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Duck Eggs Toronto?

You can get these really fresh blue dudes at the egg guy's stand on Saturdays at the North farmer's market at S.L.M. If your into making pastry, these eggs are way better than chicken eggs as they are fatter and with more albumen. They make much better custard as well. As a hunter, I have quarts of bear fat in the freezer from last fall's kill and along with the duck eggs, make for the lightest pastry this side of Paris.

Apr 13, 2014
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Question about Rowe Farms

Considering what they charge for their meat and veggies, not to mention their condiments, that's pretty mean spirited.

Apr 08, 2014
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Paganelli's Pork Offerings

Been eating there for 15 years, back when Gabe's brother worked with him. Real classic Emilia Romagna food, which means cured pork and cheese. You can buy all of Gabe's meats for take-out. His Coppa is especially tasty. I spend time in Bologna every spring and Gabriele's cooking is authentic, as is his accent. He also doesn't cheap out with his shaved truffles and his Rissoto is literally award winning.

Mar 31, 2014
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Seared Duck Breasts with Raspberry-Honey Glaze

Can't be. On the Q I do them to 120, resting till they come up to 125. You want those breasts pink.

Mar 31, 2014
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Best cookies in Toronto

On the shelf on the western wall near the cupcakes. C-chip, oatmeal/raisin, etc. Very fresh and well-priced Had a six-pack of their raspberry macaroons a few hours ago...NOTHING in Toronto comes close.

Mar 30, 2014
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Best cookies in Toronto

Bobbette & Belle. Best cookies, best macaroons and best cupcakes. No contest. Real French confectionery that would not be out of place on Rue Cler in Paris. They also make the best Wedding Cakes in the city. Big fan.

Mar 30, 2014
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Heading to Ottawa

Some pretty decent restaurants there, but for a family I'd go with the Vittoria Trattoria at the Byward Market location. Excellent Italian dishes and pasta/pizza for the kids. Big bonus is you can stroll a very good market prior to noshing. And no, pulled-pork rizzoto is not on their menu.

Mar 30, 2014
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Cake flour (NOT "cake & pastry" flour) in the GTA!

My wife makes Angel Food cakes so light they need ballast. She uses her mom's recipe for making her own cake flour. Simply use all purpose flour, then substitute two tbs. of cornstarch for two tbs. of flour. Sift at least 5 times and you're good to go. She also makes her own vanilla from Cognac and Madagascar Vanilla beans.

Mar 23, 2014
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Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

Lotsa yelling over at Gale's joint....course most of the regulars are deaf, but hey...eh?

Mar 23, 2014
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corn tortillas

Hooked has them too, as does Rowe Farms across the street.

Mar 20, 2014
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Canned hominy

Sorry for the typo...it's actually posole. You might want to check out those yummy chemicals and preservatives in that convenient can. Canned goods, of all stripes, are pretty damn suspect, and I'm not just referencing the 'Franklin expedition.' http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceRe...

Mar 18, 2014
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Canned hominy

Why buy the crap in the cans when you can get the dried in any good Mexican food store? Soak it for 12 hours, changing the saltwater often. Make a chicken/corn cob stock and boil 'till soft. Way better than canned for a real-deal pazole.

Mar 18, 2014
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Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

Actually, old stick, tongue does make a great corned beef.

Mar 14, 2014
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Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

True that. No corned beef is better than home-made, but it's a long slog...7 days in the pickling brine, 48 hours Sous Vide, then 4 hours on the Egg low 'n slow. The brisket from Cumbrae's on Church has perfect marbling. Yum!

Mar 14, 2014
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Grilled cheese fest is a disaster!

Christ! Been eating there off and on for 25 years...think I'd spell her name correctly. Thanx for the correction.

Mar 01, 2014
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Grilled cheese fest is a disaster!

Gail's G.C.'s are still 95 cents...with a dill and ketchup on the counter...and no frou frou line-ups.

Mar 01, 2014
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The Toronto Guilty Pleasures

A&W Root Beer Float, fish heads with Patrick at Starfish.
(Not in combination.)

Feb 28, 2014
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Toronto's worst dives

This is the joint that guys went to after being kicked out of the Dollar. There was an after hour booze can on the 2nd floor and the old girl who ran it with her son, who was a doppelganger for 'Lenny', told me she had once served James Earl Ray, when he was on the lam from killing Martin Luther King. I heard they want to tear down the hotel and the Dollar to put up another high rise. Luckily I have weekend digs near Tweed and can always hang at the Tweedsmuir.

Feb 23, 2014
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Extreme 'Dim Sum Fatigue' after todays hefty lunch at The Emperor!!

Charles, I've been following your chatter for some time now, and you've been pretty much in the right ballpark with your reviews when I've tested them and sallied forth into the uncharted hinterlands north of the great, unwashed congeries of Fordlandia....(with apologies to Henry.) My question to you is...do you ever dine at home?

Feb 22, 2014
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Toronto's worst dives

Back in the day we'd have a great meal at Switzers, cross the street to the Victory Burlesque, (we only went for the swell pit-band...like reading Playboy for the articles) then hike a block to Grossman's for 20 cent drafts you had to salt to get a head. Milton Acorn, Canada's best ever poet was usually there and after some bad beer, we'd drag him the block to the Dollar, drink bad scotch, and pour him into bed at his Waverley Hotel digs close by. Grossman's and the Dollar were dives of the first order and Milton was the man.

Feb 21, 2014
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Toronto's worst dives

The original Pilot House at Yonge and Bloor with that great neon sign. Where all the sport's reporters hung out after a Leafs game or a championship fight. Lotta cigar smoke, great bar food and a real slice of old, colorful Toronto. This is also the joint where you could always make book, if so inclined. I got into a great bar fight at the Dollar one night when 'Stompin' Tom' was working his board, so I might of run into D'potato that night.

Feb 20, 2014
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Best Doughnuts/Donuts in Toronto: 2014

Thanks Kwass. Went there yesterday just as they came out of the oven. Beautiful yeast spudnut with a fine dusting of sugar. Not too sweet with a soft, yet solid interior. I suggested a dark chocolate icing and the baker said on the weekend. A few of these and some Mexican hot chocolate from Soma and I was in hog heaven. Thanks again.

Feb 18, 2014
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From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

Caps (a real 'Cheers' type saloon) on Jarvis.
Raclette (on Queen). Great wine by the glass and spot for slow snacking with a date.
The Pilot House (original location), a haven for cigar smoking sports reporters and the best bar snacks.

Feb 17, 2014
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From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

Thank's for mentioning Paul's. Across the street from the Loony Bin, Paul was a bit of a loon himself. His waiting area was full of used, thick novels and Sally-Ann easy chairs. but his was the first Szechuan restaurant in town and his orange shrimp dish is still unbeatable.

Feb 17, 2014
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Wild salmon

It's not in season 'till mid April. 'Hooked' are honest fishmongers who will never lie to you and have only sustainable product. Their beautiful white gulf shrimp and fresh yellow perch from Lake Erie are worth the trip there. Their lobsters NEVER see a tank, but are flown in the same day harvested. Big fan of this joint.

Feb 13, 2014
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World’s Biggest Bookstore to become restaurant row

Well, before the bookstore, the upstairs was the best pool hall in the city. Used to shoot 8-ball there in the early 70's after listening to some fine jazz at the Colonial or enjoying a steak and a cigar at Barbarian's. All the colour is being sucked out of downtown, replaced by trendy, chi-chi, bland, Potemkin troughs, with all the reality of a mood ring.

Feb 11, 2014
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The triple AAA bar is doing the opening soon - The Texas style restaurant in the Toronto

Cowboys are pretty much as gone today as the mustache cup. Free range is a gonner, replaced by oil rigs and fracking devices. Cowboys on the trail did not eat beef...no refrigerator on ye 'ol chuck wagon. They ate beans, bacon, hardtack and fatback. To lose a cow was to lose out in the end of the drive bonus. They did eat squirrel, rabbit, mule deer and prairie foul to supplement their diet. I do business in Austin and environs and have tipped many a brew with old cowboys, and bacon was their staple meat.

Feb 09, 2014
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The triple AAA bar is doing the opening soon - The Texas style restaurant in the Toronto

Well, the best Q joint in Texas is Fargo's Pit BBQ in Bryan. Their Brisket is a shade better then Franklin's, but their pork ribs and smoked chicken is legendary. And to cater to your Wonder Bread fetish, yea they got it.

Feb 08, 2014
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The triple AAA bar is doing the opening soon - The Texas style restaurant in the Toronto

Dam straight. Aaron Franklin's Q has only been around for 5 years, but is the best in central Texas. I've been there several times and although known for beef, they feature ribs, sausage and even turkey. Most joints in Texas have a wide variety of meats, even the little weekend trailers at the gas stations. I had sweetwater duck at Goode Company years ago back in Houston and smoked kidney sammys in Waco.

Feb 08, 2014
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Brisket Questions

Well...you want the real deal, start by getting your hands on a 12 pound 'packer brisket' fat and all. The good butchers in town will get this for you. Forget all this dry age junk and marinate this bad boy for a few days then go with the twelve beer, 18 hour babysit. All that extra beef makes for some great chili.

Feb 07, 2014
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