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GLOBE EARTH comes to Bloor West Village

Here's their website, with menu, some photos, reservations - looking forward to checking it out: http://www.earthbloorwest.com/

May 21, 2011
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a lunch place in Fort Erie

I'll be in Fort Erie with about 16 people later this week and we're looking for a decent place for lunch. It doesn't have to be anything spectacular, but it should have some variety, good quality food and efficient service. A better than average pub would be fine. I know nothing about the town so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Nov 30, 2010
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a Farmer's Market this weekend in the Eastern Townships

I'll be spending the weekend near Magog and I'd like to go to a farmers market. I'm familiar with the area, but haven't been back in a while. I would drive a ways to get there.

Jul 14, 2010
rbcj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

The Best Ribs in Toronto

I've mentioned this elsewhere, but Aquila, on Keele south of Dundas, has great ribs.

Dec 18, 2009
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fantastic Ribs - Aquila on Keele

I'm pretty sure that they said they smoked them themselves. But there didn't seem to be many other smoked meats on the menu, so yeah, a bit of a mystery. As for back or side, um, I don't know the difference. The kind that I always see pre-cut at my butcher's. Does that help?

Oct 05, 2009
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fantastic Ribs - Aquila on Keele

Went back tonight. Tried them again, and they are the real deal. Even better than when I tried them before. They were smoky, a little charred on the outside, pink and tender on the inside - delicious. Full rack with skinny fries and some roasted vegetables - $19.99.

The place is not a BBQ joint, more like a comfy neighbourhood place. The rest of the menu was pasta and salads. Local micro brews on tap. Can't speak for anything else on the menu, but I will be returning for the ribs.

Sep 23, 2009
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fantastic Ribs - Aquila on Keele

So I was out at the Junction Arts Festival last week, sampling food from some of the vendors. At the very west end of Dundas, near Keele, I bought some ribs from the folks who run a restaurant called Aquila (347 Keele, between Dundas & Annette).

I'm not a rib expert like some on this board, but I have to say these were delicious. Genuinely smoked, as they had the requisite pink colour and smoky taste. They had a tasty dry rub on them, and I saw the cook give them a dab with a mop sauce when he heated them up on the grill before serving them. I was pretty impressed.

Anyone know anything about this place? Considering it's in my neighbourhood, I thought I'd give it another try - soon. Can't stop thinking about those ribs!

Sep 19, 2009
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Stone Crab Claws at House of Chan - anyone tried them?

Thanks for the info!

Jun 16, 2009
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Stone Crab Claws at House of Chan - anyone tried them?

So my brother is coming into town to visit and he heard that they have stone crab at House of Chan (he'd never heard of the restaurant one way or the other). We've both eaten them in Florida and they are very tasty, but very difficult to get into, the shells are like concrete (hence the name). I've never seen them on any menu up here.

Upon further investigation, I see that on the House of Chan website the stone crab is listed as coming from Joe's in Miami. Joe's is a famous stone crab restaurant down there (also well known for their Key Lime Pie, which HoC also seems to offer). They're listed as market price, which I'm sure is astronomical.

Has anyone tried them? Any idea about price, quality, etc? If there's anywhere else in town that has Stone Crab, I'll be pretty surprised, but I'd like to know about that, too. My brother seems to have his heart set on it.

Jun 16, 2009
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Black forest cake?

Just bumping this up to see if anyone has any other ideas - I need to find a good black forest cake for a birthday.

Nov 10, 2008
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian Kiss leaves you breathless!

I loved them both, but the butter chicken is superb. The chicken tikka masala was hotter, though. Depends on what you like.

Oct 20, 2008
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Thanksgiving in Picton: Anyone been to Blumen Garden Bistro?

My extended family (there are seven of us of us) will be in Picton for Thanksgiving weekend, we're looking for a restaurant for a nice meal. Harvest sounds amazing, but probably a little too expensive and upscale. This is a new place in town (I think it opened just this spring) so I'm looking for some feedback.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated as well. We'd be willing to drive anywhere in the area, but we are staying in Picton.

Sep 28, 2008
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian Kiss leaves you breathless!

Went for the first time last night. Originally we were planning to try High Park Spicy House, (I'd read some good things, and since I live in the Junction, I'm always looking for a good local Indian resto) but they were closed for the Labour Day holiday. I remembered seeing the sign for Indian Kiss on Keele, so we went over there to give it a look.

We were dithering outside the front door, wondering if we should try it, when a customer came by and told us that the food was fantastic and we should eat there. We decided to give it a shot.

Place is very clean and inviting inside. They only do take out, and consequently have a large, comfortable waiting area. They have some "single take home meals", but we decided to order from the a la carte menu. We ordered Butter Chicken ($15.95), Palak Paneer ($11.95), Channa Masala ($10.95), Steamed Basmati ($3.95), and Raita ($2.95). We were told that it would take around 25-30 minutes so we went to get a beer at the watering hole around the corner.

When we got back, the food was ready to go. They had noticed that we arrived by bike so they packed everything so it would fit in my wife's basket. They also gave us a free Naan (I usually don't order these to take out, I find they don't travel well).

The chef was behind the counter when we got there, so I asked him a bit about his experience. Turns out that he was in the corporate world for 12 years, but decided to become a chef. He studied at the Stratford Chef's School, then worked at Indian Rice Factory, and spent some time in Ottawa at the Little India Cafe before opening Indian Kiss. We talked a bit about his cooking (and the state of "Indian" cooking in the neighbourhood, he was very diplomatic, IMHO). He told me that his butter chicken is made with all breast meat, all cooked in the tandoor, and everything else is made with fresh ingredients.

At this point, we hit the road because our mouths were watering. Got home, and saw that the portions were huge. We had enough food for two full meals for 2 people (and we're big eaters) Everything smelled fantastic.

The food was delicious. Portions were very large, filling those dinner plate sized aluminum take out containers. Butter chicken was probably the best I've ever tasted in Toronto, just as billed. All of the dishes had fresh, clear flavours, and a building heat. The naan was great, not too chewy, a little bit charred and crispy. Raita was wonderful.

I highly recommend this place. It was well worth the price, both in quantity and in quality, which is well above the average Indian restaurant in Toronto. That having been said, I probably wouldn't make a special trip if I didn't live relatively close by, since they only do take-out. Also, the prices mean that I won't be having it every day, but I'd rather have this once a month than North of Bombay every week (they put frozen peas, carrots, and CORN in their pilau!) For people living in the Junction, this is a real find.

Sep 01, 2008
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Little Italy Recommendation

Are there still any of these places left in "Little Italy?" I'm curious to see what you come up with. I've always heard good things about giancarlo's, but I think it violates your rules about pretension and popularity.

Nov 02, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Poutine from Burlington to Niagara

Chez Paul's in Magog - artery clogging goodness!

Must concur with goodcookiedrift's assessment of the poutine situation here in Southern Ontario. Pretty grim.

Nov 02, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Great Pizza Debate

Thin - Terroni's

Thick - King Slice (Their sandwich sign outside used to say, "You may not know how to cook, but surely, you would know how to taste!" 'Nuff said!)

Nov 02, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The best place for smoked meat

Schwartz - for those who complained that it was dry, I'll bet you ordered it lean.I recommend medium or medium fat. If you don't want to eat the fat, just cut it off. The meat left behind is one of the greatest things on this planet.

Nov 02, 2007
rbcj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Private Party on a Sunday Afternoon - Please Help!

I'm looking for a place to have a birthday get-together on a Sunday afternoon for my mother-in-law (and I like her, so we want it to be nice;-). We need to accomodate 25-30 people.

One idea we had was a "high tea" . I seem to remember that they did do that at the Ritz, but I've never been.

I'm fairly flexible as far as cuisine goes, I doubt that we want to do a sit-down meal, though, and there will be vegetarians there, so they need to be accomodated. Would like to spend $20 - $30 per person. It should be centrally located, but people are coming from all over so there's some flexibility there as well.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Nov 02, 2007
rbcj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any thoughts on the Plaza Flamingo?

Wow - thanks for the warning.

Aug 22, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any thoughts on the Plaza Flamingo?

I need to take a large group out in that area, and they have a buffet. It doesn't have to be the best in the world, i just want to know it isn't inedible.

Aug 21, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a charming middle-eastern restaurant in the GTA

Thanks for the ideas. Sorry i wasn't specific about the decor - i meant to say that it should not just be four white walls and a counter (although I know a few of those laces that have great food, not right for this event)

Jul 25, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi restaurants with REAL fresh wasabi?

Takesushi on Front St west of Yonge. They serve fresh wasabi with some of their omakase dishes, but they are very accomodating there and i'm sure they would give it to you with a plain old deluxe sushi platter if you asked nicely.

Jul 25, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a charming middle-eastern restaurant in the GTA

I'm not sure about numbers just yet. Have you ever been to Anatolia, the turkish place on Dundas West. That's a good size.

Jul 24, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a charming middle-eastern restaurant in the GTA

Looking for a mid sized middle eastern restaurant for an event. Sadly, decor is as important as the food. If they have a private room or banquet facilities, so much the better. Anywhere in the GTA will work.

Jul 12, 2007
rbcj in Ontario (inc. Toronto)