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Lentils de Puy....

logicbored Oct 24, 2007 06:29 AM

Morning all,

Does anyone know anywhere in downtown Toronto to find Lentils de Puy?
I looked in SLM at the weekend with no luck...

Whilst I know that aren't going to be the most economical lentils, a place with good pricing would be good.


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    Cat123 RE: logicbored Oct 24, 2007 06:35 AM

    I have seen them downstairs at SLM at the place that sells all the higher end dry ingredients like chile peppers, valrohna, specialty asian ingredients etc - sorry but the name escapes me. They are typically located behind the cash so you have to ask for them.

    They have them at La Salumeria at Yonge and Davisville.

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      Mila RE: logicbored Oct 24, 2007 07:04 AM

      I usually always buy them at Rube's Rice downstairs at SLM. Did you try there?

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        Snarf RE: logicbored Oct 24, 2007 07:06 AM

        I've bought them in bulk in Kensington. One of the vendors with the large containers of dry goods on the street. Every bit as good as the expensively packaged ones.

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          SusanB RE: Snarf Oct 24, 2007 09:14 AM

          Yes, we also bought them in Kensington - great price for them, so much cheaper than the packaged ones.

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            acd123 RE: SusanB Oct 24, 2007 09:32 AM

            Rube's in the basement of St. Lawrence Market has them for sure. I bought some last week and made a really flavourful lentil and sausage stew. Big hit.

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              tuqueboy RE: acd123 Oct 25, 2007 03:13 PM

              Not to get all bent out of shape or anything, but the ones at Rubes are almost certainly not actually official du puy lentils, but ones of the same variety from a neighbouring region. du puy also happens to be an official geographic appelation. kinda like you can't call vidalia onions vidalia unless they're from a specific county, even if they're just as good. not saying the ones at rubes aren't good, mind you; just pointing this out for folks who have a hang-up (which isn't me, i swear).

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                miranda RE: tuqueboy Oct 25, 2007 03:20 PM

                I think Bonnie Stern's Cooking School has them....google her and see...Miranda

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                  Mila RE: tuqueboy Oct 26, 2007 06:34 AM

                  Walked by Rube's last night and the sign said French Puy Lentils at $2.63 (maybe $3.63, (getting old, memory fading)) a kilo. They have always been good but I'd like to source out some official ones to do a taste compare.

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            Cat123 RE: logicbored Oct 25, 2007 07:22 PM

            The place I was thinking about is Lively Life. Here is a link to their page and I believe that they are sitting just above the owner's right shoulder in the photo.


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              Janine RE: logicbored Oct 26, 2007 08:53 PM

              they're on sale at Whole Foods on Avenue road right now

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                Snarf RE: Janine Oct 26, 2007 09:32 PM

                I've bought the cute 500 gram containers at Pusateri's, and the bulk for a couple of loonies for the same quantity. No difference in taste or freshness, though maybe you have to sift a bit more with the bulk. It depends on what you want to pay for the package.

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                  czthemmnt RE: Snarf Dec 18, 2007 07:52 AM

                  Lively Life Fine Foods at SLM still has boxes of Le Puy lentils- 500 grams for $9.99. Was just there on the weekend.

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                    seeldee RE: Snarf Dec 18, 2007 08:07 AM

                    I've had the same experience (bought the cute 500g containers and in bulk at Rube's) and found that the quality is absolutely comparable. I did make a point of carefully sifting the bulk stuff, though. Rube's is where I get mine all the time now. Great price at Rube's, too. They also sell Isreali pearl couscous, which can be tough to find...

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                  cocolou RE: logicbored Dec 18, 2007 10:28 AM

                  ''Lentilles du Puy'' is a 'Appellation d'origine contrôlée' (A.O.C), which means that it is one of its kind and its name cannot be used fraudulently (i.e. It identifies a typical, specific product linked to its origin.) ''Products awarded an AOC are the expression of a close link between production and locality, all implemented and perpetuated by people gifted with know-how.'' A by-law protects them. It is an appellation recognised throughout the European Union. True Lentilles du Puy are from Le Puy-en-Velay (Auvergne) and that should be mentioned on the package - Here is a very informative site but unfortunately I could not find its equivalent in English:
                  I hope this helps.

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                    jayt90 RE: cocolou Jul 22, 2008 07:45 PM

                    Much of the inexpensive Puy type of lentils comes from western Canada. Especially Saskatchewan, a far cry from Auvergne. The seeds respond well to cool spring climates, and late fall ripening periods, which are common to both areas. We are fortunate to be able to have a low priced Canadian product, which many believe to be worthy of comparison to the AOC product.

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                      alltummy RE: jayt90 Jul 22, 2008 07:50 PM

                      i've purchased them at Per Se, that fine foods store on queen west, near bathurst.

                  2. chocabot RE: logicbored Jul 23, 2008 07:22 AM

                    i've bought them at domino's in the basement of st. lawrence market

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