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ISO: File powder

badrockandroll Feb 9, 2010 02:31 PM

I am looking for a gumbo thickener (made from ground sasafrass). Has anyone seen it in Toronto? Thanks a lot!

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    youdonut Feb 9, 2010 07:48 PM

    Zatarains makes a gumbo file powder. if you know of a store that carries thier products you could try there. if not there is a Canadian contact number 1-800-265-2600 where they could help you find it.

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    1. re: youdonut
      foodyDudey Feb 9, 2010 10:08 PM

      Three weeks ago I used a package of Zatarains Gumbo with Rice, and wanted to make it again but found out that it is no longer imported to Canada because of little demand. I guess not many people bought there gumbo mix here, probably becasue they never tried it.

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      Tatai Feb 9, 2010 09:52 PM

      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.

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      1. re: Tatai
        youdonut Feb 9, 2010 10:45 PM

        checking thier website i see that they do carry it, thanks for the info i will definately be checking them out.

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          badrockandroll Feb 10, 2010 02:47 AM

          Thanks everyone, and happy Mardi Gras!

        2. jayt90 Feb 10, 2010 03:02 AM

          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.

          1. Eric in NJ Feb 10, 2010 03:42 AM

            Penzey's carrys it and I belive ship to Canada


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              DishyDiva Feb 10, 2010 04:22 AM

              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?

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              1. re: DishyDiva
                TorontoJo Feb 10, 2010 04:49 AM

                Cajun Corner is closed.

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                  DishyDiva Feb 10, 2010 10:36 AM

                  Ahh. No wonder no one mentioned it.

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                  DishyDiva Apr 5, 2010 08:06 AM

                  Okay, I visited the SLM this weekend and made note of the shop in the basement that sells file powder. The shop is called "Lively Life".

                  As another poster has mentioned, The Spice Trader on Queen St. W. also carries it.

                3. Manybears Feb 11, 2010 04:38 AM

                  I buy it from Southern Accent (the restaurant on Markham), $6 for a small jar. You just need to ask the hostess or at the bar.

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                    indewig Feb 19, 2010 10:56 AM

                    You can also place the order online through their website (http://store.southernaccent.com) and pick it up when you're around.

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                    Mila Feb 11, 2010 05:49 AM

                    House of Spice in Kensington. I bought some there in October.

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                    1. re: Mila
                      Katzen Feb 19, 2010 02:09 PM

                      It is also available at the Spice Trader on Queen West - http://www.thespicetrader.ca/ - you can order online, as well. Fantastic spices there!

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