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Downtown Grocery Store List (current + proposed)

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Farm Boy is amazing, but I don't go there often enough because both locations are inconvenient when living downtown. Looking forward to the Metrocentre store!
 

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Farm Boy is amazing, but I don't go there often enough because both locations are inconvenient when living downtown. Looking forward to the Metrocentre store!
Farm Boy does have lots going for it. But it does have a few shortcomings.

I've tried a few of their house-made items (including stir-fry and pizza, both feature good ingredients); but they're flat. The Pizza crust is borderline awful and flavourless; and good toppings don't shine; while the stir-fry is overcooked and underflavoured.

They have fairly good produce and meat; the bakery is a bit more suspect with very uneven quality.

While the shelf stuff is typically above average in quality.......its not very ethnically diverse....
 

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Farm Boy's frozen pizza dough is great and their store brand pizza sauce (both ~$2) is good as well. I also recommend the kefir masala dip and the toasted pita crackers. The flavoured variety made in-store, not the boxed ones.

The stir fry counter cooks with non-stick pans, so don't bother.

The store-brand canned coconut milk is decent and cheap. If you're trying to build a decent curry, your shopping trip will probably need to involve a visit to a second grocery store.

They have a really good variety of kombucha as well and there's always one type on sale. The Leslie and Lake Shore store makes the wait for an east-end Organic Garage location a little easier. I wish it was more pedestrian friendly, because I'm limited to whatever I can carry home in my backpack on a bike. Walking to that store is absolutely ridiculous.
 
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Farm Boy's frozen pizza dough is great and their store brand pizza sauce (both ~$2) is good as well. I also recommend the kefir masala dip and the toasted pita crackers. The flavoured variety made in-store, not the boxed ones.

The stir fry counter cooks with non-stick pans, so don't bother.

The store-brand canned coconut milk is decent and cheap. If you're trying to build a decent curry, your shopping trip will probably need to involve a visit to a second grocery store.

They have a really good variety of kombucha as well and there's always one type on sale. The Leslie and Lake Shore store makes the wait for an east-end Organic Garage location a little easier. I wish it was more pedestrian friendly, because I'm limited to whatever I can carry home in my backpack on a bike. Walking to that store is absolutely ridiculous.
"The stir fry counter cooks with non-stick pans, so don't bother." - what does this mean?
 

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"The stir fry counter cooks with non-stick pans, so don't bother." - what does this mean?
Non-stick coatings can't handle the high heat necessary for a proper stir-fry and ingredients won't develop a good sear. They just slide around and steam, and the result is a wet and disappointing stir-fry. It's a waste of the good produce they're using.
 
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Non-stick coatings can't handle the high heat necessary for a proper stir-fry and ingredients won't develop a good sear. They just slide around and steam, and the result is a wet and disappointing stir-fry. It's a waste of the good produce they're using.
Doesn't help that their sauces are seriously under flavoured; and they don't use enough fresh garlic or ginger.
 
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Liberty Village Longo's grand opening is Wednesday Nov 20th.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/longo-collaborates-amsterdam-beer-jacked-191500808.html

Features include:

- Fresh pasta bar,
- Hand-stretched mozzarella,
- Salumi bar,
- Burger bar,
- Stone oven pizza counter
- Fresh sushi.
-Jacked Up Coffee,
-order ahead with Ritual or receive prepared meals through Uber Eats straight to their doors. Grocery Gateway same-day pickup will also be available at the location

Plus:

Inside Corks Beer and Wine, Amsterdam will be brewing on-site marking the grocer’s first brewery integration. The brewery will feature craft brews from the Amsterdam Adventure series on rotating taps year-round at the Liberty Village Longo’s. There will also be co-branded menu items inside the restaurant including Amsterdam Boneshaker short rib agnolotti.

And, not yet, but in the future

- Plans to make the location the first fully liquor licensed grocery store in Canada, allowing for the freshly brewed Amsterdam Beer to be enjoyed while perusing the aisles.
 

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Liberty Village Longo's grand opening is Wednesday Nov 20th.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/longo-collaborates-amsterdam-beer-jacked-191500808.html

Features include:

- Fresh pasta bar,
- Hand-stretched mozzarella,
- Salumi bar,
- Burger bar,
- Stone oven pizza counter
- Fresh sushi.
-Jacked Up Coffee,
-order ahead with Ritual or receive prepared meals through Uber Eats straight to their doors. Grocery Gateway same-day pickup will also be available at the location

Plus:

Inside Corks Beer and Wine, Amsterdam will be brewing on-site marking the grocer’s first brewery integration. The brewery will feature craft brews from the Amsterdam Adventure series on rotating taps year-round at the Liberty Village Longo’s. There will also be co-branded menu items inside the restaurant including Amsterdam Boneshaker short rib agnolotti.

And, not yet, but in the future

- Plans to make the location the first fully liquor licensed grocery store in Canada, allowing for the freshly brewed Amsterdam Beer to be enjoyed while perusing the aisles.
Amazing - now that's innovation. I hope they don't forget to include drink holders on the shopping carts!
 

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It's only 23,000 sf - that actually isn't that large for a Longos, no?
Yes.

Longos Mapleleaf Square is large for them at 48,000sq ft

But

Yonge-Sheppard is 40,000

So this is definitely a smaller space relative to all the features being included.
 

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No Frills on Coxwell Avenue reopens after its '3 year renovation' (which involved removing the roof and 3/4 exterior walls)............ December 5th.
 

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I'm gonna go check out the Longo's down the road this week. Pretty stoked about the Amsterdam Brewery-whatever-the-hell on site.

Unrelated as hell but also pretty stoked for the CT to open in the spring in the same building.
 

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Alas, no, just a bunch of shitty China, but it's alright for random work things like hand cleaner, car washing product, camping fuel, straps, and so on.
 

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