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Jamaican Grocery

blizzardgirl33 May 6, 2010 05:55 PM

Can anyone recommend a good Jamaican grocery store in or near Toronto? I'm trying to find Jamaican coffee and ketchup. Thanks!

  1. jayt90 May 6, 2010 06:37 PM

    I buy Grace's products, and Walkerswood, at Soon Lee , Markham and Lawrence.
    Costco Ajax has the current Williams coffee kiosk, with Blue Mountain blend at $14/lb, but this will move to another Costco next week.
    I bought Swiss Premium Tomato Ketchup (Trinidad) at T. Phat, Kingston Rd E. in Pickering (the old Knob Hill.) It may be a substitute for Jamaican.
    There is a Nicey's store in Scarboro, but I haven't been there. They closed up in Pickering.

    Soon Lee
    629 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1J, CA

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      garfield May 6, 2010 07:41 PM

      Actually I was also looking for Jamaican coffee.Anywhere near DT?

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      1. re: garfield
        Davwud May 7, 2010 04:35 AM

        There's a place named Socahome or something like that in Aurora near me.


        Best I can do for ya.

        DT ;-)

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        BequiaT May 7, 2010 06:24 AM

        There is the Carribbean Corner in Kensington Market, and on Baldwin(?) is the Blue Mountain Coffee shop...this might be just what you are looking for.

        1. dannyboy May 7, 2010 07:13 AM

          you can get 100% Blue Mountain Coffee at the Coffee Tree on Bloor West near Jane - it's super expensive though, like $60 a pound.
          Otherwise, lots of places like the ones mentioned do a 'blend'...but i'm not sure if it's even with blue mountain givin the price it's probably just high mountain.
          Food wise, eglinton west or maybe bathurst north of bloor should have options

          Coffee Tree
          2412 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1P9, CA

          Blue Mountain Cafe
          1587 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1H7Z3, CA

          1. Matt H May 7, 2010 08:20 AM

            Any Nicey's food market will have all the basic products you need like Grace Ketchup.

            As far as 100% authentic Blue Mountain coffee is concerned, whenever someone has it in TO, you will definitely be overcharged.

            Consider that 85-90% (depending on the source) of Blue Mountain coffee beans are exported to Japan and the majority of the remainder to the US, that leaves a market that is filled with Blue Mountain blends for the most part in Toronto. You are better off buying it online (Mavis Bank has a supplier set up in Atlanta you can find online) or taking a trip to Jamaica, it'll probably cost you about the same : )

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              LBrown8 Aug 26, 2010 07:23 AM

              Can any one recommend some good locations in Richmond Hill, Markham or Scarborough? I'd like to make authentic Jerk Chicken and am looking for shops carrying Pimento wood/leaves and Scotch Peppers (or I think it was called that). I know I can buy ingredients online separately or as part of a kit. But would prefer to buy locally if possible. Suggestions??

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              1. re: LBrown8
                Matt H Aug 26, 2010 08:34 AM

                You can easily find all the ingredients needed for the Jerk Seasoning (Both dry and wet) at any grocery store or WI Grocery in the GTA (the individual ingredients themselves are not exotic)

                As far as the Pimento Wood is concerned, last I checked nobody in Toronto stocked it. There are a few sites based in the US that import directly from Jamaica, so you would have to confirm if they ship to Canada or not.

                As a substitute you can make your own make shift Pimento smoke by soaking the berries in water overnight and filling a foil pouch to use in your smoker or Grill.

                Respect to you for trying to replicate authentic Jerk Chicken, without the Pimento smoke it is not Jerk and no one in the area makes real Jerk unfortunately!

                The site I have used in the past to order the Pimento Chips is (http://www.pimentowood.com/Pimento_Wo...) but I only ordered it when I lived in FL not Toronto.

                1. re: LBrown8
                  sweetie Aug 26, 2010 09:45 AM

                  I think you are looking for Scotch bonnet peppers. I don't want to be negative, but finding pimento wood in GTA is highly unlikely. I have heard some people say that they use applewood in a smoke packet and throw in some pimento (allspice) that has been soaked over night.

                  1. re: LBrown8
                    Chocolatemama Aug 26, 2010 07:13 PM

                    If its Scotch Bonnett peppers you are looking for, they have them at the No Frills at Yonge and 16th. They also sell them at Loblaws at High Tech Rd. You can also use Habanero peppers. They are supposedly similar in flavour and in heat.

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