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Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Nice post. Non-Nisa brings back some memories!

about 13 hours ago
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Honestly I'm not sure, but I know the family that owns Allen's pastry pretty well and did not think they were in the full service restaurant business. But I have never been to an Allen's on St. Clair, only Alberts?

about 22 hours ago
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Only correction is Allen's pastry shop is a bakery as well. You can get them frozen at both the Peanut Plaza and Scarborough locations.

about 23 hours ago
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

As Prima mentioned, this is a list of bakeries you can buy from directly. Allen's is readily available frozen in many of the Caribbean markets around town. Not sure about the regular grocery stores.

about 23 hours ago
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Pimento Wood Chips?

How well do they grow up here? I havent tried it, but I used to grow my own when I lived in FLA.

I have also found that hardwood charcoal and any type of fruit wood is the closest you are going to get to a roadside Jerk type experience. Minus the pimento wood.

2 days ago
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Randy's, Michidean's and Allen's seem to freeze and reheat the best from my experience. Tinnel's for some reason do not travel as well as the others.

Patty King patties are disgusting. So you are not alone on that one.

Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

I guess I'm alone on this one, but I really enjoyed the english muffin. I thought it was very nicely baked. The sandwich with cheese and kimchi is my favorite of the bunch.

Feb 28, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

Forge Baking Co. in Somerville makes an awesome Egg and Cheese sandwich.

Feb 25, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Dinner near W hotel?

I know you said no to Chinatown, but Shojo is great and not your typical chinatown fare. Where exactly are they coming from? That may help us steer you in the right direction.

Feb 24, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

McDonalds for fries and sweet tea. Where should I go instead? Home to my bed, since I'm most likely tipsy.

Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

Eastern Standard, Citizen and Tasty Burger.

Feb 19, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Jamaican ice cream shop

Thanks. I believe its safe to say that the popular Indian flavours are readily available where he resides, since he is in the UAE. So I think it is more the popular flavours from around the Caribbean that he was after.

Feb 19, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jamaican ice cream shop

This is exactly what I was hoping for. They are on the list, thanks!

Feb 19, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jamaican ice cream shop

Good tip from both Degustation and Graham. Thanks.

Feb 18, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO grocery delivery in Cambridge other than PeaPod

Feb 17, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Jamaican ice cream shop

Hopefully this thread uncovers something locally, so you can give it a whirl earlier than than later.

Feb 17, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pimento Wood Chips?

All spice berries and Bay Leaves soaked in water and a bit of distilled white vinegar placed in some tin foil works quite well. That is what I personally use for my jerk if I havent ordered the wood from here:(http://www.pimentowood.com/Pimento_Wo...)

Feb 16, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Jamaican ice cream shop

Thank you! I will pass along the Tropical treats info and Sweet n Nice. My understanding is that he can find some of the fruit flavours, its the other specialty ones that are evading him. Irish moss and Irish Stout for example. So anyone who has any info of those, it is much appreciated.

Feb 16, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heng Lay - Lowell

This place is legit. Good to see it getting some burn!

Feb 16, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Jamaican ice cream shop

Basically a selection of flavours that are typical of an ice cream shop around the Caribbean. Rum Raisin, Grape nut, Irish Stout, Dragon Stout, Rum Cake, Irish Moss, Blue Mountain coffee and Sorrel. Then of course the fruit flavours like Sour Sop, Mango, Coconut, etc....

Ice cream in Jamaica also tends to be coconut milk based. If you ask any Jamaican about their childhood, especially if you are from Kingston, they are almost guaranteed to mention Devon House ice cream or something similar.

Feb 16, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jamaican ice cream shop

Hey everyone,

I have a friend from JA that has been working in the UAE for the past few years and will be spending a month in Toronto for work next month. One thing he misses from home is a proper JA style Ice Cream shop (Think Devon House). I was wondering if someone could point him towards a place in the GTA that could scratch that itch. He will have a car so anywhere within reasonable driving distance is acceptable.

I know we have them in places like NYC, Boston and Miami but I cant think of a place in Toronto, but know there must be at least one in the city. JR Sweet in Oakwood is only open in the summer, so something similar but open next month would be great.

Thanks in advance!

Feb 15, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whiskey Priest alternative (Boston seaport)

If you dont mind a 5-10 minute walk, that puts you on congress st and opens up Lucky's, Drink and Tavern Road. All three are a huge leap up from Whiskey Priest and within a block of each other in case one is unable to accommodate your group immediately.

Feb 15, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

BYOB - Boston

Any thoughts on the bill to open up BYOB in Boston, sponsored by Councilor Wu and Murphy?

Personally I think it is a fantastic idea. Mayor Walsh is correct to steer this towards areas that restaurants have not made large investments in liquor licenses already. But overall a step in the right direction.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...

Feb 10, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Last I heard they planned on a Spring 2015 opening. They also plan to offer beer and wine.

Feb 02, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Tortillas

Beantown taqueria makes their own tortillas.

Feb 02, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Drupatis on Yonge

Definitely do not judge a Trini Roti shop based on their Jerk Chicken. The Jamaican places in town barely make a passable Jerk so you should not expect a Trini spot to make anything much better.

Try a Roti, some doubles, Pholourie, Aloo Pie and maybe an order of Pelau if it has not been sitting out for too long.

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Everyone always bitches about how it will never taste like home (Heck I fall into the same trap from time to time) and it never will, in any city, not only Boston. What you have to do is find small victories in the food scene to keep you going in between trips back to the "motherland" and I think Boston performs well relative to size in that department.

Jan 28, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Boljol: Trin City cuisine.
Choka: Trin City and D'coal pot.
Tripe and Bean: Only one restaurant. Used to be even better at Pepper Pot, but they closed unfortunately.
Cow Cod and Mannish water: Jamaican Flavor (Lynn), Mannish water is also good at Lorenz Island Kuisine.
Caribbean style fried fish: Some ting nice. Also the curry crab special at Rite Spice (Lynn)
Cow Foot: Jamaica Flavor and Flames in Mattapan.

Jan 27, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Top 5 of the past 5

Ribelle, Asta, Alden & Harlow, Sarma and Row 34. Could easily add a 2nd 5 as well.

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

I also add a plus 1 to Slim's comments. The mid range-chef driven scene is really exciting and am grateful for the shift.

One thing I may add as a person that loves exploring the West Indian dining scene everywhere I live, Boston seems to get it right more often than not. No we still don't have any good Jerk, but the West Indian places seem to dumb down there menu's less than other cities around the continent. You can actually find legit Boljol, Choka, Tripe n bean, Cow Cod, Mannish water and caribbean style fried fish. With the opening of the new Tropical foods I also expect the ingredient offerings to hit another level as well.

I know that is not important to everyone, but to those of us whom it is, its a nice change of pace.