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The Feasting Room - 6 month pop-up restaurant featuring diff whole beast each week

Just my luck, but they ran out of eyeballs by last night, so they served oysters instead. Otherwise, the menu was identical (except I don't recall bone marrow with the tongue - they served a cauliflower mousse instead). The sleeper hit of the night was the stuffed candy apple (sounds so wrong, tastes so right), followed closely by the heart and the tongue. The veal brain was surprisingly good (I've had brain a few times before and never really cared much for the texture), although the blood cake was a bit dry for my liking. All in all, a great meal and probably the least rich of the menus I've had (lamb, pig and bison).

Oct 30, 2012
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Feasting Room - 6 month pop-up restaurant featuring diff whole beast each week

I had a feeling there might be eyeballs on the menu.
Funny - I've eaten most edible parts of the animal (many I've enjoyed, some I haven't, but none have bothered me), but somehow eyeballs make me a wee bit squeamish.

Oct 29, 2012
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Feasting Room - 6 month pop-up restaurant featuring diff whole beast each week

D'oh! Well, you can't say I didn't try.
I'm looking forward to it!

Oct 29, 2012
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Feasting Room - 6 month pop-up restaurant featuring diff whole beast each week

Care to elaborate on the menu? ;-)
I'm going tonight, and you've certainly piqued my curiosity!

Oct 29, 2012
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Feasting Room - 6 month pop-up restaurant featuring diff whole beast each week

Firstly, I never thought I would ever be drinking a cup of whey, and secondly, I never thought whey could taste so refreshing.

Jul 22, 2012
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Iso authentic Vietnamese food

Fantastic list!

I know you said that you haven't had any bun dishes that blew you away, but do you know of any place in town where one could get a decent bowl of bun cha or bun thit nuong? Just got back from Vietnam a few weeks ago and have a few craving for these dishes.

Oct 12, 2011
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best coffee in kensington market

You're likely thinking of Cafe Pamenar. The espresso-based coffee is very good (haven't tried their brewed coffee yet) - I recognize one of the baristas there as having worked at Sam James in the past. The space is nice too (the poured concrete counter, the vintage bric-a-brac everywhere), and they have a very cute patio out back that's a nice escape from the chaos of Kensington Market.

Jul 06, 2011
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Distillery District - Worth mentionings?

Toronto's first sake brewery to open this weekend at the Distillery District:
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/ar...

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Distillery District
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

Apr 26, 2011
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Le Pain Quotidien - Coming to Toronto?

I spoke to the owner of Crepes A Go Go next door, and she mentioned that there were plans to expand into the former LPQ space. I neglected to ask if they'll be incorporating that corner into the current restaurant or simply moving over.

Jan 07, 2011
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Craft Beer Festival

This is sadly after-the-fact, but did anyone end up going to the Craft Beer Festival on July 29 at Hart House?

It was certainly a fun and well-organized event. It was quite crowded (about 600 people squeezed into the HH quad), but the lineups to the different brewer's stations were either short or nonexistent. Admission got you 8 tickets per person, and sample sizes ranged from small, 2 oz cups to generous, nearly half-pint portions. My fiancee and I tried 13 and had to give the remaining 3 tickets away to staff since we were feeling both bloated and a bit tipsy. The food (included in the ticket price) was excellent, especially the BBQ chicken and coleslaw (the pulled pork sandwiches were tasty, although somewhat one-note and devoid of smokey flavour).

The beers we tried were:
-Beau's Lug-Tread Lagered Ale
-Great Lakes Brewery Project X
-Dieu Du Ciel Maple Scotch Ale AND Hibiscus Wheat Beer
-Charlevoix Imperial Milk Stout
-Flying Monkeys Amber Ale AND Hoptical Illusion
-Hockley Valley Dark AND Black and Tan
-Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsener AND Maple Porter
-Black Oak Summer Saison AND Nut Brown

Of those, the ones that stood out for us were the Hibiscus Wheat Beer (very refreshing and well balanced - the hibiscus wasn't just a frilly novelty), the Flying Monkeys Amber Ale, the Hockley Black and Tan (delightfully smokey), the Maple Porter (the maple is hardly subtle and hits you over the head, but my Philistine palate was left satisfied) and the Summer Saison (nice hit of coriander in this one).

We didn't have high expectations for the Green Apple Pilsener, and it ended up even worse than anticipated: imagine liquefied, carbonated Jolly Rancher with an added spoonful of diabetes. The Imperial Milk Stout was intriguing at first, but upon further sips started to seem somewhat sour and off-putting. Also, didn't care much for Beau's Lug-Tread, although maybe it was because it was the last one I tried and I was getting kind of sick of beer. In any case, it tasted excessively yeasty and astringent at the same time.

All in all a great event, devoid of drunken frat boys and scantily-clad "whooo" girls indiscriminately slugging insipid "cold ones", set in a gorgeous venue. Definitely bringing more friends next time so we can sample a bit of everything.

Jul 30, 2010
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Thoughts on KEG?

My fiancee and I have also signed up for a second season with KEG, which is testament to our positive experiences with the CSA.

Since you've been reading about them, you'll probably already know that your weekly share consists of a fixed box of goods and then some extras (the relative value of each depends on the share size you sign up for). They're very accomodating so that if, say, you're not a big fan of fiddleheads, you can usually swap them for another item of roughly equivalent value. In addition to other types of produce, they also sell prepared foods like jams and jellies, pasta, maple syrup, and frozen meat (there's talk of them potentially starting up a meat share, which would allow them to bring in fresh meats). They offer a wide selection of different cuts (grassfed beef, pork, lamb, occasionally goat) as well as various heritage chickens, and often there will be sausage too (don't pass up the chance to get the "naked pig" sausage, prepared by Scott Vivian of Wine Bar - I swear there's cocaine or something in it).

The quality of the food is excellent and very fresh, although like haggisdragon mentioned, the growing season last year was far from ideal, and some crops were affected more than others. The folks who run KEG (Mark and Shannon) are super friendly and very knowledgeable about what they're selling, and Mark takes special orders for meat cuts (e.g. about a year ago we asked him for a pig's head and some trotters, which he was only too happy to oblige). It certainly is a bit of a lifestyle adjustment - having to come up with new recipes using whatever ingredients you get in your box keeps you on your toes. We also eat substantially more veggies than we used to, and that can't be a bad thing.

May 19, 2010
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best place to buy trotters (pig's feet) in toronto?

From what I could gather from the St. Lawrence market website, they're called Town and Country Farms from Halton Hills. I couldn't find any more information about them online; maybe someone else will have more luck. Doesn't seem to be the same ones you're talking about (certainly not from the St. Jacobs area).

Mar 24, 2010
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best place to buy trotters (pig's feet) in toronto?

One of the kiosks at St. Lawrence north market (Saturdays only) seems to carry them regularly - I think they're located at the south-east corner of the building. The quality was pretty solid, although I had to give the trotters a good scrubbing and a shave (especially between the toes).

Some of the meat vendors at the various markets around town will also bring you some at respectable prices if you order in advance (e.g. the KEG stall at Green Barns market at Wychwood).

Mar 24, 2010
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions on where to get quality pork belly in Toronto

I've purchased pork belly from 3 different sources in the past, which were then all prepared using the same recipe (the "red-cooking" recipe found in Jennifer McLagan's "Fat" book):
1. Cumbrae's: by far the most expensive (can't remember off-hand the price/pound), good amount of fat, ended up quite tender and delicious, although even after considerable braising the skin was a little chewy.
2. St. Lawrence North Market: can't recall the name of the vendors, but the price here was about half that of Cumbrae's. I must say, tied with number 3 for the best pork belly we've tried. The skin was deliciously succulent.
3. Via our CSA (Kawartha Ecological Farms): the pig farmer (Mark) was kind enough to drop it off at our apartment, along with 2 pairs of trotters and a head (I'm pretty sure our condo concierge suspect that my girlfriend and I are serial killers). Surprisingly cheap (only marginally more expensive than the stuff from St. Lawrence) and exceptionally tender and flavourful.

Feb 02, 2010
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent Shawarma

I remember lining up for a Hot Docs film at the Bloor cinema a couple years ago, and it occurred to me then how strategically Ghazele was situated. The lineup stretched outside the building past the eatery, and the smell was so irresistible that people kept popping in for takeout.

Oct 09, 2009
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Artisinal Bacon/ Bacon Selection

I third the Healthy Butcher bacon. It tastes like what would happen if a pig and a maple tree had a baby. I have a 250 mL mason jar full of bacon drippings that I use for frying potatoes, much like JPJ.

Oct 06, 2009
NegativeSleep in Ontario (inc. Toronto)