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best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Thanks. I work near there and ventured over once but the retail component seemed deserted and strange so I never pursued it. I had no idea it was housing a great place to eat.

Sep 22, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Do you mean J-Town on Steeles at Woodbine?

Sep 22, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurants for Fat People

Reading this article doesn't come close to how surreal the Heart Attack Grill is.... Watched a tv series online last night by the guy who made Super Size Me, called "7 Deadly Sins" featuring this Heart Attack Grill on the "Gluttony" portion (no pun intended)... Apparently their very large spokesperson and regular customer recently died of a heart attack... I'm still at a loss for words. Sad? Scary? Real? Honest? All of the above??

Sep 07, 2014
Moimoi in Features

Milagro - Yonge and Lawrence

I like the food at Milagro... some hits and misses... but I've noticed several times now that they water down their margaritas. For example on this last visit, they said the tequila was in the "mix", yet both rounds were from the same mix (the waiter who tasted our first round agreed there was no tequila in it). When asked what the difference was between rounds he was unable to provide an answer. I know what the difference was... NOTHING! We ate at the bar and I saw the second round being made and it was mix from a jug and ice in a blender - no tequila pour.

I'm fine paying just over $8 and $15 for a small or medium margarita, respectively, but I have a problem with dishonest business practices, and for paying this much for a virgin lime slushy. Of course it's always the individual who complains about things like this that ends up being criticized for being overly-demanding, paranoid or cheap... I am none of these things, but I do believe in honest service, so if anyone knows if there is some kind of regulation on this type of thing (like Dine Safe for alcohol), I want to contact them and report these guys.

Sep 07, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

That Time Anthony Bourdain Scared Kids with the Gay, and I Laughed

On the flip side, maybe gay kids would be afraid to be perceived as being straight. I'm pro-"being good" (whatever we are) and this was nothing more than a "comedic" moment, not a discriminatory jab. I thought it was funny.

Aug 23, 2014
Moimoi in Features
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Chowfind of the Century- Bistrot 92 Eglinton Ave West, French French

I've been watching this post since it started last year and I'm FINALLY ready to go. Haven't been keeping up to date with it, but without having to read all 168 replies, is there anyone who can tell me if this gem is still worthwhile and special??? Thanking you in advance.

Jul 31, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for good Fish store in North Toronto

Thanks! I'm inspired but will have to take the plunge and see if I can replicate. Is there a particular fish type and fish monger you'd recommend??? I'm good with buying from Chinatown but need to know exactly what type to buy.

Jul 31, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for good Fish store in North Toronto

I know this post is like a hundred years old, but I have to say that I don't know what the h*ll they do in Chinatown when they steam a whole fish and add the fresh ginger, green onions, soy and garlic, but I doubt any mere mortal could ever reproduce that flavour. What kind of voodoo are they up to to make it taste sooooo good???????? Again... simplicity and fresh flavours... I'm a VERY good cook... I have the gift (to some degree - not like one of my brothers who is fearless, a genius and a natural in the kitchen), but please... someone.... enlighten me and share the secret and wisdom... I hate to be pessimistic but I fear that an easy answer is not in my near future... To be able to prepare fish to truly savour the delicate flavours and textures is my ultimate culinary goal... There's just something so mysterious about the humble fish... Humble and kind replies only please.... p.s. making this on the weekend at the cottage... been on my list of things to make for about 10 years!!!!! Doing a side of another dish from the same episode (when I used to watch tv) with spaghettini wrapped in eggplant or something.... Will probably pass on the eggplant under the swordfish.... p.s. This dish has nothing to do with loving Tyler Florence - I'm neutral, by the way... Any tips or comments in the next 24 hours on this recipe and how to achieve fish magic would be appreciated before I get in the car and face hours of cottage traffic. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

Jul 31, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Vegan or Gluten Free place in TO I saw on a video...

Yes! Thank you to both of you. That's the place. It was such a cool video to watch... The chef made a big old gluten ball or something and then went through several stages of construction before turning it into a veggie type roast that was shaved... When I checked Kassi22's response I couldn't watch the video... kept getting one of those aggravating messages that I couldn't view the video because I'm Canadian (Canadian licensing cr*p) but today I can. Now my internet is acting up. Oh well. I'll get to it. Thank you both again. I have emailed the link to work to pass it along to my co-worker for her veg daughter. :)

Jul 13, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Nasty chicken legs

Shredding! I like it!!! This way I can also avoid the fat and gnarly bits. My slow cooker is too big however for this exercise... Would you say to maybe wrap in foil and just bake??? I think I've learned a bit of a lesson here. Maybe stick to thighs for dark meat and boneless, skinless breasts for my lower cal/fat choice.

Jul 13, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

Nasty chicken legs

I guess I can get a little queazy with chicken meat at times... I have a friend who is an outstanding cook but she has a serious aversion to touching raw meat and even uses special rubber gloves... The packaging of course showed the beautiful, plump chicken meat, all clean and skinless... So when I opened it up and saw all the less attractive chicken bits tucked underneath I didn't have the stomach or motivation to deal with it. Posters have made some excellent suggestions. I was also looking at a Mexican Black Bean Chicken type soup... Food Basics has beautiful boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale right now for $3.44/lb... Might wait a bit on my ugly chicken legs and do a boneless chicken wing recipe today... nothing more than a new-fangled chicken nugget type theme... Looks yummy though... I'll probably get my wrist slapped for going off-topic on my own post, but here's a link... http://blogchef.net/how-to-make-bonel...

Jul 13, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

Nasty chicken legs

Prison? Yikes! Okay, maybe "ridiculous" sounded misleading... They were definitely very cheap... maybe $1.99/lb or something... I can't even remember at this point. Purchased at Sunny Supermarket. They are a high volume Asian and middle-eastern, halal supermarket... always have great deals. I recognize that some of their meat products are not AAA grade and I accept that. If I'm looking for AAA grade, I will shop higher end.

Jul 13, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

Nasty chicken legs

Aren't legs and drumsticks the same thing? Now I feel stupid...

Jul 13, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

ISO Vegan or Gluten Free place in TO I saw on a video...

Was talking to someone at work who said her daughter was now following a vegan diet and wanted to try some restaurants. I remembered seeing a really cool video a while ago where the chef at some... again... vegan or gluten free joint in TO was making a wicked looking sandwich (I actually think it was vegan vs. gluten-free, as I thought the "meat" of the sandwich was a gluten-based dough). It was a labour-intensive process, but in the end the mock meat lump was shaved, covered in bbq sauce (?) with caramelized onions, amongst other things on a bun. No one would miss meat in this juicy sammie. It looked mouth-watering. Anyway, I've been googling options but can't find it. Hope someone knows what I'm talking about. It was definitely a small,hip indie resto. Would love to share this and would also love to go if I could find it.

Jul 11, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Nasty chicken legs

Okay, now you're scaring me. They sort of look like chicken thighs that haven't been trimmed properly; however one end does taper a bit more than a thigh so I am thinking large leg... I don't think they're another chicken part... not too many parts of a chicken that I can't recognize... I suppose I'm just looking for an easy but delicious recipe where I can submerge them without having to actually touch or look at them and the nasty stuff will just magically go to chicken heaven or something. I know there are a million chicken recipes... I just don't feel like putting in any manual labour to make these chicken "pieces" more appealing.... Hope all of this is making sense.

Jul 10, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

Not being defensive, but just to clarify, my "cool" comment was referring to the writer's idea for this article, NOT the FG's issues... I'm not making any social comments or taking any stand about the FG... Right or wrong, his recipes are still great. I just thought the angle of the story was really clever.

Jul 10, 2014
Moimoi in Features
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Nasty chicken legs

I love a bargain. So when my favourite Asian market had boneless, skinless chicken LEGS on sale last week for a ridiculous price I visualized tender, dark-ish meat falling off the bone (even though there would be no bone).... So I bought a bunch of them. As I was separating them for freezing, they were kind of grossing me out.... gnarly bits, cartilage, gobs of fat, arteries and tendons... What the heck was going on?? I'm almost surprised I didn't find a claw or feather in there somewhere. I'm not a princess (even though I will NEVER buy fresh shrimp again - now that's a nasty and dangerous cleaning job with those sharp bits), but I wasn't anticipating a horror show just because they were on sale. Can anyone suggest a nice, civilized recipe to make these post-apocalyptic legs more appealing??? The dissection of these babies just left me a bit queasy.... And NO, I did not thoroughly remove all the lumps and bumps. Maybe I should just throw them out... Perhaps not worth the work.... p.s. I'm being a bit dramatic in order to be a bit amusing... They are just normal chicken legs, but they weren't cleaned properly, so no need to speculate if I didn't actually get real chicken legs. They're legs, just sloppy ones.

Jul 10, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

Three years later I'm seeing this post. OMG! Sooo friggin' funny and cool that I can't even read it because I'm overwhelmed by the coolness of the concept.... and I totally get it! I consider my Frugal Gourmet to be a bit of a bible (no pun intended), along with my Madhur Jaffrey... I have many cookbooks, but I have a fondness for those two... and The Silver Palate... suppose I'm dating myself. Anyway, there are a few dishes in the FG that I have made a ton of times, and I do like the way the book is packaged. And YES, I do think creepy thoughts EVERY SINGLE time I pick up the book, but I also think that Mister Rogers is a bit creepy even though he was never accused of anything and when I was a kid I was totally mesmerized by him... I will try to read your article, but KUDOS to you Joyce Slaton (odd, but I assumed this was written by a guy... hmmm) for coming up with such a SUPER cool and clever foodie article. :)

Jul 10, 2014
Moimoi in Features
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Freshest spices in TO

I love that Iqbal strip mall... Didn't know there was a spice shop there... The spices in the grocery store, while expansive, seem to look old... Again, not that I know how to judge, but the colours don't seem very vibrant... maybe it's just the lighting. I went to the site and they only showed 8 spices. Do they sell other spices than Indian? Does anyone have any preference for purchasing... e.g. cello or plastic bottle? I would say plastic, but just curious if anyone has any views on that.

Apr 15, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

We used to go there when we were young... not sure if I really liked it... I think even as kids we all felt it was an A&W rip off and was therefore inferior. I really wondered as a kid too what their hamburgers were made of... don't want to know now. One of their locations in Mississauga (maybe on Dundas) is still standing and has been reincarnated a dozen times. Not even sure what it is now. That would have been in the late 60's, early 70's....

Apr 14, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

So weird... I still think about that place sometimes... probably when I see the name "Ginsberg". I was young when it was open and lived out the outskirts of the city so I never went there, but I can still remember their signage... I think it was sort of carnival-like... "Step right up, step right up..." Would you say that it was like that or did I unconsciously modify that memory?

Apr 14, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

I guess that might be considered an urban myth, but I like it.

Apr 14, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

I'll never forget it... I was in my 20's and didn't know much about food at the time, but it was my first lesson in sticking with the heritage of the cuisine... I ordered a pasta that was way over-cooked and I swear they used ketchup for sauce. Maybe the wife was sick that day and hubby took over the kitchen and guessed how to make it.

Apr 14, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Good one.

Apr 14, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Erin Mills / Mississauga

My mother lives near there, so I'd also be interested. The only thing I've seen that wasn't a franchise or chain and seemed to have any character was a Caribbean joint on Erin Mills one stop light north of the QEW, turn left (west) and it's in the first strip mall with the Swiss Chalet ... Haven't been there though. There's a Thai place in the same mall but I think it's just take out and the prices seemed high. I'll be following this post in anticipation of some good suggestions too.

Apr 14, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Freshest spices in TO

I've been to BJ's many times. They re-package many of their dry goods like nuts, dried beans, larger quantities of spices. I don't know why, but I've personally found grain beetles in a few re-packaged dry goods I've purchased at BJ's. I'm not sure how that works, and maybe they were isolated incidents, but I hesitate when something is re-packaged. When you're referring to BJ's, are you talking about their own brands (again, re-packaged) or the products they purchase directly? I've also been to a couple of other spice shops on Gerrard, but how can I tell if the spices (not herbs) are fresh??

Apr 13, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Freshest spices in TO

I should have been more specific. I do grow my own herbs in the summer (basil, tarragon, chives, parsley, coriander, rosemary, thyme, sage, etc....). I was thinking more like Yongeman... the dry spices like cumin, paprika, chile, bay leaf, and even mixes like Garam Marsala... I've made my own blends in the past, but I'd rather focus my cooking energy elsewhere than custom blending spices. For my Middle Eastern spices I would go to Arz Bakery on Lawrence East... I'd prefer not to go different places for every type of cuisine... Was hoping for a one stop shop for most, and the bottles at Loblaws are not under consideration, but I figure everyone here understands that.

Apr 13, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Freshest spices in TO

After tiring of reading the golden rule of dry spices, I have finally taken that big step and put an alarm in my calendar to replace all of my dry spices once a year. I confess that I haven't done it as often as I should in the past, but the reason is I never know where to get the freshest spices. How do I know they're fresh, even though they're sealed? Many spices are packaged in that clear cello - I'm sure that doesn't keep the air out. I know there are several spice shops in Kensington. I just want some credible assurance which place is best and why. Thanking you in advance.

Apr 13, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grilled cheese fest is a disaster!

I posted earlier on the event. Not a prize-winning review but provided a bit of info... Oh... was only able to taste the Construction Site's mac & cheese grilled cheese (soo good) because I offered to help the production guy. Line ups everywhere were just too long. Too many people, not enough support, poor planning. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967266

Mar 01, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grilled Cheese Fest 2014

Was given tickets to this event at Roy Thomson Hall at the last minute. Arrived about an hour before close and the event was still buzzing. It was evident within minutes that the event was a planning DISASTER. Brutal line ups for quarter portions of grilled cheese sandwiches and beer, but I give those young lads (I'm recalling a strawberry blonde one with glasses - very nice young man) at the brewery tables credit for making the long lines less painful with their chipper personalities.... Anyway, I'm sure there are other attendees that could better describe the failures of this event. It clearly has potential and the attendance seemed good... I'm tired, so I look forward to hearing better feedback on this event... p.s. The Construction Site Grilled Cheese's Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese.... OMG!!!!!!!!!! I can't repeat what I said after I tasted it. Soooooo goood!!!!!

Feb 28, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)