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A quick look around the Cheese Boutique

I asked for Cantal, my absolute favorite cheese and too hard to find. The clerk made a big deal of going to a walk in and getting me something not out in the front. It was very expensive and not at all the Cantal quality I was getting from other sources...it's too poofy and fraudulent for me.

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

weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

School in Liberty Village...opens for breakfast and has some interesting items...

Feb 23, 2014
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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20 Years of Curdled Au Gratin Over

I use light cream just barely to cover the sliced spuds in a dutch oven...a couple of cloves of crushed garlic also. Used on round of Boursin for about 8 potatoes. It was tasty!

Jan 30, 2014
stephen in Home Cooking

20 Years of Curdled Au Gratin Over

Why didn't I do this before? For so many years I made potatoes au gratin and they would frequently break...the sauce going all fatty and gross. Last week I made them again, but par cooked the sliced Yukon gold spuds on top of the stove in light cream...till the cream thickened and they were almost cooked.

The layered them with good grated cheddar and some Boursin cheese...into a hot oven and PERFECTION. I will do it this way from now on.

Jan 29, 2014
stephen in Home Cooking
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Food at VIP theaters

Anybody have some reviews of the menu now available at your seat at Cineplex VIP theaters?

Jan 18, 2014
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great soups...high end to low end

In Liberty Village there is a great little spot that does a range of good soups and chili (some of them vegan) very well. It's called Liberty Village Market & Cafe and it's at 65 Jefferson Avenue. Decent sandwiches also...

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

New job in Liberty Village

I've also had a couple of nice breakfasts at School

Nov 08, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chase Fish & Oyster

Drinks and some shared apps last week...for a business dinner/client meeting. I was in a suit...so the "too many suits" rant is moot, but sweet jesus was it LOUD. And it was clearly the hot spot on a rainy Thursday night.

Service was very good. Wine by the glass, the same. And the food was just right. Fresh, clean...nothing aggressive in seasoning, but fresh delicious seafood interestingly served.

I will go back. But probably with a client...and on the expense account.

Oct 23, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Fish & Chips in Toronto?

Another vote for Penrose here...old school and not cheap, but oh so delicious.

Oct 21, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A Five Guys Vow

I make excuses to go there...for the Cajun fries, but always need a friend to come along since they serve SO much.

Oct 14, 2013
stephen in Chains
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New job in Liberty Village

So last week I started a new gig in Liberty Village and was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I took a buddy to lunch at Maizal; it was absolutely some of the best Mexican food I have ever eaten. Any hounds want to weigh in on some must eats here? Especially for lunch...

Aug 08, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: A Decent Cheese Steak

Thanks folks....will check out I went to Philly very soon!

Jul 20, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: A Decent Cheese Steak

So it's been awhile since I've had a great one like back home in NJ...wondering what hounds have to say now about getting a good one in Toronto?

Jul 18, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Croquembouche

What a cool selection for a wedding cake!

Jul 01, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best bang for your buck

Another vote for Ruby Watch Co here...

Jun 18, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Five Guys Burgers Location coming soon!

FYI, There is a new location open now near Dixie and Dundas in Mississauga also....a friend and I christened it on the second day it was open. He had me try the hot dog, which was surprisingly good.

May 23, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hard Pretzels

Well, that prompted me MGZ....I have to order a shipment to Toronto. It costs a bit more to cross the border...but so worth it. I love Canada...but not for the pretzels!

May 08, 2013
stephen in General Topics

Hard Pretzels

The extra salt ones are REALLY salty...but I love them. Luckily for my blood pressure I live in Ontario and only have them when I get back to the states, or have the gumption to order them shipped.

May 03, 2013
stephen in General Topics

Hard Pretzels

May 03, 2013
stephen in General Topics

Where is good BBQ food in Toronto?

If you find yourself near Dixie/Dundas in Mississauga...

http://www.holysmokez.com/

Apr 20, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mississauga Gastropubs

If only...

Apr 13, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Costco Food Finds- 1st quarter 2013

I impulsively bought an oven ready scalloped potato casserole at Costco this week. It was something I can make at home...but the ingredient list looked really good (i.e., real food) and there was a cheddar topping. Well...it was absolutely delicious! Don't recall the brand now...but it was definitely a find.

Mar 30, 2013
stephen in Chains

ISO: Dumplings in Mississauga

Thanks apprentice...was hoping for some more responses, but my friend and I managed to get some really decent dumplings at http://bashusichuan.ca/ at the Mississauga location near Eglington and Hurontario.

We had Szeuchan dumplings in a spicy suace with peanuts, shrimp dumplings and very good pan fried pork ones...and the cost was very reasonable. Recommended!

Mar 28, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Dumplings in Mississauga

I don't want to schlepp downtown for a decent order of pan fried Chinese dumplings...help!

Mar 23, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Breakfast places in Mississauga

Here is another vote for The Orchard...very dependable, but crowded on the weekends.

Mar 22, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Julia Child's "The Way to Cook" accessible for a beginner?

It's an excellent book!

Mar 22, 2013
stephen in Home Cooking

Scallions: my favorite "new" ingredient

Mar 11, 2013
stephen in Home Cooking

A nice restaurant between Oakville and Etobicoke please

I can recommend the Breakwater...especially for two businessmen. Quiet...small lounge for a cocktail or three...and nice service with actual linen and no lame hipster vibe to be found. Others might think it square...but you won't go wrong for a business dinner.

Mar 11, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Cheez-its in Toronto

Oh no....I wish you hadn't reminded me. Cheez-its used to be an essential item when coming back to TO from visiting my folks on the Jersey shore. Them and good pretzels...like Unique Splitz. Sadly...have never seen them available here.

Mar 07, 2013
stephen in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's Your Favourite Le Creuset/Staub French Oven Recipe?

It's a little unexpected probably, but recently I have baking no knead bread in my Le Creuset dutch oven and it works just great. Do a google search for the recipe from Mark Bittman and the NYT a couple of years ago. Makes absolutely wonderful artisan bread with little or no work involved.

Here is a shot of my most recent loaf...

Feb 22, 2013
stephen in Home Cooking