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CRYSTAL HOT SAUCE / CAJUN PRODUCTS in the GTA?

Lovetts Jun 5, 2011 06:47 AM

Has anyone seen a shop carrying Crystal Hot Sauce? Or any cajun, NOLA food stuffs? I've just moved to the city and i'm running dangerously low on this delicious sauce.

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    TexSquared Jun 5, 2011 06:55 AM

    Probably drive to Buffalo and you'll probably find it at Wegmans, since Cajun Corner (which had been Toronto's Cajun shop for years) is gone.

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    1. re: TexSquared
      TorontoJo Jun 5, 2011 07:28 AM

      Cajun Corner has been closed for a couple of years.

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      Cajun Corner
      214 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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        TexSquared Jun 5, 2011 07:52 AM

        Edited my post to reflect this. Thanks. I'd never been as we just buy all our Cajun stuff in the U.S.

    2. Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2011 07:21 AM

      Lovetts Baumer Foods produces Crystal and on their website they have a feedback form where you can request info of where to purchase the sauce. Here's the link for you:

      http://www.baumerfoods.com/contactInf...

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs
        Lovetts Jun 5, 2011 07:36 AM

        TorontoJo, thanks for the heads up, I was going to head that direction this afternoon.

        Breadcrumbs, I've hit up the website for some info.

        Thanks to both of you!

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          ibraineater Jun 5, 2011 08:52 AM

          Don't bother contacting Baumer - I sent them an email back in March asking where to find it in Toronto, or how to buy a case and have it shipped. They don't ship to Canada and they don't know of anyone in Toronto who carries it.

          You can try Amazon.com though.

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            youdonut Jun 5, 2011 10:25 PM

            Yes no one in canada sells it but they sell it in saudi arabia? wow. i guess canada is not good enough for them..

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        zeva Jun 5, 2011 03:40 PM

        We love Crystal hot sauce. It's a fave in this house and I've tried for years to find some in Toronto. I've been unsuccessful so far but I am gonna check out Amazon and Ebay. Usually, I go away every winter and I bring home a few bottles to last till the next trip.

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          Snarf Jun 5, 2011 05:35 PM

          In terms of Cajun ingredients, we are sadly challenged. You can get frozen whole and tail crabmeat at Diana's, hot sauces in many places, but what is missing is the key cooking and life staples. Here's a list, which I welcome folks to add to:

          Andouille Sausage - Haven't seen a good importer, which leads to substitutes. I have been using Segovia's Guatamaltecos smoke grilled over charcoal. I hear there's someone in Etobicoke who does a decent Andouille. Details, anyone?

          Tasso ham: Used to buy at Cajun Corner. There are some nice local smoked hams, but nothing I've found that can well replace. Anyone else find something?

          Cafe Du Monde coffee: Anyone know where it might be carried?

          Spice Blends: Not as big a concern, since we can BAM and follow the genius Paul P online fairly closely. Also variations available through Southern Accent.

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          Southern Accent
          595 Markham St, Toronto, ON M6G2L7, CA

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            Wahooty Jun 5, 2011 09:57 PM

            Try Asian groceries for the CdM coffee. There's at least one place in Chinatown that has it (west side, just north of Dundas, don't remember the name) - it's often used in Vietnamese iced coffees, so it's pretty easy to find, just not necessarily where you would think to look for it if you're in a Cajun frame of mind. :)

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              Gary Jun 6, 2011 04:56 AM

              The Sausage King stall at the St. Lawrence Market the the only place I've come across that sells Andouille. It tastes pretty decent to me, but not being from New Orleans I don't have much to compare it to. To find them, go in the main entrance of the South market, and cut right. They are beside the bulk store which is beside Carousel Bakery.

              The yellow cans of Cafe Du Monde is widely available in the grocery stores in the Spadina Chinatown. It's used for Vietnamese coffee, which is why you'll find it there.

              Southern Accent also sells a variety of hot sauces. I like some of them, but again, I'm not qualified to vouch for authenticity in this particular area :)

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              St. Lawrence Market
              92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                LJS2 Jun 6, 2011 07:31 AM

                I picked Andouille at Medium Rare in Etobicoke a couple of weeks ago.

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                Medium Rare
                5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

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                TexSquared Jun 7, 2011 12:24 AM

                As others have said, Cafe du Monde can be found in Asian supermarkets. I've seen it at T&T (although with Loblaws taking it over, who knows how long will that last... they'll replace it with "PC Memories of New Orleans coffee" !)

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                DBinNOLA Jun 6, 2011 07:54 AM

                Was passing through cajun country on I-10 over the week end and saw a billboard for: cajungrocer.com
                The web site gives info for international shipping, you could contact them for info to ship to Canada.

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                  fryerlover Jun 7, 2011 07:59 AM

                  http://www.salivate.ca/home_page.html

                  1. Davwud Jun 7, 2011 08:39 AM

                    Have you tried the hot sauce guy in the basement of St. Lawrence Market?? He's got a ton of stuff.

                    DT

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                    St. Lawrence Market
                    92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                    1. Jed Clampet Jun 7, 2011 02:56 PM

                      Spice Place has Crystal. They also ship to Canada.

                      http://www.spiceplace.com

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