2 bottles (100 ml each). I have tried the black one before and its decent still using the salt that was left on popcorn.

Feb 26, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best french toast in toronto?

Yeah Cafe Belong is quite good and filling.
Here are the pics for the one from Bivy (oranges slices on the side)and 25 Liberty (almond topping)

Feb 22, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

GOOD Turkish Delight?

I would recommend Taste of Turkiye Store (Formerly Burak) on Danforth as being a Turkish Grocery Store they do have a decent variety. (Hazer Baba and Koska brand is decent). They have more variety than Marche Istanbul.
I once found Turkish Delight from Divan brand at winners out of all the places made a very nice gift as the packaging and taste are very nice.

Feb 20, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best french toast in toronto?

The portion is a decent size. I liked the apple compote on the side as well. Real Maple Syrup.
Here is a picture

Feb 20, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best french toast in toronto?

Cafe Belong version was the tops in the places I have tried.
Bivy and 25 Liberty are decent as well
Stout Irish Pub was a surprise as well.
Will try out the other versions mentioned here

Feb 19, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Natto

Galleria has it as well if I recall.
Do you intend to try it with a raw egg yolk? I saw some of Japanese friends do it from the store bought eggs and I thought they are so brave. I indulged as well and somehow didn't mind it.

Feb 15, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Saw the Chocolate box at the Billy Bishop location as well so if someone is one the look out they had quite a few left there.

Feb 12, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Do you mind sharing the location?
The Galerie Au Chocolat would make a nice gift as have tried their other items and am a fan.
I picked up a box of of truffets de france (can't think of a more french name to signify a product is from there)
6$ for 1 KG. Couldn't figure out whether they are dark chocolate as will have to share it with the guests :) (this was from Scarborough loc which I rarely visit)

Feb 12, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

I think you are referring to the one in bread aisle. This one is more like a pizza (1.2 KG) and is in the frozen section next to pizzas. Though I could be wrong

Feb 06, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Came back from the downsview location.
They have some EVOO on clearance for 4.97 from Africa. Another new item I found was bonnaccino cheese and tomato on foccacia bread (like a pizza) for 12$. Forgot the name. Freezer is already stocked with the smoked meat pizza otherwise would have tried it.
Time to stock up on the avocado oil as that's pretty much what I use now.

Feb 06, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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49th parallel or phil and sebastian

Cheval Blanc is now sold at the beer store FYI!
http://www.thebeerstore.ca/beers/chev...

Feb 01, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

49th parallel or phil and sebastian

Huh I called the 49th Parallel office to find out who sold it locally as I had purchased it before locally they said its not carried by anyone in Toronto. But if you do find it please do share it as I would like to buy some as well.

Jan 31, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

49th parallel or phil and sebastian

Last time I checked no one was carrying 49th Parallel in TO. I even called their office in BC and they confirmed that (couple of months ago so might have changed since then) the lady on the phone recommended that I order online as that was the only way to get it locally unless some buys it in BC and brings it over for you.

Jan 30, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Yes that one exactly. Multiple boxes left at the Billy Bishop location.
Redflagdeals has a thread every week about deals and clearance items at Costco. Bad part now for East the store is in Quebec and not a GTA one.
Here is the latest one
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/costco...

Jan 15, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Today's trip to the Billy Bishop Way location was uneventful in terms of food.
Somewhat interesting item I picked up were the Belgian Florentine (Item # 355687) for 6.97 (the 0.97 price always catches my eye) as they were perfect for snack for a friend I was visiting afterwards. The quality is good as expected.
They also had a roadshow for Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. Ended up picking a gift set (white balsamic and Olive Oil) for a 20$ (I have seen the same brand retail for 35$ elsewhere easy)

Jan 14, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seaweed Salad

+1 for CostCo same as the one served at the restaurants.
TNT Supermarket is another option though a bit pricier (who can beat CostCo for Value/Quality anyway)

Jan 11, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rice - which type and where?

I used to buy the Calrose from Nishiki brand. Have switched to Koshihikari lately will try the Sasanishiki next time around.
Source has been J-Town for Nozomi brand for Koshihikari. Just luv the texture and feel of individual grain as have started to appreciate it. If you like you can try the T&T Koshihikari as it is a big step up from other generic variety of rice and somewhat reasonable (18$ if I recall).
Have my eyes on Yamazaki Brand for the next batch of ultra premium rice.
I do have a half decent rice cooker from Tiger.
Growing up on Basmati rice hardly anything sold here excites me regardless of the price point. Some premium varieties are sold locally if you know someone who produces it in the subcontinent (almost 100% export to the middle east region) as otherwise you can't even buy them in the region they are grown due to high price point not sustainable locally(local variety was referred to as the flamingo variety of Basmati)

Jan 08, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Well I have tried the frozen croissants from CostCo. These do need to be kept out in high humidity overnight. They are not as good thought (not buttery enough IMO) Will see if I can find the Premier Maisson mini one's in Etobicoke/North York. Please do share if you find the pastry box you mention here.

Jan 07, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Oh OK I have never seen any CostCo carry LIVE lobster for that matter US or Otherwise. They do have frozen lobster tails on the seafood roadshow. AFAIK the canned lobster meat has some chemical put in to prolong the shelf life (at least on the canned one I have tried)
Anyone seen the Gel Matt for the kitchen I just missed them at the Vaughan CostCo and checked the SKU and none are left in GTA.

Jan 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Sure NP.
I picked up the Tablecloth from North York Location though apparently it has been seen at the new Mississauga location (that's why I put on the SKU so one call and check stock if so inclined)
@Prima I really like the Smoked Meat Pizza from Dunn's. They have cut down on the spice level from a few years ago but it is still one of the better frozen pizza out there.
Frozen canned lobster meat not sure why one would want that. I mean the LIVE lobster is already reasonably priced here when on sale so why one would buy a frozen version is kinda absurd to me. I am OK with uncooked frozen lobster tails but they can't compare to the fresh one IMO.
Also on CostCo online I saw the balsamic pearls for sale (White and Black combo) Bit pricey but sure beats messing with Molecular Gastronomy at home. Has anyone tried these. I am eyeing them for a upcoming meal and would like the input from others.

Jan 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Kumato were a 2.99 for 2lbs (extra $ off) making it less than half of what you would pay elsewhere.
White Linen Marinara (IMO one of the better pre made sauces) is also 3$ off.
Not really food related but they had table cloth on Clearance made by Cuisinart for a low low price of 9.97 comes with 8 Napkins which alone are worth over 10$ IMO. Picked up the black version they also had some left in cream color (SKU is 544454 in case you want to check stock before hand)

Jan 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)