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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. Is this Fage??

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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!

                          1. We've started buying s the probiotic balkan yogourt from Elite Dairy (Ontario based). All natural, milk and milk ingredients and 6 active cultures. Price is comparable to the Astro balkan yogurt but the taste and texture is superior. We're buying it at Yummy Market , the European market, on Dufferin south of Finch. I would assume its available elsewhere too.

                            1. So it is the Skotidakis yogurt and they have the large tubs and also the smaller tubs with the honey and the fruit on the side. I just had some for dinner and it is delicious. I love it. Glad that I was able to bring some of you some Chow-happiness!

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                              1. re: stephintoronto

                                Has anyone seen these elsewhere than Summerhill? It's too hard to reach without a car, and the company website doesn't list any vendors...

                                1. re: piccola

                                  See my comment above... however, I believe they only carry the small size with the added fruit/honey on the side. I think it's $2.50 per tub.

                                  1. re: dxs

                                    Oh, cool! I missed that the first read-through.

                                  2. re: piccola

                                    There is a small 16 oz tub of 10% bf yogurt by Liberty at Highland Farms, around $4. They have lots of honey jars to choose from too.

                                    1. re: piccola

                                      I've bough it a few times at Whole Foods in Yorkville!

                                  3. I recently had an opportunity to try the Skotidakis product.

                                    Sorry folks... it's neither Fage nor Total, nor anything remotely close. A decent Greek strained yoghurt, for sure, but they seem to be leaning in a direction favouring sweetness over tanginess; a little too smooth, too, probably to appeal to North American tastes. A true/good Greek yoghurt is tangy, with bold flavour and luxuriant mouth feel.

                                    With true Greek yoghurt, you can also taste the provenance: goat or sheep or cow. (With the Skotidakis, this is indeterminate for the most part.)

                                    Sad to say, the search continues.

                                    FWIW, we (SO and I) make a better strained yoghurt at home -- and my mother-in-law can make such an amazing one, using nothing but store-bought milk and regular yeast, it would have you orgasming (if you are into that sort of thing).

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                                    1. re: yaddayadda

                                      Would you be able to post the recipe on Home Cooking? There are probably at least a few of us who would give it a try!

                                      1. re: Full tummy

                                        Haven't done it for a long time. I'll try to dig it up.

                                        1. re: yaddayadda

                                          Thanks! Let us know if you do...

                                      2. re: yaddayadda

                                        Its funny that you say that about the less tanginess of Skotidakis because in an earlier post in this thread someone mentioned that is not as good as fage because it was too tangy and too smooth and that tangy was an aquired taste. But it seems your view on fage couldn't possibly be more opposite.

                                        These are situations where I believe nothing will ever compare to the product on the pedestal, even if it is Total or Fage disguised in an astro container. I'd be willing to put a good amount of money on it.

                                      3. WOOT!!

                                        Found a different type of greek yoghurt today at the Pusateri's on Avenue. It's no Fage, but it is 0 fat and the Skotidakis is full fat, so beggars can't be choosers. Chobani is the brand - today they just had small tubs with either honey or fruit, the honey was really runny. The plain tub was heavenly with sliced bananas.

                                        http://www.chobani.com/

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                                        1. re: aparker

                                          YAY! I didn't know we got it in Canada!

                                          1. re: piccola

                                            It's also available at Galati's supermarket on Leslie St just before
                                            Cummer.....

                                        2. I've been searching for the perfect plain yogurt too. For me, the perfect yogurt is creamy, a bit sour and tangy, and with lots of fat (generally above 3%). I've been eating Astro's Balkan yogurt for the past 8 years, but that's no substitute for a real balkan yogurt. Every time I go to London, England, and I try the delicious Greek yogurt in my Aunt's fridge, I want to cry! Why oh why can't we have it in Canada?

                                          Anyways, then I found a yogurt by... I think Liberte. It's 10% fat. It tastes pretty good, but the texture is a bit weird. I guess it's too strained.

                                          Then when I went to Halifax this summer, I found Stonyfield organic plain yogurt. http://www.stonyfield.ca/en/store/Def... I actually liked it even though it was a bit sweet. My brother didn't enjoy it as much.

                                          I'm going to try Skotidakis. Does Highland Farm carry it?

                                          Also, any updates on the perfect yogurt? It seems like this will be a life-time mission, although I have to admit, my perfect yogurt is the one they make in Iran. It's a bit sour and tangy, creamy but not ridiculously smooth, and I believe 5-7% fat. Better than sex.

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                                          1. re: sepandee

                                            You might like a yoghurt from a producer called Five Star. It is available at Nasr grocers and Arz Bakery on Lawrence Ave East, east of Victoria Park. It is a bit more expensive , but
                                            not chi-chi. I rarely get it because it is rich and I like it too much. I get Maslanka (or Huslanka) either M-C Dairy or Western Dairy. Essentially it is buttermilk yoghurt, 3 or 3.25%. Available at any Russian or Polish store.

                                            1. re: sepandee

                                              I often have the Liberte 2.5% organic (the Mediteranee is too rich to eat on the regular), but lately I've been happier with this 4% Iranian (?) version that I found at the Super Khorak (Persian) mart in North York. It's labelled as "Akhavan Dairy Products", and is distributed by 9 Star Foods in Etobicoke. I believe that it comes from the famed Akhavan Market in Montreal, as they are noted for their in-house yogurts. I prefer the taste of this to the Liberte 2.5%. It does have a touch of that sour and tang, and the texture is real nice - solid, but not too heavy. Give it a shot. Not better than sex though, sorry.

                                            2. I too have been obsessed with finding Greek yogurt since my return from Greece this summer and I think I found something pretty close. I see a number of posts mention Liberte but none specifically the Liberte Yogurt GREEK. I found it this weekend at Highland Farms on Dufferin. It's 0% fat which isn't ideal but the texture and the taste . . . . brought me right back to Greece. Oh and did I mention it's plain, no sugar, no fruit, all goodness.

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                                              1. re: MyMomsRecipe

                                                Actually, in my experience none of the yoghurts mentioned here resemble the yoghurt I have eaten many times in Greece. My favourite yoghurt is made on Chios and is sold in the markets there in terracotta pots. It is incomparably thick and creamy, with a crust on the top. It is also made from sheep's milk, which is where everyone seems to be missing the point. Most yoghurt sold on Greece is either sheep or goat yoghurt. In fact the closest thing I have found in TO to the real deal (minus the crust, sadly) is a sheep's milk yoghurt sold in The Big Carrot and produced locally, I think most Greeks would recognise it as being far closer to their tastes than Fage etc. which are mass produced cow's milk products.

                                                1. re: MyMomsRecipe

                                                  You sure it's Liberté? Their website doesn't list any "Greek" product -- just the "Méditerranée" line, which is definitely not fat-free.

                                                  1. re: piccola

                                                    I saw a new Liberte yogurt today in Baltic style but it's not on their website either. I wonder how it compares to Balkan.

                                                    1. re: plavka

                                                      Where was it? Highland Farms? Because that's way far from me.

                                                      1. re: piccola

                                                        Yes, unfortunately it was at Highland Farms

                                                        1. re: plavka

                                                          Oh, well, looks like I'll have to ask my local Sobeys to carry it. Unless Fiesta Farms does...

                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                            Update: Fiesta DOES carry it. Bought some last night, and it's great -- thick, slightly tart and made entirely of dairy (no additives or stabilizers).

                                                  2. re: MyMomsRecipe

                                                    The really delicious Liberté yogurt is, indeed, "Méditerranée". It is not labeled "Greek", and the plain, which has a rainbow on the white plastic tub, is 10% butterfat. It's fine right from the tub, but you can strain it for as long as you like. You can also leave it out of the fridge, and it will sour more without spoiling. This is hardly a "Greek country yogurt", but it it is extraordinary stuff. The best everyday price is usually Price Chopper. Loblaws carries the line,but often not the plain.

                                                    I think you need to be realistic about "real" Greek yogurt. The stuff produced by local shepherds and the like is going to differ from source to source, as well as island to island. If you get it in Toronto, I suspect it won't taste the same.

                                                    There is plenty of Greek yogurt around the Danforth. Greek House, Sun Valley, and some of the bakeries (Select and Serano; probably others) carry it. Whether you will find thy type you crave is a crapshoot. Also, just being Greek doesn't guarantee it will be good.

                                                    We tried a "Greek Country Style" yogurt form Sun Valley a few years back. My wife, who has lived in Greece, thought it looked and smelled "right", but neither of us liked the taste.

                                                    1. re: embee

                                                      totally agree.
                                                      The Liberte Mediterranee has become an addiction.
                                                      It is as good as any yogurt that I have ever eaten overseas.
                                                      Before it appeared I rarely ate Yogurt at home.
                                                      Now I am a bit sorry (my waistline) that it is available here.

                                                      1. re: embee

                                                        "The stuff produced by local shepherds and the like is going to differ from source to source, as well as island to island. If you get it in Toronto, I suspect it won't taste the same."

                                                        You are so right about that. I have never found yogurt, "Greek" or otherwise, that compares with the unlabelled tubs I bought in Corfu from the village grocer. I suspect only a trip back to that village will satisfy the craving...

                                                      2. re: MyMomsRecipe

                                                        Whole Foods now carries the Liberte Greek yogurt. Still not as good as Fage or Mediterranee but the flavour isn't bad.

                                                        1. re: plavka

                                                          Summerhill Market is selling FAGE greek yogurt.Had one last night and is the best greek yogurt so far.

                                                          1. re: marzenka

                                                            AH! THEY ARE?!?! DO THEY HAVE TO 0%?!?!!!?

                                                            1. re: hungryabbey

                                                              i saw plain 0% ,i prefer 2%

                                                              1. re: marzenka

                                                                Hard to believe 0% butterfat, or even 2% is the best Greek yogurt yet.

                                                                1. re: jayt90

                                                                  And yet it is. Don't knock it 'til you try it. :)

                                                                  1. re: piccola

                                                                    Agreed. I got addicted to this when I was in Florida. Its really great some honey for a pre/post workout snack

                                                                2. re: marzenka

                                                                  :D im so excited!! Thank you!!!!

                                                                  1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                    I was just about to excitedly announce that fage is at summerhill market but, as usual, the hounds are up to speed. It just started coming in 3 days ago. They have individual and larger tubs of 0% and 2% plus individual tubs with flavour compartments. So excited!!!! They also have another brand with gorgeous packaging - siggi's Icelandic stirred non-fat yoghurt. Hmm, what's Icelandic yoghurt??

                                                                    1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                      I tried Siggi's when I was in the US over the holidays. I had the orange ginger flavor. It was excellent but I still prefer Fage.

                                                                      1. re: ParsleySage

                                                                        Just curious, is Icelandic yoghurt notably different from other versions? How does it taste for non-fat?

                                                                        1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                          Siggi’s is thicker and more concentrated and it has a much sharper ‘tang’ factor to it than Fage. Siggi’s also has 16g of protein per cup which is impressive. I really didn’t miss nor notice the lack of fat when I was eating it because it was so very thick and filling. I would probably eat Siggi’s a few times a week but could eat Fage every day.

                                                                          1. re: ParsleySage

                                                                            Do you (or does anyone) know if other places in town carry Siggi's skyr? I bought a tub of plain at Summerhill last night and it is very good. I like the tiny ingredient list (skim milk, active cultures, vegetable rennet) and that they use milk from cows that have not been fed growth hormone. Hard to believe it's 0%. Very expensive though ($6.99).

                                                                      2. re: peppermint pate

                                                                        Did you happen to notice where it is produced?

                                                                        1. re: tuttebene

                                                                          The multiple tubs now in my fridge say that it's manufactures at Fage USA in Johnstown NY.

                                                                        2. re: peppermint pate

                                                                          Since the import problems have clearly been solved, I wonder if other stores will sell Fage. I hope so, since I can't get to Summerhill...

                                                                          1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                            Strained/Greek-style yogurt available at Summerhill today:

                                                                            Fage, Chobani, Stoneyfield Oikos Organic, Liberte Grec, Skotidakis, Siggi's

                                                                            Aside from Chobani, all available in larger tubs ~500mL.

                                                                            They also have Liberte Baltic/Balkan (sorry I don't remember which and which) in 750mL. 6% M.F.

                                                                            1. re: ComeUndone

                                                                              Anybody having better luck than me with Fage at Summerhill Market? Their supply issues have been brutal pretty much since they started carrying it - they now don't seem to be selling the larger tubs at all anymore and they are almost always out of the 2% version. Has Fage turned up anywhere else in the city or does Summerhill have an exclusive?

                                                                              1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                I asked at Fiesta Farms a few weeks ago and they are trying to get it. If enough people ask them, they'll try harder.

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                                                                                Fiesta Farms
                                                                                200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                                                              2. Updating on my previous post, I bought a yogurt from The Healthy Butcher on Eglinton West called Ontario Sheep Milk Yogurt, or something like that. It actually tasted pretty good and sour, and the texture was very nice and had the creamy crust on the top which some people here identify as *key* to a good yogurt (I don't though). It was rather expensive though; I don't know if this was a Healthy Butcher price or if this particular yogurt is this expesive, but a small (I think 350ml) package cost just over $5 + tax.

                                                                1. Today at Highland Farms, Ellesmere and Kennedy, I picked up a 16 oz tub of Krinos sheep's milk yogurt, for $4. (A Canada product)
                                                                  I tasted it immediately when I got home, and found it had a creamy texture, and an assertive, almost pungent sheep's milk taste. The bf content, not listed, is 5.7%. If I was serving with honey, I would strain it in cheesecloth overnight, for more density and higher bf., although it is very good out of the package.

                                                                  1. Unfortunately, once you have the real thing in Greece, there really is no comparison. But many things are like that.

                                                                    I still have yet to find the right tang, creaminess, and richness in a Canadian or U.S. yogurt. But when you are a yogurt fan, you keep tasting and trying.

                                                                    Anyway, I'm not sure if this is what others are talking about, but I bought Liberte Mediterranean PLAIN yesterday and it's has the closest texture (thickness, richness, creaminess) that I've been able to find outside of Greece, but unfortunately, no real tang to it and of course that's because no Sheep/Goat's milk. It is also about 10% fat, so not one you want to eat every day, but had it with some gorgeous thyme honey from Greece and I was almost there.

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                                                                    1. re: Restaurant Dish

                                                                      Liberte does make an actual goat's milk yogurt. It is a lower-fat, thinner-textured style, but definitely tastes like goat. Perhaps if you mixed the two you might get closer yet to what you're looking for. :)

                                                                      1. re: Wahooty

                                                                        I buy that kind and then strain it for a couple of hours to thicken it up.

                                                                        1. re: Hmm

                                                                          Tried the Chobani from mcewan, and it is 0 fat. and pretty dense, not bad..but I will sacrifice and stay with the Liberte 10% as the taste is worth the calories.

                                                                    2. Next to olive oil, yogurt has to be one of the best food items/ingredients around. Greek yogurt is in my opinion the best around, but there is a bit of hunting required for it in Toronto. If you could find some yogurt from greece it's great, but for the closest taste and for the easier to find alternatives, I suggest Astro Balkan Style 6%MF, or Liberte Mediterranee 10%MF. Loblaws carries both, as do most larger supermarkets.

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                                                                      1. re: oliveoilemporium

                                                                        If you are looking for the "real deal" greek Yogurt,it sometimes turns up in Greek bakeries around the summer time as it is more of a seasonal product. Yet, due to duties as well as the dairy quota system in canada which protects domestic dairy industry- you will not be consistently finding imported Yogurt from Greece. Liberte makes an EXCELLENT Greek Yogurt product that is THICK THICK THICK (it IS infact "Greek Style Yogurt" as a title)and can be found at Ambrosia Market, Noahs(sometimes) as well the Carrot (I think). Also, you can take Astro Balkan style and place a paper towel over a strainer (or cheesecloth) and sit atop a bowl in the fridge and strain overnight (a little greek girl trick- also a good way to make the base for tzatziki). In terms of Fage, the reason why it is produced in the states is because yogurt has a short shelf life, to ship overseas takes one month typically, and to fly in is too expensive. As to why not in canada, again the duty and quota rule applies. If you are more adventurous with your tastebuds you can also try sheeps milk yogurt. There is an excellent ontario produced brand that is in Noahs and the Big Carrot, and Whole Foods as well. The Mediterranee one is good too- a little too buttery for my taste though:)

                                                                        1. re: christinagia

                                                                          If the yogurt has active cultures, couldn't you just make more of it by adding milk, stirring and letting sit someplace warm while the cultures do they're thing? Theoretically, you could use any yogurt you like as long as the cultures were still active.

                                                                          1. re: GoodGravy

                                                                            Yes, you can do this. Ive done it before in the food lab, and it works quite well.

                                                                            1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                              So people could buy one container of Fage (or any yogurt) and make it last forever.

                                                                            2. re: GoodGravy

                                                                              Yes, one can easily make your own yoghurt, there are some things to watch for. The make and type of the milk can influence the taste. If found pasteurised milk in a bitter taste. If the milk has no growth hormone (thru the cow itself)
                                                                              I have used some of Fage yoghurt and lemon juice to make more. If you want to have it thick one must let it age, until it settle for that texture.
                                                                              Note: same goes for whipping cream, the older the date (2wks+)the better firmer and double whipped results This will not melt away your strawberry short cake in hot July. AGING foods is a very misunderstood concept with the general public.

                                                                        2. I too have been looking for Greek yogourt because I am trying to include more high protein vegetarian foods in my diet. It was recommended on a veg website so I figured it' was worth a try.
                                                                          I don't live/work near Summerhill Market or other shops mentioned elsewhere in the post. However, I found Greek yogourt at my local Loblaws store! (Empress Walk location)
                                                                          Liberte Greek Yogourt. Plain 0% M.F. 500 gram tub. $4.99.
                                                                          It was located near the sour cream and cottage cheese. The flavour is very rich and tangy. Not sure how it compares to other Greek yogourts since I have not tried any before, but I like it quite a bit.

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                                                                          1. re: bluebelle79

                                                                            FWIW, I found pressed yogurt at the Select Bakery up on Donlands near O'Connor, and it's insanely rich and delicious. It's packaged in-house, so I can't say which brand it is, but it's $5.50 for a 500 ml tub.

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                                                                            405 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

                                                                            1. re: pouletsecret

                                                                              The best Greek Style Yogurt I've found is at Mendels Creamery N' Appetizer in Kesington Market (72 Kensington) $3.99 per pound. It is very thick. Not sure of the FAT content because they package it in clear tubs. You could give them a call at (416) 597-1784.

                                                                          2. Fage total was available at Aldi's a german discount grocery chain in the US. I travel to Lewiston, monthly and there are two store close by. Fabulous savings on milk eggs and butter un-salted price $1.89- 2.09 depending. Milk is hormone free and no growth hormones used and so are the eggs. A Gallon of milk sells usually for$2.10. Its enough to make one madd when you compare these prices against our Canadian markets. Back to Fage, it is heavenly, thick as cream cheese, just love it. I contacted the company for Merchants here in TO;

                                                                            1. Ha -- this thread is a bit of a historical curiosity at this point. I'm pretty sure now you'd have a hard time finding yogurt that ISN'T Greek.

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                                                                              1. re: Michael N

                                                                                Not really. I can buy a very good Indian style yogurt a few minutes from Greektown! (at the No Frills on Carlaw)

                                                                                http://www.hansdairy.com/p_dahi.htm

                                                                                Here is an article about Hans Dairy from 2006: http://www.hansdairy.com/NEWS.pdf

                                                                                The problem with the "Greek" yogurts is that 99% of them are not Greek Yogurt. (look at that strange ingredient list) I find that only Skotidakis is worth buying.

                                                                                Western Creamery makes a 35 or 40% sour cream that is very good, and I can use that instead of Greek yogurt if required.

                                                                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                  Hello foodDudey, I can buy the HANS Dairy yoghurt at the FreshCo in Mississauga, however it does not hold a candle to Fage's product. I contacted Fage and the news is that the customs and import restrictions are in the way of Customers in Canada have to travel to across to Niagara Falls, NY to buy this wonderful yoghurt. Yes, M-C Dairy carries a very good sour cream and so is the product from GayLea Sour Cream Gold. The difference is that Fage's is 0% fat and is rich and smooth, Gay Lea' Gold SC is very tasty and rich. So it depending on your dietary choices which one to use. At present time I'm following a Cholesterol reducing regime which allows all the foods I'm fond of, like lean meat, fats, eggs but NO white sugar, and NO grains, or very minimal, and organic. So I'm looking to reducing any heart medication, and maybe altogether. If interested check on Dr.E.Klein's webpage for more info.

                                                                                  1. re: IAMFoodie36

                                                                                    Hi AMFoodie,

                                                                                    I was not comparing HANS yogurt to Fage, I was responding to Michael N who said it would be hard to find any yogurt that was not Greek. They are two different products. Even though I also try and eat low fat items, I don't like items that are 0% fat unless it's water, wine or beer. I'd rather eat the item as it should be, and just eat less of it.

                                                                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                      Just FYI, I was joking, obviously I know you can buy non-Greek yogurt. I just thought it was funny that people were struggling so hard to find the stuff when this was posted, and now just a few years later it's the most popular style of yogurt on the market.