ISO special fish, lamb and goat
I will be coming for a family event and have had a list going from family and me of things I need to buy (wondering if Friday or Saturday is a better time to come):
1. Ontario lamb - youngish, half or cuts (I have had luck occasionally at Fortino's but am wondering if anywhere else). A family memeber gave me the name of a butcher in one of those warehouse type places where that's all they do and they had tons of meat laying out/hanging, but it looked old and had an off smell. I had to run out of the place.
2. Fish from Greece or Italy - Whole fresh fish; have had occasional luck at SeaCore but the smell in there is so strong. Any place else for these hard to find treasures?
3. Goat - Halves and ....wait for it...heads!
4. Norwegian organic salmon
5. Grass fed beef or other organic meat - Not Healthy Butcher please
6. HIgher quality pork - a la Berkshire, hormone free
7. Tropeo Onions - The long, red fresh ones and other European veggies. They asked for those small fryer peppers that are about the size of a finger, sweet and you flash fry. In Italian they are called friarello.
Thanks! I bet I'll have to preorder some of these items.
The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA
Ocean Treasures at Danforth and Carlaw has some fish that Greeks eat, but I'd recommend driving out to Diana's as that is worth a trip!
You can try either Ellas on Pape just south of Danforth, or Mr Greek Meat Market on Danforth. I think that the latter may also sell goat.
Iqbal for sides of lamb and goat, or the heads. Thorncliffe Park Drive and Banigan.
Highland Farms is also good for lamb and heads, don't know if they have goat heads.
Old fashioned farm raised beef and pork from www.beefconnections.ca
Instead of Norwegian organic salmon, why not get B.C. sock eye, which is wild, seasonal and abundant this year. Available at Sobeys, Loblaw, Costco, and Diana's.
2 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Toronto, ON M4H, CA
850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA
3300 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z2, CA
I saw a lamb head at Highland Farms, Bennett Rd, recently for 5 or 6 dollars. I didn't give it much thought, because it was ugly, and I don't know what I'd do with it. A pig's head would become headcheese in my kitchen, but this lamb's head was very lean, no apparent cartilage.
Find a halal butcher. I live in Windsor and purchased a whole lamb last winter. When the butcher was cutting to my specs, I told him I wanted the head, feet and offal. He said he couldn't give me the feet (by law) but he'd throw in an extra head or two to compensate, which he did (tongues in, brains removed and packaged separately for immediate use.). When I told him what I'd been planning to make with the feet, he felt badly and threw in a frozen cow's foot as well. It was a nice gesture.
For Ontario lamb, I would recommend Kostas Meat Market, at Ellesmere & Warden - they get them in by the truckful, and more than willing to accommodate whatever type of cut you're looking for. Try them for goat as well.
For wild/organic Salmon, unless I see the box/crate they came in, I tend to be VERY skeptical about what it truly is. I've worked at places where they would get whole fillets of farmed/cultured King Salmon and claim it was "Wild" Pacific salmon.