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Restaurants near Guelph and Beyond

Just a quick note about a lunch I had in Fergus today at My Kitchen, a tiny little place on the main drag - maybe 10 tables. Chef Allan is also server, bartender and busboy. Very limited alcohol (one red wine, one white wine, one local micro) but that's because most of the bar is a garden (herbs and microgreens). He has limited hours too, as well as a limited menu - your choice from a few proteins, one side, one app, one dessert. But my goodness, was it tasty! I had an amazing hash from local corn, sweet potatoes, some petit pans, all flavoured with just a hint of anise - pork chop was good, but I will dream of that hash for weeks! Started with his version of kimchee and finished with homemade ice cream (made from coffee from his uncle's farm in Hawaii) for dessert. $12, all in - I've spent more on junk in a food court!

If you are planning a trip to Guelph or Elora, this is definitely a quirky but worthwhile stop for lunch or dinner - just make sure you check out his hours before hand - he has a Facebook page at & usually posts the weekend menu there as well.

British Bake Off starts in early September, 2015 on PBS


4 elegant but simple dinner recipes / menus to master for dinner parties

My two cents: beef wellington. I use Julia's recipe, along with her Madiera Sauce. It's fussy for days before, but for the grand evening, it's easy as fishing, and old school elegant.

Another old school easy peasy meal is fondue or raclette. Yes, it's a cliché from 1967, but every time I've served it, my guests relax and giggle, and I get to partake too! And you can do fun things, like turn the evening into a wine tasting. You will find the toys you need in any Goodwill/Opp Shop.

I also love lamb shanks & this recipe in particular:

Have fun, and remember ... flowers, candles, wine, nice dishes and nice music can turn even takeout pizza into a lovely evening!

Jul 10, 2015
badrockandroll in Home Cooking

on the road to Port Elgin

Ah, the contentious butter tart (trail) debate! The Kawartha vs. Wellington North battle as to who owns the title. And I voluntarily stepped right into it!

First confession: I am more of a Centre Wellington than Wellington North gal, so my own faves are Fergies in Fergus and Dessert Rose in Elora, with Thatcher's a close third. But I have also been known to nosh on a few from Kennilworth country kitchen, which is a decent breakfast place as well, right on highway 6.

But try referencing this:

for a more comprehensive guide.

Happy trails!

on the road to Port Elgin

I love River's Edge - they make a creamy goat cheese with garlic which is amazing on crackers and in salads. Or just on your finger. They also make a plain one or one flavoured with dill, but the garlic one is incredible. You were on the "original" butter tart trail, so I'm surprised that you didn't find a bakery to your taste. For next time, there are some yummy bakeshops in Elora and Fergus, which are kinda sorta en route (Fergies, Fraberts, bentleys and Elora Bread to name just a few). Fraberts and Thatchers (near Eramosa btn Erin and Guelph) are also butchers with some charcuterie, jams and honey.

Jezebel: Terrible Restaurant Customers and the Revenge They So Justly Deserved

This is a regular series that comes out on Jezebel on Mondays at about 1100h. There are some truly wonderful stories in almost every edition (and take the time to read the comments too!)

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

I'm glad that you've discovered this recipe, and i hope that if you make it, you enjoy it. Entertainer riders are the bane of my existence ... I would have loved to fulfill this contract, as opposed to say, the B-list band that threatened to walk from our event because we gave them 18 sponsor craftbeer instead of the 6 mediocre "import" that they wanted, for instance, or the band that was gluten free, but still wanted spirits, beer and candy bars. The recipe for this guacamole is easy, and it makes sense, so I don't understand why White has gotten much grief for it. I get that life on the road is tough, but man, I hate riders!

Mystery Diner. 100% faked, i'll tell you why.

Like so many say, I occasionally watch this so because it's so terrible! But tonight's episode reaches a new low: "release the drones!"… Yeah they're filming the parking lot with a drone!

British Baking Show - Pies!

I really agree, Sunshine. It almost brought a tear to my eye when someone said 'our team would not be the same without Diana', rather than the usual 'now there's one less person between me and a million dollars' trash talk. So refreshing!


Thanks for the heads up - I found the first episode on PBS (Seattle - not my local one, which is too busy running Lawrence Welk shows) and I loved it! It seems that it finds the perfect median - there is a bit of drama without all the histrionic clichés, and for me, a relative novice baker, there is a bit of instruction as well. And all the British-isms are great too - my vocabulary increased!
But then, I also enjoyed the American version and can't understand why it was not renewed, but The Taste was. Oh well.

The Taste, episode 3, Happy Holidays -- Spoilers

And in the holiday spirit, let's sauce the gander also ... Marcus's outfits are way over the top, Bourdin looks like a faux academic stopping by Starbucks. Ludo dresses well, but I can't stand tattoos!

Pavlova assistance

i have been tasked with dessert for the family Christmas dinner. I would like to make a cranberry ice cream. This will leave me with 6 extra egg whites, so I thought of making a meringue. Has any one ever made a flavoured meringue ... i was thinking of adding powdered ginger to it, but am concerned that the amount needed would discolour it.

Dec 18, 2014
badrockandroll in Home Cooking

Need Advice from St. Jacob Regulars

The agri people that I have spoken with have no cause to be jealous of many of the Mennonites. Sure they are competing, but more in a philosophical than in a commercial sense.

Please check out Taste Real. I am trying very hard not to slander an entire religious community, just as I am trying not to deify the style of agriculture and commerce that Taste Real represents.

There's enough blurred lines over labels and regulations (or lack thereof) with respect to words like 'organic' and 'natural' in all areas regarding food in Canada. Phrases like grass-fed and free range don't really help. It gets even fuzzier if you include eco practices like animal waste disposal, land/water use, seed source and the like in your definitions, and murkier still if you encompass labour laws and safety codes for human workers in your definition of 'ethical' food. It could be a mistake to assume that someone wearing a straw hat or a white cap will automatically provide such a product. That's why I suggested that the OP ask about what matters to them (if indeed it does!)

Need Advice from St. Jacob Regulars

Anecdotal evidence, frequently repeated by farmers in Wellington County, who are members of Taste Real. I have not bothered to confirm it personally, as I have my own favourite producers and suppliers of meat, eggs and veg 'round here (Guelph).

Need Advice from St. Jacob Regulars

I am not trying to shade anyone, but if you are seeking a "natural" turkey (whatever that means, but generally no pesticides and humanely raised), do not assume that Mennonites will bring that product to your table. Many Mennonites are big business farmers, and they engage in "modern" large-scale farming techniques. I am only just learning about all this, and there is a lot of contradictory info out there that I am still sorting out. What I have learned, is always ask your vendor, to make sure that your expectations fit in with what they provide.
All that being said, the market is fun, and have a great day!

Theeey're baaack!


The Moxie's in Guelph (Stone Road Mall, same location where Burger's Priest just opened) closed abruptly this week for no-payment of rent.

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)


Goodbye to The Coffee Mill

thanks for your quick answer! I just read the zillion posts in the "Old Toronto" thread, and was salivating at the memories! Benny's and its sandwiches-named-for-celebrities-who probably-never-set-foot-in-the joint was not mentioned. Which is fair - it wasn't terribly good, but it was nice for that area of Yonge in the late 70s.

Goodbye to The Coffee Mill

Hey Prima, would you happen to know if NY Deli is related in some way to Benny's, which used to be at Yonge and Charles? I used to go there all the time when I was a kid, then moved out of Toronto, and it it had disappeared when I returned. I haven't thought of the place in years, but your post tweaked old memories ...

Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Have any of you explored Taste Real or Rural Romp? Taste Real is an umbrella campaign for agriculture in the Guelph area. They have several specific events over the course of the year ... a Field Dinner (this year's is on the 14th at Thatcher's Farm) wherein notable chefs from the area create a communal feast out of local ingredients. Rural Romp occurs on September 27th, and allows you access to small agri-businesses that are normally not open to the public, as well as some that are. gives all the details (except that the participating farms etc for Rural Romp aren't up yet, but will be soon with a rather good map of all the county roads and rural routes in the area.) I should add that Rural Romp is occurring during Elora's Studio Tour and during a weekend where all sorts of arts and culture events are planned in the area. It really is a fun day for a road trip in some really pretty country!

Advice for my Mum on printing her own recipe book

It must be something in the air ... I did the same thing earlier this summer, only in a relatively low tech way. I just copied them all out to Word and then printed them on paper that I think was intended for scrapbooking, that had a motif that seemed meaningful for the intended recipient. I put two pages into a sheet protector, and then put the sheet protectors in a huge binder that will lie flat. Smear proof, spill proof, and I/the recipient can keep adding to it. Or by changing the paper, and pressing print again, I can re-gift. But I wasn't aware of the websites & was contemplating using wordpress or something to make the opus accessible to all who care.

Aug 21, 2014
badrockandroll in Home Cooking

Federal Discrimination suit filed against David Burke

He's the only one named in the article.
His lawyer is seeking class action status.

Federal Discrimination suit filed against David Burke

I don't know much about contract law, but if the verbal promise that the claimant says was made to him when he was hired, that he could have Fridays off for religious purposes, is true, and it is viewed as a binding condition of employment, then I think that there is a case. But I think that those two "clauses" have to be met.
What was weird in the original article was that it's not clear that the law firm quoted is involved in the case. If it is, “We think this lawsuit is probably unfounded but I need to investigate it” is probably the closest thing to the truth that a lawyer ever said!

Top Chef Canada begins tonight

Yes - those four brows (and I think a bit of nipping and tucking elsewhere on Vittorio's smooth shiny face) suggest to me that if Canada did a metrosexual guy lifestyle series, or a plastic surgery competition series, it would be even worse than either of these two cooking competition knock-offs. Throw that blonde in from masterchef & you can only conclude that quality work is not available north of the 49th!

Top Chef Canada begins tonight

I noticed the eyebrows right away, especially since I was watching Canadian Masterchef and there was another male chef there with the same eyebrows. i will also miss Jesse, who seemed to be having fun.

Any thoughts on MasterChef Canada?

That portion of MasterChef was brought to you by Philadelphia Cream Cheese™, and chefs were advised to bring out the fine flavour of that fine ingredient by Kraft™.

So I would say yes, you would be slammed.

The Taste 2/6/14 spoilt egos

Yes, I do.
I also know that Taiwan was conquered by the Portuguese, and that the culinary legacy of it, as well as other invaders such as the Dutch and the Japanese, remain.

The Taste 2/6/14 spoilt egos

Taiwan is a food paradise! And it has a Portuguese flavour, especially in desserts and pastries, so maybe that's where the egg thread thing came from.

Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Chef Higgins will also be cooking a dinner in Elora Friday 17 January in support of sustainable agriculture in the area - A few $50. tickets remain,