ISO: File powder
I am looking for a gumbo thickener (made from ground sasafrass). Has anyone seen it in Toronto? Thanks a lot!
I believe Pasquale's used to carry it when they were located on King W. (in the space now occupied by The Chefs' House). They've relocated to Etobicoke. Try giving them a shout: http://www.pasqualebros.com/
Pusateri's carries some of the Zatarains product line, but I don't know that I've seen file powder there.
I use a small box of okra, in the frozen vegetable section of any supermarket.
I cook it down and put through a sieve, since there is always someone who objects to the texture. But it makes a good gumbo.
You can find File powder at the St. Lawrence Market. I've bought File powder and other items many times. Unfortunately, I've never bothered to note the name of the shop (sorry!). The shop but is located in the basement, towards the east beyond Rube's. The shop carries international products, from spices, canned goods, oils, vinegars, pasta, etc.
Also, have you tried Cajun Corner? Perhaps you can give them all call and ask?