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NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Amaya on Bayview is reopening as The Indian Street Food Co. in early September. I went to Amaya a few times when it first opened, but not in the last 5 years. I think they expanded too fast and the quality suffered, especially at the take-out locations. I'll give this new place a try.

http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

about 19 hours ago
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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STK is coming to Yorkville

You should try their Italian restaurant: PST

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

When I was a kid a hamburger cost a nickel and if you wanted Chinese food you had to get on a boat for 3 weeks!

Aug 25, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Fantasies of a Happier Kitchen

More and more women are braving the industry. Perhaps that will have a positive effect?

Here in Toronto, female chefs are speaking out against the patriarchy in the kitchen.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/th...

Aug 24, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Best place in Ontario for a food-related businesses? What's the problem here?

Stratford is seeing a shift away from the fine dining places that are only open in theatre season to more casual places, open year round and serving locally-sourced food. For a small town it has quite a food scene,

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

You Can Eat Carbs

Carbs are fine in moderation. Avoid the Wonderbread and HFC soda and go for whole grains.

Aug 22, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Fantasies of a Happier Kitchen

I watched the Chef's Table episode with Dan Barber tonight. He admitted he had a temper and they focused on it, but it seemed tame to what I've experienced in restaurant kitchens. And really tame to what I've read about classic French Michelin-starred kitchens. Chefs are obsessed, driven, overworked, completely stressed tyrants. They are the sociopathic CEOs of their field. Gordon Ramsay has made a career out of playing the caricature of a typical successful chef.

Will the kinder, gentler approach produce better food? I think it might. But it will also reduce profits, and in this time when money is king it might not be welcome.

Aug 22, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Restaurant staff self-grooming

I only complain if they start flossing.

/my experience is that you'll see waitstaff wiping their eyes, scratching their face and worse at many restaurants. They pick up someone's used napkin then go right back to get your food.

Aug 22, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Experts: Health 'gurus' spread food fears

If they are pushing a book or their own line of supplements, ignore them.

Is there anything to eat near the Princess of Wales Theatre that I won't hate?

Pai is just up Duncan. Good Thai food.

Help a beer novice out

Creemore Springs Premium Lager is pretty good. They also have sub-brand called Mad and Noisy which makes Hops and Bolts Indian Pale Lager which scores quite well at The Beer Advocate. Not as good as the original Creemore, though, which they rate as "World Class"

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/prof...

Chowhound Beta Site Part V

I'm sure you used to be able to Unfollow an article from the heading alone when it came up on a board or in your list of followed discussions. Now you have to go into the thread to Unfollow.

Aug 19, 2015
hal2010 in Site Talk
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Do you do the pan flip . Or use a spatula ?

I only have a cast iron frying pan, so definitely no flipping for me. When I used to have a chef's pan I flipped all the time.

Aug 18, 2015
hal2010 in Home Cooking
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popsicle moulds

Thanks, everyone. Picked some up at IKEA today. Looked around the kitchen section for 15 minutes with no luck, then found them by the cash.

Horrible Restaurant Names

Passed a place called Pho Nhi yesterday. I prefer real Vietnamese food.

Aug 17, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Even a plague of hand-picked artisanal, organic, Mediterranean locusts? (Only 9 bucks each!)

popsicle moulds

Bump.

I've tried the dollar and grocery stores, Canadian Tire, Walmart and Home Sense with no luck.

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

It's not ageism, it's a fact. Show me some people over 50 who can't let their phone out of their sight.

Aug 15, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

The current food revolution is a great thing in my opinion. I'm not so sure the Millennials are driving it, though. They are just taking advantage of easy access to information from the Internet and globalization and widespread immigration. Older generations are also partaking in it. They just don't blog or tweet or Instagram it. And they don't put up with the "we're so cool that you will stand in line for 3 hours to sit at a picnic table for indifferent service and our overpriced small plates of mediocre BBQ" attitude that has pervaded some restaurants.

And if Millennials are compelled to eat out for the social aspect, as the linked article suggests, why do they spend the whole meal glued to their phone?

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Can the world really handle another Food Network star?

Does this program really produce new personalities for the network? How have previous winners fared?

Aug 15, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Alton Brown Discusses the Evolution of Food Network, Responds to Anthony Bourdain's Criticism of TV Chefs

I like Good Eats and Alton Brown's self-deprecating style on Iron Chef America. These days he seems to take himself too seriously.

Bourdain's social commentary mixed with food and travel gets better with each series.

Aug 15, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

I tried that and did it ever hurt!
Maybe I shouldn't have started with salt and vinegar chips.

Aug 14, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

48 hours in Toronto recs?

A bit further east on Gerrard you'll find Pizza Pide. Nothing fancy but some good Turkish "pizzas". A little further along and just up Greenwood is Maha's which has great Egyptian food. Both are featured in this article from our national newspaper: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/t...

And still farther along, you'll get to The Gerrard Indian Bazaar. Lots of Indian restaurants, none are great. Lahore Tikka is probably the best all-round experience. Flavourful but greasy Pakistani kebabs and curries. Udupi Palace has good dosas and South Indian - veg only. If you are around on the weekend of the 16th it's the annual Festival of South Asia there.

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets

I prefer the Classic science over the New science.

What's your favourite potato recipe/ potato preparation? What variety of potato?

I had these Ecuadorean potatoes at the Beaches Jazz Fest that have risen to the top of my list. Mashed potatoes, scooped into a perfect sphere then flattened and cooked on a griddle with some oil and butter.

My go to is wedges tossed in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, pepper and salt and roasted at about 500F until brown and crispy.

Aug 08, 2015
hal2010 in Home Cooking

Toning Up

If you want to build mass, do some resistance exercise then eat about 25g of protein. Or just thank your lucky stars that you have a lean physique and are much less likely to get metabolic syndrome and a host of diseases.

Aug 08, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

In Canada it's always "pop". We used to have a store called The Pop Shoppe that sold it by the case in glass bottles and you'd bring back the empties for more. I've been offered a "Coke" in the southern states then asked what type I want. 7Up? Dr. Pepper? Which is weird, but charming.

Aug 08, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

You spot an empty parking space in a busy parking lot, go to pull in, and some idiot has left their cart right in the middle of the space... It's like the people who circle the lot 5 times so they can park 50 feet closer to the door. Laziness. Walk a bit! You might need it to work off the 3 cases of soda and giant tub of ice cream.

Aug 08, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Pelican Catering, Oshawa - Any Reviews?

Pelican Catering? They have big bills.

A Mad Libs Game for Every Food Blog Commenter

<Name of blog> <derogatory adjective>

Aug 07, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News