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ONE restaurant in Hazelton hotel any good?

Thank you for all your comments and yes, peppermint pate, I did indeed mean YorkVILLE (silly me!). As it turns out, the boss loves the atmosphere at ONE so he made the decision for me.

But - and it's off topic so I'll keep it brief - when I called C5 I was told that Thursday November 5th will be their last dinner service. They'll be doing extended lunch hours and private functions though.

I will be tucking your Yorkville recos away for future reference. thanks again!

Nov 02, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ONE restaurant in Hazelton hotel any good?

Does anyone have any new insight into this? the last reviews are a few months old and I'm looking for Yorkdale restos for a group of 14 execs.

thanks in advance,
~R

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Yorkdale Cafe
1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

Nov 01, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

agreed.

I'm loving all the complaints on this board. Each post means one less person to wait behind! :)

Jun 02, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Has anyone used Mamaluv meal delivery?

Hi there - did you ever end up ordering anything from here?

May 27, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone know where I can get Arracacha (also known as mandioquinha in Brazil)

I'm not sure. She's Brazilian and didn't skip a beat when I asked her. Hindsight is 20/20 though and I should have made sure before I commented because admittedly, she's not the most domestic person out there. :) I can ask her, but it won't help you very much now...

May 04, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone know where I can get Arracacha (also known as mandioquinha in Brazil)

oh my. I'm so sorry. I hope you didn't make a special trip. She seemed so sure when she told me where to find it, too...

May 03, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone know where I can get Arracacha (also known as mandioquinha in Brazil)

I asked my friend and she says that you can find this at "Nosso Talho" or "Pavao" in the Dundas and Dovercourt area.

hope that helps!

~R

Apr 27, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I get a vegetarian burger?

I recently had a veggie burger at the Real Sports Bar at York & Bremner. It was a little too soft for my liking but it was spiced nicely (I remember the cumin) and you could see the beans and rice in the patty. It said it had pecans, but I don't remember tasting or seeing them in it.

I remember Hal's on Adelaide had an amazing veggie burger but they closed down a long time ago. A shame really...

Apr 27, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

I tried to take advantage of my guy's NBA playoff stupor and mentioned that I had tried Celena's butter tarts with out him. Wouldn't you know it? he was actually listening. This of course meant that I had to go again (tough life, I know) yesterday. Here are some pictures I took. They're taken with an iPhone so they're not great but it captures the runny inside pretty well.

Apr 18, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Celena's Bakery at Woodbine & Danforth opening Sat Feb 6th

I, too, tried the roasted garlic sourdough and was let down. I went in yesterday at 10am but since they had just opened not everyting was quite ready. no biggie, so I sat down with a cup of coffee and waited. When the bread was ready, the girl brought it over in a brown paper bag and I immediately got excited at the prospect of warm delicious sourdough bread. All the way home I was getting whiffs or roasted garlic which made walking home in that brutal weather tolerable.

It wasn't tangy, it wasn't chewy, and it certainly wasn't garlicky. If I had expected a nice white bread I would be pleased since it made for a rather delicious peanut butter sandwich...

my second butter tart in as many days made up for it a little bit :)

Apr 18, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

I wasn't able to make it in until today. They had three varieties, plain, with raisins, and with both raisins and pecans, but not one with just pecans which I found a little strange. Since I detest raisins I had the plain and it was delicious. I'm not sure about 'Heavenly', but I think my expectations might have been set a little high from hearing that.

I would have liked the crust to be a little more flaky. As it was, it reminded me a little of shortbread. The filling was two very distinct layers. The top half was thick and nicely set while the bottom half was runny, like warm maple syrup. I'm not sure if that was by design or not. All in all, it was a tasty butter tart and I would happily return.

Next time I'm up Mount Pleasant way I'll check out this Flaky Tart you speak of... :)

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Flaky Tart
711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

Apr 16, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Last night at dinner a friend mentioned that they had gotten a butter tart at Celena's at Woodbine & Danforth. The word he used was heavenly.

I'm going to stop in on the way home and see for myself but that is one hell (ha!) of a description!

Apr 13, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Valentine's Help?

I've been given the task of getting the big boss a reservation for Valentine's Day, but on the Saturday before (Feb 12th)

King West
no sushi (she's pregnant)
fancy fancy!
price is wide open

any suggestions?

Jan 20, 2011
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pickering?

Burb's Bistro! thanks Tex. - I was going to recommend that place too but just could not for the life of me remember the name...

Dec 15, 2010
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Remarks Bar and Grill

My volleyball team goes after our games on Tuesdays. While the food isn't EXCELLENT it is quite good. The burgers are good with a little pink in the middle (which was a nice surprise) and they have a veggie burger that has pecans in it which is good but crumbly. I always giggle at the plating. Even when I order the burger with a side salad (simple, but decent mixed greens) they insist on putting a small pile of shredded iceburg with some carrot on it. I guess old habits die hard.

I've heard good things about the Bonnie Brae salad which is essentially some of everything . Inevitably at least one player orders it and is more than happy.

it could be first date worthy, nice enough to make a good first impression, casual enough for jeans and a t-shirt, and inexpensive enough that if the date went poorly you wouldn't be put out too much.

Dec 08, 2010
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

We, like you, shrugged off the idea of gourmet food and decided to go and have some fun anyway!

I'm not a sophisticated wine drinker by any stretch of the imagination but I did really enjoy the Montecillo Blanco for $1 a sample ($10 a bottle ). There was also a cranberry wine that stands out in my mind. Not because it was fabulous - it was 10% alcohol but tasted like plain cranberry juice - but because we laughed at how many 15 year old girls would be drinking that and getting hammered. (I'm not judging - I downed quite a few 2L Barbarian coolers in my day).

we didn't find there to be too much by way of fancy food, especially since the man doesn't eat pork, but we did spend the $8 for a kobe beef burger and I tried a red snapper ceviche that was quite tasty.

I also bought a delectable truffle mustard that I could eat with a spoon so it wasn't all bad...

Nov 22, 2010
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

I don't know how I missed this, but M&M Meat shops is an exhibitor? "gourmet" indeed...

Nov 16, 2010
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

the GFWE is like an abusive relationship. It pops up, says the words I need to hear, never comes through with its promises and leaves me full of regret...

but maybe....maybe this time.... things will be different :) hahaha

Nov 16, 2010
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

I checked the website but it's not set up very well. I see a bunch of wine, but not much food. I see cheese and oysters... and Virgin Radio?

Does anyone have an inside scoop on what food vendors will be there?

Nov 16, 2010
Armack in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

$18/week

I thought I'd drop in and write a quick note. With the exception of one night where I worked late, the week went surprisingly well. I made the mistake of buying a small amount of rice at the bulk barn when I should have bought a small bag from the grocery store.

I haven't done anything Chow-worthy I don't think. My food has been fairly basic but tasty. I can't say that I have been exceptionally hungry either, although I have been made more aware of exactly how fleeting my food urges are. I've been having four small meals every day, brown rice with apple (or blueberry or banana) in the mornings, carrot and celery sticks for a snack, chicken, kale, sweet potatoes (29 cents/lb in chinatown- what!??!). My best purchase was a can of crushed tomatoes (85 cents, 5% sodium). I've used it for soup, tomato sauce and even a 'salsa' of sorts.

I made a lentil soup that I would have preferred to have less of, but since I worked late and didn't have anything quick to make it was soup again or go hungry. this week I have sweet potato and black bean wraps, chicken soup, spaghetti, veggie stirfry, cod and lentils, eggs (omelette perhaps), AND another $6 to spend. part of me wants to run out and spend every last penny on cheese. :)

I did bend on the wheat rule and bought spaghetti (77cents/bag) and 5 whole wheat pitas ($1.25 in the discount bin) but so far I've only had one pita (with kale and potato curry) and todays lunch will be spaghetti and salad.

Nov 15, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

not even the macaroni and rice! I"m not too worried about that though because I can buy both of those by weight.

I love the mantra - consider it adopted!

Nov 05, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

I am blessed with so many bulk options around here! I am close to Little India, Chinatown, and a large West Indian community which means I have a nice variety as well.

garlic is a must - budget or no budget! Cumin was my first choice because I can lean towards so many cuisines with it. Oregano is a great suggestion, thank you, it's not in heavy rotation but it does add a certain something doesn't it?

Nov 05, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

for two reasons, one, someone on a strict budget like this just wouldn't have the stocked pantry that most of us have, and two, I dont want to try to do that math. :)

Nov 04, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

I have $40. Family of 3. 5 dinners

ha! I'm doing a similar challenge next week: ($18, 7 days, 3 meals/day) I would suggest that you forgo a meat item one night and use that money for vegetables. Fresh, seasonal vegetables aren't expensive. Asian greens are great value for your money - since you already have onions and carrots, you could pick up a bit of bok choy and ginger and make a simple vegetable stirfry and brown rice one night for about $3. You can prepare the rice on Sunday as well and then add it to your fajitas (good call on using your leftovers btw) and maybe even substitiute it for your turkey in the chili. the rice and beans will provide enough protein for you and since it's brown rice it will give you the toothfeel that ground turkey would...

Nov 03, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

Personally, I would much rather spend $6 on apples, kale, onions and brown rice then buy a cheap, hormone riddled chicken that spent it's life in the dark, which, whether it's true or not, is what I would be thinking the entire time I was prepping, cooking and eating it. :)

I'm not militant on the factory farming stance though and might splurge on a slice or two of bacon or some chicken carcasses from the butcher if I can swing it.

As for the amount, My guy works for Social Services and for a single person they allot ~$200 for personal items which includes anything related to food, personal hygiene, first aid, cleaning supplies, laundry etc. we split that amount down the middle to make it easy and averaged it with the typical cost of a food bank donation (~$12).

Nov 02, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

I can't see why I couldn't, but I'd hate to try to make cheese for the first time and ruin it when my budget is already going to be tight. Maybe after this challenge I'll start a new 'from scratch' menu week and try it then.

Nov 02, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

thanks for the links! I'll definitely check those out...

Nov 02, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

oh, don't worry. I'm not forgetting about treats!

brown rice, cinnamon, half an apple - grated - and a splash of milk might not seem like much, but it's a fan favorite at my house :)

Nov 02, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

WOW! thank you for all of your great suggestions - now I'm really excited to try this out. I've been scoping out various price points for things and I think I'll be alright with a little creativity and (some) planning. I'll save the meat dishes for when I have company - I'm allowed an additional $2 one day /week when I have a guest. This rule was added last night when my guy realized that I wouldn't be cooking all his favorites anymore!

What kind of spices do you think would go the furthest? my first thought was cumin (because I love it) but I'm completely open to suggestion.

on a side note, I think it's hilarious that directly to the right of this (as I'm typing at least) there's the story about spending $443.48 on a single meal! hahaha

I will pop back in mid week and let you guys know how it's going....

thanks again :)

~R

Nov 02, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking

$18/week

So on Thanksgiving I opined that it is not expensive to eat healthy foods. I've been issued a challenge. I have an $18/ week food budget for the middle two weeks in November. $18 being the rough midpoint from what you would receive from a food bank, and what Social Services factors in for your food budget if you were receiving welfare.

There are a few rules:

1. I have to stay away from wheat which makes it a bit tricky. Not only because I gain weight but because that's too much of a crutch.
2. I can't accept food from someone because they know I"m doing the challenge. I can eat food that is ordered for a work function, or birthday cake, for example - but not handouts.
3. I am not allowed to use anything in my fridge or pantry except olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. I am not allowed to travel any more than 30 minutes out of my way to shop for food but I can shop as often as I need to until I spend my $18. I am at Woodbine/Danforth and work downtown .

My initial thoughts were to:
- adopt a vegetarian diet for the two weeks
- buy dried beans, lentils and brown rice from the Bulk Barn (mostly because I don't have to buy a predetermined amount. )
- ditto for spices
- stay away from the large grocery stores (their produce markups are insane!)
- try one cuisine for a few days, then make a soup with the leftovers. ex. black bean, tomato, garlic, onion, cilantro, rice

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can stretch my dollars? perhaps a suggestion on a high nutritional impact/inexpensive produce options?

any help would be appreciated!

Nov 01, 2010
Armack in Home Cooking