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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

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

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)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Fun post. All I can think about at this moment is a place called Sian San that was on College beside the police headquarters. Food was reliable, fresh, quality, the place was always clean and busy. One item comes to mind... A steamed wonton in a chili oil... I recall something about a satay peanut sauce as well... Whatever it was, I can still feel the burn. No idea why they closed. Also just heard that Pastis closed. Not sure if it's true, but if so, I'll miss that.

Feb 19, 2014
Moimoi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Within walking distance from the Art Gallery of Ontario?

Thank you, Atahualpa. I'm glad someone said it. I also can't stand John's Italian or Margarita's. Terrible food.

It's three years since this post but I'm going to the AGO tomorrow with a friend and having dinner after. Don't want to go to Frank, any of the awful places across the street, Baldwin, or McCaul. Maybe walk to Note Bene and eat at the bar, but also fine with something more casual... just not one of those quiet little bistros... Something a bit lively.

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

What is the Best Condiment You Ever Had?

This is actually a clever post, so I'm adding to my Chimichurri (had it at, believe it or not, an Argentinian joint I found on the outskirts of Vegas) post from a while ago... Thank you fourunder for your contributions... I second the • Horseradish Mayo, • Ginger & Scallion Oil, • Chili Oil, and I add...

• Korean BBQ sauce (the dark, soy coloured marinade)
• Aunties and Uncles homemade ketchup (not sure if they do it anymore)
• The Easy Breakfast's side of ancho chile jam with their burrito
• Tamarind dipping sauce (multi purpose)
• aioli combos (lemon, garlic)

That's all for now.

Feb 08, 2014
Moimoi in General Topics

HELP! Troubleshooting Gnocchi...

As per my last post, threw out my goopy mess and started over. Boiled russets with skin on, riced while hot, and worked my way through several test batches. Initially used just salt and flour and worked through consistencies. I'm on final round, this time added some egg whites for adhesion... so far working much better in creating a more dense gnocchi... inside is nice and light with good texture, but outside is still coming out a bit goopy. Will add some extra flour to last ball to test. IMO, I highly recommend anyone doing this for the first time to do a test batch on another day, as it's somewhat laborious. p.s. I did use an ice bath after boiling.

Feb 02, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

HELP! Troubleshooting Gnocchi...

Okay, so basically I think I blew it. I got sidetracked and let the potatoes sit in water (did not read this before) for a while, then added a TON of flour (again, before I read this) and the dough is still a sticky lump. I have yet to get said blob of sticky dough out of the bowl. Is there any way I can repair/save these?

Feb 01, 2014
Moimoi in Home Cooking

Looking for kielbasa in Pittsburgh area

Thanks ML Pavact! You're 100% correct. I was obsessed about finding out the answer and found out that it was Primanti Brothers. Would you agree that is an accurate statement? Are their kielbasa and cheese sandwiches the best???

Dec 28, 2013
Moimoi in Pennsylvania

Looking for kielbasa in Pittsburgh area

I know this is an old posting, but I was just watching the movie, "Runner Runner". In an early scene, Ben Affleck mentions how he can't get "(blank's) kielbasa and cheese" from some joint and says "can you imagine how that hurts a Steelers' fan". I missed the name of the place he was referring to... I never thought about having kielbasa with cheese... I'm assuming they mean on a bun or something... maybe with onions... Does anyone know the name of the place he was referring to? Thanks.

Dec 23, 2013
Moimoi in Pennsylvania

You're doing it all wrong...

Chocolate chip cookie video won't play - skips to Mimosa every time. Dying for some cookies right now. grrrr... http://www.chow.com/videos/show/youre...

Dec 02, 2013
Moimoi in Site Talk