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49th parallel or phil and sebastian

No it was old school espresso (decaf version as well)

about 3 hours ago
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

49th parallel or phil and sebastian

Saw the 49th Parallel beans at SOMA Choc on King West. 16.50$/lb.
Will pick it up when I run out of my current coffee beans

about 14 hours ago
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Picked it up last week from the Billy Bishop location

Jul 11, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cosmopolitan's e by Jose Andres - dining alone?

Shouldn't be an issue. The food itself will keep you busy and if the other patrons are not chatty the staff itself can be engaging. I recall that I even introduced the manager to Chowhound! as she surprisingly hadn't heard of it.

Jul 09, 2014
elvisahmed in Las Vegas

Ice Cream, 2014

I tried Boreal Gelato meh below average IMO. I would say 2 stars out of 5 despite the good reviews.

Jul 06, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Saw the Kirkland Branded Truffles for 8.97 today at Etobicoke.
Also worth noting was the 3$ off for the Balderson 4 year old (a steal at this price) 10.99 for 500 g!
Picked up a box Aprium (Black Velvet Apricots) as well hmm not as impressed as reported by others in another thread.

Jul 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil was decent on my last trip especially if you are a carnivore like moi I did find it a bit salty though which is I guess the norm for that kind of cuisine.
For AYCE sushi I can suggest Makino (I prefer their non sushi items more)
It has been a while since I went to these spots so maybe someone else can chime in with a more recent experience.

Jun 30, 2014
elvisahmed in Las Vegas

Toronto Specialties

I kinda concur evansl except that I haven't seen something similar to O Mei in the bay area as Charles recommended and I think the Peking Duck at Lai Wah Heen is better than the one's I tried in Bay Area. I would also recommend some of the Persian Restaurants here like Sherzade on College.
Hmm haven't gone back tried the Izakaya scene in SF so that might be worth a look as well on your visit.

Jun 28, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

I concur as I tried pistachio flavor last week as per your recommendation and am a fan now.

Jun 23, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Seriously Curious about Sushi Yasu. Any reports?

A friend who went there recently rated it as the best in GTA and that person is a Sushi Kaji fan. I am looking forward to dinning there soon.

Jun 12, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

There timings are off BTW. I went in today and they were closed at 330. What the heck with no phone how is one supposed to know when to visit.
All is not lost though as ended up picking a decent steak to grill at home.

Jun 11, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi - Kaji plus....

Nope there is one that opened up here
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/yasu-toronto
I have tried Yuzu and Ja Bistro and prefer Ja Bistro

Jun 10, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi - Kaji plus....

Anyone tried Yasu?
A friend of mine ranked it as the top spot in GTA and he was Sushi Kaji fan before so its definitely worth exploring.

Jun 10, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

Tried Bang Bang Ice cream on Friday great spot for this summer as they will get slammed every warm day I bet
here is the verdict
With the summer almost in full swing (it never is in Canada) I can think of few things that can provide the delight of good ice cream. This place is quite good and fulfill your needs for a good scoop.
There are quite a few flavors on offer here, some might sound bizarre but the one's I tried were quite good. The ordering part can be a bit confusing at first but here is what I figured out you pick the scoop and then you can have it on its on or decide to make sandwich with a variety of cookies or just have it stuffed.
I settled with macaroons stuffed with a scoop of espresso (they use Sam James beans). The macaroons was bad but the ice cream made up for it.
We have a winner here folks I would say if you like ice cream just make a detour here and try a scoop on it own.
I will be back.

Jun 09, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

Sobeys sells Blue Goose products as well. Haven't been back since last year to try the burger but will revisit soon for sure.
The new timings are a bummer but heck Iive a stone's throw away so am not too concerned.

Jun 08, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ici Bistro - Comically Dysfunctional

That's a sign of poor management. Even their website shows the old address. Will wait for further feedback before heading over.

Jun 08, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

I would rank it higher than than the Haagen Dazz 5!
Folks at CH did a side by comparison for CostCo products
here are the results
http://www.chow.com/food-news/74974/a...

Jun 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday Brunch at Splendido

Oh that's not good. I have been meaning to try out their Brunch for a while.

Jun 01, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Thai Basils - where to find all three?

You might want to try out
Vientiane Trading
They cater more to the restaurants but have hard to find stuff I haven't seen elsewhere.
51B Jutland Road
Toronto, ON M8Z 2G6
Etobicoke
Phone number (416) 743-2911

May 23, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

seeking fresh wasabi root - the whole root - in GTA

Taro fish didn't have it last time (2-3 months ago when I visited) all I could find was the frozen tube version which has bits of real wasabi root with other ingredients.
J-Town is your best bet given you have exhausted other sources.

May 14, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Scones in Toronto

Enjoy the pics here the one with the Jams are Kitten and Bear

May 06, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Scones in Toronto

Plain I think. I am no scone expert by friend who is an aficionado enjoyed them noth (Kitten & Bear was tops in his opinion)

May 06, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Scones in Toronto

I would like to add FIKA and Kitten and the Bear to list.
Both are quite pricey especially Kitten and the Bear (5$ a pop even with the fresh jam is ridiculous IMO)

May 06, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for galangal

Why would you use a frozen version when there is a fresh one readily available?
I saw galangal today at TNT Supermarket.

May 05, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for galangal

TNT Supermarket on Cherry street carries it as well.

May 02, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Yeah I jumped on the ice cream deal with the executive coupon and in a word it is amazing. There is a comparison done by CH in Sf here are the results and I must say I agree with them
http://www.chow.com/food-news/74974/a...

Apr 29, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Yeah the Bellavitano was an amazing deal and is one of the staple items at home.

Apr 28, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Last saw it in March it was on clearance ($3.97) though so not sure it will be back again. If you have the item code you can call in the admin office and have them do a search for you to locate if anyone has it in stock.

Apr 28, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

The Duck Confit was on clearance at Downsview location for 6.97. Picked up 2 as there is a lot of duck fat in the pack that can be used to make other tasty treats.

Apr 27, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Hmm maybe the location you went to was out of stock as they had it on special last week. I did see it at Downsview.

Apr 08, 2014
elvisahmed in Ontario (inc. Toronto)