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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Best Persian in Toronto

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

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

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!