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stephen Sep 1, 2009 11:25 AM

I need you help Toronto Chowhounds...

So I have committed to making Gougere (pate a choux cheese puffs) with Cantal cheese for an office pot luck this Friday... and don't have a decent pastry bag since I worked as a pastry chef in Boston, decades ago.

I tested the recipe using tablespoons and it worked just fine, but thought by using a decent bag with a plain tip I would be able to get a more professional result. So, off I went to Sherway Gardens assuming that WS would have what I needed. Fail.

They just had an assortment of overpriced tips and no bags whatsoever.

Today I ran out at lunch to Michea'ls and found little fussy wedding cake kits that were overpriced and tiny.

Where can I get some decent, re useable pro bags preferably in the Mississauga area? I need you help soon as the potluck is this Friday!

  1. aser Sep 1, 2009 11:28 AM

    Don't know about Sauga but all the professional kitchen supply stores downtown will have it. Nella, Dinetz, Tap Phong, Nikolaou.

    Nella also has a location at 400 & Finch, which is closer to Sauga.

    1. TorontoJo Sep 1, 2009 11:34 AM

      In Mississauga, I'd go to Golda's.

      http://www.goldaskitchen.com/

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        Smachnoho Sep 1, 2009 11:47 AM

        I love Golda's. I would suggest that you phone before you go.

        As for Williams Sonoma, I think their quality of merchandise is declining. I was going to say gone "down hill", but I still visit from time to time. I used to be their greatest fan.
        One thing that really annoys me is their sales staff do not know their merchandise or cannot answer questions. Except for a middle-aged salesman on the second floor of the Bloor Street store, who is terrific.
        I wonder if they hire young people based on their appearance rather than sales staff based on their knowledge? There seems to be a constant turnover in staff.

        1. re: Smachnoho
          aser Sep 1, 2009 11:57 AM

          At the end of the day, a retail job is a retail job. Not exactly the most lucrative or fulfilling career choice. Can't be surprised when staff turns over quickly, or that they aren't knowledgeable about the thousands of items they have in stock.

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        iamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 12:04 PM

        I get most of my kitchen wares at European Hotel and Restaurant on Horner east of Brown's Line.

        Golda's specializes in baking supplies but it's way up next to the 401 east of Winston Churchill.

        If all else fails, just cut a corner off a large Zip-Loc freezer bag. They're strong, easy to fill and disposable or re-useable.

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          Kagemusha Sep 1, 2009 12:27 PM

          The big, heavy gauge Ziploc is my pastry bag "911," too. Try McCall's in Etobicoke(Kipling+Bloor junction) for bags, tips, etc. Not a huge Golda's fan--too pricey, too much attitude, too little knowledge.

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            foodie_guru Sep 1, 2009 12:28 PM

            You should be able to get them at McCall's, either their retail store at Kipling/Bloor or their Bakers' Warehouse in Mississauga.

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