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Trip Report from Toronto Hound

This Toronto hound and her gluten free lactose intolerant vegetarian friend had a great visit last weekend in Manhattan. I had a quick look at the threads before arriving and made a list from everyone’s recs so a very big thank you to all for making this a wonderful eating experience. Our schedule had to be fluid so we only made 2 reservations before arriving and just picked from the list as needed. Here’s a summary of where we ended up:

Breads Bakery – Completely ignoring my friend’s inability to consume anything here, I happily dove in and sample the chocolate nutella babka. Flakier than I’m used to but still delicious and a definite repeat the next time I’m in town.

Franchia Vegan Café – we sampled the black sesame porridge (light in flavour and very underseasoned), leek pancakes (delicious), vegetarian curry hot pot (really tasty), the (not so) spicy franchia noodles (quite bland) and the red bean/black sesame/peanut mochi balls (filling was nice but the dough was dense and a little too thick). The room is beautiful and the service was good. We didn’t have reservations but had no problems getting a table and we never felt rushed.

Big Daddy’s – desperation led us here as the options for gluten free vegetarian breakfasts near the Metropolitan Museum on a weekday were limited. The GF menu was so grubby that my friend didn’t even attempt to pick it up and read it so she just ordered an omelette instead which she declared was satisfactory. I had the fried chicken (perfectly fried) and waffle.

Petite Shell – Picked up another chocolate nutella babka in order to compare. Found this one more doughy than flakey (which I liked) but too moist for my liking. Still tasty but I prefer Breads between the two. I didn’t get a chance to check out Arcade’s or Oneg’s versions on this trip unfortunately.

Candle 79 – Loved the mezze platter. Particularly the smoked hummus, eggplant caponata, almond tzatziki and roasted garlic. We shared the stuffed avocado (wonderfully refreshing with nice balance of textures & flavours) and the baby arugula salad. For dessert we had the chocolate peanut butter bliss (love love love this dessert) and the strawberry rhubarb pie (nicely done). The chocolate peanut butter bliss is a definite reorder the next time we’re in town. Really happy we had made a reservation here beforehand since the restaurant was quite full when we arrived for lunch at 2pm. Our wait staff were fantastic. Great attention to detail without being obtrusive.

Anjappar – perfectly serviceable fish biryani and chettinadu thali. The service was great. We had an earlier miscommunication that was quickly and happily rectified.

Penelope – Had a great brunch here. Service was great, loved the space and the food was delicious. I had the Bacon Egg Lettuce Tomato Sandwich with fries (way more food than I can possibly eat that early in the morning!) and my friend had the farmer’s omelette with home fries and gluten free toast (words can’t express how happy she was to find GF toast that didn’t taste like cardboard!). I was sorry that I didn’t have enough room to sample the monkey bread or the hibiscus doughnut they had for dessert. Next time!

Doughnuttery – I love cake doughnuts and I love doughnuts that are freshly made. This was pure heaven for me. Loved the variety of sugar flavours to choose from and was very happy with my selections (cinnamon sugar, vanilla glaze, cacaoboy-chocolate cookies/cacao nibs/mesquite/cocao/sea salt, pbcp-peanut butter/cayenne/pretzel). Service was great and the doughnuts were delicious and warm. A definite repeat for sure.

The Green Roll – Had a fresh and tasty quick bite at the Chelsea Market with a Mighty Mushroom roll. Curious to try some of the other rolls next time. The Spicy Mango looked interesting.

Doughnut Plant – Picked up a cinnamon sugar cake doughnut, a vanilla bean and a valrhona chocolate yeast doughnut to sample. They were tasty but not so spectacular that I would go out of my way again to seek out. I didn’t have the time (nor stomach room this trip) but I would like to check out Dough, Balthazar & Dough Loco’s selection next time.

Dirt Candy – We had high expectations for this reservation before we arrived and I’m so happy it succeeded in being the eating highlight of our trip. I really loved that Korean Fried Broccoli (super delicious) and the Mushroom appetizer (fantastic combination of textures and flavours). We enjoyed the fennel app (the pickled fennel was nice and refreshingly), cauliflower entrée (love the hit of chutney against all the cauliflower) and the eggplant entrée (the mapo eggplant was super flavourful). Super love the onion chocolate tart with the smoked almond sorbet. Will definitely build another eating trip around the restaurant in the future.

A perfect ending to a great weekend of eating. Can't wait to return. I've attached a link to my pix of our eating excursion. Thanks again everyone!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7007825...

Apr 24, 2015
fickle in Manhattan

Quick service near TIFF Lightbox

Canteen downstairs or Ravisoup on Adelaide? There's also a Z-teca, Aroma Espresso Bar, Wahlburgers and a Belly Buster Submarine in the 'hood.

Mar 30, 2015
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Dinner and drinks in downtown Toronto

Mar 19, 2015
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Picko Lime Vietnamese Cuisine --- Vaughn Mills

Thanks for pointing this place out, Jar. We enjoyed our lunch there this weekend. Highlights were the hanoi style grilled pork belly & meatballs with the bun cha ha noi platter. Will definitely return if we're ever in the area again.

Fresh rhubarb emergency!

I usually see fresh rhubarb at Coppa's on Dufferin. Give them a call and see if they still have some in.

Feb 10, 2015
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

1. Bar Isabel
2. Edulis
3. Pai
4. Little Sister
5. Patria
6. Zen
7. Agave Y Aguacate
8. Pukka
9. Electric Mud BBQ
10. Carbon Bar

Jan 27, 2015
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Porzia - a report

Here's a picture of our octopus dish.

dinner with the family—j'ai besoin de votre assistance

2nd floor of the Queen and Beaver?

Oct 14, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Signs Restaurant and Bar

I enjoyed my meal at the beginning of August when it first opened. The breads are made in-house and came to the table still warm from the oven. The sweet potato biscuits were delicious. I had the duck breast and rosemary nuts. Neither were exceptionally outstanding, just really solid flavours and execution. The portions are very big. The service and interaction with the staff really made the meal a fun experience. Would definitely go back to support such a great initiative and get more of those sweet potato biscuits!

Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

That's one of the tips I learned a few cake days ago, how to use a cake leveler properly (thanks TorontoJo ;)

Aug 19, 2014
fickle in Home Cooking
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

I used Melissa Clark's recipe from the New York Times. The only change I made was going with a finer grind on the black pepper and upping the amount to 1 1/2 tsp instead of 1 tsp of coarse. Love the subtle hit it makes, the black pepper kicks in after the initial chocolate blast.
http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101631...

Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

I made the lemon olive oil cake with pistachios and raspberries and the devil's food cake with the black pepper buttercream and chocolate ganache frosting. Like Davwud said, there's nothing wrong with sitting down with a fork and just eating the whole container ;)

Aug 19, 2014
fickle in Home Cooking
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

The best part of cake day is the cake loot you get to go home with :) It's like a cookie exchange except with cake! My favourite highlights each year are the tips and tricks we learn from each other (how to save a broken buttercream to making curd in a microwave, etc.) and experimenting together (sometimes two or more heads is better than one!).

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

get the peanut stix, they're so good!

Grad dinner

Torito Tapas Bar on Augusta in Kensington Market and Frank at AGO on Dundas are both 10 mins away.

http://www.toritotapasbar.com/menu/
http://www.ago.net/frank-dinner-menu

Jun 05, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Do you cook or bake for your coworkers?

I use my co-workers as guinea pigs too. I love the wide variety of feedback I can get. Thankfully they enjoy being my testers. I find baking therapeutic so I'm happy they can help offset the inches from my waistline ;)

Ignore button, please

+1
I've left the Toronto board also. My time is too valuable to waste it on clicking a thread with no new value.

Feb 26, 2014
fickle in Site Talk
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The triple AAA bar is doing the opening soon - The Texas style restaurant in the Toronto

Went in November. Wasn't impressed enough to return. Our pork ribs were fair (flavour was very muted), the beef rib was good (special of the day), the waffles were soggy, the fried chicken was bland (don't even remember what the sauce was-that unmemorable), beans were watery, slaw was missing the dressing but the fries were decent! Hopefully you'll have a better experience.

Feb 05, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Social media - do you know CHs who are also friends on social media? And does it add to the experience?

There's about 10 of us who all met at CH outings and became good friends. We've all connected on Facebook so we can organize additional outings, share photos and support each other's lives (both food and non-food related). We also follow each other on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. So in our case, social media has definitely enhanced our friendships!

Feb 05, 2014
fickle in Site Talk
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Quick dinners to go downtown after 7pm?

I really enjoy the kottu roti from Saffron also. They're super friendly and encourage you to call ahead so it's ready to pick up when you arrive. Worth checking out if you're in the 'hood.

Jan 16, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Restaurant recommendation for couple with dietary restrictions-Please help!

Grasslands on Queen west of Spadina is very good at accommodating allergies.
http://www.grasslands.to/

Jan 16, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
1

add it up

Soma and Stockyards for me.

Jan 14, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
1

Danforth news - Von Donuts

Really enjoyed the glazed donut from the skewer as well as the One Night Stand and the Greek Town. Love how they're not as sweet. Will definitely return for more!

Jan 11, 2014
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Coffee Mill - pretty tasty

I love that cake and their potato salad. Also love how consistent they've been in the last 20 years since I've been going.

Sunday Brunch Buffets

The lobsters were chilled and of a good size. We really enjoyed them, our table probably went through as many tails as we did bellinis and mimosas :) The oysters were freshly shucked in the kitchen and brought out. The seafood table was definitely a favourite, it was continually being replenished and devoured throughout the 4 hrs we were there.

Dec 30, 2013
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday Brunch Buffets

Luckily our waiter wasn't stingy with the mimosas nor the bellinis at the Ritz yesterday. Our table of 4 consumed 14 glasses worth plus our waiter brought a glass of just prosecco when asked in lieu of a final bellini. You definitely need to drink to justify the $79 price tag per person. The food was solid but nothing mindblowing. Highlights for me were the oysters, lobster, smoked fish, antipasti, pancakes and fresh fruit. Service was great. I would return for a special occasion.

Georgian, Azerbaijani, and Armenian Food

Highlights for me were the Georgian-Style Eggplant Roll, Izpanahi, Herring and Khinkali. Will need to return to try the rest of the menu!

Ghoroaa Restaurant - Danforth and Victoria Park

Thanks for pointing this place out. We went today and quite enjoyed our lunch. We had the chicken curry with parathas, beef biriyani, veggie pakoras and haleem. The curry and biriyani were excellent, the parathas a little greasy but tasty ;) Veggie pakoras were too dense for my liking. Would definitely stop by again when I'm in that 'hood. They were crazy busy with takeout (lots of catering packs heading out the door) plus the restaurant was full the entire time we were there. Nice find MC!

Dec 07, 2013
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great soups...high end to low end

Love the split pea and ham soup from Emma's Country Kitchen (it's also dairyfree)

http://www.emmascountrykitchen.com/#!...

Dec 02, 2013
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Biscoff Cookies?

Yes, the Forest Hill location has the cookies as well as the spread at Leonidas.

Dec 02, 2013
fickle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)