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I see that BC has a "costco" thread that gets updated with food related things. Thought it would be great to have one for Ontario as products as different across regions.

I really like that Costco often carries food that isn't available at normal grocery stores. I try to limit my "new items" to one or two per shopping trip but that is often difficult!

I really enjoyed the Mountain Harvest flat breads they had but they got rid of them. I have lately been buying the "Extreme Pita" ancient flat breads (last two times I was there) and they are pretty good.

Some great cheeses lately too, I will post more details once I have tried the cheeses.

Feel free to post about kitchen gadgets/etc that may be a good deal at Costco.

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  1. My local Costco is selling Kawartha Dairy's Moose Tracks, Vanilla and Candy Cane ice cream right now.

    The week before Xmas, my Costco had refrigerated jars of shucked oysters in brine for $7.99, which are great for fried oysters. My jar contained 9 huge oysters.

    I tend to stock up on chevre, Cambozola and gruyere at Costco. I like Balderson Cheddar, but I wish Costco would carry smaller 1 or 2 lb packages of Balderson Cheddar.

    I also like the Fontaine Sante hummus and baba ghanouj better than most commercial brands.

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    1. re: prima

      I love Costco's Kirkland 0% MF Plain Greek Yogurt, but not as much as I love Skotidakis Yogurt, but Costco only has the latter with the individual portion fruit flavoured size and I prefer to put my own sliced whole fruit in.

      1. re: Flexitarian

        Slightly OT: I don't understand why so few companies make single-serve plain Greek yogurt. I would buy so much!

        1. re: piccola

          I've noticed that they keep increasing the amount of "fruit". I think this is because Greek style yogurt is actually expensive to make, while the pseudo fruit jelly they add costs close to nothing. I'd like to see some more flavours and less fruit options.

        2. re: Flexitarian

          I get it at the North York Costco on Billy Bishop Way north of Yorkdale Plaza.

      2. The Kirkland Pesto Sauce has undergone a massive change of ingredients. Instead of mostly basil flavours, it is now mostly cheesy (and not good) and extra garlic tones. And extra salty.

        It tastes and feels radically different. Price is about the same, and they now claim that you can freeze it -- unlike before. That may have inspired the change. The also claim it has Genovese DOP blend of basil and oils.

        Anyway, I don't like it and I will not be buying it again.

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        1. re: Dean Tudor

          Update: I checked my bills, the older, great pesto was $8.69, the newer version, less intense basil, is $7.99...seventy cents less for crud..

          1. re: Dean Tudor

            So it DID change!! I recently bought it in December and it seemed a lot more cheesy than I remembered from the last time I bought it (about a year ago). Like you, I will also not be buying it again.

          2. I like this thread!

            In my Costco they had a special kiosk for William Spartivento (Quebec company) coffee and they had Jamaica Blue Mountain (100% pure) and a blend. I tried both of them in addition to the Sumatra, Hawaiian, and the Costa Rica. The Jamaica Blue Mountain was really nice and reasonably priced for Jamaica Blue (still expensive relative to other coffees). I ended up picking up the Hawaiian and Costa Rica. Much better than other coffee beans at Costco and supermarkets!

            My Costco is also selling Kawartha's Dairy ice cream in all those flavours (Candy Cane and Moose Tracks). They have a huge crate of Medjool dates 1 kg for $7 and organic Calimyrna figs 1 kg for $6.

            The last Christmas leftover is a dark chocolate covered selection of dried fruits (cherry, blueberry, cranberry, mango, and dates) for $10 for 1 kg. It looks to be made in Ontario.

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            1. re: Nevy

              To help Everyman Jack, the Costco stores I go to are the Etobicoke and Heartland Mississauga locations. They have the same buyer. The buyer also takes care of Mississauga South Oakville location too.

              I'm thinking of heading to the Brampton Steeles location one day to check it out. They have a different buyer.

              1. re: Nevy

                How can I find out which buyer buys for which store?

                I was very excited to see this thread. I am a Costco newbie and assumed every store has similar stock. I still have yet to go through my local Costco thoroughly.

                1. re: mrsleny

                  We were talking to one of the long time associates (she was working at the front management since 1999) and she told us which Costcos have the same buyer. It sounds like South Mississauga/Oakville, Heartland, and Etobicoke are the same. Brampton and North York are possibly the same buyers (maybe Vaughn too?).

                  1. re: Nevy

                    Sounds like a regional thing. I am in Richmond Hill, so I'm assuming my local store and probably the ones in Markham have the same buyer.

                    Good to know. I will probably check out Vaughn and see if they have similar products.

                    I assume store layouts are all the same.

                    1. re: mrsleny

                      They have national buyers in Kanata and chain-wide buyers in Seattle. I would be surprised if a small buying group exists for Mississauga or Brampton. There is some individuality in a single location, left up to the manager, as in kosher products at Downsview.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        Perhaps the buyer group has focus markets (e.g. big metropolitans)? I do know that my friend in Calgary and Vancover gets completely different brands and options than the ones we get here in GTA. I'm still waiting for steel cut oats in mine (we only get the instant stuff) but both of the other cities have had them for years now.

                        They also have organic red cargo rice in Vancouver and we only have jasmine, uncle ben instant rice, an organic wild rice blend, and another rice that escapes me.

                        I'm just redirecting the information given to me by their front desk manager. I asked outloud about going to different stores for different products and she said there are differences in the sections of GTA (Brampton vs Mississauga/Oakville/Etobicoke).

                        1. re: Nevy

                          I can relate two vendor stories.

                          A Canadian BBQ sauce had to be produced in huge quantities for English Canada Costco, and there was an option of all Canada if the label was bilingual. The buyer in Kanata bought the product after it was sent to central office for tasting. The sauce company left after two seasons of poor treatment by the food demonstrators and other extra cost promotions.

                          Some Chowhounders with an interest in Montreal Smoked Meat were excited to learn that Dunn's MSM was being sold in 2 kg slabs in a few Costcos. I emailed the CEO of Dunn's to find out where. It was only at Ajax, Etobicoke, and Barrie, and that was Dunn's choice, to enter slowly and not get slammed. Later they supplied a lot more warehouses, and it apparently failed because of no promotions.

                          1. re: jayt90

                            I saw Dunne at both the etobicoke and Scarborough stores recently, like in the last two weeks.

                            1. re: LexiFirefly

                              In the slabs, or in the individually portioned bags?

                              1. re: Michael N

                                Individually portioned bags come in a box, at $15, in all locations, same product as at Food Court; they are fine for a quick snack, but you can't choose a lean or fatty piece, deckel or point, as you can when the shrink-wrapped large briskets appear.

                              2. re: LexiFirefly

                                Maybe it is back. Was it in slabs, cryovac'ed, at about $12/kg? Individually priced?

                                1. re: jayt90

                                  The slabs I saw at the Scarborough location. Just the portions at etobicoke. Also please pardon my autocorrect.

              2. Not to be snarky, but this thread would be much more helpful if everyone, instead of saying "my costco," actually said the specific store they were talking about.

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                1. re: EverymanJack

                  Sorry, EverymanJack.

                  The London, Ontario Wonderland Road North Costco is selling Kawartha Dairy's Moose Tracks and Vanilla ice cream. The London North location no longer has Kawartha Dairy's Candy Cane ice cream in stock.

                  The week before Xmas, the London North Costco had refrigerated jars of shucked oysters in brine for $7.99, which are great for fried oysters. My jar contained 9 huge oysters. As of today, no oysters were in stock.

                  I tend to stock up on chevre, Cambozola and gruyere at London and Toronto Costcos. I like Balderson Cheddar, but I wish Costco would carry smaller 1 lb packages of Balderson Cheddar. Currently, most Ontario Costcos carry a 500 g package of 5 year Balderson Cheddar. At the London North location, I noticed a striped 5 County cheese, as well as Welsh Cheddar(in a 1 lb package), and an Apple Pie Cheddar.

                  I like the Fontaine Sante hummus and baba ghanouj better than most commercial brands, that seem to be available at all Toronto and London Costcos I've visited.

                  1. re: prima

                    Prima, I'm sorry, I don't understand your weight scheme. One pound of Balderson Cheddar is just under 2 oz. less than 500 grams of Balderson Cheddar. There is not a lot of difference,

                    1. re: Dean Tudor

                      Sorry, I wasn't being very clear, Dean. I agree, the 2 oz difference between a 454 g pack and a 500 g pack of 5 year Balderson Cheddar isn't a huge difference, and I don't mind buying 500 g instead of 454 g.

                      There's usually a cheaper, younger Balderson Cheddar available at Costco that comes in a 1 kg package, IIRC. That's the one I wish came in smaller packages. Cheddar in my fridge starts to go moldy if I buy more than a lb/500g at a time.

                      1. re: prima

                        That';s ok, prima, I was just wondering...Cheese in my house never goes moldy --- because I eat too much of it and it is all gone once opened...

                        1. re: prima

                          if you are having an issue with cheese going moldy get yourself one of the vacuum sealers from costco , foodsavers the best, and cut up and vac seal your cheese i find my cheese lasts a long time this way also the foodsaver bags are thick so you can freeze in it as well.

                        1. re: prima

                          I went to Costco today and I saw they carried balderdon cheddar in individual snack packs! It's not a great value like the large block but it'll solve your issue about it being too much in one go!

                          I also saw the Mississauga North carry the Kerrygold Dubliner cheddar! I've heard great things about their butter. Anyone tried their cheese?

                          Also I bought the Phillipines dried young coconut bc of this thread. It's not bad. Chewy, moist, and light coconut flavour (in a good way). It's not artificial or overly sweet. It doesn't have the same addiction factor as the dried mango. The mango are sweet, tasty, and mind blowing (provided you didn't get an old dried out bag).

                          1. re: Nevy

                            I've tried the Kerrygold Dubliner and didn't like it. Actually I haven't finished it and it is still in the fridge. Mostly a matter of taste I suspect and you might like it.

                      2. The new Kirkland chocolate chips have quickly become a family favorite. Much better than the Nestle's they have carried for years.

                        Anyone try the Carrington Farms Coconut Oil yet? The price is fabulous.

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                        1. re: Patrincia

                          I haven't tried the Kirkland chocolate chip but for baking, I've tried the Kirkland Vanilla beans and they're fairly good. They're not as good as the Vanilla food company (especially when buying in bulk) but if you only need 10 beans (or less), it's better than any store price and they're plump and fresh. It works out to $1/bean.

                          The Mississauga Costco also carries Ghiradelli Brownie mix and the Coconut oil. My friends swears by both of them. I hate using any mixes (and normally so does she) but she thinks these are really good. She uses the coconut oil in the brownies and says it comes out just as good from any scratch recipe.

                          1. re: Nevy

                            Do you know if she melts the coconut oil first or beats it in like softened butter? Thinking of making a brownie mix tomorrow.

                            1. re: Nevy

                              I second the Ghiradelli brownie mix! My teenage kids love it.

                          2. Etobicoke Costco (and North York) carry an excellent, albeit shrinking, selection of Quebec cheese. I usually pick up 1 or 2 at $6-8/selection. And always, the 2 packs of Boursain and 3 packs of goat cheese for at you'd pay for a single pack or 2 pack in the grocery store.

                            There used to always be St. Andre (triple cream ripened cheese) at $6, but it seems to have been discontinued in the past two months.

                            1. On a trip to California in the summer, we were standing in line at Costco and started chatting with the woman behind us. She had a bag of dried coconut, and I commented on it. She said "Oh, want to try some?", opened the bag, and offered it to us! Such a nice lady, turns out she loves Murdoch Mysteries, ha. Anyway, the coconut was amazing, big chunks, chewy, not too sweet. I'd never had anything like it. Well, we were already in line, so didn't go and get any, figuring we'd be able to find it somewhere else.
                              After looking forever, and having no luck in any Asian grocery store or Costco here in Toronto, I gave up. BUT - just before Christmas, at the Yorkdale location, just wandering down the dried fruit aisle - there it was!! It's the Philippine brand, the same one that does dried mango that they've carried forever. I highly recommend it, it's called dried young coconut and I could snack on it all day.

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                              1. re: sgogo

                                Is the coconut available at any other store? I don't have a Costco membership (and I'd rather not pay $20+, which is what they're charging at online stores).

                                1. re: piccola

                                  Sorry, haven't seen it anywhere else, although it's a good sign that it's being imported to Canada by Costco. Maybe other stores would be willing to order it if you requested it?

                                  1. re: piccola

                                    If you know anyone that shops at Costco you can get them to buy you a gift card and you can shop there with the gift card + cash/debit to pay the balance without a membership. Could way to check out the store and get a sense of what they really have.

                                    1. re: ylsf

                                      Thanks but it's also a location issue - Costco is out of the way and even with car sharing, booking a car basically eliminates any savings from buying in bulk.

                                      1. re: piccola

                                        Well I am a dedicated CostCo user and you can actually take the Subway to the Wilson location (less than the 10 min walk) which I do once a month.
                                        Winter Zipcar does the trick. I would still make an effort to go there as for me its still worth it.
                                        I picked a chocolate macarons box recently looks very nice will share the results when I open it.

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          You can get to the Billy Bishop one by subway, it's only a short walk from the station with a buggy.

                                          1. re: Flexitarian

                                            But the you're either limited in how much you can buy (which defeats the purpose) or stuck carting heavy items back on the subway.

                                            Believe me, I've considered these options and found it just wasn't worth it.

                                            1. re: piccola

                                              Well too each his own. I have carried 4 bagful of goods and it was worth it for me.
                                              Also anyone knows when are they bringing back the Dunn's smoked meat Pizza's back. I asked and they said they were taken off due to some mislabeling.
                                              Dunn's Smoke meat pouches are also excellent IMO. Also is the Wakame Salad box I pick up when I am at the Etobicoke location.

                                    2. re: sgogo

                                      I bought this once and loved it. Haven't seen it lately at the Etobicoke location. Do you know if any of the locations are still carrying this?

                                      1. re: SallyCinnamon

                                        The Etobicoke and Mississauga locations stopped carrying these about late spring. Last I heard, you might find this in the Markham location but the SKU # is showing up as discontinued in their system

                                    3. Like the Collier's Welsh Cheddar at Heartland--killer.

                                      1. I picked black truffle oil and salt combo from Etobicoke location. I saw it at the Scarborough location as well. Very intense smell compared to the other oil I have tried. Adding a nice layer to morning omelettes and I even made truffled popcorn and the result was good.
                                        Also at Etobicoke location I picked up Cafe CIMO espresso bricks 2 500 grams bricks of 100% arabica. Not my fav roast but it is quite decent.
                                        Scarborough also at sun dried tomato bag on clearance. Very intense taste though a bit salty for me.
                                        Last trip I also saw the pure grape seed oil 3 pack.

                                        1. Love this thread! I mostly frequent the Scarborough and Etobicoke locations and have found all of these items at both locations.
                                          My favourites are the Fontaine Sante hummus, Materne applesauce pouches for the kids, White Linen marinara and Ghiradelli triple chocolate brownie mix (I will try making with coconut oil next time thanks to Nevy's suggestion!).
                                          Their cheeses and coffee are a great price. I can usually find a decent brie for a good deal and I won't buy mascarpone or parmigiano anywhere else. I usually pick up a bag of coffee there, either the Kirkland green bag or Rainforest Alliance, or if William Spartivento has a roadshow then one of theirs.
                                          I am looking forward to trying the Kirkland chocolate chips which are getting a ton of love on the Chains board, I just need to get through the massive bag of Chipits that I bought there on sale first!
                                          Also really enjoy their chicken pot pie.
                                          The Etobicoke location is very close to San Remo bakery so a visit there offers me a very good excuse to drop in for an apple fritter.

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                                          1. re: cheesymama

                                            I really like the kirkland "Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips". They are delicious!

                                            1. re: szw

                                              I have to second this. And they last quite a while. I just wish I liked any of the salsa's they sell.

                                            2. re: cheesymama

                                              Hi Chessymama: I'm going to the Ellesmere location this afternoon. Where do I find the Fontaine Sante humus. Along the back aisle or in the other aisles with the cheese, eggs etc or in the cheese section near the meat counter?

                                              1. re: Herne

                                                Usually they have the humus in one of the coolers/open fridges that also has fresh pasta, soups in it. Haven't been to that specific location though

                                                Speaking of soups, I bought the Happy Planet Thai Shrimp soup (2 pack, forget the price but good deal) a month or so ago at the Burlington store. Really enjoyed it and I since bought the Moroccan version of the same brand from Whole Foods and really enjoyed that too. Hope Costco starts carrying other varieties of it.

                                                1. re: Herne

                                                  Found the humus beside the entrance to the Produce cooler. Came in a 2-pack.

                                                  1. re: Herne

                                                    Sorry, got in a little too late to help you but glad to see you found it!
                                                    I forgot to mention that Costco now carries large jars of Better Than Bouillon, both the beef and chicken varieties! I have found these in the baking aisle surprisingly, as opposed to with the soups and other stocks.

                                                    1. re: cheesymama

                                                      I love Better than Bouillon. I didn't realize Costco had started carrying it. Thanks for mentioning they carry it.

                                                      1. re: prima

                                                        I posted about Costco carrying the Better Than Bouillon products in early November 2012...I was so thrilled to see them on the shelf.

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            Can someone give the details of the cost per serving vs the Boxed stuff. I think it is here somewhere but I can't find it.

                                                        1. re: cheesymama

                                                          just picked up some better than bouillon and young coconut @ the etobicoke costco. thanks for the tip!

                                                    2. I forgot to mention the Brookside Dark chocolate covered blueberries at the Mississauga store. These are the exact same as the Trader Joe's Power Berries. It's the same manufacturer behind both and the same ingredient list. It's addicting for me! Almost as good as the Phillipine brand dried mangos.

                                                      Cheesymama let me know how the triple chocolate brownie with the coconut butter works out. I think my friend is nuts but she thinks its better than her old scratch recipe!

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                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                        Totally agree -- those dark chocolate acai blueberry things are addictive. I just made an almost fully Costco product trail mix: Kirkland walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds, Philippines brand young coconut, and the Brookside dark choc. blueberries. (Organic Traditions dried golden berries were the only thing not from Costco because their dried fruit is all sweetened). The whole thing was DEELISH.

                                                        1. re: Nux2

                                                          That sounds awesome! I'm not sure if you've seen the Marcona Almonds in the snack area or the organic (not sweetened) Turkish Calimyrna Figs to the mix as well.

                                                          That would be awesome in your mix :) The Oakville/South Mississauga one has these yogurt dried strawberries that would be great. I haven't tried them but they looked tempting!

                                                          I'm trying to find bread flour at any costco but I haven't been successful. :(

                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                            'wholesale club' carries robin hood bread flour in 20kg sacks. . .

                                                            http://www.wholesaleclub.ca/LCLOnline...

                                                            . . .at least it did, the last time i checked.

                                                        2. If you need whole coffee beans, get the Kirkland ones in the red bag. They create a great rich and juicy espresso. Our go to brand!

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                                                          1. re: Vern Ryerse

                                                            Thank you for the recommendation! I'll have to try those after we finish off the William ones we just got! I was not liking the commercial brand choices in my Costco (Starbucks French Roast and Folders (or was it Maxwell House?)).

                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                              The red beans are outstanding, you will not be disappointed.

                                                            2. re: Vern Ryerse

                                                              I always get the Kirkland Espresso beans in the red bag. I'm very particular about loving strong coffee and these beans do it for me much better than my neighbourhood artisanal coffee beans.

                                                              1. re: Cup cake

                                                                always bought that red blend for years for my espresso machine, but for the last while have really loved the rwandan coffee in the coppery brown bag that kirkland carries. very dark roast, oily beans with a hint of winey taste like the kenyan estate coffees i like in medium/medium-light roast.

                                                                1. re: afong56

                                                                  Their coffee beans may be good but i'd prefer to pay a bit more for something fair/direct trade that isn't buying into cheap overseas/child labour etc. which i'd bet would totally be the case with a Costco. I'd rather avoid the bad karma. Something to think about anyway

                                                                  1. re: dannyboy

                                                                    costco beans have been fair trade/sourced for as long as i've been buying them. your karma is safe.

                                                                    now whether 'fair trade' is actually a meaningful designation any longer. . that's a different discussion.

                                                                    1. re: afong56

                                                                      karma and fair trade aside, buy locally roasted beans for the best flavour and freshness. beans should be used within max 10 days of roasting.

                                                                      1. re: the_beezelet

                                                                        sure, and buying green beans and then home roasting them in small batches would be even better, but this is the 'costco' thread. true coffee snobs would not be buying their beans from costco in the first place--i might one day be one, but not to date. . .

                                                            3. Saw Borscht Soup Pkg of 2 at the Deli Section at the Billy Bishop. Any Comments?

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                                                              1. re: smfan

                                                                I tried it a few weeks ago, it was just OK - not overly impressed.

                                                                1. re: smfan

                                                                  I thought it was pretty decent for a mass produced product. I am definitely not an "Borscht" expert though :)

                                                                  1. re: smfan

                                                                    I tried it, found it VERY plain...flat tasting. Tried adding salt, but that didn't help. I really wanted to like it too.. I love Borscht.

                                                                  2. This thread was a stroke of genius. Can't wait to try out the Better than Bouillon --assuming they have at the Warden and Ellesmere store.

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                                                                    1. re: Herne

                                                                      I have seen it at that location, but look in the baking/spices aisle.

                                                                      1. re: cheesymama

                                                                        Ok Its not a part of the store than I frequent and frankly I can't recall where it might be but I should find it next Monday.

                                                                        1. re: Herne

                                                                          It's the first food row behind the pharmacy.

                                                                          1. re: Herne

                                                                            I recommend the Mushroom, Beef and Chicken. While the lobster is also good, I just never had enough use for it. I have been using Better than Bouillon since living in the states 12 years ago where I discovered it while looking for Croydons at a Safeway store. I can't touch Croydons now.

                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                              OK I think I can find it with all the help. I guess its near the flour. Never heard of Better than Bullion and feel a bit like a Hick on the topic but we will rectify that on Monday.

                                                                              1. re: Herne

                                                                                I have the chicken base Better Than Bouillon, and it is very Schmaltzy, straight up.
                                                                                Schmaltz may be the next big thing, now that Ruhlman is popularizing it, as in this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/schma...

                                                                                1. re: Herne

                                                                                  FYI it is a paste and not a powder. It's a squat jar. They have organic and regular but I don't know what Costco carries.

                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                    I think it's the regular. Little surprised at all the love the BB gets, though maybe I shouldn't be. Better than Bouillon, I think not. Filled with multiple forms of MSG and GMO delights (with much overlap, natch): hydrolyzed soy protein, flavouring, autolyzed yeast extract, corn syrup solids, corn oil, disodium inosinate & guanylate (in chicken base) to enhance said MSG flavours, man, sign me up!

                                                                                    I guess to be helpful, out of this extensive line, the Kosher vegetable base (and certainly not the organic vegetable) has a clean set of ingredients, with the Kosher chicken maybe second best.

                                                                                    http://www.superiortouch.com/retail/p...

                                                                                    1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                      Here is what I like. Natural chicken flavour, highly concentrated so you need very little and most importantly there is no instant that has the rich flavours BB offers.

                                                                                  2. re: Herne

                                                                                    It is next to the spices. Only Beef flavour left at the Billy Bishop.

                                                                                    1. re: Herne

                                                                                      Got the Beef version this afternoon from Warden and Ellesmere and it will be tried in soup tonight.

                                                                            2. Some of our favorites (Mississauga) include the vegetable spring rolls (fresh) found in the deli section, the Dunns smoked meat packages, the Kirkland olive oils and their very reasonably priced selection of cheeses. There is always a bag of their frozen shrimp (21count) in our freezer. Their dinner rolls are perfect for pulled pork sliders and their demi chiabatta loaves are great for steak sandwiches. The beef is high quality and excellent value. If we are doing steaks for a small crowd a whole tenderloin or strip loin does the trick. Lasst spring they had Kamado style charcoal barbeques that were selling for a fraction of what I paid for my big green egg.

                                                                              1. Also forgot to mention the san marzano canned tomatoes.

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                                                                                1. re: LJS2

                                                                                  The case of San Marzano tomatoes I bought last year had basil added. While I appreciate they're a good deal, compared to other cases of San Marzano tomatoes, I don't want basil added. Hopefully Costco is selling San Marzano tomatoes without basil this year.

                                                                                  I noticed bags of ON grown golden beets at the London North Costco a few weeks ago, which I hadn't seen before. Nice to see some ON produce making its way into Costco's supply.

                                                                                  1. re: prima

                                                                                    I'm so glad somebody mentioned those tomatoes. They taste inferior to others I have had, so I read the fine print on the can and noticed that the tomatoes are from Italy, but are NOT San Marzano tomatoes! How is this possible: the can says San Marzano right on it, right? Well, turns out it is NAMED San Marzano, but that's not where the contents are from.

                                                                                    Confused? Call the number on the can, speak with the company, in Quebec, and ask them where the tomatoes are from. Then call Costco HQ and complain, because this is quite simply the most misleading labeling I have EVER seen. It is, quite literally, criminal (under Canadian trademark law).

                                                                                    1. re: non sequitur

                                                                                      I don't find them inferior, but a great buy compared to San Marzano DOP in the stores.

                                                                                      The tomatoes may or may not be San Marzano, but are canned in the area by a company of that name. Tomatoes are not sent very far for canning, so they probably do represent the volcanic area. It's similar to Blue Mountain blend coffee from the lower slopes, usually excellent compared to Tim's from anywhere.

                                                                                      They avoid the EU tax premium for San Marzano DOP, and have done nothing criminal. Get a grip.

                                                                                      1. re: jayt90

                                                                                        I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that a can of tomatoes labeled San Marzano are from San Marzano. It's intentionally misleading. Non sequitur is right to be nonplussed.

                                                                                        1. re: Michael N

                                                                                          They are from the region. They're simply not DOP certified which is how they keep the cost down. Also adding the basil leaf is to get around stupid import laws. By adding the basil, you can classify the tomatoes as a condiment which has less duty.

                                                                                      2. re: non sequitur

                                                                                        Good to know about exactly what type of tomatoes they are. I was curious and even after spending two minutes reading the label, I could not find out the answer. The most prominent wording on it is "La San Marzano", with words such as "Romano", "Choice Grade" and "Tomates Italiennes" scattered all over.

                                                                                        Of course, the price is so great that it would have felt too good to be true if they were the DOP ones. I usually use them in dishes where there are other main components and so I am perfectly fine with them.

                                                                                      3. re: prima

                                                                                        Hmmm, I noticed that too but it took 1 second to take the basil leaf out. I am curious why that is a problem given it's easy to get rid of it.

                                                                                        I like the 6 glass bottles of 'La Regina Di San Marzano' Fresh Mashed Tomatoes (not really the same as D.O.P. certified San Marzano tomatoes but I don't detect a difference in taste) at $5.99 for 6. I like that they are not in bisphenol-A laden cans and use them on my home made pizzas as the pizza sauce. They have a basil leaf in them too which I just fish out.

                                                                                        Also, San Marzano tomatoes can be from the San Marzano area of Italy, but not necessarily verified as being D.O.P. certified. You can grow San Marzano tomatoes in Toronto too. They refer to the variety of tomato not necessarily the area they are grown in unless they are D.O.P. certified as being such.

                                                                                        1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                          How did you take the basil out? The cans I purchased little pieces of basil, dispersed throughout the thickish tomato sauce, surrounding the tomatoes. I don't find tiny pieces of basil easy to remove. I could see fishing out a bay leaf, but little bits of basil aren't easy to fish out, at least not for me.

                                                                                          1. re: prima

                                                                                            I've bought the large cans of those tomatoes before and the basil were in large chunks. They were like whole stalks of basil leaves all stuck together still. It was very easy to remove.

                                                                                            This has been the case for the 4 or 5 cans I used. Perhaps they changed their process or its just one of those things that it depends on what you get.

                                                                                            1. re: prima

                                                                                              Hmmm, they must have changed how the basil is incorporated. I switched to the sauce in glass jars and haven't bought the big cans in over a year. It used to just be a big leaf or two. It is definitely one leaf in the glass jars.

                                                                                              1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                Just in case you guys didn't know, there is a weekly thread on another forum, redflagdeals, where a user goes to a GTA store and takes pictures of everything that is on sale or on clearance. Its a very useful thread.

                                                                                                Here is an example: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/costco...

                                                                                                1. re: szw

                                                                                                  Yes, amazing threads... and there is another user in a different region as well.

                                                                                                  1. re: szw

                                                                                                    That thread is an expired one, How do you find the current one. I've been looking but can't seem to find it.

                                                                                                    1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                      You have to look for it every week as that guy posts pics for one of the GTA CostCo every Monday/Tuesday

                                                                                                      1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                        Yeah, you have to look for the thread. On that forum, on the right hand side there are threads that are "most popular" or "most thanked". WHen that thread is posted, for the next few days usually its on those lists.

                                                                                                        Perhaps if I can remember, I'll post a link in this thread whenever its posted for those who don't frequent that forum. If someone else remembers to do it, go ahead, I'll check this thread first.

                                                                                                      1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                        So far as I know there are different rules for importing tomatoes into Canada. If you add basil (or anything), the can is now something other than tomatoes, more like tomato sauce with whole tomatoes. This allows for either a lower tariff rate or a higher quota -- or both.. More profit to the producer or a lower selling point...

                                                                                                        Does anybody know the exact rule???

                                                                                                  2. re: prima

                                                                                                    I read somewhere that they have to add the basil to lower the tariff. They have to pay more to import cans of pure tomatoes but if they contain other ingredients (like the basil) they can be called tomato sauce and have a much lower duty. I thought this only applied to the US, but if the company only makes one brand for north America, they will of course cater to down south.

                                                                                                2. My all time favourites are still their nuts. Almonds, walnuts, macadamias, cashews, and especially the pistachios. Always fresh. Every two months or so, my purchases consist of close to $100 worth of nuts!

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                                                                                                  1. re: vil

                                                                                                    Yeah +1 for their quality and price for nuts.
                                                                                                    Their Almonds and Walnuts are priced well and quality is much better than most places.
                                                                                                    Only thing I don't like is their peanut (while technically a legume :) The big box they sell now is way to crunchy and lacks the salt to make it a snack one can nibble on.
                                                                                                    Other good buy are their dried prunes, biscotti.
                                                                                                    I go on and on about things like their amazing price on Illy's espresso and their Kirkland branded espresso beans.
                                                                                                    Another good purchase for me are the box of mussels they sell. Very meaty and clean (even for rope cultivated) and 11$ for a box that is 2.7 KG! one would be hard pressed to find a better value.

                                                                                                    1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                      I second the Nuts. Especially the cashews which don't threaten my teeth. I use the plastic containers for winter sowing.

                                                                                                      1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                        Dang, I was going to buy those mussels and didn't then the next time I went to the Billy Bishop Costco they were sold out. BTW, one of the Toronto papers recently did a review of BC, Irish and PEI mussels (which the Costco ones are) and the PEI ones came in head and shoulders above the Irish ones and ahead of the BC ones. So, the Costco PEI mussels are certainly a great buy.

                                                                                                        1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                          One tray left at the Billy Bishop.

                                                                                                      2. re: vil

                                                                                                        I've been happy with the Kirkland pecans.

                                                                                                        Also like to pick up magazines at Costco, which are always somewhat less expensive than the listed cover price. Costco sells Bon Appetit, Real Simple and some other culinary magazines.

                                                                                                        Currently, the North London Costco has quite a few good cookbooks for sale. I'd think the same selection would be available in most Costcos.For anyone who watches You Gotta Eat Here!, Costco is selling the cookbook, with recipes from some of the places Catucci has visited. I've bought some Bittman cookbooks at Costco in the past.

                                                                                                        1. re: vil

                                                                                                          I looove the Marcona Almonds. It is a really good deal. They are located in of the aisles around where the chocolate bars are and the candies.

                                                                                                        2. Out of curiosity, have any of you ever bought the giant bucket of Nutella? I'm sure it's good value but I can't imagine ever going through that much of the stuff -- plus it weighs a tonne (figuratively speaking, of course).

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                                                                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                                                                            I did! As a stocking stuffer for my son who is a huge Nutella fan. We just opened it this weekend and made Nutella rice crispy squares. I'm going to have to get creative so we can finish that jar before it expires! I'm thinking smoothies, cookies, cake frosting, pancakes, muffins, etc, etc

                                                                                                            1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                              Amazing! That must be a huge stocking! :)

                                                                                                              Also, that seems like it deserves its own thread on Home Cooking...

                                                                                                              1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                Hot chocolate with it is great, and way less sugars than mixes. A tablespoon stirred into a mug of hot milk, delicious, it tastes like drinking a ferrero rochet!

                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                  I'd worry less about sugar in the hot chocolate mixes than the palm oil in Nutella.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                    Why do you worry about the palm oil in Nutella?

                                                                                                                    It's not as though Nutella has the hydrogenated kind (the kind in Nutella is fractionated to remove sat. fats)

                                                                                                                    1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                      Why? Just do a little research. Quite a few issues with palm oil.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                        Hydrogenated...not regular. Otherwise Ghana, Brazil and a whack of Caribbean nations have been very wrong for very long.

                                                                                                                        Anyway, this is a Costco product thread..let's stay on topic.
                                                                                                                        Have you seen any Peanut Butter there lately?

                                                                                                                        1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                          I've seen Skippy's at warden and ellesmere it's where I always buy it. Also maybe this pic is relevant to the now combined nature of this sub thread.

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                            If you're at the ellesmere one anyway, go to that old mall at vic park & ellesmere, there's a polish deli inside called Leti where you can get the polish nutella. Lists rapeseed oil (which also has its detractors) instead of modified palm. I've also seen this at Yummy Market.

                                                                                                                2. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                  You could make a nutella salted caramel milkshake, just like Holy Chuck! Maybe we should start a nutella thread!

                                                                                                                  1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                    You could try Nutella Popsicles or fudge bars. You can google the recipe. They looked tasty.

                                                                                                                  2. re: piccola

                                                                                                                    I think the cost per 100 grams is cheaper on the smaller twin pack versus the huge 5kg tube.

                                                                                                                    But the huge tubs wins for looking amazing.

                                                                                                                    1. re: ssainani

                                                                                                                      I'm partial to the two one-kilo containers of Liberte brand 2% plain yogourt at $5.79 (in the Costco on Billy Bishop Way). Best -by date is usually about a month hence, so a household of two can easily finish the containers within that time frame. The 2% is, in my view, much tastier than the Liberte Greek yogourt (though perhaps not quite so healthy) also available in that store.

                                                                                                                      The Billy Bishop store also has, at least at the moment, five-pound boxes of Clementines from Morocco that, upon first sampling a few minutes ago, are delicious.

                                                                                                                      Jars of Zarotti anchovy filets, at $4.99, are at least half of what they cost at some shops in the St. Lawrence Market's south building.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ssainani

                                                                                                                        Yeah, I wasn't sure how good a deal it was. I almost bought the bucket for a Nutella-obsessed friend -- until I saw how expensive it was. (I can't remember the exact price but it was enough to make me balk.)

                                                                                                                        1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                          $49.99 for 5 kg vs $12.99 for 2 jars

                                                                                                                          1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                            i think the 2 jars is 750g each. so 12.99 x 3 for 4.5 kg. big jar isn't more expensive. just much more up front.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                              the 2 jars are 950g each. So it's 12.99 for 1.9 kg ( $6.8/kg). Big jar is more expensive at $9.98.kg ($7.99/kg at $39.99)

                                                                                                                              1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                ah, didn't realize they were 950g each. no matter, it was a fun purchase :)

                                                                                                                          2. re: piccola

                                                                                                                            it was 39.99. can't beat the novelty value though!

                                                                                                                        2. re: piccola

                                                                                                                          my stepbrother bought 3 of those, they're all in our basement now

                                                                                                                          1. re: jo_jo_ba

                                                                                                                            How long do you think it'll take him to use it up? It takes my family more than a year to go through a small jar, so I can't imagine...

                                                                                                                            1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                              Well he's already demolished one, he bought them last week of december

                                                                                                                        3. Le Creuset 6.75 QT french ovens are now available at Mississauga South and probably other stores in additional to the "kirkland" brand ones beside them. $269.99 available in a variety of colours (saw a purple one on display but looking on the side of the box they have other colours including almond, a blue, etc). I found that the lid wasn't very heavy compared to the Kirkland unit or compared to my "Staubb". I don't know if there are different "versions" of quality for Le Creuset or if they are all like that (I know that they sell factory seconds sometimes at Winners, Home Sense, etc type places).

                                                                                                                          I am going to keep an eye on them and if they end up having left over stock and clear them out I will pick one up. I think this one is bigger than the Staubb I have so would be better for larger meals/guests/etc.

                                                                                                                          Also noticed a Tiger electric 5.5 cup rice cooker that I didn't notice before. $67.99 and a Tiger Electric Grill pan (extra plate included) for $119.99 . Not sure if these prices are "deals" but figured I would post as they may be of interest to CHers

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                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                            The red French-made Kirkland "ovens" are a steal for IIRC 80-ish? Vastly better-made than the usual Chinese enameled cast iron at or around the same price. I'm keeping an eye on these since they've not moved well and will likely be discounted. They're LC quality for peanuts.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                              If you see them marked down please mention it here! TIA

                                                                                                                              1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                Waiting for a markdown that never happens is risky. Typically a vendor will take back the remainder, or they will move them to a high volume place like Ajax. If you do buy at the regular price (which is only marked up 14%) there is 30 day price guarantee if it goes lower. It can go much lower than 14% if the vendor agrees to take the hit rather than pay for a return.

                                                                                                                                1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                  They were poor sellers at the Heartland store where I've picked up several deals on cookware, including the Staub look-a-likes they stocked a few years ago. Unlike branded merch, Kirkland stuff tends to get discounted and cleared, not returned. It's still a killer buy at regular price, so jump on it now if you really want/need one.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                    I never saw a Staub knock off there. But I did get a two piece round Staub set (small and large) for $120 several years ago.
                                                                                                                                    I like Staub way better than Creuset because of the ice carrying, dimpled lids, and cast iron like black interior that has held up well. Over the years I have seen my le Creuset interiors get discolored and spidery. One skillet is even worn down past the enamel from 10 years of cleaning.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                      They were a slightly different design than the current Kirkland item--round and slight smaller with the Staub bumps and lid shape. Saw but missed those 2-piece Staub sets a few years back. The oval model in stock is nice if a little big--will swallow 2 medium chickens or a damn big roast.

                                                                                                                                      Never a huge LC fan. Have some ancient Dansk enameled steel and Copco Japanese-made enameled cast-iron.
                                                                                                                                      Haven't touched the Chinese stuff which seems poor value, regardless of brand.

                                                                                                                              2. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                I got lost in the sizes and prices. What size are we talking about for how much?

                                                                                                                                1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                  agreed. i grabbed one of the round ovens last year (similar in size to the le creuset on sale now at costco) and am really, really pleased with it. it is my new favourite piece of cookware. i believe the new style oval ovens are approximately one quart larger (almost 8 qt in size). i will double check tonight. . .if they are marked down, i almost certainly will grab another one.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: afong56

                                                                                                                                    the oval kirkland oven, made in france, is 8qt in size, and $85. . .for those interested

                                                                                                                                    1. re: afong56

                                                                                                                                      Thanks. Has any one seen these ovens at Ellesmere and Lawrence?

                                                                                                                              3. Quinoa salad. Only on weekends. Sells out really fast.

                                                                                                                                1. Is there double / heavy cream (40%) at Costco? I've been trying to find it

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: jo_jo_ba

                                                                                                                                    They have 35% cream which is priced very well it comes in a 1L pack.
                                                                                                                                    I haven't seen 40% cream anywhere actually.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                                                      40% is hard to find in Canada in general. It is sometimes sold as Devonshire Cream

                                                                                                                                      1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                        yes, i know its a rarity but sometimes costco's got weird and wonderful things

                                                                                                                                  2. Etobicoke location
                                                                                                                                    Staple buys:
                                                                                                                                    Shepherd's greek style feta (the one in the big blue tub),
                                                                                                                                    buffala mozzarella
                                                                                                                                    fior di latte 2 packs (awesome for pizzas)
                                                                                                                                    white linen pasta sauce
                                                                                                                                    fontaine sante roasted garlic hummus
                                                                                                                                    skortadakis tzatziki (though i wish they sold this in a combi pack instead of having to buy 2 of the same variety)
                                                                                                                                    pilaros spanakopita spiral
                                                                                                                                    vidalia/sweet onions
                                                                                                                                    partner's rosemary & olive oil crackers
                                                                                                                                    cranberry/walnut artisan crisps (forget the brand)
                                                                                                                                    asiago wedge
                                                                                                                                    parmesan wedge
                                                                                                                                    portobello caps/slices
                                                                                                                                    kirkland coffee beans (green bag)
                                                                                                                                    kirkland plain greek yogurt

                                                                                                                                    grab when available:
                                                                                                                                    raclette cheese (they had it when i was there last month)
                                                                                                                                    real smoked gouda (not that processed crap they sell at most stores)
                                                                                                                                    pekkle pajama 2 packs for kids

                                                                                                                                    wish they brought back:
                                                                                                                                    agave nectar
                                                                                                                                    bulk packs of garofalo pasta
                                                                                                                                    Kirkland premium tuscan extra-virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                                    balsamic glaze
                                                                                                                                    bergeron le calumet (it's a smoked version of the plain "classique" cheese they sell now)

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: chicapea

                                                                                                                                      Great thread - what mozzarella de bufala do they have in Etobicoke? The real stuff from Italy? I've looked and never seen it for years....
                                                                                                                                      Those Chudleigh's baked apples are also awesome - in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: burningrome

                                                                                                                                        It is a Canadian made mozzarella de bufala. Not quite as good as the imported Italian one but is still really good and very good value at that price. $8 for a 200g ball I think?

                                                                                                                                      2. re: chicapea

                                                                                                                                        Omg, yes, le calumet! My kids ate it every day and it killed me when they stopped selling it! When we were taking pictures and told them to say cheese, they would always say "smoked Gouda"! They have a 3 Pack of Gouda, smoked gouda and Edam for $10 but I haven't tried it yet.

                                                                                                                                      3. To repeat myself this thread is a stoke of genius. I would add Anne unsalted cashews. Tasty but the lack of salt makes it easy to stop when you reach the "healthy" amount.

                                                                                                                                        1. In Puerto Vallarta the price of meat has jumped dramatically. USA Prime is now over $35 a Kilo. Am I in for a similar shock when I get back home?

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: mexivilla

                                                                                                                                            unless you're after organic, grass-fed, boutique beef, you should be able to find meat for less than $35/kg. if you really want imported usda prime, then you might pay a premium. use the websites flyermall.com or flyerland.ca to see what our supermarket chains charge for meat on a week by week basis. . .
                                                                                                                                            canada grades by letter, and the vast majority of beef you'll see for sale will be canada grade 'aaa', 'aa', or 'a'.
                                                                                                                                            just as a point of comparison, i buy a (mixed) quarter or half side of hormone-free beef every fall, from a small batch (less than 20 head) farmer every year, and i pay about $3/lb, which is just over $6.60/kg. . .mind you, the meat i buy is too lean to be grade 'aaa', but that's how i prefer it. i also have greater confidence eating the meat when i know it's not processed through the big commercial factories. . .
                                                                                                                                            canada is blessed with a very large beef industry, so we generally don't pay top-dollar for meat.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: mexivilla

                                                                                                                                              I should have indicated the price was at Costco in Puerto Vallarta. I was curious about prices at Costco in Canada.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mexivilla

                                                                                                                                                Got back from Montreal Costco. Bought tons of Dunns smoked meat unsliced. And Pain Dore frozen french bread. Are those available in the GTA?

                                                                                                                                            2. Has anyone seen this product at their local Costco in the GTA?
                                                                                                                                              http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product...

                                                                                                                                              I had it this past weekend in the US and can't believe I lived without it this long

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                                I saw cashew clusters at Billy Bishop but not sure if it is Kirkland.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: smfan

                                                                                                                                                  great! time to plan a subway trip to the burbs

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                                    Billy Bishop has it for sure for $9.99

                                                                                                                                                2. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                                  They were at Newmarket Costco before Christmas. Not sure if they are still there.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                                    Saw it today at the Queensway location in Etobicoke.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Anyone know of a Costco in the GTA that carries frozen demi-baguettes? The Markham Costco used to carry Ace Bakery and Premiere Moisson at different times.

                                                                                                                                                    I'd be willing to travel to Brampton, Downsview, Oshawa, and Newmarket for these demi-baguettes (or rather, work takes me to all these different areas and I could drop by the Costcos there).

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lsk

                                                                                                                                                      The Warden & Ellesmere location has boxes of frozen Premiere Moisson demi baguettes.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lsk

                                                                                                                                                        Billy Bishop carries Premiere Moisson.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: smfan

                                                                                                                                                          Billy Bishop is right by my office. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: lsk

                                                                                                                                                          I know Costco used to have suggestion boxes for products. I'm not sure if they still do. If they still have them you could put a suggestion in for them. I also used to buy the Ace Bakery ones - very good.

                                                                                                                                                        3. Are the Dunn's *slabs* (not packets) still available for sure at Etobicoke or anywhere else? I couldn't find them on my last visit a couple months ago

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                            Didn't see any yesterday at etobicoke. (I can't seem to spell this morning either) I also looked high.and low.for the coconut and couldn't find it.

                                                                                                                                                            1. The fresh vegetarian spring rolls are amazing!

                                                                                                                                                              1. i used to get jack's special salsa at costco in the refrigerated section at the etobicoke costco ... haven't seen it in months. anyone else have any luck?

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                  Picked up a container there just before Xmas.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                    It's still there...they just moved all the dips (hummus, guac, tzatziki, salsa, etc) to the last aisle of where the cheeses & meats are kept.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chicapea

                                                                                                                                                                      awesome - thank you! i didn't realize it moved.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not a big fan of store-bought salsa. Why is this one so good?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                        a friend of mine introduced it to me years ago when i was visiting her in california. i'd love to make/eat homemade salsa too but i just don't have the time. and this stuff is great. it's a 'fresh' salsa ... the BB date isn't all that far out into the future. The jarred stuff is nothing compared to this.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                          Like kwass, I also don't care for store-bought salsas (they're too wimpy) - or, at least, I didn't until I ran across Garden Fresh, a Michigan company that puts out a number of refrigerated salsas (most other commercial salsas are merely stacked on regular shelves), including the above-mentioned Jack's Special. Fresh-tasting, intensely flavoured, as close to the zing of home-made salsa as you'll find. The Jack's Special line of salsas come in mild, medium - and hot, which is what I prefer. Alas, my local Costco on Billy Bishop Way only carries the medium, which hasn't enough zip for me. So I'm obliged to get the hot style at the only place I know that carries it - Pusateri's, on Avenue Rd. (at a Pusateri premium price, of course). Otherwise, Garden Fresh salsas are carried at many supermarkets, though it only comes in a large size (and an attractive price) at Costco. Must be kept refrigerated. And make sure the "best-by" date is at least three weeks in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juno

                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried the salsas by Mad Mexican?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                              Are the salsas by Mad Mexican better than your typical store-bought salsa?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                Yes. Far superior. They are sold in small plastic containers. I normally hate store-bought.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok. I'm going to check that out as well. Thanks Full tummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                    I especially love the Salsa Verde. Fresh, not mushy tomatoes, unlike other fresh salsas I have tried. The Morita salsa is also amazing with its smoky heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mad Mexican Morita salsa is my favourite storebought hands-down.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: juno

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm going to check that out. Thanks juno!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                                                                                            Great. Thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                            What do I click on to get it started?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Herne

                                                                                                                                                                              What do you mean the Hyperlink works for me. Alternatively you can go to the redflagdeals forum and search for Costco East thread

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Just picked up Kirkland Signature Cave Aged Vermont Cheddar at the Etobicoke Costco. Also awesome. I love the sharp salty taste of the Balderson five year aged, but this was yummy in a different milder, nutty and still umami tasting way.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I saw white truffle oil at the Queensway location last week. I still have some of the black truffle oil left from the purchase during the holidays so didn't indulge.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Salted Caramel Creme Brulee Cheesecake - Best dessert from Costco I have ever had. If you like Cheesecake and you like salted caramel you will love this, just as I did! Great dessert to take to a friend's place for dinner. This one was from the Barrie Coscto. I am hoping the Woodbine/7 location also carries it. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. I quite enjoy the beef tenderloin steaks.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, in the summer, they have a pound cake which is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Late reply but when I was at queensway they had $5 off ticket price for pork loin. We got a huge one for $10 and change that will give our 5 person household at least 3 meals. (5 if you include mo pao tofu!!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I have to recommend the Kirkland brand Himalayan Salt. Comes in its own little grinder and is simply perfect for finishing a dish. Just be careful as it seems to be much saltier than regular kosher salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I went to buy some parm at Costco, they had two brands, both the exact same price, both aged 24 months. How do you choose which one? Anyone tried both and notice any difference? Its odd that costco has two very similar products..usually they don't do that. One as the brand Castelli and one was Ambrosi.

                                                                                                                                                                                        They also had grana padano (Ambrosi), which was only marginally cheaper than the Parm. How is that cheese?

                                                                                                                                                                                        The prices (I think) per kg were 24.99 for the parm and 19.99 for the grana padano.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. It was posted on RFD that Costco is carrying macarons now. Spotted in the freezer section by the Ice Cream at the Queensway location. Anyone else seen them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                            If I remember correctly, they had some a few years ago during the Easter seasonal. They were made in Switzerland and kept in the freezer section. They had chocolate, strawberry, caramel, coffee, pistachio, and lemon. I actually thought they were pretty good considering they were frozen. They were better than most Toronto bakeries (I know that's not saying much) and I would say can be on par with some of the better bakeries (Butter Avenue, Claufouti, and Patachou come to mind). They're not as good as Bobbette and Belle or other really good Toronto bakeries. They were about $22 for a box of 12.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you have any details of the macarons you saw? Do you think that sounds the same? If so, they're pretty decent.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                              I saw imported macarons with the Easter chocolates a week or so ago at the Scarborough location. They weren't frozen and I didn't buy them.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, sounds like the same ones. I didn't see them myself but the other poster mentioned the flavours/etc and from what I recall it sounds similar. Thanks for the review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I finally found these and they're not the same ones I had previously. I purchased them to try because at $0.30 per macaron, it was a deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The brand is Tipiak and its from France. It looks to be the same manufacturer as the Carrefour house brand. It comes in your typical flavour: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and strawberry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would say they're worth their $0.30 each and slightly more. They're on par with an average Toronto bakery. The size is the same as the butter avenue ones... Not big but slightly bigger than miniature macaron.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The colours are muted so no neon pink. The appearance is not great. The macarons are sandwiched crooked or the filling is uneven. All the macaron did have feet though and none were cracked. I wouldn't say these are guest worthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for flavour and texture, the flavour was actually good. Better than Trader Joes frozen macaron. Texture is not the worst I had. Perhaps too much chewiness bordering on gummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                they were there a few months ago (forget which location). Don't think i have noticed recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Pigurd

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, 32 macarons for 12.79? That's so much better than the time I bought them. The name brand and box doesn't look the same though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you try those?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    yup, they are not bad actually, ate a tray of 16 while making dinner... they were at the richmond hill location last week actually, so they are still there

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Mississauga Costco is now carrying Basques lump charcoal for about $12.00 for an 8 kilo bag. This is an excellent product at a great price. My favorite charcoal is Maple Leaf. Basques is a very close second and at this price it is a no brainer. They carried it last year throughout spring and summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LJS2

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Etobicoke location didn't have this stuff yet, but should soon. Thanks for the heads up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: grandgourmand

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, definitely worth getting. It is my go to now. I stocked up on a bunch of bags last fall to last me through the winter. Seen at the Burlington Brant street costco too

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I sadly miss these excellent items - no longer available:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Melba Toast
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sun Dried Tomatoes from Italy - replaced by inferior US product
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Suzie's Crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kalamata Olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MCLarens Imperial Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sticky Toffee Pudding

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TG

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: toronto guy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree about the Sun Dried Tomatoes. They used to have nice glass jars of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil. These were replaced by plastic bags of sun-dried tomato bits (that's all I can call them as they aren't whole sun-dried tomatoes) that are very dry. They are not a US products (well maybe what is inside the package is) but on the outside of the package it says 'Derlea Foods' and 'processed in Canada', but who knows where they come from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am bringing mine back to Costco for a refund and tell them how inferior they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also Costco's pine-nuts continue to come from China and having had 'pine-nut' mouth (google it - it's a common syndrome that lasts for days up to over a week) a couple times because of the chemical that China is spraying on their pine-nuts I will not buy them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the review on those two products, will definitely avoid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Kirkland branded French Oven is on clearance ( .97 price ending) - $59.97. I saw it at Burlington Costco yesterday but posted on RFD and seems like it could be national:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://forums.redflagdeals.com/costco...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The trick is finding them. Noticed they vanished from the Heartland warehouse about a month ago. Had also been watching them for a mark down since they didn't sell well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                        We found the french oven (7 quarts oval) at the Mississauga South location at 69.97. It's a great deal and they only had about 4 left 2 weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Has anyone seen Pace salsa lately? We used to buy it at Costco but haven't seen it in ages. A friend of ours picked up the Costco jarred brand and said she had to return it because the cilantro flavour was completely overwhelming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, just a note on some bpa-free lock & lock type containers we purchased at the Ajax store. They seemed like a good deal at $19.99 ('ish) but we're finding it extremely difficult to lock the lids closed. We're likely going to return them since repeated use doesn't seem to be easing the situation. I'm wondering whether anyone else has purchased them? Perhaps we just picked up a defective box?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The Mississauga south Costco has Pont Neuf creamery there as a special travelling vendor. I grabbed a 500 g double cream Brie for only $5. They had fig red wine goat cheese, goat and cow milk Brie, a few of their award winning soft cheeses, aged cheddar, and a blue cheese. They're all reasonably priced compared to the Loblaws prices. I would say at least $3 cheaper per block if not more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Sea salt brown rice crackers gluten free 567g for $3.97. ?Clearance. Tastes pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Anyone tried the Smoked Atlantic Salmon?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I found Macademia nut encrusted Mahi Mahi for $15 in the frozen section. The box is 2 lb! I'm going to make them tonight and see how they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found they sell yogurt covered dried strawberries in the snack area. Dear goodness, they're amazing. Strawberries are not tough but rather soft and naturally sweet. The yogurt isn't overly sugary either which lets the strawberry flavour come through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, the Costco got their fresh shipment of the 2012 Tuscan Olive oil. Great tasting olive oil for the summer time salad vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Has anyone seen the Macadamia nuts? I haven't found them at the North York or Scarborough locations lately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I was at the Warden location today and picked up some chevre medallions. I hadn't seen these before and think they will make a nice hors d'oeuvre or salad topper. It came in a pack of 2 flavours, Provencal and Italian. They are small rounds (8.5g) topped with herbs/flavourings. You get 17 of each flavour in a pack and it costs $7.69, made by damafro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Being partial to liquorice, I quite like the Capricorn brand black liquorice from Australia ($5.39 for 700 grams) that has recently become available at my local Costco store on Billy Bishop Way. No artificial flavours or colours (which makes it as healthy as liquorice can possibly be, I suppose). But I'm still nostalgic for, and even more partial, to the boxes of liquorice cigars - doubtless loaded with artificial everything - that my local Costco used to carry at one time. However, I'm aware that some Costcos out there still carry the liquorice pipes. But which Costcos, pray tell? If you know which ones in and around Toronto still stock those wonderful noshes, I'd be eternally grateful if you'd share your knowledge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tried these medallions today, very rich.... so you'll definitely need to serve them with crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BigWillyWonka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking of serving them with crostini and grilled veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Costco in Ajax has speculoos spread! Two-jar pack for $12

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jinxie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just spotted these at the Etobicoke one too! Except they were cheaper. The Speculoo cookie spread was from Italy! The brand was Pignotti and the price was pretty good. $8 for 2 large jars!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was at the Etobicoke Costco today and they are clearing this product out. It was on for $4.97 for the 2 pack. Stock up if you are a fan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What do you use it for? No one in my house is a huge fan of it as a spread on it's own, but we love it mixed in to oatmeal cookie batter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to agree the spread is a bit much on its own but I've used it for many things with great results.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            S'mores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bread pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Creme brulee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brownie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Blondie's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cookie centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trifles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lots of use in our household!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also tasty on waffles or pancakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I'll be trying it in brownies or blondies next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. "Chicago Mix" Popcorn by G.H. Cretors. It's interesting as it contains both salty cheddar and sweet caramel popcorns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caramel Popcorns are not available at Loblaw's/Metro/etc in GTA, unless I go to expensive Kernel's store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: durianlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kitchen Table has GH Chicago Mix and Loblaws has an in-house version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: durianlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've seen the gh cretors Chicago mix at superstore and pretty sure at loblaws too. Imagine Costco is more economical though :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: durianlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Highland farms have it but very expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: durianlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gh cretors is super tasty. PC brand, not so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: durianlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Yorkdale/Dufferin location carries it as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Most Costco only carries ED Smith jam and the second ingredient is normally sugar. I went to the Etobicoke Costco and was pleasantly surprised to find a Jam spread from France with no sugar added! It was a strawberry one with much less calories (and shorter shelf life because of less preservatives). Considering it was only a few $ more than the ED Smith, this seemed like a great deal. The flavour is really good... it tastes like real sweet strawberries and though it isn't a sweet as ED Smith, it's a great sweetener to my Kirkland Brand 0% plain greek yogurt. I think it tastes just as good as the Skoti strawberry greek yogurt!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is that the Bonne Maman jam? I was happy to see it at Costco Warden the other day. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: shocked

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually it was! They had the super large size of the strawberry one. It's quite wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agreed, that's the closest tasting brand to the homemade stuff. Love it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone seen the Bonne Maman jam lately? I was at Billy Bishop this week and couldn't find any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've only seen it at the Etobicoke site and there's less than half a flat last week. You might want to grab a few to stock up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, Nevy. I'll try to get there today. Do you remember the approximate price/size, by any chance? It's a bit of a hike for me and I hope it's worthwhile. I think the regular size is about $5-$6 in most supermarkets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bought the large jar of strawberry Bonne Maman jam at the Etobicoke store a couple of weeks ago. If I'm remembering correctly I think it was $5.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: poppygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, poppygirl! That's fantastic. I hope I'm able to score some.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I definitely remember it being $5.99 as well, but it's been missing from Heartland Costco and Brampton Costco on my last visits too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just got it today at the Warden Costco for $6.89. Hooray and thanks for the help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just got Comte cheese at the Billy Bishop way Costco the other day! I was very excited - it's my favorite cheese, and usually only found at gourmet cheese shops, and VERY expensive. But a huge hunk of it at Costco for $9 was amazing - probably 1/3 of the cost of places like Cheese Boutique.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It wasn't as good as some of the aged comte I've tried, but still quite good :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FresserGuy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      More Comte:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Juraflore Comté - 300g. Aged 15 months. Green label cheese (if that matters to you). Imported from France by Alexis de Portneuf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $3.97 at the Warden Costco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Going to the Warden Costco Monday. Never tried the Juraflore Comte before but given the reception here I will tomorrow. Can anyone give a good description of the package and where it likely is in the cheese area?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Herne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It will be opposite the fresh meat section, and close to fresh fish/chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The cheese is similar to French gruyere, recommended by old timers like Julia and James, but under EU rules has to be sold under a new name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OK . Thanks. I should be able to find it now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Herne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well I was wrong. Went around the cheese area twice. Went to a lady with a computer monitor and she found that were 20 left and asked another clerk to get one for me. When she came back with it she told me they were in a "bunker" near the Deli so back I went. Still couldn't find it. When I got home and had a piece I doubt I will go back to track down the bunker. Nice but not that nice. Of importance -- during the conversation i believe I heard that they would not be getting more in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for sharing I picked it up today while I was there without even reading it here The magic number for items that end with .97 always catch my eye (clearance).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also on the Wilson location they had the white truffle oil on clearance for $9.97!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very potent stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I loved the Kirkland dried cherries. A great price for cherries that actually tasted like cherries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But apparently they're gone now. I tried the replacement, Royal Harvest brand, and blehhh! Those are like dry maraschino cherries, even have that glaze and the strange translucent quality of maraschinos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Nudibranch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for the warning. I was looking to buy those. I ended getting the Kirkland dried blueberries and they're quite tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nudibranch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep - i just bought them and they don't really taste like the Kirkland ones. They are sitting there not being eaten, sadly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am sure you are aware already but in case you aren't, definitely bring them back to Costco for a full refund, even if opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bought some gluten free cookies that were the nastiest thing I ever tasted. (had nothing to do with the gluten free aspect, they were just really bad). They gladly took them back and the guy said they had been getting a lot of returns on them. I guess maybe some of the buyers have "off" taste...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Nudibranch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tks for the warning. i have a new, unopened bag of the royal harvest brand sitting at home. i will be taking those back ASAP!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. I went to buy my normal bag of frozen organic wild blueberries at Costco when I saw they had frozen figs! Has anyone tried them? For 1 kg, it was 6.99

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I bought those frozen figs yesterday at Warden. They appear to be from Turkey? (nothing printed on the package but the best before date is stamped Turkey). Inside is chock full of perfect figs, as plump and purple as can be, nice red interior. I haven't been able to defrost one fully yet - too impatient, and even frozen they are good. I have no idea what I'll do with them, but what a deal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Carolla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oooh...would love to hear what you're going to do with them! Yummmmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Has anyone seen the KC Masterpiece Private Stock barbeque sauce? I tried it last year and thought it was the best commercially prepared sauce available. I have not seen it at the Mississauga/Oakville or Richmond Hill stores. I posted a new thread yesterday and got one reply saying that the Etobicoke store might have it. Has anyone else seen it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LJS2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haven't seen it in London. Better ask someone to look it up. Probably discontinued.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I used to be able to get extra firm tofu in the refrigerated section (4 packs in a box) but haven't seen it lately. I hope they haven't stopped carrying it. It was a great price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also has anyone tried the Sky Valley sriracha? It is $6.99 for 1L bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I usually shop at the Richmond Hill store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cheers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I saw the tofu at the Warden and Ellesmere store yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sky Valley is pricey, great color, some Vit. C, and somewhat salty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The competing Tuong Ot (Rooster) Sriracha is half the price, stronger in heat, and true to the original family recipe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My opinion is that Sky Valley is dumbed down for Anglophones, but will be a success at outdoor gatherings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is this the organic sriracha? If so, thank you for the review, it looks like I will not be buying this one :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes. Organic. Looks good with a nice label and very fine color. It is dominated by salt, which I almost never object to. I will use mine at outdoor BBQ's with the neighbors and in laws (Nyleve's influence!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you referring to the Unisoya organic tofu? The one near me (Etobicoke) has many boxes currently. They don't expire for another month or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. I just wanted to give a heads up to all the snackers who love nuts. The Kirkland brand Marcona almonds are on sale for $6.99. ($3 off) The due date is pretty far off too and I thought these were really great tasting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried to find the Comte but it looked like it was allll sold out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have been following the Kawartha Dairy thread on this board and I looked at the giant tub in Costco. Lots of filler... on the other hand, the Kirkland brand Vanilla icecream looked quite similar to the Haagen Daaz ingredient list. I didn't do a detailed check but could it be the same supplier?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brookside dark chocolate green tea black currant is really tasty. So those who love dark chocolate covered treats... I would completely recommend this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would also recommend the chicken and turkey smoked sausages. We bought one the past weekend for a fast meal and we loved it. Well spiced, good amount of protein compared to filler and fat, and it was pretty healthy compared to all the other sausage options we've had recently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the fresh fruit section, they just got some BC Blueberries and they're so sweet. They're not the gigantic monsters from California. They're smaller but really potent in flavour. The carton is ridiculously large though... a good 3 lb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. This is probably my childhood nostalgia coming out but I just spotted Laura Secord (dark?) chocolate pudding in the open refrigerated section beside the high end cheeses. I was going to grab one but the gauntlet (aka 2 seniors hogging the entire aisle) was oblivious to everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which Costco... I was at the Warden and Ellesmere one this morning and didn't see it. I am assuming when you say high end cheese you meant the welsh collier, double smoked cheddar, etc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Apple

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, it's beside the Collier cheddar area. I saw this at both Mississauga Costco locations. Today at Mississauga South, I was able to grab the packaging and I was really pleasantly surprised by the ingredient list. It was only 5 or 6 and it started with chocolate, milk, sugar, egg white, egg yolk, and then something else. I was going to buy it but I already grabbed the 2 carton of Kirkland Vanilla ice cream for our BBQ tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Darn. Then it's not being sold at the Warden location. Kirkland Vanilla is excellent. The two pack throws our freezer space out of wack though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Apple

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    update - they are now being sold at the Warden location. They made some changes this week and the pudding may be found in the open fridge by the fresh fruit / vegetable "room"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Not sure if this has been mentioned already. Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, $8.69 for 964 ml at the London Costcos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is dangerous. Might be better for me to stick to smaller containers :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't think I liked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, because I don't normally like vanilla ice cream/vanilla ice cream based ice creams, but it turns out I do! Good thing they don't carry Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz, Coffee Heath Bar Crunch or Mint Chocolate Cookie (which i don't seem to see much in Canada, anyhow!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Ben & Jerry's 946 ml Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is now $5.97, at the London ON Costcos. Would think the priced is province-wide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noticed refrigerated Laura Secord chocolate mousse, near the hummus and potato salads, and had memories of the canned Laura Secord puddings, a treat in 1980s lunchboxes. Has anyone tried the mousse?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Laura Secord Mousse was way too sweet IMO. I don't have any nostalgia related feelings for it though so you might like it more than I did

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Has anyone tried the Organic Whole Chicken $8.99/kg? How does it compare to Yorkshire Valley? Yorkshire costs $16-22/kg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: smfan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've tried them, and their pretty good. I haven't tried the Yorkshire Valley brand, so I can't compare the two. But there's noticeable more flavour and firmer, better texture in comparison to regular supermarket chickens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: asagiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would like to try the Costco organic chickens. I checked the label and they come from Peterborough area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One thing I will check out before buying is the breed. All, and I do mean all, supermarket chickens and fresh market chickens are the same breed, Cornish-X Cross. Organic growers do not have to use this breed, but many do. The breed is prevalent because they mature in 6-12 weeks, on regular feed or organic feed, conveniently supplied by Purina and Shur-Gain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Organic growers do not have to use this breed, or feed, but many do. Most organic chickens never see daylight. I was surprised to learn this when I visited a grower at 401-115 who sells at SLM. The birds never got out of the completely sealed henhouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll conclude by noting one thing about Cornish-X Cross, your regular chicken: They live to eat, and gorge for 6-12 weeks. Some drop off. None can fly. They won't go out to grass even when offered. They stay by the feed trough, and IMO they all taste the same, even those $25 birds with the organic label.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They'd cost more if they frolicked al fresco before getting the chop. Volume is what keeps "organic" poultry affordable--sad but true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mention of organic chicken always recalls this:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duq1sM...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. If you enjoy kale try the Eat Smart Sweet Kale bagged "super 7" salad in the produce section. Contents include Kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, chicory and a package of dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds. The package also comes with a pouch of poppyseed dressing which I blend with some hummus as I find it a bit overbearing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. For those who have a gluten free diet, I'm happy to report that Costco started to carry Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free flour blend. I was pleasantly surprised to see it. It's almost much cheaper here than at Loblaws or Superstore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, I saw some champagne grapes ... these are soooo amazing. They're the size of a pea but they are so much more juicier and sweeter than your average grape. The best part is the price.... only $4 for 2 lbs. The store near me is nearly sold out (they've had this for 2 weeks now). They also freeze really great and it's a great treat to add to ice cream on really hot days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I was shopping at Costco the other day and noticed that they started selling Organic Eggs, 18 for $7.99. Has anyone tried them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: asagiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was $9.99 a few weeks ago for the Organic Eggs. And no expiry date on the carton. I personally find the egg yolk of Omega Eggs taste better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: asagiri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yep - i've tried them. it's the same brand that longos carries ... (can't remember the name off the top of my head). and i saw them for $7.99 at the etobicoke costco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. What the heck happened to Epiros Greek Feta. It was a staple in Toronto stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone have an alternative - the domestic 'feta' is generally too salty and bland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone have a high-value feta alternative?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: marcharry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From my memory, my Costco carries the Skotidaktis feta cheese. I personally like it and though it is 'briney', it's not as overly salted as other local mass produced feta cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: marcharry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As I recall it was pricey ($20/kg?) and probably wouldn't appeal to the bargain hunting crowd. Highland Farms usually has a Greek or Bulgarian/Romanian sheep's feta, by the kg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I recall a green can, "passed by state Veterinarian".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: marcharry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just got back from the Downsview Costco. They had all three brands of feta in containers with brine. My favourite is the Shepherd Gourmet Dairy (Ontario) which is made with sheep's milk - it has a nice consistency, not too crumbly or too creamy and I like the taste. They also had Skotidakis (cow and goat's milk), and the Greek Epiros (I assume it's sheep's milk, but did not actually check).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Cape Cod potato chips are very good. Product of US.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: smfan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If anybody EVER spots the any "dark" Cape Cod flavors anywhere, at ANY store, please tell me! I used to be able to get them at whole foods, but they've since stopped carrying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flavors include "Robust Russet", "Dark Russet", and "Golden Russet". All of the chips had the slightly "burned" appearance from the sugars in the potato. You know how the odd time in your bag of regular chips, you'll get one of those darkened brown chips? Well every single chip is like that. They were awesome

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's a pic: http://i308.photobucket.com/albums/kk...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks in advance, keep an eye out for these!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Try making your own in a pan of duck fat, with large hand sliced Russets. That's how they turn out. Cumbrae's has duck fat, but there might be something closer to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did a little Googling and it seems that this line has been discontinued. There was a Facebook campaign to bring them back, but all of the posts are at least a year old.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know what other chips might compare to these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ah, damn, you are right. Wikipedia has them listed as discontinued. How stupid! They kept loads of generic flavors while doing away with the ones that made them actually somewhat unique. What a bummer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since cape cod is not making them any more keep an eye out for Herrs version of Russet potato chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.herrs.com/Products/Chips/K...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or you could look for Covered Bridge Chips, they are all made with Russet potato's and have that dark look. they are sold at Winners, Homesense and Bulk Barn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://coveredbridgechips.com/index.php

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: youdonut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't think I've seen Herr's anywhere recently, especially not a russet version. I would buy like 5 bags if I could locate them..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Utz brand also makes a dark russet chips but I've only seen them online, probably only available in the USA, but they look awesome. Paul & Sandy's Real BBQ in Etobicoke sells small bags of Utz chips but never has had the dark russets. I think I will make a request with them to see if they can bring them in for me, since they seem to be the only place I've seen importing them or bringing them back across the border

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We just came back from Cape Breton & New Brunswick where Covered Bridge chips are the norm. They are good for sure, they even have a "red and white" Canadian chip that is a mix of red potatoes and white. But from what I recall their normal, kettle cooked chips are not russets or have that dark look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here is the Red & White Canadian chips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--rt35zl-e_A...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On sale, 2 bags for 5 bucks at Whole Foods this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll open the bag of Covered Bridge Montreal Steak Spice chips I brought back from NB with me this week and check if they are dark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheers :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just bought some Herr's at the No Frills at Victoria Park and Eglinton. They were on for something like 99cents a bag, but I don't think they had the flavours that you're looking for dd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I remember the Herr's "Heinz Ketchup" flavors being spotted all over the place, No Frills, Fortino's, etc. but yeah I have never seen the dark russet variety.. Do let me know if you ever spot them though. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That jalapeno dip is my favourite Costco product!! I love it with Diva's Delightful Crisps, also at Costco. I recently got a batch of the dip at the Etobicoke store that was off though - a lot more sour than usual blech. Hoping it was just a one off

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tygrr_lily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried the red pepper or the French onion dip, and if so, how we're they?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the other Skotidakis dips, in fact the Jalapeno is the only one I _don't_ like (too spicy for me). Unfortunately, the jalapeno version is the only one available out here (Las Vegas), unless they're doing a roadshow, when they're all there -- some six varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: tygrr_lily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the Diva crisps .... they are so addictive! Next time I will definitely try it with the dip. Thanks for the tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm assuming the diva chips are found with the regular potato chips. Would that be correct?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They're usually in the bakery section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks Lexi! I'm going to look for them this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went to Costco today and I couldn't find the Diva Crisps anywhere. I checked the bakery section and the cracker/cookie section. I was in a rush, so I didn't have time to ask anyone for help, but I guess that's what I'll do the next time I go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh how disappointing! I hope you can find them. I'm not sure where your local Costco is, but I usually have no problems getting them at the Etobicoke location. This is what they look like for next time:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tygrr_lily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the picture tl. I went to the Vaughan location today, but on Thursday I'm going to the Dufferin St. location, so maybe I'll have better luck there :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I could not find the Diva Chips at Billy Bishop last weekend either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: smfan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh oh. Maybe they don't carry them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I got them there last Friday. They were where the cookies are - not in the bakery area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Am i the only one frustrated by how much stock gets moved, or differently placed from store to store. I almost list it when Skippy's got moved at warden. Little firefly would not have been happy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I went to the Yorkdale location today and I found the Diva Criss. Thank you so much everyone fort your help in finding them :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In my Costco (Etobicoke), they're usually in the aisle with all of the crackers and cookies. They come in a clear box and there's three rows of the crisps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tygrr_lily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you so much! I'll look in the both sections.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Avocado oil, with a high smoke point is in, $10/liter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. The Mississauga one started to carry the Ontario peaches. They're pretty fragrant and reasonably priced. They're not as ripe or soft as the one at Etobicoke Civic farmers market but they're much cheaper and bigger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, they started to sell Moon cakes!! In a presentation box that is satin lined, there are 4 double yolks lotus paste cakes. The price is $10.88 for the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They also have freshly made tiny donuts for the week. Its cruel!! The entire store smells like Tiny Tim. It was 60 just made donuts for $5.99 I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Has anybody seen the Stacy's Pita Chips lately? If so, which store in the GTA? I recently went to Weston Road/Hwy 7 location and did not see any.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ComeUndone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never seen them @ Costco, but I see them @ Pusateri's all the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ComeUndone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I saw them in early spring but its been a while. Ever since they got the naan pita crisps, I haven't seen them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ComeUndone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last saw them at Warden. 2 months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: smfan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Warden had them on Tuesday when I was there. They were on the back wall through the canned goods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ComeUndone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Winston Churchill/Dundas location usually has them, got them in August but not in chip section off in anther section by fresh produce area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. The Costco Mississauga South had 3 really interesting new item. In the frozen section, they had a mushroom mix from Italy that included porcini mushroom and for $10 for 750 g, its such a great price versus dried mushroom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The also got a new Chimichurri sauce with no filler or preservatives. It was garlic, parsley, and herbs essentially. We're going to probably next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lastly I was thrilled to see a 2 pack of large Skotidatkis Greek yogurt for $6.99. This is the full fat version and its so wonderfully decadent. The texture is so creamy. Phenomenal price too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Where was the chimichurri sauce?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was either beside the refrigerated seaweed salad/pesto sauce section or the aisle with the canned oyster and tuna. My Costco introduced so many sauces this week ... Well over 6 and I was just reading labels non stop to find one that was laden with sugar, preservatives, or HFCS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Nevy. I'll take a look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went today and couldn't find the chimicurri sauce. I looked in the refrigerated section, but forgot to check the canned tuna aisle. I'll check again next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I finally found the chimichurri sauce. I used it last night on grilled mahi mahi. And I have to say that it was delicious! A tad on the salty salty side, but delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Really?? I found it to be lacking salt, when we used it on chicken breast pieces.. We simply cooked them after a long marinade and they needed to be further seasoned.. Maybe the mahi mahi is more absorbent and more delicate I guess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's interesting, because I always add salt to chicken or fish before I grill it, but I tried the chimichurri sauce before I used it to marinade the fish, and because it tasted so salty, I didn't bother adding salt to the mahi mahi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone seen the mushrooms and chimichurri at other stores (Etobicoke or Scarborough)? I'd rather not drive all the way out to Mississauga.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sbug206

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I saw the chimichurri at the Peterborough store. Not where you are looking, but leads me to believe it's a new product in most of their stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sbug206

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I saw the Chimichurri at Etobicoke on Saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Picked up a bottle of the Chimichurri last visit, the brand is "Gaucho Ranch" and I was quite surprised, marinated a few pieces of chicken in it for a few hours, seared it off in a cast iron pan before roasting in the oven to completion and the results were damn delicious. You need to add salt to the meat though, there isn't enough in the marinade itself to eliminate the addition of more

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where in the store did you find it? I haven't been able to find it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heartland Town Center, it's in one of the standard unfrigerated aisles that have different condiments and stuff. It's in a tall long neck glass bottle with green & yellow label. Like an oversized beer bottle kind of. $5.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks duckdown. I'll take another look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. i think i've seen almond fresh almond milk in the refrigerated section. does any know which variety is carried and whether you've seen it recently? i'm specifcially looking for the unsweetened one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know they carry Almond Breeze in 6 packs for 9.99. It is a shelf stable product, until opened and comes in (almost) 1 litre containers. It is the original unsweetened.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They also carry one in the refrigerated section but I can't recall the details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lilaki

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the etobicoke costco had almond fresh in the coconut flavour. way too much sugar (and calories) for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks for mentioning the almond breeze stuff ... i might take a look at it next time i'm there! cheap too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Has anyone tried the Chimichurri?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It hasn't appeared yet in 905

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still miss the good sun dried tomatoes from Italy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Costco cannot be selling much of the substituted inferior stuff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from California

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks in advance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The best new product I have seen in years at Costco is Skotidakis Plain 9% MF Yoghurt 500ml 2 packs for $6.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saw them the first time at the North York (Billy BIshop) Costco a couple weeks ago. It's the best greek yoghurt I have ever tasted!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to agree this is a great tasting yogurt and such a great deal. Its so rich and creamy. I have to cut it with some plain 0% fat bc I cannot eat more than a few TSP straight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. For all those who love their chai latte, Costco just introduced a 3 large tetra pack of Tazo Chai concentrate for only 7.99. Its the same blend they use in Starbucks I was told. Considering one chai latte is $ 6, this is a steal as it looks like the one box of concentrate can do tons.