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are there any gourmet/boutique food shop in Durham Region?

Hi all. I am wondering if there are any gourmet or boutique food stores in Durham Region, similar to something like The Cheese Boutique in Toronto http://www.cheeseboutique.com/. I am looking for a place to buy nice sauces, chutneys, breads, cheeses, chocolate etc that are better than at Metro (ugh!). I have seen Mainly Cheese in Ajax but never really investigated in thoroughly. In specific I am looking for a place for hot sauces, bbq sauces and chutneys. Any suggestion or do I have to continue driving to Toronto? Thanks for all suggestions.

Bill

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Cheese Boutique
45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

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  1. Depends on where you are in Durham. Are you near Port Perry?

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    1. re: eab.432

      I am willing to travel anywhere in Durham. I am in Bowmanville.

      1. re: fifthglen

        Really great chocolate is available at The Nutty Choclatier, Queen Street, Port Perry. I also do a lot of shopping for dips, etc at The Trading Post, Simcoe Street, just north of Port Perry - they have some unusual items as well as having a great variety of fresh meat. There's also a store called White Feather on Simcoe Street north of Oshawa (in Raglan) but south of Port Perry. Haven't been there for a while but I hear it's good. Hope that helps.

    2. Try Hermas Fine Foods, it is on 28 just north of Port Hope.

      http://www.hermas.ca/

      1. For sauces and such, try Buckingham Meats in Brooklin. Although not their principal business (they're a butcher shop), they do carry a huge assortment of uncommon sauces, rubs, chutneys and the like.

        http://www.buckinghammeats.ca/

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        Buckingham Meat
        28 Buckingham Ave, Oshawa, ON L1G, CA

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        1. re: munkdogg

          thanks. I'll have to check this out.

          1. re: paulcol

            The Buckingham Meats in North Oshawa (on Buckingham off of Simcoe N). also has a good variety of spices and hot sauces...

            Mainly Cheese has a variety of German/European foods...

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            Buckingham Meat
            28 Buckingham Ave, Oshawa, ON L1G, CA

          2. re: munkdogg

            Second/third the recommendation for Buckingham Meats. Their primary business is butcher shop, obviously, but they also have excellent Scottish bakery items (sausage rolls, meat pies, etc) and a decent imported cheese selection.

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            Buckingham Meat
            28 Buckingham Ave, Oshawa, ON L1G, CA

          3. Bruno's in Pickering has a lot to offer. Prices are medium to high, but turnover is good, and they make a lot of things on site. They are not connected to the chain of Bruno's in Toronto.
            http://www.brunos.ca/contact.html
            There is a nearby baker, The Breadhouse at West Shore and Bayly, which is very fine.

            1. For breads, I can recommend The Baker's Table in Oshawa (Ritson/Bloor) . I t is an excellent Italian Bakery. There is also a hot sauce place on Bloor , east of Simcoe, in Oshawa. I can't remember the name. Is fifthglen a Carleton reference?

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              1. re: testid

                yes...it is a carleton reference. I lived there in 1993. Nice eye to detail...lol