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Easter bread or paska in TO?

I've been following Forno Cultura's Instagram photos of their Easter bread in progress. They're baking some tomorrow.

Has anyone bought any Easter bread yet? Realize I'm asking a week early!

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

Went to my favorite Lebanese resto tonight. Stuffed grapeleaves, fried eggplant, fried cauliflower with tahini, chicken kabobs and mejadra. Ate half of the feast I ordered, and took half home for my bagged lunch tomorrow. ;)

good, quick, simple recipes to use a jar of mayo

Love Coronation Chicken. ;)

1 day ago
prima in Home Cooking

Europe Bar and Restaurant -- tasty Hungarian food!

Thanks, GABEH! Do you know if they serve Castagna (not sure of the Hungarian spelling- talking about the chestnut puree dessert)?

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

I usually omit the chicken because I serve the spinach/mango/raspberry salad as part of a bigger meal, that includes bbq chicken, ribs, lamb souvlaki, keftedes and shrimp kabobs. Plus, I prefer legs and thighs to chicken breast. :) But it is a good main course salad when grilled chicken is included, especially if the rest of the potluck lacks poultry.

2 days ago
prima in Home Cooking

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

I don't know if this was already covered, and maybe it opened before Jan, but another Indian restaurant is operating in the space that was previously Amaya Bread Bar on Yonge north of Lawrence. Seems to have a typical Pan-Indian menu, similar in price/atmosphere to Babur.

Host gifts for challenging hosts

Or regift them. :)

2 days ago
prima in Not About Food
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Host gifts for challenging hosts

I give gift certificates to restaurants and kitchen shops I like, or tchotchkes (bought one friend wine glass hats/lids to keep bugs out while drinking outdoors) or a bottle of olive oil.

2 days ago
prima in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

You roast the tomato stems along with the tomatoes, bacon and the fish? Haven't seen that done before. Is the bacon crispy by the time the fish flakes?

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

Snowing here, too.

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

If you don't want to eat a whole meal, or if you want to pace yourself, ask for a doggie bag. I've sometimes taken part of my pizza/meal home, and had it for breakfast or a snack the next day. If you're staying at a hotel, some hotels will lend you a fridge for leftovers.Keep in mind some hotel room beverage fridges aren't kept cold enough for leftovers.

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Manhattan

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

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Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for some good ol' seafood joint. Fish n' Chips, Lobster Roll...

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Oops. I was thinking of Jollytops. My bad.

http://jollytops.ca/

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

I thought there was already a Joliibee at Bathurst and Wilson, near what had been Marky's Deli?

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

I thought there already had been a Jollibee at Bathurst and Wilson, near what had been Marky's Deli?

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wilbur vs Milagro vs El Caballito

I love the Pollo Frito taco at La Carnita, with fried chicken and peanut mole.

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

Interestingly, Jatujak in Scarborough scores 4.5 stars on Yelp, when Pai, Sabai Sabai, Sukhothai on Parliament, KSR and Mengrai score 4! ;)
http://m.yelp.ca/search?find_desc=Bes...

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

I thought all tilapia that's sold commercially was farm raised. There might be some escapees, but I'd think those smart tilapia who are able to escape don't get caught.

I think the taste of the tilapia had a lot to do with the terroir of its aquacultural pen. (I don't buy or order tilapia, since I don't trust the quality control of most imported seafood, but I'll eat tilapia if someone prepares it for me). Some fish farms will have better controls, better hygiene, better feed and overall better conditions for their fish.

Mar 27, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

Probably a good time to start a new Stratford thread! ;D

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

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

They fancy them up at Linda, with larger shrimp, etc. They seem to be a little more nuanced at Linda, but same basic idea.
This photo is from 2010. Seems the current menu has the customer choose chicken or shrimp (price is now $19, not $18.50 as it had been in 2010), rather than preparing the noodles with both chicken and shrimp.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sifu_re...

Restaurant Birthday Party- You're Invited But You Have to Pay

I paid for guests to dine and drink at my most recent milestone birthday at a restaurant. I wanted to treat my friends, to celebrate my birthday. I didn't want my friends who are stretched financially to miss my party, and I didn't want to be running around with my head cut off, which is what I tend to do when I host my own party at home. I also set up a collection for the Diabetes Association, in case anyone wanted to contribute towards something charitable.

In some cultures where a Names' Days/Saints' Days are celebrated (often instead of or in addition to celebrating birthdays), you treat your friends and family on your Name Day. I don't think it's a horrific concept. Actually, I think it's a better concept than hoping or expecting your friends will buy your dinner and/or presents.

I'm not alone. Some of my closest Chowhound friends have also treated their friends to dinner when it's their birthday.

Mar 26, 2015
prima in Not About Food

favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

I just noticed Wafu today at my local indie grocery in London, Ontario.

Mar 26, 2015
prima in General Topics

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

I don't know of any places quite like that in Toronto (possibly Thai Shan Inn would've been a place like that, but I haven't heard anyone mention its food in a long time), but I think you should give Pai and Nana a try. ;)

Mengrai might be more old world/rustic, but I haven't been. Maybe some Chowhounds could mention which dishes Mengrai does best.

And if you like Panang, shellfish and noodles, try Linda's Thai Islamic Noodles. The restaurant is too upscale and modern to be rustic, and probably not authentic, but those noodles are delicious.

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

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

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

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

Pai or Sabai Sabai. I've been happy with my meals at Pai and Sabai Sabai. Sabai Sabai is small plates-style, and my go-to when I'm near the Eaton Centre. Pai is convenient to the TIFF Lightbox and Royal Alex.
Pai thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980441

Sabai Sabai thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872129

I also like the panang and soups at Linda Modern Thai. Some dishes might not be authentic, but the kitchen uses good quality ingredients and the food tastes good to me (I'm a mangiacake, so take that fwiw).

Nana is a new kid on the block that I haven't tried yet. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/life/foo...


I haven't been to Pok Pok, but you might be setting yourself up for a disappointment if you're trying to compare the best Thai in Toronto with arguably the best Thai in the United States.

Mar 26, 2015
prima in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Ideas for dinenr out, Friday night (March 27) with my mother around 6PM

Jump is another option, and they have an early bird prix fixe. 2 courses for 30 bucks from 5 to 6:30. http://oliverbonacini.com/Mobile/OurR...

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

What is your current "List"? (i.e. places you want to try)

When I've been to Carl's Jr in the States, prices have usually been roughly equivalent to the prices at Wendy's. Some of the novelty burgers with extra patties, Angus beef, guacamole, etc are in the $5-$7 USD range, iirc (some Chowhounds mention the $6 Guacamole Burger on the Chains Board), and might be close to $9 if US prices are adjusted to Cdn, and tax is added.Maybe Carl's Jr has arrived to compete with the Wendy's on the NE corner of Yonge and St Clair. They might be the winner if they're competing with that particular location of Wendy's. :)

I'm not a burger aficionado, but my last burger at Carl's Jr reminded me of a BK Whopper, maybe slightly better.

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

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

That's the one. :)

Mar 25, 2015
prima in Home Cooking

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

Or gravlax. ;)