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Bruce Penninsula, Manitoulin Island eats

Passed by it a few times over the last month. Looked interesting, so thanks for the updates. We travel with a husky so often have trouble eating inside a restaurant. We always look for a dog friendly patio so we don't have to leave the dog in the car - not a good idea in the summer. We often end up at the Wiarton Inn where they have a private patio in the back where dogs are welcome. I hope I don't get them into trouble for mentioning that.

looking for bulk organic virgin coconut oil in toronto or from a website

Just picked up a bottle of Virgin Coconut Oil from http://www.shilohfarmproducts.com/p/w...
Found them at a rural farmers market in Chatsworth near Owen Sound.
They are true believers.
The oil is just starting to solidify. Neat.

Bruce Penninsula, Manitoulin Island eats

We visit the Bruce a couple of times a year. We stay at http://www.crystalspringsplace.com/ motel just north of Mar. We always take our campstove and cook our own whitefish on a picnic table. We just got back yesterday and because of the rain (can't cook outside in a rainstorm) we ended up with a Pizza Pizza in Sauble Beach. Didn't see Rocky Racoons. The mass food chain outlets dominate with their lowest acceptable average corporate food. Still when you're looking forward to no supper, most anything is edible. We planned to buy whitefish from Howell's on the trip back to Toronto but they were out of stock because the weather was too bad for the boats to go out. The Wiarton Inn cooks an English style fish & chips with an excellent light batter, but it's not whitefish. Whitefish is on the menu at a higher price and not deep fried. Chips are frozen foodservice. Their patio is comfortable when the weather is good.
Local cheese can be found at the Pine River factory in Port Elgin. At the Lion's Head Inn you could try the locally raised, fully grassfed bison burger, but since it's frozen you need some luck from the kitchen for it to be appropriately cooked. North of Ferndale is an organic bakery worth checking out. I think it's Thursdays when they make a delicious savoury flatbread treat.
And one of my best junk foods can be found in Tobermory, beaver tails. But in general, the area is not a food destination.
Also keep in mind that a trip in October may find some of the busy summer businesses closed down, or running short hours, for the season.

Sunday Smashed Burger

It's a style and technique to create a skinny burger in a pan or on a griddle.
http://j.mp/Kol2Ea

Sunday Smashed Burger

Thanks to everyone for your ideas! We ended up at Barque's for Sunday brunch. It was an excellent choice. Not smashed burger, but very tasty with great bbq smoke and flavour. Real cheddar, candied bacon, spicy mayo, fresh bun (not super soft type but did it's job holding the burger together with style), and fries, all for a reasonable price. We snagged a table on the patio which was perfect for Sunday afternoon (inside was noisy with shouting kids). The location on Roncesvalles was easy to get to and the neighbourhood was fun to stroll. Next time I'd only change one thing; less pre-salting of the fries.

Sunday Smashed Burger

Yes, this may be it! Even has a patio if the weather's good. Excellent.

Sunday Smashed Burger

I hadn't considered Canteen so I'm glad you got me to have a look at it. It may be too corporate for us and the burger is pretty much buried in the large menu rather than a featured item. I didn't notice any fries listed with the burger and none specified as a side order. I need fries with a burger. I'll share this suggestion too and see how the group responds. Thanks for the idea.

Sunday Smashed Burger

I'd never heard of this place. Looks good for food, seating, and location for us on Sunday. I've given up on finding the 'smashed' style burger and I'm willing to try anything that's basically freshly cooked meat. I'm going to forward some links about the place to my companions and see what they think. Thanks.

Sunday Smashed Burger

I did notice a very expensive $18 dollar burger (with fries) at the Drake Hotel. Does anyone think it's incredibly good and worth the money? It is open for brunch on Sundays, it's in an area close to me, but I'd heard there's a bit of an attitude that might impact us senior 'un-hipsters'.

Sunday Smashed Burger

Yes, 5 Guys is a place I want to try, but coming from southern Etobicoke it really is a long trip for a hamburger.

Sunday Smashed Burger

Golden Star did come to mind since I used to be a regular many years ago and enjoyed the homeburger (and Brador). It was the distance that made me put it on the 'maybe' list. One of the diners is in from out of town and had heard of last week's Burger Week and was hoping to try a new place.

Sunday Smashed Burger

I didn't think it would be difficult to find freshly ground burgers, smashed would be best, on a Sunday for 3 old diners (60's to 80's). We need to sit down together to eat, not on tall wobbly stools facing a ledge and a wall. All I can find are either closed on Sunday or have no social seating. Can anyone help? West of Yonge is preferred for a Sunday afternoon. Alcohol is not required but great burgers are.

ISO Restaurant near York University/Rexall Centre for early dinner Saturday night before Diana Krall/Tony Bennett

I agree with Demeter, Thai Bamboo has always satisfied.

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Thai Bamboo
2150 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4K2Y7, CA

Umami in a tube

I agree with your conclusions.

As Peter, from www.bisonbasics.com says: "Umami refers to the presence of glutamic acid, an amino acid with salty/savory characteristics. Its presence gives food more depth in flavor, or character. Umami is present in seafood products, Parmesan cheese, and meats - especially cured meats, like ham and bacon."

MSG is not scary. It's naturally part of many foods. The ingredient list of Taste#5 seems reasonable for a product that incorporates high levels of naturally occurring glutamic acids.

Umami in a tube

So what are the ingredients in this tube?

ISO : Red Currants

I've found them at Highland Farms (Dufferin/Steeles) for at least the last 5yrs during the local season. Also White Currants, and the bigger Black Currants.

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Highland Farms
850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

Deli Duel has expanded - June 19th

Yes, you are correct! As I stated earlier, these are my attitudes and opinions, not direct quotes. Questions were asked, but not by me, and the conversation was overheard.
I would be surprised if similar concerns were not discussed by all potential participants before a final decision was made.

I still believe the event is advertising and promotion for the vendors, else have them provide the food and services anonymously. It's making a show of being charitable. The spirit of giving can also be a private matter, not a duel which supposes winners and losers.

Deli Duel has expanded - June 19th

I apologize if I made it sound like they have no care for the charity. That assumption is simply not true.

None of us can support all the charities that are out there asking for support. You must make choices. I see Stop as just one among dozens of local organizations that want to do good deeds via food. To suggest that those who don't participate have no care for the charity and just want to take is pretty mean and I'm sure that isn't the case.

It's also not much 'fun' if the event abuses those who contribute and creates attitudes in the public who attend that are not supportive of the vendors as happened last year.

These are my opinions, not Wolfies.

We all support charities, but there are many ways to be charitable and give back. Maybe this particular one is not the best solution for everyone.

Deli Duel has expanded - June 19th

Had a really excellent smoked meat sandwich at Wolfies the other day. It's an amazing shrine to Coca Cola too if you decide to eat in.
Also asked about the Deli Duel. Seems that there is some disagreement within management about the value of this venue. The cost in meat, time, and money versus the possible promotional aspects are in dispute. It's simply advertising, and if, like last year, you run out of meat, everyone dumps on you.
The Duel also expects the participants to provide all their own steamers, trays, gas, etc. which can be a big expense and inconvenience for a small single deli store.
They have a very small staff/management and participating would impact both the store and the employees home life.
They have a great product and I think they should stay focused on the store. I doubt if a 'success' at the Deli Duel will bring them more customers or alternately swamp them. They are a local community gem, not looking to be the next 'big thing'. I'm hoping Wolfies decides not to participate and also avoids any of the daily deal sites too,

Maple Syrup Anyone?

Without understanding the technical details it's difficult to make an informed decision.
I only have one glass bottle of syrup left from last season so I'm looking for a great 2011 product.
This is Shrove Tuesday time, so pancakes and maple syrup are on the menu. I have a British background, so I still enjoy pancakes topped with lemon and brown sugar rather than maple syrup. But maple syrup is an incredible natural sweetener and battles with local honey in my recipes.
If you do decide to buy maple syrup, let us know your source!

Maple Syrup Anyone?

I admit that I'm a little plastic phobic. There's also the question of gravity only feed rather than a negative air pressure within the plastic lines that pull out the sap from the trees. Is this sustainable long term? No one seems to know, but it does provide more immediate profit to commercial operations.
The defoaming we did was simply to physically skim off the bubbly foam while boiling. No need for milk, though I have heard of this method.
The final filtering was through felt, not cheesecloth as I originally posted.

Maple Syrup Anyone?

Find a local farm supplier, not a commercial one. I think traditional buckets are better than plastic tubing. Wood fire under a stainless steel pan is the classic method. Then a final filter through something like cheesecloth. No additives, no defoaming, just the pure product. A websearch using some of the terms above should find a provider local to you.

Maple Syrup Anyone?

I looked at the Steeves website. It worries me! They claim to sell 'Canadian Syrup' for half the price of 'Pure Maple Syrup'. So what are they really selling? You can find pure, natural maple syrup at hundreds of local farms. This product comes from maple trees. It's naturally organic. And how can pure maple syrup not be kosher? It's not like it's disobeying the rules for killing animals, it's just tapping and reducing the natural sap from a tree using heat. Looking for Kosher and Organic maple syrup is just asking to be overcharged for a simply produced natural product.

Bel Cibo, 3610 Dufferin s of Wilson

Trezzano was my 'goto' for meatball sandwiches. I haven't tried the replacement business because I think I'll be disappointed. I hope to hear something good soon before I have to visit.