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2015 Food Events

I tried two of the sweet chimney options, cinnamon filled with cream cheese icing and glazed filled with Nutella. Both were delicious, but I preferred the glazed coating over the cinnamon sugar. The glaze made a slightly crisp candy-like coating on the outside that was really good. I think Nutella is delicious on anything and this was no exception.
If it means anything, my SIL is from Hungary and she gave the thumbs up as well.

Stunned by my own action! - A posting of an AYCE Japanese

Unless things changed, pretty sure the desserts aren't part of the AYCE, which is probably why the presentation is so nice!

Toronto Costcos - which steaks do you buy?

Costco will custom cut steaks without blade tenderizing?


My experience was also the complete opposite of yours. Most of the food was good and the fried trout was a standout. The fried watermelon was the only real disappointment for me after hearing a lot of praise for it.
Although at one point, there was a lot of food on the table, I didn't feel like things came out too quickly. It wasn't that busy when I went though and I'm pretty sure I stayed over 2 hours without any mention of a time limit.

" Concession Road " now open! - Any one tried it yet?!

Looks amazing! How are the drink/wine prices? I find it hard to stay under $65 per person with tax/tip just for drinks at a lot of places!

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

I didn't see anything rude in KSR's reply. They just stated that they are a small restaurant with only one table larger than a 4-top so people know what to expect. It's a fact that there is more space at Jack Astors if that's what the customer is looking for.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - April to June

They usually have large (around 1.5kg?) bags of the peanut M&Ms only. I think the price was around $13.

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

I agree with this. It's the rule of a very busy restaurant. Everyone who isn't a complete party would say their friend is a few minutes away. I'd rather have strict enforcement than having the hostess try to make judgement calls and risk offending other diners.

Seriously tasty ' Shanghainese Style Bamboo ' by 'Full Fortune' from T & T

20g protein in a 100g serving? That seems impossibly high for bamboo and would make me question how accurate the "only natural" ingredients list is... Although I don't doubt they're delicious :)

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Allen's from the store at Peanut Plaza are always runny! Sometimes I burn myself eating it too fast because the liquid squirts out lol...
I find when I bake the frozen ones (cooked) at home, they aren't runny though. I'm assuming the uncooked ones would come out similar to the store.

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Someone told me that PJs doesn't sell Randys any more. It's still good, but I haven't had Randys enough to know the difference.

George Brown Culinary Cities of the World

Did anyone go to the French Culinary Market with Alain Ducasse in October? There's an Italian one coming up in March with Massimo Bottura and I'm wondering if it was worth the price ($85).

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Anyone see the Skyr yogurt at other locations? I don't think it sold well at Warden; stock was always close to expiry before disappearing completely a few weeks ago.

Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

I don't remember a time when Costco steaks weren't tenderized. Despite the warning on the label, I still always cook their AAA steaks to medium-rare. I've been waiting for the Warden location to get the Wagyu, but no luck so far. I guess they decided the normal clientele there wouldn't be interested. Let us know how they come out so I can decide whether to drive to another store for them!

On a side note, I recently saw that the Butcher Shop in Scarborough carries dry-aged Wagyu striploins at $30/lb, so not much more than Costco. I was in a rush and didn't get details (where the beef was from, aging length, etc), but that might be an even better deal than Costco.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Were you told Mississauga North is the only location with stock in the GTA? Do you have the product number?


The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I saw them too, but wasn't sure if they'd be worth the price since I've never heard of them before. Have you tried Alphonso or Kesar mangoes before?

Frankie Tomatoe's

Mandarin serves snow crab, not king.

Great find!! - California Black Velvet Apricots at Costco.

Mine were delicious as well! Combined with the Rainier cherries, I'm in fruit heaven this week :)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

They are definitely baked overseas and shipped frozen. See if the donuts/muffins on this page look familiar:

Chatime also carries some of the same donuts/muffins and I've seen them take it out of the freezer.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Grand opening of Lucky Red is this Wednesday. Can't wait to try this place!

Estrella Taqueria: New Taco Place Opening in North York

Imo, this place wouldn't have survived anywhere. The food was nowhere near the quality of the popular downtown spots but at the same price point. I really wanted to like this place as an uptown option for tacos would be awesome, but after 2 visits I gave up..

Big Jack Burger - Woodbine, south of Hwy#7

I've been there twice... first time was their grand opening and it was decent but the wait was long. second time I was shocked my burger was ready so fast and it was terrible. My friend went before the lunch rush a day after and saw them precooking dozens of patties in anticipation of the rush (30 minutes away) which explains why I hated my second burger. I'll never go there again. Fresh Burger on Leslie is so much better.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I went by Lucky Red a few days ago and they weren't open, so those articles were wrong about June 6. They have a twitter feed now and say they are opening this month:

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Has anybody seen the baby organic superfood blend lately? It was a 1lb bag from I think Earth Greens and contained baby kale, spinach and chard. I've been buying at least a bag a week for the last 6 months, but haven't seen it in a few weeks at the Warden location.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Has anyone tried the Kirkland Greek Yogurt? I've been buying the Liberte Greek since imo, it still has the best texture out of all the other yogurts there, but I'm not happy that they changed it a couple months ago:
- They changed to organic and increased the price ($1 or $2 more)
- They reduced the number of blueberry (my favourite) from 6 to 3 and increased the vanilla (my least favourite) from 3 to 6
- The organic version has less pieces of whole fruit. It's more like a puree now.

Dragon Legend reviews?

I've only been to Dragon Pearl for lunch a few times over a year ago and I've been to Dragon Legend recently for dinner. While I agree that Mandarin is one of the better Asian buffets, I'd say the food quality at Dragon Pearl and Legend is even better. I actually think the Peking duck I had at Dragon Legend is better than quite a few restaurants (although not Dayali level obviously). Dim Sum was below average though.

One thing you should be aware of at Dragon Legend is it gets crowded. The parking lot is a mess when it gets busy and there are long lines for the food. You have to line up to be served the duck and sashimi, and this can sometimes take almost 10 minutes.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Yep, I saw a ton at Warden today at the end of an aisle as well, not with the other jams/peanut butter.

Yang's Chinese Seafood Cuisine, Markham - An Impromptu Giant Lobster Feast

Thanks for the recommendation Charles! The salted duck yolk preparation of the lobster was indeed the highlight of the meal, but every dish was great, including the free range chicken with spring onion. The complementary red bean baked bun with the flaky, buttery crust was a stand out as well!

Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Taste of Toronto presale tickets are on sale now (For Amex Front of the Line). Pretty good line up of chefs/restaurants so far. This is run by an international group and the first time it's come to North America:

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

FYI, these were on clearance for $12.97 at the Warden location. I only saw about 10 packs left though.