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Looking for a Venue for a Christmas Party, Summerhill to St. Claire Area along Yonge

Macallan: Excellent suggestions for next year! Malena might do the trick....do you know if Scaramouche has a private room?

Nov 10, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a Venue for a Christmas Party, Summerhill to St. Claire Area along Yonge

Thanks! This is very constructive! The problem we have is that there are really only a few dates that work, I have 20-25 people to entertain and its VERY close to Christmas. Basically, its too darn late to book anything fancy. We've decided to hold the party at my boss's house (he lives in the neighborhood) and get caterer. NEXT year, I'm going to start looking in August. I was asked very late to organize this otherwise I would have booked a room month's ago.

Thanks everyone.

Oct 31, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a Venue for a Christmas Party, Summerhill to St. Claire Area along Yonge

Won't eat at Spiga, already tried Monk's Table, not available...will try Spiga. Quince I hadn't thought of. Thanks!

Oct 29, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a Venue for a Christmas Party, Summerhill to St. Claire Area along Yonge

I am organizing a Christmas party and need a room at a reasonably nice place in this area for about 20-25 people. I;ve tried Globe Earth but their room is too small. Need something of similar quality.

Any suggestions?

Oct 29, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Langdon Hall Dinner - latest update anyone?!

Charles,

I entertained clients there recently and really liked the place. The clients wanted to order a la carte so that's what we did. The food was uniformly excellent and the wine list was superb. Looking forward to what you think of it but I think you;ll enjoy it even though its been slammed a few times on this board.

Sep 19, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Openings 2010

Went for Dinner at Prop on the weekend. Very nice! Good mussels, good grilled fish (spigula), had excellent rapini on the side and a terrific rum cake. I didn't order the wine, but I think there's a large list at $39/bottle. Would go back, but might not make a special trip. Wish we had something like this on the Danforth.

Jun 15, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Alternate venue near Neptune Oyster

You guys are hilarious. Ok, Neptune it is with Antico Forno or Rabia as a backup. That sucks about not seating us until the entire party is there. I really hate this no reservation trend in restaurants these days. Its plaguing Toronto too.

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Antico Forno
93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Apr 12, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Alternate venue near Neptune Oyster

Thanks Everyone. I may go 15 minutes early and grab a table. What worries me is that it may be Monday but this conference I'm has got about 8000 people attending, or so I'm told, so I reckon premium restaurant space will be up for grabs.

Apr 12, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Alternate venue near Neptune Oyster

Thanks, though we're meeting there at noon :-(.

Apr 12, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Alternate venue near Neptune Oyster

I am visiting Boston in May for a conference and previously posted on places to take business colleagues for dinner. Now I have another problem.

On Monday May 24, I'm neeitn colleagues for lunch at Neptune Oyster, just 3 or 4 of us. Now I learn they don't take reservations.

So my question is, what are some good alternatives near Neptune (say 5 minute walk) if we get there and the lineup is unreasonable. The alternate venue needs to be suitable for a business lunch, so no take-out, fast food, regardless of how Chow-ish.

Not too hung up on cuisine though, so any suggestions are welcome outside of the above (i.e. no take out, fast food).

Thanks in advance!

PS You Boston Hounds are really helpful!

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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Apr 12, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Help! Need a NICE Seafood Restaurant to take important business clients

Thanks Everyone! I have chosen Rowe's for dinner on Sat (its close to another venue we have to be at that same night), and will probably go for Oceanaire's on Sunday as I have a second dinner I have to arrange. Locke Ober sounds marvellous but as they don;t psot prices on their website, and I may be paying for dinner for 10-12 people, I'd rather have an idea of what the final bill will be. I'm assuming if I have to ask, I can't afford it :-).

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Oceanaire
40 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

Apr 08, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Help! Need a NICE Seafood Restaurant to take important business clients

Thanks. ITs already of my list. What about Rowe's Wharf Sea Grille?

Apr 07, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Help! Need a NICE Seafood Restaurant to take important business clients

How about either Rowe's or Anthony's Pier 4?

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Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant
140 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 06, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Help! Need a NICE Seafood Restaurant to take important business clients

I'll also be in the middle of an 8000 person conference at your convention centre.

I don't know Boston very well, but somewhere central would be good.

Price point: I looked at Oceanaire and it looked fine, but isn't this a chain? It would be OK if it was local. What about Kingfish? Can't get at the menu, but it looks OK vis-a-vis atmosphere. Does that give your some guidance?

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Oceanaire
40 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

Apr 06, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Help! Need a NICE Seafood Restaurant to take important business clients

I'm visiting Boston in about 6 weeks for a conference and don't know the place at all. As the Title says, I need to take out important clients (10-15 people total) somewhere nice, seafood, classy.

We will all be staying in or around downtown Boston, so prefer options there.

Any suggestions Boston Hounds?

Apr 06, 2010
bluedog in Greater Boston Area

Where can I buy Orange Bitters?

Gottem. Nice place, friendly and easy to find location. Confirmed they have exclusive right to sell in TO. As well, they have the Angostura Orange Bitters, but cannot sell them yet.

Mar 09, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Worst in Toronto

I wonder if that's a job requirements: Actor, Out of Work (check).

Mar 01, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I buy Orange Bitters?

After some further investigation, it seems c.cow is right, and that;s the only place in the GTA, home of more than 2 million people and countless bars, where one can buy one of the key ingredients to a classic Martini. What a weird hole in our chowness.

Feb 28, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I buy Orange Bitters?

I;ve been looking around some more and found this. Is this it???? In the entire GTA???

Feb 27, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I buy Orange Bitters?

Have been getting into cocktails lately and looking for orange bitters. Can't seem to find it anywhere. Anyone know where its available, for example Fee's Orange Bitters?

Thanks!

Feb 27, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Korbel Sparkling Wine vs. Codorniu Classico Cava

Reporting back....

First, Royal Carribbean (RCCL) does not let you take any booze on board whatsoever, so that option was not open to us at all. While we met a number of people smuggling aboard hard liquor in rum runner bags. this is not an option for bubbly.

Second, we tried the Korbel when we got on, by the glass: my wife's first reaction was "Tastes like beer". She was tasting the yeast, thouh after another sip or two, it just tasted grapey with no complexity whatsoever. Really sub-par garbage, IMHO. And at $29/bottle, a little insulting.

So we settled on drinking mostly wine and mixed drinks, with a glass of Domaine Chandon here and there, and splurged one night on a bottle of Veuve. What we found odd about the pricing is that the Veuve was $77/bottle, which is not that much more than I can buy it for in Ontario, off the shelf from the liquor store, while the Korbel had a 3.5x mark-up based on seeing it in a drugstore for 8.34 in San Diego prior to boarding. It's wierd how differently booze is priced and taxed in different jurisdictions.

Thanks all for your input. It was a good cruise and we didn't mind settling.

Feb 24, 2010
bluedog in Wine

Help! Korbel Sparkling Wine vs. Codorniu Classico Cava

My wife and I are going on a cruise this week and the only two reasonably priced non-champagne sparking wines on offer are Korbel and Codorniu, with the Codorniu being touted as the more premium of the two.

Without going into the ins and outs of cruising, we need to choose from among two wine packages only one of which (the pricier one) includes the Codorniu,

We are both big fans of bubbly, but Codorniu is not our favourite. Further, we are from Canada and Korbel is not available where we live so we've never tried it. This site refers to Korbel as an ubiquitous supermarket brand, at least in California. Not promising but we're leaning towards it.

So my question is, how to do they compare?

Are we going to try the Korbel and get a headache? Is it dry? Any input is appreciated.

Feb 08, 2010
bluedog in Wine

Taco King at Donlands and Danforth

Yeah, I'm not optimistic either, though there's a menu in the window that says they make their own flour tortillas throughout the day. But I've a feeling the whole experience is going to be wierd imitation of the real thing. On the other hand, prices seem reasonable and I'm willing to give it a try. I was hoping for a tongue taco, but no such luck

Jan 28, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Taco King at Donlands and Danforth

On a corner where resraurants keep opening and closing, a "Taco King" is set to open shortly at 988 Danforth. I can find nothing on this place. Anyone know anything about it? It seems too good to be true that an authentic taqueria would open near my home.

Jan 18, 2010
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for Japanese in Little Italy in San Diego

Staying in Little Italy (on W Grape Street) in Feb for one night before a cruise (a Thursday). My wife and I love Japanese food and have heard there is great Japanese near Little Italy. Can't find specifics though. Any suggestions? Sushi and non-sushi selections and a good sake list are pluses. I'm on a business account :-).

Dec 19, 2009
bluedog in San Diego

Where to get good Maryland Crabcakes in DC

I am in DC from Wed Oct 14-Sat OCt 17, staying at the Marriott Wardman Park. Don't haev a car and due to a conference am really only free Wed for dinner and Sat at lunch. Anywhere I can eat good Maryland Cab Cakes in proximity to my hotel and/or via the Metro?

Don't have time to get to Baltimore (I would if the MARC trains ran on Sat, but apparently no such luck), unfortunately so DC suggestions only would be appreciated!

Phillips is out as my understanding is their crab comes from SE Asia....

Oct 13, 2009
bluedog in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need a lunch suggestion near Queen and Bathurst

Again, thanks all for the suggestions...
We went to Vdara this past Friday for lunch; I had made a reservation but there was really no need because when we walked in the place was empty except for one table on the patio. Room is large, airy, the former Future Bakery site. And on a very hot day, not air conditioned, but with all the .doors to the patio open, pretty much little difference between indoors and out. We chose to sit on the patio after sitting for a few minutes indoors: too stifling, but a little breeze on the patio.

Drinks were ordered: peach sangria and a champagne cocktail with prosecco and pomegranate liqueu called a "pom dom". Lots of interesting drinks on the menu but these weren't two of them: peach sangria tasted like watered down koolaid with wine, the "pom dom" was good, but nothing special.

So-so, so far, but the food made up for it: house made breads included a nice white with a good firm bite too it, a little sweet, and really good soft pita, served with a slightly too runny balsamic aioli. We both had the salmon nicoise salad and absolutely no complaints: perfectly cooked salmon, slightly pink in the middle, with hard boiled eggs, beans, greens, capers (no olives) all tossed in a nice light dressing. Really good, very satisfying.

Service was good and I tipped for it.

So overall, I would return, if I was in the area, but wouldn't make a special trip. Not suitable for a business lunch, agreed, largely because the space is too club-like, and very casual, with the lack of air conditioning being a real problem. Nonetheless, pretty good food and a reasonable value at lunch. Too bad others have had such poor experiences.

Aug 16, 2009
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Abbot on the Hill now The Monk's Table

Awesome, thanks for the clarification. I think the change in name will only help as there's been so much confusion between the two places. Even "magic" above things the one near Lawrence is also The Abbot on the Hill when it was just the Abbot. Basic Trademark Confusion 101.

Aug 13, 2009
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a lunch suggestion near Queen and Bathurst

pinstripe, good to hear from you! Not a business lunch, have a reservation and am willing to try it out. Menu looks good, so hoping for the best. Its a late lunch so if service is lousy there's no excuse (and that seems to be everyone's problem). Will try to report back.

Aug 13, 2009
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a lunch suggestion near Queen and Bathurst

Just checked the reviews on Vdara, really diverse: love it or hate it. Guess we'll make up our own minds as its right around the corner from where we need to be. Le Select and Brassai are fine suggestions just a touch too far away. Thanks though.

Aug 13, 2009
bluedog in Ontario (inc. Toronto)