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Dec 17, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Thoughts on this?

The traditional 15-20% tip for wait staff has to put their wages well above any of the kitchen staff, though, doesn't it? I've worked in restaurant kitchens and I can't see how serving tables could be any less stressful or physically demanding than working a busy line.

Pay all staff a living wage and split any tips equally among them. The idea that customers should be strong-armed into paying a server's salary is ridiculous.

Dec 14, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Le Creuset deal at The Bay

$160 for a 3.3L French Oven. Regularly $400.
December 14th only.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

Sorry to see Adam go. After last week's episode he'd confirmed himself to me as one of the most grounded and eloquent of the contestants. Sorry to see Katie go, too. She had moments of brilliance but in the end I think her hippie roots tripped her up with sourdough chowder.

I don't like George. Yet. A bit of a blowhard, like his business partner. He has the technique, but does he have the imagination?

Dec 12, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

He's got a job that many people here would kill for. I can't help but think that the hate for him includes a good dose of envy.

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

He's done some good articles on the interesting little restaurants in the burbs and his selection of restaurants for the main reviews each week is quite varied. It's not all hipster hotspots. If he's not too familiar with a cuisine, he takes along a friend who is.

I think he's more adventurous than his predecessor and most of the critics in town.

Game changer on professional critics: restaurants band together to keep them out

Sometimes it's hard to tell which side is more pretentious.

Dec 03, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Birthday dinner - help!

I've enjoyed a couple of dinners at Bestellen. Never loud or too busy. Not super-fancy but cosy and they have a good charcuterie board and nice cuts of meat.

Cooking for diabetic...specialty (low-carb) ingredients in Toronto?

Low carb bread is rare, but these pitas available at many Loblaws are quite good.

http://www.thelowcarbgrocery.com/cata...

They go stale quickly so I keep them in the freezer and take out a couple at a time. You can also toast them whole without opening them and spread with butter and no-sugar jam or peanut butter.

I just found that site by searching for the pitas and it has a lot of low carb products on it.

For noodles, there are bagged, low carb tofu noodles available in the produce coolers at many stores. Look for Shirataki brand.

And there's a good fried rice recipe out there, made from cauliflower. Cauliflower is a great substitute for rice or potatoes.

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

I think his statement was a bit tongue in cheek. He said the food was excellent. I won't forget this place soon and if I happen to be downtown for a business lunch one day...

Cafe Belong at The Brickworks

Stopped in for brunch and couldn't believe the prices. $27 for Eggs Benny. $4 for toast, but add $3 if you want butter and jam.

Food was good, service was OK, setting is lovely, but at those prices it will be a rare treat

American Thanksgiving celebrated on Canadian Chowhound Community Boards Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sounds like a few Canadian restaurants are doing their interpretation of American Thanksgiving, Which veers wildly from the traditional in order to please the Hipsters.

Microwave v. 'actual' cooking on/in a stove/oven that is...

The heat, they steam, they parboil, they scooooore! Just don't rely on them to grill or fry or provide the perfect Maillard reaction.

Nov 28, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

Chris Nuttall Smith has given a few places no stars. If this place was anything like he describes it, and I have no doubt it was, then they deserve the rating. Sounds like Hooters for the billionaires. Let them have it.

Microwave v. 'actual' cooking on/in a stove/oven that is...

A microwave is just another kitchen tool and it's great if it's used right.

Nov 28, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food
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I too need help on uninvited guests.

Ask them to bring a dish or two or to help out in the kitchen to take some of the load off you. And have a word with your nieces and nephews about the kids. They shouldn't be tearing through an operating kitchen anyway.

Nov 28, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Why are wine stores in grocery stores closing?

They're full Magnotta retail stores, and they sell wine-making equipment and Festa juice too. You can find the locations here: http://www.magnotta.com/Locations.aspx

Eat - a Nat Geo series airing right now

I thought the fishermen were the stars of the show, followed by the authors and historians. We need more of them and less Food Network Stars.

Eat - a Nat Geo series airing right now

I gave it another chance tonight with the Seafood episode and ended up watching the whole thing. The intro with Rachael Ray almost lost me but once they got into the history of the different fisheries it was much more engaging and interesting.

Nov 25, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Why are wine stores in grocery stores closing?

Magnotta Winery bought Kittling Ridge and their 6 retail licenses, which were all grocery store boutique locations. They are using the licenses for new stand-alone stores so when a new store opens a boutique closes. Four new stores have been opened in the past year - Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa and one in Toronto.

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Jazz, Baroque or Brian Eno's ambient stuff.

Nov 22, 2014
hal2010 in Not About Food

Eat - a Nat Geo series airing right now

I watched a few minutes tonight but didn't like it. Quick edits of talking heads with a bit of stock footage in between. Not much to look at and no real narrative.

Nov 22, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving

I you leave the bones in, they're nice and crunchy

Nov 22, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Ideas for Top Chef challenges

You are replying to a four-year-old dead thread.

I'd like to see a creative use of local, native ingredients. Shelf-stable be damned!!! We want ingredients that can be foraged after the Chinese drop a huge nuclear bomb on Pittsburgh

Nov 21, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

No. They are not around in the fall. They have a very short season in late spring, then they flower and go dormant under ground.

Nov 21, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

I'm really starting to like Katsuji. He's got a wicked, dry sense of humour and his dishes are original and good. He seems to know what goes well together and can execute great dishes that have just a few ingredients done right.

I thought Melissa should have packed her knives this time. Sorry to see Stacey go. She has a lot of character.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #6 – 11/19/14 (spoilers)

Those cranberries were sort of translucent and bloated. I think they dumped a few hundred pounds of frozen cranberries in the bog.

Nov 21, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

$7.90 for cup of takeout soup!

Literally a cup? I wouldn't pay that for take-out.

With a couple of exceptions the food on Bayview south of Eglinton rarely surpasses middle-of-the-road, but the good burghers of Leaside don't seem to mind.

Tony does Jamaaaaaca

Just watched it, and enjoyed it. I like that he's not afraid to ask rich douchebags tough questions. Of course, they usually try and turn them back on him to make it seem like he doesn't know what he's talking about.

That white "castle" was the definition of tacky.

I think people have the same attitude towards the Caribbean as they do towards Africa. That it needs to be saved from itself. The new colonialism.

Nov 17, 2014
hal2010 in Food Media & News

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

NOW has a nice feature on this restaurant

http://nowtoronto.com/food-and-drink/...