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Article on low fat foods

I'm of the philosophy that if you're that concerned of the fat content, don't bother.

Jun 01, 2012
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Article on low fat foods

May 31, 2012
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Former "Studio Restaurant" at Church and Carlton

This is not a sushi restaurant. The atmosphere at all locations is loud & quite unique. These are drinking restaurant bar with amazing food. The line up onthe Church location starts almost immediately after opening at 5pm, do if given a choice, the1 on the south side of Bloor east of Bathurst has an interior waiting hall if their is inclement weather :http://www.guu-izakaya.com/

Former "Studio Restaurant" at Church and Carlton

There is a phenomenal Japanese izakaya(tapas) restaurant on Church a block south of Carlton called "Guu" which also has a branch on Bloor near Bathurst. These are branches of the Guu restaurants of Vancouver. There are 5 in Vancouver.(4 in the downtown area)& they're always packed. The chicken karaage (fried chicken)is one of their amazing dishes.

Is there Singaporean Laksa in Toronto?

In Sydney Australia, Laksa House in the Queen Victoria Building puts baby octopus and shelled mussels. My expat Singaporean friend who now lives in Canada likes laksa with cockles.

Is there Singaporean Laksa in Toronto?

There is Singaporean laksa(also known as laksa lemak), as well as others such as Assam laksa(or Penang laksa) and Burmese laksa. Assam is alot more sour. Burmese is good but not as prominent if at all in Sydney Australia. Singaporean laksa has become part of Australian cuisine as much as Indian curry has in England.

Greek yogurt sales continue to soar

I usually try to find the highest fat content as it's usually tastier(& especially when my doctor says my cholesterol level is fine)

Feb 25, 2012
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Greek yogurt sales continue to soar

I never liked yoghurt until I went to Australia and had their fresh yoghurt with various fresh fruit toppings. Since almost anything grows in Australia, my favourite is the mango , passion fruit. In Australia, there are refrigerated pans as in a gelato shop with the various choices & everything goes by weight. In order to attempt to duplicate this, I get the yoghurt at Sun Valley Fine Foods at Danforth & Gough(Pape), then slice fresh fruits with a drizzle of amber maple syrup.

Feb 21, 2012
YVR flyboy in Food Media & News

Singapore-style Laksa downtown Toronto?

I'm from Vancouver(often in Toronto). Here is my version: Laksa Sauce paste from T & T. canned coconut milk, chicken broth, rice vermicellli noodles(be careful not to buy bean vermicelli), fish cake(sold at T & T in a brick, then sliced in preparation, fish balls at T & T seafood dept, live mussels, shrimp(live or frozen), baby octopus(frozen), optional hard boiled egg halves, been sprouts. Sambal oelek or balacan(again T&T). I line the bottom of each bowl with a small amount of bean sprouts, a couple of boiled egg halves and cooked rice vermicelli noodles. In a large pot, I fry about a 1/4 cup of the paste before adding the seafood , then the fish cake slices & fish balls before adding a can of coconut milk & finally the chicken broth before finally pouring it over the noodles in the bowl before adding a dollop of sambal.

We're Back! (And looking for Thai and Mexican in Vancouver/Richmond area)

Guu:838 Thurlow St(just south of Robson on the east side). Don't go for lunch. The lunch menu is limited. Get there by 6pm or the wait will be long. The chicken karaage is great. It's a noisy, boisterous atmosphere & it's mire interesting being seated at the counter where you can watch the chefs. There are several branches around town, but this is the original. The style is called izakaya.(PS-ignore the Kito.....Water St. I can't get rid of it)

We're Back! (And looking for Thai and Mexican in Vancouver/Richmond area)

We're Back! (And looking for Thai and Mexican in Vancouver/Richmond area)

This small 6 table restaurant closed on Sundays is on the west side of Thurlow, just south of Davie Street. The chef is the owner & he is always the one cooking. It's bit fancy but the food is amazing. The Phad Kee Mao needs no extra spice. Wide rice noodles with a couple of pepper branches with choice of shrimp, tofu, beef or chicken is NY favourite. The springs rolls are crisp & I indulge in mango coconut sticky rice when in season:it!s at 1215 Thurlow:http://www.thaibasilvancouver.ca/home/

Good fish & chips downtown - does it exist? (Damn you Fresh, Local Wild!)

I second "Go Fish". It's off Granville Island. Once you head south off Granville Island turn right before the culinary school and walk 2 undulations of the pedestrian/bike path to this outdoor stall with seating (& heating lamp). It's closed Mondays, but otherwise 11:30am-6:30pm. The Aquabus at the bottom of Hornby St or the False Creek Ferries behind the Aquatic Centree at the bottom of Thurlow gets you to Granville Island in 2 minutes. Go Fish uses all fish and seafood from the docks right beside。

Is there Singaporean Laksa in Toronto?

is there anywhere in Toronto that one can find this coconut milk curry rice vermicelli soup, usually filled with prawns, fish cake, tofu puffs and occasionally baby octopus, mussels and hard boiled egg halves(with a dollop of sambal)? This street stall Singaporeean staple is readily found in urban Australia, in particular Sydney.

Badoit Water in TO?

This doesn't answer your question, but it is always available for sale in Ottawa's Italian grocery store "La Bottega" in the Bytown Market a few metres east of the back entrance of the Bay & it's always on the menu at Montréal's "O'thym" restaurant. 1112 de Maisonneuve E, so it is available in Canada

The best Schnitzel

I used to Country Style when I went to U of T and constantly on Bloor.

The best Schnitzel

Schnitzel Queen, 237 Queen St E(Queen St & Sherbourne-south side). It's about 4 stops east on the Queen Street streetcar heading east from Yonge & Queen St.

The best Schnitzel

Don't expect anything fancy, but this hole in the wall owned and operated by quirky Polish wife Teresa with chef Bavarian Bernard has the best Schnitzel anywhere. The Schnitzel is usually pounded after you order and every sandwich is on a triangular whole wheat bun and each Schnitzel is usually an irregular shape but measures around about a foot long and about 8 inches wide and always overflows the bun. It's hard to find Schnitzel in modern day Germany as urban Gernany has become more international. The sauerkraut and potato salad are amazing. Unfortunately , Spätzle & rotkohl(red cabbage aren't available. There are a dozen variations of condiments & the daily soup changes and is home made. They often sell out of the soup & potato salad. The last time I had the BLT Schnitzek which had crispy bacon, fried onions, tomatoes, leafy lettuce on a bun. There are only 4 seats at this counter seat restaurant & the last visit had a Viennese customer in his 30s who told Bernard in German that his Wiener Schnitzel(Viennese veal Schnitzel) was better than any he's had in his home in Vienna. He had google Schnitzel in Toronto and came here. The hours are Mondays-Thursday's 11:00 to 5pm Friday from 11:00 to 3:30pm. They are closed weekends. Don't let the shady area(especially on the north side) put you off. It's worth the trip for the food. I took home a takeaway deconstructed sandwich. With an additional purchase of 2 buns, it made 4 sandwiches.It's cash only, no debit, no credit and all the prices marked are with all the taxes included. It's one of the most affordable eateries in the Toronto area.

fresh Greek yogurt in Montreal

Their selection of olives is mindboggling

fresh Greek yogurt in Montreal

Thanks! Akhavan is in my old neck of the woods. I grew up in western NDG near Montreal West.. It's right on Sherbrooke & Grand along the 105 bus route

fresh Greek yogurt in Montreal

I'm an ex-Montrealer(born & bred), having lived in Toronto & now Vancouver. I do get back & since I've left, I got addicted to fresh plain Greek yogurt(not the prepackaged kind, like Liberté, but the kind where it's in the vat or bowl and you buy it by weight. In Toronto, I go to Sun Valley on Danforth & Gough(Pape)& in Vancouver I go to Minerva's on W Broadway & Trutch. It must be available in the Canadian city with the 2nd largest Greek population. Where can I find it on the island of Montreal.(I don't want to trek to Laval).

Yung Sing Bakery will be closing for renos

Jan 23,2012 at 10 am I was there. It is definitely not reopened. There are still cardboard boxes stuck to the windows as well as ladders visible beyond the cardboard.

Where can i find the Best Fried chicken in the GVRD

A good Carribean place should have fried chicken. All the carribean places in Toronto have it on the menu。,

Yung Sing Bakery will be closing for renos

I hope this is right. I live in Vancouver, but Yung Sing was a block away when I lived on Darcy St in university days. I'll be in Toronto on Chinese New year'(Jan 23). I hope they're open.

From Toronto - 2 nights - where should we go?

L'Express is getting a little tired(although the atmosphere is unique). I'd try O'thym . Liverpool House is the same owners(& beside) as Joe Beef.

In search of Japanese Tan Tan Ramen in Vancouver

That would be great

From Toronto - 2 nights - where should we go?

O'thym, 1112 de Maisonneuve E(corner of Amherst)- French restaurant with local ingredients only, BYOW but a big selection of still and sparkling mineral waters (tap carafe water is also available without any sneer). The food can include sweetbreads in puff pastries, local bison, Quebec foie gras. Their after appetizer palate cleanser called a "trou normand" is a sorbet laced with vodka. The menu is a chalkboard menu & changes according to the market & chef's whim. The website is www.othym.com . The metro stops are either Berri-UQAM(Place Dupuis/St Andre exit) or an easier métro(because there's only 1 exit) is Beaudry. The staff at O'thym are friendly, knowledgeable & have patience to explain every dish. At lunch time, they cater to the nearby CBC/Radio-Canada crowd as well as French media TVA.. It's bright & when full-noisy.

In search of Japanese Tan Tan Ramen in Vancouver

i got introduced to this Japanese sesame broth ramen noodles in Honolulu just across the street from a huge Wal Mart a couple of minutes past the Ala Moana Mall at a place called Gomaïchi. I have since also had a fabulous bowl at Ramen Kan in Sydney Australia. One would think with all the ramen restaurants in Vancouver, it wouldn't be difficult to find. I have found it at Kinyo izakaya on Denman but the portion is somewhat meagre. I am not looking for Dan Dan mian which the Japanese version is based on, but specifically ramen. Kintaro, Benkei, Santouka & the ranen place on Bute between Robson & Alberni don't have it.

Where can i find the Best Fried chicken in the GVRD

Any of the Guu franchises in Metro Vancouver(& now 2 locations in Toronto) have amazing chicken karaage on the menu. I have nicknamed it " Japanese fried chicken". Every time I get a craving for fried chicken in Vancouver, I think of them.(it's a long way's from Vancouver, but if you ever get to New York City, in Manhattan there is a soul food restaurant in the Village called the Pink Teacup)

Tan Tan Ramen

Does anyone know of any other place in Vancouver to have tan tan ramen.(not the Chinese tan tan mian from which it derives). I have had this in Sydney & Honolulu and have tried every ramen & izakaya I know & have only found it at Kingyo izakaya on Denman(but it's not as good as Honolulu & Sydney.