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La Boulange at Starbucks

Can't see that the new line is much different than the old, except it is served in a pink bag. I was expecting much more given the hype that preceded the launch.

about 21 hours ago
hal2010 in Chains
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Would you like to cook like Amy from Amy's Baking Co. of Kitchen Nightmares fame?

What is it, a list of phone numbers for bakeries?

What happened to the programming on Food Network Canada?

Tell us how you really feel. Now that Top Chef is on Bravo, I haven't watched the Guy Fieri Network...I mean the Food Network in a long time.

And after 15 seasons, Top Chef is losing its appeal.

1 day ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

The Name Game - Opening a restaurant in Ireland!

The Blarney Stove

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

It depends. Is it an organic, free-range, artisanal, gluten-free banana?

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

Here's a natural remedy for high blood pressure: reduce salt and stress and exercise at least 45 minutes a day.

Mar 27, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

It's more likely that the switch to more plant-based foods improved your nutrient intake than the switch to organics. Organics contain the same nutrients as conventional produce.

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

I think Pai is the best we have, but it's still pretty tame and the menu is a riff on those created by the same chef at Sukhothai, Khao San Road and Sabai Sabai. Mengrai is decent but still the toned-down, overly sweet stuff designed for North American taste buds.

Additional charges that seem unjustified that the establishment might think twice about

Don't go to Portugal. Restaurants there place a plate of meat and cheese and bread on the table just after you are seated, and charge you handsomely for every bite.

Mar 26, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Acceptable Behavior ?

What did they do while the 2 later couples were eating?

Mar 25, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Heinz, Kraft Announce Merger

Is there enough high-fructose corn syrup in the world to support such a venture?

Mar 25, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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L'Avenue Bistro, Leaside - Any one been recently? How good is the food?!

Went for brunch today. Excellent food and very reasonable.
An excellent fresh pea soup with mint creme fraiche, followed by a plate with 2 poached eggs on brioche with hollandaise, potatoes Lyonnaise and a light salad with greens and root vegetables.

The same owners run the tapas place, Tinto, across the street.

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

There are places that do well on just word of mouth.

Mar 22, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Additional charges that seem unjustified that the establishment might think twice about

Water.
"It's 5 bucks for this specially filtered water in a funky bottle or (scowl) I can get you tap"

There's a place near me that charges $4 for toast with breakfast, and another $4 for butter and jam to go with it.

Mar 22, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

There are still people who own a business simply because that's what they like doing. They aren't interested in maximizing profits above all else and they probably don't care if some out-of-town foodie can't get instant up-to-date information on their hours and menu.

Mar 21, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Any indian buffets actually worthwhile?

The veg buffets at Saravana Bhavan or Nilgiris in Scarborough are pretty good and different from the usual fare.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Carts are worth a couple of hundred dollars. Every one that goes missing adds to your grocery bill.

Snake oil . Or are supplements necessary in your diet ?

If a "doctor" is shilling pills, you can almost be sure they are snake oil.

Mar 18, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food
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Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

Old menus with old prices

Mar 17, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Please post your favourites!

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Chris Nutall-Smith did a piece about Scarborough gems three years ago. I tried a few. They were all very good and some of them were packed! No need for more publicity.

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/life/foo...

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

Charleston didn't do much for us. We ate at Husk, Cru Cafe, SNOB and The Grocery. We enjoyed our meal at The Grocery the most. Savannah had a more homey, small-town feel to it and was more walkable, less commercial. There was a bit of Niagara Falls to Charleston, especially the downtown market and horse and carriage rides.

Mar 16, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Why do people find it so strange to take photos of your food?

I take discreet photos of my most memorable meals. No flash, no fuss, no inconvenience to other patrons of the restaurant. When I look at the photos a few years later it brings me back to my travels as well or better than a great shot of a landscape or street life.

Why Small Cities Are the Best Places to Eat in America

Did a road trip to the Low Country last year and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of restaurants in places like Asheville, Knoxville and to some extent Charleston. Although I think the hype in Charleston is far bigger than the actual offerings. That goes for the city as well as the restaurants.

Mar 13, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

Add a gluten-free Big Mac to the menu and they'd be saved.

Mar 13, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Study: Dietary saturated fat does not raise risk in those with coronary heart disease

Hey, if the study agrees with your confirmation bias it has to be right, doesn't it? Remember, vaccinations cause autism.

As a recent cardiac patient who's had lots of down time to review the literature and get advice from some of Canada's top researchers and cardiologists, the way the media, the public and certain "health experts" are spinning this pro-fat crusade is alarming.

Mar 13, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Loblaws sells ugly fruit at a discount to curb food waste

It's a step in the right direction, I guess. Now, if they'd only carry more local seasonal produce.

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

When I was in India KFC was the most popular fast food chain, but anything Western was popular among the younger generation. But it's still seen as a treat. People bring mostly veg thalis for lunch at work. Although the amount of rice they eat would give anyone diabetes.

Mar 12, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

Unfortunately, the "typical" Indian restaurant in North America has 4 or 5 oily mother sauces which can be served with any one of 3 or 4 meats (and sauce does not meet meat until you place your order). Plus some deep-fried appetizers.

And gulab jamin.

When You Have The Urge For FOOD, TASTE, SOMETHING!!! Stuck At Home!

A simple high-fat comfort food may satisfy your urge. Mac and cheese perhaps?

Mar 08, 2015
hal2010 in Home Cooking