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Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

I suspect Bittman is a bit too complicated at this stage, though I may bring my copy over for tutorials. Right now, I'm leaning towards How to Boil Water or something similar, unless one of his buddies have something else in mind.

The last time we were out at the local drinking hole, he talked about oven-baking bacon candied in maple syrup, and we vetoed it; we'd afraid of him burning the house down!

Aug 08, 2014
snicmhuilean in Cookware

Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

As I said in the original post, he has a good enough job that he's capable of investing in good quality equipment. While I don't think he'll be interested in top-quality stuff, I don't think he'll be cheaping out either.

Aug 08, 2014
snicmhuilean in Cookware

Best Home Meal Delivery Service in Montreal?

Try running some of those names through Yelp.ca and see what they say. This site only rates places that have a "bricks and mortar" presence, though, so it'll be a guide, if nothing else.

Aug 08, 2014
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

which one? when I searched Amazon's site, there are two by that name.

Aug 08, 2014
snicmhuilean in Cookware

Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

Hi, I have a friend who has just moved into his own apartment after living with roommates/parents/girlfriend for his entire adult life (he's 33). He needs to equip his kitchen with quality equipment and supplies, and has a good enough job that he can afford quality stuff. He'll also need a good, basic cookbook to get him started, since he's incompetent enough in the kitchen that he hurt himself the last time he tried to cook.

Suggestions?

Aug 08, 2014
snicmhuilean in Cookware

PC products/Loblaws in Mtl

Hungryann, you should try the Loblaws at Parc and Jean-Talon. It`s big, and it has at least half of the new PC products, including Black Label.

Nov 21, 2012
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Chocolate Mint Girl Guide cookies available in Mtl?

Lately, I have been missing the Chocolate Mint Girl Guide cookies, usually available in fall. I`m in the east end, so I don`t know where to get them. Can anyone offer advice?

Nov 11, 2012
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Banh mi party?

My girlfriend and I recently made some Vietnamese pickles, and are thinking of using them in a banh mi party. What else should we serve? I was thinking of peanut butter dumplings and pho, and vietnamese iced coffee to drink. Does anyone know of some good alcoholic drinks, and maybe some other things to serve?

Nov 06, 2012
snicmhuilean in Home Cooking

Chez Boris

It`s fantastic. The staff is friendly, the menu is simple but very tasty, and the environment is laid-back. Try the beignewiches. The donuts by themselves are also great.

Nov 06, 2012
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good 24h restaurants in Montreal?

Hello fellow hounds,

I recently started a job that has me working nights, and I am looking for places that have good eats at all hours of the night. I live in Villeray, so anything in the east end has priority for me.

Thanks a lot!

Nov 06, 2012
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dishes for Halloween party

Black punch: grape soda, orange soda, and ginger ale. Plus a disposable glove filled with water, frozen to make a floating hand made of ice.

Emme: thanks for the idea about cauliflower! We have a sizable one in the fridge that needs eating anyway :)

Oct 29, 2011
snicmhuilean in Home Cooking

Dishes for Halloween party

I'm planning a party for Halloween, and am looking for suggestions. So far, I have:

Black Halloween punch (with floating ice hand)
Roasted pumpkin soup (pumpkin soup baked in the pumpkin itself)
Crescent Mummies (hot dogs wrapped in store-bought crescent rolls)
Baked rats (individual meatloaves shaped like rats, with spaghetti noodle tails)
"Devil"led eggs (devilled eggs made to look like eyeballs)
Spider cupcakes

Does anyone have any other suggestions? This party is going to be for at least 7, and must maintain at least some decorum. I'm especially looking for a vegetable.

Oct 23, 2011
snicmhuilean in Home Cooking

ISO Bison ribs

My lead time would be approximately one week, but this is very flexible as I haven't even told my SO of the special dinner yet.

Atwater Market is perfect, btw!

Feb 16, 2011
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO Bison ribs

I'm looking for good-quality bison ribs for a special dinner, that I can acquire at a reasonable distance from NDG. I'm traveling by public transit as well, so anything close to a metro would be great!

Feb 15, 2011
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO Liberté Strawberry or Date & Fig Greek Yogurt

I found it at the IGA at Alexis Nihon, and I believe they might also have it at Marche Akhavan in NDG.

Feb 15, 2011
snicmhuilean in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

Thanks again for all the replies and advice, chowhounds!

We had a great weekend, with the most memorable meals being at Swan on Queen West (amazing ribs, and great steak), and drinks on Saturday night at Baby Huey's on Ossington. Friday night was spent at Banknote at Bathurst and King - great beer and good times.

We tried to get into Dakota Tavern on Saturday night, but to no avail. There was a popular band there that night and the place was packed by the time we got there.

SO had his first taste of peameal bacon on a bun, and his first hotdog off a cart. Not as much eating as we thought, but just the same, it was a very good weekend. :)

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Swan Restaurant
892 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G3, CA

Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

The Banknote Bar & Supergrill
663 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

Feb 01, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

I would definitely bring him to The Green Room, but I hear that it's closed. Maybe we'll go to the Tranzac Club for a pitcher if we end up in the Annex.

So far, I'm leaning towards Sneaky Dee's or one of the aforementioned places on Ossington.

Again, thanks for all the suggestions! Still a week to go, so keep 'em coming!

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Sneaky Dee's
431 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1T1, CA

Green Room
296 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S2M7, CA

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

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

Splendido is a bit pricey for me, to be honest, which is why I'm thinking of it for dessert/coffee instead of dinner.

With regards to the sleaziness of the drinking hole...I'm looking for something with cheap pitchers, music tending towards hard rock, sort of dark and shadowy. When I lived in Toronto, I was a fixture at the Horseshoe Tavern and the Rivoli, and stopped in at the Wheat Sheaf every so often.

I'm sure there's something in the Annex or (West) Queen West that fits the bill, no? Or even in Parkdale or Liberty Village?

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Splendido
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

The Rivoli
334 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Jan 19, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

Splendido sounds like a wonderful idea, so I'll definitely consider it. One of the walking tours we have planned is going to take us through Chinatown, so I'm thinking we might go to a Chinese place for dinner on Saturday, since they will most likely have pre-Lunar New Year celebrations going on. And then, we might go up to Splendido for dessert and coffee.

Now, how about that sleazy drinking joint? ;)

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Splendido
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

Jan 19, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

OK, so this is what I`ve got planned so far:

Friday: arrive around noon, lunch at St. Lawrence Market (peameal bacon on a bun!). Check in at hotel. Light dinner at The Drake Hotel or other area cafe. Drinks TBD, probably in the Parkdale or Downtown West areas.

Saturday: breakfast at the Drake or an area joint (Hoof Cafe). Walking/streetcar tour of some of the neighbourhoods. Lunch off the back of a truck or from a sausage vendor, or in Chinatown if we end up there. Dinner at a nice place, maybe Harlem Underground.

Sunday: breakfast with friends. Walking/streetcar tours of more neighbourhoods, most likely including a tour of the Steam Whistle Brewery. Lunch TBD. Dinner likely with my mom in Scarborough. Drinks? TBD.

Monday: breakfast TBD, likely in the area. Lunch at some memorable place, maybe Hoof Cafe or Porchetta & Co. or somewhere more central.

So, chowhounds, I'd like some final suggestions for us: a nice, but good value resto for Saturday night, which would respect the budget of a poor student; and, a cheap, sleazy drinking hole for Sunday night (we're visiting my mom, after all).

Thanks to all of you for all of the suggestions so far! :-)

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St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, CA

Harlem Underground
745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

The Hoof Cafe
923 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1W2, CA

Porchetta & Co.
825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA

Jan 18, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

What about Porchetta & Co.? I've heard a bit of buzz about that place as well, mostly for lunch.

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Porchetta & Co.
825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA

Jan 14, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

We aren't willing to go north, but we will most likely be going east to Scarborough, as my mother is there. Any recs for Scarberia?

Jan 11, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

Thanks for the advice! Winterlicious isn't the reason we're coming to Toronto, it just happens to be running at the same time so I figure we could check it out.

He's more of a foodie than I am, into anything spicy and filling. While perusing NOW's restaurant listings, I came across The Harlem Underground, which is just a short streetcar ride away from the Drake and definitely looks promising. Since we're going to be so close to Parkdale, I'm going to try and take him to the roti place I used to go to before I moved (if it's still there, that is). St Lawrence Mkt is on the list as well, if only for the 3$ back bacon sandwiches and its proximity to Union Station, and Kensington Mkt as well as Chinatown and the U of T campus are very high priorities.

Regarding transportation, we'll be fully dependent on the TTC, so we'll be staying downtown. Neither of us are so adventurous that we'd be willing to, say, head further north than Eglinton for a good meal. We only have four days, after all, so there's also a time constraint...

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Harlem Underground
745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Jan 11, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the SO to Toronto for the first time, looking for advice...

Hi all,

I am a former Torontonian who left about 10 years ago to move to Montreal, and am bringing my SO to my hometown for the first time. He's never been, so I'd like to give him the most memorable experience possible. I've been gone for so long that most of the places I once went to are probably closed or unrecognizable.

We're staying at the Drake Hotel, in the West Queen West neighbourhood, but I would also like to give him tours of all of my old stomping grounds, primarily in the west end. We'll be there Jan 28-31, and will have a budget of about 120-150$/day for the two of us.

So far, we have some Winterlicious ideas, especially for a couple of places around Ossington. I'm also going to bring him to some of the sausage vendors, since that is an experience that is sadly lacking in Montreal.

So, hounds, got any suggestions for us?

If it helps at all, we're in our late-20s and mid-30s.

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The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Jan 10, 2011
snicmhuilean in Ontario (inc. Toronto)