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When will Top Chef Texas air in Canada?

Top Chef: Texas(Canadian Broadcast Premiere) (18x60 mins)

Back-to-Back Episodes Mondays at 9pm ET/PT and 10pm ET/PT beginning January 9 on Food Network Canada

Dec 22, 2011
sojo16 in Food Media & News

é...it really is THE best!!!

How much is a night at e', with and without wines?

Apr 14, 2011
sojo16 in Las Vegas

Feelings about Wicked Spoon?

We're doing a very budget bachelorette dinner, and I thought $30 for a buffet made more sense than a pre-fixe that may or may not be good for $50 (that leftover $20 can be spent on booze!). The reviews I've looked at for Wicked Spoon are mixed. Wondered if anyone on the board felt strongly one way or the other. We would welcome suggestions for anything else in that price range, staying at PH Towers and not wanting to cab.

Apr 13, 2011
sojo16 in Las Vegas

Good value Italian or Vegetarian or Modern near Yonge and Wellesley

I'm going to be in the downtown this weekend attending a conference with a very picky co-worker. What are your picks for good value, with something for both the adventurous and the timid?

Sep 13, 2010
sojo16 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best poutine in Manitoba?

Bump that. Boon gravy is more flavorful than meat gravy. Just good luck getting in--that place is always jam packed now.

Jul 22, 2010
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Food Network: Canada vs US?

David Rocco's Dolce Vita is back, and David is even more handsome as a dad. I really like this show and have missed it for the past couple years. I could do without seeing so much of Nina, his wife, but David is very nice indeed.

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Food Network: Canada vs US?

Dave Lieberman is super cute, and makes wholesome, nutritious food. I loved that promo when it refered to him as "extra virgin".

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Food Network: Canada vs US?

Bump

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Food Network: Canada vs US?

I loved Molto Mario!! I still feel like I know Mario from watching that show. The dump, stir and chat format is out, nowadays, though. And no one would put someone like Mario on the air anymore.

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Food Network: Canada vs US?

I find her very knowledgable and fun. I really enjoy the show. She doesn't seem overly canned and sound-byte ready.

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Food Network: Canada vs US?

I like Food Safari, too, especially it being Austrailian...makes you really listen to what's being said.

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Chuck's day off FN Canada

Likable, and a bit of a punk hottie. Just watch, Food Network in the U.S. will start airing him and he'll take off...

Sep 27, 2009
sojo16 in Food Media & News

Best Pizza?

I have to give a shout out to Pizzeria Gusto on Academy. Yes, it's really fancy and located in snotty River Heights. You're not going to know what some of the toppings are, they're so obscurely Italian. And, of course, it ain't cheap. But it's really good pizza. The crust is this perfect thin chewyness. I keep having the margherita because it's everything I want in a pizza.

Sep 17, 2009
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Winnipeg Chinese Delivery

I ate there once not long after they opened and wasn't really impressed. Maybe I should go in and give them another try.

Apr 13, 2009
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Winnipeg Chinese Delivery

Hi All,

I live near Polo Park, and I'm trying to find the best Chinese delivery. Lucky Koi on Portage is ok, but not great, in my opinion. Any suggestions?

Apr 10, 2009
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Heavy Cream--Winnipeg

Do you know the reason for the regulation?

Dec 01, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Heavy Cream--Winnipeg

I'm looking for heavy cream (40% butterfat) as opposed to whipping cream (35% butterfat). I have a new cookbook that says whipped cream made with heavy cream tastes much better than whipped cream made with whipping cream. Who knew. I've looked at Safeway and the Superstore, but they don't seem to have it.

Nov 27, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Winnipeg Exchange District?

For Weekend Brunch dim sum, I like Kum Koom Garden on King Street. The Line Up is also good for international fast food. I like the Masala Dosa at Tast of Sri Lanka, too.

Sep 19, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Folklorama Winnipeg

So, we went to check out the First Nations Pavillion and Chef Wolfman's food last night. It took a long time to get served, but my husband really enjoyed the buffalo tortierre. I tried that and the zumi bean and cheddar pastry, which was pretty bland. We both enjoyed the soup, which featured carrot, ginger and pear. The bannock, while speckled with a nice amount of fresh thyme, was dry. A second variety of bannock was drizzled with chocolate and served as a dessert. The pavillion was held in the dining area of Riddell Hall on the University of Winnipeg campus, so all the food was served hot--a definite improvement over some pavillions.

All in all, the food was pretty good, and the entertainment was average. We vastly preferred the singing and dancing at this pavillion in 2003, when most of the entertainment seemed local and was performed outdoors.

Aug 07, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Folklorama Winnipeg

So, we went to check out the First Nations Pavillion and Chef Wolfman's food last night. It took a long time to get served, but my husband really enjoyed the buffalo tortiere. I tried that and the zumi bean and cheddar pastry, which was pretty bland. We both enjoyed the soup, which featured carrot, ginger and pear. The bannock, while speckled with a nice amount of fresh thyme, was dry. A second variety of bannock was drizzled with chocolate and served as a dessert. The pavillion was held in the dining area of Riddell Hall on the University of Winnipeg campus, so all the food was served hot--a definite improvement over some pavillions.

All in all, the food was pretty good, and the entertainment was average. We vastly preferred the singing and dancing at this pavillion in 2003, when most of the entertainment seemed local and was performed outdoors.

Aug 07, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Great Mexican in Winnipeg

Prasantrin, if you haven't tried Times Change(d), you should. I wasn't disappointed.

Aug 07, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Texan moving to Calgary or Where are my tortillas?

Wow, why did you decide to live in Calgary and not Austin? Austin's supposed to be so weird and amazing. I moved up from the St. Louis area to Winnipeg in late 2005, and the Canadians always wonder why my guy didn't just move down to Missouri. I wonder about it, too, in the winter.

I don't know what your prospect for Mexican food is in Calgary, but in Winnipeg, it's pretty sparse. Same for good deep dish pizza. But Calgary's a lot bigger than Winnipeg, so hopefully you'll be able to find some places you like. Best of luck!

Aug 07, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Folklorama Winnipeg

So I'm planning to attend Folklorama tomorrow night, and one night next week. What pavillons have the best food? We're already planning to check out the First Nations pavillion to try Chef Wolfman's aboriginal fusion, but in your experience, what else is good? Especially dessert-wise...

Aug 05, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Crampton's Market in Wpg - locavore delight

I've heard such good things about it, and seen that it carries interesting stuff, like morels in the spring, but I haven't stopped yet. Guess I'll plan to after the Farmer's Market on Saturday, if it's as good as you say. Is the produce better and/or cheaper than what you see at St. Norbert?

Aug 05, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Moroccan or Middle Eastern Food in Winnipeg?

To be fair, though, that Moroccan place was way out on St. Mary's or St. Anne's, and maybe Winnipeggers are ready for Moroccan, they're just not ready to spend half a tank of gas getting to Moroccan. Just like La Fiesta...I doubt I'll be going there much now that it's out of the West End and out on the dog end of St. Vital. I still haven't been to Lulu's. There's that restaurant in Carmen that's supposed to be so good...but honestly, with gas prices today, it's just really hard to justify a long trek solely for food. I'm trying to talk the guys at Baraka into opening a store in the West End, because I feel guily going to North Main. That's my rant for the day...lol

Jul 31, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Great Mexican in Winnipeg

No, I haven't been there, but I believe the Sun critic reviewed it. I think the review said they had fried ice cream, cause I'd like to get ahold of some of that, too, howlin.

There's also a burrito joint opening on Portage across from U of W, I think it's called Casa Burrito.

Jul 31, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Impressions: Mise (Winnipeg)

Thanks for the review. It's one of those places that I, too, have been meaning to check out, but just haven't gotten around to it. I'd really like to try it late at night on the weekend, since they have long hours on Friday and Saturday, or at least that's what I've heard. Any idea when they're moving to Gluttons? And isn't that a pretty small space? Maybe they'll do away with the market part.

Jul 31, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Creole in Winnipeg--Chamarel on Broadway

I just got back from Chamarel Restaurant at 336 Broadway. I've been curious to go in since they opened, as the sign describes it as a 'Creole' restaurant.

We decided to have the buffet, out of fear it would take longer than our lunch hour to order something off the menu. While the food was monochromatic greens and browns, I really enjoyed the flavours. Since "fricasee" is listed on the menu, I assume the chicken dish on the buffet was chicken fricasee, and it was delicious, although not much to look at. There were macaroni noodles with a black pepper sauce, which was spicy hot and probably best termed a 'pepperpot' preparation; these noodles were also very tasty. My favourite dish was the third; a summer squash and beef stirfry, with exceptionally tender and flavorful beef. A neutral tasting basmati rice and onion pilaf made a good bed for the beef and chicken. All three dishes contained an unexpected but welcome amount of heat for a lunch buffet, and I'm told the buffet changes daily. The buffet also included a fresh looking green salad, some tired looking melon slices, and some steamed carrots. The price of the buffet was $9.99 a person, and they take Interac.

When I asked the young boy who waited on us what 'Creole' meant, he described it as East Indian. I asked, "East Indian by way of South America?," and he agreed, so I'm taking a wild guess at Guyana, Suriname, or Trinidad and Tabago as the cuisine's place of origin. I've been unable to find anything about the restaurant online.

The decor is very modern in a 'Restaurant Makeover' sort of way, and it's spacious, very clean and comfortable. We only saw three other people come in while we were there, and that's a shame, because the food is unique and good. Since there really aren't too many lunch options on Broadway, other than street meat, I encourage the downtown crowd to try something out of the ordinary for lunch.

Jul 31, 2008
sojo16 in Western Canada Archives

Moroccan or Middle Eastern Food in Winnipeg?

Baraka Pita Bakery on North Main. I believe the owners and the food are Lebanese. I particularly like the baked pitas myself and my husband likes the donairs. They have what appears to be a wood burning oven and meat on spits. There's usually a line, so don't be in a rush. It's not fancy, but it's pleasant. I highly recommend it.

Jun 04, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces

Great Mexican in Winnipeg

I quite like good Tex-Mex (chimichangas and such) and Mexican American food (the beans! the rice! the free tortillas and salsa!). I probably have never had authentic Mexican food because I haven't been to Mexico (although we seemed to have a fairly authentic taqueria in my hometown).

I think you have to distinguish Tex-Mex from American Mexican food from real Mexican food. In the States, in Mexican restaurants run by Mexican people, you get a sort of Americanized Mexican food that falls somewhere between Tex-Mex and true Mexican, just like what you see in a lot of Chinese-American buffets. Doesn't mean the Americanized version is bad, it's just not authentic. And maybe the authentic stuff wouldn't be to my taste...I don't enjoy organ meats or hominy, and I can imagine huitlacoche wouldn't be my cup of tea, either.

Why aren't there more Mexican restaurants in Winnipeg? It seems like there are at least a few Mexican immigrants here. I heard a Taco Time ad not long ago urging Canadians to try a taco. Who hasn't tried a taco? Apparently, a lot of Winnipeggers.

May 20, 2008
sojo16 in Prairie Provinces