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julesincoq Jun 20, 2011 11:28 AM

I am making a Cuban dinner for about 30 people so I need to make a LOT of Mojitos. Any thoughts on where I can buy a lot of mint? I don't want to buy 50 of those itty bitty packages for $5 at Save On Foods.

I was thinking T & T maybe?

Also while I am thinking of it. I am going to grill plantains. Do you have a good place to buy those?

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    islandgirl Jun 20, 2011 03:30 PM

    Young Brothers Produce on Broadway (between Balaclava and Trutch) usually has large bundles of mint for about 99 cents if I recall.

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      waver Jun 20, 2011 06:58 PM

      Yes, and the produce manager (owner) is very helpful and interesting to talk to, so if you ask him ahead of time he can probably get you plantains. I have seen them there in the past, but I'm not sure if they're always there.

      Now I'm off to google grilled plantains - yum.

      1. re: waver
        Sam Salmon Jun 20, 2011 08:19 PM

        Plantains are available @ countless places around the city-most medium sized ethnic groceries carry them in various states of ripeness-they are rarely cheap BTW.

        I can't imagine a a Mojito made with dried Mint-of course I couldn't imagine the horror of Pesto made w/dried Basil before I lived in Costa Rica.

        1. re: Sam Salmon
          peter.v Jun 22, 2011 09:35 PM

          Not the best produce source, but No Frills on Broadway had a bunch of plantains for 0.69/lb. Chiquitas from Ecuador (I think). They also had a bunch of mint. $1.29 for a good sized bundle. For drinks though, I'd rather get them from a farmer's market.... mint should be easy to get there in bulk.

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            julesincoq Jun 22, 2011 10:42 PM

            Get out! I am in Coquitlam - I will stop at our No Frills tomorrow and see what I can find. thanks for the cheap suggestion.

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          julesincoq Jun 22, 2011 10:46 PM

          Epicurious. They are brushed with a sugar butter mixture. Either really amazing or over the top sweet. I will let you know!

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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        ahungrybear Jun 20, 2011 04:57 PM

        I just saw big bunches at the Kitsilano Farmers Market for $5 last Sunday.

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          robinsegg Jun 21, 2011 09:45 PM

          Hi, Sam

          what time, and where do I come for dinner? :-)

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