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help me chose a new range/cooktop

Sad to say, we are still waiting for the new appliances. It is taking longer to get our planning approvals and to choose a contractor to do our kitchen addition. It is very difficult knowing what we have ordered, and not being able to use it! Will post an update once everything is installed.

Dec 09, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

Unfortunately our two bags ended up in the garbage - grilled cheese was awful, and the caesar wasn't much better. So disappointing....

Sep 01, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hot and Spicy Food Festival

thanks yisf - I was thinking of the atmosphere as well... will have to see if we feel like braving the traffic or not....

Aug 29, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hot and Spicy Food Festival

Thinking of going to this festival at Harbourfront on Sunday. Has anyone ever been, and is it "worth the drive from Georgetown"?

Aug 29, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help me chose a new range/cooktop

Thought I would post "the end result":
Wolf 6 burner gas cooktop (yes, gas!)
GE Monogram double wall oven
Electrolux 32" full fridge, and 32" full freezer
Miele Futura dishwasher
Sirius 48" vent

SO excited - or will be, once we get through the horror of living through the building of an addition to the house, of course....

Aug 29, 2013
Suechee in Cookware
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Yours Truly

The noise level was "okay" - at one point, it did seem a little noisy, but it didn't last the entire dinner. They had an interesting selection of music playing.

Re. cheap ingredients - we did not notice this. Yes, they were seasonal - but one has to admire the amount of work that went into every plate that was presented. There were a number of components for each menu item, and I am sure that it takes an inordinate amount of staff time for prep.

Aug 19, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yours Truly

My husband and I recently had a lovely anniversary dinner at Yours Truly. We had the four course tasting menu. As semi vegetarians, we appreciated the veg menu, but were also able to try some fish courses. When we arrived, we were both warmly greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. We also had the wine pairings with dinner, and they were all spot-on.

We were presented with several additional items throughout the night - starting with oysters, smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, and then a shot glass of cold dashi. We then had an interesting potato bun that reminded us of an upscale tator tot!

Other courses of the menu itself included a beautiful plate of seasonal vegetables, turbot, a sous vide hens egg with creme fresh and chanerelles, surrounded by pine needles which omitted a beautiful fragrance, chicken two ways, a beet and plum dish, and a highlight of the evening came as part of one of the desserts - a kamir lime and chili ice cream. Yumm.

What made the evening particularly special was the excellent service. We were warmly greeted upon arrival, and that warmth continued throughout the evening from all staff members.

We would highly recommend the restaurant for a special occasion, but the excellent price point also makes it a good destination for a less formal affair as well.

Aug 18, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help me chose a new range/cooktop

thank you for this, hawkeye

Aug 16, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

help me chose a new range/cooktop

Okay, here is where I am now...

As background, we have had a Kenmore fridge, and Kenmore washer/dryer that have not had any issues in 20 years, and a Kitchenaid electric range that has given us nothing but problems. We are now at the point where we are planning a new kitchen from scratch, and have about a $20K (Can) budget for appliances.

We are thinking of:

36” Wolf or Thermador gas cooktop (is one or the other preferable -- more reliable, better at all different heat levels, etc?)

30” Whirlpool or Electrolux all fridge and all freezer columns - any preference?

Miele dishwasher (Futura)

What is causing the most uncertainty is the wall ovens. We would like to get 2 separate 30” wall ovens (in case one breaks, I assume two separate ovens are better than a double?). We want reliability, and even baking. Is it advisable to go “higher end” like Miele, Wolf, Thermador for ovens, which puts us over budget, or would Whirlpool, Bosch, etc. be just as suitable? (re-sale is not an issue for us, as we are in the house for the long-term.)

Aug 15, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

help me chose a new range/cooktop

Wow - it was not my intention to start you all down this road, but am glad that you had an opportunity to have the debate, even though it was not relevant to my original issue.

In the meantime, I have nixed the range, and instead decided upon a cooktop (GAS!!!) with either two wall ovens, or a double wall oven. Still overwhelmed by the oven choice, but will leave it at that for this posting.....

Aug 15, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

help me chose a new range/cooktop

see why I am overwhelmed? :)

We had decided to go with gas cooktop, which, after our old electric cooktop, will be a dream. (I know there are lots of induction fans out there, but not for us at this time.) We had originally thought of a cooktop located on an island, and then 2 separate wall ovens (for the reason noted that if one breaks, you still have a back-up). However, appliance salesman was questioning having a cooktop on an island - more difficult to vent. So then we wondered about a range instead, with one wall oven. We are completely starting from scratch as to design, so options are all open just now.

Overall cost is a factor, as we are replacing everything and putting an addition on to increase the size of the existing small kitchen. Because we use the kitchen so much for cooking and baking, we want appliances that will stand up. To economize a bit, we thought we would spend a bit more on a range, and then get a more basic wall oven which would not be used every day. But our minds change hourly on all of this... What to do????

(Should have mentioned we live in Canada.)

Aug 13, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

help me chose a new range/cooktop

This is all very useful information - thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

Aug 12, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

help me chose a new range/cooktop

Really? Why do you prefer it to gas?

Aug 12, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

help me chose a new range/cooktop

We are planning a long-awaited kitchen addition. We have been making due with the current space for almost 20 years, and look forward to another 20 in the renovated space, so re-sale is not an issue for us. Both of us are avid cooks/bakers, and so we want something reliable and functional. (Our current Kitchenaid range has been nothing but trouble.)

Two questions:

We aren't sure whether to purchase a dual fuel range, or a gas cooktop, and a wall oven (or 2).

For those of you who purchased premium brand, are you glad you did? (We have looked at Wolf and Thermador, but are they genuinely a better purchase than more reasonably priced brands?)

Thanks for listening - this is very overwhelming...

Aug 12, 2013
Suechee in Cookware

quiet restaurant in west end, near public transportation

Earth looks interesting - thanks!

Apr 25, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

quiet restaurant in west end, near public transportation

Help! I am meeting an old friend for dinner on a Tuesday evening in a few weeks time. We haven't seen one another for many years, and are looking for a suitable location to plunk down and enjoy some reasonably priced food, and where we will not feel rushed.
Criteria
- it needs to be near public transit, in the west end - I am coming from Mississauga and she does not have a vehicle.
- I don't eat meat, but chicken and fish are fine
- not too expensive (< $40 total for each)

Any suggestions? (thanks in advance)

Apr 25, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: modified corn starch

Yes, you can probably grab what you need from GB for an extra pie or two. If not, Golda's does mail order, and I got a lifetime supply for under $10. Or, if one of your classmates lives near Goldas, they can buy a bag for the whole class to share. (I have to say, the GB recipe with this modified cornstarch makes one of the best apple pies that I have ever tasted.)

Apr 08, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: modified corn starch

You can find it at Golda's Kitchen in Mississauga. It was pretty reasonable when I bought it a couple of years ago - used it in an apple pie recipe I learned at George Brown College.

Apr 08, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

T&T Supermarket - First Visit - Any "Must Trys"?

mmm - fresh curry leaves! Sounds like I am going to have to make a trip there soon myself as well!

Mar 05, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

T&T Supermarket - First Visit - Any "Must Trys"?

I like to pick up kaffir lime leaves - fresh, in the produce section. They freeze very well, and you can pull out a couple to add to homemade Thai curries for a more authentic flavour than limes alone.

Mar 02, 2013
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Family coming to NYC in March - restaurant suggestions?

thanks everyone, for taking the time to respond. This has really helped me. Will send a report after we return!!

Jan 23, 2013
Suechee in Manhattan

Family coming to NYC in March - restaurant suggestions?

thanks - great ideas for me to research - really appreciate it as the possibilities are so overwhelming.

Jan 22, 2013
Suechee in Manhattan

Family coming to NYC in March - restaurant suggestions?

We (husband, me, 2 daughters aged 12 & 13) are coming to NYC the week of March 10th. We are from Toronto, and will be staying at the Affinia Dumont in Midtown.

We don't eat meat, but do eat fish and poultry. We like many cuisines, and the girls are adventurous, and definitely not wanting chicken fingers, etc.

My husband and I plan to eat at le Bernardin one evening, and we also hope to have lunch as a family at Nougatine.

However, we are still looking for 4 restaurants for dinners - hoping to stay around $30/pp not including drinks or dessert. If there are restaurants that would be memorable in some way - be it for the food, the atmosphere, etc., we would really like to hear about them.

As well, we will probably have one pizza night - have read about Keste and Otto - any thoughts on those or other places? (We like the wood-fired pizza.)

Thank so much for your advice.

Jan 22, 2013
Suechee in Manhattan

ISO edible paper

That is PERFECT! I am on the west end anyway. Golda's has recently expanded, and I could happily spend an entire weekend in there - must have missed the paper last time, so thanks for the info.

Dec 14, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO edible paper

I am looking for edible paper - the kind that you sometimes find on the bottom of lebkuken cookies. Anyone seen it in the GTA?

Dec 14, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner at George

I am sure that you will enjoy your meal very much!

Aug 21, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner at George

Thanks to all Chowhounders who recommended that we celebrate our anniversary at George. We had a fantastic evening there on Saturday night, enjoying every plate of the 7 course tasting menu. From start to finish, the evening was perfect - very attentive but friendly service, and the restaurant was able to work around our "no mammal" dining restrictions, still allowing us to enjoy the tasting menu. (I think our stomachs would have preferred that we order the 5 course menu, as we certainly rolled out of the restaurant at the end, despite the fact that plates were served a a perfectly leisurely pace throughout the evening - but worth it!)

I wish I could remember all of our courses - the kitchen sent out different plates for each course for my husband and for me, so that we were able to enjoy a total of 14 different plates between the two of us. Each plate had a number of items on it, and the attention to detail and the technical skill shown was impressive.

This was certainly a meal that we will remember for a long time to come and thank you to all who recommended this to us.

Aug 20, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lee or George?

George it is! Thanks so much, and will let you know our impressions....

Jul 25, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lee or George?

My husband and I get a rare night out in Toronto to celebrate our anniversary. The question is, do we choose Lee or George? We have never eaten at either.

Jul 25, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Haliburton Restaurants

Ah yes - Kawartha Dairy plays a large role in our decision to cottage in this area! Yummmmmm. Will check out the movie theatre as well - that sounds fun. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

Jun 06, 2012
Suechee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)