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Apr 24, 2007 07:46 AM

Israeli CousCous

I've always enjoyed the size and texture of Israeli couscous in restaurants, but have never been able to find it in Toronto supermarkets. Anyone know where to find it?

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  1. Sobey's in Thornhill - on Centre Street I think - has a large Israeli section. Call Daiters, Nortown Foods in T.O.. Nasr foods around Lawrence and Birchmount, Saba, a restaurant on Steeles west of Yonge has a store attached selling lots of Middle Eastern stuff. One of these places should be able to help.

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    1. re: Mimimimimi

      The place near Yonge/Steeles is Sababa, not Saba. Sababa is originally an Arabic word, but it is used in Israel (and in Arab countries I think) to mean awesome, great, amazing, cool, etc. If something is beyond awesome, great, amazing, cool, its is Achla Sababa (the 'ch' is guttural, not like the 'ch' in cheese).

      I love Israeli couscous too. Osem makes a dried, prepared Israeli couscous (just add water and simmer) which is very good, but I don't buy it anymore b/c it contains tons and tons of preservatives and other stuff I cannot pronounce. I've been on a Michael Pollan kick lately.

      You can buy it at Loblaws, No Frills, etc. in the kosher sections.

      1. re: acd123

        Definitely have it at Sababa. I have bought it there before.

        1. re: acd123

          Saw it last week at Dinah's Cupboard.

        2. re: Mimimimimi

          I bought some at Loblaws. Good luck.

        3. I've seen it at Pusateri's.

          1. On the bottom floor of the St. Lawrence market (south market), towards the north side, there's a store that sells dried goods, sauces etc., they sell israeli couscous in 1 kg bags, I think. $17.99/bag. Enjoy!

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            1. re: CChan126

              I went to a very cool 'supermarket' with some friends yesterday and saw Israeli cous cous while browsing. The store was called "Yummy's"'s Russian and is located on the west side of Dufferin Street just south of Finch (the old White Rose Nursery place) It is simply a great place to must see the 'chocolate' aisle and also the frozen perogy's..mind blowing for the variety of stuff, sausage/salami heaven! What a great discovery for me!

              1. re: pearlD

                Thanks for the info. I've always wanted to go into Yummy's, but thought it was an Asian supermarket. I love Asian markets, but whenever I'm on Dufferein, I'm always on a mission to go somewhere else, so I never stop. I will definitely go there today. Chocolate, sausage and perogies. Sounds perfect! Thanks again.

            2. I buy it at Nortown at the Bayview & York Mills plaza.

              1. I've bought it at Akram's in Kensington and at Arz on Lawrence.