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Seal meat in Toronto?

lucapuka Jan 17, 2011 06:47 AM

Recently I saw a photo of the PM eating seal meat because Canada will be selling it to China. I missed out on my chance to have flipper pie while in St. John's so have never tasted it. Does anyone know if there is a place to buy it in Toronto? Failing that, is there a restaurant that serves it?

  1. Davwud Jan 18, 2011 08:43 AM

    Try somewhere in the Newfie community. That's how I got my try at it. It did come from my sis's ex bf's care package from NL


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    1. re: Davwud
      PoppiYYZ Jan 18, 2011 12:51 PM

      Care to share your flavour "experience" ?

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        foodyDudey Jan 18, 2011 01:07 PM

        I think the fact that Davwud didn't mention anything positive is your answer. I would think seals generally smell bad, so don't expect them to actually taste good.

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          Davwud Jan 18, 2011 02:41 PM

          Exactly the opposite. The BF had some pickled seal sent from home. It was fantastic. It had the texture of flank steak (fibrous looking) and a slight beef flavour. Mixed with a decided fish flavour. I imagine it's exactly what cow meat would taste like if you fed it nothing but fish.

          Very tasty.


          1. re: Davwud
            kwjd Jan 19, 2011 09:29 AM

            Wow, that sounds great! I think I need to go to Montreal to have it if it isn't anywhere in Toronto.

    2. PoppiYYZ Jan 17, 2011 12:55 PM

      Ah yes, Seal Flipper Pies.

      I tried to find seal meat or SF pies in Toronto a few years back without any luck. After extensive searching and calling, I ended up ordering frozen seal flipper pies from Newfoundland (I guess many expat Newfoundlanders still have cravings). I can't remember if I got them from Bidgood's in Goulds Newfoundland or if they sent me in the right direction, but they are a good start.

      In any case, the pies had a fantastic flaky crust, lovely vegetables, and a very nice gravy. However, the meat was wicked. I mean pretty foul. I believe I am an adventurous eater and like almost everything, but I couldn't get much of those babies down no matter how hard I tried. I guess you gotta be raised on 'em...

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      1. re: PoppiYYZ
        terrycar Jan 17, 2011 06:25 PM

        Poppi take it from a Newfoundlander who could never get past the smell of the stuff, being raised on it doesn't matter. And, it probably was Bidgoods you got your pies from, as they do a lively trade in local delicacies. For seal meat though, I'd suggest trying NFLD stores, as I have seen it in tins in the past.

        1. re: terrycar
          PoppiYYZ Jan 17, 2011 06:39 PM

          Thanks TC, I guess it wasn't just me then. I can't imagine it tasting any better coming from a tin though ...

          1. re: PoppiYYZ
            terrycar Jan 17, 2011 06:51 PM

            Me neither, though that was for the benefit of the OP.

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        bytepusher Jan 17, 2011 09:31 AM

        As a regular thing I'm not aware of anywhere in Toronto that does seal meat. I had some recently at the Charlies Burger Arctic theme dinner and it was, well let's just say it was interesting.

        There are a couple restaurants in Montreal that have it on the menu as a regular thing.

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          foodyDudey Jan 17, 2011 09:59 AM

          How was the rest of that dinner, bytepusher? I saw one review and the woman that wrote it really enjoyed it. http://weirdwildandwonderful.blogspot...

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            bytepusher Jan 17, 2011 01:31 PM

            I'm writing it up for potential publication, it was very enlightening and I will say the seal was the least palatable thing we were served.

            1. re: bytepusher
              jlunar Jan 17, 2011 02:07 PM

              I'm sad that I missed it... I look forward to your report!

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