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Best Lunch and Dinner Restaurant Req's for Toronto Near Blue Jays Stadium?

Canoe?

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

Best 'early morning' weekday brunch downtown?

There is a longer thread on this one - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966020

Enjoy!

Jul 11, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

We are heading to Bartlett Lodge (also in Algonquin Park) next week. I have heard glowing things about the food there as well!

Jul 11, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NOTL & area restaurants

I love going to this area.

My favourite spot in the bench (not too far from Jordan) for lunch is the Good Earth Food and Wine Co. stunning patio looking out on the vineyard and the food is wonderful - http://goodearthfoodandwine.com/. They also offer picnic baskets if you want to take it somewhere else.

For Brunch you MUST try the Bleu Turtle Bistro - it is only open for breakfast and lunch but wonderful food. The Eggs Benedict with Pork belly is incredible.

Featherstone Winery offers light meals on their veranda. The view is stunning and the Charcute is really quite nice. I would call in advance to make sure they are serving though - http://www.featherstonewinery.ca/vera...

Oh BTW since you will be there in August go to the little market at 13th Street Winery and get some of their blackberries. You won't regret it.

Jul 03, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best coffee and/or best pastry within a 10 minute walk of Union Station?

They have just opened a new cafe inside the Ritz Carleton at Simcoe and Wellington. It is on the main floor in the sushi bar location. (just to the left of the front door)

The cafe is only open from 6am to 1pm but they offer Pilot coffee. The pastries are apparently done in house and I have to admit they were pretty darn good! Service was excellent.

Jun 13, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Your favourite and least favourite cinnamon buns

OK that is Wild I was found myself there this weekend - never been but it looked interesting. They also have really good buttertarts!

Jun 11, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

What about something like Grano? - South of Yonge & Eglinton - not too expensive but very lovely? Admittedly I haven't been there in ta few years though http://www.grano.ca/foto.php

Jun 01, 2014
Otonabee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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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.

Apr 17, 2014
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/renta...

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)