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Oct 31, 2013 04:32 PM

Wow!! - TWO rare finds in one day!!

I must be blessed on this Halloween day??!!
TWO rare finds in Toronto on the same day!
Thought I'll share it with my fellow chowhound friends!

- Fresh from the vines?! 'Late Harvest' Baby Golden Thompson Grapes ( Yummy Market )
- RED not your normal rainbow green Ocean Pompano airfreight from Portugal ( Silver dragon fishmonger, Finch/Midland )

Both, so sweet, in their own special ways!

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  1. Just as a heads up Charles, Longos (Bayview north of Steeles location) has had those grapes for weeks now - though I tend to prefer the red organic ones from California, even sweeter believe it or not!

    I will add to your find thread (if you dont mind!):

    Costco had Chantrelles today, about 1.5 lbs for $10 - talk about a steal!

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    1. re: Sadistick

      I saw those chanterelles.... I was tempted to buy them but 1.5 lbs is a lot of mushroom! Speaking of mushrooms, T&T is selling hen of the woods mushroom (organic) for only $3. I picked one up to try and they're quite flavourful.

      1. re: Nevy

        You can cook them and freeze them, they hold up quite well, just ensure you cover any 'exposed bits' with olive oil.

        1. re: Nevy

          Good to know, my usual mushroom guy stopped growing miatakes for some reason

        2. re: Sadistick

          which Costco has Chanterelles?
          Would Warden or Woodbine have them now?

          1. re: erly

            Woodbine is where I got mine.

            They had tons.

            I bought a few, will be cooking them down with shallots/stock/vino and freezing for future pastas/risotto's etc.

          2. re: Sadistick

            Cool!! Going there tomorrow!! Thanks Sadistick!

            1. re: Charles Yu


              Enjoy - they are fantastic.

              Try to rummage for a package (or 3) with smaller ones, they are by far the best :)

              1. re: Sadistick

                Just bought a box from Costco!
                Part of tonight's dinner:
                For once, the side dish will be the star!!
                " Sauteed Wild Chanterelle Mushrooms from British Columbia with minced shallots and garlic "
                Thanks again Sadistick!

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Pleasure - hope you enjoyed.

                  I just cooked some of mine up for future usage (as these do not have long shelf life).

                  I can assure those of you without any doubt as to the wild nature of these 'shrooms. I was picking out all sorts of BC forest plant life as I cleaned these beauties.

                  1. re: Sadistick

                    For the rest of the Chanterelle, I added some button mushrooms and made a creamy Chicken a la King with them. For cooking wine, I kicked it up a notch by adding the remainder of my unfinished 1/4 half bottle of 2001 Chateau Guiraud Sauterne. The result was most interesting.... in a good way!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Interesting choice with the Sauterne.

                      I used a 1/4 bottle of the recent Vintages release Dog Point Sauv Blanc, some Thyme, a few Ontario Shallots, which worked well alongside the especially rich Stirling European style butter from Costco.