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tex.s.toast Jun 2, 2008 10:40 AM

As part of my long weekend in Toronto for a wedding, the folks im staying with were planning on having a group of people over saturday night, and I was hoping to put together a nice antipasto platter/plate of appetizers/dips and things for their guests.

im attending a wedding the night before and staying at the Delta Chelsea. sometime saturday were going to make our way out to where they live near Yonge and Davisville.

where, near either of those endpoints, or at anywhere not too far off the metro line between them, could i go to pick up the fixings for some gourmet bar snack type items, in any state of preparedness (im ok spending a few hours putting things together, but if there were a lower maintenance option id love to hear about it, also).

im looking forward to all the helpful replies, and thankful for the answers ive gotten on other threads too.

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    Abbeshay Jun 8, 2008 11:47 AM

    I agree with virtually everyone here about La Salumeria. Lovely, little, old-fashioned shop run by a family. One of my favorite things to buy there is a cheese "platter", I suppose I should call it, where it looks like the ends or scraps of various cheeses and sold wrapped in cellophane in the front of the store, near the breads. Paired with a loaf of bread, a quick stop at Starbuck's for some type of latte, and some of Salumeria's biscotti and you'll have a wonderful sort of travelling picnic while you're exploring this part of town. By the way, La Salumeria is my secret destination for the best inexpensive coffee beans in the city. Located right at the front entrance, the Continental Dark beans rival,IMO, the French Roast beans at Starbucks. At approximately $11.99 a pound, I can enjoy a beautiful cafe creme at home and keep the $6.00 or so difference in change in my pocket.

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      Degustation Jun 3, 2008 05:55 PM

      A low maintenance option is to go to Grano, an italian restaurant with wonderful antipasti. Their (takeout) catering menu looks great (not sure how many people you are having) or you can just go to the restaurant and pick out what pleases you from their antipasti display counter. I'm sure you can also just contact them to put together something you can pick up on that day.

      Grano is on Yonge near Manor (in between Eglinton and Davisville -- walking from either subway is fine), so you can also drop into La Bamboche and pick up your sweets...and voila you're done. Or you can do a combination of Salumeria and Grano if budget is a concern.

      http://www.grano.ca/
      http://labamboche.ca/

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        tex.s.toast Jun 4, 2008 11:42 AM

        I'd love to say budget is no concern (and considering im doing this as a thank-you to people who are saving me several nights worth of loding expenses, it almost is) but i am a grad student with finite means so im not looking to spend money for its own sake.

        the prices on the la bamboche website don't seem shocking (2 dollars for a croissant isnt eye popping) but i cant tell from your comment just how much stuff at Salumeria or grano would be. can you give me a ballpark range on how much the meats and cheeses would go for per pound?

        there arent that many people so pre-arranging catering seems excessive. its much more lilkely ill just wander down there and take a look, picking up whatever seems exciting.

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          Degustation Jun 8, 2008 05:08 AM

          Grano's lunch menu prices for antipasti:

          solo uno ( 1 choice ) $7
          piccolo ( 3 choices ) $12
          medio ( 5 choices ) $17
          grande ( 7 choices ) $24

          Salumeria's prices would depend on what you buy. Prices I would think starts around $2 per 100 grams (about 1/4 lb) -- ballpark -- some more, some less (if they have some things on sale).

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        whattodo Jun 2, 2008 08:15 PM

        If you visit La Salumeria.... be sure to try the grilled mushrooms he sells overtop of the deli counter. Great for an antipasto platter. They taste like you prepared them yourself.

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          tex.s.toast Jun 2, 2008 10:31 PM

          im actually somewhat of a pescetarian (see my above note about vacations and dietary restrictions) so the those mushrooms sound great - ill be feeding plenty of meat eaters but i think there will be at least a few who dont do salumi. and seriously, thats what cheese is for, but mushrooms sound tasty for sure.

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            Yongeman Jun 3, 2008 05:38 AM

            You've got some great suggestions here, tst, especially from pp. The walk through Mt. Pleasant Cemetery will be great in good weather. If you'd like to continue a few blocks north on Yonge, however, you'll come to Manor Road. Just east of the corner is La Bamboche patisserie. Very good croissants etc. Walk east on Manor to Mt. Pleasant and on the corner is Celestin as well as Jules patisserie. Both have excellent croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes etc. If you continue east on Manor, you'll be in the vicinity of Rahier and La Cigogne on Bayview. It's basically the North Toronto Croissant Tour. ; ) .

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              TorontoJo Jun 3, 2008 05:57 AM

              Well, if he's going to be on Manor, then we might as well throw in a stop at Hollywood Gelato for my favourite gelato in the city. It's at the corner of Manor and Bayview. You'll hit it as you're turning right (South) to go to Patisserie La Cicogne, Rahier and the Bagel House. :) BTW, if you are a breakfast bagel sandwich kind of guy, Bagel House does a pretty tasty one with scrambled eggs (fresh egg, but microwaved), ham and cheese.

              And just a note about Bagel House (which are hands down my favourite bagels) -- they are Montreal style, which means they will be skinnier (with a big hole!), denser and slightly sweeter than you are accustomed to. Please only try the sesame or the poppy seed. All the other flavours are too far removed from the traditional experience.

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                tex.s.toast Jun 3, 2008 08:05 AM

                any chance salt is a non-heretical option?

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                  peppermint pate Jun 3, 2008 08:16 AM

                  We don't have "salt" bagels per se (if that's what you meant) but perhaps torontojo would agree that you could add "everything" bagels into the rotation without consequence from our forefathers - those have poppy, sesame, onion, garlic and salt.

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                    TorontoJo Jun 3, 2008 10:09 AM

                    LOL! I really didn't mean to come across as a stick-wielding bully. :) What I really meant is that I don't like the other flavours I've tried: whole wheat, flax, etc. They just don't have the same lovely texture as the traditional sesame or poppy. I'm sure the "everything" would be delish!

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                      millygirl Jun 3, 2008 10:15 AM

                      I've ventured out on a limb to try their cinniminon raison and thought they were very good although I prefer the traditional route of sesame or poppy.

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                        tex.s.toast Jun 3, 2008 11:59 AM

                        despite my username i am coming from california, land of the blueberry bagel. thankfully my half brooklyn parental pedigree compels me to reject such abominations. (ok i may have enjoyed a jalapeno cheddar bagel just once, but i didnt enjoy it THAT much - and it didnt really even feel like a bagel).

                        ill be sticking to the traditional options, or maybe an everything.

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                          peppermint pate Jun 3, 2008 01:03 PM

                          Ha - I was going to say "anything but blueberry" (or cinnamon raisin or jalapeno cheddar - oy!) but it sounds like you've got it all figured out, notwithstanding your few previous transgressions. But millygirl, my cafe dorria buddy, tsk tsk...:)

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                            millygirl Jun 3, 2008 01:43 PM

                            Hey come on pp, I said I went out on a limb :) Yes, I have to admit that sometimes I get a craving for a toasted cinnamon raisin smothered in butter. But not often, and I always do go back to my standard of sesame. My standard order is 6 sesame, 6 poppy and 1 CR. BTW, bagel house is my fav!!!

                            Speaking of Cafe Doria, haven't been in awhile....hmmm, maybe this weekend. I could go for one of their margarita pizza's right now.

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                              peppermint pate Jun 3, 2008 02:00 PM

                              I'll try and overlook this little weakness of yours, millygirl. Coincidentally, I had a Doria pizza for lunch today...pretty tasty (though I've enjoyed Terroni's more of late) - okay, we're getting off topic for our "not really from tex(a)s." friend...:)

        2. JamieK Jun 2, 2008 12:43 PM

          I second All The Best. If you call ahead, they'll even prepare a package or "basket" of goodies ready for you to pick up.
          http://www.allthebestfinefoods.com/

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          All The Best Fine Foods
          1099 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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            peppermint pate Jun 2, 2008 11:47 AM

            Hi tex s. toast - your best option is probably La Salumeria, a little Italian shop on the east side of Yonge Street, just north of Davisville. Lots of options for making a lovely antipasto platter. If you're up for a bit of a walk and if you have a bit of time on your hands, here's what I'd suggest: start your journey at Rosedale subway station (one north of Bloor). Opposite the subway on Crescent, just off of Yonge, you'll see a little storefront with an awning and a picture of a camel - it's a little spot called the Black Camel and, in there, you will find some truly great sandwiches. I highly recommend the brisket with chipotle mayo, a squirt of bbq sauce, caramelized onions and arugula but the other items are great too (brisket is my favourite). Now, across the street and north a couple of blocks, you'll find the Rebel House, one of the pubs I recommended in your other thread. Sit on the patio and grab a beer. Now cross back on to the other side of Yonge Street and walk north a few more blocks and you will find the stores we affectionately refer to as the "five thieves" - there is a green grocer, a butcher, a fish store and a bakery/cheese shop (now combined as these stores are currently undergoing a big reno). You can scout out some nibbles and high-end groceries here - any produce or bakery items for your platter should be purchased here. Another minute north and you're at the big Summerhill LCBO as well as a Brewer's Retail - any local beers you want to check out can be found here. Now, depending on how much you're carrying, you can either hop on the subway at Summerhill up to Davisville (2 stops) or you can keep walking north on Yonge Street for about 20 minutes to La Salumeria. If the weather is nice, it'll be a lovely walk.

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              tex.s.toast Jun 2, 2008 12:24 PM

              So many options! that all sounds really great. i have no idea what the schedule will accommodate or how much walking ill feel like doing the day after the wedding (dancing, you know) but at the very least La Salumeria will most certainly be on the list.

              If i was up early and felt like a walk the next day, about how far is the walk to Rahier from the davisville and yonge stop? is it worth it or can i get equivalent bakery items closer by?

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                peppermint pate Jun 2, 2008 12:30 PM

                Like I said, you can use the subway to ease the walking between stops or, depending on how fun the wedding is, you might benefit from a bit of fresh air...:)

                Rahier is one of the best for croissants and other pastries (as opposed to breads), though you should double check that they're open on Sunday (and if so, at what time). You could take a beautiful meandering walk through Mt. Pleasant Cemetary from just south of Yonge and Davisville through to the area south of Rahier on Bayview, or do a straight walk across Davisville (less interesting but faster) - either way, you're probably looking at about a 1/2 hour walk. There are some good bakery items at Patachou and All the Best Breads on Yonge Street, south of Summerhill (All the Best actually carries some Rahier croissants and pain au chocolat) - these would be a bit closer to where you're staying (and at least All the Best is open on Sundays) or accessible by subway.

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                  tex.s.toast Jun 2, 2008 01:01 PM

                  I knew rahier wasnt super-close i was just trying to get an idea of what the walk would be like which is somewhat hard to do without familiarity with the area.

                  All the best is basically located right off that subway stop, right? so it is highly convenient and will almost definitely be a stop on saturday.

                  is there a reason not to trust this link when it says Rahier is open 8-3 sundays? http://www.torontolife.com/guide/ente...
                  if your hesitance was due to a specific experience id be more wary, so is there a reason to believe they are NOT open sundays? again, thanks for the tips.

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                    peppermint pate Jun 2, 2008 01:53 PM

                    Hmm, I don't think those used to be the Sunday hours but I just called Rahier and their voicemail says they're open 8-3 on Sundays so you're good!!! Rahier is definitely worth the walk and if you do stay around the Davisville side-streets, it probably shouldn't be more than 25 minutes.

                    If you're feeling like you haven't had quite enough carbs, follow up your Rahier snack with a Montreal style bagel from Bagel House, a few blocks further south on Bayview (they open early as well). That will then bring you within a couple of blocks of Mount Pleasant Cemetary - a really beautifully landscaped and historic cemetary that stretches all the way from Bayview to Yonge Street - for your trip back.

                    All the Best is located about a 1/2 block south of Summerhill station, separated by just one commercial building and the Summerhill LCBO.

                    Do try and squeeze in the Black Camel sandwich as well (they make great coffee too) - it's definitely a chowfind in that 'hood.

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                      tex.s.toast Jun 2, 2008 10:24 PM

                      real bagels? too many carbs? only one of these things exist, and its not the latter.

                      in my perfect best laid breakfast plan ill get up typically early and go out for a walk and bring back an appreciative apartment full of people a big bag of pastry and bagels. i swear i really only eat carbs on vacation, i just try not to go too long without vacations.

                      thanks for fueling my already substantial excitement for this trip. ill even try to jam in that sandwich somewhere, but im really intent on seeking out some doubles. there was a place mentioned a time or two just up yonge towards eglinton, i believe?

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                        peppermint pate Jun 3, 2008 08:00 AM

                        Carbs rock!! Alas, the one thing I can't help you with is a place to find doubles as I have yet to try them - I recall a long thread on this board about doubles and I know there's a spot around Spadina and Queen but not sure about Yonge and Eglinton - if nobody jumps in here, maybe check the other thread or do a separate post. Please post a report on your trip so we can hear how you enjoyed your carbfest, er vacation, in Toronto.

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                          TorontoJo Jun 3, 2008 10:12 AM

                          The place with doubles near Yonge and Eg is Caribbean Bistro. Here's a thread with the details: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/441756

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                  Herb Jun 2, 2008 12:30 PM

                  About 25 minutes. Take a side street and head east to Bayview — lots of nice expensive houses to look at. Rahier's worth the walk, Maybe stop at Il Gelatiera on Mt Pleasant on the way back.

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                millygirl Jun 2, 2008 11:31 AM

                There is a wonderful shop called Salumeria on Yonge Street, about a block or so north of Davisville. They have wonderful cheeses, cold cuts, olives, peppers...everything and anything you need to make a great antipasti platter. In fact they specialize in italian foods. Very good proscutto and reggiano. And right next door is a very nice fruit and veggie market, just in case you need something along those lines. A good pastry shop is in the immediate area also. Enjoy.

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