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ISO blini or blintz skins

I think you might have luck at Starskys if you can venture out to Suburbs or Yummy Supermarket if you want to stay within Toronto. I would call in advance just to be sure they have it as both places can be a mad house before Xmas.
Oops forgot to add Benna’s Fine Food

Best Costco Hors d'oeuvres?

I would recommend making a cheese platter from what they sell there.
My picks are
5 year old Balderson Cheddar
OKA
Trusty and a crowd pleaser Boursin
Then there are some seasonal cheese selection that vary from location to location.

Chinese food for Christmas day.... Best place downtown is???

Lai Wah Heen
Crown Princess
Dynasty
are my recommendations in order :)

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Finally made it here for dinner last night here is my input
Here is what we went with
Mezze platter, Turkish pastry platter and Kebab Platter (wait a sec that's a lot of platters:)
I ordered a glass of Cabernet which was decent.
For starters they brought out a variety of breads along with couple of dips, good olive oil. Good start here as the bread variety was decent.
Mezze and pastry platter were brought in together.
Mezze platter was good. Various pickled vegetables. I liked the zucchini mezze. quail eggs (meh) satay chicken (completely out of place IMO) and bastrama beef (excellent as they didn't hold back on the spices here)
Mixed turkish pastries in filo dough. This was a weak offering. The fellow diner commented more like frozen version bought from the store level as nothing stood out here.
Kebab platter. This was decent with the spicy lamb being the stand out. Chicken was OK. The Sturgeon and normal lamb were over cooked IMO. The rice one side was OK. The standout was the side of Shirazi salad. The falafel crisps were just right. Not the crisp on the out and soggy in the middle kind, makes me wonder why others don't do falafel at the this size.
Service was very good though I think they still have a bit of learning curve ahead of them.
Overall for the price point they are hitting for dinner I would say this place is 3 stars. I might revisit this place for lunch/brunch if I am in the area or visiting this museum.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

I didn't see Bonne Maman at Wilson though cheese was high priority for moi.
The item # from what I can make out from the pic is 408377 Crepe Suzette you can call the store and find out whether they have it before venturing out.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Thanks for the info Nevy.
The Wilson location was unfortunately devoid of the cheese selection you mentioned. I didn't even see the shrimps on sale which is odd as sale items are usually province wide I thought.
Will try the Etobicoke location next week as have planned brunch coming up.
Tillybug you are not alone being single and Shopping at Costco :) I entertain quite a bit so still its worth it for me to shop there despit being single. Just the cheese and steaks are enough for me to justify the executive membership there.

"Sweet Note Dessert" - Gem of a find in Markham and offering the BEST Souffle in the GTA, period!!

Thanks for the recommendation in Europe. If and when I visit I will make a point to try those spots.
As for the macarons this place had one the most vile version I have had. I tried the lavendar version and it was like eating soap! The Souffle looked decent though I make a decent version at home so don't crave it much anymore.

Going to Costco tomorrow

5 Year Balderson.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Now that's a compliment Charles.
The verdict is Sashimi is in a league of its on and the rolls were a hit. Sushi hmmm the white fish didn't fare well. The other stuff was top notch and can go toe to toe with the best in the city (I haven't tried Yasu so will leave that out for now)
GeeDee I please the 5th for that comment.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Sorry missed one pic.
Tako Wasabi
150$ all in GeeDee

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Here is the catch of the day will report back on the quality after the meal.
Sashimi (Tuna & Ika)
Deluxe Family Platter
Assorted Rolls

2014 Turducken recommendations?

CostCo online has it.

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Thanks for sharing pity they are only open for lunch otherwise would have visited them on a weekday. Looks like I have a brunch spot picked out. Will visit soon and report back.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Thanks Charles your advice (words of wisdom) is always appreciated. Nogoro I can order in advance at Taro fish for sushi so I should be OK for those. I will try out Sushi 930 when I get a chance.
Sashimi I like to pick myself as have started to enjoy spotting the minute differences. Will report back on how it went as Taro it is.

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

Folks wanted to get the fellow CH to chime on these two places as have an upcoming dinner at home.
Taro Fish has been the go to place for moi for take out Sashimi. Haven't had sushi from there in a while. How the sushi there nowadays?
By The Sea at J-Town is a longer trek for me as I live Downtown. I have had their Sashimi and it was quite good. Again how's sushi there? Another issue apart from the much longer trek is that they don't have an online menu. The fellow diners want to pick and choose a few items (mainly sushi rolls) which I am sure are carried by them a well but it might make it harder to order in and just pick it up from there.
Just to get the point across other fellow diners are more into Sushi.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

They were on Sale at Scarborough location as well. Odd thing is they were priced at 14.99$ there and then 5$ off as opposed to the 15.99$ I paid when I picked them up last time from Etobicoke. I didn't know the non discounted prices were different at different locations.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Agree Nevy they are much better than the Godiva though I hit the mother load as I managed to snag a 64 piece chocolate box from Neuhaus on clearance from the canada website for 49.97$+tax (sorry folks it was taken off the website before I got a chance to post it here). Has made a memorable gift for a chocolate connoisseur and the box it came is keeper to say the least. Still for sale at the US website
http://www.costco.com/Neuhaus-Belgian...

I forgot to mention the 5 year old cheddar from Balderson is back.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Reporting back from the Etobicoke location
Not much to report except some sale items
Thurie Marble Chocolates from France (enjoyed their macarons quite a bit) are 5$ off so 10$ for good size box
Didn't see the Raw Cashews which is surprising as this location has a lot more organic item selection (picked up Chia Seeds and Hemp hearts for a friend as there are selling these at unmatched price)
Also picked up Wild Sockeye Salmon as it was not to be found when the last time I tried buying it.
The Tuxedo Cake (if you like to CostCo made desserts) is special as well.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Thanks a bunch nevy looks like another trip to Costco is in order for the cheddar cheese alone.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

They have schedule on the website here
http://www.costco.ca/wcsstore/CostcoC...

I saw the balsamic pearls at the Wilson/Billy Bishop location.

Italian Truffle Salt

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Thanks Nevy.
Today's trip reaped some interesting items other the the regulars.
I picked up a raw cashew bag for 13$ for 1 KG. Haven't opened it yet but looks pretty good. One can get similar priced raw cashews at Freshco but I think these might be a little better will report back.
Also a gem that I picked up were the Balsamic Vinegar Pearls from Goccia a 3 pack for 30$ (Costco online had 4 for 44$) The road show sales lady was surprised when I saw and just wanted them as she was trying to make the sales pitch that they cost so much more at Pusateri's (hey there no need to make a sale when you have already made a sale I shop at CostCo so I know there cost value proposition) I think I will put these to good use over the holidays. She let me try them as well so if you are curious before committing if you ask nicely they will oblige.
Didn't see much at clearance here though.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Oh the organic apples were great as I got to try the Gala variety on my last extended trip to SF. They had two varieties for organic if I recall. The one that really caught my attention were the organic pears!
Anyone seen the Merlot Belavitano Cheese this year at CostCo? I loaded up on it last year when it came out around the holidays.

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

We have reached an impasse. You should try Cluny so we can compare notes :)

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

I guess it will be down to personal preference then. People here don't recommend Le Societe' but I enjoy myself there. If you trust your friend's food choices by all means go for it. Worse case you will have something to share with us :)
P.S. I didn't like 416 Snack bar so you and I don't have similar taste in food.

Can you suggest a great pre-theatre dinner in/near Distillery?

+1 for Mangia & Bevi their Pizzas are top notch and even the pasta dishes I tried surprised me as to how good they were (I tend not to eat pasta dishes out)

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

Here is my input for the brunch from last month
This is another addition to the mundane restaurants that line the distillery district.
The interior is striking to say the least so full marks there. The staff is well trained though is overly keen at times so full marks there as well. So if those two items are high on your criteria by all means visit this place.
I have had exposure to both the bakery and the restaurant so will rate them separately.
Bakery is kind of neat and the desserts look enticing. I ordered a apricot tart and my friend had the Bostock. The tart has a good shell. The filling was over powered by the almond extract IMO. Bostock was OK again over use of almond extract IMO.
The macarons look good so will give them a try though next time but with SOMA right across I think they have stiff competition already.
I dined here for brunch. Had already looked at the menu so knew exactly what to get.
Crab Benedict. Crab meat was forgetful and has that frozen taste to it. The eggs were poached well and the hollandaise was OK. Fries were shoestring and didn't do it for me.
French toast. Didn't try it as was having dessert later from the comments I was told it was way too sweet.
Merguez Sausages a surprisingly huge portion, was decent and I would recommend sharing it with a 3-4 people as an add on if you like this sausage.
The cafe latte was forgetful too apparently.
I would say 2.5 stars for food with a half star thrown in for ambiance.

Low acid tomato sauce

White Linen brand sold at Costco is very good. Very neutral tomato taste and low acidity.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

The RFD forum says the no more rebate on Amex after Oct 1 though one can still use one till Dec 31.
Oops spoke to soon. A follow up post is giving conflicting info. Will confirm and report back if no one else does beforehand.
I guess this is the fate for AMex cards
http://i.imgur.com/rBuqQws.jpg

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Sounds familiar I think I saw a similar dish being preped at Le Bernardin in NYC with a huge dollop of Caviar was on Bourdin show if I recall. Will try and venture out to try.