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Foie Gras in Loblaws?

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Snarf Apr 1, 2009 06:32 AM

I was very surprised to see vacuum packed slices of foie gras in the regular butcher case at the Loblaws at Yonge and Yonge the other day. Vacuum packed, looked to be uncooked, and coming in around $150 per kilo for good sized slices of Quebec duck foie. The packages were a couple of slices, a little over 100 grams for close to $20.

Is this a sign of the great proletarianization of foie gras in Toronto, or some ill-timed grab for the dwindling high end market? Has anyone seen a comparable price at the various specialty shops?

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    oracle347 Apr 22, 2009 04:44 AM

    I saw then yesterday at the Empress Walk Loblaws. Didn't stop the check the pice though - but they're there!!

    1. estufarian Apr 7, 2009 10:08 AM

      I bought it at least 2 years ago at the St Clair & Bathurst outlet. They would also cut it to order.
      Quality was high - but my fire alarm didn't like it, so I've given up trying to sear at home.

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        ComeUndone Apr 1, 2009 11:23 PM

        Available at Bayview & Hwy 7 store as well. That store has rebranded as Loblaw Great Food since late last year.

        1. Oxygen8 Apr 1, 2009 09:39 PM

          I've purchased and eaten foie from Loblaws last week, actually. I seared it, and served it with a rhubarb relish and some pickled fennel. It was delicious.

          I've also purchased foie from various places in the SLM as well as various other "haute" retailers in the GTA over the years, and the foie from Loblaws stood on it's own two feet, equalling the flavour of any other foie I've purchased/cooked myself and in some cases, besting it.

          The price will always be the selling point, though. But in terms of quality/flavour, I can certainly vouch for it.

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            grandgourmand Apr 2, 2009 05:10 AM

            How much does a lobe usually go for at Loblaw?

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              Snarf Apr 2, 2009 05:27 AM

              I've only seen the packacged slices, as discussed above.

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                CoffeeAddict416 Apr 2, 2009 05:55 AM

                i swear i've seen the complete lobe at loblaws before
                i'll report back though as i'm planning a loblaws trip this saturday to the queen's quay location

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                  grandgourmand Apr 2, 2009 06:03 AM

                  I believe you. I swear.

                  Seriously, I've seen them at the Queen's Quay Loblaws. Wondering how the price compares to, say, Whitehouse Meats at SLM which sells them for $80-$90.

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              Negaduck Apr 1, 2009 08:47 PM

              Bayview Village Loblaws

               
              1. BokChoi Apr 1, 2009 10:54 AM

                I picked up a nice piece of Foie Gras at SLM during Christmas and they had just begun selling them in smaller slices (like I've always wanted). My piece was about $20 as well.
                DeLiso's was where I got mine from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

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                  kwjd Apr 1, 2009 11:04 AM

                  Oh, I should try to pick some up at DeLiso's then (or Loblaws). At Whitehouse in SLM they would only sell the whole thing and that was over $80.

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                    Snarf Apr 1, 2009 11:12 AM

                    What was the weight? I'm trying to get a handle on what it should cost, as my instinct seems to be suggesting that Loblaws is high.

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                      foodyDudey Apr 1, 2009 11:36 AM

                      There are various grades of foie gras and depending on what is being sold, the price dould vary by a factor or 2. Those Loblaws stores are probably charging top dollar. I say that because they have different price levels for various stores. Someone told me about 15 years back that they had 4 price tiers for the stores, based on location. When I moved downtown I found out that the Broadview/Danforth store was pricier than the one in Centerpoint mall.

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                        CoffeeAddict416 Apr 1, 2009 11:49 AM

                        I recall that the loblaws foie was pretty reasonable given the size/weight and that it was from quebec. Not having tasted it i can't comment on the quality though.

                        I had no idea diliso's did portioned foie!
                        i had only seen the complete lobes at white house and didn't think i would ever be able to tackle such a beast, even at a dinner party.

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                          kwjd Apr 1, 2009 01:28 PM

                          I believe it was something along the lines of $75/pound, so the smallest one Whitehouse had at the time was just over 1 pound. This would be a very similar price to $150/kg.

                          I'm not sure what grade it was (I'm not a sophisticated foie gras shopper), but the farm it was from was Aux Champs D'Elise.

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                            Tatai Apr 2, 2009 06:17 AM

                            I believe that La Ferme is the go-to purveyor of Quebec foie gras.

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                          BokChoi Apr 1, 2009 11:28 AM

                          OK, I zoomed up on my photo and it says $21.70 for 0.31lb

                          Cooked and served with some caramelized apples: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

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                            kwjd Apr 1, 2009 09:03 PM

                            Look good! I may be doing this on Saturday. To prepare the foie gras, did you just have to take it out of the package, slice it, then sear? Any steps I left out?

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                              BokChoi Apr 2, 2009 07:16 AM

                              kwjd,

                              I dusted it with a bit of flour to add a crust. I've heard you can do without, but I have also heard it's difficult without loosing it all and it turning into a puddle of fat. There is quite a bit of shrinkage as an FYI, just so you plan accordingly.

                              Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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                                kwjd Apr 5, 2009 07:23 AM

                                I bought a small piece there on Saturday for $10 and cut it into 2 slices. I did one slice with flour and one without. While both were good, I preferred the one without flour actually. It seemed just as easy to cook as the one with four.

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                                  BokChoi Apr 7, 2009 10:18 AM

                                  Good to know that it works with both and that you did a side-by-side comparison. I have a craving for foie now - especially at such an affordable price of $10! I didn't realize they cut them that small nowadays. Where I am right now, there isn't much available in terms of budget foie. Too bad. Next time I return to the city I'll get some. Thanks kwjd.

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                        embee Apr 1, 2009 10:06 AM

                        I've also seen foie gras at the Gerrard/VP Loblaw's. If you are really into the stuff, note that I have seen it more than once selling for the last day of sale 50% discount.

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                          foodyDudey Apr 1, 2009 10:10 AM

                          I wish I knew when it was 50% off, I'd try it then. Maybe you could send me an email when you see it on sale.

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                          JennaBean Apr 1, 2009 09:52 AM

                          Yonge and Yonge? Is that the correct address? I'd like to go pick some up!

                          Thanks!
                          JB

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                            Snarf Apr 1, 2009 10:04 AM

                            Yonge street and Yonge boulevard, right at the top of the hill before Hog's Hollow.

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                            CoffeeAddict416 Apr 1, 2009 09:12 AM

                            the queen's quay loblaws also has foie gras
                            it looked pretty tasty!
                            i've been meaning to go pick some up but haven't had the need to go loblaws in a while

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                              Smoothmoose Apr 21, 2009 07:09 PM

                              I just checked the Queens Quay Loblaw's today and there were out of foie gras. The butcher wasn't sure when they would get more in and he thought the out a big shipment for the Easter holidays but might get more over the weekend. We'll see.

                            2. TorontoJo Apr 1, 2009 06:39 AM

                              That particular Loblaws is a "Loblaw Great Food", a higher-end concept store for Loblaws. So I doubt that it would appear in "regular" grocery stores.

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