In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Caribbean food shopping trip to Toronto.

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  1. Deborah Poutre
    December 20, 2021 / 4:03 pm

    Chris , the video did not work! Thank you for all you share! Happy Christmas and Great New Year!

  2. Jo-Anne Morrison
    November 28, 2020 / 1:04 am


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  4. Sherry Ann Hardeo
    July 15, 2020 / 9:55 pm

    thanks for all the spicy recipes!

  5. Holli
    March 10, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I live in Michigan, now I will try and frequent the Vietnamese grocer in my area! I always feel a lil intimidated by going into specialty grocers, because I’m no sure of how or what to buy, but this was a good tip! Thanks
    BTW….I know somewhere I’m part Caribbean! (LOL)

  6. Lindsay
    February 25, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Hey Chris, love your recipes! I’m from the Hamilton area as well. Wondered if you could share the name of this grocery store or location? Thanks!

  7. April 1, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    I really enjoy Caribbean food thank you for sharing.

  8. Cecile Carrington
    March 11, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Highly recommended!

  9. August 31, 2015 / 9:34 am

    I love that supermarket wow they have everything it’s amazing.

  10. Christine
    August 17, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Looks like a great place to shop. I live in Milton,Ontario. Could you send me the address to this store in Toronto.

    Also when will I be able to order a copy of your book.

  11. January 20, 2015 / 7:24 am

    so good to finally have copious info on shado beni. I have lots of recipes that use it and had no idea where to find it or even what it looks like. Especially helpful to learn that it tastes rather like a strong cilantro, that is useful info. Thanks to all you researchers!

  12. November 10, 2014 / 2:22 am

    Thank you for the video. You are blessed to have most of the fruits and vegetables within your reach, we shop at an Asian market in Colorado,it has very few items, we don’t get callaloo bush so we use one pack of creamed spinach and the frozen cut okra and our callaloo comes out just as tasty. Imagine mangoes have gone from $1.79 to $4.00. what a shame, I will wait until it goes back down. Walmart sells it cheaper but everytime I go there its sold out. Hope I get lucky next time.

  13. monica
    August 21, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Thanks Chris i enjoy looking at the video.

  14. Shirma
    June 24, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Hi Chris, wow, Iam amazed at what you can find here. Everything can be found. I live in the Caribbean, Tobago to be exact. Keepupthe good work.

  15. Sheila
    January 27, 2014 / 9:50 am

    I shop in Kensington Market for my Jamaican supplies. I love it and it’s like a mini trip to Negril

  16. Jay Bee
    January 8, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Chris, what’s the name of the supermarket?

  17. Trina
    January 5, 2014 / 11:06 pm

    Thank You Chris! Splendid!

  18. Susan
    December 4, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing…too bad it ended too soon. Is it possible to share where this market is…I would love to go & check it out.

  19. Donna Taylor
    November 29, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    Dear Cris thank you for the video.

  20. Sylvia
    November 27, 2013 / 11:20 am

    Wow Chris I’d live in that market….thanks for sharing.

  21. Bella-Marie Cummins
    November 23, 2013 / 9:21 pm


    Kindly correct your labeling of the avocado be it the Mexican variety or Caribbean. In Trinidad, the other word used for avocado is zaboca.

    Further, it is wise and courteous to ask permission beforehand to videotape in another person’s business place. What a missed opportunity!

    Keep up the good work.


  22. Gracelyn
    November 18, 2013 / 9:26 am

    Dear Chris thank you for this video it was really nice and I did enjoy looking at it.

  23. Roxxanne
    September 26, 2013 / 9:10 pm

    This is a great idea, I love your cooking, I have done a few of your recipes, I also enjoy watching your videos, there very easy to follow , not confusing at all plus your a joy to watch, keep up the great work Chris and thank you….

  24. Juls
    September 16, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Hey Chris – this was a great idea!! I often go into Asian markets like this and wonder what wonderful meals could be made, if I only knew the names of some of these items.
    Keep up the great work, I have made quite a few dishes from your website and none have failed me yet!!

  25. Maria S
    May 15, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    Thank you for the video idea and sorry about your security run in.

    I guess to counter that when you buy the ingredients you could take photos instead, especially of the herbs!!!
    Great idea and attempted execution…maybe you can try for management buy-in next trip!!!
    Keep the good work up.

  26. Joya
    April 20, 2012 / 10:35 am

    Super idea! Full marks for creativity . . . and heart.

    The next time: Having ensured Management cooperation, take 2 shots of each item: – one medium shot showing the Veggie as it is displayed en masse on the table; then panning-in slowly as someone else picks up the item for a Close tight Shot.
    Nice touch w/ editing and adding the name of item. Slower panning will allow us time for reading/writing the name or even an iPod photo of the item.
    Keep up the good work, and many thanks.

  27. vero
    April 19, 2012 / 9:41 am

    Lol awesome

  28. Bevlyn
    November 19, 2011 / 8:05 pm

    I had not seen this before. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip-felt I was there :-).

  29. Ingrid
    July 15, 2011 / 11:00 pm

    WOW, I live here in Trinidad it's amazing that we take the things on this vid for granted. but it was nice to see so much of our local stuff and much more

  30. Rita
    May 23, 2011 / 8:39 am

    Loved the tour Chris; I am italian but love all kinds of ethnic cooking. The tour of the veggies was wonderful, maybe add an example for each vegetable's use (the way you did with pumpkin wedges being used for soups). For someone like me, that would be so helpful. The video was a great idea.

  31. Margo Hanlon (Peg)
    May 19, 2011 / 12:31 pm

    Chris, Thanks so much for all the time and effert you put into this! Thanks also for letting me know to shop in Asian stores here in the States. I love your recipes from Jamaica, my favorite Country! Keep the recipes coming, I love them all. Have a great day and God Bless you! Margo

  32. Hazel
    February 27, 2011 / 12:33 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the tour. The Asian market always carry ground provision from the caribbean and a great place to shop when in the mood for a caribbean dish. Happy Shopping.

  33. Alf
    January 1, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    Hi Chris, Thanks for the tour. It is nice seeing vegetables from home that we cannot always get over here in NZ. I enjoyed your video except it was a little fast on the panning and not long enough on the products, however i appreciate your effort and thoughtfull ness. As someone said, maybe next time get in with the management and do a deal. It will be nice to see more in the future. Thanks very much and wishing you ther very best of health and happiness and good cooking in 2011. Cheers.

  34. Kathyann
    December 25, 2010 / 9:56 am

    I wish someone would open a West Indian market where I live in Gainesville, FL. The closest thing to a market is the farmers market or this Asian market, but they don't have dasheen, shadow beni, bittermelon and many other items that I have been looking for.

    I wish someone would send me a few plants or even the seeds and I would try and grow them myself.

  35. December 24, 2010 / 1:50 am

    Nice going, shopping is fun especially when it comes to food

  36. ahtinah
    November 27, 2010 / 12:27 am

    I really enjoyed the trip to the market! I wish you had asked permission to film first, and explained to the manager that this film will let many people from the Carribean and other countries, to know about this market, and get business for him…As someone mentioned the filming was too fast and jerky…yeah, I know you are not a professional. So why not get a professional to film for you, and you'll have the kind of quality you really need. Perhaps you could exchange services in exchange for someone to film for you….Keep up the ideas to enchant us all.
    Ahtinah W.

  37. Richard
    September 4, 2010 / 2:06 pm

    Thanks Chris.
    Them people takke life too seriously,not like we from the Caribbean.
    One thing,wey you get that accent man?
    Keep up the good work Padner,love your recipes!!!

  38. Doonwati
    September 3, 2010 / 12:28 am

    Hi Chris,
    Boy you going the extra mile for us eh, thank so much. I do appreciate it but just don't get yourself into trouble ok? God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Carlene
    May 7, 2010 / 12:35 pm

    HI! I saw you had a chinese dish that you post on your face book page, would like to know the name of the restaurant in china town that you visit last summer?

  40. Chef Rick
    April 16, 2010 / 2:21 pm

    Hi Chris, what is the store called and where is it exactly, I live about 1 hour north of T.O.
    Thanks Rick

    • April 17, 2010 / 11:10 pm

      Rick I don't recall the name of the store, but it's in the Rexdale Market Place in the same plaza as Walmart 2245 Islington Avenue Toronto, ON M9W 3W7, Canada

  41. Debbi
    April 7, 2010 / 4:19 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for risking your freedom for taping the veggies and fruit of the Caribbean! We will all live healthy and more educated for it!!

    Your dietitian member,


    • April 17, 2010 / 11:13 pm

      Debbi, hope you're enjoying the early spring. Thanks for your continued support.

  42. Lisa
    March 20, 2010 / 11:38 am

    Where is that store….i'm in the GTA area? the closest I have is called T-phat (located in Pickering) That store looked like it had everything, wow, wanna check it out.

    • April 17, 2010 / 11:12 pm

      Lisa, I do apologize for the delay in responding .. see my comment below to Rick. The address is 2245 Islington Avenue Toronto, ON M9W 3W7, Canada Yes, it's fully stocked with TONS of things you won't find anywhere easily. However.. stay away from their chicken. I even got kymit (sp) there a few weeks back.

  43. Chris De La Rosa
    December 19, 2009 / 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the continued support and comments.

    Happy cooking and happy holidays.


  44. Natasha
    December 19, 2009 / 2:15 pm

    Chris you are so lucky!! You get everything there!! My vietnamese store doesn’t have half of those things!

  45. November 13, 2009 / 5:36 am

    I am looking for things like Perrier Vanilla Extract and Barbancourt Rum.

  46. lal ramesar
    November 7, 2009 / 10:31 pm

    great work chris,nice filmshots.always make your eyes and mouth satisfied.

  47. November 7, 2009 / 5:05 pm

    chris i am in love with ur cooking and all my friend love ur cooking too i am very thankful for all the receipe u send to me thank again u and ur team good work chris god bless

  48. Heather
    August 16, 2009 / 4:23 pm

    Too bad you were not allowed to finish.
    I think it was a great idea to show the veggies.
    It’s easy to forget if you left the islands at a young age.
    One thing… next time you film, please slow down a bit on each item.
    Thanks again!

  49. June 29, 2009 / 10:10 pm

    Actually, I was wondering if you has asked permission to film…probably a good idea…
    we also have one of those huge “Asian” stores just down the road from Drupatis in the WalMart plaza. They have got all the ‘ethnic’ stuff there. My friend who lives in Markham says there is a huge store there too…
    [rq=85260,0,blog][/rq]Following His Lead…

    • September 5, 2010 / 1:13 pm

      that s/b "you had asked" (:

  50. May 15, 2009 / 5:52 pm

    Yeah, whenever I am in the US and cooking, I always shop at a Vietnamese store. Always.

    Thanks for the tour.

    <abbr>Cynthia’s last blog post..I'm Not Hungry</abbr>

    • evykas70
      January 13, 2012 / 9:43 pm

      Reminds me of when I was in France and was taking pics of the cheese section, I too was asked to stop taking pics. (Also a supermarket.) Anyway, back to the video- thanks very much for sharing what you had. It's very helpful to put pictures with names. I liked how you said which was ripe and which was not. I will definitely favorite this and watch a few more times! 🙂

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