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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.

49th parallel or phil and sebastian

No it was old school espresso (decaf version as well)

49th parallel or phil and sebastian

Saw the 49th Parallel beans at SOMA Choc on King West. 16.50$/lb.
Will pick it up when I run out of my current coffee beans

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Picked it up last week from the Billy Bishop location

Cosmopolitan's e by Jose Andres - dining alone?

Shouldn't be an issue. The food itself will keep you busy and if the other patrons are not chatty the staff itself can be engaging. I recall that I even introduced the manager to Chowhound! as she surprisingly hadn't heard of it.

Jul 09, 2014
elvisahmed in Las Vegas

Ice Cream, 2014

I tried Boreal Gelato meh below average IMO. I would say 2 stars out of 5 despite the good reviews.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Saw the Kirkland Branded Truffles for 8.97 today at Etobicoke.
Also worth noting was the 3$ off for the Balderson 4 year old (a steal at this price) 10.99 for 500 g!
Picked up a box Aprium (Black Velvet Apricots) as well hmm not as impressed as reported by others in another thread.

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil was decent on my last trip especially if you are a carnivore like moi I did find it a bit salty though which is I guess the norm for that kind of cuisine.
For AYCE sushi I can suggest Makino (I prefer their non sushi items more)
It has been a while since I went to these spots so maybe someone else can chime in with a more recent experience.

Jun 30, 2014
elvisahmed in Las Vegas

Toronto Specialties

I kinda concur evansl except that I haven't seen something similar to O Mei in the bay area as Charles recommended and I think the Peking Duck at Lai Wah Heen is better than the one's I tried in Bay Area. I would also recommend some of the Persian Restaurants here like Sherzade on College.
Hmm haven't gone back tried the Izakaya scene in SF so that might be worth a look as well on your visit.

Ice Cream, 2014

I concur as I tried pistachio flavor last week as per your recommendation and am a fan now.

Seriously Curious about Sushi Yasu. Any reports?

A friend who went there recently rated it as the best in GTA and that person is a Sushi Kaji fan. I am looking forward to dinning there soon.