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Where to find Halloumi cheese in Toronto

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Webtwins Feb 4, 2009 01:45 PM

Hi,
I am new in Canada, and I have desperatly tried to find Halloumi cheese....anybody know where I can find it?
Thanks
Ulrika

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    foxymoron RE: Webtwins Feb 4, 2009 03:33 PM

    I got it at Loblaws in the summer, but I haven't seen it since. I believe it was President's Choice brand, too.

    1. Squeakycheese RE: Webtwins Feb 4, 2009 03:42 PM

      Ulrika, I would try some of the cheese stores in Saint Lawrence Market on Front Street

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        Apple RE: Webtwins Feb 4, 2009 04:25 PM

        Even better I just saw it at No Frills at Gerrard & Coxwell in the halal meat section. It's not that expensive.

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          missmu RE: Webtwins Feb 4, 2009 04:42 PM

          I bought some at Cheese Boutique.

          1. dxs RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 06:45 AM

            Ditto on SLM. Alex Farms usually has some of the cypriot halloumi in their fridge, the one off to the side. The PC brand is not bad, but more of a backup halloumi really when you can't find anything else. If you don't mind making a longer trek, Arz Bakery on Lawrence E. in Scarborough has decent halloumi, both pre-packaged and fresh from the cheese counter. Plus a host of other delicious middle eastern cheeses.... visit at your own risk! I never leave Arz without dropping serious coin.

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              illy RE: dxs Feb 5, 2009 07:53 AM

              Also at Nasr Foods on Lawrence E, I think just past Warden.

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                acd123 RE: illy Feb 5, 2009 09:05 AM

                Monforte Dairy sells great Ontario-made Haloumi.

                Weird thing this morning - I went to Aroma for their Haloumi sandwich, which is one of the best sandwiches in the City, by the way, and they told me they didn't have any Haloumi because there is a shortage. Shortage of Haloumi??? Did something go wrong with the cows? Did the Haloumi makers go on strike?

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                  foodyDudey RE: acd123 Feb 5, 2009 11:09 AM

                  Monforte Dairy is not making any cheese for about a year, so you won't find any of theirs. They have further ino on the site:

                  http://www.monfortedairy.com/

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                    pdohaney RE: acd123 Feb 26, 2010 09:21 PM

                    Never mind the cows, Halloumi is made with goat and sheep milk. What is going on?

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                albanis RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 09:26 AM

                There is a place called Holy Land on Roncesvalles that sells good halloumi. Also Whole Foods has it but it's not as good.

                1. legourmettv RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 11:08 AM

                  Iqbals in Thorncliffe Park always has it in stock. Great place to shop...

                  G.

                  1. foodyDudey RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 11:10 AM

                    Try some of the stores in the Greektown area (Danforth Ave) such as "Greek House", they have Canadian Haaloumi for $22.99 a kilo.
                    You will find it sold in a few places in this area of town.

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                      pkfinn RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 02:28 PM

                      You can find it at St. Lawrence Market (the only "real" halloumi--from Cyprus!). Check the cheese store in the southeast corner...all the way in back, and to the left as you walk in from Front Street. I've purchased it there. There are also cheese stores at Kensington Market that may have it.

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                        ace123 RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 03:37 PM

                        I saw it at Gilead Cafe couple weeks ago.

                        1. garlicscapes RE: Webtwins Feb 5, 2009 07:49 PM

                          Arz Bakery has a wonderful product. Also a low salt version that is delicious.
                          1909 Lawrence Avenue East

                          1. dxs RE: sochow Feb 6, 2009 11:34 AM

                            http://www.chow.com/home_cooking_dige...

                            Personally, I like to fry it then squeeze some lemon over it and eat with pita. It's also great baked in the oven, in a pita. The bread gets very crunchy and the cheese very melty. You've got to eat it while it's piping hot though! (Not very original uses of the cheese, but hey, you said 'favorite'!)

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                              anah RE: Webtwins Mar 18, 2009 07:58 PM

                              Try Mister Greek Meat Butcher on the Danforth (just east of Pape). They carry the same Halloumi cheese as others on the Danforth for less.

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                                MsKnowItAll RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 12:02 AM

                                If you are in the north end of the city, there are many middle eastern type supermarkets on Yonge St. between Steeles and Finch which have a delicious variety of cheeses, as well as fresh, baked on site breads, prepared foods and ingredients. I'm sure you will find your taste of home there.

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                                  downtown RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 04:40 AM

                                  If you are in the midtown area I saw it at the Forest Hill Loblaws last weekend - that is at St. Clair W. and Bathurst.

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                                    wontonfm RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 04:53 AM

                                    I saw it at METRO at Yonge and Eglinton last night. They had a few varieties. Can't speak to the quality and don't remember the brand ... but they have it!

                                    WON
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                                    1. Kagemusha RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 12:28 PM

                                      Highland Farms

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                                        BamiaWruz RE: Kagemusha Sep 15, 2009 10:19 AM

                                        I found it priced well there.

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                                        thora RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 04:25 PM

                                        Whole Foods stocks it regularly. I've never purchased it, so I can't speak to the quality. I do remember it being a bit pricey, but that's no surprise for Whole Foods!

                                        1. sweetie RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 04:37 PM

                                          I bought some from Longos that was made in Greece.

                                          1. JamieK RE: Webtwins Mar 19, 2009 05:29 PM

                                            I think by now it's clear halloumi can be found almost anywhere in the city. I notice halloumi everywhere now that I've read this post. btw, the cyprus version is available at Schefflers in the St Lawrence Market. I also saw it at Bruno's.

                                            So, hopefully the OP isn't desperate any more? There has been no response or other posts from Webtwins since Feb 4. So hopefully he/she has found his/her cheese.

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                                              Crispy skin RE: JamieK Sep 14, 2009 03:13 PM

                                              I can't find it help !!! Port Union and Sheppard area please.

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                                                BamiaWruz RE: Crispy skin Sep 15, 2009 10:22 AM

                                                If you ever go to Ajax you can try king tut (egyptian convenience) on bayly, right beside it is "open sesame" bakery (lebanese) which also sells it.
                                                At one point the iranian Frushaka khawar cafe at brock sold it, still might. Green sign, right on the north west corner.

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                                                  Crispy skin RE: BamiaWruz Sep 16, 2009 03:17 PM

                                                  Thanks BW. I picked some up at Arz Bakery yesterday, first time i tried it. Bought some of their fabulous and fresh pita's to go with. While I enjoyed it, I found it to be too salty for my tastes. I think they may have had a lower salt version beside the one that I bought but it wasn't labeled clearly.

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                                                    BamiaWruz RE: Crispy skin Sep 16, 2009 07:35 PM

                                                    It is salty for sure, if you fried it up (grilled) adding a drop of lemon helps to balance the salt and make it more palatable.

                                                    Also if you happen to go to open sesame or king tut be sure to pick up some of the twisted knotted looking cheese, it has black specks in it (nigella seeds) sometimes, you can soak this cheese in some warm water to remove the salt and this string cheese is a nice snack or you can melt it on bread.

                                                    Arz bakery should have it too actually.

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                                                      xtherese RE: BamiaWruz Apr 7, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                      Just so you know, you're not supposed to put the string cheese in warm water. Only cold water.

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                                              amycakes22 RE: Webtwins Sep 16, 2009 11:44 AM

                                              What-A-Bagel and Yonge and Eglinton has Halloumi cheese sandwiches, yet to try one though.

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                                                jamesm RE: amycakes22 Sep 16, 2009 12:20 PM

                                                Thin Blue Line on Roncesvalles carries it as well.

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                                                cinnamon girl RE: Webtwins Sep 23, 2009 11:18 AM

                                                The Rabba on Wellesley (just west of Yonge) generally has it. Can't say I've seen it at the 2 other Rabbas in the 'nabe though.

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                                                  xtherese RE: Webtwins Apr 7, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                  Hi,
                                                  you could find it in different places in Toronto. I've tried many brands and Les Aliments Karnie brand is by far the best one I've tried. They sell their cheese at Arz Bakery, Haddad's Mid-East Bakery, Wadi Foods, etc.

                                                  And for those of you who are complaining that it's too salty, you're supposed to rinse it with warm water before you eat it.

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                                                    katerinav RE: Webtwins Jul 12, 2012 06:12 AM

                                                    Athena Bakery, 598 Danforth Avenue has it for sure. Just bought some last night along with feta cheese plus an assortment of other cheeses from Greece. Just walk in and ask for it. It is behind the counter. The feta by the way is excellent.

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                                                      Hunyee RE: Webtwins Sep 28, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                      ULNKA-YES YOU CAN FIND YOUR CHEESE IN MANY STORES ON LAWRENCE AVE. EAST AND WARDEN-ARZ SELLS IT AS DOES MOST MIDDLE EASTERN FOODS-ACROSS THE STREET ON NORTH SIDE IS LARGE GROCERY STORE(ALSO MID.EAST) WHICH ALSO SELLS
                                                      IT. THAT AREA IS ALL MIDDLE EASTERN (JUST WEST OF WARDEN ON LAWRENCE)

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                                                        WillinTO RE: Webtwins Sep 30, 2012 07:44 AM

                                                        Just wanted to reinforce that the Montforte Halloumi is outstanding.... and local. They don't have it all the time at all the markets, so call the dairy in Stratford and ask if they have any. If they do, they will send it along to the farmer's market of your choice with your name on it.

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