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Iberian ham in Toronto

Olivia Jul 19, 2006 03:43 PM

Does anyone know where I can get Iberian ham in the city? Apparently they're serving it at Cava--or is it Iberian-style ham?
Cheers!

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    phoenikia Jul 19, 2006 05:44 PM

    La Salumeria on Yonge north of Davisville may carry Iberian ham- they have a good selection of high quality meats, and I've purchased several different prosciuttos and Westphalian hams there.If they don't carry it, they might be able to tell you who does carry it.

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      bogie Jul 19, 2006 05:58 PM

      La Salumeria does indeed sell Jamon Serrano @$6.99 for 100g, I bought some last weekend.

      Expensive, but very tasty.

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        Olivia Jul 19, 2006 06:59 PM

        Thanks! I'll check it out.

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        paul6519 Jul 19, 2006 07:40 PM

        Iberian ham is not available in Canada yet, but you can get some nice Serrano Ham from Campofrio at Embrujo Flamenco Tapas Restaurant they are at 97 Danforth Ave.

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          Olivia Jul 19, 2006 08:19 PM

          So I just checked the Cava website, and they're serving Serrano ham, but not Iberian, as my friend said.

          It's so odd that Serrano is okay to import, but not Iberian. Food safety-wise I can't see the logic. But then again Canada Customs isn't really renowed for being logical :)

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            estufarian Jul 19, 2006 08:33 PM

            See my post which crossed with yours. The difference is that the Serrano producers satisfied the US authorities EARLIER than the Iberico producers. It all has to do with the slaughtering process and its health regulations. That's the official version, but certain jurisdictions are famous for their 'non-tariff barriers' which are just an excuse to keep out competitors, cloaked in a public health veneer. Which is why in Canada, we (generally) can't get European butter even if available all over the world. I recently had Italian butter confiscated on entry (the butter was packaged in parchment with a metal rivet closure) that is widely sold in US and UK, with the excuse that it constituted a Foot & Mouth risk (as we know the Italians are the prime suspects in all cases of Foot & Mouth in Canadian Cattle).

        2. estufarian Jul 19, 2006 08:25 PM

          Not sure if you meant 'Iberian' i.e. ham from anywhere in Spain or Portugal, or 'Jamon Iberico' which is arguably the tastiest ham in the world and is a demarcated product from Spain.
          Cava has Serrano (Iberian) and it is available from many specialty delis. But the 'Jamon Iberico' has not yet become "officially" available yet in North America (grey area, it's theoretically legal but no hams are sufficiently aged since the approval was granted).
          However, see the discussion on another thread which may lead you to the real thing.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            faijay Jul 19, 2006 09:14 PM

            That Iberico Ham is unbelievably lucious--had some at several places in Eurpoe and bought a pound at Bon Marche for a picnic. Oh joy.

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