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PUMPKIN MANIA creep

The latest product to jump on the Pumpkin Spice wagon...
Pumpkin Spice Kahlua
http://www.kahlua.com/us/Flavors/kahl...

about 5 hours ago
prima in General Topics

ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

I've had Eton Mess look less messy when served in crystal/glass dessert cups (not Waterford dessert cups- I don't own any of those!).

about 6 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

the Ottolenghi poached pear recipe with saffron and white wine makes poached pears and syrup with a beautiful golden colour.

about 6 hours ago
prima in Home Cooking

You're hungry, you want breakfast, you're in Yorkville and you've got $5.10

I'd consider the cabbage borscht decent- maybe not quite good, but better than meh. Somewhere between fair and good. I would walk 10 minutes out of my way to get a bowl if I was hungry in Yorkville (although I might head to Dynasty for hot & sour soup instead), but I wouldn't spend a subway token to go out of my way for a bowl.

about 6 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

You're hungry, you want breakfast, you're in Yorkville and you've got $5.10

Oh good to know. I haven't tried anything other than the cabbage borscht.

about 6 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

You're hungry, you want breakfast, you're in Yorkville and you've got $5.10

There's also The New Yorker Deli at 1140 Bay just south of Bloor, for a economical greasy spoon breakfast near Yorkville. Not sure how their egg on a bagel might compare to the Pusateri's version (EDIT: The New Yorker Deli's Fried Egg Sandwich with bacon is $7.49, but since it's an egg dish, it probably comes with home fries, according to the menu http://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/the-new... ). I haven't had breakfast at The New Yorker Deli yet, but they do serve a decent cabbage borscht for someone looking for a bowl of soup within a 5 minute walk of Yorkville.

The Pusateri's egg on a bagel is better tasting that an Egg McMuffin, too. ;)

about 7 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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You're hungry, you want breakfast, you're in Yorkville and you've got $5.10

Where can you go?
Pusateri's for an egg on a bagel (which includes bacon and cheese, unless you request no bacon and/or no cheese). It's $4.50 plus tax ($5.10 including tax), made to order, and way better than the similarly priced breakfast sandwiches sold at Starbucks.

about 7 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Campagnolo's spaghetti all'amatriciana http://campagnolotoronto.com/menus/

I love pasta with sausage and rapini, and almost always order it when I see it on a menu. The orechiette with Barese sausage and rapini at Nodo on Dundas W in the Junction ( http://nodorestaurant.ca/ ) is the best version I've ordered in Toronto.

Please share your current favourite pastas in Toronto.

about 8 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Most decadent dessert 2014

Tiramisu lovers, the tiramisu at Nodo in the Junction is the real deal. http://nodorestaurant.ca/

about 8 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone tried the KFC at Galleria?

I really like County General's fried chicken thigh sandwich.
+2 on the BMB fried chicken bao.

about 12 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

bistros 2014- which dishes at which bistros?

Which dishes do you recommend most or order most frequently?

Le Select
Duck confit
Steak frites
Chocolate mousse

about 21 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Le Select is really first-rate

The bouillabaise wasn't very good last Thursday. One tiny shrimp, a piece of mackerel (unusual for bouillabaise), a few small pieces of other fish. The total amount of seafood included was skimpy. The soup part (puree rather than a broth) tasted fine. The large Ile Flottante (rather than a few smaller Iles Flottantes) was over 6 inches in diameter, and the creme anglaise was chilled, when I seem to remember it being warm or room temp on other occasions. Previous versions of both dishes were tastier. It was probably just an off night. Or perhaps the kitchen was running low on the usual ingredients and decided to improvise, rather than taking the bouillabaise off the menu.

I'm sure I'll be back, but I won't reorder the bouillabaise or Iles Flottantes. I do like their salads, steak frites and duck confit.

Service was great.

about 21 hours ago
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

CNS seems to appeal to millenials more than any other restaurant critic in Toronto.

James Chatto, Joanne Kates and Amy Pataki have better taste, are more knowledgeable and write better than CNS, IMHO.

YMMV

Toronto's best caramels

Grant Street Caramel sells amazing caramels at the One of A Kind craft show. They're the best caramels I've tasted that are made in Toronto. http://www.grantstcaramelco.com/

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

The order is called "King of Char Siu". You can order it in English and the server will know which dish is being specified. It's a special order, but the order can be placed in the dining room. No advance notice is needed. It's basically Char Siu with a sweet sauce, but I found it much more addictive than standard Char Siu. I think it's around $20/order? Maybe someone who has been recently can comment on the price.

Edit: Thanks for mentioning the details re:the cut of meat, Charles. I didn't realize that was part of what made it more special. I just know it tastes better than any other Char Siu I've had.

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

I'd do King of Char Siu at John's BBQ, soup dumplings and fried rice cake at Northern Dumpling Kitchen and rose lychee macaron at Ruelo. All located at Times Square. Then a few buns from Lucullus.

Sep 18, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

If only someone would open a rooftop patio in Yorkville serving decent schnitzel, paprikash, goulash, palacsinta and chocolate banana cake.

4 ladies in NYC

+1 for Toloache on W 50th, esp if the 4 ladies are going to any Broadway shows. There will be tourists at Toloache, but there will be tourists at most restaurants located within a 10 minute walk of the Broadway theatres. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Sep 18, 2014
prima in Manhattan

4 ladies in NYC

Might also check out Gramercy Tavern and Craft. Both attract locals, have a relatively upscale atmosphere and serve food that plain eaters should like.

Sep 18, 2014
prima in Manhattan

Colette - Thompson Hotel

Is the food served at dinner better at Colette or Cluny?

Sep 17, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

Where are the Martini Boys when you need them?

Posted on http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/187944...
"I love Yorkville! I grew up in Toronto, moved away, and am now back for business. I was invited to the preview of the Rooftop at Montage on Sunday, I hadn't been back to that location since it was Remy's back in the day. The service was amazing, every staff member was on hand for the occasion and the food was fantastic. The rooftop is a welcome facelift in Yorkville and tastefully decorated. Yorkville continues to be the hot spot of the city!"

Sep 17, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

Wonder if there will be any quesadillas on the menu.

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

Sep 17, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

If you're driving to downtown London from the westbound 401 and want to go downtown, take the Highbury exit. Take Highbury Ave to Hamilton Rd, turn left onto Hamilton Road, then drive along Hamilton Rd until it becomes Horton St, then turn right to head north along Richmond St (if you're going directly to David's). Whether you take Wellington Road or the Highbury exit, it will take roughly 15-20 minutes to reach downtown London from the 401.

The duck confit is always good at David's. He used to have a fish stew on the menu which I liked, but it's not on the current menu. Seafood dishes tend to be good. Before operating David's, David Chapman had run Anthony's which was the best seafood restaurant in London for a long time. I don't tend to order much red meat, so I can't comment on the beef or bison, apart from saying I've heard good things about the braised short ribs which are sometimes a special. The Prix Fixe menu, which changes frequently, is also usually a good choice.http://www.davidsbistro.ca/menu.html

Have a nice dinner!

Sep 17, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Foodie dining, Yonge and Carlton area

Second Richmond Station.

Sep 17, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

4 ladies in NYC

I Trulli is a good Italian option near Murray Hill.

Babbo is an Italian resto in Greenwich Village that attracts locals as well as some tourists. Since you're in NYC for 10 days, I'd recommend dining outside the east 30s at least a few times.

Sep 17, 2014
prima in Manhattan

Colette - Thompson Hotel

Kouign Amann from Montreal's Kouign Amann is good for Montreal, but it's pretty mediocre compared to what you can find in Brittany. The version that used to be served at the now-closed La Porte on St Laurent was much closer to the best Kouign Amann I've ever had. ;)

Sep 16, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moxie's

Earls and Joey also showed promise when they opened in he GTA. I still think Earls and Joey are pretty good for national chain food.

Sep 16, 2014
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Lobster Linguine in NYC

Babbo's spaghettini with lobster is tasty.

Sep 16, 2014
prima in Manhattan

Colette - Thompson Hotel

I disagree.I don't think anyone would expect to find the best croissants in the world at Colette because a few Chowhounds have mentioned Colette serves some of their favourite croissants in Toronto.

YMMV.