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Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

If you're going to be in the Museum for Doors Open anyways, eating at Diwan is fine, although you could also eat the swar and other sweets sourced from Patisserie Royale at the Museum's coffee shop space.

The whole concept of Pan-Islamic food is part of the problem in the kitchen. Jack of all trades, master of none sort of problem with any restaurants that do the Pan-anythibg approach in the kitchen, imo. Even narrowing the cuisine to Pan-Middle Eastern-Islamic covers a lot of territory cuisine-wise.

I haven't been since Feb, so the menu has changed, but I thought the Middle Eastern dishes were better than the Asian dishes and curries at Diwan.

Another place to eat that isn't too far from the Aga Khan Museum is Gilaneh in the Westin Prince Hotel, on York Mills Rd.

about 2 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant recommendations in Toronto---Chinatown

What are your top 5 dishes at Swatow, petek?
(Oops, realized you already listed them: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8668... )

about 20 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My jaw is wired shut!

If you make the type of mac & cheese or potato cheese soup that starts with a white sauce (as opposed to macaroni,shredded cheese and milk baked together, or potato soup with cheese stirred in rightbefore serving) , the grated cheese becomes part of the white sauce once it is stirred ib, and the sauce/soup won't be gooey unless you use a lot of cheese. If you use 1 quart of milk/liquid:1 cup of grated cheese, your soup/sauce shouldn't be gooey.

about 21 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

Sunday lunch in Toronto

You miss Edulis more than Swatow? ;) I think I would miss Swatow more than Edulis if I relocated from Toronto to Europe.

about 23 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best main course salads in Calgary?

So, I ended up at Cibo last time I was in Calgary, after starting this thread. http://cibocalgary.com/food-menu/insa...

Any one have any new salad recs? Either main course or first course recs would be fine.

1 day ago
prima in Prairie Provinces

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

I would rather spend my money at Faley and/or Bamiyan on Overlea, which aren't too far away.

What to do with a ton of peach jam?

I mix peach jam with vinegar and ginger (ground or minced fresh) for a quick sweet and sour chicken.

1 day ago
prima in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Actually, some regions of Austria (Vienna and Tyrol, not sure where else) and Germany (Bavaria, maybe some other regions, as well) are known for their awesome & completely traditional fried chicken, too (http://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backhendl ) ;) There's a market for American foods many places outside the States it seems, with chicken and waffles on many brunch menus in Toronto these days. I only get to Philly once every 10 or 15 years, and I only visit southern States once every 5 years or so, so I'm not going to only eat Cheesesteaks when in Philly...or only eat fried chicken while south of Cincinatti!

2 days ago
prima in Home Cooking
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recipes that help reduce water retention?

Adding this link for 25 variations on Sassy Water...
http://www.prevention.com/food/cook/2...

May 20, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Shrimp saganaki (shrimp/tomato/white wine/feta/dill) with orzo, and some asparagus.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Roasted turkey thighs rubbed with poultry seasoning, and a kale/macaroni/gruyere bake.

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

The Victoria Day weekend in Canada is also known as the May 24 weekend. Here are some miscellaneous facts about the weekend. http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/kitch...

May 19, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Greek restaurants and bakeries in Toronto, 2014

The best Greek food I've had on the Danforth in the last 6 months has been at Megas. I like their pork souvlaki, calamari, spanakopita, dips.

Good take-out souvlaki on a pita from Square Boy and Messini.

I haven't been ordering gyros lately, since it's always too salty for me, but I noticed Tzatziki on Pape stacks their own gyro rotiserrie. Might be worth trying. (Realize some disliked Tzatziki in another thread- I haven't tried it yet, but plan to try their souvlaki). Has anyone tried Souv Like? http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/sou...

I was a little disappointed w the fried calamari at Pantheon last month.

Serano continues to have great baklava and kataifi(syrupy Greek-style), other Greek desserts, and they have ice cream by the scoop now, including some Greek flavours, like tsoureki.

Select Bakery on Donlands also sells good Greek pastries and cakes.

Off the Danforth, Mamakas on Ossington is on my wishlist. I want to try their brunch.

May 19, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best summer cocktails, patios a plus...

I haven't been to Rhum Corner yet, so not sure about the food (Rhum Corner thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925983 ). Here is the Globe review, just for reference: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f...

last year's blogTO summer cocktail list: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

last year's blogTO boozy slushie list:
http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

last year's blogTO daiquiri list:
http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

May 18, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's for Dinner #365: A Broad Abroad

Happy Victoria Day! It's a holiday Monday in Canada today. I spent the last 6 h at garden centres or in the garden. As soon as I've scrubbed the dirt off my nails, I'll be starting supper. Ribs, local asparagus, French style potato salad and rhubarb crumble.

best summer cocktails, patios a plus...

Patio season is here. Feel free to add your favourite cocktails and favourite patios.

Fonda Lola has some interesting variations on Mexican drinks and a small patio. I found the food pricey for what it is, but I liked their fish taco.

Little Sister has some great cocktails for summer.

Does Harbord Room still offer a Kaffir Lime Collins?

Rhum Corner is on my wishlist.

Does anyone knows of a place selling a good frozen, blended strawberry (blended with strawberries, rather than using strawberry daiquiri cocktail mix) or lime daiquiri?

May 18, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Loblaws purchase of Arz and T+T

I'm happy my local Loblaws has started selling Barazek (pistachio sesame cookies) from Lebanon, as well as boxes of high quality Lebanese dried fruits and nuts. There'a a better selection of frozen dumplings than there was before. I've seen some Chinese baked goods at the Superstore, but haven't tried them.

I haven't been shopping at Arz or T&T since they were purchased.

I have noticed a lot more PC products at Shopper's Drug since it was purchased, but haven't noticed any Life Brand products at Loblaws (but I haven't checked the pharmacy/drug store aisles!)

May 18, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

Try the crispy beef on your next visit to Faley. :)

http://www.faleyrestaurant.ca/our-menu/

May 17, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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How much do you spend on groceries each month?

We also eat similar things each month, watch for sales, cook from scratch, grown our own veg from June to Oct. Food tends to cost more in Canada. Where i live, there's also 13% tax on food considered non-essential (resto food, processed food, pastries, candy, soft drinks).

May 12, 2015
prima in General Topics

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Knowing the local prices definitely helps put the monthly grocery bills into context. Also, some Chowhounds eat more than others! :)

May 12, 2015
prima in General Topics

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

I like to check out grocery stores when I travel, and I'm always amazed to see how much prices vary.

Artichokes at markets in Castroville (where they are grown) are usually the same price as I would be paying in Toronto, but cilantro in Aspen (which I thought would be expensive), was something like $0.39 a bunch,whereas I usually pay $1.50+/bunch in TO. Fruit in Zurich, Geneva and Munich on recent visits was at least twice as expensive as what I pay in Toronto, and I usually pay more for fruit, than my friends in California and PA.

Where I live, regular, conventional chicken quarters usually cost around $3/lb. I'm always amazed when I hear about the sales on frozen utility turkeys in Buffalo, where the turkeys cost less than a buck/lb.

I haven't tallied my monthly budget, but I would think it's around $300 to 400/month for one, but that also keeps my pantry and freezer well stocked, so I might not be using up $400 worth each month.

May 12, 2015
prima in General Topics

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Taking dinner with me on the train tonight. Asparagus feta frittata, baguette and fruit salad.

Toronto's best caramels

Hugo & Nate salt caramels are delicious. http://hugoandnateconfections.com

May 11, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's for Dinner #363 - The Merrie Month of May Edition [through May 12, 2015]

Lamb kabobs,roasted green beans, roasted sweet potatoes, tomato salad.

How To Chose A Restaurant In Toronto (Or Anywhere Else)

I know, Vinnie keeps asking people to tell him about the CCP at Scaramouche. lol.

May 11, 2015
prima in General Topics

How To Chose A Restaurant In Toronto (Or Anywhere Else)

The Star's nutritional analysis for a slice of Scaramouche's famous coconut cream pie:
http://www.thestar.com/life/health_we...
The slice my friends shared (I tried a bite) was more photogenic than the photo in the Star. I'm not a fan of coconut cream pie, so I'd rather order something else for dessert at Scaramouche.

May 11, 2015
prima in General Topics

How To Chose A Restaurant In Toronto (Or Anywhere Else)

The OP has been complaining about the "Hi, guys!" greeting for years. It's an extremely common greeting for servers to use at casual restaurants in Canada, to break the ice, when they first approach a table. The age of the servers who would use "Hi, guys!" is often somewhere between 18 and 40, but there are certainly servers in their 50s and 60s who use the phrase.
Upscale restaurants in Toronto have relatively casual service these days, so it's quite possible one would be greeted with "Hi, guys!", even if prices were at the upper end of the spectrum in Toronto. I will be listening more carefully next time I splurge, to see if I hear any "Hi, Guys!" next time I'm at one of Toronto's fancier restaurants.

I use "Hi, guys" a lot when I'm in Canada or the States, when approaching a group of people I might not know well, even though I'm not a server, and I'm over 40!

Joanne Kates was the main restaurant critic for the Globe and Mail, one of Canada's 2 national papers, for 38 years (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f... ). A few years ago, she was replaced by a younger restaurant critic, Chris Nuttall-Smith, who writes reviews that contain more slang, that appeal to a younger readership base. Kates still writes reviews for some smaller publications. Her annual list of Toronto's Top 100 restaurants includes most of the restaurants where I would want to eat, so if the OP doesn't like any restaurants Joanne Kates values, apart from Scaramouche, he is missing out on some tasty food in Toronto.

May 11, 2015
prima in General Topics

Praise Cheeses! Good cheese in Edmonton/Alberta

The Cheesiry in Kitscoty is the name of the amazing sheep cheese producer near Lloydminster. ;) http://thecheesiry.com/

May 11, 2015
prima in Prairie Provinces

Toxic Food Combinations [moved from General Topics board]

I wonder what the Dude would recommend.

May 11, 2015
prima in Not About Food

wedding cakes 2015

Besides Andy's, Cake Lady, Wedding Cake Shoppe and Bobbette & Belle, are there any other bakeries you'd recommend? Asking for a friend. TIA.
old thread from 2012
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8334...

May 10, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)