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Top Chef Canada begins tonight

I skimmed through the last few episodes.

The Earl's heir is gone. Back to Alberta to perfect the Spicy Chinese Nachos.
Then the cute, inexperienced, naive one gets cut and gives one last clueless look before going.
Everyone seems shocked that two contestants are having sex which makes me wonder if they really work in restaurants.
Shereen Razmatazz says "Awful" 47 more times. Mark's hair continues its carefully orchestrated wave towards the back of the set.
Morimoto shows up. He's lost weight, looks great, and his English has improved to the point where they don't even have to provide subtitles. Thank you very muts.
And if you're front of house on the losing team for restaurant wars there's an 80% chance you'll go home. 100% if you make beef bourguignon that looks like cat food.

Apr 17, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

What a Week's Worth of Groceries Look Like in Different Parts of the World

I couldn't find the Kraft Dinner at first, but there it is on the back counter. The photo is perhaps a tad optimistic. I see more frozen prepared foods in the average basket at my local in Toronto.

Apr 17, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Interesting article: Why aren't there more female food critics?

Men are more inclined to be obsessive nerds about any given topic, whether it's food, growing orchids or collecting stamps.

Apr 17, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Fascinating food blog about re-growing romaine lettuce...........

It's how I get my cilantro going every summer. Go buy a bunch for a buck at the Asian Market and you'll have a dozen or more roots to plant. Much cheaper than buying plants at the garden center.

Never thought of doing it with lettuces or scallions. Thanks for the tips!

Apr 17, 2014
hal2010 in Gardening
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Where in Canada can I buy untreated Teff seeds?

Give it a few months. It's set to become the next Quinoa.
Bob's Red Mill has it and many of their products are in Loblaws and other big grocery stores.

Or try Desta Market on the Danforth, which carries Ethiopian products.

You can order it online here, and they also have a Toronto pick-up location. http://www.upayanaturals.com/Teff_Gra...

Apr 16, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Savannah in May. local food

Masada Cafe, Crystal Beer Parlour

Apr 12, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

Charleston, SC

Best meal we had in Charleston a few weeks ago was at The Grocery.

Apr 12, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Chris Nutall Smith reviewed the first wave of new restaurants recently

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/t...

He was not so unimpressed with the biggest name places.

Apr 10, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Top Chef Canada begins tonight

Is anyone still watching this? I was away for a few weeks and haven't had the urge to watch the shows I missed.

Apr 07, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Changes at the Chowfind of the Century - Bistrot92 -Dufferin Eglinton

Yes, it replaces "artisan" as the food critic wannabee mot-de-jour.

Apr 05, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

It's very funny. They're satirizing the worst of the food trends in order. They just wait a few weeks and move onto the next big thing. Has to be someone in the industry who is doing this.

Apr 05, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

It's very high in India, where rice and sweets are a big part of the diet.

Apr 05, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

I worked in a health food store for a few years. My observation was that the people buying the most extreme vegetarian foods and herbal supplements didn't have the greatest mental health. Some were downright desperate.

Apr 05, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Asheville Trip Report

We had 2 nights and 1-1/2 days during a cold snap in Asheville in March. Stayed at the aLoft hotel, which was very good, but this ain’t Tripadvisor….

First night we had no reservations for dinner and didn’t feel like traveling too far so we went up the street to Doc Cheys. They do a pretty good interpretation of Asian comfort foods. Nothing’s quite authentic but it’s fresh and well made. The place was slammed on a Sunday night. Service was very efficient.

Chai Pani had some of the best Indian food I’ve had in a while. Nicely spiced, layered flavours. A real treat. The lunchtime serve yourself program seemed a bit pointless as there were 3 or 4 servers there anyway just hanging out and chatting at the bar. The chai was bad. No cardamom. Sort of a thin, ginger-flavoured milk. Bhel puri, saag paneer and butter chicken were good.

Seven Sows was a let down. The limited menu was further reduced because they were out of lamb of all sorts. The rockfish was actually steelhead trout but the waitress assured me it had the same flavour. I’ve never had rockfish but I doubt a white sea fish tastes like trout. I found it difficult to order a few dishes that actually went together. The food was good but nothing too memorable. I’d read that the Brussels sprouts were incredible. They were grilled Brussels sprouts with some pancetta. Service was indifferent, almost bored. Two of the 4 desserts were out as well. The deconstructed PB+J sandwich beside the butterscotch pudding didn’t really work as a good pairing. The crème brulee was good.

Stopped in at Wicked Weed for some beer, but not food. The beer was very good but I thought there were too many that relied on added flavourings. The minority were malt and hop concoctions. The majority had fruit added or were aged in bourbon casks or had been dreamed up in a staff contest.

Breakfast on the way out was at City Bakery across the street from the hotel. Very good breakfast sandwiches on savory biscuits. Good coffee. We also had breakfast at the aLoft hotel and their steel cut oats with pralines, coconut and pineapple are excellent.

Up next: Savannah, then Beaufort then Charleston.

Apr 02, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

Recent visit to Lalibela - teff injera and new fish dishes

Pretty sure I saw teff flour at Bulk Barn last time I was there.

Apr 01, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What food have you lost a taste for?

Milk.

It's like drinking slimy mucus to me these days.

Mar 28, 2014
hal2010 in General Topics
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Best Low Country dining in Charleston ??

Best meal there on a visit a couple of days ago was at The Grocery. Also had great shrimp and grits at Husk for lunch.

Mar 27, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

Marlon's Meats has a new location

Cool. Maybe he'll sell coupons to promote the new location.

Mar 27, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

That's it! The noise does not matter because you can just text your dinner companions.

I have seen a few tables where 3 or 4 people are staring at their phones, texting obliviously for most of the meal.

Mar 26, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Low Country Road Trip

Have been to Husk, The Grocery, Cru Cafe, Glazed Donuts and Southeast Brew Co. The Grocery was our best meal yet.

Mar 26, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Could very well be a chef or two having fun!

Mar 25, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

Gio Rana's

Mar 24, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Low Country Road Trip

On the road. Now in Beaufort, heading to Charleston tomorrow.

Briefly - the casual local places have been great. Let down by all of the places we reserved. Seven Sows, Pink House and especially Griffin Market.

I'll post more when we get home.

Mar 23, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

Low Country Road Trip

We leave on Saturday. Have breakfast included at all accommodations except Charleston

Asheville
Reserved: Seven Sows
On the list: Chai Pani, Rhubarb, Luella

Savannah
Reserved: Pink House, will also definitely hit Crystal Beer Parlour.
On the list: Johnny Harris, Masada, Sandfly, Sundae

Beaufort
Reserved: Griffin Market
On the list: Emily's, Suwan Thai, Sweetgrass, Big Joes

Charleston:
Reserved: nothing yet
On the list: Hominy Grill, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Seewees, Eli's table, Glass Onion, Taco Boy, Ernie's, Daves.

What would be our best selection for seafood in Charleston? Breakwater? The Ordinary?

Have we missed anything exceptional? We are looking for good, honest food. Not fans of fine dining unless it's really great. $150 for 2 is our max dinner budget including a couple of beers for me and a glass of wine for my wife.

Thanks. looking forward to a delicious trip.

Hal

Mar 13, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

As AAA bar noted on Twitter, the photo they posted of their new giant smoker was actually taken from an ad posted 4 years ago on an internet auction site. It's a wind-up.

Mar 13, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I think they just might be trolling this thread

Mar 12, 2014
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Top Chef Canada begins tonight

I remember Richard from the Stratford chef school show. I'm not liking his attitude much based on this first show.

The whole franchise is tired and introducing it as the "Most Intense Season YET!!!!!!!!" , then showing chefs in various sporting activities, reminds me of the American season when they had to ski in the finals.

Mark McEwan always seems incredibly uncomfortable.

Mar 12, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Dinner Time in The Low Country?

Is there still a tradition of eating a big meal at noon and smaller in the evening?
The British do the same, which may be where it came from.
Breakfast, Dinner, Tea and Supper

Mar 12, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

Dinner Time in The Low Country?

Thanks, I meant supper. Not lunch. I had to check because one of our hotels serves "afternoon snacks" from 5-6 which seems awfully close to supper time.

Mar 11, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast

Dinner Time in The Low Country?

What's the usual time for dinner at a restaurant in the Low Country?

Mar 11, 2014
hal2010 in Southeast