First time posting on this board, but have been reading and loving it since it's inception - finally a place to check out "where to buy stuff" - I love to cook but sometimes get stumped on where to buy unusual ingredients! I'm also enjoying the restaurant reviews and am pleased to say I know most of the ones that have been mentioned. I guess my husband's right - we do eat out too much!!
If you are looking for unusual Thai ingredients there is a Thai grocery store - Sheung Thai on Eglinton (it think around Midland) I went here the other day and found lime leaves (frozen right now) and fresh/dried galangal. Two object that have been alluding me for some time!
For Middle Eastern there are a number on Lawrence between Vic Park and Warden...
I must admit, it really is a great city - you can find almost every interesting food somewehere in the city if you look. Its really wonderful to now have a network of other foodies to work with!