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Quality kitchen supplies on the cheap...

... 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.

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

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: edfs72

        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.

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

        1. re: petek

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

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

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

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          1. re: crawfish

            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.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              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.

              1. re: crawfish

                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. 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.

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