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The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

Norwegian Fjord smoked salmon 550g for $10.89....I think it's an unadvertised "sale". I've had it before and it's delish. Found at Markham Road and 14th Ave. Costco.

Mar 18, 2014
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

Jello shooters?

Jan 18, 2014
normanwolf in Not About Food

Bad names

Han Dynasty makes sense for a Chinese restaurant. It was the dynasty that reunited China after the collapse of the Qin dynasty and considered by some as a golden age in Chinese history. It's just an unfortunate coincidence that the creative letter spacing gives a completely different meaning. The movie "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" is based on this time period.

Jan 05, 2014
normanwolf in Not About Food

Bushels of tomatoes

Don't know if you are still looking but I saw some at the Fruit Market in a plaza located at Burhamthorpe and Dixie. I was driving out the parking lot so don't know the price but they looked like plum tomatoes.

Oct 05, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Apple Picking

Here's a list of Apple picking farms from Toronto.com.

http://www.toronto.com/articles/apple...

Oct 04, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Octoberfest

Any thoughts on the Octoberfest in Toronto? Expect it to be good? bad? Food is by petite thuet so kinda interested in going.

http://www.torontooktoberfest.ca/

Aug 14, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO meat pies

The corn is amazing! They have local produce from southwestern Ontario. I'm fond of the molasses crinkle cookies......they also have these coconut raspberry tarts that are so addictive, betcha can't just have one! I think their meat is antibiotic free. I'm not overly fond of the fruit pies....something about the filling I don't like. And I'm not sure if the farm market carries everything that's available at the kitchen......I know for sure kitchen doesn't carry everything at the market. Just so you don't do the drive out and find them closed.....they're closed on Sundays. They also have a facebook page if you want to post questions.

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

ISO meat pies

Reesor's farm kitchen makes ground beef pies. And while you're there check out the delicious corn! The farm market in Markham is open for the summer so it's a little closer than Stouffville.

http://www.reesors.ca/

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

" Live BC Wild Spot Prawns " Chowmeet at the Emperor - A quick review

Thanks for organizing Charles! Great chowmeet as usual! My fav is a toss up between the spare ribs and oysters.

May 29, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

good food around midland/sheppard

Too far for me to get there, eat and get back to the office in 30 mins! T_T

May 06, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

good food around midland/sheppard

In no particular order

Dragon Dynasty for dim sum (Brimley and Huntingwood) - the push cart type. I'm not sure how veg friendly they are....but the vast majority of Chinese restaurants will have a tofu option. It just might not be veg ok for dim sum.

Food court at Sheppard and Glen Watford mall - we always go to Silver Fountain so I don't know what the other stalls are like. Cheap and lots of food!

The Roti Hut at McCowan and Pittfield - roti's are good. I am not overly fond of the doubles. Be forewarned I think the sodium content is high.....always thirsty after.

Calabria Bakery on Midland south of Ellesmere - I only get the pizza so don't know what the rest of the food is like. Pizza's are only available Thursday and Friday. Can be cooked a little uneven because it's a wood oven but tastes oh so good!

Ni-Ji - good if you're craving sushi and not too fussy about it....I'd rate them around 6/10.....or 3 star...... Midland and Ellesmere.

Wanton Chai - wanton mein....in a strip mall around Brimley and Sheppard. The wantons are massive....which can be a plus or minus......also serve other noodle in broth varieties and you can order side plates of veg. Not veg friendly if you don't eat seafood.

There is an Asian Legend branch around Brimley and Sheppard.

A previous discussion on Scarborough gems if you can go further afield.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/489287

Hope that helps!
Normanwolf

May 05, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your Bottom Five Vegetables

1. Beets - taste like dirt! Ich!
2. Cooked green peppers - slimy....also ich! Love them raw
3. Cabbage - coleslaw is ok tho
4. Brussel sprouts
5. Tomatoes shipped in and gassed.....local ones are fine.

Apr 18, 2013
normanwolf in General Topics

ISO: Dumplings in Mississauga

Try a spot that serves dim sum. As far as I know Mississauga doesn't have any restaurants that specialize in dumplings (like Mother's Dumplings). You can also buy frozen from the grocery store if you're really jonesing and need a quick fix.

Mar 28, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please help find my fav Soup!

Pho 88 has a location in Chinatown at 270 Spadina Ave. I haven't been so I don't know if the menu is the same.....

Mar 01, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy Norwegian Salted Cod (for Bacalhau)?

I bought some salted cod at Costco around Christmas but I'm not sure if it is a regular item. Big piece, probably about 1/2 of the fish and boneless.

Feb 19, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best way to buy meat directly from farmers?

Jan 10, 2013
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking classes in Toronto

Not sure if this would help you. There is a wagjag deal on for cooking classes at the moment. I have not tried this company so I don't know how good they are either.

https://www.wagjag.com/?w=97816

Dec 18, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chocolate Bacon

I had the poutine. The cheese curds tasted like they came out of the fridge.....an effect of the stand being outdoors in winter more than likely.... Also overpriced IMO.

Dec 02, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chocolate Bacon

I think the highlight would have been in a store called Crescendo. They sell flavour infused oils and vinegars. You can try before you buy and mix in any combination that you like. They also have spices that you can add to the mix. The sample on the table with crackers for dipping was very flavourful. If you're there, definitely give them a try.

I found an article about it.

http://thedistillerydistrict.com/blog...

Dec 01, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chocolate Bacon

I went to the Christmas Market down at the Distillery District tonight and there was a stall called "Bacon Candy". Since I'd bought food at just about every food stand I'd walked past, I decided to wait and come back but by the time I did, they were closed!!!! T_T Has anyone tried anything from them? Is the chocolate bacon any good? What about the bacon bark?

Nov 30, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Northern Chinese Food - Great NEW find in Richmond Hill!

I was there about a month ago.....still delish. I've been going off and on since I discovered this thread and they're pretty consistent. Had the spicy cold pork, green onion pancake and an order of the fennel and pork dumplings. I broke my rule of no eating in the car and scarfed down the green onion pancake....nice and crispy outside, flaky and that sort of sweet flavour of cooked green onions....just couldn't wait till I got home.

I've liked the lamb dumplings in the past.

Nov 29, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cantonese Cuisine Chowmeet at Maple Yip - Great food and Great Company!!

Great job on organizing and menu selection Charles! I really enjoyed the pork belly! And beef tenderloin with cashew. Delish! I had a wonderful time.

Nov 23, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chicken vs Turkey

I prefer chicken.....turkey is not my thing.....has a weird taste to it. If I must eat turkey, it's covered with cranberry sauce. Or as my friends would ask, "would you like some turkey with your cranberry sauce?"

Oct 07, 2012
normanwolf in General Topics

Cactus Club Cafe

Any thoughts on Cactus Club Cafe's planned expansion into Toronto? Located at 100 King Street W and opening next year. I've never been to Vancouver so I'm curious what people think of it.....has Rob Feenie's name attached to it.....

Thanks,
Normanwolf

Sep 25, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Globe Bistro??

After reading this thread, I don't think the groupon deal, $69 for a 5 course tasting menu for 2, is worth it. But if anyone's interested, there's 2 days left on the timer.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/globe-bi...

Sep 09, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

momofuku toronto

There was an article in The Star recently and it says they're hoping to open within the month.

http://www.thestar.com/living/article...

Aug 30, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUKHO THAI - what's going on?

Thanks, I was wondering about the Mississauga location. Ate there a couple weekends ago, and while acceptable I wasn't convinced the food was the same as what's discussed on this board. The place is also not busy....maybe because they just relocated from Oakville?

Jan 18, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUKHO THAI - what's going on?

I'm just wondering, are all the Sukothai's owned by the same person/group?

Jan 16, 2012
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The David Duncan House????

I ate at the David Duncan House about a year ago. It's edible but I wouldn't give it rave reviews.....2 1/2 to 3 out of 5. The menu seems stuck in the 90's.....and the atmosphere is a bit dark for my taste.

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The David Duncan House
125 Moatfield Dr, Toronto, ON M3B3L6, CA

Sep 14, 2011
normanwolf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I have a jar of capers. Now what?

Depending on how much work you want to do, I'm fond of Trinidadian pastelles. Living in North America, I sub aluminium foil for the banana (fig) leaves....

Here's a version:
http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php...

May 28, 2011
normanwolf in Home Cooking