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Cast iron pans leaving black flakes on food

charred food is said to cause cancer, mainly breast cancer, but i don't see why it wouldn't cause other cancers.

the black bits you see on cast iron pans are not burnt food. i just bought one and did as the label suggested: rinse and dry completely, but that wasn't enough, i got black bits and my eggs were not burnt. it's something from the pan coming off.

i'm going to do the suggestions in this thread as well as a bunch of other sites i've compiled info from, and see which is the common denominator. looks like 250-300 in the oven for an hour is the best way to go, according to what i've read, but i just bought mine so i have to clean it off first and put oil on it. i'm going to use coconut oil. i don't eat lard and i read that because it's saturated fat it's better. i read that vegetable oils (liquid oils) make the pans sticky.

we'll see what happens!

Jun 06, 2008
dr_t in Cookware

Where to buy Chipotle Peppers??

Does anyone know where you can buy chipotle peppers downtown and central?

I would be looking for dried. Thanks!

Apr 08, 2008
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pan on the Danforth = bad

i went to pan on the danforth because i heard they had some good reviews. i was sadly disappointed!

i ordered chicken souvlaki and i had to bite through joints/etc. which ruined it for me. it also wasn't high quality chicken. the tzatziki was very basic and not flavourful at all. besides tasting bad, it was cold when it came.

it is by far the worst greek food i've ever had. i'd recommend more going to mr. greek or astoria.

the servers are nice though.

Jan 09, 2008
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New King Palace location?

i make an effort to ask all the time what happens with my food. that's the thing with most people, most people turn a blind eye at what happens to their food. i don't.

Jan 09, 2008
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

If you find yourself in or near St. Catharines try Frego's

my girlfriend and i were hungry and lost since the restaurants we planned to go to were closed, so we were desperate. then we found frego's which looked kinda sketchy with the big bright green sign but it had wild salmon and i like wild caught fish so i thought why not.

we decided to try it. i wouldn't go there for the salmon in cream sauce, but the service was friendly and the other meat was good. their presentation of the 3-meat (or 4 i don't remember) sampler of souvlakis was really great. nice presentation and the taste was authentic and home grown. you also get a lot of food for the price and it's quite decent in quality. very home-style.

the decor was cute. i liked it and if i'm ever hungry in st. catharines again i'd go back.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Martelli Pasta (in the bright yellow package)

lol - stocking stuffer! :P
maybe try your luck at st. lawrence market at those shops?
maybe some places on college street in the portuguese or italian neighbourhoods..
i've seen it in montreal and in the states but surprisingly i don't see it much here.
good luck feeding mrs. scary!

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

East Danforth Ethiopian Recs?

there's this place with a blue sign i believe. maybe orangish pink walls on the inside. i didn't catch the name... id on't know if it had a name. it was good though for sure. two people were fed for $8. that's unheard of. cheap but good. spicy too.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

List of eateries -- your opinions? (Good/average/score out of 10.)

astoria is quite good. mr greek as well. mmm greek food. i prefer mr greek but my mom likes astoria better. astoria uses cinnamon in their souvlaki sauce, i think it's good still but i prefer mr greek.

the atrium on bay/dundas red lobster location didn't have very good food but i complained and the management seemed to actually care and make sure everything was good. that was because all of red lobster changed this one dish i was used to getting so it was very inferiour in quality... so i discount the entire chain altogether, but that location had good customer service.

do not eat at taco bell and new york fries. come on! lol

if you want an organic raw food experience try Live organic food bar on dupont at spadina.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New King Palace location?

microwave everything? gross! i was thinking of going because my girlfriend likes their food but i don't eat microwaved food.
that's too bad.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

roti

gandhi for sure. it's indian.
if she likes caribbean, go to pam's caribbean kitchen. she's a wonderful lady and makes her own pepper sauce i believe. the 3 vegetable roti is good—be sure to include squash! (personal favourite).

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hottest/Spiciest Dish in Toronto

gandhi on queen w you can choose how spicy you want it and i love spicy food but their medium spiced is a bit much for me. they're indian so i guess they're immune to spice because to me their medium is really hot. their mild is too mild. i go with medium-mild but you might be able to do medium, or hot if you're crazy..

pam's caribbean kitchen has roti and she makes her own pepper sauce i believe. it's good homemade kind. ask for extra if you think one won't be enough... it's really good and i think you should try there.

these are more take-out than sit-down though, though they do have chairs, it's just not the environment for sit-down in my opinion.

i'm sure any place can spice it up for you though.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking to buy Aged Balsamic - Suggestions?

like another suggested, olive pit is a good place to try out vinegars but don't be buying them there. the lady is absolutely wonderful. i did feel ripped off though when i found out my balsamic vinegar i bought for $25 in a small round bottle was sweetened with caramel. not cool! she has a nice one that's like $40. i dunno if it's sweetened or not but it's good. i dunno if it's worth the money though, to me it isn't.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Indian restaurant toronto suggestions??

i really liked indian rice factory on dupont. really good quality. kinda pricey but you could savour all of the different spices. i'd recommend it for a nicer place.

bombay behl in toronto is disgusting. empty as someone said earlier. not good at all. bombay behl in OAKVILLE on the other hand is amazing. great food, great service... i don't know if they're the same chain but the one in oakville is my favourite indian restaurant, mainly for the channa bhatura (channa served with a deep fried bread of some sort, like naan, but different in some way, i forget it's been a while). you can split that between two not-so-hungry people. highly recommended.

if you like buying indian takeout from a hole in the wall, try gandhi's on queen west b/w spadina and bathurst. i'm sure they cook in trans fat for sure but it all tastes really good. matar paneer and sag paneer rotis especially.

i didn't like the host. i found it very mediocre and not worth the price. like someone mentioned before, the service was quite bad. so bad i filled in the comment card they gave me and told them how bad it was. i wouldn't recommend going there.

indian rice factory i'd recommend if you're not wanting to leave toronto but if you find yourself in oakville do bombay behl in oakville, NOT the toronto location.

cheers and good luck on the hunt!

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

JAMAICAN SORREL XMAS DRINK

post the recipes! love that stuff.

fish shak makes good sorrel and brings it to the market sometimes (dufferin, riverdale).

yum!

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casa Pareja or Nunez del Prado olive oils in Toronto?

thanks! i went there and they have a good organic spanish olive oil, though not the one i'm looking for. they do sell Nuñez del Prado there though, but quite pricey.

still on the quest for Casa Pareja.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic/naturally raised brunch in Toronto?

thanks for your input, that sounds like a great option!

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic/naturally raised brunch in Toronto?

thanks, my girlfriend and i were thinking about going there. we'll check it out for sure.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Magic Oven is overrated, overpriced

i was thinking the same thing myself! when you're a restaurant ordering large-scale, chances are you aren't going to try to source from small farms in ontario. you'll take the shipment available that matches your needs and usually this isn't local, it's large international companies.. that's how it works with organics anyway. it's easier to just buy international.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Magic Oven is overrated, overpriced

i'm at the dupont location. i've got friends who order from the broadview location and were disappointed with them too. maybe they vary which location they decide to suck at next but the truth is they screw up constantly, no matter what location.

Dec 03, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Are maple syrup all the same? [moved from Home Cooking board]

i don't know maple syrup in grades A or B but i know it in dark, medium, light. i happen to enjoy dark best because it's richer and has more minerals. more flavour i'd say.

once you go... dark(??).. you never go back!

Nov 15, 2007
dr_t in General Topics

Magic Oven is overrated, overpriced

some of the things from magic oven are very good, like their fettuccini pasta dish (which is the only thing i'd ever order from them), but others are just fair to poor in quality, like their pizza.

for prices like that you'd expect the pizza to taste better than it did. some parts were too salty and it wasn't even enjoyable.

on top of that, they messed up my order on numerous occasions, promised to give us credit on our next order (which we never got and there was no record of it and after a short argument ended up getting in the end)... they've also completely forgot about us and didn't deliver to us for about an hour where we had to call for it again and ask them what the deal was. the garlic spinach topping is brown from being overcooked and tastes nothing like garlic (or barely spinach for that matter).

magic oven is completely overrated and overpriced. they are poor quality and people there don't know how to make anything. they've messed up our order many times, which is very frustrating and unacceptable for a business. i don't know how they stayed in the game for this long (it must be all the crazy organic people who only go there because it's the only natural pizza shop). it's important to note that only maybe 1/8 of the items on the menu are organic (and that's probably a generous guess). the rest is claimed to be local (for the most part) and natural. i'm into natural and organic but i'd rather go somewhere else and pay less for a pizza i'd actually enjoy.

Nov 15, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Frangipane's Gruyère tart has changed for the worse

the dupont/spadina patisserie Frangipane used to have these Gruyère tarts i loved! you could tell the cheese was good quality and the pastry she used was very good.

well, that's changed, and the pastry is now made from a mold and the cheese poured into the centre, which is definitely a step or two down from the original where the pastry was handcrafted, you could say, with cheese stuffed around the edges.

the pastry looks and tastes different, as well as the cheese filling. i don't know if she changed a bunch of ingredients but all i know is it's not the same.

the one i got today (plain cheese) was contaminated with meat (from the prosciutto and onion ones i'm assuming). there was no actual meat on the croissant, but anyone who hasn't eaten meat knows what the residual taste of meat juice contamination tastes like. from vegan and back, i am well aware of this taste. as someone who doesn't eat pork, this grossed me out so much i had to stop after three bites of my Gruyère tart to write a review! that's how much it offended me.

their cakes are high quality and good. not too sweet. the frangipane tarts are good too, especially the cheesecake ones. i like them for their sweets but their croissants and Gruyère tarts should be skipped over (except maybe the almond one, which is good too).

Nov 15, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Who makes the most authentic pain au chocolat in Toronto?

wow, thanks everyone for the suggestions. i'm definitely going to try some of these suggestions. after having been to montreal and having their croissants everywhere in toronto is a disappointment. the best ones i've found so far (though i haven't had a chance to go to the french bakeries suggested by other users) is at ezra's pound, who has croissants made by wanda's pie in the sky. they're good.

Nov 15, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

organic meat in toronto restaurant?

thanks gary that's fabulous!

Nov 11, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

banu

i love banu. for drinks, food, everything. nice girls too. i recommend it.

Nov 11, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone been to Banu?

i realize this post is old, but i thought i'd answer it anyways in case someone searches it.

i love banu! i eat organic meat so it's important that they have that.

as for testicles.... never had 'em... but the first item on the menu made with the ground sirloin is really fabulous. so is their bread and sheep cheese appetizer w/ fresh herbs, etc.

give it a try. a little pricey but that's mainly because they use organic ingredients. i love the pomegranate juice there, and they have this spice called sumach. it's really a different culinary experience than your run of the mill restaurant.

definitely go.

Nov 11, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I buy Himalayan Crystal Salt in BULK?

i'm from toronto and i'm looking for himalayan crystal salt and i'd like to know where it's sold in bulk--i don't like buying packaging. somewhere more central would be great. just list all the places you know of. :o)

thank you!

Nov 11, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

organic meat in toronto restaurant?

cumbrae's is naturally raised, not organic.
there is a difference between organic and naturally raised.

Nov 09, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best eggs? (farm fresh, organic preffered) Egg connaisseurs please!

that's good to know, torontojo, i'll check them out anyways and ask.

Oct 31, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best eggs? (farm fresh, organic preffered) Egg connaisseurs please!

is that one of the farmers? i'd like to know too.

as for what the fuss is about, meat and eggs generally taste the same organic, unless the standards are really bad conventional. it's vegetables and fruit where you can recognize a taste difference.

as for the hype, they have a bit more flavour, but the organic eggs here aren't impressive. it's just healthier than eating eggs from super stressed battery caged hens. battery cages where hens live in cages with other dead hens with putrid air and sleep in their own feces and molted feathers... it's a reality for eggs in ontario, which is the reason i shop organic.

if all you're concerned about is taste, the difference would be marginal, unless, once again, the standards are really low for the conventional ones.

farm fresh eggs, conventional or not, beat out their old store counterparts for sure. safer to use farm fresh eggs if you put them in smoothies or make mayonnaise, or use a dish where the flavour of the eggs is really important. if you've ever eaten eggs raw you can tell the taste is quite different for fresh eggs versus store-bought ones.

i was told that if the white is slightly runny then they are fresh, if it's more solid and less runny then it's most likely old.

Oct 31, 2007
dr_t in Ontario (inc. Toronto)