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Chinese Food in London, Ontario?

I am with you...haven't found much to write home about in London. I am from Toronto, myself...my personal fave in TO is Chung King at College & Spadina. Their Crispy Orange Beef, Garlic Broccoli, Hot and Sour Soup, and Chicken in Black Bean Sauce are all wonderful....I enjoyed those before becoming vegetarian.
Since becoming vegetarian, I've been more restricted in food choices and thus restaurants, but Chung King remained a favourite. Having then moved to London, I found nothing of note, and I was disappointed. I am East Indian and found there to be nothing good in the way of Szechuan food and similarly, nothing great as regards Indian food.

The ONLY possible place I would recommend in London is Tasty Coast...They are wonderfully accommodating and they have some Szechuan dishes, and their hot and sour soup is a close second to Chung King. My close friend/family love their Szechuan Beef, Zesty Beef, House Spicy Beef, Thai Red Curry Chicken (or Beef) and Thai Green Curry Beef (or Chicken). The Fried Rice is supposedly good as well. I haven't tried anything off the authentic Chinese menu mentioned below (I've got a copy of their menu with Chinese/English writing - presume this is the English menu as there is no chicken scented w/osthmanthus flower.)

I've tried Mandarin and do not like it one bit. It's very much a chain restaurant (IMHO).

I've tried Hong Ping and it's not bad - the stir-fries are made with fresh ingredients and the quality of beef/chicken is good (according to family).

Dragon Court has closed and I haven't tried much else.
I do hear good reviews of Little Panda (but it's mainly fried/not healthy...and it isn't Szechuan, and there's no vegetarian option that I know of on the menu).

London is a wasteland as far as good ethnic food goes. I'm sorry to say, I think we have to leave the city to find good ethnic food!
-str8arrow

Neilson's Fat Free Cottage Cheese

This product is now ONLY available at stupid Shoppers DM....and they don't deliver it b/c it's 'cold product'. Ridiculous. Prices there run higher and the turnover is low so they expire pretty soon after purchase. I'm disgusted.
Company that sells it is SAPUTO - call them and complain. 877-341-8700

I spoke to a very nice sales rep from there...I tried to order the product in bulk (6 packs) and I was hoping I could buy direct from a distributor that way (if you buy a tray, you can sometimes get in with a distributor that does this). Turns out that this company WILL NOT do that. Your only option is to buy at Shoppers....so now, I just stopped buying it.

I used to buy this from Walmart. However, they stopped carrying it. So I just give up.

They lost me as a customer. Period.
Hope others complain. This is ridiculous.

Food Processor Advice Needed

Hi..Just saw this post and thought i'd reply.Just bought a food processor myself and ran into the same troubles. I wanted functionality, and i was looking for as wide a range of function as possible for the best price. As I don't have much counter/cabinet space left, I want something that will slice, shred, chop, make doughs, but I would also prefer to have something that will puree and crush ice, too...most food processors will not do a good job of this but I don't want to spend on a food processor AND a blender! Here's what I found: another post recommended a food processor and immersion blender as the major kitchen essentials. Blender optional - not really necessary but if you want to crush ice and grind spices, you do need one. Sigh. So I went out looking for a full-size food processor. Those with 4 to 7-cups had some interesting competitors which offered blender/juicer attachments, but the size was just too small.

I ended up buying two food processors after extensive research, with the intent of trying both and returning whichever one wasn't up to snuff. I bought a Cuisinart 12-cup Elite Die Cast (beautiful!) for $350 (but got it on sale for just over $220) and a Black & Decker 10-cup Wide-Mouth 3-in-1 with Blender and MiniChopper from Walmart for $88. I expected the Cuisinart to win hands-down, as it had a 1000watt motor to the B&D's 600watts, and an adjustable slicing disk which allows you to dial in a thickness of 1 to 6mm. But unexpectedly, I've been wowed by the B&D - it even seems to have a wider range of functionality! Here's what I found:
B&D has the advantages but of:
-ease of use (easy to dissassemble/assemble - Cuisinart, at least in past, is very difficult to manipulate, and people liken it to opening a bank vault)
- 6-cup (full size) glass blender jug which allow crushing ice, grinding spices, pureeing and making smoothies and liquid batters more effectively than the food processor (Cuisinart has no blender part, will not chop ice)
-minichopper (4-cup) bowl - not nested (unlike Cuisinart, which has nested 12 and 4 cup bowls, and thus, both bowls get dirty if only the small one is used, as it cannot be used independently)
- maneuvrable and light - 5lb vs. 22lb base for Cuisinart
-fits under cabinet (unlike Cuisinart which is 18.5 inches and won't fit under cabinets if assembled
- has 2 speeds, with a HI-Low-Pulse option, unlike the Cuisinart (one speed - on/off/pulse)

Overall, the B&D does everything one could need, and that has been a big surprise. It slices, shreds, chops, makes doughs, batters, crushes ice, grinds spices and coffee, makes smoothies, etc.. The Cuisinart, unfortunately, doesn't do quite as much. Although it does have an adjustable slicing disk and a fine/med shredding blade, that's the extent of what it will do - you can buy a julienne blade for it, but there is no grating blade, juicing attachment, or egg whipping attachment. So really, the two things the Cuisinart will do that the B&D won't, are slicing in different thicknesses (a large range, anyway), and julienning, if you buy the blade to do this.

My major reservations with the B&D are primarily that there are some parts that the mfr won't sell, so it may not be reparable if it breaks, and also that you cannot buy any extra blades to increase the functionality (no julienning or grating possible...but you can do a very fine shred to approximate grating of hard cheeses, and you could just slice instead of julienning...I suppose). As for repairing it....I can buy new blades if mine dull, and it's a decent price, so if anything else goes after the warranty period, I will buy a new one, I suppose.

I'm almost heartbroken not to keep the Cuisinart, because I got it on such a wonderful sale, and it looks very sleek...but at the end of the day, I need function more than 'pretty'.

Of note: I did consider Kitchen Aid. You might wish to do so as well. My primary reservation was that it has a problem with leakage, even in the high-end, large capacity machines. It apparently leaks around the lid and the stem, and thus will not hold more than 4 cups liquid even in the 12cup machines (the stem is short and the lid doesn't seal tightly). I considered this a major flaw, despite the wide range of functionality (you can purchase extra blades and attachments (for about $100 extra).. to grate, julienne, do med/thick slicing, med/thick shredding, whip eggs , juice ctirus fruits). The overall cost is high - $379 for a 12-cup machine with 4cp nested bowl plus extra blades, and although I found a sale offering the entire set for $279, I figured that leakage would be a bad thing. I wouldn't enjoy working hard to prepare something which leaks on the counter and leaves me cleaning instead of eating at the tail end of all of that effort. But that's my opinion. if you can get past the leakage issue (or don't eat any liquids) then maybe it's your machine - it does offer to do an awful lot.

For me, I think the B&D is likely the best option. At least it has a couple of different blades (thin slice/fine shred and very thin slice/very fine shred). It chops, slices, shreds, purees, chops, makes doughs and batters, blends, crushes ice, grinds spices and coffee beans, and seems to do most of what I will need. i would actually have paid more for it,, had I had to....
If you're interested in it, here's a link to a site where you can read about /purchase it:
http://www.theshoppingchannel.com/end....

Sorry, I know that was a bit long, but I hope that this will help someone. I spent a lot of time researching my options, so I'm quite confident about what I've written above. Just as an aside to the person who was considering a 7cup machine...I do think that's just too small, as you will be limited in the amount of dough and batter you can prepare. The liquid line will be quite low, I think... Also, with Cuisinart's 7-cup machine, you will have to buy extra blades to increase the functionality, and this can get pricey. There are other machines with similar sizing and power but with increased functionality for the same price (e.g.Wolfgang Puck's 3-in-1 Blender/Processor/Juicer - 4 cp processor, I believe, but blender is around 6 cups; has numerous attachments and on-board storage of parts in a drawer under the base....not that I'm recommending that one, per se, just to note that you might get more bang for your buck elsewhere. Cuisinart is reliable, though.....

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Cheers,
Diamond

Nov 20, 2010
DIAMOND99 in Cookware

Can Food processor crush ice cubes?

Hi -This is my first posting, but it's a while after the initial post. I recently bought a food processor and had this same question, so if anyone needs a more current answer, here's mine. I needed a food processor - I would second the suggestion about the food processor and immersion blender being the most important kitchen essentials, and I have an immersion blender so was on the hunt for a food processor. I wanted one with as wide a range of capabilities and functionality as possible, because I have no counter or cabinet space for a blender, which would primarily be used for crushing ice (the immersion blender works well for pureeing soups and making smoothies). So....I was on the hunt for a great food processor, but I needed a full-size one with a nice large /wide mouth feed tube, because I see little point in taking out a knife to prechop ingredients - I'd just feel like I should finish the job, and I wouldn't take out the food processor to complete the task. I ended up buying two processors, with the intent of testing both and returning one. I bought a Cuisinart 12-cup Elite - lovely, die cast metal, nested 12 and 4 cp bowls, and an adjustable slicing blade (wow!, nice idea) for approx $350 (got it on sale for just over $220). I bought a Black and Decker with blender and minichopper for $88 at Walmart. Didn't think the B&D would measure up, with a 600Watt motor next to the Cuisinart's 1000Watts, but it had a blender...so I decided to try it. I think I am going to stick with the B&D, and that has surprised me greatly. I initially thought I'd end up with the expensive Cuisinart and am almost heartbroken that it hasn't measured up, because I found such a great sale. But even without trying the Cuisinart, I found that the B&D had the following advantages:
- 2 speeds - Hi/Low/Pulse (vs Cuisinart's On/Off/Pulse)
-full size 6-cup blender jug (crushes ice, does other jobs the processor can't)
- 10 cup wide mouth chopper jug and 4 cup minichopper which are NOT nested, so they don't both get dirty with one being used (Cuisinart's nested bowls both get dirty if the nested small one is used, as it cannot be used independently of the big bowl, and must remain nested.)
-ease of use (easy to lock and unlock) - Cuisinart, although apparently improved with this model, is notoriously hard to assemble/dissassemble
-compact, fits on counter - Cuisinart is too large to fit under cabinets when assembled
-small enough to be maneuvrable (5 lb vs 22 lb base)
-My primary concerns were that the B&D comes with only two discs - one thin slice / thin shred and one very thin slice / very fine shred, and no other disks are available to julienne, or make different thicknesses of slices, and also, that it apparently isn't easily reparable as the company doesn't sell some of the parts to repair shops. But the latter concern isn't a big deal - it's a decent price if I have to buy another, and it's warrantied for a year...I can hope for the best. I can buy more blades, at least, if those get dull. As for the discs, well, that's a problem - it limits functionality. But the Cuisinart doesn't do much more - in fact, it might even do less, because you don't have a blender jug to crush ice. The disks available for the Cuisinart include - adjustable slicing disk (1-6mm) and fine/med reversible shredding disk (sold with it) and a julienne blade (sold separately and hard to find in Canada).
Therefore, I think I might stick with the B&D. At least it has a couple of thicknesses of slices and shreds- nothing very thick, unfortunately, but you can't have everything, I guess. It does at least have a blender jug to crush ice. So it does the main jobs - shred, slice, chop, make dough and batters, and also any blending tasks, including crushing ice for sorbets or granitas.
It's a good price, and it does everything everyone here has mentioned.

I should, however, mention that the Kitchen Aid food processors, (some of them, anyway) offer slicing disks (different thicknesses), shredding disks (different thicknesses), julienne disks (diff. thicknesses), and even grating disks (for grating ICE and hard cheeses), AND citrus juicing attachments, and egg whip attachments. They are really ALL-PURPOSE machines...so why didn't I go for it? Two reasons: firstly they have a major issue with leakage - around the lid, and around the stem (so even the 12 cup bowls do not hold more than 4 cps of liquid, at most). The second problem (for me)....the price. While not substantially greater than the Cuisinart, on sale, they charge for th extra disks - they come with a single slicing/shredding disk, and you have to then pay around another $100 for the full set of different slicing/shredding/julienne/grating disks. i saw a decent sale with all the disks and processor offered for $279, but I missed it. I'm not sure I would have gone for it, anyway, given the issues with leakage....doesn't seem to make sense to pay so much for something that does everything, but spills your recipes out the side. All that hard work for nothing.....you end up cleaning the counters, instead of eating.

So....I'm happy with my B&D. It's a humble little machine. But it is easy to use and it does pretty much everything I will need. I would have paid more for it, in fact....but thankfully, it was under $100!! Most places charge around $120 for it - e.g.Amazon.com. It's worth every penny, even at that price. I promise...you won't find it lacking, even if you try it against the big boys!!

Here's a link to the B&D 3-in-1 mentioned above, in case you're interested.
http://www.theshoppingchannel.com/end...

Cheers,
Diamond

Nov 20, 2010
DIAMOND99 in Cookware