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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?

Feb 12, 2014
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Feb 02, 2012
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.)

Jul 18, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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!

Jul 16, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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?

Jul 11, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

May 13, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

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

May 13, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

May 11, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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?

May 05, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Jan 11, 2011
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Nov 03, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Oct 28, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Oct 26, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Sep 04, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Aug 31, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Aug 14, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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?

Aug 11, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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!

Jan 06, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Jan 06, 2010
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto: Best Dive Bars?

I just moved to Toronto and can't speak from experience, but the omnipotent NY Times recently weighed in on Toronto dive bars: "Let the frat boys have College Street. And West Queen West has been overrun lately with 905ers, slang for out-of-towners with suburban area codes. The cool kids, it seems, are now migrating north along Ossington Avenue, which some Toronto bloggers are already calling “Next West Queen West.” Bookending the district are Sweaty Betty’s (13 Ossington Avenue; 416-535-6861), a hole-in-the-wall with a brash jukebox, and Communist’s Daughter (1149 Dundas Street West; 647-435-0103), an understated lounge that attracts the skinny corduroy and high-top-wearing set. A trendy bar crawl is emerging in between, tucked among old Portuguese bakeries and kitchen supply stores."

You might do well to check bar reviews on Yelp.ca, too.

Dec 23, 2009
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Who's serving hot toddies in downtown Toronto?

It's cold out. Northern Europeans have been hitting the mulled wine for months now. High time for some hot boozy drinks round these parts! Anyone know of Toronto establishments serving hot toddies?

Dec 23, 2009
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy Reunion Island Coffee?

Downtown you can find Reunion Island Coffee beans for sale at Luis Coffee Stop in Kensington Market.

The gentleman there once mixed me a "medium" blend of equal parts Privateer Dark Barlino beans and Las Hermosas beans. Rich and delicious with a heavenly aroma. When I lived abroad I'd get visiting friends and family from T.O. to bring me bags of this.

Nov 25, 2009
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lunch at L'Arpege and gourmet vegetarian spots

Thanks for recommending Maceo, Souphie. I had a delicious vegetarian dinner there in July and my omnivorous friends also loved their food. Clearly it's a restaurant that puts real thought into its vegetarian creations.

Nov 25, 2009
gisaster25 in France

Seeking delicious NZ cheese plates in Auckland

Thanks for the tip -- I had a delicious Kapiti cheese board at The Landing Bar & Restaurant in Kerikeri. Beautiful with a crisp NZ sauvignon blanc. To follow up on my initial post, the Art of Cheese Cafe in Puhoi was a disappointment. The platters are vegetarian-unfriendly and my omnivorous partner wasn't thrilled to eat the accompanying salami slices, etc. There was no option to "make your own platter" from individual cheeses short of buying refrigerated wedges for take-away. Also, the bread to cheese ratio was off; we ran out of bread before finishing our cheeses and had to buy an entire second "basket" of bread in order to get just a couple more slices. In my opinion, places that serve cheese as a centrepiece should be forthcoming with complimentary bread or crackers -- adjust prices if necessary, even.

Nov 25, 2009
gisaster25 in Australia/New Zealand

Best Persian in Toronto

For any curious readers, the vegetarian place on Hayden is called Camros Organic Eatery.

Nov 25, 2009
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy Reunion Island Coffee?

Nearly 3.5 years after you posted your query, I'm happy to tell you that I contacted Reunion Island Coffee with this same question a few weeks ago and learned that my closest retailer in uptown Toronto is:

FLAKY TART INC
711 MOUNT PLEASANT
TORONTO, ONTARIO, M4S 2N4
(416) 484-8276

There's also this Canadian online retailer: http://culturedcoffeebean.com

Dec 23, 2008
gisaster25 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seeking delicious NZ cheese plates in Auckland

Hi folks, I'm spending the first two weeks of January '09 on the North Island, starting in Auckland, and traveling through Hamilton, Turangi, Rotorua, Coromandel Peninsula and finally up to the Bay of Islands.

I'm aware of some cheese POIs to the north of Auckland (E.g. Art of Cheese Cafe in Puhoi and Mahoe Cheese Factory in Kerikeri), but would like to commence with the cheese-eating in Auckland.

Any recommended restaurants for a glass of NZ wine and a delicious plate of NZ cheeses?

Thanks!

Dec 15, 2008
gisaster25 in Australia/New Zealand

Lunch at L'Arpege and gourmet vegetarian spots

Have you and your wife dined yet at l'Arpege and Guy Savoy? I hope you'll update us on your meals there! I think I'll plan my next trip to Paris around eating well - and not just eating whatever vegetarian food I'm lucky to find! (Falafel dinners, however tasty, get old fast.)

Jun 25, 2008
gisaster25 in France

Paris breakfast spots

PhilD - Why have an "international breakfast" or go to an American restaurant in Paris, you ask? The short answer: Eggs. The long answer: Eggs, fruit, yogurt, cheese, cereal, baked goods other than baguettes/brioches/croissants, and so on. Some of us - francophiles even! - like a big honkin' breakfast. And that's not exactly a French forte.

May 12, 2008
gisaster25 in France

Lunch at L'Arpege and gourmet vegetarian spots

Has anyone had lunch at L'Arpege? Was it any good? Dinner there isn't yet in my price range (at >300 EUR pp.), so I'm hoping lunch is a cheaper way of sampling their fare. Does anyone know what lunch costs?

I read on another Chowhound thread that Arpege uses meat stock in some of their vegetable dishes. As a vegetarian, that's a deal-breaker for me. Does anyone know if they also do strict vegetarian cuisine? (And do it excellently?)

Also, I'm curious to know if there are restaurants doing extraordinary, gourmet vegetarian fare in Europe in general. I live in the Netherlands but would happily travel for the right meal! My few experiences at one-star Michelin restaurants have been hit-and-miss in the vegetarian category, while my omnivorous partner has usually been impressed with his food. I long to eat somewhere where the vegetarian offerings aren't hastily conceived concoctions of side dishes (aka. culinary bastard stepchildren of otherwise respectable restaurants).

Just wondering!

May 12, 2008
gisaster25 in France