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Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Thanks! I'll definitely check Fiesta first before schlepping down to Longo's next time.

Tunnel Bar-B-Q sauce (or Valerie's) in shops?

Great, I'll try there. Thanks for the tip!

Let's hear who has the best onion rings in Toronto!

Indeed the Fresh quinoa-crusted onion rings are very crispy and delicious!

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Update: Longo's at Maple Leaf Square still stocks whole dill Claussens. Just picked some up there last week.

Graber Olives -- can I buy them in the GTA?

Graber Olives are still the most delicious olives of all time. I recently picked up a few cans at a Fresh Market in Sarasota. I think Whole Foods in the US might stock it.

I also found a brand at Fresh Market called Lindsay Naturals -- their California Green Olives taste very Grabery at a slightly lower price point. FYI.

WholeSoy & Co. yogurts in Toronto?

Update -- the Big Carrot on the Danforth sells several flavours of WholeSoy & Co. yogurts. Worth the trip.

Tunnel Bar-B-Q sauce (or Valerie's) in shops?

Hi Chowhounds,

Does anyone know of a Toronto shop that sells Windsor's famous Tunnel Bar-B-Q sweet sauce? (Or Valerie's BBQ sauce since they're supposed to be the same thing.)

My colleague gave me some to try and boy was it ever tangy and delicious. I'm now looking to pick some up as Christmas gifts (including to myself) but the shipping fees for ordering online seem steep for the distance ($7 small bottle of sauce costs $9.50 to ship).

Thanks!

WholeSoy & Co. yogurts in Toronto?

Anyone know where to find WholeSoy & Co. yogurts in Toronto? I tasted these in Philly last week and damn if they're not the most delicious non-dairy yogurt of all time! Must have more. I just tweeted at Fiesta Farms to ask them.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Yeah, I've never seen them displayed at room temperature. The lid says 'Always chilled, Never heated' right on it. That's how they stay so white-fleshed and deliciously crispy. I was somehow imagining that Peter's No Frills had a fridge case in the middle of the store. Might need still investigate.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Awesome, that's near me! Thanks for sharing Pearl3

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

I can confirm that I found whole spear Claussens at the Longo's near the ACC a couple months ago. Whew! Was starting to despair that my veggie burgers would be forever marred by inferior pickles.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Here we go again. Couldn't find Claussens at three Loblaws locations (North York Centre, Maple Leaf Gardens, Dundas St. W).

Anyone seen any recently? Longo's?

Cheap and Dirty: Thrifty Dive Bars of the GTA

Could you please elaborate? This place intrigues me but I'm too timid to venture in.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Yeah I've had that happen before in the US -- unwittingly brought home expired Claussens. They tasted OK but I should've read the stamp first and noticed the flesh was a bit more yellowy-translucent than it should be. (I find the freshest, crunchiest pickles have a more opaque white flesh.)

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

I'm happy to report that Loblaws at Dupont & Christie stocks Claussens -- whole and half spears. They have a bunch in stock right now back in the refrigerated meats area, according to the guy I talked to on the phone. He helpfully walked over to survey the selection and confirmed. Thanks for suggesting Loblaws, Kagemusha. It will be a crunchy, happy BBQ tomorrow!

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

I was horrified to see the refrigerator shelf space formerly occupied by Claussen kosher dill spears at the Metro at College & Ossington (in Toronto) full, instead, of Strub's pickles. Only Strub's. After much asking around in the store, it seems they no longer carry Claussen pickles. Does anyone know if this is true of all Metros or know of somewhere else in the GTA I can get Claussens?

Where to buy extra-small cans of coke?

I buy these at the Wal-Mart at Dufferin Mall. The six-pack is about the same price as the six-pack of big cans.

Graber Olives -- can I buy them in the GTA?

Now that's a food pilgrimage I'd sign up for...!

Graber Olives -- can I buy them in the GTA?

They're so tasty I could go for a whole case. Thanks for investigating, Flexitarian. I might order them online to a Niagara Falls, NY, mailbox if shipping to Canada is ridiculously expensive (and those 'brokerage' aka. rape and pillage fees... ugh). These are the most spectacular olives.

It would of course be convenient if I could find an acceptable substitute for Grabers in the GTA. One of these days I'm going to sniff around Whole Foods for other tree-ripened California olives.

Graber Olives -- can I buy them in the GTA?

I discovered heavenly Graber Olives from Ontario, California, while living in the US. Perfect fruit in a delicate brine, unlike any other olive I've tasted.

Does anyone know if I can buy them in the GTA?

Malvasia Olive Oil from Riverdale Market

I second SMOG. I love this olive oil and get it from the Dufferin Grove farmers market. I will happily eat a bowl of pasta (especially delicious Riscossa brand, which I've been getting at Fiesta Farms) dressed with nothing but this guy's "Malvasia" olive oil, salt and pepper. I went through my last refill at record speed. Like many fresh products, I would only caution that you need to use it up within a reasonable time frame (a few months in my experience) or it gets stale and the flavour takes a turn for the worse.

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Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Where can I find large fresh artichokes?

You guys are so right! I nabbed four big, buxum, beautiful artichokes at Fiesta Farms shortly after you posted. And they (conventional artichokes, the organics were also beautiful but pricier naturally) were half the price of Longo's'. Now, I thought the Longo's artichokes were marked in the produce section as 99 cents/lb... but reviewing my receipt, I see I paid $6.59/kg. Does this make any sense?! I resent the imperial/metric confusion. Anyway, Fiesta's artichokes were $3.28/kg and totally delicious. Thanks for the tip.

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Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Where can I find large fresh artichokes?

Update: Found good-looking large (99 cents/lb) and small (2.99/lb) artichokes at the huge new Longo's at Maple Leaf Square. Just devoured two of them. FYI.

Where can I find large fresh artichokes?

I'm really jonsing for some. The only ones I can find in my neighbourhood (Bloor/Ossington) are the small (and old-looking) artichokes. Would love to get my paws on some nice big, plump ones! Your tips are appreciated.

Cheap pasta maker in Toronto?

I referred to this thread before setting out to get my own Imperia or Atlas 150 pasta maker. FYI, Tap Phong on Spadina is selling the Imperia for $60 right now, and Consiglio's on St. Clair has it for $50. Both places also sell cheaper Asian-made pasta makers for $20 a piece.

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Tap Phong
360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

Where can I get a case of Italian canned tomatoes on the cheap?

Lady York Foods hit the mark today. I picked up a case (12 x 796 ml cans) of Emma Italian Peeled Tomatoes for $11.88 (on sale till mid-September). Great store - I'll definitely be going back. I also picked up semolina flour so I can try my hand at making pasta. Thanks for your tips, folks.

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Lady York Foods
2939 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON , CA

Where can I get a case of Italian canned tomatoes on the cheap?

Thanks for your replies, guys. I'm not a Costco member so that's out, but I'll definitely check out No Frills and this wonderful-sounding Lady York Foods. Lady York's current flyer features Aurora canned tomato products. Does anyone know if Aurora uses imported tomatoes or Canadian... or is it delicious enough that this distinction doesn't matter? I recognize the label but don't think I've tried their products.

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Lady York Foods
2939 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON , CA

Where can I get a case of Italian canned tomatoes on the cheap?

It has dawned on me that mass market Canadian-made canned tomatoes are killing my should-have-been-delicious pasta sauces. I'm now hell-bent on getting my hands on a case or two of quality canned Italian tomatoes (whole or diced, doesn't matter). Where can I score such things on the cheap?

Who's serving hot toddies in downtown Toronto?

Good rec with Kalendar. My friend and I tried the mulled cider with rum and their house hot toddy, which had brandy, cloves, lemon and honey. Both were a little too sweet but did the job on a windy, freezing afternoon last week when we found ourselves adrift on College. Cozy, festive atmosphere in there was also nice. I'd try something else, like the blueberry tea drink I saw on the menu, if I returned. Will definitely try to hit the Drake, Sidecar, Globe Bistro and Ame in the future though. Thanks!

Who's serving hot toddies in downtown Toronto?

Thanks for recommending TODO. I gave them a whirl on a recent night while waiting to get into Pizza Libretto, a few doors up. Their 'Hot Toddy' consists of whiskey, tea, bitters, honey and lemon. It was one of the best I've tasted so far and not overly sweet, like most.