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Anyone know what chain/restaurant this is? New paint job on old Trafalgar Lick's (Oakville)

Ah, mystery solved! I've never heard of this franchise. It does look like the Zellers cafeteria so maybe that was what made it seem familiar.

Mar 21, 2014
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Anyone know what chain/restaurant this is? New paint job on old Trafalgar Lick's (Oakville)

Looks so familiar and now it's bothering me! Didn't turn up much in google, other then it is leased by "Saffa Developments" but that didn't lead anywhere. Will be really curious to find the answer out eventually!

Mar 19, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

The East Ender on Queen E. is no more. For lease sign up in window. Was there a couple of months ago, was a one trip visit.

Jan 28, 2014
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Leslieville Pumps

Well, it is a gas station after all....

Nov 05, 2013
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2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Que Supper Club on Queen East - closed.

Oct 21, 2013
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Lunch Options (Airport Area)

I work in the area as well and struggle with lunch options as it is a bit of a wasteland. My biggest guilty pleasure is the chicken biryani at Biryani King, 680 Rexdale (strip mall near Woodbine racetrack). I usually get it once a week, and it's always good. Good sized container packed full of rice and two pieces of curry chicken. It's a great deal for $5 or $5.50 maybe now. Service is borderline rude and it is 100 degrees inside but I don't care as long as I get my biryani. Take out only.

One of the better chinese buffets I've found for lunch is the Shanghai Restaurant at Humber College/Hwy 27. Selection is quite good, not too big or too small and much better quality then some of the other places around. Very reasonable lunch, around $8 with tax give or take.

Mmmmmm.... lunch time now. May have to make a road trip.

Oct 02, 2013
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Where can i get Morel Mushrooms?

Thanks all. I found them at Loblaws on Leslie. Dried of course.

Oct 22, 2012
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Where can i get Morel Mushrooms?

I want to make chicken with a morel sauce, anyone know where I can buy some today? Fresh or dried.
Thanks!

Oct 20, 2012
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Paulette's in Leslieville - any info?

Just moved to Leslieville and seems that there is no shortage of fried chicken options! Embarrased to say (kind of) that I tried the fried chicken at the Starbanks convenience store at Queen and Broadview (called Chester Chicken) and find it pretty damn good! Really good quality meat, not greasy, moist and flavourful. Have picked up a breast or wing about 5 times in 8 days as a snack. Always great, even at 3 am.

Aug 11, 2012
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Looking for nachos with shredded lettuce on them.

Yes, that is where I had them also! Bad food but was no surprise to that.... was just there for a couple beer.

May 17, 2012
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Looking for nachos with shredded lettuce on them.

Personally I don't care for lettuce on mine, but as a matter of fact I had some last night at Hoops Sports Bar and they had shredded lettuce. Overall they weren't that great for $16 though. If not mistaken the last place I had them also put lettuce on them, perhaps it was the Firkin or Hair of the Dog. Really hard to find really good nachos here, no cheese and too sparse.

May 17, 2012
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What foods do you refuse to eat?

Same for me, ate most of a stalk of baby bananas when I was about 4, puked and never ate one again (40 plus years later)..... even the smell turns my stomach today.

May 02, 2012
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Help some visitors to Toronto? Weekend of Feb.10th-12th.

So MaddieCay, where did you end up going and how was it?

Feb 13, 2012
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Burger's Priest 3rd best according to Zagat

I did end up going to BP last night. Was expecting a mob, but only a few people ahead of me. Not what I expected at all. Extremely small space, the customers waiting for their food and to order kept sidestepping around each other. While I had no complaints about the food, I don't get what all the fuss is about. A good cheeseburger, but I have had similiar ones from road side chip wagons. Fries were good. Canned drink. $10 plus change. I would eat there again, if I happened to be in the area, but not a place I would make a special trip to.

Side note, I saw on the other posts that people mentioned stools and a shelf to eat at. No more I guess, now there are signs that say no eating so it's take out only I guess!

Feb 09, 2012
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Things you thought you didn't need but were wrong about, and things you thought you needed but really didn't

Things I didn't think I needed, but did:

Rice cooker (love not having to watch it and just let it sit until I am ready)

Immersion blender - so handy for cream soups and other dishes from time to time. One without electrical tape all down cord to cover burnt patches from hot stove burner would be good.

Smaller collander - use it to wash rice or to strain things, easy to clean and doesn't fill up the sink.

Good quality large wooden pepper mill - possibly stolen from the Loose Moose in kingston after a night of too much drinking many many years back.

Kitchen tongs - can do everything and anything with these. Learned that from working in restaurants years back. Just the cheap ones, nothing fancy required.

Dishwashing brush

Things I don't need:

Wafflemaker - what a waste of space. Been years.

Magic Bullet - a Xmas gift years back. Never used.

Digital wireless oven thermometer - useless, batteries all corroded when I took it out one year for a turkey.

Coffee Grinder - too much work, too little benefit.

Mortar and Pestle - kind of on fence, sure I will use it for something other then smushing mint for mohitos.

Popover pans - had to have them, drove all over the city and paid $30 for a six cup rack. Used twice. Very good popovers though.

Oven Mitts. Take up too much space, dishtowels work just as well for me. Odd fire aside.

Cast Iron Skillet that I have moved around from house to house. Can't bring myself to throw it out but doesn't look clean enough to cook in anymore.

Kitchen Canisters - does anyone still have these? Flour, Sugar, Tea and one for junk bits and parts.

More coookie sheets, one which I swear will only be for cookies and won't look like something from Chernobyl.

Giant sized French White casserole dish. Only fits in the basement.

Paninni Grill - fun for a month or two, then to the top back shelf to die.

More then one good quality cutting board

Poultry skewers

Glue Gun

Mini handheld vacuum

Veggie steamer basket insert

Double boiler pan that always comes with the set
Pampered Chef "food gun" with various attachments. To much space for fancy devilled eggs twice a year.

Things I want:

Individual oven safe serving dishes (like French Onion Soup bowls) or individual casserole dishes for dinner parties. Always seems too much of an impulse buy for something that I won't use that often, but want them.

One of the fancy cast iron colourful oven casserole dishes, the French name. Maybe from Winners someday.

Things I can't believe they sell and people buy:

Hotdog and bun steaming machine.

Slushie Drink Machine / Margarita Maker

electric pizza maker

Cotton Candy Maker

I coiuld go on and on, just take a stroll through a department store kitchen section, or sorse, a Home Sense or big box retailer like Linens and Things.

Feb 09, 2012
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Burger's Priest 3rd best according to Zagat

I finally had plans to go to Burger Priest tonight, now I am not so sure, will be busier then ever after today's press!

Feb 08, 2012
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Best Lunch Picks - St. Lawrence Market

There is also a Ukrainian place in the basement of the Market Building, I have tried several things from there and all very good (cabbage rolls, perogies, chicken schnitzel). They have hot food and pretty reasonable. One of my must dropy by spots when I go there.

Feb 08, 2012
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Chow-worthy near Scotiabank Place (Kanata/Ottawa) ??

Here are my suggestions..... Fratelli's at Kanata Signature Center (very close to Scotiabank Place). Would need a reservation on a hockey night.

I usually go to Cabotto's cabottos.com - it's a quick trip to the rink from there, nice atmosphere, old stone house, great food and a popular spot for pre game meals.

Feb 06, 2012
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Frozen Supermarket Pizza - What is the best? (moved from the Ontario board)

[MOD NOTE: this was moved from the Ontario board, so please help the OP by limiting recommendations to brands available in Canada.]

My guilty pleasure is Dr. Oetker's spinach pizza. They go on sale for less then $4 sometimes and I will pick up a couple. Makes a satisying dinner for a late home from work night. Got to have the Frank's Red Hot sauce on hand and a pass of the pepper grinder. Can eat it all in one sitting and don't have that over stuffed feeling. Have also tried the McCain's ultra thin crust spinach pizza, good, but not as good. Anyone else tried anything better along these lines?

Feb 04, 2012
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Ideas for leftover fresh basil?

Mmmm, that sounds tasty. Maybe it will give me an excuse to use the Magic Bullet someone bought me a couple of years ago but have never used! Thanks for the idea.

Feb 04, 2012
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Ideas for leftover fresh basil?

Bought a package of fresh basil for a pasta dish the other day. Last time I did this I ended up throwing out the rest because it was in the fridge too long and went bad. Any ideas what to make? Can you freeze it i wonder?

Feb 04, 2012
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Tomato Macaroni Soup - Greasy spoon style - need recipe!

Greasy spoon soup does seem pretty simple... maybe I will try the beef bone idea. Can't recal if I used beef stock before in it, I think I did. I will give it a go later today. Thanks all for the suggestions.

Feb 04, 2012
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Tomato Macaroni Soup - Greasy spoon style - need recipe!

Every once in a while I get a craving for a bowl of tomato macaroni soup. I usually always get it at a local diner or cafeteria when It's around. Tried making it at home several times, it turns out tasty, but never can get the same result as a restaurant. Not sure what I am missing. Sometimes I have made it with V8 juice, sometimes with canned tomatoes, or tomatoe sauce. I like it spicy, so will add some tabasco sauce as well. Does anyone know a good recipe? Usual ingredients would include celery, onion, carrot, but not able to nail down the base!

Feb 03, 2012
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Help some visitors to Toronto? Weekend of Feb.10th-12th.

To each their own.... i know the type of restaurant it is, and also being a parent that has been on too many out of town group kid events, it's quite the appropriate spot. You need to take into account the group and ages.... they are not out to be 'foodies'. I expect that they understand that it will not be fine dining, but decent for what it is.

Feb 03, 2012
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Help some visitors to Toronto? Weekend of Feb.10th-12th.

Maybe you should give them a call, it's a slow time of year and a very large restaurant. They could probably give you a good indication if you would expect much of a wait with a group, even without a reservation. Or perhaps they would go ahead and take a reservation. February not the busiest month in the restaurant biz!

Feb 03, 2012
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Help some visitors to Toronto? Weekend of Feb.10th-12th.

Sounds to me that the Old Spaghetti Factory would be a good option for your group. It's close to your hotel, quite walkable. Pretty large restaurant that could easily handle a group of that size and age range. I wouldn't suggest it for a gourmet night out, but for a group of mom's and teens, it would be a great choice, and reasonable prices. Here is the website http://www.oldspaghettifactory.ca/

Good luck.

Feb 03, 2012
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Egg Rolls

I moved to Toronto from Ottawa last summer and can't find any decent egg rolls in this city. Having grew up in Ottawa I didn't realize that the egg rolls there were unique. Like the original poster mentioned, everyone I have tried here is a crappy bean sprout filled mess that tastes like it came from a supermarket. No open ended ones (love the crispy burn ends) or plump meaty ones. Also, the little packages of plum sauce are gross, you need to have the sytrofoam container to really dunk with! Almost all restaurants I ever tried in Ottawa have decent egg rolls. Anyone have any suggestions? I live downtown, so hopefully something close by. I have tried several in Chinatown but no luck. PS. I mean egg rolls, not spring rolls. Thanks!

Feb 02, 2012
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