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Market-tino

Posted by Staff / Posted on September 16, 2011

Market tino TorontoMarket-tino probably has every type of soda available in Latin America. While the store itself isn't exactly expansive, the small space manages to cram in bottle after bottle of brightly coloured sugary drinks with labels I can't understand. There's Coke in glass bottles from Mexico, endless varieties of Jarritos, Fanta bottles of all sizes (the good Fanta; not the kind you'll find in typical Canadian grocery stores), Peruvian Inca Kola, Colombian Postobon, Colombiana and more, plus fruit juice drinks and and plant-based beverages. If you're thirsty and pining for something you can't find just anywhere, in other words, a trip to Market-tino might be a good choice.

Market tino TorontoThe Latin American import store recently moved into its new location in a little strip mall on Keele north of Wilson. After passing by its old location a little further south, it seems to me that Market-tino has downsized, though it's tough to tell from just the outside. I'm told that Market-tino first opened in 2005 to serve the Latin and wider community in the area. The goal is to bring in products and flavours that are familiar to some, and interesting and dynamic for those looking to try something new.

Market tino TorontoThe spread at Market-tino is mostly pantry-bound, though there is a small assortment of fresh produce--not the least of which includes a basket of Nopales (Mexican prickly pears). I start by exploring the snacks, which include Sancochitos pork skins, Charras corn in various flavours, and a whole variety of guava paste sweets. Since I have yet to muster the courage to take on a bag of pork-related crisps, I move on.

Market tino TorontoMarket-tino's frozen section is quite extensive, if not in quantity than in variety. There's everything from meals and snacks such as empanadas and bunelos (fried dough balls), as well as frozen produce including ulluco (a South American root vegetable) and borojo fruit (said to be akin to oysters in its, uh, "mood setting" properties).

Market tino TorontoThough despite some of the more unfamiliar finds, I spent most of my time at Market-tino exploring its endless shelves of yerba mate, which started at $3.75 for 500g and went up from there. I counted 12 varieties, which included Argentinean Cruz de Malta, Brazilian Canarias, and Uruguayan La Selve. So captivated by the mate, it was enough to make me forget about the bottles of Jarritos that would be otherwise waiting for me by the exit. Score one for sugar-free.

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8 Comments

Ian / September 16, 2011 at 09:55 am
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Thanks for this review. I am always on the lookout for new types of salsas and will have to check this place out.
Jacqueline Valencia / September 16, 2011 at 01:04 pm
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COLOMBIA!!! It's spelled with an "O" already! Why doesn't anyone get that?
Jacqueline / September 16, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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Please fix your spelling mistake. Colombia is spelled with an o.

Thank you,

a hungry Canadian of Colombian heritage.
Geoff / September 16, 2011 at 01:20 pm
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Wrong kind of Colombian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia_(disambiguation)
vs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_(disambiguation)
Jacqueline / September 16, 2011 at 01:21 pm
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YAY!

Thank you
Lina / September 27, 2011 at 06:18 pm
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Thanks for this review, I am excited to check out this store.
Frecki replying to a comment from Geoff / October 12, 2011 at 06:54 pm
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No Geoff actually Jacqueline is right, it is Colombia, and not Columbia. Because the products referred to above refer to the country of Colombia, the Colombiana trademark and not "a poetic name for the Americas, and the feminine personification of the United States of America" as stated in your disambiguation link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_(disambiguation) or any other of the links on that particular page.
where to buy electronic cigarette / March 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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I actually called the Federal Trade Commission last month.
Ambit Energy is not a scam. I saw a write up
on another website telling those to call the FTC. Thanks again!
Commented by - Jimmy

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