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Calling all Montreal Foodies!

If you go to Milos, the grilled octopus, fried calamari and horiatiki are the best versions I have ordered outside Greece, and I will often split 4 or 5 mezes with a dining companion rather than order a main. Sometimes, they also have kakavia as a special. I prefer Milos' calamari and octopus to their fish,even though most customers seem to rave about the fish.

Jun 19, 2015
prima in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

I prefer to call myself a Literalista.

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

There's also Indian Bread Bar at 3305 Yonge north of Lawrence, which is no longer run by Amaya. It looks like a fairly typical Indian restaurant, with the standard offerings. The menu is not look as contemporary as the menu had been when it was Amaya Bread Bar. I haven't tried Indian Bread Bar.

http://www.indianbreadbar.com/menu

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

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

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

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

I figured the OP might mean north of the 401, but my idea of 'North Toronto' runs from St Clair to the Loblaws located at Yonge St & Yonge Blvd. ;)

Hoggs Hollow to Steeles is North York.:)

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

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

Pukka! Mentioned in quite a few threads, including the 2014 salad thread, for their kale salad.
www.pukka.ca

Pukka thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922376

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

Best shrimp cocktail in Toronto

I'd think they're all farmed shrimp, probably mostly from India or Southeast Asia. I'll ask about the source of the Shore Club shrimp when I'm there next.

Agree wild ones taste better! Actually, the best wild shrimp I' ve had, have always been small shrimp, in the UK, in Sweden, in Alaska and in Rhodes! Even the wild gulf shrimp and BC spot prawns I have had have been small or medium sized. I' ve never had giant or jumbo wild shrimp, as far as I am aware. :)

Maybe the Chase Fish & Oyster Bar has a shrimp cocktail made with wild shrimp, or at least sustainable gulf shrimp? I can't open their menu on my phone. The Chase (the upscale resto upstairs from the Oyster Bar) doesn't have a shrimp cocktail on the current menu. I mention the Chase Fish & Oyster Bar since the chef seems concerned about the ethics re: shrimp
Article re: ethics & shrimp in Toronto, which was posted previously, but is relevant to this thread
http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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

Best shrimp cocktail in Toronto

Jacobs & Co $8/shrimp
Barberian's $26.50
The Shore Club $16

Harbour Sixty ($36), Tom Jones, The Octagon ($38.95) and Black Angus ($30) also serve shrimp cocktail.

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

Berlin

That's too bad. I have always enjoyed my meals in Berlin.

Jun 17, 2015
prima in Europe

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Roasted chicken legs with a Mexican herb blend, lime and cilantro, roasted egglant and orzo. If I have time, I'll use some turnip greens thinned from my garden to make orzo with turnip greens, similar to this orechiette & turnip greens recipe: http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

Your dirty little kitchen secret

Haven't seen Minute Maid lemon juice where I live in Canada. That said, I don't mind the preservatives in Realemon, since I squeeze fresh lemons when I want preservative-free lemon juice. The fact Realemon lasts a long time is selling point for me! :)

Jun 16, 2015
prima in General Topics
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What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Pretty much! I slice several peeled potatoes the way I would for scalloped, toss slices with some olive oil, pepper, salt and dried oregano, put one layer of sliced potatoes in an oiled ovenproof dish, top with a layer of crumbled feta, then top with another layer of potato slices, then bake in the oven until done, at whatever temp the oven happens to be for the meat that's roasting. I top with foil once the potatoes are golden. Sometimes I add other vegetables to the feta, such as chopped kale, or sliced/grated zucchini that has been salted and drained(Here is a zucchini version I have made https://phoenikia.wordpress.com/2009/... )

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Roasted leg of lamb, potato/oregano/feta bake, tzatziki, asparagus, green salad.

Casual and traditional Italian Restaurant recommendations please near College & Bathurst?

Good to know. Thanks! Buca and L'Unita also make a good carbonara, imo! ;)

Jun 16, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Monday night special restaurant near the ROM - Toronto?

Opus on Prince Arthur, one block north of your hotel, is a nice place for a special dinner, and it is open for dinner 7 days a week.http://www.opusrestaurant.com

Might also consider Fieramosca, also on Prince Arthur Ave.http://www.fieramoscatoronto.com/

I also like Cafe Boulud, on the second floor of the Four Seasons Hotel at Yorkville Ave and Bay. http://www.cafeboulud.com/toronto/

Mistura is also open Mondays, and is located within a 20 minute walk/5 minute taxi of your hotel. www.mistura.ca

Jun 16, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casual and traditional Italian Restaurant recommendations please near College & Bathurst?

Thanks for the recs!

I don't like tomato sauce on pasta enough to order it, so I usually assess Italian restaurants based on their pasta with rapini and sausage, linguine with white wine/clam sauce, gnocchi alla gorgonzola or veal scallopine. I'll probably try the veal parm if I go to Marinella, since most of their pastas appear to be tomato sauce-based. ;)

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your Best Dairy Free Dessert

I think some of us are mentioning this issue, because some of us have friends who are somewhat observant, who would eat food prepared in a non-kosher kitchen, with non-certified ingredients, but still would not combine meat and dairy at the same meal, or eat foods that contain traif ingredients (which might include pears poached in wine).

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Even more specifically organicLundbergbrownrizo, from the Delta! ;)

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Home Cooking
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Montreal recs for pescetarian

Notkins
Ferreira Cafe (which also has a late night prix fixe)
Laloux (a bistro, but 3 of 6 mains were pescatarian last week when I was there)

+1 Milos
Re: pricing at Milos
It varies depending on which fish you order, and how much you order. There's more choice if you go during regular dining hours, rather than a late night prix fixe. Not sure if they still offer a $45 Sunday night dinner (It isn't mentioned on the current website, but maybe another Chowhound who has dined there recently knows if it is still offered). Salads are meant to be ordered family style. I have shared 2 seafood dishes (I prefer shellfish, but you can ask the price and specify weight for finfish- smaller fish tend to be less expensive, except red mullet which is very expensive these days), grilled veg and salad with a friend, which wasn't too expensive, and that way I ate exactly what I wanted rather than having limited choices on the late night prix fixe, which appears to only be available Thu to Sat.

Brit & Chips

Brasserie Central (at least 3 fish mains on my 2 visits, and a market price fish of the day)

The fish at Au Pied de Cochon arrives fresh daily from the Gaspe during the summer months. Much of it is market price.

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Palestinian-ish chicken kabobs inspired by pistachio peas' recent dinner, and kale-arugula-brownrizo (bastardized spanakorizo). Made with some arugula and kale that was planted on the Cinco de Mayo, that will be picked today.

Your dirty little kitchen secret

My go-to sauce for asparagus and artichokes is Hellman's mixed with Realemon (will buy a bottle of 365 next time, to try it out), to taste. With added chopped dill or basil, or a splash of Frank's Red Hot, when I'm feeling fancy.

My quickie guac is a mashed avocado, a splash of Realemon, a shake of chile powder and a couple shakes of Cholula, Tapatio or Frank's Red Hot.

To drizzle on cauliflower, yogurt mixed with a splash of Realemon and storebought garam masala.

Jun 15, 2015
prima in General Topics

Your Best Dairy Free Dessert

I think your apple cake sounds good. Apples and honey also are symbolic for a sweet new year (and traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah), which would be a nice touch at a special dinner.

Re: poached pears
I agree with hotoynoodle that it might be better to poach pears in a liquid other than kosher wine.
Re: colour of the poached pears
the Ottolenghi recipe that calls for saffron, cardamom and white wine creates golden pears that are quite beautiful. Maybe consider a saffron poached pear that is poached in pear juice.

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Your Best Dairy Free Dessert

Pears poached in kosher wine, with parve dark chocolate would be a safer bet.

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Your Best Dairy Free Dessert

Apple or pear cake made with vegetable oil.

Check out these parve dessert recipes: http://www.joyofkosher.com/tag/parve-...

Jun 15, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Your dirty little kitchen secret

I use a lot of Realemon. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice is better, but for weekday/weeknight food prep, baking and cooking , I often use Realemon.:)

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Thanks, pistachio peas! :)

Jun 14, 2015
prima in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Beautiful salad, Christina!

Jun 14, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Looks good. Which herbs and spices were called for in your Palestinian chicken kabobs?

Jun 14, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Ossignton - what are your favourites?

I like the Saint's brunch.
Thanks for reminding me to check out Ossington Stop. ;)

Re: not loud
Libretto is quiet during the afternoon, but noisy in the evening.

Jun 14, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's For Dinner #369 - Is It Really Summer?? [through June 15, 2015]

Despite many visits to SF over the years, I still haven't visited Swan Oyster Depot. It has been on my wishlist but it usually hasn't worked out due to time constraints while in SF proper. And I'm the type of Chowhound who would focus on an entirely seafood, artichoke and Mexican food diet while visiting California, if all restaurant meal planning was left up to me. ;)

Jun 14, 2015
prima in Home Cooking