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Great! Thanks!

Yonge and Eglinton restaurant for date

Try La Vecchia just a few blocks north on Eg on Yonge. Amazing restaurant, great service. They are not cheap, but not overly expensive. The carpaccio there is awesome!

La Vecchia
2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA


I'm looking to buy yams (not sweet potatoes) in Toronto, preferably North York - does anyone know where they are available?


Next weekend my husband and I are celebrating our 4th anniversary. I would like to find us a restaurant of higher caliber that serves a good variety of free-range or organic dishes (meats, not worried about the veggies), in downtown Toronto. We're looking to spend around $20.00 a main course give or take so nothing outrageously priced. Just a nice spot with great food.


I'm sorry to hear about the pork, prehaps I will reconsider my views on buying that product.

I do know that the chicken in the stores is smaller and more yellow than other brands... that being said, more yellow is the color your chicken is supposed to be when it's not fed garbage... smaller I don't know what to think, I tend to lean towards the thought that they're a more natural size.

I think the fact that the chicken is often in short supply (like the beef) may mean that the size of the flocks raised are indeed smaller and they have more room to run around (I hope). I wish they had nests or bedding or some sort...maybe that will come in time.

I guess we have to put trust in someone sometime. Ffree-run and organic meats are hard to find in my area (since I don't live downtown), and the ones that are avaliable are not affordable in the least, I will have to put this trust in Metro (argh!).

I also would like to see animals that are raised in Ontario, and raised non-industrial farms. It's a low down shame that this should even be issue.

I would assume that Loblaws "Free From" line is the same... but I will be contacting them in regards to this issue and will keep everyone updated.


I have spent a long time looking for answers when it comes to Metros "Traditionally Raised" meats. Namely - is this a crock, a marketing campain, an attempt to pull the wool over my eyes? What does hormone and antibiotic free really mean? Are these animals raised the same as animals are raised in those industrialized "farms"? The only info I could find on the matter was at
and only deals with the beef. What about the pork and chicken?

Due to these unanswered questions I have been hesitant to buy "Traditionally Raised" meats.

Well I'm happy to report that after several attempts at trying to get Metro to explain to me, in detail, what I would be buying if I bought Traditionally Raised I finally have answers!

In an e-mail response to me a Metro rep writes "Kindly find information attached in regards to the chicken. As for our pork, the Meat Department advises me that while we have no documents, they can assure you that the pigs are fed grains only and are allowed outside but all they consume are these grains."

Please find below the information in the document: It is Metros official word, take from it what you will. I think that I am finally convinced that Traditionally Raised is different that industrialized. (I don't know why it was so hard to get since is states it was created in 2006, but I'm happy to have it now).

Q&A for RWA
Created November 2006
Updated March 2007

How is Traditionally Raised chicken different from conventional chicken?
Traditionally raised chickens are different from conventional chickens because they are raised without antibiotics of any kind and are fed a 100% grain based diet with no animal by-products.

Is Traditionally Raised chicken the same as “free range chicken”?
No, a Traditionally Raised chicken is not the same as a “free range chicken”. Traditionally Raised chickens are raised in a clean, safe & controlled barn environment that provides free roaming indoor access. “Free range” chickens raised in an environment that provides unrestricted access to the outdoors.

How is Traditionally Raised chicken different from organic chicken?
Only chicken labeled “certified organic” by an accredited national or regional organic organization is organic. In order to be certified organic, the chicken must be raised under strict organic growing conditions covering specific feed regulations, growing environment conditions & the treatment of illness. Traditionally Raised chicken is a premium chicken offering that provides consumers with an antibiotic free option.

What are the chickens fed / what is in the feed?
Traditionally Raised chickens are fed a proprietary blend of feed that consists of grain, soybean, canola & vitamins & minerals. The feed does not contain any ingredients of animal origin or any animal by-products.

What exactly does “antibiotic free” mean?
“Antibiotic Free” means that the chickens are never fed or injected antibiotics. Traditionally Raised Chicken is antibiotic free & the chicken’s health is monitored and managed via proprietary feed & sanitation protocols.

Are the “Traditionally Raised” chickens processed in federally inspected & approved plants?
Yes, all chickens in the Traditionally Raised program are grown in Canadian federally inspected & approved barns.

Are the chickens fed and/or injected hormones?
No. Traditionally Raised chickens are not fed or injected hormones, which is in compliance with the CFIA regulations that strictly prohibits the use of hormones when growing chickens in Canada.


Anybody know of a place in Toronto that sells them, and what the cost is? Cheers!

Currently roasting an duck in the oven, this is my first time cooking duck, used my own recipe, how long should I leave it in the oven?

It's a whole duck, weighing apx 4.6 lbs. I'm roasting it at 375*F. I've read anywhere between 1-2 hours. Does anybody know how long is best to leave it in the oven?

May 13, 2008
Bitey_Barkface in Home Cooking

Looking for well-raised Kosher meat ... any suggestions?

Recently I've been looking for well raised, or naturally raised meats. Ones with no hormones etc... and where the animals were kept in ideal conditions. I was suggested 'Fresh From the Farm' and I am happy, but what I would truly like is KOSHER along the same lines. Does anyone know where I can buy Kosher meat well raised?

I heard that many times Kosher is raised in factory farm and just slaughtered differently.... does anyone know about this?

Suggestions for meats in St. Lawrence Market?

Thanks a bunch for the advice. I had no idea the main part was the mass produced stuff. Do you have any recommendations of anywhere else to go in the cit for what I'm looking for?

I will try the north side for meats on Sats as well. :)

Gourmet Instant Coffee

I'm not a big fan of instant coffee, I love the real thing but.... my husband loves it! This is his brand of 'gourmet' instant, an dI have to admit it's pretty good. Form Israel ( I think) but you can buy it here in any middle eastren store, and I THINK Loblaws Superstore. It's called Elite.

Suggestions for meats in St. Lawrence Market?

I'm looking for a place to buy meats (preferably at an AFFORDABLE rate) that are well raised. By this I mean I'd like to konw that the meats are coming from farmers that care for their animals and not from a 'factory farm' where animals are crowded in tiny pens. Free run is great, organic or naturally raised is also great. I'm having a hard time finding somthing affordable (say apx $5.00 lb for chix breast). Also having a very hard time finding 'free run' pork.

I just don't want to eat animals that are kept in crowded pens they can't turn around in and that are pumped full of hormones etc... and I don't want to be in the poor house either.