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Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

What a great week we had in TO. My deep appreciation to all for your tips and recommendations, in this and other threads. Fabulous food week.

After the pleasures of our Woodlot dinner, we had our one day of average food (Jerk King and Tofu Village-House of Soon Tofu) on Bloor near where we stayed, brightened by a visit to the Harbord Bakery for some wonderful pistachio mandelbracht. Then I maximally enjoyed a lunch solo at Chinese Dumpling House with their wonderful fried mixed vegetable dumplings (never experienced that wonderful crispy, light latticework) and soya bean curd with cucumber, followed by a smashing meal at Rasa (their Industry Monday prix fixe). Next up I discovered Chabichou on Harbord where I had a superlative cafe au lait, delicious croissant and quiche, scooping up some cheese blintzes and a bowl of schav to go re-visiting nearby Harbard Bakery, and then an enjoyable if unexceptional meal at the Cafe at the Gladstone Hotel after a nearby Summerworks performance.

A nice brunch at the Average Joe's Cafe (consistently good, each visit) preceded a series of great experiences, beginning with my beloved brown rice cakes from Fong on Foods, then dinner at Fat Pasha. Next day, a much better (delicious) soondubu at Buk Chang Dong, some magnificent cinnamon buns and cream puffs from Blackbird Bakery, ending the day with a surprisingly wonderful meal at Marinella (he exulted over his seafood linguini and my fettucine alfredo indulgence felt like one. Our final day hit the highest peaks, with major dim sum pleasure at Rol San (many pleasures, possibly most of all the greaseless, exceptionally fresh and delicious sesame ball), out on Danforth to collect treats out at the Viking Bakery (what a great, unique place, and owner), closing out with wonderful food and a lovely experience at Bloom on West Bloor (near the sadly closed at that hour Patchmon's). Vegetarians visiting Bloom should hope for their veg terrine and paella.

My thanks again to all for making us aware of so many of these wonderful places. We hated the week ending.

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Had our first meal of the visit last night at Woodlot, and we both experienced major dining pleasure. Thanks to dubchild for the suggestion. Starters were a delicious pea empanada with a wonderful hot sauce, and a showstopping marinated butter bean and cucumber salad (really a side), made with mint and feta - and that description wouldn't capture it. I had the smoked ricotta and black pepper cavatelli (smashing - got the small, would have devoured the large), and he disappeared in a cloud of ecstacy with the Memphis dry rub ribs (with a lovely buttermilk celery root and apple slaw). Adding the gorgeous breads, this was a wonderful celebratory meal. Pressed to find more earthbound components of the meal on the patio there, I'd say neither of us greatly loved any of the 3 specialty cocktails we ordered, or the marinated fingerling potato salad (which may have been one dish too many, ordered later in the meal). We did find all of our contact with restaurant staff added to the enjoyment of our dinner.

Walked out College afterwards, enjoying the collection of several items at the Novo Era Portuguese bakery (others Portuguese bakeries recommended?), which were dangerously affordable. Liked the cinnamon bread pudding a lot, better than their custard tarts ( a bit too sweet for my taste. Have gotten to a red bean tart yet.

Hoping to figure out the best of the MANY Korean restaurants nearby along Bloor!

Aug 09, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Hopping on a plane shortly after an intense few weeks of work, clearly designed to make me even more excited to be coming for a week's vacation in Toronto. Hugely grateful to all for posting great, helpful tips and information. Can't get there soon enough - will follow up with reports!

Aug 08, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Won't remember all of the names, I'm afraid. I do remember: Union (soon after it opened - a great memory), Banh Mi Boys, Harbard Bakery, Rol San, Sadies, United Bakers Dairy Restaurant, Lee Garden, Golden Turtle, Carribbean Roti Palace, Venezia Bakery, Terroni (Queen West), Fressen, Fong on Foods (for wonderful fresh Bak Tong Goh) and a great little bakery whose name I can't recall, I believe located where Smoque N' Bones is now across from the southeast corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park. If my memory was better, I'd pull up more restaurant names...

Jul 22, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Thanks mrsleny, I will post a report. Very excited about Viking Bakery, truth be told. Thanks for that tip.

Jul 20, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

We'll be in Harbord Village, and have a few days with car-owning friends, and a few days using Bike Share, and other public transit. We may rent a car for a day or two, with car-required food exploration being a good excuse (along with an out of town hike).

Jul 20, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Thanks, petek. Will definitely be visiting Rol San again this trip. It was a favorite from our last time there. Had our eye on Swatow last time, but adding it to the list for this visit.

Jul 20, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

Indeed I do - much appreciated! That could easily be an ideal vacation itinerary for me - with maybe multiple visits for sour sop ice cream at JR Sweet's, and trying everything at Patchmon’s Homemade Thai Desserts.

Jul 20, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

These are all great, helpful recommendations - thank you Ediblethoughts. Checking out all of these, and especially happy to learn about The Europa Bar and Restaurant. Wonderful.

A jealous New Yorker here, with Toronto having this many recommendable Ethiopian places. Also adding The Dumpling House - thanks BlackMambaSommelier.

Jul 20, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ideas sought by omnivore and vegetarian, excited to again be visiting TO

We've had two fantastic previous vacations in Toronto, with great food both times. Recommendations targeted to us as an omnivore+vegetarian couple to update our ideas for food explorations would be greatly appreciated. We're looking for mostly low to moderately priced meals (we've loved the diversity of terrific affordable food there), with one or two bigger splurges (including possibly one with tasting menus for both the meat-eater and the vegetarian).

Some favorite cuisines of ours include Vietnamese, most Chinese regional, Moroccan, Ethiopian, Italian, Eastern European... well, basically everything, including good burgers. We'll need to strategize to make the indulging more affordable this time, which means whenever a good meal can cost $10-20, that will be a score liberating us to enjoy more meals out and about. Any good BYOB locations would also be great to hear about, as would great bakeries (including small ethnic bakeries).

Links to where I (and others) could be more effectively doing my own research would be appreciated, too. Hopefully information provided here will benefit many others as well.

Jul 19, 2015
round2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need recommendations for Queens' current exciting, even spicy, restaurants

I hope to get recommendations for where in Queens food excitement may be now that is like that of Spicy Mina at her best, early Sriphraphai, etc. I don't know where good Indian food is now in Jackson Heights (though I like Phayul a lot for Tibetan). I love Elmhurst, but I'm not sure where to go for Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese or other food there.

What's a recently experienced location of food excitement in Queens?

Jul 02, 2015
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Ka Wah – My Favorite Bakery in Chinatown

Thanks, Lau. Happy to be wrong. It was closed the last couple of times I went there.

May 16, 2015
round2 in Manhattan

Ka Wah – My Favorite Bakery in Chinatown

I continue to mourn Ka Wah, which has been closed for about a year now, I think - right? I loved what they made, and really liked the people running the place, too. Their prices seemed so low that I wondered how they made any money.

Do you know if they've moved somewhere else, Lau? Do you have a recommendation for a replacement in Chinatown (or in the Outer Boroughs)?

May 16, 2015
round2 in Manhattan

Christmas Day Lunch/Brunch in Nashville 2014

Much thanks for these leads. Not surprising that the options would be quite limited, of course. It looks like we may make the drive to Mack and Kates, though interested in hearing any other recommendations.

Dec 16, 2014
round2 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Christmas Day Lunch/Brunch in Nashville 2014

If anyone's got inside knowledge of restaurants that will be open at lunchtime on Christmas Day this year, I'd greatly appreciate you sharing it. Open to a range of options, though reasonably comfortable and pleasant would be good.

Dec 14, 2014
round2 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Best current Burmese, Vietnamese and Ethiopian DC-area restaurants

Coming in from NYC, where these are not (or are barely) available. At least not as good as I've had in DC over the years. Which places are currently the best? By any luck, any of the best actually in DC?

Cannelle Bakery

I stopped by the original Cannelle location this morning and found a line reaching the front door. I love this bakery, and its embrace by the neighborhood. Fresh product is coming out of the bakery to the shelves all day long. Is the new location just a distribution site for their goods baked in Jackson Heights? Afraid the freshness factor would be diminished along with higher prices...

Oct 26, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs

2014 Myanmar Baptist Church Fun Fair - October 4

Excited to see what's on the menu. Here's the details for this event (one of my favorites):

19th Annual Fun Fair
Myanmar Baptist Church
Sunnyside Community Hall
41-20 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY 11104
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
11am - 5pm

Oct 03, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sunday at the Mosque

Good news, thanks for the info!

Oct 02, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Much thanks to all for the terrific recommendations.

Last night we had a fabulous meal at Hungry Mother, probably our fourth since our first soon after it opened. We always loved a special cocktail they made with sorghum, that's not among their specialty drinks any more, but they made one for us they said would be a close approximation. It was good, but not exactly what we remembered and loved. The food, though, was sensational last night, start to finish. They continue not to exactly cater to vegetarians (!) on their menu, but served me a platter with what was described as corn porridge (really good), a squash melange (lovely) with the best cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes I could ever imagine tasting. Wow. The special side we ordered, cauliflower with almonds and butter, was fantastic. The omnivore absolutely loved his cast-iron chicken, as did we both the cornbread with sorghum butter, and boiled peanuts.

Had a nice lunch at Ulu Cafe in Jamaica Plain yesterday, wonderful ice cream at Christina's the night before, and a delicious (apricot and ?) tart from Clear Flour Bakery this morning.

Looking forward to getting to Istanbu'lu tonight, after lunch at Xinh Xinh...

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area
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Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Ribelle looks wonderful - thank you teezeetoo. We have one dinner left in question, though we're meeting up with folks who may need something more casual and cheaper. If not this trip, hopefully we get back and can try it soon.

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Very much appreciated, antimony. Hoping to make it in to Xinh Xinh (AND 101 Bakery) for lunch today. If we can, I'd love to make it to Gene's this weekend, but also would like to hit Bronwyn and Machu Picchu, but time now is running way too short (we start mourning the impending end of our visit almost as soon as it begins). We're in Cambridge near Charlestown, and it may not be a bad drive to Malden for Habeesha... but time is getting tight.

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

I really appreciate this suggestion, tysonmcneely. We did go to Yoma, missing Burmese food in NYC, which was a favorite from SF. We had the tea leaf ginger salad (kind of a combo of their ginger and their tea leaf salads) which we enjoyed, and scratched a long-time itch. The plata (layered bread) with potato and bean curry was delicious too. The okra potato tofu was okay, but less successful, and the Burmese kimchee (spicy, sweet and pickled shallots, I believe), was more interesting than gobble-it-up delicious. So hit or miss, yes, but a wonderful treat for Burmese food fans.

Aug 23, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

TimTamGirl, thank you! Great information, including spotlighting places that had not been on my radar screen (Dorchester for Vietnamese, and Tupelo). I forgot the name of Istanbu'lu, but we once had a VERY memorable brunch there a few years back. I will indeed keep combing through the boards, but it's not often clear which good places work well also for vegetarians. We've had so much luck finding great places there in the past.

Much appreciated!

Aug 20, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Thank you, addiez! I hadn't discovered Life Alive yet. Sarma looks great, as does Oleana (we love Sofra, which we always include in our trips).

We're booked for a b'day dinner at a (now) long-time favorite, Hungry Mother, and may do one or two others at a moderately high price, but hope to stay around (or under) $20 - 25 per person, without booze, for most.

Aug 20, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

We've been lucky enough to be able to make a yearly visit from NYC to the GBA several times now, excited to be coming up this week. The range of food pleasure in the area is a primary motivator for us, from Turkish to regional Chinese to Italian to (new) Southern to Ethiopian, from bakeries to ice cream to dim sum to deli - we've had wonderful experiences over the years.

If anyone's got current recommendations (and skinny) on places good for these and more, that work for a mixed marriage - omnivore and vegetarian (lacto-ovo) - we'd tremendously appreciate them.

In addition to what's good for the above, we'd love to hear about good Vietnamese, Burmese, and (yes) Indian pudding (years ago memory from Locke-Ober). Oh, and good vegetarian places mixed in would be good for us both too.

Hoping any recs provided are useful to many in addition to us!

Aug 20, 2014
round2 in Greater Boston Area

Exactly one nice meal in Portland!

Glad you enjoyed the East Ender, Bob W. We also ate there last night, and also had a terrific meal: outstanding deviled eggs (one set veg, one not), nettle soup, tossed salad, and a salad special (truly special, though can't name the magical ingredients beyond pickled asparagus and mustard greens) - both fantastic, bread basket (wonderful), and mint chocolate chip ice cream (only thing that was just good). Two brilliant cocktails - the Bowlegged Cowboy, made with bourbon, beer syrup, stout and a lucardo cherry, and the Caipirinha Verde, made with cachaca, cilantro and lime. We were relaxed and comfortable by the window downstairs in what may be their bar area, with enjoyable roots/bluegrass/Americana music and good service. The main dining room is up a flight of stairs, if I'm not mistaken.

Jul 01, 2014
round2 in Northern New England
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Cheap eats to moderate recs?: one week in Portland (with day trips)

This goes way beyond getting me started, making me even more excited about our visit, and grateful for your generosity. These suggestions and comments will be helpful for all readers who get to enjoy the food and beverages of Portland.

I'm actually not a vegetarian who will eat fish, but one who'll enjoy having whatever works for me at a great place for seafood that the omnivore will love. I'm sure I'll do much better than fine there otherwise.

Many thanks, bobbert, and anyone else with additional input you might care to throw out!

Jun 25, 2014
round2 in Northern New England

Cheap eats to moderate recs?: one week in Portland (with day trips)

We're excited to be getting away with a hotel booked for one week in Portland - and a rental car. This trip is a financial stretch, so after having paid for the hotel and car expenses, we're trying not to splurge out on our meals.

But the truth is we're excited about the food of Portland and surrounding areas of Maine. Most meals we're hoping to keep to $20 - 25 per person (hopefully several for less). One splurge will be for Sunday Supper at Piccolo, and one for The Well (at Jordan's Farm).

One's an omnivore, the other a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I'm happily planning to indulge some meals skimpy for a veg (it's seafood land, right?), and he loves healthy, lighter eating, great fresh produce (and lots of meat and seafood). We like places that feel like the owner's lives are invested in them.

Any recommendations for our miraculous opportunity for a week in Maine?

Jun 24, 2014
round2 in Northern New England

Best Restaurant in Astoria (for 16)?

Here's some ideas for places in Astoria that I'd think of as able to accommodate 16 people on a Monday night, in addition to MP Taverna: Trattoria L'Incontro, Ovelia, Koliba, Piccola Venezia, Loukoumi Taverna, Telly's Taverna, Ornella's, Stamatis, Pachanga Patterson, Christos Steak House, Vesta Trattoria, Zenon, eTaverna, De Mole, Kopiaste, Thirsty Koala, Milkflower, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Pye Boat Noodle, Republic Bar, Trakia

I certainly left out some good places, though I knew some that weren't open on Mondays. Others may be. Hopefully this is a helpful start.

Jun 09, 2014
round2 in Outer Boroughs