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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

I just watched that segment again - I think while Jaimee's was completely sealed it was undercooked (watched the whispered judge comments too) - looking at the yolk I would have to agree that Cutter's appears more correctly cooked.

Aug 19, 2014
ElizabethS in Food Media & News

Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

I thought the girl on the left (sorry don't know names) ravioli was fully sealed?

Aug 19, 2014
ElizabethS in Food Media & News

Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

This is the first time I've watched Master Chef - I was surprised that Cutter won having used a fork to seal the raviolis - more like peanut butter cookies!

Aug 19, 2014
ElizabethS in Food Media & News

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

Went to the Francis/Bacon show at AGO yesterday so had lunch at Frank (first time). It was very busy but the service was excellent and lunch was good.

Starters

Cod fritters - excellent texture but too salty - cod wasn't rinsed enough
Red Pepper/Watermelon gazpacho - delicious. The watermelon wasn't overpowering but added freshness

Mains

Quinoa burger - more like a quinoa "cake" - aggressively seasoned with cumin which I enjoyed (I only had a taste)

Perch on beans - small serving but the perch was very well cooked

Pulled asian chicken with bean sprouts/etc - about how it sounds. OK Asian flavoured salad

Dessert

Cookie ice cream sandwich with hot chocolate sauce - delicious
Summer berry pudding - really delicious

$20 and we had the Chateau des Charmes chardonnay for $28

My 3rd summerlicious in 5 days! (Momofuku Saturday night - concur with previous review here. Service was outstanding though)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

We went to Huevos Gourmet yesterday for the first time - the difficulty going forward will be keeping us OUT of it!

Food was delicious and service was fast and friendly. A definite keeper.

We had Huevos Rancheros and the Breakfast Burrito. - pics below.

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

We had a really great lunch today at Windup Bird Cafe on College between Spadina and Bathurst. We have never been frequent participants in Summer or Winterlicious but in this case it was the definition of success for both parties - we found a new restaurant we'll return to because of their participation.

"Locally sourced cuisine with an international flavour" is an apt description of the menu. There were 6 of us so we covered a lot of the menu real estate - enjoyed the following:

Starters

- (hot) curried carrot soup - well seasoned and excellent texture
- (cold) dill soup - perfect texture (no bad cold fat mouth feel) and a great bit of heat kick at the back
- quinoa salad - someone else had it/loved it

Mains

- sausage and chicken jambalaya - generous serving/good texture on the rice/good dish
- lamb meatballs (billed as a sandwich but served with the bread on the side) - excellent seasoning on the meatballs
- Vegetable curry - really generous serving - chick peas/tomato sauce/brown rice and roasted cauliflower.

Dessert

- flourless chocolate cake - the winner at the table (and I don't even like chocolate or cake)
- passionfruit mousse - popular
- lemon bar - least favourite

We had a delightful bottle of Chilean Chardonnay for $33 (well, two actually) .... great value.

Service was friendly and meal was well paced.

We'll be back!

Casa Victoria - A Michelin Star Calibre, Cantonese 'Surf & Turf' Chowmeet

It was a lovely evening - great to meet so many hounds. I started to say my favourite dish was the oysters (delicious large BC ones) but then added the ginger poached garoupa to the list, but started to think about the scallops. Then stopped! It was all delicious. Thanks again Charles - see everyone soon I hope.

Best Doughnuts/Donuts in Toronto: 2014

San Remo is our neighbourhood bakery - here's a recent article from the Star with video re their donuts

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Spotted another restaurant under construction yesterday in Mimico on the north side of Lakeshore Boulevard a block or so east of FBI - TICH, Modern Indian Cuisine.

FB page is up

https://www.facebook.com/tichcuisine

Gluten-Free Substitute for Flour and Breadcrumb Coating on Chicken Breasts

I'm not a quinoa expert - it was a very crunchy coating if you like that sort of thing

May 30, 2014
ElizabethS in Home Cooking

Gluten-Free Substitute for Flour and Breadcrumb Coating on Chicken Breasts

Here's the recipe - it was good but I'm not that big a fan of quinoa it turns out!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

May 29, 2014
ElizabethS in Home Cooking

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

We moved here (New Toronto) 28 years ago from Cabbagetown - it's finally happening!

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Cellar Door is now taking reservations for opening this Saturday night

http://www.cellardoorrestaurant.ca/

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

I've been in for a drink (the Goodlake Lager is delish) and plan to eat there soon - I think everyone is really pulling for them to succeed, and Cellar Door when it opens too.

Top Chef Canada begins tonight

Meh - like others I wasn't invested in any of them. I thought this season was terribly conceived with ridiculous, unnecessary bolt-ons to cooking challenges - not to mention the off-putting guys against the girls.

I watch it online and fast forward through much of the manufactured drama ... I can watch a show in about 20 minutes while I'm working so I guess I'll continue to do that. I'm curious about the ratings for this season - have a friend who might know so I'll post if I find out.

May 13, 2014
ElizabethS in Food Media & News

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Here's a link to an interesting discussion about storefronts/new restaurants in our area. Good suggestions to get involved. Thought readers here would be interested. (I had to smile at the OP lamenting the lack of change in 3 years -- we've been here 28 and the last 3 years have seen the most change !)

http://www.ourlakeshore.net/forum/top...

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Lime Rickey's had a great Reuben.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

The Plaice was delicious at the Mermaid - although better on Bay we thought.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

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Is it still there?

Smoked Trout Appetizer

That looks delicious - thanks for posting.

I make these smoked trout fish cakes often -- something else for you to try with your home smoked fish

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Apr 13, 2014
ElizabethS in Home Cooking

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Brutal review of Just Sushi in today's Globe

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f...

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

In the "kiss of death" sports bar location?

Rome advice - high-end or not?

Tough decision.....but probably Metamorfosi. You couldn't go wrong either way though so perhaps logistics will enter in to your final decision (i.e. location/reservation/etc)

We didn't do the wine pairing at either -- which is odd for us so I'm wondering if it was available?

Apr 02, 2014
ElizabethS in Italy

Top Chef Canada begins tonight

Tonight's episode looks ridiculous - firefighting? Really? Shark. Jumped.

Mar 24, 2014
ElizabethS in Food Media & News

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Has anybody tried the new Ember Hot Stove on Lakeshore near 10th/11th?

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Was that in the same location as Peasant's Larder? I should have had that on my list as my husband and I practically lived there in the early 80s. Barry and Arlene were priceless and the chili was great (I have the recipe - Barry wrote it on a napkin which I still have!)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

The Parrot on Queen Street
The Mexican restaurant on Gerard by Carlaw (Chiles?) - slow service but great Fish Veracruz

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Just noticed paper in the windows of Lee's Thai Spring Roll (Lakeshore Boulevard and 8th) - closed or renovating?

Tell me about cheese rinds in soup,please.

I always put parmesan rinds in spaghetti sauce (tomato based) and minestrone.....usually the piece is about 2 x 3 or 4 inches. It cooks away to almost nothing and adds a lovely sweetness and body. I put it in pretty early an it does take a while to cook.

Sep 11, 2013
ElizabethS in Home Cooking

The 'New' Treadwell, NOTL - A memorable dining experience that is worthy of a 2 hour drive!! ( Long Review )

Unfortunately we had a poor experience at lunch there a couple of weeks ago (for which I'll start a separate posting) - your meal and experience was what I was hoping for.