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New veggie side dish recipes, please!

I made this yesterday - Cauliflower Cake - really good! (added garlic and some chives I had kicking around)

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

May 20, 2015
ElizabethS in Home Cooking

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

Is Spitfire Grill rebranding already? Sign up saying "Kitchen on 6th" opening Spring 2015?

Alder "Re-Launch" menu - now prix fixe

Just got an email from Alder - it looks like they're moving towards a set 5 course menu ($65/$35 wine pairing). A la carte menu only available at the bar and patio.

I wonder if it's because business has fallen off at that location or due to the closure of wd50

Apr 29, 2015
ElizabethS in Manhattan

Chiles Rellenos - Meh?

Here's a post I did last year on another site with info regarding making Rellenos - the tip I read here about removing the seeds first really helped

I read a recipe on Chowhound that called for removing the seeds BEFORE roasting by making a long cut at an appropriate place. This turns out to be a great suggestion. I could get most of the seeds out and the pepper maintained much more structural integrity after roasting.

Another tip was to use toothpicks after stuffing the peppers (claiming many restaurants do) - that also worked although it added a bit of a challenge handling the peppers (I removed them before serving)

The final tip was to freeze the stuffed peppers for 20-30 minutes which I did - can't say if that helped but the outcome was terrific.

I did two types of batter - one the traditional egg white/egg yolk and the other flour/egg/panko (not technically a chile relleno but awfully good!)

The egg batter recipe (the Chowhound one) had an interesting technique for coating the pepper - putting a dollop of batter in the hot oil then placing the pepper on it and spreading more batter (pic in the link below) - it worked well and the batter looked beautiful upon serving (no gaps)

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29565-chi...

I also made tomato sauce from our fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions and dried hot chilies from last year - it was OK but a little too sweet (the onions I guess). Rounded off the meal with roasted corn removed from the cob and pan fried in butter and smoked paprika. Topped everything with some sour cream and cilantro.

It was time consuming but I love doing fiddly stuff. While the traditional rellenos were very good we both really liked the Panko ones as well - nice for a change (also the panko ones would clearly hold well meaning you could prepare a bunch slightly in advance).

I know you might laugh at all the work for something many of you can get down the street but not in Toronto!

Apr 25, 2015
ElizabethS in Home Cooking

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

Too much competition for the strippers?

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Great list which I plan to borrow for our next trip!

In the LES you might want to make note of Alder - 2nd and E10th (Wylie Dufresne's small plates restaurant) We enjoyed our meal there last year.

If you're walking south of Houston you might enjoying wandering through Essex Street Market

http://www.essexstreetmarket.com/#wel...

In that same area is the Tenement Museum which is a fascinating visit. They have a couple of food themed walking tours

http://www.tenement.org/tours.php

Have a great time!

Mar 24, 2015
ElizabethS in Manhattan

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

Went last night - food was delicious. More later.

Upscale Toronto Indian Restaurant

There is a new Indian restaurant opening in Mimico this month that describes itself as "Modern Indian". I'm going in a couple of weeks and will check back in (although I'm hardly an expert!)

http://tich.ca/

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

I wonder if their business has suffered somewhat since the TD Bank closed - a lot less foot traffic in that block now.

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

Review in the Star this weekend for Goodlake

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

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

We order from Chinese Food Gallery (on Dundas) - food is good and consistent.

http://www.chinesefoodgallery.ca/

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

I had that rapini pizza and it came with hot peppers on it - have they changed it? (I did have to ask for more though)

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

Yes

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

I saw they have signage up - but are they open?

UPDATE

Just found their Twitter feed - soft launch this coming Saturday

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

Went again yesterday for brunch and it was just as good. This time I had the Huevos Rancheros and my husband had the Mexican Omelet with Chorizo. Service was very quick especially considering they were quite busy. So nice to see hordes of young families in our neighbourhood.

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

Appreciate your valour!

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

Same owner there though?

Where are you still eating that you were 20 years ago and is still good?

I'm mad at Swiss Chalet - called to order delivery last week and they are now charging $2.95. With two chicken dinners that took it over $40. I cancelled the order and went to a new local place for take out. It was great.

Where are you still eating that you were 20 years ago and is still good?

But then why is that restaurants you wish would make a come back still up? Seems similar?

Looking for some planning advice in Rome

There is a SPAR on the other side of Via del Corso on Via di San Claudio (right on via del corso/left on Via di S Claudio and then a couple of blocks). Good for basic provisions and open Sunday as I recall.

We stayed nearby (on Lungovetere Marzio) and had a lovely lunch at La Buca Ripetta. Spahetti with clams was on their menu (and still is on the website) and their other pastas were delicious (plus meat secondis). It's showing as a 9 minute walk via Google maps.

http://www.labucadiripetta.it/intro.html

Have a great time!

Aug 26, 2014
ElizabethS in Italy

A Week in Lucca, September

We spent a month in Lucca in early 2013 - loved it. Some restaurants we enjoyed within the walls are:

- All'Olivo
- Buca di Sant Antonio
- La Nonna Clara (pizza oven hot at lunch)
- Gigi Trattoria - by the SPAR

We ate at L'Imbuto in the art gallery - at the time it was highly recommended (still is) but we thought it was still a work in progress. Worthy of consideration.

Outside the walls (need a car -- both an easy drive from Lucca on the same road)

- L'Antica Locando di Sesto - a restaurant we returned to often on both our visits to Lucca. Lovely family who own it and delicious Tuscan cuisine.

- Ristorante Butterfly - we had a stunning lunch there---beautiful setting and excellent tasting menu. We chose the meat (land) menu but there is also a sea menu I believe.

Aug 24, 2014
ElizabethS in Italy

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