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Toronto's worst dives

The Gasworks....LOL good times, got in a fight there on my best friend's 19th birthday...ah memories!

Feb 26, 2014
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

I would just tell him "Too bad so sad"...and sounds like his wife needs to grow up and realize the world does not revolve around her and her bratty offspring. What is with these people who seem to think they are the only ones who have ever reproduced and their kids are so special they cannot be away from them?
Or you can let them wreck your party....

Feb 26, 2014
crazee in Not About Food

Dog freindly restaurants.Have you ever brought along your pooch ?

We have a little take out place up the road so I can bring him there, as you eat outside at picnic tables (it is seasonal) and I can trust my dog to wait outside until I go in,order and come back out without running off on me.
He is well behaved, and does not bother others so I don't mind bringing him along, some people's dogs should not go anywhere...JMO

Feb 26, 2014
crazee in Not About Food

Guest Scrooge. What could I have said to the scrooge??

I would have blunt out said "No prob, but I can't really afford to put you up so you will have to kick in." but I am pretty blunt in general :-D
Used to live on a lake, got very tired of the non-stop guests who would eat a weeks worth f groceries over the weekend and drink all my booze on top of it, so I just started telling people either the above or just NO when they called or dropped in.
When I visit friends always bring them some wine or what they like, and if for a weekend or more will go et the fixings for a nice dinner and cook/clean up as a thank you. I find I get lots of invites and always get asked back, "You must come next long weekend" etc when I am leaving.
TO have a friend one must BE a friend.

Egg Yolk Ravioli (Uova da Raviolo) with Bacon-Sage Sauce

Very happy to find this recipe here, saw it on Master Chef and thought it looked delish, but they didn't explain the sauce at all. Time to give my pasta machine a workout :-)

Exy00...some of us just like good food and to try new things, I make a lot of so called "Gourmet" stuff just for us at home, cheaper than going out and life is short, so why not?

Feb 26, 2014
crazee in Recipes

Have you ever slaughtered an animal? Would you?

My experience is limited to fishing. I kill and clean my own catch. Foremost in my mind is respect for the fish and to dispatch it quickly. I am against making anything suffer or wasting anything....when I see fish other anglers have caught and left on shore it really ticks me off. Eat it or release it.
I do not hunt or keep any animals for meat so I have never been in a position to slaughter anything else but would go about it the same way, quickly and humanely. I don't "gross out" about much, it would probably be harder mentally than anything.

May 09, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Charged For Things In Restaurants That Other Restaurants Give You Gratis

My friend got charged for a glass of water once, although she was also ordering food and not just going in for water.

Apr 13, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Hamilton Lunch?

I second Thai Memory, great spot and the owner is a very nice gracious man.

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Thai Memory
25 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R1A1, CA

Mar 17, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Packing leftovers at the table - Is it just me?

I've eaten at a few places that bring you the container to do it yourself, and have been told by a server that it is against the law for them to do it. But I have taken the Safe Food Handling course required here in Ontario for cooks (and servers) and there was no mention whatsoever given to the treatment of leftovers and doggie bags. So I assume it is a restaurant policy set by each place.

I have no problem taking the uneaten portion of my food home, it rarely happens (if it's good I eat it all-if it isn't I sure don't want it tomorrow!) but on a few occasions I have ordered an app and a main, only to find the app is the size of a main and could have been enough on it's own.

Mar 12, 2011
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RESULTS ARE IN! CH's Own Top 10 Restaurants of GTA: A Huge Hoof-shaped Mark on GTA's Dining Scene

I like that..."Cheap and Cheerful"!
As someone who used to work on the road a good, reasonable lunch for one was always high on my list. I found a place in Oakville that is actually a seafood store.....that makes also makes reasonable and good lunches. I believe they also do catering etc. I LOVE their crab cakes and with a beverage and the side salad thats included it still comes to under ten bucks for a good seafood lunch.
It's not a patio but there are a couple of small tables outside the door to watch the world go by while you eat. Love the place, nice people, it's called the Mermaid and the Oyster on Kerr street.

Mar 04, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

RESULTS ARE IN! CH's Own Top 10 Restaurants of GTA: A Huge Hoof-shaped Mark on GTA's Dining Scene

You said it so well....that's how I feel about dining out. They have to make it better than me or have something I have no clue how to make, being a good cook makes it hard to find something you think is worth the money, especially if you also have a long drive to get anywhere good (like I do). Easier/cheaper to cook at home.

Mar 04, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Waiting for a table - what's your limit?

I'm not good at waiting....maybe 15-20 mins if I am really having a craving for a certain something that particular place has. Usually I just go elsewhere and try again another night. If I am with others who want to wait I usually will, for a reasonable time anyways before I start grumbling ;-)
Unlike others this has not changed with age-if anything I'm more patient now LOL!

Mar 04, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Chefs Are Masochists, Culinary School Is a Scam

All I know is the guy who pulled the hot pan trick on poor Lydon would have had that thing laid upside his head if it was me. That's just evil! I teach people to ride, but I wouldn't send them out with a loose saddle so they can wipe out and get hurt, to learn to always tighten the saddle cinch.

Mar 02, 2011
crazee in Features

Seriously gross lunch at Pickle Barrel Y&E

Ugh just the mention of Swiss Chalet makes me shudder....I went to one of their Hamilton locations......once.

Got a 1/2 rib dinner for takeout, it was the grossest pile of gristle and fat ever, and the rice was hard like it had spent a few hours under a heat lamp. I jumped back into the car after checking out my meal to return it and they were closed, got on the PC to find a way to complain, could not find any contact info on their parent companies website.

Will not be back....it may just be that one location but it really turned me off them.

Feb 28, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Haldimand part 2

Thanks Ferdzy I will check that out when in the area. I did try the Dunnville Diner once, it was ok, can't remember what I ate.

Feb 28, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Haldimand part 2

I will so :-)

Feb 28, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Teaching children to behave at restaurants

LOL that's how I got the name too-my friends kid couldn't say Tracey, when she called me CraZee it sure stuck with the adults ;-)

Feb 28, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Chow Kids. Are you raising one?

I try-the Dad finally stepped up and is being an ass about the whole thing, re visitation etc. I think he is having retroactive guilt....he wouldn't step up when the mother first lost them and they went into care (my place) then decided almost a year later he wanted them,they said they were happier here, and weren't that happy to go with him.

Kids having kids is not the brightest of ideas, in my book.......but they know my door is always open for the little ones :-)

Feb 28, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Adults at a childrens birthday party

Got a call from a friend once, she had told her little boy to make a list of who he wanted at his party and she was warning me "I have to tell you you're on his list!" but she did not expect me to go, she just thought it was funny. But I went and had an interesting afternoon of bad pizza, cake and sitting on a tiny plastic chair with all the 8 year olds while a man did a presentation on reptiles (the little guys favourite thing). Thankfully I am small enough to fit in a kiddie chair and didn't embarass myself by breaking it.

It made his day, I had to laugh at all his little pals freaking out when I rode up and parked my bike on the sidewalk, and the man hosting the party was laughing at me for most of his talk.

This is a kid with behavioural problems that I am close to so it was something I wanted to do. Usually I wouldn't go to just any kids party. I do think if the invite comes from the kid it is quite an honor to be considered a friend, and you know it's not the parents fishing for a gift.

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Etiquette for "adults only" invitation and host's child(ren)

I held an adults only 50th Birthday party for my husband last year, and planned it on a weekend the boys were with their Dad. Most of our crowd are bikers, I knew it was going to turn into a day (and night) of heavy drinking, bad role modelling and questionable stories/memories.

Everyone understood. I have been to parties where kids are there and it is not an appropriate setting for them in the least, and lose a lot of respect for the people who get drunk and act wacky in front of them-I wanted everyone to be able to cut loose and have a blast without making a bad impression on any children. The neighbors were even warned for that one LOL!

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Teaching children to behave at restaurants

I think I lucked out fostering kids....the boys I had here never anything resembling a decent restaurant meal, and knew it was a special treat more than most kids. They didn't even try to act up, they were too busy enjoying the time out. Mind you I always made them behave at home at the table so I suppose it was just another table somewhere else, same rules.

Had to pick up a 3 year old once during a family emergency situation, and also had to do some running around that day that I couldn't put off. One stop was a licenced restaurant a friend worked at and I kind of felt like eating a bite....so I told the little girl it was a bar and it was really for grownups...but if she behaved like a grown up no one would notice she was 3. It worked! We sat at the bar drinking chocolate milks and all the wait staff oohed and aahed over how good she was.

Of course I have had to answer questions about why Auntie CraZee took a kid to a "bar" LOL they seem to like to tell their pals and teachers about our adventures ;-)

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

For sure...that teacher was way out of line!

My parents grew up in Europe in WW2...food rations etc. So my Father insisted we eat EVERYTHING, down to the big nasty hunk of fat on the side of the steak. I just could.not.do.it!!!! So to avoid sitting there all night I'd put it in my mouth, pretend to chew, then wipe my mouth with the napkin, spitting the fat into it and wadding it up. I always had about 5 napkins by the end of the meal hahahaha and they never caught on.

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Chow Kids. Are you raising one?

I had two boys here for fostering last year. They had come from a home of neglect, a Mom too busy getting high to buy or cook food. The poor wee guys were digging thru the cupboards eating anything they could, the older would try to cook for the younger, telling me how he tried to microwave scrambled eggs for them, etc.
Even when she did bother feeding them it seems hot dogs and noodles were the menu. So when they landed here it was quite the shock for them, THREE meals a day and stuff they had never ever seen before. They would try most of it, especially the younger one, and I truly had to be careful they didn't gorge themselves and get sick at first. As soon as they got off the bus they wanted to know what I was making for supper. I liked to tease them sometimes, telling them we were having stuffed rat with cockroach sauce or grasshopper stew!

Some things I had to introduce carefully, I first gave them breaded fish because they were only ok with fish sticks.....then the breading came off, next time the sauce would be on it....they slowly started to enjoy a wide variety of foods. Some things, like shrimp, were an instant hit.

The older boy developed a real interest in cooking and I'd let him help in the kitchen and explain things as I went along, we would also watch "Chef at Home" together, he loved that show and it was also good bonding time for us to have "our show". The younger wanted to be involved so he made himself the waiter and drew a menu and prices for our "restaurant"....home of the one dollar beer ;-)

Once the younger boy lost a bet with me, he chose his own payback and ate an entire can of peas, what a funny little character he is.

It was a very fun experience watching them find out there is so much good stuff out there, seeing them finally relax and stop eating as if there would be no food the next day, and teling them meals that are good always have love in them :-)

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

A chowhound married to a picky eater . . . divorce? ;-)

My husband isn't too picky-he'll try things...but he won't eat cheese or dairy, hates alcohol in anything, and can't bite peppers the texture freaks him out. Can't slide the stuff in and fool him either, he tastes it.

I tend to go out to eat with my pals instead, although he will go to most places I pick he always likes my food better. When I wanted to go to a Robbie Burns night (complete with the dreaded Haggis) I planned to go with a Scottish guy pal of ours, who's wife also had no interest in haggis. We joked about our "date" and said they could go eat something normal together LOL!
At home he can have oatmeal for breakfast and I'll whip myself up a roasted red pepper and goats cheese quiche, I am not going without the food I like! It also works out well because some of my female friends have picky eater husbands and are always happy with a take out plate of my latest creation. There's always a way :-)

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

Bit into a nectarine once right down close to the pit. There was a colony of interesting looking little bugs eating it from the inside out. Took a very long time to eat a peach or nectarine again for me.

Fat, like flabby bacon fat, or gristle....it's a texture thing and it grosses me right out. Also toast.....left home at 15 and tried to continue in school while working part time. Food budget was maybe 20 bucks a week,......ate way too much toast and to this day I hate the stuff.

My husband will not eat cheese. He did some welding in a cheese place and got grossed out on cheese because of it. This drives me nuts, I love cheese and cooking with cheese. He also doesn't like peppers....can't bite them.

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Haldimand part 2

I think I've been to the Beach House...they are right on the water on the left looking at the Lake? (I'm bad with names lol I seem to just go on my internal GPS) If so I've been there it was good. If not I'll try it, thanks!

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Haldimand part 2

Floyd's is actually in Peacock Point, at 429 South Coast Dr. She has cut her hours for the winter but is open evenings during the week and all day Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun. In Summer she is open all day every day from 7 am on. They have a good breakfast and will try to accomodate if you come in after 11 :-)
Number is (905) 776-5721.
Cheers!

Feb 25, 2011
crazee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wow that server is CUTE ... does it matter?

As long as they are clean, prompt and polite I could care less what my server looks like, they can be older, heavy or pierced or whatever.

Speaking from the (former) server side of things, I found good looks help with tips, especially from men or groups of. On the other hand I have had wives tell their husband "not to tip so much", especially if the husband has been flirting with me. I would never flirt with a male customer who had a female with him, that's rude in my books....I would try to just brush it off and turn it into a joke, but some wives did not appreciate the man's behaviour and they will take it out on the tip.

I have tatoos and piercings...but no one I was serving would ever be in the position to be seeing them, so they made no difference at my workplace.

Feb 24, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Does Your Family Consider You to be "Weird"?

Yes they do think I'm weird....my eating habits are probably the least of it....

What I find funny is that as a child and teen I wasn't big on meat (never had it anything but cooked well well WELL done so I hated it) and it became a big war in our house to make me eat it. I liked fish and other things instead.

Fast forward twenty years, there's Mom grilling salmon and telling me "Too much meat is unhealthy" LOL. We used to have it at every meal. Even dear ol Dad has taken to not cooking meat to death, when they do have it. Over the years their food habits have evolved to be closer to mine, I find it funny.

Feb 24, 2011
crazee in Not About Food

Why is Foodie a nasty term?

Sounds like a great meal....fresh fish rocks! I fish a lot, it's a win/win...a great day in the sun and a great meal on my return (well, if I catch anything besides a buzz....LOL). There is something very satisfying about catching, cleaning and preparing your own meal :-)

Feb 24, 2011
crazee in Not About Food