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Easter Brunch at the Phoenician or The Fairmont Princess?

Thanks so much :) The divey Mexican sounds cool. I will check out T. Cook's. Someone said I had to check out AJ's Food? Supermarket?

about 17 hours ago
ZenFoodist in Phoenix

Jersey Fresh canned tomatoes in Queens?

I order cases from mybrands.com a few times during the year. Very pricey but worth it. I am at Fairway in Douglaston every Thursday and have never seen them. I have asked the manager, and he says they do not get them. When you have seen them, have they been merchandised with the other canned tomatoes?

about 18 hours ago
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Easter Brunch at the Phoenician or The Fairmont Princess?

Thanks so much for the response. I made the reservation for the Fairmont. I was just under the impression that there is something iconic about the Phoenician at Easter time. Both menus look beautiful. What do you think of pizzeria Bianco? Worth it for a New Yorker who has access to excellent pizza all the time?

1 day ago
ZenFoodist in Phoenix

Easter Brunch at the Phoenician or The Fairmont Princess?

So we'll be visiting Scottsdale/Sedona over the Easter Break from NYC and will be staying at the Fairmont. I haven't been to Scottsdale in 15 years, but I recall the the Easter Brunch at the Phoenician has always had a certain amount of clout surrounding it. I was all set to book it when I decided to look at the Fairmont's menu for the day. Of course it confused me, because it looked fantastic. Apart from the usual brunchy offerings, the resort's three restaurants have signature dishes that sound great. I'm sure I would find both of them delicious, but can anyone sell me on one over the other from experience?

Thanks so much!
lisa

Apr 04, 2014
ZenFoodist in Phoenix

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Different people all the time at different hours. I have never seen the same people from Nanxiang and I am in that center every day because it's right by my home. Now with Duane Reade suddenly closing, I won't be there as much, but it's always been a fixture for me. Halal guy's food outside the parking lot is really solid by the way!

Dec 05, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Mekong, I'm fairly certain you all know, is owned by the same family that has Nanxiang XLB on Prince as well as Corner 28, Canton Gourmet, pho bang, green Papaya. I'm always told that the same people who make the XLB on Prince Street make them at Mekong. They taste heavier at Mekong in my humble opinion.

Dec 05, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Whitestone's Stork's Pastry Shop Vacant and Shuttered.

I'll miss the glorious Christmas stollen and baumkuchen and their out-freaking-rageous dark chocolate enrobed butter cookies. Super bummed. Nowhere else around here even comes close.

Nov 13, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Whitestone's Stork's Pastry Shop Vacant and Shuttered.

Outgoing message on the shop's machine thanks customers for their years of patronage and states that as of November 3rd, a decision has been made that Storks " is closed for good." Officially crying :(

Nov 10, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

Whitestone's Stork's Pastry Shop Vacant and Shuttered.

From the website:

"Stork's Bakery is closed indefinitely.
We will update you on our website, facebook & twitter when the bakery reopens..."

It had declined a bit since the sale year's ago, but was still iconic.

Not hopeful it will reopen.

Sad.

Nov 10, 2013
ZenFoodist in Outer Boroughs

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

What's "Smoke's"?

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Loved the

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

We had a truly spectacular time for the four nights we were in your vibrant city and some excellent meals. We spent so much time wandering around and nibbling on things that apart from Treadwell in Niagara on the Lake, Momufuku Noodle Bar ( we are NYers and HAD to see David's work in your city) and Bannock, we really didn't spend much time in "proper restaurants". Went to Banh Mi Boys twice (both locations...awesome! although the one near Spadina and Queen was better IMHO) and just grazed the rest of the time at everything from Caplansky's to Modern Jelly Doughnut to peameal bacon sandwiches at Carousel, to fish sandwiches at Busker's Cove to sliced pork belly at Carnicero's
to pecorino at the Monteforte Creamey... out of the Waltzing Mathilda alas...to chocolates at SOMA and coffees at Balzac to....etc We simply walked around the city and grazed! Loved Toronto. Hoping to find the time to write something more formal up in the not too distant future. Thank you all so much for sharing your enthusiasm for your city! We look forward to an encore visit.
lisa

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Come And Get It (Closing Mid-Oct 2013)

Great to hear. We spent last weekend eating our way though your wonderful city and really loved everything we had at Come and Get It. Cool vibe and awesome poutine!

Oct 21, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Loved loved loved Come And Get It and the Bahn Mi Boys. Such a fun night walking around that area. Thought the quality of every single thing I put in my mouth from the house baked breads to the pickled carrots ( slightly tender which I liked) and the paratha- like tortillas was outstanding. Unfortunately, when "grazing" like this, one can not really fully appreciate the hyper deliciousness of every moresel because of the need to try almost EVERYTHING lol. Taste inundation. Today we are going to go to the St. Lawrence Market (peameal sandwiches), walk around the Distillery District (Soma Chocolates)go to the top of the CN Tower, and catch a Knicks/Raptors game (pregame? not sure what my husband said) tonight. Hockey tickets at 150 a pop seems NUTS for tomorrow night as my 10 year old is not even into the whole shebang so that will just give us longer in the NOTL region. We were thinking Bannock or Nota Bene for tonight. Our concierge seems to be a foodie and loved all the selections. He told me he thought I would love Nota Bene and when we passed it walking to Come and Get It, the menu looked cool. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Oct 11, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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First dinner in Toronto near the Fairmont Royal York?

Drake 150 is complicating things: that braised Ontario Boar sounds divine! The sides are great too. Roasted Roots...yum.

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First dinner in Toronto near the Fairmont Royal York?

I looked at all the menus and liked everything I saw, but think that I am leaning toward Bannock; that lamb shoulder shepherd's pie is calling out to my little man and the griddled octopus and cauliflower and anchovy salad are calling out to ME!

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Just ONE lunch and ONE Dinner in Niagara Region: Treadwell, Ravine, Regal Diner, Windows by Jamie Kennedy

So...I've looked through all the online menus and am still not sure. Provided the weather is lovely on Saturday, the plan is to rent a car and leave Toronto by 9:30 ish and drive to the Falls/ NOTL for a full day and evening (would like to see the immuniated Falls at dusk as well)...Initially thought the Regal Diner when we first arrived (friends have said great things and I like to check out Greasy Spoon type spots for bfast) and then a higher end, but still casual later lunch at one of the other three. The gents who answered the phone at both Treadwell and Ravine were both gracious and told me walk ins were welcome ( don't want to be a reservation hog as I am not really certain how the day will play out time-wise) but I was told the patio at Ravine would be spectacular for an sunny Autumn Day. Which did temporarily thrill me. My husband and ten year old son both appreciate fine farm to table fare and are up for anything. We will be purchasing wine but not drinking much as we are driving if that factors in to anyone's advice.

Decisions, decisions. Any input on how you'd arrange a perfect day trip to this area?

Many Thanks~
lisa

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First dinner in Toronto near the Fairmont Royal York?

So...after 56 awesome replies to my query a few weeks ago, I well equipped and feel excited to head to Toronto tomorrow for a long weekend with my little family. I can't wait to explore on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ( strangely enough I am most excited about Banh Mi Boys and Waltzing Mathilda cheese at the market!) but on Thursday night I will want something local and close to the hotel...10 minute walk sort of thing, or a quick taxi ride. Any suggestions for a great meal that will ease this harried New Yorker into Toronto's charms?

Thanks so much~
lisa

Oct 09, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rutabaga and Turnip Psychedelic INTERIORS?

I KNEW you'd be curious ;)

So, I went into the storage fridge and retrieved the turnips,rutabaga,and Japanese salad turnips I had stored since receiving them from the CSA in the late Spring. I had never gotten around to using them, and thought tonight might be a nice night to roast them all up in a big mash up. They were firm, unblemished, and smelled beautiful. Well… as beautiful as these root vegetables can smell... When I sliced through them, the colors within were a surprise: Psychedelic pink and purple! I am used to them being creamy white and wondered immediately if they were a varietal that my CSA had planted. I couldn't find any info on its website. So... I'm wondering if they should go into the bin or not. My gut instinct is that they are fine, but I'd like some assurance. And to live to see my 42nd birthday ;)

Is all swell?

Thanks In Advance and All Things Delish,
Lisa

Oct 02, 2013
ZenFoodist in Home Cooking

Come And Get It (Closing Mid-Oct 2013)

Thanks for the video link. I'd seeen the menu when it was first recommended to me and I was so excited then. My type of place. Avant garde Banh mi! ;)

Oct 01, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Come And Get It (Closing Mid-Oct 2013)

I am honestly SO excited about BMB. I love me a good banh mi. Here in NYC, the best ones are at Saigon Banh Mi in the back of a jewelery store in Little Italy. Oh My.

Oct 01, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Come And Get It (Closing Mid-Oct 2013)

Thanks! Your city looks awesome. Can't wait to eat our way through...

Sep 30, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Come And Get It (Closing Mid-Oct 2013)

Any update as to when the actual closing date will be? We'll be visiting from NYC October 10th through the 14th and this place was mentioned in another thread. Sounds like it would have been delish. Fingers crossed it is still around. And toes. ;)

Sep 30, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Latini Farro Pasta? No more?

Can't seem to find any sources even online. Tried all the usual specialty Italian companies and even scoured my specialty markets in NYC. Not a trace. Discontinued?

Just made a gorgeous kale and toasted walnut pesto and thought the farro spaghetti would go so, so well.

Any info, 'hounds?

Thanks in Advance,
lisa

Sep 25, 2013
ZenFoodist in General Topics

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Thank you so much! I happen to be a RR fan and enjoyed this piece. Edulis sounds great. That char sounds gorgeous. I am excited about all of these options. So much waiting to be tasted! And a day trip to Niagara on the lake, some Halloween revelry at Wonderland and a hockey game to boot! Very excited about the trip. Many thanks for all the guidance.

Sep 24, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

I feel that if the hotel is "not child friendly", the website is designed so that one can not even add children to the reservation ( 1 adults or 2 adults are the only options) and the reception was icy at best when asked if the hotel policy even permits children, well then they should just go all out and be an adults only establishment. Or an adults only restaurant. Same deal. Just give me a rule, and I can follow it, no problem, no animosity. But don't equivocate. I resent that. It feels so disingenuous. It was very clear that the woman who answered the phone would much prefer that we go elsewhere that was more " family friendly". And we will. I would have felt much better if it simply were an adults only hotel. I'm a big girl and can deal with that. Way better than saying you are willing to accept a child but would prefer you don't take the hotel up on the offer. Just my humble opinion.

Sep 24, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

The Thompson annoyed me because there is no option for kids when you make an online rezzo, so I assumned they weren't welcome. My kid is 10. When I called, they said kids were welcome but it "wasn't partiularly kid-friendly". WTH? I can get the Fairmont Royal York for 70 dollars less a night than the Drake including free valet parking (48 a night a la carte) and daily full breakfast. And the Ritz is about 200 more a night. Not worth it for a city trip in which I will be up and about most of the time. Looks like the Drake might be in a more charming nabe with more fun restaurants though....hmmm....

Sep 24, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Say it ain't so! That dark brown gorgeous gravy on those fries looked to die for! Any back up poutines places?

Sep 24, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

GoodGravy~ I am nervous about all this construction. I am not locked into my hotel rezzo. Do you think I should change it? It seemed very centrally located but if truth be told, I prefer smaller boutiquey places in cute neighborhoods. If this were NYC, for example, I would want to stay in the West Village or Union Square. NOT midtown.

Sep 24, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Thanks so much for all of these reccs. The Peller Estates menu looked gorgeous as does Treadwell and Ravine. Are you n ot a fan of the Kennedy place?

I've heard nice things about the Regal Diner, but I am not much of a diner girl. I'd much prefer a farm to table type meal.

You are the second person to mention the Butterfly Conservatory; I'm certain my son would love it and will check it out.

Have to be honest...I google imaged the Bahn Mi Boys and I am VERY excited. Totally my kind of place. My Little Man is very excited about the porchetta poutines next door at Come and Get it as well.

Been sitting here perusing all the menus and flicker photos.

What did we ever do without computers? ;)

Sep 24, 2013
ZenFoodist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)