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Found: GREEK YOGHURT in TORONTO!!!!

It has been a mystery of mine that I have not been able to find greek yoghurt in Toronto, and I know from the many postings here that I am not the only one. So, yesterday I was at my favourite local food store and there it was. They have it at SUMMERHILL MARKET in Rosedale. http://www.summerhillmarket.com/ They have both the regular in the tub and then the individual servings with the side of random fruit preserve.

They are located at 446 Summerhill Market. They have awesome foods, are quite expensive, but if you are looking for Greek Yoghurt, or quite frankly other specialty foods. They tend to have everything.

YEAH!!!!

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Summerhill Market
446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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    1. re: Rabbit

      I have contacted both Fage and Stoneyfield (Oikos). Both companies have told me they don't sell in Canada yet. Maybe if we all contact the companies they'll realize how much demand there is for it here and finally get it into our market!!

      1. re: carson11

        I buy Stoneyfield (Oikos) greek yogurt at Summerhill Market.They are also selling Chobani and Skotidakis.

        1. re: marzenka

          Oikos is also available at no frills at Bathurst and Wilson.
          Not my favorite, but $2.99
          Got to be cheaper than Summerhill
          Chobani is the sameprice.

          1. re: erly

            Oikos is $2.99 and Chobani is $2.49 at Summerhill Market.

      2. re: Rabbit

        Yes this is the correct spelling. the website is :www.us.fage.eu

      3. Please tell me it's 'Total'?? That would be so exciting! If so, it's about time... Total has been available in the US for ages now.

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        1. re: dxs

          Neither -- it's a made-in-Ontario brand called Skotidakis www.skotidakis.com and it's absolutely delicious. I tried Fage a few weeks ago while in Santa Fe, and I think Skotidakis is better. Like Fage, it's available in 16-ounce tubs, as well as in individual portion sizes, complete with a little "side tub" of either honey or strawberry or blueberry puree. I had it with the blueberry and it's fabulous.

          It's made using a combination of both cow's and goat's milk. And there are no gums or artificial ingredients that one finds in the U.S.-made (as is Fage) products.

          1. re: Tatai

            I have tried the feta from Skotidakis and it is excellent...not overly salty, very smooth, creamy. I bought it at Highland Farms on Ellesmere/Kennedy - iirc, I believe they also carry the Skotidakis yogourt but not the individual tubs, the plain only....

            1. re: Tatai

              Hmm. I guess I'll just have to try it! Total (produced by Fage) also has a line with the 'side tubs', they make one with quince jam that I used to really enjoy...

              1. re: dxs

                Yeah - the side tub thing made me wonder whether it was Total/Fage too.

                I'm really excited about this find - thanks for the tip, stephintoronto!

                1. re: Rabbit

                  Okay, not to rain on anyone's parade but I've had the Skotidakis tubs from Whole Foods with honey on the side (posted about it on another thread). I agree that it's good but it's nowhere in the same league as Fage - it has a more sour taste and the texture isn't as creamy. These days, I've been eating the Liberty 2% yoghurt, which has a really creamy consistency - closer to Fage, in my view. But I do love having a little side tub of honey right there and overall, it's a tasty snack.

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    Hope I'm not hijacking the thread too much but since we're on the topic of Liberty 2%, the best deal I find is Costco. 2 X 1L tubs for less than $6.

                    1. re: peppermint pate

                      I'm happy when yogurt contains a bit of tanginess, which might be why I prefer the Skotidakis product.

                      1. re: Tatai

                        Understood - for me, the tanginess is a bit of an acquired taste. I enjoyed my second tub of Skotidakis more than the first. I only wanted to chime in to say that, to my palate, one can't compare the flavour or texture of this brand with the "when oh when will it ever come to Canada" Fage yoghurt.

                        1. re: peppermint pate

                          To my sensibilities, I'd still rather eat Ontario-made non-organic dairy products than those from the U.S. (neither of these brands is organic). The use of hormones in dairy cattle is banned here, whereas it's still being freely used in the U.S. And I'll admit that my perceptions of the Fage yogurt might have been tainted by my knowledge of this (I couldn't bring myself to finish the single-size serving).

                          1. re: Tatai

                            Huh. I was about to respond and say that Fage imports its yogurt directly from Greece, but I did some research and I guess that's no longer the case - as of 2005, it's produced in the US (NY).

                            1. re: dxs

                              I was in Italy this summer and was thrilled to find the 0% FAGE only to find it didn't taste as good as I remembered. It was manufactured in Italy, not Greece. I think the ones I buy in Paris are still made in Greece. When I contacted FAGE in the US last year, they responded by saying the duties imposed upon dairy products by Canada are the reason we can't get the product up here. When I really need a fix, I buy the in-house versions from bakeries on the Danforth but be warned that the fat content is on par with sour cream!

                            2. re: Tatai

                              Tatai, I was just on the Fage USA site and found the following:
                              "our milk and cream supply comes from farmers who have pledged not to treat their cows with rBGH"

                              Not sure how recent this development is (or if it's always been the case); regardless, I too prefer Canadian dairy--my reply is more of an FYI.

                              1. re: Tatai

                                But if its organic from the US, would it still contain hormones?

                                Check your labels in Ontario. A lot of diary( ice cream, sour cream, etc) has modified milk ingredients. Do you know what that really is?

                    2. re: Tatai

                      I just bought a 16 oz tub of Skotidakis plain 'Traditional Greek Strained Yogurt' at The Big Carrot for $4.29 and had it with some sliced banana. YUM, is that yogurt ever good. It's 9% M.F. (70% fat from calories and 260 calories in one cup so don't overdo it ;), very thick and the expiry is a good 5 weeks from now. It's made in St-Eugene, Ontario, btw, so it appeals to my locavore leanings. I think I'll try all the rest in this thread too to find my favourite as they all sound delicious.

                      1. re: Flexitarian

                        I just got a 7oz tub of plain Fage Total 'All Natural Greek Strained Yogurt' from Summerhill for $3.29 (you can see how Summerhill makes good profits!) with the same amount of fat as Skotidakis (which Summerhill also had at more than $2 more than The Big Carrot for the same 16 oz size). Summerhill did not have any other full fat Greek yogurt to compare. I tasted them side-by-side blindly and found Sage very bitter, whilst the Skotidakis was not bitter at all and nice and tangy. The creaminess and texture of both were about the same. Other than bacterial cultures, the Skotidakis has goats and cow's milk in it and salt, whereas the Fage has cow's milk and cow's cream, but no salt. I am not sure why the latter tastes bitter to me. We all have different taste buds but I prefer the Skotidakis as far as a full fat Greek yogurt goes (so far anyway!)

                        1. re: Flexitarian

                          "I am not sure why the latter tastes bitter to me. "

                          Quite possibly because it doesn't have the salt. :) Works in coffee...

                          1. re: Wahooty

                            really? you put salt in your coffee?

                            1. re: hungryabbey

                              Sometimes, when I'm drinking the cheap stuff. A small tap of the shaker does wonders to smooth out both bitterness and acidity in less-than-optimal coffee. There are several threads elsewhere on CH about it. Don't need it with good beans and a good press, though. :)

                              1. re: Wahooty

                                I grew up in a house where mom always shook some salt into the ground coffee - it's one of those things that's always stuck with me if I'm brewing a large batch in a percolator, though I'll never be sure if it's the flavour or the nostalgia that keeps me doing it. Flexitarian, good for you for making the rounds on the yoghurt. I've never found Fage to taste bitter. I love the creamy, rich texture and flavour, especially in the 2% and non-fat tubs. Before we had Fage in Canada, I would eat the Skotidakis or Liberte 2%, though the former had a bit of a tang (from the goat's milk) and the latter was a bit too thin. For me, Fage is the best overall but this city surely has enough brands (like 7 or 8 at Summerhill alone) to keep us all happy. If you're up for it, try the lower fat Fage and let us know what you think.

                                1. re: peppermint pate

                                  I do prefer full fat products (except for milk where I use skim mostly as I consume more milk than any other dairy product and want to keep my animal fat intake down). I am going to buy a collection of the 0% fat greek yogurts and test them against each other. I am gong to go elsewhere than Summerhill for them because their prices (knowing what I paid at The Big Carrot) was giving me a heart attack! lol

                                  I tasted Fage right along side Skotidakis at the same time and tasting them that way rather at different times does affect one's opinion. Maybe it wouldn't have tasted bitter if it was the only yogurt I was tasting at the time. Of course, now I am biased.

                        2. re: Flexitarian

                          Well I finally found Liberte 0% M.F. Greek Yoghurt and tried it. It's actually reasonably creamy and tastes good for a 0% M.F. yoghurt. I measured how much a cup of this yoghurt weights (since it only lists 110 calories per 175g) and found that there are 260g in a cup of it, which means a cup is 260/175 x 110 = 163 calories per cup, which is about 2/3's of the calories that the full fat Skotidakis plain 'Traditional Greek Strained Yogurt' has. I do prefer the Skotidakis as it has more tanginess and tastes creamier (which is to be expected since it is not 0% M.F.). I'll try the other ones as I find them

                    3. For a decent -- if not anywhere near as nice -- mass produced substitute, just try the Astro Balkan Style plain yoghurt, found at most major supermarkets.

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                      1. re: yaddayadda

                        No no no...the Astro brand tasted totally different than real Balkan Style. None of the major brands has been able to authenticate it.

                        1. re: stonewall36

                          Agreed, you can't match the ones made in Greece. However, this one is a decent, very-readily-available substitute for those that need a fix, or for those that might need it, say, for cooking.

                      2. Oh oh oh oh! For a while they carried the individual serving tubs of Skotidakis at Costco, and I fell in love. And then they stopped, and I couldn't find them anywhere. Thank you!

                        Ahem. My husband thinks I'm psycho. I started bouncing up and down and squealing about yogurt.

                        He's not a chowhound.

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                        1. re: lissar

                          I've been eating Liberte Mediterranee yogurt, which is great, but I liked Skotidakis better.

                          1. re: lissar

                            I spotted the Skotidakis stuff at Fresh & Wild (King & Spadina)....

                        2. I bought a tub of the plain yogurt and I liked it. Thank you for the tip!