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Ocean's food market, Brampton

Think you meant wary, unless you're craving the low-tide aroma at most west-end Loblaws fish counters. The Oceans down Hurontario at Eglinton is a bit tidier.Try T&T or B-Trust at Creditview and Burnhamthorpe

Loblaws purchase of Arz and T+T

Have also noticed Arz products seeping into the Brampton RCSS near me. Visibility isn't exactly enhanced by the decision to shelve them along the aisles of the jumbled ethnic food ghetto.

British Grocer Wholesale Mississauga

Just opened. Good selection, decent prices, worth a visit. Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury items, Schweppes Bitter Lemon, etc. 15% discount today.

Argentia Road just east of Winston Churchill across from Home Depot.


Shanghai Style Smoked Fish - Another yummy product from 'Full Fortune Foods' available at T&T

Will check the Miss. store. Just curious--any clue where this comes from? "Da Fu" doesn't seem to say.

Where can I find Scotch Bonnet pepper seeds? Or habanero seeds?

Mail order from Richters

Humber Nurseries is probably worth calling, too:

Toronto or Canadian Spice Store Comparable to Penzey's or The Spice House in the U.S.?

Really depends on what you're after. The GTA's vast ethnic food palette means fresh spices at fair prices aren't hard to source. That's why I'm no fan of Spice Trader--too twee and too pricey.

Wild leeks are up!

"If you buy them at the market, ask the vendor where they came from. Not that it will prevent leek abuse entirely, but it's important to remind people to be responsible when foraging."

Unless it's your land, foraging=theft. If you're forking over $$$ to a market "forager," you're just proving it pays to boost ramps wherever and whenever possible--whatever the soothing fiction they offer about provenance. Ramps are wholly unsustainable and picking usually causes extensive collateral damage to woodland areas.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Nope. One soap box/topic per thread. Start a new one if you've got the hots to talk about Costco's birds.

Best places to buy groceries in Toronto?

Fresh/good quality is where you find it. Sometimes Longo's sucks compared to even NoFrills. Highland Farms out in the western GTA is often the most consistent for selection and quality, especially during our short peak season for fruit and veg. Shopping by the store sign usually isn't productive. I find Loblaws at or near the bottom for produce--often sub-par relative even to NoFrills and far pricier.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Hard to be categorical since quality varies among outlets in and around the GTA and has for years. Big chickens, small ones, skinny ones, flabby under-cooked birds--I've had 'em all. Unsure how or why the OP can pretend there ever was any "hype" around what's always been a pedestrian resto that never made the needle twitch on the Pretense Meter.Circling the drain? Maybe. Higher priced than years ago? Probably. For chrissakes, it's just "Chicken Shack" as my kid always called it, not a fine dining destination.

Bond-esque Dinner and Nightlife Options in GTA?

Which Bond?

Sherry vinegar?

Any mid-to-upmarket grocery store chain now seems to care a couple brands. Would help to know where you are.

Have Farmer's Market apple pies gone downhill??

Sorry but sooner or later you really should get down with DIY pie crust and filling. Store-bought compromises everything. Recs? They're all solidly "meh."

Baking steel

That's a 1/4" hunk of sheet steel and it's not light. Thinner than 1/4" and made from iffy material can make for warpage issues.Happened to me on a cheapie a few years back.

Loblaws sells ugly fruit at a discount to curb food waste

"Largest" on what basis: square footage? parking spaces? gross sales? contribution to the Ontario Liberals' war chest?

Not sure if this is such a great deal aside from a marginal improvement in convenience 'cause it won't be saving drinkers any $$$. Would be very surprised if several Costco warehouses didn't get licenses.

Loblaws sells ugly fruit at a discount to curb food waste

Costco will kill 'em on beer and wine.

ISO Sake Carafe with Ice Pocket

No worries. The shop was a jewel, full of hard-to-find houseware/kitchenware and gifts. Recall that they did a brisk trade in sake gear. They made noises about selling online after the store closed last May but I've yet to hear/see anything. Glad you got a carafe.

ISO Sake Carafe with Ice Pocket

Nice but I guess you never tried Mika's. They had around a dozen different styles of glass ice pocket carafes. They imported direct from Japan for all their stock. Gone now in no small part because people couldn't be bothered to drive to Mississauga for the real deal.

Lactantia® My Country Cultured Unsalted Butter STICKS - WHAT is going on???

Just cut pound blocks to size, wrap, freeze/fridge. Suspect stick shortage may reflect demand. Haven't seen the 4-stick box for ages.

ethically sourced dairy in Toronto

"I could go on, but I think think we're getting the picture."

Indeed we are. Time for a new chew toy.

weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

Given recent polar weather, congee at House of Gourmet or King's Noodles around Spadina and Dundas.

Sichuan Peppercorn

Just check out the groceries along Spadina until you find a bag that's acceptable. They're cheap and should be pitched and replaced if they've sat for months.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Bought a jar today at Longo's Brampton. Stale date was April 2015. Lots of stock. Any chance they're back elsewhere?

Still MIA at Loblaws and Highland Farms in Mississauga...

Where to buy Hartley's Ma Made Seville Oranges?

They've been around since mid-January but not for much longer. AZ Sevilles knocked Spanish oranges off the market here quite a few years ago. Fresher and better quality than the smallish, iffy quality Spanish Sevilles I don't miss.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Ever made pickles? Does "brine" ring a bell? The rest is old news. They were never strong sellers here thanks to price and limited availability.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

"packed in vinegar" WTF? Ever get close to a Claussen?

"they should never expire I think they just put that date on them so stores stock dont get old" BINGO! Nothing like a firm grasp of the obvious.

Where to buy Japanese beans?

Have you tried azuki beans? Might be worthwhile to visit P.A.T and ask for red beans(pat). Dried azukis are at BulkBarn.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Any chance you noticed the stale date on the jars? I'm not seeing anything beyond 1/15.

Did Metro stop carrying Claussen pickles?

Thanks for the vise-like grip on the slippery marketing/purchasing help. Labs rats have longer attention spans but occasionally the reps have consciences and do follow-up on calls.Noticed at Highland Farms in Mississauga yesterday only two jars--both with 1/15 stale dates.Longo's may still have some but imagine they're likely the same vintage. Suspect it's price and unfamiliarity that's knocked Claussen products off shelves around the GTA.Long-time fave around my table. I'll start pestering, too.

What happened to Highland Farms?

The Mississauga HF desperately needs some love.It's old school to the point of being just plain stale.