I'm not sure if anyone will be itnerested in this thread but I've now had the "omg you should try/definitely NOT try X from X grocery at X location" a few times and thought maybe it would be interesting to hear of the finds (and travesties) of others here. I'll go first.
Best: Aroy-D brand from the Jean Talon Loblaws. I had never heard of this brand before randomly buying a can of green curry one night in desperation - is it well known? Either way, their green curry (ready to eat, not paste) is excellent, genuinely better than some green curry I've had in restaurants. The red stuff is great too, I'm just a green curry fiend.
Worst - coincidentally, also ready-to-eat green curry - President's Choice brand, a brand I usually tend to find at least serviceable and sometimes pretty great. This stuff is one of the nastiest things I've ever tasted - something so bad I have been tempted to buy another jar just to force friends to try it so we can then commiserate on its disgustingness. It tastes/feels like vaguely gelatinous chemical-flavoured cream (not coconut cream, cow cream) with a TON of artificial lime flavouring. That's it. I couldnt taste any other spices or ingredients although they are listed. The faux lime flavouring was overwhelming - if I hadn't read the package I would have had no idea what this product was even meant to be, I probably would have guessed some kind of pretend-Mexican chip dip or something.
And now that I've slammed PC I'll say that their canned crab is very good. :)
Anyone else with picks or pans from local groceries?