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" Roselle's Dessert, King/Parliament " - French pastries worth my drive downtown?

Most of the pastries at Roselle are on the creamy side, when I was there with some friends who sampled several pastries.

I've been off most sweets since Cinco de Mayo, and while I love chocolate and coffee éclairs, I don't do banana cream anything, so the banana cream éclair wasn't tempting to me. I tried a bite of the crepe cake, which was also too creamy for me. I think Roselle probably appeals to people who love the coconut cream pie at Scaramouche.

If you are coming downtown for Roselle, consider also swinging past Richmond Station for dessert, on the same trip. The desserts at Richmond Station are worth the drive from Highway 7, and I bet you could get some of the Richmond Station desserts packed to go.

I guess it depends where you are, but it seems most French style éclairs I've seem in Toronto and Calgary have been around $6-$7 lately (which might be fair when Rolling Pin, Von, etc. are charging over $3 for their donuts , cupcakes cost $3+, and even Starbucks marginal pastries cost around $3), and I think with the conversion from EU that my last pair of canelés in France came to around $7 Cdn! Will have to price-check while I'm out and about, but $7 French pastries makes Greek, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese pastries look like a bargain!

about 8 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition!

It's a kitchen sink approach, depending on what's in the garden.
Tonight, I used 4 6 inch zucchinis ( cutting them in half lengthwise to give me 8 shallow boats, scooping out innards to add to filling), 1 lb ground beef, 3/4 cup Italian style white rice, a couple tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped dill, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried oregano, a couple shakes of cayenne, some generous grinds of black pepper, 2 dozen cherry tomatoes (those are what are ripe), 2 chopped cloves of garlic, 1 small chopped onion, 1 chopped sweet heat pepper, a few tbsp tomato paste from a tube and about a half cup of white wine.

To save time, I scooped out the zucchini, salted lightly, roasted the zucchini in an olive oiled Pyrex roasting pan in the oven at 375 for around 30 min, while preparing the rice and meat mixture on the stove top (parcooked rice in a saucepan while softening onions in a couple tbsp olive oil, then browning meat in a stainless steel skillet, adding the tomatoes/zucchini/pepper/spices/wine, then adding parcooked rice to skillet and cooking until rice is cooked but firm), then scooped cooked stuffing into the zucchini and baked for 20ish minutes.

I had more stuffing than I could stuff into my zukes, so I added some wine, sorrel, and green beans (odds and ends from the garden, not enough for a full side) to the excess stuffing, cooked a bit longer, and served that extra stuffing as an additional side dish, with crumbled feta on the table, to add to taste.

Hope that helps! What I make could easily be described as Turkish-style, since my Greek recipes tend to be Northeastern Aegean-inspired, from the parts of Greece that are right next to the Turkish border, and are as Greek as they are Turkish. :)

I use any type of summer squash I happen to have, but the last couple years, I have been only growing typical green zucchini (I pick them when they are 6 to 8 inches long) and a Mexican summer squash. That said, the round Italian zucchinis are nice for stuffing!

about 9 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

Best Peking Duck downtown?

Has anyone ordered the Peking duck at Dynasty, Kwan or Crown Princess in the last 3 months?

about 10 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition!

Greek-style beef and rice stuffed zucchini.

Rib Fest 2015

Not sure about Richmond Hill, but I think the organizers of some of the Ribfests charge a considerable fee to participate, and there's a portion of proceeds that go to charity for most of these Ribfests, that would account for some of the price that is charged.
At the London Ribfest last year, I think I bought 2 combo plates with a couple sides, and a rack, which was enough food for 3 people, for less than 50 bucks, which I thought was reasonable.

about 13 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Rib Fest 2015

Take a photo of what you get, and I'll try to do the same.
I think it's funny half the contestants at the London Ribfest include geographic or state names like New York, Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky and Route 55, whereas half the contestants at the Scarborough Ribfest places use more animal-inspired names (Horn Dawgs, Hawgs Gone Wild, Crabby's BBQ, Gator BBQ, Bad Wolf http://www.scarboroughribfest.com/#ri... ). Also love that at least a few of the contestants have Balkan roots. Southern Balkan roots. Lol.

Also note that Texas Rangers is now based in Zorra Township. :) I think I read that Gator is based in Florida, but I'm a little curious which other contenders are currently based in Southern States.

about 14 hours ago
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Rib Fest 2015

http://www.scarboroughribfest.com/

Haven't been to Scarborough Ribfest, but pretty sure I liked Silver Bullet and Louisiana BBQ at the London Ribfest last year (Silver Bullet and Louisiana BBQ will not be participating at Scarborough Ribfest), also taking place this weekend. http://www.canadasbiggestparty.com/

I liked the combo platters that included pulled pork and ribs better than the ribs only.

Jack the Ribber and Texas Rangers will be at both the Scarborough and London Ribfests this weekend.

about 14 hours ago
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Good and filling omakase... with a la carte/cooked menu as well ???

Why don't you call Kaji, and ask? Then report back, and let us know how much it costs and what's included?
:)

I would expect a custom order all-cooked food omakase at Kaji would cost at least as much as the cheapest and smallest omakase at Kaji (at least $120).

about 14 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is your perfect breakfast?

pistachio peas, I realize you recently moved back to TO. Not sure if you are aware of the brunch at Takht e Tavoos on College St!
http://pomegranaterestaurant.ca/tavoos/

What to make out of spinach and broccoli?

I would use the broccoli and spinach in this pasta primavera that uses a beurre blanc. http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-s...

about 21 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

What is your perfect breakfast?

And when in France, an éclair or a canelé, with coffee.
When in Germany, a milchkaffee and a freshly baked roll with herbed quark and smoked salmon.
When in Greece, freshly fried loukamades drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

How many different appetizers should I serve for a party of 40 for 4 hours?

Not doubting your professional advice in any way, just adding my 2 cents. I have been to a lot of catered cocktail parties lately (in Canada where portions, expectations and appetite might be different, not sure), where appetizers are scarce,and guests have to be strategic re:where they stand if they want any of the good stuff! I have also left more than a few catered cocktail parties (usually fundraisers) famished. Probably the result of the party organizers trying to keep catering costs to a minimum.

Agree that a picked over cheese plate is gross at the end of the night, but in my experience , the meat and cheese disappears first, and the leftovers tend to be crudités and dip, which I toss.

about 23 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking
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How many different appetizers should I serve for a party of 40 for 4 hours?

I'm surprised the catering standard would be 6-8 pieces/person over 4 h (with no planned dinner after the appetizers), since I usually would eat at least 6-8 pieces/appetizers at a cocktail party that starts at 6:30 pm and lasts 90 minutes to 2 h!
That said, coming from a Euro background, I always want to assure there is plenty of food and no one leaves hungry, whereas caterers do have to watch their bottomline.

about 24 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking
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How many different appetizers should I serve for a party of 40 for 4 hours?

If the group doesn't have issues with dairy/ pork/ shellfish, and I am preparing 6 appetizers, I usually prepare a cheese based app or cheese platter, a vegetable app that doesn't contain cheese or dairy, a shrimp/scallop/smoked salmon app, a pork or beef app, a chicken based app, and a dip with chips/crackers/breads/crudités. So usually 1 poultry, 1 meat, 1 seafood and 3 veg/dairy/carb apps.

My typical plan when I don't have a lot of time to prepare food is a cheese platter with 3 cheeses (maybe 3 lbs total ) and a selection of breads, an Italian cured meat platter with 3 or more cured meats (around 3 lbs total, replenishing the meat a couple times as it gets picked over), a vegetable platter with 2 dips (one dairy dip, one dairy free dip), chicken skewers, shrimp skewers and bacon wrapped dates. A shrimp ring, or shrimp cocktail/ceviche in little cups, is an even more laissez-faire approach than skewers.

1 day ago
prima in Home Cooking
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How many different appetizers should I serve for a party of 40 for 4 hours?

I would serve at least 6 types of appetizers, and allow for each of the 40 people to eat 12 pieces/appetizer portions (roughly 1200 calories over 4 h,if each appetizer/portion is roughly 100 calories). Better to have leftovers than hungry guests, and nice to allow 2 of each appetizer/guest, so people can take seconds of appetizers they like. I'd be prepared to have 480-500 appetizers/appetizer portions prepared for 40 guests staying for 4 h.

1 day ago
prima in Home Cooking
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What is your perfect breakfast?

Huevos divorciados, chilaquiles, shakshuka, spinach crepes or eggs Florentine when ordering breakfast out.

At home,leftover spanakopita or huevos rancheros.

What's your favorite way to prepare shrimp?

Shrimp Saganaki with tomato and feta

Spicy Basil Shrimp. I use the marinade from the following Spicy Grilled Shrimp recipe, sometimes swapping lemon juice for vinegar. I usually cook the shrimp in a skillet or in the oven, rather than grilling. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

2 days ago
prima in Home Cooking
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High End Restaurant Toronto

For 2 upscale restaurants that haven't been mentioned in this thread, with several dairy-free options on their menus, I like Joso's (open for lunch and dinner) and Mistura (open for dinner).

Jul 26, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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8 am breakfast on a Sunday south of St Clair, between Mt Pleasant and Bathurst

Enjoyed a good tomato and feta omelette ($12.95) at Avenue Diner on Davenport w of Avenue at 8 am this morning. I'll be back soon.

Jul 26, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

8 am breakfast on a Sunday south of St Clair, between Mt Pleasant and Bathurst

Besides Boom, Over Easy, Sunset Grill, Future Bistro, Kos, The Senator, Avenue Diner and Fran's, which restaurants serve breakfast at 8 am on Sundays?
Had anyone tried the breakfast at Future Bistro? www.futurebistro.ca

Jul 25, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Coffee shops, food shops, bakeries, breakfast and brunch between Avenue Road and Christie, Bloor and Dupont

I've been exploring this area lately. There are some great suggestions for shops in the comprehensive shopping thread started by pistachio peas http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009741 , but I thought I'd start a thread that is more geographically specific.

For coffee, I like
B Espresso in the Royal Conservatory (also like the $4 breakfast muffin, an English muffin with egg, pesto, sundried tomato and Swiss)
7 Grams on Avenue Rd
Ezra's Pound on Dupont at Madison

For brunch, so far, I have only tried Fat Pasha on Dupont, which I like a lot( pay cash if you don't want to be prompted for a 18%tip on the credit card machine, if that sort of thing bothers you).
Planning to try Universal Grill, Avenue Diner and Fanny Chadwicks soon.

For groceries, Whole Foods (they post specials on their FB page), Fiesta Farms.

For cheese, Nancy's Cheese on Dupont.

For breads, I have been happy with the breads at Whole Foods. So far, I have enjoyed the Seedalicious (which I was on sale for $3.99, when I decided to try it) and Ancient Grains loaves. Both breads continue to taste good as toast on Day 3 and beyond.

Jul 25, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Leftover Bow-tie/Farfalle pasta

I do the same thing with pasta, mayo and tuna, but add some lemon juice. Sometimes add basil instead of dill.

Jul 21, 2015
prima in Home Cooking
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Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

THR & Co on Harbord serves some nice salads and vegetarian dishes, too. http://www.thrandco.com/menus/
The Boulevard Cafe on Harbord has a nice patio, and tasty Peruvian food.
http://www.theboulevardcafe.net/menus/

Jul 21, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Bi Bim Bap in the Annex/Koreatown

Anyone have a current favourite spot for bibimbap in Koreatown? TIA

Jul 21, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Haven't tried it yet, but it has been recommended on this Board in the past! :)

Jul 21, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

If you're in Harbord Village, check out Rasa and Harbord Bakery!

I was at Country Style for Hungarian food last Sun, and had a great meal (lecso wit sausage, a daily special, which cost $18 but provided enough food for 2 meals, so I took half home)- food seemed tastier than a previous relatively recent visit. I recommend one of their daily specials. They even had cold cherry soup (a traditional summer food in Mitteleuropa) and plum dumplings as specials the Sunday I was there. Cash only.

For other ethnic close to downtown, I like Crepes Club on Baldwin for pelmeni and potato pancakes. There's also Krepesz in Kensington for palacsinta.

Jul 21, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Hungary has always produced good wines, and has produced good wine for centuries, if not millenia. Some of the best wines in the world come from Hungary, as does Zoltan Szabo, one of Toronto's top sommeliers.Toronto's Master Sommelier, John Szabo, is Hungarian Canadian. Hungarians know their wine. ;)

Ya learn something new everyday! ;D

Jul 21, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

food shopping at Winners

I picked up a copy of Ottolenghi's Plenty More for $25 (MSRP $39.95) at the Winners on the Esplanade.

Summerlicious 2015

July is a busy time for restaurants with patios, but it's a slow time for restaurants without patios, and a slow time for restaurants in neighbourhoods where a larger % of residents head to the cottage every chance they get.

Jul 20, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mamakas

Interesting. I was there Friday for several hours, from 8:15 pm until close, and loved my experience. We actually ordered a second order of bread because we liked it so much.
I wish the grilled octopus and squid were larger portions for the price, and I found the pork chop boring, but I'd be back for most of the mezes again. I liked the radikia salad, with dandelion greens and plums.

Jul 20, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)