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Bad Beatrice milk at Pharma Plus

I like Beatrice milk and I used to buy it at PharmaPlus store at Yonge/Eglinton.
Recently, a new PharmaPlus opened on Avenue Road. Yesterday, I bought a 2 lt carton at the store
At the cash I realized that it was cheaper than usual (3.99 vs 4.59). The expiry date was Apr 27, so it was well within the valid date. At home I discovered that the milk was bad, with a bitter taste.
I remembered that it had already happened before at the same store: I bought a carton of Beatrice milk for 3.99 and it was bad.
I’m wondering if it’s the store who is selling bad milk at a discount price, or it’s the company who rigs the expiry date?
Has anyone had similar experience with Beatrice milk?

st. lawrence market price fixing

I always buy cheeses at Scheffler's. I find their prices the best compared to other cheese shops on the market or elsewhere.

st. lawrence market price fixing

I shop there on the Saturday around 4 pm, this is when they bring the prices down.

Olive Oil Irini from Greece

I used to buy Irini olive oil at Loblaws at Empress. But it's disappeared from this store.
I prefer it to the Italian oils it because it's very mild and not expensive.
Anyone seen Irini oil lately?

Smoked tofu in Toronto?

St. Lawrence Market, south bld, lower level, across from the bakery.

St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

Help Me Choose a Moderately-Priced Stainless Steel Frying Pan

Judging by the picture on the website, mine is Cuisinox Elite.

Oct 13, 2010
carissima in Cookware

Help Me Choose a Moderately-Priced Stainless Steel Frying Pan

I have had a very good experience with Cuisinox 3-ply 18/10 frying pan. They come in different sizes.

Oct 11, 2010
carissima in Cookware

Frustration with grocery chains in Montreal

I live in Toronto. During my visit to Montreal last summer, and went to check out Jean Talon and Atwater markets. I was amazed at the variety and quality and prices of the produce - mostly local. In Toronto, fruits and vegies are mostly from USA or Mexico or Chili. The local produce is more expensive.
A couple of months ago I was in Chicago, and I shopped a couple of times at Trader Joe, downtown location. I did not notice any bigger variety of foods compared to a food store in Toronto. Actually, i was not able to find a brand of gluten free crackers that were not salted....
As to Metro, and their slogan " we're fresh obsessed" - it's a bad joke..

Mango for salad

Any tips on how to chose a mango for a mango salad?

Aug 31, 2010
carissima in General Topics

Yonge and Eglinton fruits and vegetable store

Something like "Fruits & Flowers", it's next to RBC branch at Yonge/Sherwood.

Yonge and Eglinton fruits and vegetable store

Me too, I prefer this one to the store next to Salumeria.

Types of soy milk

Thank you for the links.

May 30, 2010
carissima in General Topics

Stinging Nettles in Toronto

On Saturdays, at St Lawrence (North pavillion) market there is a woman (I believe her name is Linda) who sells dried and fresh herbs.

Types of soy milk

In grocery stores there are packages of soy milk in the refrigerator sections, and those on regular shelves. What is the difference?

May 30, 2010
carissima in General Topics

Emile Henry "Flame" stoneware? Any with experience?

Has anyone tried Emile Henry on a ceramic cooktop? The reason I'm asking is because their pots' bottoms are not really flat.

May 19, 2010
carissima in Cookware

Canned beans (moved from Ontario board)

Thank you for the reply. I'll watch out for this brand. Unfortunately, in Toronto the choice is limited.

May 14, 2010
carissima in General Topics

Canned beans (moved from Ontario board)

I usually buy red canned beans, like organic beans from Bombay Kitchen.
Sometimes, the beans in the can are not loose, but squished.
It is difficult to take them out, and they come out mushy.
Has anyone else had the same problem?
Which brands would you recommend?

May 14, 2010
carissima in General Topics

Whole Foods - moved from Ontario board

In my opinion, cheeses are exrtemely overpriced at the WF.
A comparable selection of cheeses at much more reasonable prices at Scheffler's Deli, St Lawrence Market.

May 10, 2010
carissima in Chains

ISO: Oat Groats

Healthfood stores carry oat groats: Noah's, the healthfood store on Yonge south of St Claire, Essence of life ( Kensington Market)

Where to find kefir culture versus grains or starter kit in GTA???

The kefir and yogurt made with the startes sold at Noah's are very sour.
One time, I used to buy the starter for "Caspian sea yogurt" on ebay - that was delicious...

Irini olive oil from Loblaw

Thanks a lot :)

Irini olive oil from Loblaw

Has anybody tried Irini olive oil from Greece sold in Loblaws?
I'm looking for an extra vergine olive oil with a mild, non-peppery taste.

Russian birthday cake?

Try here
180 Steeles ave West
905 882-4825

Sulguni Cheese

Yes, it is somewhat similar, but more "rubber-like" when fried, and salty.

Buying great olive oil

I recommend extra vergine olive oil from Italy "Ardoino Fructus". I buy it from Sobey's on Mount Pleasant. It's very mild and not extremely expensive (500 ml around 10 doll)

Sulguni Cheese

Try Yummy Market on Dufferin

Le Cendrillon, World's Best Cheese?

At Scheffler's on St Lawrence Market, @ $6
I was not very much impressed, though

middle eastern groceries in toronto.

Ararat on Avenue Road, across from No Frills. They are Armenians, and they carry products from Middle East.

Where is the best place to buy pita?

Paramount's pita is very good, but the baklava is pretty heavy...There is a location on Yonge, a couple of blocks north of Steeles

New Zealand honey.

The guy at SLM sells the Manuka honey from NZ for about 10 doll a 500 gr jar. Very similar honey I have seen at Whole Foods for 79 doll a jar.
I wonder how it is different...