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The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Ah, the Bloor Street vendoozie rule [see what a few English degrees gets you--a job as a saleslady] in those years: eat just about anything at the Copenhagen Room during the day, eat at le Provencal [or Windsor Arms] if someone else is paying, noon or night, and drink [never eat] at Toby's.

Used to love the Georg Jensen sterling cutlery across the road, too.

Apr 09, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Where exactly, relative to Dundas and Bloor?

There was a really good Malaysian/Indonesian on Roncy two blocks below Howard Park [east side]. I still miss the Beef Rendang...and a spicy pork dish whose name eludes me.

Apr 09, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Masterchef Canada

Exactly--she makes a mess of something, and magically, nothing sticks to her high-heeled shoes, every time.

I think that's what I meant by the camera dogging her--an unsubtle tip if there ever was one.

Apr 09, 2014
pearl3 in Food Media & News

Masterchef Canada

The set reminds me of working trade shows, doing cooking demos in the 80s--water coming in through a hose and collecting in a pail under the counter...

The set is also more interesting than the show--last night's Hell's Kitchen-style competition made little sense and the doughnut showdown was only interesting in terms of watching Eric's sad-sack facial expressions.

I think I just watch it to loathe Kaila and her extensions--the camera tracks her like a hunter.

Apr 08, 2014
pearl3 in Food Media & News

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Auberge Gavroche was on the west side of Avenue Road, so that lets it out as a possibility.

Apr 08, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A quick look around the Cheese Boutique

I used to go a few times a year as well--when the owner's father owned it, and it was on Bloor West, I went more often.

The last few times, however, I've had similar experiences to yours. What finished me, though, were two types of cheese I purchased that had been stored incorrectly. Not being prissy here; both were inedible and on, or past the point of turning. Rancid cheese at those prices?

Apr 05, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rhubarb

Metro [St Claire/Stockyards], NoFrills [Lansdowne and Dundas], vegetable guys on Roncesvalles, and veg. stores west of Bloor and Dundas [north side]--lots of rhubarb.

Mar 24, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Canned hominy

Peter's NoFrills [Dundas and Lansdowne] has canned hominy.

Mar 18, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

My pleasure! We've gone through two lots of it, and I'm glad we're talking about the same item.

Mar 17, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Steelite plates - where to find

Thanks! I look forward to finally going in!

Mar 08, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salad sauerkraut in Toronto

An update, in case Linda is still interested.

What we call "sweet sauerkraut" is a spring thing and I think you maybe just missed it in February 2011. SuperK, the catering place just south of Benna's has it today.

And, for me, it's the real deal--carrots, shredded apple [some other mild sweet thing in there, too], green onions, and fresh herbs. I've been missing this stuff, and I'm going back tomorrow for more.

Mar 07, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Steelite plates - where to find

First, I've always wanted to stop on Horner and go into European Hotel and Restaurant. What's it like?

Second, because I was in the china business, Steelite/Doulton pinged. Steelite's site is http://www.steelite.com/
and they have a Toronto contact--on Riviera Drive in Markham--the contact info is on the site, if you set it to "Canada."

Mar 04, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

Thanks for the link; I had no idea it was still available. Sometimes I wish I had one of those cone/megaphone-shaped Honeydew containers.

In return for your link, I offer the blog of the grand-daughter of the owner of the Rondun: http://ellepersephone.blogspot.ca/201...
Some good stories in there.

Feb 27, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

The number of people who draw a blank when you mention "the sweetest Daddy of them all" just depresses me...

It's still good to do the Sweet Daddy walk.

Feb 27, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

Oh, yes, it's still there.

Another west-end joint--gone since the 80s when I moved to Roncesvalles--and a place with quite the reputation--the Rondun. A half-timbered two-storey establishment, which the mists of nostalgia have named a "rock palace," it was a bit of a sewer during regular business hours.

Feb 24, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

Right you are, and thanks!

Although it sorta trendied up a bit in the 80s--until it closed in the early 90s, I think, it lacked any discernable charm.

Feb 23, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

A joint I really can't remember the name of, sorry--was on Yonge St, a couple of blocks north of Bloor, east side--near a restaurant that, I think, Bruno Gerussi owned. This particular one-room gem lacked any charm whatsoever, except for a mural of jockeys and horses on the back wall. Surely it had a name related to racing--and not the Paddock...

By the 70s, it was frequented by slumming U of T Trinity students.

Feb 23, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Thanks so much for the link!

Yup it looks like the whole menu...memories...

Feb 23, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any thoughts on MasterChef Canada?

Oh, yeah, when Rogers fails me...

Surely, at this point, with Come Dine with Me Canada, people are working the show? They've got to be, don't they?

I think CDwM eclipses even the Hoarders show.

Feb 22, 2014
pearl3 in Food Media & News

Toronto's worst dives

In fact, weren't those called "Ritz Carlton Red Hots"?

Did they have split-top buns?

And I always wondered why "Ritz Carlton"...

Feb 22, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any thoughts on MasterChef Canada?

Where Kayla, or whatever her name is [strange wide-eyed look], and this is mean, I grant you--but agreed. Aside from the look, she has a really odious, self-approving attitude, and parrots dumb buzz-words like "awesome."

That quiche with smelts scared me right through the TV screen.

Feb 22, 2014
pearl3 in Food Media & News

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

The Noshery never quite leaves my memory bank... Your post, justsayn, reminded me of the titles for menu-items at the Noshery--"Lolla and Brigida": a double burger, and the "Ebony Kiss" [I think]: a big chocolate eclaire.

I loved the indoor awnings over the banquettes, and the latkes, and just about anything the parents let me order.

Feb 22, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

Mwah--my dad worked for Eatons, and in the 50s and 60s, there actually was company loyalty--it precluded getting off the subway at Simpsons.

Eventually I did, though. Wasn't that orange stuff Honeydew?
Same as at the Ex? I thought it was [let's really date ourselves] the cat's pajamas...

Feb 22, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

Late 60s, U of T student [UC]--and doubling prices, who knew inflation hit so early?

By then, I don't think the "Ladies Room," as it was familiarly known, routinely sported tablecloths. But I could be wrong, memory-wise.

Feb 21, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's worst dives

Mmm, the Embassy... As a dirt-poor undergrad, I'd sit there with the female habitues, enjoy a soap opera or two, and drink 20-cent draft...

Used to skate on the outdoor rink at the [unreclaimed] Jolly Miller--the bar itself had a fearsome reputation during my childhood.

Feb 21, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

I remember the open kitchens--and the Acropole--that takes me back. Didn't it overlook a bowling alley or something?

But there was one Greek restaurant originally on the Danforth [later moved to Bloor around Ossington, I think], called the Round Window.

The specialty was seafood, and it was incredible! Best of all was a kind of massive seafood platter with a wine, tomato, and magic sauce. I've never tasted the like since--I'd sure like to.

Feb 21, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

And George's made a salad I never found elsewhere--mixed greens, purple onions--normal enough--but the fresh ricotta and slightly sweet tomato-y vinaigrette was addictive.

Feb 21, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

I don't think they have yet--I know I was taken there a few times. But Eaton's Georgian Room in the main Yonge St store was the special-occasion treat for me as a child.

My father worked for Eaton's [RIP both] and my mother and I tended to do the family grocery shopping etc on Fridays there. Normally, we'd eat in the fifth-floor cafeteria, but major holidays meant the Georgian Room.

It always kind of awed me because of the scale of the place, heavy white linens and so on; I guess the food was good, but special-occasion eating involved carefully supervised use of the appropriate cutlery in my case.

Feb 21, 2014
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to get great Stollen in Toronto or North of the GTA

If you don't mind driving to Peterborough, Strickling's version is made with butter. Here's their website: http://www.sticklingsbakery.com/produ...

And here are the retailers where it's sold: sticklingsbakery.com/where-to-buy/ontario/toronto-area/

Dec 08, 2013
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Updated list of places - Portugues custard tarts

That's the one, and I was starting to feel seriously delusional--I drive through there nearly every day. Perhaps Pete's NoFrills on Lansdowne might be exerting a reverse gravitational force and changing directions around...

Nov 27, 2013
pearl3 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)