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Aug 19, 2008 10:32 AM

Old Bay seasoning?

Anyone know where I can find this in Montreal? Preferably in the downtown/ Plateau area. I thought I had seen it somewhere but can't think of where it was. Thanks! Alternatively, does anyone know of a spice mix that could be substituted? I'm planning to try Alton Brown's rib recipe.

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  1. Discussed not too long ago. Several sources mentioned and a link to a recipe provided. See

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    1. re: carswell

      Oops, how did I miss that? Thanks.

    2. have you tried Anathol I think that's what it is called it is in your area or maybe it's spelled anatol anyways they have all sorts of spices.

      1. I just bought a tin container of Old Bay at the IGA supermarket in Cavendish Mall in Cote St. Luc. Sorry, that's the closest place :)

        1. There is NO substitute. But we can send it to you from here in Baltimore.

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          1. re: bobovespa

            You're right, there ain't no substitute, but not being anywhere near Delmarva, Old Bay isn't on the shelves of every grocery, corner store, or gas station.
            I try to pick up at least 2 tins when in the states - this usually lasts until my next visit (couple of months at most).
            However, last November, I came across some dandy live crabs (nothing compared to keepers out of the Chesapeake) at Kim Phat near the Scratch in Longueuil and couldn't resist. I was daydreaming about picking Old Bay laced meat outta the shell the whole way home.
            Finally getting home, I was distressed to find I was out of Maryland's finest. I wasn't about to search over hell's half acre for a tin, so I googled Old Bay homemade recipes and searched chowhound's boards.
            I came up with a close facsimile which did the job. It smells almost like the real thing, but came out a tad too bitter (perhaps too much ground bayleaf?). With some tweaking, it has potential.
            But why expend that much energy... I've since replenished my supply to 3 tins. The mason jar with the taped homemade ingredient list presently sits at the back of the cupboard...

          2. Hi Stak,
            Funny, but I was also looking for some Old Bay, thought I'd never find it here in Montreal. I live in Laval, and today I went to my local fish store, Casablanca in Laval and there it was on the shelf, in the original yellow can.

            Here is the address:
            4687 Blvd Samson, Chomedey Laval

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            1. re: Nondaz

              Out of curiosity, how much was it?

              1. re: hungryann

                It cost $3.50. Used it today on a crab boil and it was great.

                1. re: Nondaz

                  Wow, very reasonable. I paid more in the US.

              2. re: Nondaz

                I sure hope stak has found some in the last 5 years!

                1. re: C70

                  Actually, I never did. I've made the ribs, too, a couple of times but I have no clue what I did for old bay (or for "jalapeno seasoning," whatever that is, which the recipe also calls for). I guess I just skipped it, and then completely forgot about it. I've even been on several trips to New England and never thought to bring any home. Glad to hear of a couple of places in town to get it though.

                  1. re: stak

                    Pretty good in cold potato salad too....or on buttered popcorn.