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ISO organic dried apricots in bulk

The Saturday Village Market at Bathurst/Rutherford(or Carville)

Where to find Ferrero Hanuta in Toronto?

Bought Hanuta at Yummy Supermarket MajorMac/Dufferin at $6.00/package.

almond and/or almond chocolate croissants in Scarborough

Charles, Montmartre is at Midland/Lawrence. Exit 401 to Kennedy south, east on Ellesmere, south on Midland, 1st light is Midwest.

Apple strudel is available all year round. Good chunks of apple, not over-sweetened. It is about 18" long, they will be cut into half for customers to take home. If you prefer the whole length and buy 5-6 they will provide a box. They prefer that you pre-order for quantity 5 or more. I've reheat them for parties to re-crisp the pastry.

They only sell plain butter croissants at 85cents each.

I'd recommend the pretzel and pretzel buns (Laugen Brot in Germany). The 7-grain & flax breads are superb. Breads are sold both sliced and non-sliced.
On sale in winter (to end soon) is lemon-meringue pie and honey-almond-cake (Bienenstich, also German specialty). I found them addictive and useful calories :-)

Heavy German Rye bread for open faced sandwiches

Try Montmartre in Scarborough, they have sliced & non-sliced loaves.

Need Advice from St. Jacob Regulars

Thank you slacker1, appreciate the option.

Need Advice from St. Jacob Regulars

I will be in KW area mid-morning Thursday.
Will I be able to buy fresh turkey 10-12 lbs from the Mennonite farmers at St. Jacob market without pre-ordering?
I'd appreciate any suggestions where to look.

Foodie stops in Markham

Please note the bus-lane road/construction work on Hwy 7 between 404 and Warden. Plan the drive carefully as at times traffic moves very slow. This may help:

Apple picking suggestions please?

No admission fee at Avalon Orchard. Different price for different apple variety.

Organic farms are not offering "amusement" activities to generate extra income. They may offer educational session.

Apple picking suggestions please?

where is the apple orchard at Whittamore?
If we're talking of the same Whittamore/Markham they have various apples in their large bins in their market.
Their PYO are berries, snow/green/sugarsnap peas, tomatoes, potatoes, etc.
They have children play area and adults/parents are required to pay admission, it gets pricey for a whole family

Pie delivery for wedding - help needed

Perhaps this will help

I cannot comment on taste comparison with Wanda or PP or any other as I only occasionally eat pie. I buy montmartre pies as gifts and all the recipients said they love the 'not too sweet' of montmartre pies.

HELP! trying not to travel too far for cage-free eggs..impossible dream?

Eggoholic, you made me crave for the preserved/salted (blue) duck eggs from Indonesia. I've tried various preserved/salted eggs from asian supermarkets, none come close to the taste of those blue eggs.

Apple picking suggestions please?

I second Avalon. When my kids were young, we went each year with their classes Kindergarten up to Grade 3. There are plenty of small/low trees for the little hands. We picked different variety, some of which we never saw in supermarkets. You won't be disappointed.

Please call ahead to find out how the crop is. It is organic and some years yield far less than others - not sure what impact the last icestorm/winter vortex had on their orchard.

Curry powder

I would consider how much/how often I will use the spice.
I buy small quantity from bulk stores for reasons
(1) reduce spice waste since I don't use them often in my cooking
(2) reduce packaging waste

ISO: Callebaut Semi-Sweet Chocolate

not every Bulk Barn carries Callebaut chips. The store I frequent is at Hillcrest Mall/Richmond Hill. Scarborough Town Ctr doesn't carry. Call ahead to be sure.
For baking purposes I've also used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips obtained from Lindt outlets at $5.00/package - can't remember the weight.

suggestions for an Italian restaurant in Richmond Hill for a group of 10

Sadi, I believe you're referring to Mercatino.
Dinner is only the last Friday of the month, though the last time I was there they expressed they were considering 2Fridays/month.

ISO: Callebaut Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Bulk Barn sells both the milk & semi-sweet Callebaut chips.

Any farmers markets in toronto east

The following are not within official Scarborough boundaries
Please note that some vendors source their products from Food Terminal.
It's a hike/drive to Whittamore's but I much prefer their produce than Fairview Vendors.

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

If the anniversary date is late August, I'd recommend Mercatino. A bit north - Hwy 7 & Dufferin. They ONLY open for dinner once/month, i.e. the last Friday of the month. Good food & service. Reservation is required.

ISO: Bunga Kantan (Torched Ginger) and Petai beans

Green Mango Salad (Thai style) - North of the city

The massaman is very tasty with creamy smooth coconut milk sauce (the result of long low heat cooking). I also like the red curry and pad thai.

Parsnips - what do do with them?

Slice into 1/2 inch thick. Toss with olive oil, fresh chopped thyme, salt & pepper. Roast on parchment paper lined baking-sheet at 350F for 20-min or until fork-tender but firm. Serve as is or drizzle a balsamic vinegar.
Roasting brings out the sweetness in parsnips

Have another baking-sheet with sweet potatoes - same cut & seasoning.

I serve these 2 vegs with my Tksgiving or Christmas turkeys. They can be roasted ahead and warmed up in the oven closer to serving time.

Jan 11, 2014
knusprig in Home Cooking

Green Mango Salad (Thai style) - North of the city

Are you craving for the truly green mango salad or Thai mango salad?
Kinnaree's mango salad is using less-ripe yellow mango. The true green mango - absolutely not ripe - could be too sour.

Green Mango Salad (Thai style) - North of the city

good bakery for small white rolls

if distance is not an issue ...

Canadian Study - Lead in Black Tea - Organic Sources?

tea & coffee plantations are always in highland / mountain side / cooler tropic. They are not found in sea level areas unless one plants them as part of landscape.

Where to get great Stollen in Toronto or North of the GTA

Warung Kampung Indonesian food stand

They only opened Oct 17th.

Warung Kampung Indonesian food stand

Their hours are Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Monday closed.
Phone 416 431 4566.
Remember it is inside JD Market. I don't know JD's business hours. A banner outside says 'Indonesian Street Food'.

Warung Kampung Indonesian food stand

Their standard menu: rendang (beef curry), chicken satay, pepes (steamed shrimp/mushroom/tofu wrapped in banana leaf), grilled spiced chicken or chicken curry. Plus variety of other items, e.g. fried tempeh, fritters, etc.

Although we call it curry, the taste & spices on the beef curry are totally different than the chicken curry.
They toned down the 'heat' on the dishes but the chili sauce on the side will do for those who like hot/spicy. However, the spices and tastes are very good and definitely not canadianized.

The crispy beef jerky is the unique 'balado' from the Padang/south Sumatra region. It is addictive IMHO.

On weekends they add one or two other dishes.

Allergy alert. Indonesian satay/kebab is marinated with peanut sauce. Even if you ask the dish to be served without the peanut sauce the kebabs were in contact with peanuts. They are considering of preparing peanut free satay in the future.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm.

It is own & operated by a family from Central Java on a trial basis. If there are enough customers the business will continue.
Please visit them.

Good apples

I try going to Whittamores farm every weekend. Last week, they carry cortland, jonagold, honey-crisp, mac (of course), gala, ambrosia. Last month they had small yellow variety, very tasty.
I prefer smaller size apples which I can get from farm markets. Store apples are too big and get wasted.