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The Mercantile in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village is your go-to shop for everyday luxuries, with a thoughtfully curated selection of gourmet food items, kitchen accessories, gifts and gift baskets to help you live, give, and entertain in style.

Prime 'Q

BBQ Suite

Well, we're in the thick of it now.
With good weather and longer days, we want to maximize the time outdoors and so cooking moves to the deck or the yard or the balcony or the tailgate. Whether you're a wood or charcoal purist or belong to the Hank Hill propane-powered team, there's something so satisfying about cooking on the grill. Our neighbours at Pollocks Home Hardware and The Cookery have a variety of useful tools (many on sale as we speak!) and our pals at De La Mer, Village Meats, Butcher Bar, The Meat Dept., Rowe Farms and our plentiful veggie markets have all the options of what products go on your grill. But planning for your BBQ is not complete until you've stopped in at The Mercantile.

For pre-seasoning we've got everything from Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt and an array of peppers to a great range of honeys, oils and vinegars. Peruse our spice shelves to concoct your own flavour mixes or select from among our many spice rubs. And then, of course, there are the BBQ sauces. Pictured here are just a handful of our many available options but we especially wanted to point out the grill-specific additions to the line-up from No. 7 Hot Sauces - a great Toronto company. They've introduced a classic Mexican BBQ sauce AND a series of Portuguese-style grill sauces called "Sandra's Piri Piri".

PLUS, right now we have the last of our grill planks on sale for 25% off! 
So make sure you put us on your BBQ provisions circuit and Happy Grilling!

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Quail Eggs

Quail eggs

We weren't sure whether customers realized we now carry quail eggs. After all, the don't take a whole lot of shelf space AND they're in the back on the left hand side of the fridge - partially obscured by our regular-sized (and exquisite) Murray Farms eggs. But there are a few reasons we wanted to carry them so we hope you'll find this post informative and inspiring:

1. They are so damn cute!
Honestly, look at them! Tiny and gorgeous speckled shells and a rich, flavorful yolk with a higher yolk-to-white ratio than normal eggs;

2. Fond memories of travels in Thailand.
When travelling the countryside by train, we'd pull into the station and hawkers would come up to the train windows offering little plastic bags of boiled quail eggs for a paltry 5 baht. They were delicious and nutritious and while it was possible (though admittedly a bit finicky) to individually peel all 12 eggs in the bag, the shells were so thin it was just as easy and tasty to  pop them into your mouth whole. Egg shells contain nutrients that promote healthy joints, like collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid.

3. A versatile and easy exoticism to add to your repertoire.
You probably wouldn't want to add quail eggs to your daily breakfast menu but there are some brilliant applications that will add a gourmet touch to a special meal or appetizer. Two recent favourites include Beet Pickled Quail Eggs (easy to make and just cut them open and add to a salad or charcuterie board for some serious wow-factor) and as one of a few size-appropriate toppings for blinis. We like Martha Stewart's recipe here but we have our own variation as well:
Instead of boiling your quail eggs, carefully break all 18 into a bowl (you'll want to use a fine-pointed pairing knife and cut around the top of the shell to avoid piercing the yolks) and put them all into a skillet with some butter. Add a tablespoon of water and cover for a few minutes while you get little fried eggs and then slide the whole thing onto a cutting board. Using a narrow liqueur glass or other small ring, cut out the yolks for a perfect fit onto your blinis!

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