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Maha-New Egyptian Sandwiches, Sides and Desserts on Greenwood near Gerrard

Went for lunch today. We had the appetizer platter and the Mind-Blowing Chicken Sandwich. Both were excellent. Fresh, well made and the flavours were a cut above most Middle Eastern places.
Each item here had its own character and spicing. You weren't just overwhelmed with garlic, lemon and sesame at every bite. There's texture to the food.

I think the pita was made in house and was served with olive oil and a lovely Zatar. We'll be back.

about 4 hours ago
hal2010 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Please check out my food blog

Baking might be a challenge. Most European recipes use weights while North American use volumes.

about 4 hours ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

People aren't going to McDonalds for better food. They go for Big Macs and McNuggets and fries. Even when they try to offer something healthy and fresh, nobody buys their deli sandwiches or McCafe offerings. They can't escape from the brand they've created: cheap greasy food that satisfies an urge.

If they want to increase sales and profits, I think they need to start sub-brands that can compete with the likes of Chipotle.

And Coke should just change their recipe again ;)

about 22 hours ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Please check out my food blog

Great start!

As others have said, it needs some more personality. And a hook. What's going to make it stand out from other blogs? It's about inexpensive recipes. Maybe post the ingredients as a shopping list with prices, then ring up the total and convert it to $ as well for your North American fans.

The name has some humour, you Cheap Fork, so why not introduce some of that into the writing?

I see lots of fonts and different sized text. The photo-to-text ratio is good but with a smaller photo and slightly smaller body font you could put the text and photo side-by-side. Maybe have a designer friend critique it.

Good luck.

about 22 hours ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

ISO: Beef tallow fries

Reminds me of a sandwich I had in the old, Muslim section of Hyderabad India. It was basically a really spicy, loose beef sandwich with lots of raw onions on a white sub roll. But instead of mayonnaise it had a white sauce that was rendered beef fat, squeezed out of a bottle. Really delicious. Could be artisanal. Definitely Halal.

ISO: Beef tallow fries

Artisanal tallow. Hand-rendered from the cow in small batches by certified suetologists.

ISO: Beef tallow fries

Olde York uses vegetable oil. And their fries are pretty good.

Spelling errors on menus and websites

I've seen a trend in poor spelling a grammar to the point where it's often done deliberately so it can be excused as a hip, new sort of prose. Saves on editing I guess. And it seems the printing companies no longer have editors. Or perhaps their policy is to print exactly what they're given. Even on giant illuminated signs.

Oct 21, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Eating at an empty restaurant?

I always wonder how fresh the food is at a restaurant with no turnover.

Oct 21, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

If it's like most places, men's rooms can have 1/2 the fixtures as urinals. So one urinal and one stall in the men's and two stalls in the women's for example.

Oct 21, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

"Dorilocos"- The new snack craze on Mexico’s streets

Sounds like a Mexican version of Indian "Chaat".

Oct 20, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar

The Globe and Mail gave it 3 stars this weekend.

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

There's a bar in your breakfast place and you sell drinks to people lining up? Sounds like my kinda restaurant.

Oct 15, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food
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What Indian food is this?

No fair posting pictures like that!

Every time I'm trying to decide where to travel to next, I think "Why not India again?". But there's so many other countries I want to see. For now I'll have to travel vicariously through photos like this one.

Oct 14, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking
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NYT: What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast

Westerners like bland starches and proteins. Asian breakfasts are truly wonderful. Nothing better to wake you up than a chicken rice soup loaded with lemon grass and chilies.

Oct 10, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Bourdain's Season Opener/Shanghai

I watched it tonight. Found his hosts and the city to be mostly boring. Maybe that's not fair, he really didn't highlight any of the city. The wedding scene could have been from any Ramada Inn. The food looked great.

Oct 07, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

He likes to break down misconceptions about people and places and his credentials get him into places the average person probably wouldn't go to. I there's an overall theme to his show I think it that marginalized and misunderstood people live interesting lives and make great food.

Oct 05, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Egyptian in GTA?

Looks incredible, and close to the office. I know where I'm going for lunch next week!

Butterball goes "humane" for Thanksgiving. Really?

Or they might mean nothing at all? It's like BP telling you that oil spills introduce valuable organic compounds into the environment.

Oct 04, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Tasco Appliances - stay away

$20K spent, you had one whole appliance and some parts replaced and you see no issues? You are too kind. I guess I'm old fashioned and expect something to arrive in working condition and to last for many years.

What Indian food is this?

Yeah, that was sort of my point. Different names for the same thing, depending on where you are. I see all sorts of fried bread in the link you posted. My idea of a dosa is summed up by this image from Wikipedia. Dosa in the back. Sambar on the left, followed by various chutneys.

Oct 03, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking

What Indian food is this?

My vote's for an appam as well. Dosas, as I know them, are paper thin and served rolled up. But in India, the food changes from town to town so you never know what they might have called it.

Oct 03, 2014
hal2010 in Home Cooking

Rudest grocery checker remark

I had a roommate who was told "See you tomorrow!" as he left the liquor store. He complained about that for a few weeks. Can't say it wasn't accurate, though.

Is This What It's Come To?

Top Chef contestants aren't selected based on their cooking skills are they? I'd guess it goes something like this:
1. Confidence in front of a camera
2. Looks
3. Ability to be a complete asshole
4. % of body covered in tattoos
5. Lack of a criminal record

Oct 01, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

"He does have a bias that I feel comes across strongly"

Which is what makes his programs interesting. He can go to places I've been to or lived in and come away with a completely different perspective. That's interesting and refreshing.

If you just want the facts watch Globe Trekker or something. But even there you get the budget backpacker perspective.

Food-related allergies to non-food items?

Raw shrimp shells make my hands red and itchy. No problems eating the shrimp, though.

Sep 27, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

What's your favorite dijon mustard and where do you buy it locally?

Caplansky's Dijon with horseradish is pretty good.

Call me an old fashion prude, but I don't think this is appropriate. "Mom Bakes Vagina Cookies For 2nd Graders"

That's sexist. Where are the penis cookies?

Sep 24, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Husband traveling on business.....needs dining places

There's some decent Asian and Middle Eastern places if you go south on Vic Park to Ellesmere or Lawrence. Nothing fancy, but good food.

Is he going to meetings downtown or is all his business at the hotel?

Narrowly averted checkout line scam?

What was the cashier smoking?