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Tomatoes 2014

So far, I've only picked 5 tomatoes from my Stupice plant, and 1 tomato from a Tumbler plant, and 1 other tomato from a plant whose label I misplaced. My Old German tomato plant has been flowering over the past month, but has very few green tomatoes as of yet, so I've started pinching off the suckers, which I haven't done in the past.

Jul 31, 2014
prima in Gardening

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

I had a wonderful dinner at the Bruce tonight. Amuse bouche of gazpacho, first course of corn veloute, second course of pork cheeks with polenta, chocolate cake with cocoa gelato, white chocolate cream and chocolate tuile. Other mains included quail, flatiron steak, pan-seared sea scallops. Bread basket with 3 types of bread (sliced bread, a roll, breadsticks). Small plate of mignardises (macaron, truffle, mini berry tart). 2 courses for $58, 3 courses for $68. Tasting menu for $80. Desserts a la carte $10. Coffee was $3, and was refilled a couple times. The drinks menu includes more non-alcoholic beverages than most places, which is a nice touch. Service was courteous.

The portions were more generous than the portions I've been served at Rundles or the Prune. For an upscale meal in Stratford, I recommend The Bruce. I'm sure I'll be back in the near future.

The Bruce takes reservations through OpenTable.

Jul 30, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind of the Century- Bistrot 92 Eglinton Ave West, French French

I haven't had the Eggs Benedict at Bistro 92 yet. I'll add it to my list of brunch spots, but if I ever go, I'll ask them to hold the melon, papaya and pineapple.

Jul 30, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

Corn Crib corn from Strathroy is available at Remark Market in London and at the Covent Garden Farmers Market (Thu and Sat) in London. 6 for $2.99.

Jul 29, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

I just look for good food. I don't care what the consensus is. All this ranking, majority position vs minority position and superiority of other cities to Toronto talk are what have made this Board so boring, predictable and repetitive.

Jul 29, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

I'll never understand the Globe's hiring practices. I can't bring myself to read at least 3 of their columnists.

Jul 29, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Marvel Coffee. Co (Donlands TTC)

Marvel now has Maid's Cottage buttertarts available. Hopefully there will be enough demand that the buttertarts will become part of the regular pastry offering at Marvel.

Jul 29, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind of the Century- Bistrot 92 Eglinton Ave West, French French

Pretty sure hollandaise and deep-fried potatoes clog up arteries just as well as Ajuker fried chicken. I can't stand the usually under-ripe, imported melon used by so many restaurants at brunch (local melons are not in season until next month), so that made the choice simple.

But yes, you are correct. I am avoiding fried food. If I had to choose between the quinoa salad at Richmond Station and the Fried Chicken at Ajuker, I'd take the quinoa salad at Richmond Station.

Jul 29, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind of the Century- Bistrot 92 Eglinton Ave West, French French

I see. If you had to choose between apples and oranges, you'd choose apples.

If I had to choose between Eggs Benedict with Black Forest ham, deep-fried potatoes, papaya, pineapple and melon at Bistro 92, and fried chicken at Ajuker, I'd take the fried chicken at Ajuker.

Jul 29, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

I visited Monforte on Wellington on Sunday post-matinee. It continues to be my favourite place to dine in Stratford. We ordered a smoked salmon and radish salad, chilled beet and buttermilk soup, a cheese plate with 3 sheep's milk cheeses/buckwheat honey/green tomato relish/crackers, fried green tomatoes, pork tourtiere, caprese salad, blueberry bread pudding with water buffalo ice cream, and strawberry lemonades. I'm happy that Monforte on Wellington is open all afternoon, until 9 pm, when some restaurants close between the end of lunch and 5 pm. Monforte is also open for breakfast daily at 9 am. Cash only.

https://www.facebook.com/MonforteOnWe...

Jul 28, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Home made cookies for a wedding shower

Forno Cultura makes good quality cookies. I purchased a few pounds of Forno Cultura cookies for a baptism reception a couple months ago. They looked and tasted great. http://fornocultura.com/

Jul 28, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Weekday breakfast north of St. Clair?

Goodbite or Hazel's Diner.

North of Wilson, there's also Steve's, Times Square Diner, the Fry Basket and the Sunshine Spot.

Jul 28, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

What I'm saying is that it's a matter of taste. I don't like the pizzas I've had at QMP, but I have friends who much prefer QMP to PLD. Are they wrong? Of course not. I haven't been to Pizza via Mercanti as of yet.

afong wrote that afong thinks NYC doesn't do VPN any better than Toronto. That's not the same as writing Toronto does VPN better than NYC.

Jul 28, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Who made you the judge?

This is supposed to be a discussion board. How is any discussion advanced through sweeping statements that VPN pizza is done better in NYC? Some VPN pizza I've had in NYC has been worse than what I've ordered here. And I'm sure some is better. While some VPN pizza might be better than what I like at PL Danforth, I realized a couple years ago that I'd rather not seek out VPN in NYC because I'm content with what I consider to be good versions in TO.

I prefer PL Danforth's Pizza Margherita to the versions I ordered at Motorino and at Don Antonio in NYC. I also realize VPN pizzas can be inconsistent, often depending on who is pulling them out of the oven. Even if Motorino is more famous, and recommended more frequently, and located in NYC, I like the pizzas I've ordered at Pizzeria Libretto Danforth better.

It's a matter of taste. There's no accounting for taste. YMMV. To each their own. And so on.

Jul 28, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Most decadent dessert 2014

One is a chocolate mousse with scotch ice cream, the multicolored one is called Skittles Pie (but made with various fruit flavours, berries, sorbet, etc rather than Skittles), and the pink and white dessert with yellow dots was a strawberry dessert with angel food cake, poppy seed, strawberries,not sure what else.

Richmond Station's pastry chef Farzam is creating some of the most inspired and tasty desserts I've tasted in Toronto. I liked that some of the dessert themes are playful (such as Skittles Pie) , but the desserts aren't overly sweet. Desserts are $9. The selection changes frequently, AFAIK.

(Julesrules, if you visit Richmond Station and see the chilled corn soup on the menu, try it. It's amazing.)

Jul 27, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Most decadent dessert 2014

All the desserts at Richmond Station, esp the saffron pudding with rosewater sherbet.

Jul 26, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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best salads, 2014 edition

Quinoa salad at Richmond Station. Beat quinoa salad I've had.

Jul 26, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

For people who are annoyed by the sight of a default tip rate, paying without using the machine avoids looking at the suggested tip rate. As does clicking the $ amount and entering any amount, as you suggest.

Jul 26, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

I'm not missing your point. My point is that you don't need to look at what tip rate the management would like if you pay cash.

Jul 26, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

If the default tip rate on the credit card machines get your knickers in a knot, pay with cash. You can tip at whatever rate you feel is fair (with no pressure from the restaurant/server/machine), there's less chance a shady owner will skim the tips, and it's more likely more of the tip will go in your server's pocket, if that's what you want.

Jul 26, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I went to Philly?

Caramelized onions might take the Philly out of the cheese steak.:)

Jul 25, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

I like St Viateur better when they're fresh baked. When they're a day-old and/or thawed from frozen, I prefer toasted Fairmount over toasted St Viateur.

The SAQ sells ice ciders from Ile d'Orleans and elsewhere that aren't sold at the LCBO

Jul 25, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Cooking trom Ottolenghi's "JERUSALEM"

I used sparkling white wine the last time I made the recipe. Can't remember the label. ;)

Jul 25, 2014
prima in Home Cooking

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

I agree, Billy's Deli is a great place, especially for breakfast, brunch, deli sandwiches and pie.

Thanks for heads up re: Formaggio's http://formaggiospieshack.com/Formagg... and Mai Thai. Will have to check them out.

Jul 25, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Danish Pastry House - Oakville (Trafalgar/Cornwall area)

While I agree the equivalent Rahier pastry (apple/cinnamon/almond/etc) probably tastes better (and costs considerably more), I think comparing the best Danish pastries in the Golden Horseshoe to the best French/Belgian pastries in the Golden Horseshoe is comparing apples to oranges. ;) Wouldn't most Chowhounds choose the fancy French or Belgian pastries over most other Euro pastries?

Jul 25, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Montreal Specifics

I made Picard's recipe for Tourtière du Shack http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo..., but used 1/2 venison and 1/2 pork. Turned out very nice!

Jul 24, 2014
prima in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

The Danish Pastry House - Oakville (Trafalgar/Cornwall area)

While I only tried a few bites of a selection of pastries that a friend had picked up, I found what I tried ordinary.

Jul 24, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

Hi roho1,
I haven't been dining out much in London lately, but I'm hoping to try
Unique Food Attitudes on Dundas East http://www.uniquefoodattitudes.ca/ and
Icarus (opened by Zack Agathos, the grandson of the people who had run Huron House and the Dancing Greek Taverna) on Richmond St https://www.facebook.com/pages/Icarus...

https://twitter.com/Icarusrestobar

I'd also like to try the brunch at The Only on King at some point. http://www.theonlyonking.ca/

I noticed Tasty Coast on Springbank Drive has closed, and has been replaced by a Chinese restaurant named Master Kitchen.

The European pastry shop I mentioned a few months ago is called Euro Pastry, and is located at 727 Richmond. It's owned by a couple who immigrated from Serbia. http://www.europastrylo.ca/about.html

story about Euro Pastry http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/ne...

Some other info about recent openings in downtown London:
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/07/09/cha...

Farm Boy is a locally-focused/Ontario-focused grocery store which recently opened on Wellington South, near Southdale.
http://www.farmboy.ca/london/

Jul 24, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Montreal Specifics

Hi JungMann,
I agree with lagatta that Leméac isn't a long walk from St. Denis & Laurier E. The stretch where Leméac is located on Laurier West is on the posh side (similar vibe to parts of the Upper East Side), compared to Laurier E closer to St Denis, which I would consider more eclectic and mixed.

Apart from L'Express, I haven't been to any other bistros in.near the Plateau in the past year. While I have liked the food at Laloux on previous visits, I haven't been since the most recent change in chefs (the current chef de cuisine is Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem). While the regular dinner menu would end up costing more than $40/person, I noticed that Laloux does have a $20 2 appetizer and 1 dessert Menu Entracte after 5:30 pm at the Pop Bar part of the restaurant, http://www.laloux.com/index.php/en/po... . Maybe some Chowhounds who have visited recently and/or have tried the Pop Bar Menu Entracte can comment. Lunch is another way to enjoy somewhere like Laloux for a little less money. http://www.laloux.com/index.php/en/ou... Even though Laloux is located closer to St Denis, it's further south, so it still would be a 15+ minute walk from Laurier E & St Denis.

I'm adding the links info/menus re:the places lagatta has mentioned near Laurier metro, as a reference (also so I might remember to check them out on a future visit).
Monsieur B
http://www.monsieurb.ca/menu-a-la-carte/

La Petite Marche
http://www.lapetitemarche.ca/menus#!_...
http://www.lapetitemarche.ca/menus#!_...

Micro Resto La Famille (closes at 7 pm weeknights, 4 pm on Sat, not open Sun or Mon, so only would work for an early dinner
)https://plus.google.com/1109253652350...
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/C...

While you're walking around the Plateau and nearby Mile End, if it's a nice day for an ice cream, be sure to check out Kem CoBa. http://kemcoba.com/

By the way, the name of the pastry shop in Jean Talon Market is Pâtisserie le Ryad. I realize now it's Moroccan, not Middle Eastern, but they certainly sell a nice, varied selection of sweets and pastries. Here are a couple pics from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pati...

Jul 24, 2014
prima in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurants similar to Grazie?

I like Zucca, Grano and 5 Doors N. I've heard good things about the pizza at Sip.
I had a disappointing brunch at Lil Baci a couple weeks ago. Hopefully it was just an off day/order. When I mentioned the Eggs Florentine skimped on the spinach and hollandaise compared to previous orders on other visits, the server mentioned someone new was being trained in the kitchen . Potatoes were burnt, mixed greens were unpleasant (I left the salad on the plate), eggs were cooked until hard, and one egg had no house-made bread underneath- so pretty much an Eggs Florentine fail. I'm not in a hurry to return. Haven't tried Lil Baci at dinner time. Hopefully the employee who made my eggs learns quickly or doesn't work the supper shift.

Jul 22, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)