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Mother's Dumplings - coming to the Danforth (east of Pape)

My husband and I went last Saturday around 8pm. Service was spotty: took a minute for the waiter to notice that we'd arrived (he thought we were just leaving?!) let alone wanted to sit. There were only three other tables in the restaurant at the time.

Really wanted to try the green onion pancake but it was crossed off the menu, I guess they ran out? Ordered two types of dumplings (steamed pork dumplings, pan-fried beef and chive) and pork buns plus a side of kimchi. Food came out quickly but the quality was inconsistent: pork buns were dry and crumbly, and the pork dumplings were bland. The beef dumplings were the best part of the meal.

Dinner with tax and tip was $30, which I thought was reasonable (my husband was still hungry). We'll give them a few months to work out the kinks before we return.

Mar 12, 2014
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Almanqal - new Middle-Eastern at Woodbine and Danforth

Thanks for the review! Let me know how the falafel is, I love falafel but too often they're bland and dry. My husband will be so excited to have a good shwarma place nearby though!

Oct 28, 2013
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Marshmallow Factory?

Went two years ago, had a coupon from one of the deal websites. Everything was awful: the taste, the restaurant itself, the experience. We actually had two coupons and didn't bother going back to use the second one. I bike past it on my way home and I'm shocked that it's still open.

Oct 01, 2013
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Berkeley Church - Wedding

We got married at the Berkeley Field House last year and loved the food they did. We picked the short rib, trout and squash cannelloni pasta as mains and they were all delicious. The desserts were so good, we did petit fours and everyone loved them, especially the creme brulee. Appetizers are just okay.

Service can be a bit slow but the food is top notch. And count your liquor! When we went to pick up the extras the next day, we were missing $175 worth of booze. They apologized and paid us back but make sure you double check!

Sep 17, 2013
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Ontario sour cherries 2013

If you're willing to drive and put in a little sweat equity, Two Century Farm near Grimsby has pick-your-own sour cherries and a 7L basket is only $10! Their cherries are delicious and the sour cherries are plentiful. They also have sweet cherries ($32/7L basket).

Jul 15, 2013
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please help with our Stratford visit

Thanks for the recommendations for Pazzo. Went for lunch on Sunday and we had a wonderful meal. Shared 2 salads (arugula and beet), the antipasto platter and 2 pizzas between 4 people. Everyone left full and the bill, including tax and tip, was less than $70. The sourdough foccacia they brought to the table was insanely good! Best of all, they offer free corkage on Sunday.

Jul 04, 2013
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gio Rana's (The Nose) - What to order?

Took my husband for his birthday last month and we both really liked our meal. We shared the giant meatball, involtini, pasta special (lamb ragu) and side of brussel sprouts and it was all delicious. Only miss was the frito misto: the seafood was overcooked and it was under-seasoned.

Dec 20, 2012
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Best Hot And Sour Soup 2013

The Chung King at Pacific Mall is indeed the REAL Chung King. I was skeptical at first but after I saw the same menu with the same typos and I tasted the food, I knew it was the same place. Same spring rolls, same nose-clearing hot and sour soup, "Spices Chicken" and all the old favourites are still there. Worth the drive to Markham.

Nov 19, 2012
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Best Hot And Sour Soup 2013

Chung King at Pacific Mall (formerly College and Spadina). Nothing else compares for me: it's spicy and sour and the perfect amount of tofu and bamboo shoots. I swear that stuff cures colds.

Nov 12, 2012
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Soupstock - October 21, 2012 at Woodbine Park

Seriously, that Tide and Vine soup was just insulting. Overheard someone chewing them out for attempting to pass that off as "stew". Everything else was just delicious and we left happy and stuffed!

Oct 23, 2012
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The OverDraught Irish Pub

The Overdraught

Oct 17, 2012
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The OverDraught Irish Pub

They used to make an awesome Ploughman, really good bread, cheese and chutney. Last time I went there, the dish was the same price but it had 1/3 of the cheese it used to, the bread wasn't fresh and the chutney non-existent. Also, we were "entertained" by the world's most depressing bar singer. Not recommended.

Oct 12, 2012
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Central/West Toronto CSA pick-up/delivery

If you're still at Ossington and Dundas, Kawartha CSA has a pickup at the Depanneur which is close by at College between Dufferin and Dovercourt.

May 19, 2012
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Kumquats in the GTA?

The grocery stores along Roncesvalles always have them, Ko for sure.

Jan 18, 2012
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Amazing nite at Harlem

I took my fiance for his birthday (his choice). He had the chicken and waffles and they were pretty underwhelming. Fried chicken was done well but it was under-seasoned and the waffles tasted like your standard Aunt Jemima mix. My "BBQ Smoked Jerk Chicken" had no flavours of smoke, jerk or barbecue. Portion was way too big: two thighs and two drumsticks! It was covered in an overly sweet barbecue sauce and again, no seasoning. The mac 'n' cheese on the side was tasty though. I like the cornbread starter but the serving size was ridiculous (two mini-muffins) for $5.

Harlem Underground
745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Nov 17, 2011
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Hey Meatball on College - Sandwich sizes

We stopped by for a late bite last Thursday, and split the meatball sandwich and a lemon soda. The sandwich was delicious: messy, juicy meatballs and fresh tasting. Lemon soda was also really good. At $11 though, it was a little steep for the portion. Where I think they're really missing out is the late-night takeout crowd. If I'm starving after a night of drinking, I'd be hard pressed to wait 10 minutes for a sandwich and pay $11. Would I wait two minutes and pay $5 for a little meatball slider? Absolutely.

Nov 14, 2011
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BF got the pistachio (which, I agree, is amazing), lemon and peanut butter and chocolate. That was the surprise winner for me because I usually hate PB & chocolate but this one tasted like freshly roasted peanuts. Awesome. I had cheesecake, amaretto and raspberry, which were all good. The texture of the gelato is lovely and creamy, not as icy as Boreal.

We each got the larger cup (about $4 each) and I was amazed at how much gelato they packed in there! Could have easily got the smaller size.

Sep 12, 2011
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brunch with a vegan option

Cardinal Rule has vegan options for breakfast. The quinoa & coconut pancakes rock, as do the vegan latkes!

Cardinal Rule
5 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K2, CA

Jul 11, 2011
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New in Parkdale - The Boreal Gelato Company

We stopped by after dinner at Nunu on Saturday night. Just to clarify, it's actually $6 + tax for a double scoop in a cup, which is still pricey. Didn't want people thinking it's $7 plus tax though! She actually rang it up wrong at first ($9) until we corrected her.

The chocolate was really good but the pistachio was underwhelming. Still, a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

Jul 04, 2011
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Ordered a bunch of meat for takeout and they very nicely gave us a couple of extra sides at no charge (grilled corn, fries). The brisket and beef ribs are tender and delicious, and the pork ribs were so flavourful (and I usually don't like ribs!). The smoked shrimp were just okay: cooked perfectly but not a lot of flavour. The real winners for me were the chicken wings - those are dynamite!

Jun 27, 2011
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cardinal Rule on Roncesvalles Ave - Anyone been yet?

We went for brunch on Easter weekend. Service was a bit slow and the basic 'eggs, toast and bacon' breakfast was a bit bland. However, the latkes were simply fantastic and the gluten-free pancakes were a really cool twist on breakfast. Love the decor too, totally fits the neighbourhood. The women who run the place are charming too. Very welcome addition to Roncy!

May 12, 2011
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shawarmas in Toronto

I disagree! I've had Ghazele 3 times and every time it's always too dry

Feb 21, 2011
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Israeli restaurants in Toronto or North York?

I'll second Shoom Shoom: generous portions (three of us shared the chicken shwarma and the appetizer plate) and very attentive wait staff.

Jan 11, 2011
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

CSA`s in gta, any help (communityt supported agriculture)

I'll second Kawartha Ecological Growers. Wonderful produce, great people and some of the best eggs I've ever tasted.

Oct 11, 2010
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Delicata Squash?

I just got one yesterday from my CSA, Kawartha Ecological Growers (http://www.kawarthaecologicalgrowers.com). Check out their schedule of farmer's markets and CSA pickups, maybe there's one near you.

Oct 07, 2010
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Real BBQ in Etobicoke

The boyfriend and I went for dinner on Friday. Overall, it was okay but certainly not authentic barbecue and not enough to make me drive out to Etobicoke. Service was also really slow given that there were only about six tables.

I had the BBQ chicken sandwich with beans on the side. BF had the two-meat dinner (brisket and chicken) with cornbread and coleslaw. The beans were bland: no smokey flavour, watery sauce. The slaw was way overdressed but I liked the cornbread. The meat was fine - cooked nicely but very little smoke flavour. The sauce was good but you had to put a lot on to get the flavour. However, the portions were generous and the prices are reasonable (unlike Phil's Original Barbecue).

I appreciate what they're trying to do but I just think they feel short of the mark.

Sep 27, 2010
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Italian plums - Where to find in GTA

Lots of little fruit markets on Roncesvalles carry these by the basket. I'd suggest starting at Garden Street and walking north!

Sep 16, 2010
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Joe's Garden Centre at Symington and Davenport has lots, Roma and San Marzano. Picked up a bushel for $16 (plus a $1 deposit for the actual bushel). Only 3 or 4 duds in the whole lot.

Aug 30, 2010
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I buy vanilla paste in toronto?

Bonnie Stern sells vanilla paste at her cooking school (near Yonge and Eglinton). She uses it a lot of her recipes and I'm a total convert - way better than extract.

Bonnie Stern
6 Erskine Ave, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

Jun 15, 2010
slradcli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Miller Tavern on Yonge at York Mills

I had brunch there on Saturday with my boyfriend. Service was good, if a little inattentive. The breadbasket was delicious (lemon loaf, buns, muffins, croissants) and served with jam. I had a yummy Bellini and BF had a mimosa. The mains were a huge disappointment though: I had the potato rosti with smoked salmon, artichoke dip and quail eggs and BF had Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon instead of ham. Everything was cold, and my potatoes were overcooked. The fruit salad on the side looked like it came from the fruit trays you buy at Costco. Desserts were good (crème brulee and apple cake) but we really didn’t need them after all that food.

We had a coupon for a free brunch ($25 value) so with tax + tip, the total was $40 for both of us. I thought that was overpriced – I can’t imagine paying full price!

Place was filled with families too: not a quiet, adult brunch spot by any means.

Nov 30, 2009
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