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Quality kitchen supplies on the cheap...

ThreeEm Jun 2, 2011 06:29 AM

... Any suggestions? I'm looking for a microplane grater (I know, hardware stores have them), an instant read and/or remote probe thermometer, and probably a food processor/blender device.

Perhaps someone might have something to say about Tap Phong, Nella Cucina, IQ Living, etc. For some reason I don't want to pay more than I have to.

Nella Cucina
876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Tap Phong
360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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    lilaki RE: ThreeEm Jun 2, 2011 06:33 AM

    not sure if cayne's is out of the way for you but i find their prices quite competitive. home sense also often has some good finds.

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      edfs72 RE: ThreeEm Jun 2, 2011 06:43 AM

      Might want to check out amazon.ca. They have some pretty good deals sometimes and it's free shipping if your order is over $39 I believe

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        petek RE: edfs72 Jun 2, 2011 06:48 AM

        Tap Phong is the way to go.Tons of stuff, cheap,some good quality,some not.but their prices can't be beat.You can just wander around in there for hours.

        Tap Phong
        360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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          Kagemusha RE: petek Jun 2, 2011 07:23 AM

          Agree. Cayne's and Tap Phong are probably the best discount emporia. Crappy Tire and Zeller's are worth a look, too.

          Tap Phong
          360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

      2. Midknight RE: ThreeEm Jun 6, 2011 05:45 AM

        I don't know if they would have exactly what your' looking for, but you could try Benix, as well.There's a few of them around the city, usually in power centre, but smaller locations in the occasional mall, as well.

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          crawfish RE: ThreeEm Jun 6, 2011 06:34 AM

          Kitchen Stuff Plus has very competitive pricing on name brand items like you are looking for. I used to be a buyer and they were the retailer I watched. Obviously everybody has sales but they are the best day in day out. Tap Phong is great for bakeware, glassware, etc. but will not have name brand gadgets like microplanes or thermometers. For the blender, figure out which one you want and watch the flyers.

          Tap Phong
          360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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            Kagemusha RE: crawfish Jun 6, 2011 07:21 AM

            Benix is generally schlock with KS+ not far behind with a bigger selection of dodgy, look-a-like small kitchenware. Yo get what you pay for on things like thermometers.

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              crawfish RE: Kagemusha Jun 6, 2011 12:48 PM

              Microplane brand microplanes are $20 at KS+, nothing dodgy about them.

              I agree digital thermometers are hit and miss, very poor quality control in that category.

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                petek RE: crawfish Jun 6, 2011 06:09 PM

                Microplane brand microplanes are $14 at Tap Phong(2 months ago).Benriner mandolin was $29.95 compared to $49. everywhere else.KS+ doesn't even carry them.

          2. Breadcrumbs RE: ThreeEm Jun 6, 2011 07:33 AM

            I'd agree w Amazon.ca for small appliances. Recently some prices have even been better than the US site and, much, much better than other stores I'd checked out.

            For kitchen gadgets like microplanes, thermometers etc I've found Homesense and Winners have quality brands at great prices but, availability and selection varies.

            Tap Phong is great and not sure if you're in the east end but if so, Dayco restaurant supply store in Oshawa is open to the public.

            Tap Phong
            360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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              fickle RE: ThreeEm Jun 6, 2011 06:17 PM

              I recommend the Accu-Temp instant read thermometer from Kitchen Stuff ($10). Been using mine for about 2 years and still love it.

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                ThreeEm RE: ThreeEm Jun 6, 2011 09:05 PM

                thanks all; lots of good info and item suggestions in here.

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