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Apr 20, 2008 02:59 PM

south african grocery/food

I am looking to purchase south african spices and food...does anyone know where in Toronto.. ? Someone mentioned Baxters on Sheppard...they have since gone out of busines ? thanks for any help

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  1. Hiya, I found this:

    Eat-Sum-More, Inc
    7700 Bathurst Street, Unit #6
    Thornhill, Ontario

    "Located in Toronto, Canada, we are ex South Africans who help other ex South Africans who have a craving for their favourite South African foods fulfill their cravings."

    and this:

    Florence Meats
    2136 Speers Road,Oakville,ON (Speers Road just west of 3rd Line

    "We offer a full line of South African groceries (i.e. Mrs. Ball Chutney, Rusks, homemade pickled fish, samoosa's, koeksisters, milktarts and even gem squashes (seasonally)."

    Oh, and this:

    Sedo Snax
    60 Green Ln,, Thornhill ON L3T7P5
    (905) 731-1779

    Good luck!

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      1. re: JamieK

        From a South Africans in TO Facebook group:


        Working Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM (7 days a week)
        Address: 1733 Eglinton Ave. E. Unit 5, North York, ON
        Contact: (416) 223-7011

        1. re: phoenikia


          Memories Of Africa
          1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

          1. re: JamieK

            I highly recommend Sedo Snax. Neil is your man...if there is anything you need from SA, he can get it! Not sure about the Memories of Africa people. Not that it is a requirement, but they aren't from SA? I think it is franchise or something? Baxters was garbage anyway, always had old stock!

              1. re: chocabot

                I posted the address & phone no. above, in the first reply to the OP.

                1. re: kpzoo

                  I'm sorry, evidently i'm blind...

              2. re: FBTO

                Hey, FBTO! Do you know whether Sedo Snax carries Nali's Piri Piri Sauce? (Ok, it's from Malawi, but I was able to get it in RSA.) I can't find it anywhere, and Baxter's didn't carry it.

                I wouldn't swear to this, but I think that the people who ran Baxter's were a Greek(?) family from RSA.

                1. re: hungry_pangolin

                  I actually think he might have it. Give him a call to confirm. If he doesn't, he can get it. He special orders stuff from SA constantly.

                  I don't think the Baxter people and Memeries people are the same one?

                  1. re: hungry_pangolin

                    Hey,,I have Nali.

                    Lol.i love it.i got it myself from malawi this year.

                2. re: JamieK

                  Where exactly is this? I looked in all the plazas between Vic Park and Warden to no avail.

                  1. re: embee

                    I've not been but from the maps on 411 and chow placelink, it looks like it's west of Vic Park, closer to Bermondsey.


                    Memories Of Africa
                    1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

                    1. re: JamieK

                      Memories is right next to one of the car dealerships, not VW, but I think it might be an american car dealer?

                      And Sedo is at Bayview, just North of John, South of hwy 7.

                      1. re: JamieK

                        It's in the same plaza as Portugril. There is a Tim Hortons too. SE Corner of Eglinton and Bermondsey.

                        1. re: mariecollins

                          Its no longer in business....noticed this last month when I was passing by...

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                1. I would recommend Memories of Africa. They sell everything you're looking for. Biltong, spices, pops, chocolates and much more. The service is very friendly and you'll feel right at home! They have a website too, you can check them out at

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                  1. re: peter78

                    I came across Memories of Africa last week on one of rare driving forays. Interesting store. Bought some frozen Farmer's Sausage (Boerwoerse?), and some peach chutney, both good. For anyone looking to try SA food, its a good starting point, I reckon. I may go back and pick up some Ostrich Jerky! Others have posted the link, so you can check out their selection on-line.

                  2. Try The South African Store, 3889 Bathurst St.
                    I know nothing about the store nor its products- only its location.
                    Its web-site lists the products it sells.

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                    1. re: Doctormhl1

                      I am not sure if anyone noticed, but if you try to go to the memoriesofafrica website, it will take you to the South African Store website.

                      1. re: Doctormhl1

                        I shop here frequently for boerwors and biltong. Always tasty and the owner is friendly.