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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!

May 07, 2014
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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.

May 06, 2014
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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.

Feb 26, 2014
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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.

Feb 10, 2014
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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.

Feb 10, 2014
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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, www.wcsa.com

Jan 10, 2014
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Morton's Employees Make Major Faux Pas

Rules at a restaurant concerning dress code are not the same as rules at a restaurant concerning health and safety, or rules in the military concerning dress code. Being bald and cold because you are battling cancer and weakened by chemo is not the same as being cold because you are bald. Morton's website raves about its hospitality and recommends a certain type of dress for the comfort of its guests. It does not forbid anything. It does not mention hats but it does indicate that sandals and t-shirts are not favoured.

Dec 20, 2013
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Your favorite ice cream recipes?

I haven't tried the david lebovitz recipe, but the Epicurious one for salted caramel is easy to make and very very tasty. That site also has a buttermilk lemon sorbet that is a lovely pre-dessert dessert!

Jun 17, 2013
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The American Baking Competition - Wednesdays, CBS-TV, 8pm EST

I watched this show for the first time this weekin a marathon of taped episodes of it and NFNWS. Interesting comparisons when back to back, and I think that this show is better tv for most of the same reasons that others have stated here.
But I had never heard of either of the judges, so I googled them, and according to the Daily Mail, both of them have left their spouses for each other ... is that the new bar for reality tv ratings?

Jun 13, 2013
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Fun blog - Caker Cooking

Thanks for sharing this ... brought back many a memory of church socials, bridal showers, bake sales and the like.

Jan 08, 2013
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LCBO Express

I didn't think that it was "remote", I thought that it was "suburban and rural communities" that would be selected for the pilot project. I guess it's all in how you define "remote" - since I now live in a rural community, I now think of airplane access as remote!

Jan 02, 2013
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LCBO Express

I think that it's rather a genius compromise move by the provincial Liberal government - doesn't go as far as Hudak's conservatives would, but placates the NDP, which want to preserve gov't/union jobs. I don't see how it would benefit "that portion of the population where the Conservatives have a stronghold" though.

I would be interested in seeing how it affects the wineries that currently operate kiosks in grocery stores. My Conservative riding has a winery & 2 breweries that sell product, a grocery kiosk, 2 LCBOs (one is being replaced by a modernized, bigger one) and 2 beer stores, so we won't likely see one. But it has to be a market that is big enough to succeed, so I wouldn't count Toronto out.

Jan 01, 2013
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Italian-style Hot Table in the GTA

Jolie's in the Crossroads Plaza, Weston Road and 401 (lunch only).

Dec 19, 2012
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LCBO Food & Drink Magazine - Holiday Edition 2012

The alarm sounded here caused me to panic - I went to two LCBOs which didn't have the mag. I ended up making a purchase at the third, and the cashier surreptitiously asked me if I wanted a holiday magazine with my purchase - she had a box of them under her counter! i'm just breezing through it now, and so far, it's not knocking my socks off compared to last year.

Nov 24, 2012
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Good spots in Guelph

Y'all are psychic! I'm moving to guelph in a few months, and was going to ask if there were any updates for this thread. For what it's worth, my local sources like Cornerstone and Atmosphere, but I haven't been to either. But I sure appreciate the timeliness of this thread - thanks!

Jul 04, 2012
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Real BBQ in Etobicoke

I've never had awful service there, but I've never had good service either. Shame, because it's tasty and close. If the kitchen was in the back, and paul's contact with the public was limited, I think that it would be a good move for them, bacause Paul can love barbecue all he wants. but if he's running a restaurant,he's more than a cook, he's a host. And that's my problem with the place - no charm, no recognition of regulars, no small talk. So, in the end, the quality (and sometimes the quantity) of the food available doesn't compensate.

Jun 23, 2012
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Elora,Ontario

The nicest patios are in fergus, about a ten minute drive away, at either the brewhouse or the Goofy Newfie - right on the river. The cellar and Mill Street Bakery in Elora also have patios on the river as well, but the views aren't quite as dramatic. Remember that the Inn in Elora is closed 'till next year.

Jun 05, 2012
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Top Chef Canada, Season 2, Episode 13, FINALE (spoilers)

I have vague memories of someone in an earlier episode being ciriticized for serving raw meat to a pregnant judge, so I don't quite understand why David got a pass for serving steak tartare to the same, still-pregnant judge. I thought that Trista should have won that round, and I agree that if the judging was based solely on that last meal, Jonathon should have won. But on the whole, I enjoyed this season more than I enjoyed last season.

Jun 05, 2012
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Top Chef Canada, Season 2, Episode 10 (spoilers)

When i saw the bio and photo of Trevor, I was worried that he was leaving, especially when he was in the bottom 3. His comments and humour make the show for me, although I expect that Carl will win. I found that the judge's criticism of his "lack of soul" a bit contrived, like they needed 3 in the bottom, and chose Carl.

May 16, 2012
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Champion House Shrimp #44 Hot and Sour Recipe

Now that i see the recipe i recall why I never tried making it - lots of steps and ingredients that seemed daunting, what was it, 20 years ago? But i have been dreaming about these shrimp for the past month or so, so I will roll up my sleeves. Thank you so much Millygirl - this isn't the first time that you have come to my rescue!

May 06, 2012
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St Jacobs Farmers Market?!

The elora farmer's market returns to its pretty outside location May 12 after a long winter outdoors. It's little, and kind of eccentric, and I imagine that its focus will be on produced goods like honey and baked goods until the Ontario produce rolls out (that's what it's like during the winter when it's inside). But I love it!

Apr 26, 2012
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Top Chef Canada, Season 2, Episode 6 (spoilers)

and chewing! i realize that it is likely that all chefs were tasting their work on the fly, but everytime Liz was on camera, she was nibbling! The edit on the last few shows made her really unlikeable, but she was one of my favourites at the end of the first episode. And I really like Lisa Ray - her opinions are well-expressed and seem to be well-founded - more integral to the show than last year's blonde, imo.

Apr 18, 2012
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Champion House Restaurant

I am glad to know that I'm not the only one pining for those shrimp! I'm going to bump this thread to revive other half of my question; does anyone know of a restaurant in T.O that serves the same style of shrimp as the Champion House did all those years ago?

Apr 16, 2012
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Suggestions for a weekend near Toronto

I'd vote for the Fergus/Elora area - lots of lovely B &Bs, although the bigger hotel in Elora is closed for renos. Good restaurants in both towns. Although the outdoor Elora market won't be open until next month, there is a real commitment to the "eat local" philosophy, both in the restaurants and in the foodshops. This weekend, there is a guitar summit in Elora, and Fergus has a two day celtic feestival going on for Tartan Day - lotsa music and history. Both towns are small and walkable, but you will need a car to travel betwixt (10 minutes) or to Arthur for really good goat cheese.

Apr 11, 2012
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Downtown Toronto patio for St. Patrick's Day

If it's patio square footage you want, and don't care much about the quality of food, service or beverage, then I would suggest the three bars side by side on the Esplanade - BierMarkt, and 2 others whose names I have forgotten (one is vaguely Irish too).

Mar 16, 2012
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What is the biggest baking catastrophe you've ever had?

When i was about ten, I was obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder: I wanted to be her! (the unpublished work, "Little Condo in the Big City"). I got a pioneer cookbook from the library and made Sunday dinner for my family. I had to start weeks in advance, because I was stubbornly ambitious, and had to dry my own apples and make a sourdough starter. My mother pointed out that no one would mind if I cheated and used purchased bread dough or dried fruit from the health food store, but I insisted that everything had to be from scratch.

The bread turned out, the porkchops and dried apples turned out, the beans turned out. What didn't turn out was the pie. The ingredient list was a bit odd, but since a few hours in a kitchen could turn smelly goop into bread, I thought that the pie would magically transcend its contents. It looked beautiful, like a meringue, and even the pastry was nice. But the innards were dreadful! Everyone bravely struggled to make a show of eating my grand finale; no one wanted to hurt my feelings. My parents and I went over the recipe afterwards, and it seems that I followed it, so either it was a misprint, or modern tastes just don't allow for vinegar pie!

Feb 29, 2012
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have ribeye, cast iron skillet, but no grill ...

and am drooling over the idea of a sinfully sauced up steak for dinner tomorrow. My go to when such a mood hits me, is usually Julia's steak au poivre, but I want to try something new .. any favourites to steer me towards? Thanks!

Feb 25, 2012
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The Kingsway Dining

I love Merlot as well - had the best liver I have ever had at a restaurant there. People swear by ViBo, but i do not like it. When I get a yen for Italian in that neck of the woods, I go to Veranda at Royal York and Bloor. More casual, maybe a bit louder, but better service and better food imo.

Feb 25, 2012
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Champion House Restaurant

Why thank you very much, Millygirl - very nice of you!

Feb 24, 2012
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Champion House Restaurant

I am reviving a very old thread, because for some reason, I was thinking about these shrimp last night: does anyone know of a substitute location for those spicy caramelly yummy shrimp? I also recall that they used to have a handout for the recipe, from the old Toronto Star TV guide: does anyone have one to share? I am nostalgic for my introduction to non-food court Chinese food from so many years ago!

Feb 24, 2012
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