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Atahualpa Aug 31, 2006 05:04 AM

I'm in the market for a Tagine. I'm looking for something reasonably authentic and reasonably cheap ($45 or less). Does anyone have a suggestion on where I should check out? Also, any recommendation on buying glazed or not?

Thanks!

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    peppermint pate Aug 31, 2006 12:16 PM

    Hi - I had been looking for one many years ago and came up empty after checking out a few kitchen stores downtown. I'd now do a bit of research on-line - pretty sure Le Creuset makes a tagine (though it won't be within your price range) - and if so, you can check out Caplan Duval's website for better prices. As to glazed or unglazed, may be better to post that question on the Home Cooking board. Good luck!

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      Mike from Hamilton Aug 31, 2006 06:50 PM

      I would suggest that if you are going to make tagines often and regularly, that the Le Creuset is a good deal. I use mine regularly and it works wonderfully. Yes it is not as "authentic" but you don't have to season it or soak it in water to prevent damage. You also have to watch the glazing used in some of the clay tagines as they are often meant to be decorative and not cooked with...

      I got my tagine at the William Ashley sale last year...

    2. AmandaEd Aug 31, 2006 02:07 PM

      I bought a ceramic one at Caban last year - unglazed on the outside and glazed on the inside. I think about $20. It's a longshot, but maybe check out the Queen St. store to see if they're offloading any in the final days? Another idea is surlatable.com. They have a wide variety of tagines at pricepoints starting around $25. Failing that, call Boujadi Restaurant on Eglinton and ask them where to buy one. They'll certainly know and are wonderfully helpful!
      Good luck!

      1. TexasToast Aug 31, 2006 02:44 PM

        Don't you have Crate & Barrel there? There are loads of china stores on Bloor but I wasn't looking for a tagine so I don't recall seeing one.

        TT

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          cookbook Aug 31, 2006 03:15 PM

          I have the TAGINE answer for you (after MUCH researching myself, I can tell you!). You want to go to a shop on Queen Street West called HAVEN (it's actually where the owner of Boujadi sources his- and at Haven, you'll have less of a markup). The owner (one of them- it's a husband/wife team)- Ali, imports his from North Africa. He's got good, old fashioned clay tagines (the work horse kind that need to be seasoned), glazed tagines and the most gorgeous kinds used for serving food only that are intricately woven with silver filigree- they are stunning table pieces (and the most expensive). He carried a number of sizes (including cute mini-tagines for condiments), styles and offers them at various price points to suit any pocket book. Plus, he's an awfully nice guy! Let me know if you've any luck with it. Cheers!

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            Zengarden Aug 31, 2006 03:25 PM

            There are also a number of halal butcher/grocery stores on Danforth, north of Pape. I believe one is called Tahsin. You might have some luck there and it's always good to buy from somene who can import from the original source.

            It would bug me to know that something that should be authentically made is being massed produced in China for Walmart.

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              julesrules Aug 31, 2006 03:33 PM

              i live in this area - danforth EAST of Pape - and i'm not sure any of those places sell tagines. Tahsin Market 416 466 5041 has food products from all over, but they are a Turkish business primarily not Morrocan.

              I think I have seen the place cookbook descibes and it made me want to buy a tagine.

            2. midtowngirl Aug 31, 2006 04:09 PM

              I second Cookbook's reply. I have a tagine that I bought in Tangiers and I have seen tagines just as nice at Haven and for less than I spent in Morocco!

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                cookbook Aug 31, 2006 04:36 PM

                As midtowngirl points out- his prices are very decent. He sources his from Tunisia, and Morocco (he himself is Tunisian)-he goes on buying trips once a year to bring back the newest colours and glazing styles.

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                  Mila Aug 31, 2006 05:27 PM

                  I went looking for one last year and a friend ended up getting me one at the Byward Market in Ottawa.

                  Here is a link to the old archived Chowhound search. In the old chowhound format...

                  http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:FAQungnwBoIJ:www.chowhound.com/canada/boards/toronto7/messages/28796.html+site:www.chowhound.com+tagine&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=15

                  I found only serving tagines at Haven on Queen, but that was last year.

                  There is also an amazing website if you want to go mail order.
                  http://www.tagines.com/default.cfm

                  I would also recommend getting the bigger one if you're doing dinner parties. Just make sure it fits in your oven.

                  Good luck.

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                    Atahualpa Aug 31, 2006 05:32 PM

                    I'll be trying Haven before the end of this week. I have already looked through tagines.com and I will buy from them if I don't have success at Haven -- but, I wanted to support somewhere local first.

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                      Mila Aug 31, 2006 05:37 PM

                      Let me know if they have a good selection now. I'll like to pick up some serving tagines. BTW, mine was glazed inside and I gave it a soak for a few hours.

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                      Atahualpa Sep 1, 2006 04:27 AM

                      I went today to Haven and got myself an unglazed Tagine. They only had three and they all appeared to be of the hand-thown Rifi variety (2 large and one small). I would have liked the slightly more finished look of a wheel-thrown tagine -- maybe a Slaoui style one -- but, beggars can't be choosers. Price $38.

                      They also had many (c. 12) colourful, decorated, glazed tagines and one ennameled with filligrie metalwork overlay. I might go back for a serving tagine in a few weeks.

                      Staff was friendly and helpful.

                      Thank you all for a the recommendations.

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                        cookbook Sep 1, 2006 02:10 PM

                        Glad it worked out! I think Ali might even take orders for a special tagine if you ask him since he does make trips out to N Africa.... Just a thought for next time... Cheers!

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                          suzspot Sep 1, 2006 07:59 PM

                          About where on Queen W is Haven?

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                            cookbook Sep 10, 2006 04:09 AM

                            Haven - 8.4 km S - 498 Queen Street West - (416) 504-1251

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                              jstead Oct 12, 2006 12:08 PM

                              Haven IS great - you're right...the people at the store are super. Selection of COOKING tagines could be better. I'm going back for a 2nd one today because the first one I bought isn't big enough for a lot of company. $35 for their largest one. They gave me directions for treating it before 1st use and a terrific recipe.

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                                cookbook Jan 24, 2007 09:43 AM

                                Glad you like it- and the price is right too. I've seen Le Creuset type tagines at Williams-Sonoma, Hazelton Lanes etc... for triple the $35 (often MUCH more)- enjoy!

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                              olivergail Oct 15, 2006 04:39 AM

                              I've seen tagines for sale at The Pepper Mill in Hazelton Lanes, opposite Whole Foods.

                              1. jayt90 Jan 24, 2007 07:12 PM

                                Nasr Foods 1996 Lawrence E at Warden has decorated tagines for $70.

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                                  AdamsGirl Mar 2, 2008 06:06 PM

                                  I went looking for Haven on Queen st and didn't find it, I think it's closed.

                                  I am looking for an authentic tagine, the ones sold by Le Creuset aren't the same as a real Moroccan tagine.

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                                    foodyDudey Mar 2, 2008 09:03 PM

                                    The Haven website is still up, did you try calling their telephone number?
                                    http://www.havenfurnishings.com

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                                      millygirl Mar 3, 2008 04:51 AM

                                      The Cook's Place on the Danforth usually has a good variety for sale.

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                                        foodyDudey Mar 3, 2008 05:19 AM

                                        I guess I'll have to try there. I had wanted to buy a tagine also. I just called the Haven number and it's closed.

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                                          tunzi Mar 31, 2011 07:17 AM

                                          Hi I contacted "haven from their website" to let everyone know it is not closed.
                                          It says by special appointment .Hence my email to them .
                                          the reply was just to call the warehouse at 416 436 7143

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                                          biggreenmatt Oct 5, 2011 09:11 AM

                                          I just called the Cook's Place- as of today's date, they still have tagines in stock.

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                                            Kagemusha Oct 5, 2011 10:22 AM

                                            Emile Henry tangines at Costco Heartland.

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                                              ylsf Oct 5, 2011 10:45 AM

                                              Yeah, I picked up another cheaper brand of tangines at Costco a while back but I don't think they carry the other brand anymore but have seen the Emile Henry ones even at other locations (they were in the display case when I saw them).

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                                                jayt90 Nov 2, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                I haven't seen Emile Henry tagines at Costco recently, but they are fairly easy to find in cookware stores.
                                                I bought one two years ago and can attest to its durability. It is really strong, and does not chip.
                                                Here is a classic youtube promotion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0jx-N...

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                                      NorthOfBloor Sep 9, 2013 06:43 AM

                                      Nella, the big one visible from Hwy. 400. I got a nice simple, glazed ceramic tagine, black base, white top, for about $20 (maybe less), and have seen the exact model advertised online for $60.

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                                        Googs Nov 2, 2013 11:50 AM

                                        I just saw some at the Nella Cutlery on Queen E about a week or so ago.
                                        http://nellacutlery.com/

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                                        snstewart Nov 1, 2013 12:24 PM

                                        I found Haven. It is best to call Ali first as he sometimes is away exhibiting his wares. His number is 416 436-7143. He is at 1543 Dundas at Dufferin but it is a warehouse behind. You have to go south on Sheridan and then take the first driveway east and you will see a door with Haven written on it. It feels like a Moroccan market and the prices are excellent.

                                        I got an unglazed tagine for $40. I lived in Casablanca last year and got to know the people in the markets where I lives and feel I negotiated good prices for my Moroccan bowls. Ali's bowls are about the same price as in Morocco which is great. He has all sorts of other things too - mirrors, purses, glasses, leather seats. A great place.

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                                          barneyvernon Nov 1, 2013 01:07 PM

                                          There are some very nice ones in the Royal Ontario Museum's gift shop right now due to the Mesopotamia exhibit currently going on. Small, medium, large, they had several.

                                          1. Caroline1 Nov 2, 2013 12:56 PM

                                            tagines.com

                                            this is my favorite:
                                            http://tagines.com/pd-moroccan-rifi-t...

                                            If you do not want any of the traditional "carry over" of flavors from use to use, buy a glazed interior. If you like tradition, buy unglazed.

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