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Where to buy Spanish ingredients in Toronto

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jilly bean Nov 24, 2009 04:02 PM

In prep for a future trip to Spain, I'm hosting a Spanish themed dinner part. Any suggestions where to buy ingredients such as bomba or calasparra rice / spanish saffron / nora peppers / smoked spanish paprika etc. Thanks!

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    toveggiegirl RE: jilly bean Nov 24, 2009 05:50 PM

    This thread should help:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622284

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      bytepusher RE: jilly bean Nov 24, 2009 05:55 PM

      Pimenton on Mount Pleasant. Lola who runs the place is originally from Madrid and she knows her stuff. If it's legal to import to Canada and not insanely expensive, she will have the best example.

      1. jayt90 RE: jilly bean Nov 24, 2009 06:18 PM

        The rice places in the basement of SLM, such as Rube's, have bomba and calasparra rice, pricey at almost $20/kg. I got smoked paprika at Bruno's (Pickering) and they had spanish saffron as well.
        I don't know Nora peppers, but there are similar hot cherry peppers in a jar at Costco, for $6.

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          simplepieman RE: jayt90 Nov 24, 2009 06:54 PM

          You can also get the paprika at SLM. Scheffler's has it for sure (La Chinata), probably other shops as well. Domino carries the Spanish rice in bags - I don't know how their prices compare with Rube's.

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            jayt90 RE: simplepieman Nov 24, 2009 07:03 PM

            I paid $16/kg (Bomba) in the basement of SLM two years ago (not Rube's, but they would have to be similar). I see it at $7.50/kg on eBay.

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            bytepusher RE: jayt90 Nov 24, 2009 08:03 PM

            Nora peppers are dried, not jarred, you are probably thinking of piquillo peppers which are a different thing. I'm not sure if Pimenton had nora peppers or not since we weren't looking for them, we had a big bag we brought back from Spain.

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            tasoid RE: jilly bean Nov 25, 2009 11:00 AM

            Pasquale Brothers has everything on your list. They usually have great prices.

            http://www.pasqualebros.com/node/8

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