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Société-Orignal Maple Syrup from Quebec

My inlaws have done syrup every year for at least the last 40 years - typically they do about 250L of syrup per year.

What I have found is the Amber is from the end of the season. The light is typically from the very first few taps. The darker the syrup the later the time frame of the tapping.

As to what is high and low for quality IMHO it depends on where you are from. In Quebec I have seen that traditionally light is the premium, in Ontario people prefer darker. I just like a really good syrup - light or dark - but I have my own supplier. :)

I have seen years where there isn't much in terms of light and it goes straight to medium. Usually when the weather is warmer.

1 day ago
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bakeries that bake birthday cake from scratch

Andrea's Gerrard Street bakery does possibly the best Chocolate cake I have ever had.

Mar 09, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Near Kingston Road and Vic Park

Other option there is Green Dragon. Its always pretty busy but food is pretty good. Also No Bull Burger is good as well.

These is a bit more on this thread - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921167

Mar 07, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Business/company dinner in downtown Toronto for 12-14

I would suggest Vertical in First Canadian Place and request one of their private rooms.

Feb 15, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Road trips for yummy food?

Niagara Bench area for sure
- Bleu Turtle Bistro in St Catherines for breakfast (have the pork belly eggs benny - you will not regret it...)
- Beamsville Bakery for doughnuts
- Good Food & Earth Wine for lunch
- Featherstone Winery for charcute on their stunning porch
and well anywhere there for good wine!

If you want to stay over (and you might) then try Black Walnut Manor and do the Top Chef package - Rob Berry (from Bleu Turtle) comes and cooks for you at the manor. Plus the breakfasts are amazing and they know a number of people in the area.
http://www.blackwalnutmanor.com/packa...

Feb 14, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your favourite and least favourite cinnamon buns

The cinnamon buns at Courage Foods on Kingston Road have always been my fave. I think they only make them on weekends though.

Feb 09, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Update on Broadview and Gerrard

I am actually a big fan of Pho House. Really cheap but filling pho.

Also Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery is incredible. Go there and try one of their street car sandwiches or an empanada. The chocolate cake is also not to be missed.

Feb 09, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Micro greens and cress in Downtown Toronto?

Uncle George's in the St. Lawrence Market - http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/vendo...

Jan 30, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best place for BBQ take out in the east end of Toronto

Went to Hogtown tonight for dinner - highly recommended. Excellent service and really remarkable food!

Jan 25, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recommendation for Personal Chef-Dinner for 2

Dining in Chez Vous - I had her cater my 40th birthday party and Robyn was incredibly helpful and the food was wonderful!

Edited to say that I am assuming you are looking in the GTA? If you are in Niagara the chef from the Bleu Turtle Bistro is also amazing for catering (http://www.bleuturtle.com/personalize...

Jan 18, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ackroyd's Fish & Chips in the Beach - anybody been?

I was there during the summer and actually I Thought it was pretty good. Worth the try!

Jan 15, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a whole chicken, complete with head and feet intact

What about called someone like Clement Poultry? They may be able to help if you order in advance? http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/vendo...

Jan 07, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LF: Roaster/Reseller of Fair Trade & COOP grown coffees in TO/GTA ... Light & Med. Roasts ...

Dark City will roast to order - http://www.darkcitycoffee.com/

Jan 07, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best place for BBQ take out in the east end of Toronto

Hogtown Smoke just opened on Queen St in the Beaches. I've only had stuff from their food truck, but I would imagine the restaurant should be pretty good too! I am sure they would do take out.
http://www.blogto.com/food_trucks/201...

Nov 10, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lindsay?

Actually I have had some pretty decent meals at the Olympia (http://www.olympiarestaurant.ca/index...). Pretty good greek food. Not too expensive.

Also, I have heard really good things about Pane Vino (more expensive). I have never been so I can't speak to experience.

Nov 01, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

lunch within driving distance of victoria park/danforth?

If you go down Vic Park there is always Vi Vetha (lots of pasta options) - www.vivethabistro.com/‎

There are some vegetarian options at The Green Dragon Pub as well IIRC - not tons but the food is usually pretty good - www.thegreendragonpub.com/‎

No Bull Burgers on Kingston Road has a quinoa burger as well.
http://nobullburgers.ca/menu

Oct 21, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to get an ethically raised duck in/near Toronto?

I was going to suggest Marvellous Edibles as well. I was at the farm during the summer and these are VERY well cared for ducks. He may have some available now but I would call and ask. Planning on getting one of his geese for Christmas dinner.
http://www.marvellousediblesfarm.ca/

Oct 14, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Looking for a kitchen (with ovens) to rent

Good question, I recall it being really reasonable (like $300?) but I rented it 2 years ago and I know they had been considering raising the prices. I checked the website but it doesn't say. I know there is a big difference in price between day and night rentals.

Sep 22, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a kitchen (with ovens) to rent

Actually check with the Kitchen at the St Lawrence Market. It is stocked with Miele appliances.

I had a brunch party there last year and the space is really amazing. Gabrielle was really lovely to deal with as well.
http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/rentals_and_forms

Also take a look here - http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

Sep 14, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a kitchen (with ovens) to rent

Not sure if they would offer that specifically but Dish does private classes, maybe they can do private rental as well? http://dishcookingstudio.com/school-c...

Sep 14, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Mountain/ Collingwood Lunch, Dinner Options?

Champs is better. They are not making it up when they say its where the locals eat :) My inlaws live in the area.

Sep 05, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grimsby for Brunch/Lunch

Go to the Good Earth Food & Wine Co. Absolutely incredible food. I had one of the best lunches there the last time we were on the bench. http://www.goodearthfoodandwine.com/

Jul 27, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario's Best Honey ?

You can actually go up the rooftop garden & bee hives for a tour. Very worthwhile to see!

Jul 26, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario's Best Honey ?

A second to Rosewood. I have been using their liquid honey and it is very nice. The winery is absolutely lovely as well!!

Jul 26, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario's Best Honey ?

I would check with him, you never know!

Jul 26, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario's Best Honey ?

For me its Brian Hamlin's honey.

He has hives on the Leslie Street Spit, the Toronto Island and a few other places. I know he sells at the Brickworks Garden Market, Fairmount market and a few other places. Since it is really quite wild flower honey, I find the flavour is really interesting. Also very local!

http://www.withrowpark.ca/wiki/wiki.p...

Jul 25, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Luminato 2013 and other festivals this summer

I know there were issues with duplication - ie Andrea's was doing shortcake and so was Loblaws. There were also 3 taco vendors. Too bad!

Jun 17, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Luminato 2013 and other festivals this summer

I went to the Distillery event and it was excellent!

Lineup was solid good. Tickets were $5 each and the value was actually pretty good. I would go again.

We did housemade pasta from Vertical, strawberry shortcake from Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery, doughnuts and an ice cream sandwich from LPK and a pizza slice from Queen Margherita. (the slice included a coupon for a free pizza at the restaurant!) We were there when things first opened so there were no lineups.

Atmosphere is actually a ton of fun! There are a bunch of kids going around helping the chefs. Nothing more fun than watching enthusiastic kids with chefs. Vertical's chef was showing the kids how to make pasta, it was hilarious!

Jun 16, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Belgian Pearl Sugar in Toronto?

I may be wrong but I thought the Waffle Bar had ended up importing their own at one point. I would maybe ask?
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/waf...

May 19, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Young, pink Ontario lamb

There is a new vendor at the Brickworks that specializes in lamb. Buschbeck Farms. The are located just next to Marvellous Edibles.

I gather they have a small farm up around Markdale. I picked up some fresh ground lamb and it was a lovely very light pick so I am thinking it should be VERY good.

Apparently they will be there every week and it looked like they had a pretty good selection selection.

May 04, 2013
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)