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israeli couscous in winnipeg?

tim from wpg Dec 27, 2009 12:15 PM

i have been looking without success, which is somewhat surprising because wpg has a jewish community and an ok food scene....can anyone help? Thanks. Tim.

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    foodiesnorth Dec 27, 2009 11:20 PM

    I am not from Winnipeg but go there often on business. I posted a review of Mise a while back and I believe the attached store (you walk trough the store to get to the dining room) has Israeli Couscous.

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      dineoutgal Dec 30, 2009 09:11 AM

      I've never looked specifically for Israeli couscous but here are some specialty stores that may sell it. Try calling them.
      - la Grotta on 1360 Taylor Avenue (204) 982-9461
      - Stephen & Andrews on 384 Academy Road (204) 487-7300

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        prasantrin Dec 31, 2009 06:43 PM

        You can also try Desserts Plus on Corydon (close to Kenaston than to Stafford). They have a relatively large selection of imported foods from Israel, and other kosher foodstuff.

        1. raidar Dec 31, 2009 09:12 PM

          Do you have a BulkBarn in the Peg Time? I know the one we have here in Edmonton carries 3 or 4 types of couscous, including Israeli.

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            maxxyp Dec 31, 2009 11:53 PM

            I been lookin as well , I am from Toronto , misplaced here for the winter. There is little variety. I havent found a decent jewish style deli , or a place that sells bagels.

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            1. re: maxxyp
              prasantrin Jan 2, 2010 01:13 AM

              No good deli in Winnipeg. Seriously. You can look and look, but you'll never find it. Just Desserts might have been good, but they closed their restaurant several years ago and now only do catering in addition to the retail dry goods store (they have frozen goods, too, like kosher chicken, etc.).

              Gunn's for bagels is pretty much it. They sell Gunn's bagels at supermarkets (I know Safeway carries them, probably Superstore and Sobey's, too, but am not sure), but they'll be fresher if you go to their store. The bagel style is different from Montreal bagels, and probably different from Toronto-style, too, but thankfully it's nothing like Lender's or other supermarket bagels that are really just bread with holes in the middle.

              Superstore, Sobey's, and Safeway in the River Heights/Grant Park area have fairly good selections of kosher foods (sections of aisles devoted specifically to kosher products, not just a few items scattered here and there). You might be able to find Israeli couscous at those stores. But I think Just Desserts on Corydon or Stewart's on Grant will be your best options. Stewart's on Grant might even have some deli-type goods (they used to a couple of decades ago), but the current owners are I think Jewish Argentineans, so last I remember, it was more like empanadas for take-out than corned beef sandwiches.

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              dineoutgal Jan 1, 2010 11:03 AM

              The bulk barn is a good idea, they carry a lot of items there. There's a few around the city - like near Polo Park area on Empress and one in the south end off Kenaston but north of McGillivray near the Costco.

              The Scoop n Weigh on Taylor Avenue (close to Kenaston once again) is another place that may carry it too.

              As for Maxxxyp, I have never tried Gunn's bagels but I heard those are decent. Not a Jewish deli but I really like eating at the Falafel Place on Corydon.

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              1. re: dineoutgal
                lilyflower73 Jan 23, 2010 08:13 AM

                I am not from Winnipeg, but I do try to get there a few times a year. In the past, I have purchased Israeli couscous at Organza Market, located at Confusion Corner (230 Osborne St.). It's been close to a year since I last went there, but I found the packages of coucous near the bulk food area. Hope that helps.

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                  nonlinear Jun 2, 2012 08:23 AM

                  I have bought israeli cous cous from Bulk Barn in Calgary.

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                  vita_387 Jun 1, 2012 10:44 AM

                  I do own a real Israeli couscous but it takes 5 hours, if you want I can give to try
                  I from Winnipeg

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