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best place for nuts in TO?

sunnyside Nov 12, 2005 10:12 AM

I had some amazing nuts from a Middle Eastern vendor in England last year...completely different level than what I've found in most Toronto grocery stores. I've ended up with slightly stale nuts from Pusateri's and Whole foods, and extremely stale nuts from Loblaw's.

Does anyone have any recommendations for places with great nuts?

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    Goober RE: sunnyside Nov 12, 2005 12:20 PM

    Never been there, but there's a nut place (Persian?) on the east side of Yonge, a couple lights north of Steeles.

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      Chester Eleganté RE: Goober Aug 24, 2006 04:30 PM

      I believe the reference is to Tavazo, SE corner of Yonge and Clark. I like their lemon coated pistachios (you get a nice sharp tang if ya lick the shell) and sesame cookies. Quite a few other Persian places (grocery marts, bakeries, eateries) have popped up in the area as well.

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      Jacquilynne RE: sunnyside Nov 12, 2005 01:28 PM

      There's a guy at the Downsview farmer's market, in the front room by the produce, but up the stairs. I haven't bought any, but the free samples are delicious.

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        tuqueboy RE: sunnyside Nov 12, 2005 04:37 PM

        the persian place already mentioned is a good spot. i've also had luck with a persian grocery store on balliol (just s. of davisville, just e. of yonge) called friends (or friendly) bakery. also, if you feel like heading out to lawrence and birchmount, you could go to arz bakery, or the big arabic grocery store whose name escapes me at the moment.

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          Lia RE: sunnyside Nov 29, 2005 09:08 PM

          I have some pretty good nuts and have just opened a business called Nuts For Nuts Inc. What we do is sell nuts and products containging nuts (e.g. chocolates, cookies, coffees, spreads, etc.). Our products are sold seperately or in packages ranging from $10 and up. For more info send me an email at nforn@rogers.com

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            pinkbuddhacookie RE: sunnyside Aug 24, 2006 03:31 PM

            there is a health food/bulk store in kensington market, i think its called sugar and spice. Anyways, it has the best cashews I have ever tasted, and i am a cashew addict!

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              pinkbuddhacookie RE: pinkbuddhacookie Aug 31, 2006 08:34 PM

              the place is actually called tutti fruiti a few doors down from sugar and spice, my mistake :P

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              Mila RE: sunnyside Aug 24, 2006 04:17 PM

              I got amazing pistachios at Ararat International Fine Foods. I remember they had other types but can't remember what.

              1800 Avenue Rd. (at Lawrence Ave. W.)

              1. dlw88 RE: sunnyside Aug 24, 2006 05:08 PM

                There's a great nuttery in Mississauga at 2399 Cawthra, just north of the Queensway. It's a persian place, and has many flavourful nuts. Some notables are candied jumbo cashews, tamarind almonds, and BBQ cornnuts.

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                  h2o RE: sunnyside Aug 24, 2006 06:18 PM

                  Basse nuts. On Lawrence, east of the DVP. Maybe someone else knows the address? Amazingly fresh. Huge cashews. Great prices. Many nuts available with different amounts of salt. Definitely try the lemon pistachios.

                  1. Googs RE: sunnyside Aug 24, 2006 07:21 PM

                    I find fairly fresh nuts at Lennie's Wholesale Foods, 489 Parliament just south of Carlton. Check the bag for the 'packaged on' date and you'll do okay.

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                      cookbook RE: sunnyside Aug 24, 2006 08:15 PM

                      For some of the best nuts around- you want to check out SAMARA ROASTED NUTS- they have one right by Arz's Bakery (which I LOVE) as well as a shop in Mississauga. They roast their own nuts in Scarbs at their own facility. Their stuff is fresh, flavourful and done with a Lebanese bent to it- yummy stuff indeed! Their hot chickpeas are great- as are their pistachios.

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                        embee RE: sunnyside Sep 1, 2006 01:32 PM

                        There are several places in the mid-eastern food enclave around Lawrence E and Pharmacy in various strip plazas. Arz is very good, especially for pistachios. Some of the little speciality nut stores are even better, but I can't remember any of the store names :-(. Go in to a store and sample everything.

                        I've had some decent nuts from Bulk Barn, oddly enough (plain and plain-roasted nuts only--avoid the fancy sounding stuff like lemon pepper peanuts, which are horribly artificial tasting). They sure aren't fresh from the roaster but, if the store has a high turnover, they won't be horribly stale.

                        I've never had nuts better than barely passable at a Loblaws and I've never has nuts from a Dominion that weren't stale.

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