A while back, I came across a couple of interesting baking recipes that used the Italian ingredient "Fiori di Sicilia", described on at least 1 website as "An all-natural combination of citrus and vanilla with a pleasingly floral aroma".
I'd never heard of it before, but having been to Italy and eaten at many Italian bakeries both in Europe and over here, I believe I have eaten baked goods (such as pannetone) before that contained it - it's one of those "MMmmmm!.. not sure what that flavouring is, but I like it!" things. And all reviews agree, it's good stuff. However, it's also *expensive* stuff.
Flour company 'King Arthur' sells the stuff for $7.95US for 1oz on their site [link: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i... ] -- they say they ship to Canada but to "Call for shipping costs". When I did this, they told me there's a "$15US surchage for airmail to Canada", on top of their standard shipping charge (currently $6.50US). Never mind that USPS's shipping calculator suggests it could be sent here for about $1.75 + the cost of a padded jiffy envelope.
I really want to try this Fiori di Sicilia stuff but paying $30 for 1oz of this stuff is totally not worth it. I asked elsewhere if anyone knows of any bakeries, baking supply stores or Italian food stores that might sell it in the GTA, or elsewhere in Canada, but got no answer. So, I'm turning to you, Chowhounds.. surely someone here knows where Torontonians/Canadians can get this, at a reasonable price?