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Great Tasting Ingredients (evoo, wine vins) Low $$

SocksManly | May 4, 200804:56 PM

Hey, wondering where I can get some great tasting "special occasion" type olive oil and wine vinegars, without going to ridiculously expensive high-markup posh stores?

I used to like a Cheese store near Bloor West Village (ahem) until I saw they had a bottle of $1.99 Sriracha sauce selling for.... $11.99. Makes me wonder how much they're marking up everything else.. I feel dirty going there now. :)

So what are some great ingredients to stock my shelves with, good enough for a Chef, but cheap enough for me to actually buy some? I don't mind paying the money for a good product, but not if it's 50% cheaper somewhere else!

Looking forward to your recommendations, I could definitely use some better oils and vinegars. What else would go into this category? Can't think... I guess Balsamic too.

For the record, I have a big can of "Gallo" olive oil that I bought from Dominion for like $13 I think, and I have a plastic bottle of Red Wine Vinegar from Unico, and white wine vinegars: Maille, Four Monks.

I think I dislike them all equally. The oil is fine to cook with.

Anyways I'm looking for: Brands, Stores, and rough Prices!

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