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What excellent, gift-worthy, Ontario foodstuffs (not restaurant food, CSAs, or veggie boxes) do you order by phone or Internet to have shipped?

Just today, I ordered coffee from Planet Bean in Guelph -- www.planetbeancoffee.com -- my husband tried one of their blends (Freedom Fighter) somewhere and loved it! So, I'm ticking one Christmas gift off the list.

I have ordered buttercrunch from fraktals.com and highly recommend it; so addictive!!

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Planet Bean
51 MacDonell St, Guelph, ON N1H2Z4, CA

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  1. I've gifted Taste of the Month from Shay Cheese. They have great stuff!

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    1. re: helen0505

      I've read about their cheese boxes. That would be a fabulous gift!!!

      1. re: Full tummy

        We order from Shay for the holidays all the time for ourselves. Would make a great gift for cheese lovers.

    2. I always stock up on Herderson Farm's pear jam (http://www.hendersonfarms.on.ca/prodl...).

      I have a soft spot for Champanade (http://www.champanade.ca/product/) because I used to visit their St Jacob's booth whenever I visited the farmer's market.

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      1. re: ComeUndone

        Not necessarily gift-worthy nor from Ontario, but ordered 6 dozen St. Viater Monttreal Bagels Tuesday via the net. Arrived at my house yesterday at about noon. What a treat. Many can imitaite yet none can truly duplicate!! $54 delivered, which is only $3 more, and infinitely better, than Montreal Bage House on Avenue.

        1. re: robb

          Went to the St. Viateur Bagel website, and noticed these bagels are now supposed to be available at select Metro locations in Toronto. One is where i shop at Shoppers World. Haven't seen them there, but haven't really looked. I will have to try them. Guess there is no need to ship them in.

          1. re: fluke17

            Please report back when you find them and how fresh they are. Thanks.

            1. re: fluke17

              Alas, the ones I purchased from Metro were stale, not good, not worth the money or anticipation. Others posting on another thread seem to have had similar experiences.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Agreed, they don't even seem to be the same product as the original, which I have bought in Montreal in the morning and frozen that evening in Toronto, with much better results than the Metro ones. Apparently they have a secondary bakery which may not have a wood oven?
                $54 really isn't bad for 6 dozen delivered if they are the good ones!

                1. re: julesrules

                  Yes, there was no detectable smokiness to these, so I would believe that about the lack of a wood oven. With or without the wood oven, they're not as good as The Bagel House, but maybe with delivery, who knows?

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                  Bagel House
                  1548 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    They have them at the Metro in Liberty Village. Have yet to try them. Generally we just load up in Montreal and freeze them when we get back. I don't have any left right now though. :(

                    1. re: ikapai

                      Well, when you try them, let us know how they compare to what you get in Montreal!!

          2. re: ComeUndone

            Wow, tell us more about the jam. What makes it special?

            Just want to put up a link that works for Henderson Farms, as yours has the end punctuation included.

            http://www.hendersonfarms.on.ca/prodl...

            1. re: ComeUndone

              Btw, I notice their products are sold in a few shops in Toronto, including Culinarium and All the Best. Is this something you order through the mail?

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              Culinarium
              705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA

              1. re: Full tummy

                I stock up every year at One Of A Kind when they have a booth set up and tasting for every product. I also enjoy their Maple Jelly and Fig jam (good with cheese). The pear jam is my favourite because of its very pure intense pear flavour. Sweetness is a very personal taste but I find it just right. A bit thin at times though. Great to spread on buttery brioche.

              2. re: ComeUndone

                is champanade available at any downtown toronto stores**? and do you have a favourite flavour? are any flavours no good?

                edit** found store info on the website.

                1. re: foodismyhobby

                  It's a festive option for non-drinkers, especially around holidays. I like peach the best. Not too keen on raspberry. I use them sometimes for gelatin dessert as well.

              3. The Belgian Chocolate Shop ships excellent chocolatey gifts to almost anywhere in North America -
                http://www.orderline.com/chocolate/

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                Belgian Chocolate Shop
                2455 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

                1. Last year we gave my brother-in-law and his wife a six month subscription to Winery to Home. We opted to give them the wine and cheese pairing so they got a different Canadian wine matched with a cheese each month. I think they enjoyed it.

                  http://www.winerytohome.com/content_m...

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                  1. re: ms. clicquot

                    What a great idea. I checked on the site but couldn't find a wine & cheese pairing; did Winery to home send out the cheese, as well? If so, do they still have that option?

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      I had to really search for it - it's not easy to find on their site: http://www.winerytohome.com/content_m...
                      I think it was more visible last year when we ordered it!

                      1. re: ms. clicquot

                        Oh, that looks great. So, they actually match the cheeses to the wines of the month? What a great gift!!

                    2. re: ms. clicquot

                      Btw, I love that they're selling Ontario wines one normally would have to go to the winery to purchase.

                      1. great thread, keep the suggestions rolling.. i've been looking for worthy food-items that are orderable online for a long time now.. i buy my beef jerky online, but it's an american company

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                        1. Don't want the thread to be bogged down by bagel-talk, so I'm sharing another thought:

                          Niagara Presents - I've been buying from them since the late 90s and find the peach salsa addictive.

                          They have a great assortment of Niagara preserves, plus a "showroom", in case anyone's out Jorday way.

                          http://www.niagarapresents.net/

                          1. Ask this guy about shipping:

                            http://www.abisketabasket.ca/index.html

                            Outstanding, original home made jams in the basement of St. Lawrence Market.

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                            St. Lawrence Market
                            92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA