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Soupstock - October 21, 2012 at Woodbine Park

Impressed with how well everything ran given the crowds. Some long lines but lots of great stuff being overlooked. One of the longest lines was for Reader's chili while right next to him three people in line for Carl Heinrich / Richmond Station.

Soupstock - October 21, 2012 at Woodbine Park

in fact there is the disadvantage of paying the service fee!

Early breakfast in Downtown Toronto

I am accompanying someone who has a MRI scheduled for an unbearably early time midweek around University/College. By 5:30am-6am we'll be ready to start the REAL day with a fine breakfast. Any suggestions for a good place open that early? (BTW, the appetite of the "patient" is hearty and unconstrained.)

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

Was there a couple of times in the last month including closing evening before the holidays and each time enjoyed the choice of one of the gastro/tasting menus which I now realize was a bit of a trial run for bigger changes.

Each menu was very good and some dishes were just amazing. Braised rabbit and a turbot dish come to mind. Each meal was made up of more modest sized portions than I remember from past visits. Drama and shock value aside, that is probably a good thing!

I did find the dishes a little more like so many other restros, however, and always liked this place for very well done traditional dishes. I suppose this is another version of La Regalade versus La Relagade St H.

I will probably miss the comfort of the original, but times change. Of course the big question is what will become of the rice pudding!

Aug 01, 2012
gothlig in France

Grand Electric

And I rather like the way they greet you when seated with a bit of an apology about having had to wait. Impressed that the demonstrated demand hasn't gone to their heads. I can think of other places where the "you should be grateful i'm serving you" attitude is intolerable.

Food-related volunteering [Toronto]

Consider the "Cooking with Soul" program at Beach United. Usually some instruction around an interesting ingredient or dish that is prepared by that Saturday morning's 10 or so participants. Enough is prepared for the group to enjoy over lunch, and also serve the next week's lunch program.

The Out of the Cold at St Aidens has a strong social element. The team shares the tasks for meal preparation, serving, and some join the guests for dinner.

Lunch near Thompson?

Good food. Decent wine. A bit of buzz but quiet enough to have a conversation. Lunch with a client who will need to make a flight from YTZ at 2:45.

BUCA would do it. Forgot they were open for lunch.

Lunch near Thompson?

Any suggestions for lunch near the Thompson Hotel (Bathurst/King) other than their 24h diner?

Hip Toronto restaurant ideas needed - good food, service with terrace or outdoor space

Consider Edulis, the next incarnation of Niagara Street Cafe via Tobey Nemeth and Michael Cabalo.

The Carte Blanche option is an excellent choice. Exceptional food and hospitality from people who really know what they are doing. Foodies would be delighted by the chantecler chicken alone.

The patio looked ready to go a few days ago in spite of what the Toronto Life article says. and here's the Toronto life blurb on their opening

Have pop-ups in Toronto run their course?

Secret Pickle, TBD, and a few others offered rather innovative food with matching environments and engaging diners. Recent players are looking more like restaurants and less like interesting experiences. Perhaps this phenomenon has played its course, just like when tthe Gap (or Amaya) move into the low rent neighborhood that spawned upstart restaurateurs.

Food tours in Shanghai

This is very late notice, but I have a bit of spare time available unexpectedly over the next couple of days after several meetings in Shanghai. I wondered if there are any tours of interesting food experiences available such as you might find in Paris or London.

While the Shanghai Chowhound board is lighter than other locations, there are certainly lots of great spots noted. However, I may not have time at this late point to do the homework and deal with the geography. (Very poor C'hound behaviour, I know!)

I'm at the Howard Johnson on Jiu Jiang Road and have Fri and Sat mornings free.

At any rate, any suggestions welcome.

Sausage Partners

You are right -- these are not the typical sausages you might find at SLM with 20 variations on seasoning. But, if you want sausages where the true, rich flavor of honest, well raised pork shows through, these can't be beat. Most of their sausages are devoid of seasoning, but certainly not devoid of flavour.

I Stuffed a Turkey with Twinkies

I have a hard time understanding why someone would do this with food.

Nov 19, 2011
gothlig in Features

Source for Used Food Grade Buckets with lids

You will often find then stacked up next the various garbage bins outside SLM. Pastry shops are also a good source. Bulk egg white comes in five gallon pails.

Ledbury? Launceston Pl? Other? [London]

Earlier in the year i enjoyed St Johns, Polpo, Bocco, Pollen St and Terroirs during my visit to London. One dinner this coming trip -- Ledbury or Launceston Place, or maybe something else? May have time for one other meal, likely lunch during the trip. Anything like Bocco or Polpo to suggest?

Launceston Place
1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

St Johns Restaurant
24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB

127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

Sep 18, 2011
gothlig in U.K./Ireland

Is "Right Some Good" worthwhile?

Amazed that there are no posts about this extraordinarily ambitious event.

Over ten days, Michelin stared chefs are paired with local chefs and promising appendices to bring top-notch technique and creativity to local ingredients amid local entertainment in unique local settings.

Attended the Little River event last night: Chef Atul Kochhar from London turned out lobster, scallops, haddock, lamb, chicken and local vegetables that was easily the best prepared meal I have had in Nova Scotia in several years. All done in a tent on a fishing wharf!

I stumbled upon this event, but it would be well worth planning a visit to NS around. Wish I wasn't heading home this evening. I can only imagine what the final diner in the Fortress Louisbourg will be like.

Aug 27, 2011
gothlig in Atlantic Canada

Is "Right Some Good" worthwhile?

Is this the first year for ? Looks like ten Cape Breton events pairing international chefs with local chefs in potentially interesting events. Can't find any info on this other than the promotional site. Worthwhile or not?

Aug 23, 2011
gothlig in Atlantic Canada

Against the Grain Urban Tavern (opening early May 2011)

I second that. First time I can remember agreeing with Ms Angry. Service is clumsy and incompetent. Food is mostly disappointing. Stick with one of their interesting beers and enjoy the view.

David Sedaris on China and Chinese food

I've always enjoyed reading and listening to David Sedaris. This piece was a real exception.

Jul 16, 2011
gothlig in Food Media & News

Where to find tomatillos fresh or canned in Toronto

Sovereign Farms (519-443-4061) North St Lawrence Market on Saturday

Top Chef Canada - Which Toronto restaurants would make the cut?

Enduring the judging on this show was a little like watching little boys pull the wings off flies. I wonder which Toronto restaurants would consistently win the approval of TCC's judges' table?

Jul 09, 2011
gothlig in Food Media & News

Solo London Jun 15-16

Was in Paris last week and impulsively stopped of at CLAJ for lunch only to find a CHer solo on either side of me. A delightful lunch! In London today and tomorrow with a couple of meals free. Thinking Pollen Street, Bocca di Lupa, Wild Honey, or Harwood Arms. Anyone in a similar situation?

Jun 15, 2011
gothlig in U.K./Ireland

Traditional French bistro in Toronto: some names?

La Societe: self-described as Parisian cuisine in a bistro setting of the 1920's but sure looks more like a brasserie to me. Invitations have gone out for the opening tomorrow night so presumably it will be open for business this week.

Fishbar - New Restaurant Openning Soon on Ossington

Now open for business according to their tweets. 647 340-0227

not FnB

Will be in Scottsdale on a Mon and Tue so wont be able to enjoy a meal at FnB. What's the next best thing?

7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Apr 26, 2011
gothlig in Phoenix

Mexican/Latin in Toronto?

the five sheltered street vendors at 214 Augusta offer fantastic fare but where do you go in toronto if you want a comfortable sit-down meal of equally inspired and well prepared mexican/latin food?

Hooked Seafood - New fishmonger on Queen

Loved the smelts-- sweet and delicious. Reminded me of ice-fishing with my father. I thought Don said they were from New Brunswick, but maybe they are from Ontario.

Cowbell losing it's touch?

Sounds like a fluke to me. I was there today and the place was full with satisfied looking people. Food as as good as I have come to expect, in fact the smoked char might have been a bit better than usual. And the aroma of smoking pork (?) from below deck added to the delightful Cowbell atmosphere.

A humble request to the Toronto foodie gods!

I think Marben would suit very well. Go there for an early dinner and speak to Carl or Ryan. Tell them what you plan and I think they'll look after you very well. Wouldn't be surprised if they offer to put together some special food for that number. Just tell them what you want to spend and see what they can do.

488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA


Had a very fine meal there this past Friday. The balance of the gaspacho and the truffled honey on the cheese still come to mind but every other thing was equal to expectations. One table of loud English-speakers was jammed in that corner near the toilette so they weren't too much of a problem. The server was a pleasure.

A treat in early August when there are so few options.

Aug 08, 2010
gothlig in France