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Quick Sweet-tooth fix in Nashville

Visiting from T.O. in May and looking for must-try sweets, including donuts, cupcakes, chocolate, waffles, southern-specific stuff....where you can grab and go without sitting through a meal.

Have regular meals planned at Husk and Rolf & Daughters and will fit in Hattie B's, Arnold's Kitchen, Rotier's, Pancake Pantry, Germantown and Peg Leg Porker where we can.

I've read the Nashville Lifestyle listings as well and wondering if some things on their list are a must (under Nashville's Most Irresistible Chocolate Chip Cookies article) http://www.nashvillelifestyles.com/re...

But have to find some sugar for the afternoons.

about 2 hours ago
Yimahaji in Kentucky & Tennessee

Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

Café Michi's close by. So is a good greasy burger joint on Victoria park just south of sheppard

Apr 13, 2014
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

Have been to these others in past eighteen months;
Edulis, Bestellen, Bar Isabel, George, Grand Electric, Hiro, Splendido, JaBistro, Bahn Mi Boys, Kinton, Kingyo, Guu, Hopgoods Foodliner, Hapa Izakaya, Yang's, Queen and Beaver, Daisho, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Maple Yip, Rock Lobster, Odd Seoul, Ryoji, Santouka, Stockyards, Barque, Stock and while we've had great meals at these wonderful places, my top ten included those that I would drive longer distances for or make reservations far in advance for or just wait in line for.

Jan 03, 2014
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

1) Shoto
2) Cafe Boulud
3) Patria
4) Buca
5) Zen
6) Jacob and Co
7) The Oxley
8) Pizzeria Libretto
9) Casa Imperial
10) Cafe Michi

Jan 02, 2014
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Weekend Dining Adventure

Love Copper Chimney but it is at Avenue/Wilson, not really close to Shopping or other resto's, unless you subway to Yorkdale Mall, then cab it to C.C. (10 minutes or less from the mall). Yorkdale Mall has expanded recently with a lot of U.S. branches as well as some U.K. ones.

Eaton Centre/Queen Street downtown is closer to Khao San Road, Sabai Sabai, JaBistro, Banh Mi Boys, Jacob, Rodney's, Starfish. There's been an explosion of Japanese noodle and izakaya type places in the past year including Kinton, Sensotai etc all downtown.

Yorkville is close to Café Boulud (not on your daughter's list of food types though).

Always wanted to try Richmond Station. Love Patria but found it pricey.

Dec 08, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Legend Chinese Restaurant - terrible service (long)

Went there recently and post-meal, really can't understand why they had Chinese customers there. Singapore rice noodles were bland with uneven spicing. Hot plate beef and hot plate oysters were very watery with no sizzle. You can see the copious amounts of thin water in each plate in the pics. Maybe other items on menu are their forte.

Sep 29, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Yep, he's tired of running his own place and may work at someone else's place

May 25, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Heard that Mikado on Laird closing June 16th. We're going to miss this fantastic sushi spot. It is our favourite, authentic Japanese spot for amazing food.

May 25, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Amy's Baking Company-Scottsdale

Quite the reputation that place has on Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. More YouTube hits than any other segment he's done.

May 11, 2013
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Prepared meals

Here's one...

http://www.healthyheartmeals.com/

I believe Rose Reisen also has something similar

May 09, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Can't Miss

Also, in last year, many Izakaya's and Ramen Noodle places opened up. Ryoji or Kinton or Santouka (Ryoji and Santouka are based in Japan while Kinton is related to Guu).

May 08, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Can't Miss

I second Sushi Kaji. If it's not too late, and price no object, I'd say definitely Hashimoto (http://www.kaiseki.ca/#).

May 08, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hero Certified Burgers....What the $^%#!!!!!

Banh Mi Boys!! Love the pork.

Apr 04, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

I favour Halibut as well, even if it's not the type if fish traditionally used in Britain. Seems meatier and less oily.

Mar 23, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

Nice pic, now I'm hungry again, lol. Where was your fav fish shop/London place? (Going in 1 month)

Mar 18, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

JaBistro- wow

I'm happy I went to JABistro before reading his review. I came across a hint of a suggestion that Zen people might open something around Yonge and St. Clair. Anything else out there on that?

Mar 17, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Ramen Roundup?

1) Ryoji - rich, opague, home-made like broth

2) Kinton - liked the spice level and pork fat

3) Santouka

4) Kingyo - just noodles, no pork fat in bowl

5) Momofuku - MSG effect, +++post thirst

6) A-OK - not my style

7) Ajisen

8) Spring Rolls - left alot uneaten

Still need to try Sansotei, Raijin, Nejibee and Kenzo

Mar 08, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Pecorino Sardo from Sardinia

Finally got hold of some more Pecorino Sardo from Pascale Gourmet. Tried all the others mentioned here without success. One place said they had it, then didn't. Another had the wrong kind.
Like the sharpness of this cheese. Leaves a bit of tingling on the tip of the tongue.

Feb 24, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which restaurants do you visit most frequently?

Mikado
Jacobs
Copper Chimney
Burger Priest
Taro
Dynasty
Yamato

Feb 22, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting GTA Asian style - in search of Good food :)

I second Saigon Star.

For Indian, we like Copper Chimney on Avenue, just south of Wilson - nan, tandoori chicken, barbequed whole fish, prawns..

For Ramen we liked Ryoji, Kinton and Santouka. There's also Sansotei, Raijin, Momofuku noodle bar, Kingyo, A-OK. For Izakaya, we liked Ryoji and Kingyo (also like Hapa Izakaya but others disliked it) and Guu. But these places all seem to be downtown more.

If Thai, Sabai Sabai, or Khao San Road or Sukhothai.

Nice bunch of Korean pork bone soup places on Yonge between Sheppard and Finch

Feb 09, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku Shoto (long)

We wore casual, dressy.

As an aside, one time I'd gone to Octogon in the middle of a sweltering summer wearing shorts. The staff had me wear dress pants from their supply. They were nice and apologetic about it and gave me some golf balls for my trouble.

In New Orleans, alot of older places require dress jackets.

Feb 08, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

O'Mei 'Giant Lobster 5 Ways' Chowmeet - A Brief Summary!

Looks and sounds amazing, absolutely mouth watering!

Feb 07, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sharing a steak in Toronto steakhouses

In the past I've always ordered Canadian beef with the belief that our inspection system was superior to the U.S. system. Unfortunately, since Mad Cow, Maple Leaf and the (recent) Alberta Abbatoire contamination incident, I know longer have faith in the Canadian food inspection system.
If only there was a system of verifying the farm to plate pedigree of beef the way restaurants in Toronto are graded....

That being said, my friend sticks to the Wagyu, and I've never had a bad steak experience there and would enjoy any and all of them.

Feb 05, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sharing a steak in Toronto steakhouses

I really do hope you get a chance to try them out. I've enjoyed their cuts each time I've been there. Haven't had a bad meal there ever.

Feb 05, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sharing a steak in Toronto steakhouses

I've been ordering U.S. cuts rather than Canadian since I have a recent impression that the Canadian system fails regularly.

Feb 05, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sharing a steak in Toronto steakhouses

How was your experience at Jacobs?

Feb 04, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NY Times Article - No Pics of the food Please - I agree

Not cool to monopolize and manhandle the communal platings and to keep others waiting while taking pics. Would've been far more polite and less inflammatory for them to wait til everyone is served and eating before taking pics of what is on their own plate.

Rude to make others wait on them, overbearing to scold someone who is requesting some etiquette. Dinner with these people should only involve individual platings.

Jan 29, 2013
Yimahaji in Food Media & News

NY Times Article - No Pics of the food Please - I agree

I enjoy taking pics of my food experiences. I wish we had this technology while growing up. I would have had more auditory and visual recordings of the people and places that I've belatedly discovered were important to me. My memory is poor. Each year more details fade until all that is left is a vague outline.

I take pics of dishes I want to remember for any number of reasons. If I'm with a group and it's disruptive, I won't. I do not use a flash, I do not get up from my chair, I do not interupt others in any way, I do not involve staff. I do not include staff or other customers in the photos, or if impossible to exclude (resto frontage shot), I'll not post without blurring out faces. I apologize now for those times where I did not meet my aspirations.

I like seeing other peoples' pics with concise impressions of their experience. The pics help me see what they're talking about, although poorly done photos are worse than none at all. I'd rather see a well done amateur pic than a staged professional pic since when following a recommendation, I'll know more what to expect.

More and more places may not allow photo taking. That's all fine and well - appropriate in alot of instances. Although I personally don't feel it's as disruptive as messaging, texting, cell phone buzzing, smoking, overly loud talking, overly heavy perfume, table sex, others may beg to differ. The best meal I've ever had has a no pic policy. The chef is an artist (Kaiseki) and posts pics of each meal on his website. I would go back in a heartbeat anytime.

Now, if only pics had odours with it....

Jan 28, 2013
Yimahaji in Food Media & News

Cafe Boulud or Splendido ?

Love Barberians...first steak experience in T.O. was there in late 80's.

Jan 28, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cafe Boulud or Splendido ?

Yep, that was Splendido

Jan 28, 2013
Yimahaji in Ontario (inc. Toronto)