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Wild Pegasus

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  1. I could be mistaken but weren't Salt & Vinegar Munchos available at one time?

    There is no problem in finding Munchos in Ottawa. I think the difficulty in finding Munchos in Canada is in the west where Frito Lay has less market share due to Old Dutch's popularity.

  2. I can't really describe the taste of Vernor's... it's more "intense" than something like Schweppes, but not in a super-spicy ginger beer way. It just tastes "different." I've never had another ginger ale that tastes like it.

    It reminds me of a cross between ginger ale and cream soda.

  3. I prefer to take whatever frozen fruit I can get at Costco and mix it with fruit juice, preferably some kind of tropical mix, and occasionally vanilla or plain yogurt.

    The best fruit mix I've got at Costco was a tropical mix that included mango, papaya, and blackberries but it isn't available in Canada anymore. The berry mix is good and can usually be found at there. I've also found strawberries and a mango/peach combination.

  4. Really?  Their website only lists locations in Peterborough, Kingston, Ottawa, Nepean, and Brockville.  Doesn't matter though, Kingston is very close and I go their for music CDs even.  (47,000 and Belleville cannot even produce a decent music store, why?  :hmmm: )

    Oops! My mistake. Mistook Brockville for Belleville. Guess I should look a little closer when I'm surfing late at night.

  5. Bella Vista at Bank & Alta Vista is probably the best in the city.

    Others rave about Johnny Pizza on Laurier near Ottawa U but I haven't been there in a long time.

    When I lived in the south end, I found that the 1 item medium pizza from Shwarma Hassoon ( right on the corner of Bank & Albion) for $8.03 (including tax!) was an awesome deal.

  6. ...and my all time favourite Canadian beer ( I hope it is still around, I have not had one for ten years) Creemore Lager.

    It's still available and it is my favourite as well.

    You can even get it in a standard size bottle now, as well as the traditional 500 ml bottle.

  7. A Canadian cookie company named Leclerc also makes knock-offs of the LU Schoolboy cookies. They're pretty good and much cheaper (especially when bought at Costco) although the quality isn't quite as high considering that the chocolate can come loose from the biscuit.

  8. Dislikes:


    And, a couple of Canuck ones that'll give the others I mentioned a run for their money.

    Ken Kostick - I dunno how to even describe the horror that is his show - actually I could, but I won't.

    And lastly and perhaps least, Carlo Rota, the host of The Great Canadian Food Show. Smug doesn't even begin to describe this blight on the tv landscape. Flay, you ain't even in this guy's league. Truly, truly unwatchable.


    Geoff Ruby

    Kostick is by far the worst food personality I've ever encountered. My wife used to intentionally torture me by changing the channel to "What's for Dinner?". I can't even imagine how god awful his solo show is.

    For Canadian shows you missed Rob Rainford. His vocabulary is limited to about four or five different phrases. Every ingredient he uses "brings it all together" and every thing he makes is "absolutely perfect" while he's always "letting the grill do the work". There's some interesting information on the show but the obviously fake friends, brutal premises behind the "friends" coming over, and the worst sidekick on a food show, that guy that brings the fish over (he makes Rooney look like the Fonz), that the show is barely watchable.

  9. Loblaws broke into the Quebec market by buying the Provigo chain. Provigo at the time (in 1999) had just under 300 stores, approx half of which were corporately owned, the rest were independant grocers (like the IGA model) Moreover (and interesting for Loblaws) was the Maxi chain (roughly 80 stores) of large surface outlets similar to the new model of Loblaws stores in Ontario. With the acquisition Loblaw, became Canada's largest grocery reatiler by far.

    Metro-Richelieu has more stores than Provigo - but not as many urban locations. I think closer to 70 - 75% of the stores are owned independantly. As a grocery wholesaler, they are a powerhouse in Quebec, but will likely be tha target of some sort of corporate takeover in the coming years.

    Sobey's, Canada's second largest grocery chain (or at least, they used to be) has also made a foray into the quebec market - but not in the same scale as Loblaw. Last I heard they had about a dozen corporate-owned stores in the province.

    Finally IGA, is, as the name suggests, a large co-op of independant grocers.

    The Maxi stores aren't really like the new Loblaws Marketplace stores if the Maxi store I shopped at in metro Toronto is any indication. Maxi stores felt like a store that was half grocery store and half Zellers/Wal-Mart. The new Loblaws Marketplace stores are more like grocery stores that have expanded into non-food lines.

    I don't think that Metro-Richelieu will be taken over by any Canadian corporation. The only options would be Loblaws or Sobeys both of which have substantial interests in Quebec already. The government forced Loblaws to sell off the Provigo-owned Loeb stores in Ottawa when Loblaws purchased Provigo.

    Sobeys supplies groceries for IGA stores throughout eastern Canada. In Ontario they appear to be attempting to move away from the IGA name towards Sobeys for their bigger stores.

  10. I'm pretty sure I've seen Masterchoice in A&P as well.  But I know that America's Choice is the main house brand.  Which of course makes no sense in Canada, so maybe the "lower" level house brand is called something else.  "North America's Choice" maybe? :smile:

    Ah... click here.  This explains some of it, although not the details of the Canadian market labeling.

    I think that in Canada, America's Choice has been renamed to Equality.

  11. Do we have any members from Ottowa? Stephen Beckta, a local boy, who's been working in NYC as a sommelier, first at Cafe Boulud and then at Eleven Madison Park, is on his way back to Ottawa. We first met him at Cafe Boulud and have enjoyed his recommendations and his conversation at both restaurants here in NY. When we saw him earlier this month, he said he was leaving for Ottawa at the end of September to open a restaurant. I don't know who the chef is, or much else, but it Stephen is involved, I'd give it a try on that basis. Knowing him a bit as I do, and knowing that he spent some time doing a stage at Ducasse this summer, my bet is that it will be a classy place with great standards. Keep an eye out for it.

    Reviving this old topic to wonder if this restaurant ever opened. Anyone know?

    He's got a website at http://www.beckta.com.

    There's also an article in today's Ottawa Citizen available online.

  12. I buy bags of Coffee Crisps and Canadian Kit Kats every time I go to Windsor (I'm in the Detroit area). BTW, whatever happened to Coffee Kit Kats? I saw them a few times, and now I can't find them anywhere. Any leads?

    Still haven't seen the coffee Kit Kats but I noticed at Costco on Merivale Road yesterday cases of Orange Kit Kats.

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