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Good for a group; near a TTC stop

Thanks Googs. Your thread was actually listed at the bottom in the related threads section. I am finding it very helpful. Have you been to The Queen's Pasta (QP Cafe) near Runnymeade by chance?

Feb 07, 2012
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good for a group; near a TTC stop

This place looks great but the menu cautions that entrees take 50 mins to prepare, so it's not going to suit for a "school night". Thanks for recommending though. I will be trying it another time.

Feb 07, 2012
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good for a group; near a TTC stop

Could we have been to the same book club, a meetup? I'm a member of two. My other book club meets here. It is a good space, but the menu is too pub-like unfortunately.

Feb 07, 2012
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good for a group; near a TTC stop

My book club is looking for a place to dine in Toronto. We are open to all kinds of cuisines but have a few basic requirements. This moths selection is South African, but where we dine does not have to tie to the book

1. Accepts reservations (for about 12-16)
2. Quiet enough on a Thursday about 7 pm for a group discussion; availability of a separate room a definite plus but not required
3. Moderate price, entrees about $13 to $23 (most are on a teacher salary) and an option to each pay separately
4. Close to a ttc subway station.

Thanks to all who offer suggestions. Cheers.

Feb 06, 2012
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 Resturants in GTA - 2012 version

me too

Jan 20, 2012
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Prosciutto-Wrapped Macaroni and Cheese Cups

I have made these 3 times now. The first time for Thanksgiving (Canada has it in early October), I went by the recipe and used regular sized muffin tins. They were very good. I tried them in mini muffins and while still tasty they were brown and unappetizing to look at. The 3rd time I made them for a party using my mini muffin tins. I used 16 slices of prosciutto cut into thirds, increased the pasta to 12 ozs (but kept the rest of the ingredient measures the same). I added ground mustard and cayenne pepper (about 1/8 t each) and a quarter cup thawed frozen spinach well-drained to give them a pop of colour. This made 48 mini muffins which I baked for 20 mins...they were gone less than 15 minutes after I put them on the food table at the party. Such a hit. Everyone (who got to try them) raved. My mom is already requesting I make them for American Thanksgiving when I am home next month.
Thanks for turning mac and cheese into a delicious and popular appetizer that you can eat without a fork!!

@Platypus3702. I wonder how they would turn out on a leaf of Kale, Radicchio or cabbage...

Nov 01, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Recipes

Creamy Potato-Leek Soup

Try this recipe with one large sweet potato, 2 smaller red potatoes and chicken broth. Just before blending add a drained can of artichokes packed in water (not marinated). I use my stick blender to avoid scalding and the mess of a regular blender. So delicious!

Oct 06, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Recipes

Favorite copycat recipe?

Thanks Antilope!

Oct 04, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Home Cooking

Favorite copycat recipe?

I think carrot is a main ingredient in the dressing I'm looking for too. Maybe I was too quick to claim "Eureka, I found it!"

I should follow your lead and find a local steakhouse here (I'm American but live in the Toronto area now) and see if they will sell it in bottles.

Oct 04, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Home Cooking

Favorite copycat recipe?

Found Benihana ginger dressing at Top Secret recipes. trying it today!

Sep 25, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Home Cooking

Favorite copycat recipe?

Great thread. So glad I stumbled upon it. Will check out cheddar biscuit thread and the Top Secret Recipes site asap. I have a Jiffy cornbread copy cat recipe to share (found it online). I mix all the dry ingredients and store it in the pantry, but it takes less than 3 mins to make!

I also did Applebee's brunch potato skins but they've been off the weekend brunch menu so long probably no one remembers them. Plus there is too much prep work; they are just not worth the effort.

I am looking for several good copycats if anyone can point me in the right direction.
1. Chic-fil-a chicken breasts (without a pressure cooker) and their coleslaw
2. 25 years ago Red Lobster add a great coleslaw too
3. any US chain Japanese steakhouse carrot and ginger dressing (I can't seem to find a copycat that gets the proportions right!)

Sep 25, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Home Cooking

Your Dish Is Unwelcome Here

I read this article and comments last week with some amusement. In my (southern US) experience it is well understood that a potluck invitation means bring a dish to share and a dinner invitation means bring yourself and a gift for the host. Then over the weekend my SO and I held our first get together here in Canada.

The invitation was to an outdoor BBQ with a request to BYOB, non-alcoholic beverages provided. The menu we planned was, I thought, thoroughly discussed, understood, and planned so that utensils would NOT be needed. Then I found my SO replying to an email RSVP which included the offer to bring a spinach salad. He was saying "YES, that would be great!" I could have clobbered him, because I'm sure he would not have mentioned it to me, and the lovely salad would go uneaten for lack of forks! Well, crisis averted and he amended his reply to "Thanks no; we've got everything planned. Just bring yourself and your beverage of choice."

We did receive several hostess gifts included a gift wrapped (good idea) bottle of wine that was clearly not for consumption during the party and a small basket of homegrown tomatoes with the gift giver saying to enjoy them another time.

Aug 09, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Features

YOU GOTTA GO TO BARQUE FOR BBQ!

Well said Buster. Coming from the mustard region of the eastern seaboard it is important to appreciate the underlying idea of BBQ - how it's cooked! Once you've got the process down everything else is personal preference and/or regional style.

Still hoping to stop in your place one day (I live west of the GTA) so you can slap my tastebuds silly!

Aug 05, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Streetsville Resto, Graydon

Thanks for the review, I'ma. Sounds like a great deal for $13, and those fresh fries might actually be something I'd enjoy (I'm not much of a fan). Can you comment on what else was on the menu?? My SO has to go to Sts'ville tomorrow...I might just tag along and suggest a lunch stop at Graydon.

Aug 02, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brampton finally has BBQ

Thanks for the head's up Duckdown. I can't believe I missed this post back in Feb or I would have definitely tried this place by now. It is on my agenda for this week, and I am looking forward to supporting another southern BBQ place.

Jul 31, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Farmers' markets vs "farmers" markets

Looks great from the website, but a 40 minute ride on the 401, 400, AND 407 toll road is just as much of a deal breaker as heading downtown: too far to justify. Hopefully others reading this thread can take advantage of your recommendation though.

On another note. Back in South Carolina on the island where I lived you could buy a "share" or two of a local farmer's yield. Once a week for about 3 months you got a box of whatever was ready. Any places like that in the area?

Jul 28, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Farmers' markets vs "farmers" markets

I suspect your right, but I LIVE in the burbs. Heading downtown for $15 worth of even good produce doesn't cut it for me. Thanks though.

Jul 28, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Streetsville Resto, Graydon

So true. Do you know if the French Bistro is still open or has it already gone too?

Jul 28, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Farmers' markets vs "farmers" markets

I'll try Sherway and Etobicoke markets this weekend, but I will never go back to Square One. Easily 85% food terminal product last time I visited. What is the news on the Brampton market?

Jul 28, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Streetsville Resto, Graydon

It is located at 235 Queen St (where Marcellos just to be) between Streetsville Tire and Pita Nutsy. Anyone heard about it or dined there yet? I noticed it opened about a week or so ago, but I can find nothing on Chow and no apparent web presence.

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Pita Nutsy
241 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON L5M1L7, CA

Jul 27, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Glass jar rubber gaskets source in the GTA

Thanks to both of you. I will check out Golda's next time I'm in that area of Mississauga.

Jul 27, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Glass jar rubber gaskets source in the GTA

I have several "Le Parfait" style glass jars with disintegrating rubber gaskets (in 2 different sizes). I've looked online but would prefer to find a local source, and if it happened to be in Mississauga or western GTA all the better. Any leads would be appreciated.

Jul 26, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good restaurant near Pearson?

I don't have any recs, but I look forward to responses (and this response puts your thread into My Chow) because I live and work in the area.

Mar 14, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Late lunch this Thursday in Etobicoke

I'm looking for a recommendation for meeting a friend for lunch.

It has to be someplace that is open and serving around 2:30 or so on a weekday.

My preference is for something small, not too upscale, quiet (which shouldn't be a problem around that time) and not a chain. A bakery/bistro kinda place would be great. Hoping for the option to have a glass of wine too, but that's not critical.

My friend will be heading from there to the subway so something near a metro stop would also be great, but I can drop her off if we end up a bit further away. Thanks.

Mar 14, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

where can I buy good stone ground grits?

Glad to see Adluh mentioned here. My mom used to buy them there and said she felt like she was buying crack (ok she probably said "illegal drugs" lol) because you had to go inside to pay and then drive around back and some guy brings the bags to your car. It's good to know they have changed the system and have bags available in the office. And two thumbs up for Four Oaks Farm. I haven't had their grits, but they have many delicious items, including their chicken salad!

Mar 05, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Southeast

While in Charleston, SC where do you recommend

I second Rosebank Farms and offer the Stono Market for casual lunch (Stono also has food to go) Wild Olive also Johns Island is a good dinner option. I'm also a big fan of the Fat Hen on JI. Downtown, Hominy Grill is a must for me for breakfast or lunch. I'm also very impressed with the offerings at Cru Cafe. I also like Basil and La Fourchette on Upper King St, but they don't do southern...the first is Thai and the second is French.

I've eaten at all the restaurants mentioned thus far except for two: Charleston Place and Husk. Chances are very low that you will encounter a bad meal at any of them. So, check out the menus, wonder by on foot (for the downtown locales) and choose what sounds good to you.

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Fat Hen
3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

La Fourchette
Charleston, SC, Charleston, SC

Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Rosebank Farms Cafe
1886 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC 29455

Wild Olive
2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455

Feb 24, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Southeast

The "What's good in Peel" thread.. (BRAMPTON/MISSISSAUGA Only please) :^)

He told us about the size on our last visit. Will definitely give one a go next time we're in! Thanks for recommending.

Feb 08, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The "What's good in Peel" thread.. (BRAMPTON/MISSISSAUGA Only please) :^)

Thanks for recommendation Burlgurl. We tried it today (and actually were the only customers in the place). I had the Nova Scotia clam chowder and Louisiana catfish with dirty rice. The SO had the scallops and andouille appetizer followed by the catfish with sweet potato fries. It was very tasty and we will definitely be back for free oyster nights on Thursdays!

Feb 06, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The "What's good in Peel" thread.. (BRAMPTON/MISSISSAUGA Only please) :^)

Wow, I wish I hadn't missed out on Big Daddy's. Any other good places to eat oysters in Mississauga?

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Big Daddy's Restaurant
460 Elgin Mills Rd E, Richmond Hill, ON L4C5E7, CA

Jan 23, 2011
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Real BBQ in Etobicoke

Yes, that's the name. I thought it was pretty good, but that's coming from a Budweiser girl.

Dec 30, 2010
South Carolina Girl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)