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toronto trip, what delicacies should i bring back?

violet Sep 12, 2006 07:01 PM

so far we have ice wine and maple syrup on our list. but what else? i cant believe i cant think of anything else.

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    bestandworst RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 07:09 PM

    bring back to where?

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      ognir RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 07:15 PM

      Yeah, we need to know where you're going back to. If it's Montreal, no need to get back bacon, but if it's Greece, you might want to pick some up.

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        bestandworst RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 07:17 PM

        not to mention certain chocolate bars... ; )

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          violet RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 07:22 PM

          to virginia. sorry about that.

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            TorontoJo RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 07:36 PM

            All of the chocolate bars that aren't available in the States. Cadbury Flakes, Aero Bars, Wunderbars, Coffee Crisp, Crispy Crunch...

            I would have said maple sugar candies, but I imagine you would be able to get those pretty easily in Virginia.

            Happy chowing!

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              Davwud RE: TorontoJo Sep 13, 2006 11:27 AM

              Mr. Big bars. As Tony would say, "They're gggggreat!!"

              Also Smarties. Check out this post


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              fruglescot RE: violet Dec 22, 2007 08:32 AM

              Cadbury Flakes, Aero Bars, Wunderbars?,Coffee Crisp, Crispy Crunch
              Many of these are not actually "CHOCALATE" bars. To be considered a chocalate bar there must be a certain measurable amount of chocolate contained within the bar, otherwise it will be labelled as a 'CANDY' bar.
              Just thought you might like to know that.before recommending.
              A Neilson's Jersey Milk is a REAL CHOCOLATE bar.

            3. pinstripeprincess RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 07:38 PM

              i think you're just the right person to check out this old thread

              it's the what's better in canada thread. you might find it an entertaining if not resourceful read before you head on over. although it covers all of canada rather than just toronto so you may have to search within that thread for toronto/ontario based goodies.

              this might be sacrilege to some, but do try some of the red ice wine. apparently it's a ridiculous hit over in japan selling at over $200 a bottle for what you get here at maybe $50. it often has lots of strawberry notes. there's also a chocolate and chili one if you're curious... i'd have to send you out to niagara on the lake to get that though.

              1. ltdan RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 08:29 PM

                If you're going to buy maple syrup (or maple in any form), don't get it from Ontario. Or even Quebec for that matter. The maple produced in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia's just so much better, and you can have it mailed to you.

                If you do buy it in Ontario, don't get it from a Toronto store or a tourist shop; buy it directly from a producer outside of town. Producers usually store some syrup early in the season -- when it's best -- and sell it directly from their operations. If not, they can tell you where to get it. Supermarkets and even specialty shops usually sell lower-grade syrup.

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                  Otonabee RE: ltdan Dec 22, 2007 03:02 PM

                  There is one spot in the North Market at the St Lawrence Market on Saturdays that sells syrup for actually quite a good price. I think it is about $15 for a glass litre of syrup. Seeing as how I know that my inlaws sell theirs for $14 per litre I am pretty sure this price isn't bad. Now I would strongly recommend to steer clear of the touristy spot that is downstairs in the south market!

                  One thing I am always asked for from friends not in the city is the "Indian Candy" from Caviar Direct (oddly across from the scary tourist spot)... It is Maple Syrup smoked salmon. If you get them to pack it I would imagine that it should be OK, they ship stuff fairly frequently so I would imagine they should be pretty good at it by now!

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                  SallyCinnamon RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 08:35 PM

                  Someone told me that you can't get butter tarts in the US. If thats true you have to bring those back.

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                    AnneInMpls RE: SallyCinnamon Sep 14, 2006 11:24 PM

                    I've never seen butter tarts in the US. (Some southern states have chess pie/tarts, which are similar but not the same.) I got some good leads when I asked, a year ago, where to get the best butter tarts in Toronto:


                    I got a dozen butter tarts from the Hot Oven (on the way to the airport), and brought them to work the next day. Everyone loved them.


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                    ognir RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 08:37 PM

                    Montreal bagels, available at Rabba or Bruno's, as well as a number of other places.

                    And Creemore lager, available at the Beer Store or LCBO.

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                      piccola RE: ognir Dec 22, 2007 07:33 PM

                      This question has come up whenever my friends visit from the U.S. - can you take booze across the border without racking up huge charges?

                      I wanted them to take some Canadian beer and icewine/brandy mix (from Kittling Ridge, really a fantastic drink), but they weren't sure it was doable.

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                      PaulV RE: violet Sep 12, 2006 09:06 PM

                      Chocolate from Soma in the Distillery District. Not that you can't get good chocolate in Virginia, but it's just really good and worth a visit if you're into chocolate. The hot chocolate mixture would make a good souvenir. The Mill St. Brewery across the street is very good, although bringing back beer with the current airline restrictions is inconvenient.

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                        susancinsf RE: PaulV Sep 14, 2006 06:01 AM

                        I had some Soma chocolate as part of a dessert at a Toronto restaurant during my recent stay, and while I didn't make it to the shop, I have to concur. Incredibly good chocolate!

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                        Atahualpa RE: violet Sep 13, 2006 04:19 AM

                        Mangosteens, fresh Mangosteens. The foreign grown ones are banned in the US. The ones from Puerto Rico or Hawaii are either hard to find or terribly expensive and frozen are no substitute. I have friends who drive from NYC to Toronto for Mangosteens.

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                          morebubbles RE: violet Sep 13, 2006 11:24 AM

                          You may want to check the recent thread on Customs regulations for what you can/cannot bring back to US (fruit??):
                          You may want to check out some prize-winning Canadian cheeses while you're here (or take back, see thread):
                          Recommend Cdn. product(s)Druide - cinnamon...: http://www.druide.ca/catalog/product_...

                          1. Davwud RE: violet Sep 13, 2006 11:40 AM

                            Red Icewine is great but it's more like $80 a bottle.
                            Peameal bacon.
                            Here's a couple of interesting links:


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                              wordsworth RE: violet Sep 13, 2006 11:50 AM

                              There is almost nothing that is unique to Toronto foodwise. Maple syrup is maple syrup, whether it comes from the Grest White North or from Vermont. Ice wine is a riduculously overpriced gimmick. If you insist on buying it, get it at Duty Free on the way out, where it will at least be a bit cheaper. Better yet, buy real German Icewine.

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                                susancinsf RE: wordsworth Sep 13, 2006 07:25 PM

                                When I flew out of Toronto three weeks ago, the duty free shop at the airport was closed (due to restrictions on liquids in carry-ons); has that changed?

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                                  TOgirl RE: susancinsf Sep 14, 2006 07:41 PM

                                  In terminal 2, the main duty free shop and the little off shoot one - before US customs - was open. The little duty free kiosk after security was closed when we went through on Labor Day.

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                                    pinstripeprincess RE: TOgirl Sep 14, 2006 08:01 PM

                                    they're only keeping one duty free open in each terminal is what i heard, so you'd have to do a bit of asking around to figure out where they are.

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                                capiscum RE: violet Sep 13, 2006 12:57 PM

                                just had some american friends here in august and they were amazed at potato chip flavours: ketchup, black pepper and sea salt. it's a simple pleasure.

                                1. thenurse RE: violet Sep 13, 2006 02:04 PM

                                  Kraft Peanut Butter. It's different in the US - sweetened (more). I just came back from DC where an ex-pat requested some 'real' Kraft Peanut Butter.

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                                    Davwud RE: thenurse Sep 13, 2006 04:49 PM

                                    Supposedly our ketchup and oreos are better too. I think our diet pepsi tastes better than theirs.


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                                    cookbook RE: violet Sep 14, 2006 03:54 AM

                                    Friends of ours from South Africa always request maple syrup hard candies- shaped like maple leafs. They tell me they're "delicious"- I'm not much of a hard candy girl myself- but a whole gang of folks over there love them. An Aussie pal living in Florida says she misses a lot of the President's Choice products from Loblaws (not available in the US)- the Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies being on the hit list....

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                                      Davwud RE: cookbook Sep 14, 2006 01:00 PM

                                      Yes, they're the best mass produced CCC's IMHO


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                                        cookbook RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2006 08:25 PM

                                        I have to agree- not bad for mass produced at all. Altho when I'm inspired I make my own with semi-sweet choc. chunks and some blended oatmeal! YUM!

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                                      TOgirl RE: violet Sep 14, 2006 07:57 PM

                                      Yummy Canadian things I miss living in LA...

                                      - Most things mentioned above
                                      - Hickory Sticks
                                      - Jamaican beef patties (have to drive 90 kms return for one)
                                      - Curry beef buns from Chinese bakeries
                                      - Twizzlers - have same brand here but completely different
                                      - Vachon cakes

                                      Didn't crave many of these things when I lived in TO, but move away....

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