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May 7, 2008 12:06 PM

Cross-border grocery shopping picks... (moved from Ontario board)

I do the occasional cross-border shopping trip. What's a cross-border adventure without a stop at a Wegmans grocery store. As I was at the gym this morning watching an episode of Rachel Ray (sorry - it was the only cooking show on at the time) whilst on the elliptical, I noticed Rachel was using "fire-roasted canned tomatoes". They looked so good, I could almost taste them, but I've never seen them here.

Are there any Chowhounders who go cross-border grocery shopping? If so, are there any American product favourite not available in Toronto (or Canada) that are worth the drive? The bonus question is, which restaurants do you recommend in either Niagara Falls, NY or Buffalo, NY.... Thanks, eh.

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  1. I will literally pay you to please bring me back some Fage yoghurt - OMG, it's the best. Who ever thought I'd contemplate a trip to Buffalo just to buy some yoghurt????

    1. oooohhhh....Vosges chocolate deeeee-LISH-us!
      Wegmans usually has some flavours, but I so desperately miss the main store on Spring St in NYC

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      1. re: mac n cheeze

        Hey mac, there are several places in Toronto that you can get Vosges chocolate bars if you have a craving. Summerhill Market for sure, and I know many others were listed in another thread.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          OMG!! Really!!?? I truly had no idea - TorontoJo - I thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I had forsaken all hope after leaving NYC and was pleased about Wegman's - but this is better!

          This will NOT be good for my waist line :)

      2. I will add my two cents..before this thread gets moved to another board...

        Nathan & Hebrew National Hot Dogs
        Bacardi Frozen Mixers Rum Runner & Fuzzy Navel flavors
        Snyders of Hanover multi grain lightly salted tortilla chips

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        1. re: ParsleySage

          What do you mean, "moved to another board"?

          1. re: Moimoi

            Allow me to answer your bonus question: namely, where to eat in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls, N.Y. area. Every time I get to Buffalo, I make it my business to go to Mother's, a lively, casual, imaginative resto in Buffalo's Allentown district. Interesting menu, exceedingly well-priced, very low markups on the wine list, which is one of the best medium-sized lists I've ever run into. Open quite late, lots of action at the bar, good, friendly service. Very, very popular with the locals, so if you go you'd better reserve first.
            As to what "moved to another board" means, what I suspect ParsleySage is referring to is that it's possible this query might be bounced from this (Ontario) board, because - strictly speaking - it has not much to do with Toronto eats. Similar queries have in the past been moved to the board that encompasses Buffalo. But I think an argument can be made that, in the way you've phrased your question, this subject deserves to stay on this Chowhound board. It's a judgment call by whoever judges these things.

        2. my cross-border shopping always revolves around going to a beer store in buffalo now, premier gourmet. they have a huge selection of liquor, wine and other gourmet tasty treats too.

          plus a drop into anchor bar... there's just nothing like their wings in toronto.

          i'll put in another vote for fage, but i find that liberte is a nice substitute though it's hard to go less than 8%mf with them.

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          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            Liberte goes all the way down to 0% bf, but boy that 8% stuff is good.

            1. re: embee

              but it's the 8% that seems to be remotely comparable to fage! of course... unless you strain the yogurt yourself.

              i do limit myself to only a couple spoonfuls at a time though.

              1. re: embee

                Wait, there's 8% yogourt to be bought up here??? Where???

                (By the way, I can eat half a 750mL tub of 6% in one sitting...I'd hate to think of the damage I can do with 8%...)

                1. re: gijoeanne

                  Liberte makes yogurt with 8% and even 10% butterfat. Most of these are labeled Mediterranean style. They are widely distributed, but Liberte (and Western, which is a related company that makes 30% sour cream) apparently look after their own products on the supermarket shelves and depend on the store managers to contact them when stocks are depleted or stale. We've got a lot of incompetent dairy managers in Toronto supermarkets.

                  I got a carton of plain 10% Liberte today at the Vic Park and Gerrard Loblaw's. Every Loblaw's and Superstore should have a supply. Dominion also has it listed. I don't know about Sobey's.

                  If you can't get it ordered at the store level, Id recommend calling (not emailing) the company. These are great products. They sell out regularly but don't get restocked reliably.

              2. re: pinstripeprincess

                There's apparently now another good beer store in Buffalo: Village Beer Merchant at 547 Elmwood Ave. which is close to Buffalo's best beer bar, Cole's, at 1104 Elmwood.

                As for wings, I'm probably in the minority, but while I like the wings at the Anchor Bar, I don't think they're all that much better than at a lot of other (less famous) places in the area. My usual wing joint is Gagsters in Niagara Falls (NY) at 708 E Market St. As a bonus, they've also got pretty great pizza and it's all dirt cheap.


                1. re: detritus

                  I spent many many nights at Cole's when I was in college, over 20 years ago........

                  We always bring back Sahlen's hotdogs, Weber's mustard, and loganberry drink concentrate - those are our must haves.....

              3. Bring back some Nathan's or Hebrew National hotdogs for embee.