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Jan 7, 2009 08:16 AM

Where to buy Ukrainain Baked Goods?

Just enjoyed some great food but now I need to know where to buy the goods for myself and family....Help!!

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  1. There's a Ukrainain place in St. Lawrence Market:
    Ukrainian Store Dnister

    I know they sell lots of things, I don't know if they will have what you want, but I am sure they would be able to suggest a place if they can't help.

    1. Try looking up ukranian delis and butchers.. there are quite a few around.

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      1. re: BamiaWruz

        Future Bakery on North Queen, Etobicoke has what you need. Did you try the food for Ukrainian Christmas - tis the season

        1. re: Marniee

          Between jane and runnymede all along bloor there are a few deli's and bakeries that you will like. I recommend walking along that strip to find what you need.

          1. re: pancake

            thanks for the tips i will do my best to check them all out

            1. re: ribboy

              Yesterday was Christmas day but all the Ukrainian deli's will be selling Christmas food until January 19th.
              You just missed all the church bazaars with tons of baked goods.
              My favourite place is La Rose Deli on La Rose Avenue just north of Eglington & Royal York Road.

              1. re: Smachnoho

                La Rose Bakery is an Italian Bakery. I haven't seen any Ukrainian food there. (By the way, the new coffee place Za Za or something like that has great coffee!)

                1. re: Marniee

                  I said La Rose Deli which is owned by Ukrainians and is near the Pizza Pizza store in the same plaza as La Rose Bakery which is Italian.
                  La Rose Deli has the best pyrohy in town: a brand called Grandma's.
                  Right now they have a lot of home made baked goods for the Christmas-Epiphany (Jordan) Season until January 19th.

                2. re: Smachnoho

                  Anyone know when and where the Easter Bazaars are being held in the GTA this month? I had an amazing food experience at the Ukrainian Catholic church at Royal York and Eglinton in November. Best borscht EVER.

                  1. re: Food Tourist

                    There are about 22 Ukrainian churches in Toronto and the bazaars are all over. I think the one at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Eastern Branch) at 620 Spadina is the best. Very nice small Paska for your Easter Basket as well as the regular size. They sold out so quickly.
                    In addition to churches some Ukrainian Organizations have sales as well. I went to the one at Ukrainian Social Services right when it opened yesterday at 10 a.m. (2445 Bloor St. West at Jane). They had Paska, Bobka and the usual baked goods and some food. Also went to another bazaar today after church.
                    Orthodox Easter is April 19th this year. But next Sunday is Palm Sunday already so I think all the church bazaars are over.
                    I would phone Ukrainian Social Services and ask them about buying Easter food.
                    As a last resort go to Future Bakery at their headquarters in the west end the week of April 13th and buy the commercial variety.

                    1. re: Smachnoho

                      I was wrong. It is still Easter bazaar Season in the Ukrainian community:

                      VESNIVKA CHOIR EASTER BAZAAR

                      Sunday, April 12, 2009, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

                      St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church
                      4 Bellwoods Avenue at Queen St.
                      Toronto, ON

                      Freshly baked Paska,
                      Tortes & various Baked Goods plus &
                      Pyrohy, Canaps, Borscht, Coffee & Tea

                      �Pysanky, Ukrainian arts & crafts
                      Just take the stairs down to the basement.
                      But go early for the best selection.
                      Also there is a class in English on Monday @ 7 p.m. to make traditional Ukrianian Easter breads like Paska & Bobka at St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina. You have to phone to sign up.

                      1. re: Smachnoho

                        Not all church bazaar food is created equal. Yesterday, I had very mediocre borscht, substandard perogies, blah sausage, and tasteless sweet baked goods at the Orthodox church on Lakeshore west of Kipling.

                        The food at St. Demetrius Byzantine Catholic church on La Rose Avenue, on the other hand, is high quality, chowish, memorable, and worth marking your calendars for next November.

                        1. re: Food Tourist

                          Well, I guess all the more reason to sign up for the culinary classes at St. Vladimir Institute on Spadina Avenue and learn to make your own.

                          Both St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Lakeshore and St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church on La Rose have Ukrainian cooking that is more like Canadian Prairie Ukrainian than other churches in Toronto, which have a later wave of Ukrainian immigration after WW2.

                          Personally, I don't like the food at St. Demetrius on La Rose. The dough of their pyrohy tastes like rubber to me. Their borshcht lacks a good solid vegetable base taste. Their cabbage rolls lack seasoning.

                          I don't think anyone will be disappointed by the baked goods at St. Nicholas via the Vesnivka Choir next Sunday.

                          1. re: Smachnoho

                            There is another Ukrainian Church Bazaar this weekend at St. Mary's, 3265 Cawthra Road, Mississauga.
                            Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

                            The poster says:
                            Varenyky (pyrohy), Paska (Easter Bread), Baked Goods, Cabbage Rolls, Crafts and Much More.


                          2. re: Food Tourist

                            Today I went for the church lunch at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Lakeshore Blvd. with co-workers. We had perogies and borscht. I found the perogies to be enjoyable, however not the best and would search for better. They were boiled and served with a few camalized onions and no-name store bought sour cream. The borsct I did not enjoy and same with 2 co-workers. Keep in mind I have only had Polish borscht in the past so not sure of the differences. I enjoy and am used to just a broth borscht with some slivers of beets and a very beety flavour. This seem to have had a meat base or something other than beets. It had a lot of beets shredded in with some kidney beans and I think a bit of carrot as well. There was a small layer of oil on top as well. All three of us only had about six spoonfulls. It was fun to try, however I will not be rushing back. A co-worker also had the kolbasa and said it was just okay.

                            I do highly recommend perogies from Albatros Pub on Lakeshore Blvd. near 14th Street. Freshmade and the best I have had outside homemade. Actually all the Polish dishes I have had her have been outstanding. And decor is really old European, but very nice. Lots of wood in the decor.

                            1. re: fryerlover

                              Yes there is a difference between Polish Borscht and Ukrainian Borshcht. When you visit Polish stores on Rincesvalle, some of them sell "Ukrainian Borshcht" clearly marked on labels to distinguish from their own beet soup. Ukrainian borshcht (except during Lent) has a strong rich meat stock usually made of pork. Shredded beets, carrots, onion, celery, potatoes and white beans are added.

                  2. re: pancake

                    I'll second Pancake's recommendation - Bloor West Village has several excellent Ukrainian bakeries and delis.

                    1. re: pancake

                      Check out Kingsway Meats.

                      If nothing else, they have the best kolbasa in the city.


                      Kingsway Restaurant
                      510 Ferguson Ave, Haileybury, ON P0J1K0, CA

                3. There's a popular Ukranian bakery in the same plaza as Marconi Pizza in Mississauga (many say the best pizza in Sauga, not me..)

                  It's on Cawthra, right beside the Ukranian church where many other Ukranian stores are as well

                  Good luck

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                  1. re: duckdown

                    i was directed to starsky's (european grocery store in mississauga) by a co-worker....i am pretty sure this place thas he largest meat dept in you are keen on european food stuff ..this place is a must visit...

                    1. re: ribboy

                      I passed by that place, it is huge!! Need to go in one day.

                      1. re: BamiaWruz

                        The old store has a nice-sized bakery. (Haven't gotten to the new one yet, but I'm sure it has one at least as good.)

                        Not sure what makes a "Ukrainian" baked good as opposed to any other Eastern European baked good, but I get my Polish donut fix there regularly so to me it's all good.

                        1. re: Pincus

                          The Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Eastern Branch) is having their annual "Spring Tea" this Sunday in case anyone wants to buy "Paska" Easter bread and other pastries and Ukrainian Food.
                          620 Spadina Ave in the basement of St. Vladimir Institute. 1 p.m.
                          And next Sunday is the Vesnivka Bazaar at St. Nicholas Ukrainian catholic Church on Queen St. West at Bellwoods.
                          Vesnivka Bazaar

                          Bellwood Restaurant
                          756 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1E9, CA

                          1. re: Smachnoho

                            Thanks for the Ukrainian mil is off her feet after surgery and would like to take some good Uke food to her for a change.

                            1. re: Smachnoho

                              How did you find out about the Ukr Museum Tea? I went last year and bought the most beautiful little paskas. This year I searched on the Ukr Museum website, the St Vladimir's Institute website and the Ukr Canadian Congress events calendar, but couldn't find any info. I am sorry I missed it :(

                              1. re: alphadea

                                My aunt is a member of the museum. All the members get an invitation/ flyer. Really sorry you missed it. I will try to post it 2 weeks in advance next year. I will also contact the president and tell them to update their web site.
                                I know a lot of people complain about St. Vladimir Institute being so bad about advertsing their programs. They really are bad about distributing posters and also their newsletter not to mention updating their web page. Please phone them and complain.

                                1. re: Smachnoho

                                  Thank you!
                                  I will watch for your post and also give them a call a month or so before Easter next year. It is too bad they don't keep their calendars up to date. There are lots of interesting things going on at the institute, but I miss most of them. I live out of town and I have to plan these things in advance. I will take your advice and let them know of my disappointment.
                                  Thanks again and have a wonderful Easter!

                              2. re: Smachnoho

                                Just want to thank you for the timely post. I went to the bazaar at St. Nicholas on Sunday around 1:00 pm and they had almost run out of all baked goods, but I snagged two cakes and two trays of fresh perogies, plus an open-faced sandwich, all for $30. I also got a pussy willow branch which they give out for Palm Sunday instead of palms. Very educational visit! There was an extensive hot food menu but it was all written in Ukrainian and I was in too much of a rush to sit and enjoy a meal there.

                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                  This year's pre-Easter Ukrainian bazaars. On the eastern orthodox calendar Easter is on April 15th this year.

                                  Sunday April 8, 2012
                                  St. Volodymyr Ukr. Orthodox Cathedral Auditorium
                                  400 Bathurst St. (between College & Dundas)
                                  Pre-Easter Bazaar: Paska, homemade Kolbassa, knyshi, nalysnyky, perishky (meat or sauerkraut), horseradish, pastries & baked goods.
                                  Other wonderful gift items for Easter.

                                  Vesnivka Choir Easter Bazaar.
                                  Sunday April 8, 2012
                                  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                                  St. Nichjolas Church
                                  4 Bellwoods Avenue at Queen
                                  Paska, Tortes, baked Goods, Verenyky, Canapes, Borshcht, pysanky


                                  The Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Eastern Branch at 620 Spadina Avenue) is not having their annual Spring Tea this year with sale of baked goods.