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Surprisingly different food at Forget Me Not Vietnamese Restaurant

We tried 2 amazing beef soups on the weekend. Both had extentions of taste beyond any normal pho. The first was one with a broth that had speckles of red probably powdered chile and tempered with possibly sufficient lime juice to make the dish unique. The second was the the beef stew pho most interesting served with a bowl of rice for the soup instead of noodles, little vegetables but lots of fabulous tasting tender beef with the broth very wonderful with it's strong unique spicing. Not close to traditional, instead newly refined to a much higher level! Expect next time to make a careful selection of items for take out that would travel well, certainly will include the beef stew soup which will definitely travel well.

Jun 29, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ready made (fresh or frozen) burgers?

Toterra may be easiest and I'm amazingly not familiar with it, probably because I try and avoid Major Mazkenzie Keele through to the 400. My choices are up Jane or Keele to Teston Rd., a lot less traffic, but I will check it, looks good!

Jun 17, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fresh and Frozen Supermarket Best Beef Patties

Thank you so much, will check later upon return from Ajax to north west of Toronto. I have in the meanwhile built a large platform for the new BBQ --- all not for me, but gotta do what you gotta do! Any further info of course still appreciated! The wieners will be from Soloway's, that is cleared!

Jun 16, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fresh and Frozen Supermarket Best Beef Patties

What are best choices with regard to price/quality and I am limited to major supermarkets, not for me as I make my own,can't remember decades ago having to buy them.

Jun 15, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Asian Legend -- Northern Chinese Cuisine -- Maple

We -- He -- after k I do not get the etter on the keyboard, a strange try to post by me! Hope you enjoy the new Asian .... ! I did notice signage of the new Vietnamese restaurant to open, so when in the area must check. That's 3 within doors! For now, without use of that etter, one after K, amusing and frustrating as I back up to change my wording!

Jun 12, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Asian Legend -- Northern Chinese Cuisine -- Maple

After sitting there for many weeks, months, they finally got all the approvals and are now open. Familiar with the restaurant in Markham and had lunch today. Light corn soup was followed with chili chicken 2 peppers indication on the menu and I asked for more heat and I got it fabulously. Wonderful to receive onions and green peppers soft and a bite yields perfect crunch. A corner of the plate had an assortment of small raw various vegetables, carrots, daikon radish, etc., no vegetables overcooked. The sauce easily mixed with rice once a bit of the chicken dish eaten. A wonderful dish! Only Caucasians and few, but just newly opened. Success of restaurant to be determined in the future. Local living Chinese population not high, but there is a huge Vietnamese population spread around with about 6 Pho restaurants and it appears one more to open. Will they utilize the restaurant? Location is south of Major Mackenzie off of the east side of Jane basically south of the RBC and north of The Beer Store.

Jun 10, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

To fellow hounds who are concern about MSG in Chinese or Vietnamese food

I never had a concern about MSG, but I do have a theory in that it may affect people that over eat and that can meaning gorging on buffets of any kind or even eating excess quantity when you are not hungry. That could certainly go part way to explaining for example that a person in a large group feels uncomfortable effects or is even ill!

Jun 07, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caruso Gourmet Pizza --- Closed --- Bolton

I love light thin wood oven pizza, but never thought Caruso as heavy, but in reality a slice was more than enough to call it a meal. Combination of well done milky crust with fabulous toppings was great but if 2 of you order different slices, because they cut the slice, they would on request split them for you. For example one of our favourite combinations was a slice of Tre Fungi and a Prima Vera ( vegetables ), now have a half of each, wonderful. Sometimes a slice of Meatlovers, depending on what was available. So many different other slices, all were so appealing, history now!

Jun 06, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caruso Gourmet Pizza --- Closed --- Bolton

I too have driven past dozens of times, look of it never sparked interest. Thanks for posting website, menu and pizzas do seem not too interesting, and possibly not very Italian. Well, I expect to be passing later this week or so and just likely give them a chance if only mostly because they are not a franchise. Not having high expectations, will report back after a purchase!

Jun 06, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Source for Hot Dogs and buns used by street vendors?

Interestingly enough I go to Soloway's to buy a box of the smaller regular size wieners, take them home to divide up in packs of 2 or 4 and return to freezer. Never buy the larger size but did once buy a pack of Polish sausage. Once because they were just to greasy and fatty. Have never bought anything off a hot dog cart myself because the distance to one does not justify not going to a finer more interesting dining establishment!

Jun 06, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caruso Gourmet Pizza --- Closed --- Bolton

What can I say, drove by last weekend and wondered where all the cars were though mid-day. Closed last Thursday with Dominic & Dina citing age and health reasons. I understand this, but you'd think there would be a buyer for this busy establishment preparing excellent food! Perhaps they preferred to close, not taking a chance on the quality after they were gone. Now the town is stuck with about 4 franchisees, a couple Italian bakeries that make " pizza " and some 2 or 3 retail choices of frozen pizza. A tremendous loss indeed!!!!!!!!!!! It is oh so sad to be left with now very low pizza choices, basically all best avoided!

Jun 02, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Silk Road Restaurant

Thanks everyone, finally got there to the new location Saturday just after opening and a dozen diners were already there. Food was excellent as expected. Unique interior covered chairs indeed! Ordered just enough 4 delicious cumin chile lamb skewers, a small rice, a lamb noodle dish and Charles yes fabulous lamb noodle soup and 2 selected drinks from the frig. Anxious to return for certain.

Jun 01, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great lunch today

And the fact of the matter is the ease with which a fresh mayonnaise can be made in quantity required, but the maker must follow recipe carefully, after a while, it is just natural!

May 27, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Silk Road Restaurant

Super thank you msprnt for your kind reply, your words are about exactly what I expected --- probably some real parking, more expensive restaurant location costs, but food quality still very good. I truly appreciate your comments as I have to come down 27 north of 7 so just not in the neighbourhood, but I make a list of stops to shop, such as Starskys, maybe Sanremo Bakery, have coolers in the car with ice packs, etc. and make trips even more worthwhile. Overdue to get to Silk Road!

May 19, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Silk Road Restaurant

Haven't been to this restaurant since it's Horner Etobicoke location and it's been a time since the move to Dundas St. East in Mississauga. The two times we previously went were to begin with quite an experience and worth the visit for the food. Anyone offer any more recent comments, food, etc. would be appreciated.

May 19, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mad Mexican: New Mexican Place from the people behind Frida's

After the Blue Jays game last Saturday, we intended to stop at the Mad Mexican on the way home. Food was as usual excellent! I thought I missed it, but drove on to turn around and to my surprise found they had moved a little further north still on the east side of Jane. Much larger restaurant area, very busy, and several large groups came in after us.

Apr 22, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Once in while was ok, chicken, sauce and baked potato, but then came the crummy bun and smallest of quarter or half chickens --- no value even with coupons when you look at both price and food offered. Ribs looked horrible so never tried them. Ironically therewas an outlet in Buffalo on Niagara Falls Blvd. with great huge ribs, decades before offered here!

Apr 03, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any indian buffets actually worthwhile?

In area at north of Hwy. 7 & Gore Rd. Nilgiris other location has ( had have not been there in some time ) buffet lunch on Fri. Sat. and ? Sun.?, very different, but very authentic , tasty, once again different. Diners get lost within dining area as I'd guess their take out is 90%++ of regular business, perhaps special occasions would fill it up! Not anywhere what most might expect as an Indian Buffet! But, as always, venture to enjoy!

Mar 20, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The GTA guide to Colombian empanadas (really, really long)

I am surprised that you did not get over to Mama Mia's Empanadas on Islington Ave. several blocks north of Finch. This place is exceptionl, I did an outdated post quite some time ago. To be brief, the difference today is better menu for sit down before you get your empanadas and churros to go. We recently had shared great quesadillas, a burrito not for me but I did order the Mexican sandwich which light on meat was very tasty because the bread was fantastic and when I next go there I will inquire about it, truly a most tasty bread with character!

Mar 13, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

When You Have The Urge For FOOD, TASTE, SOMETHING!!! Stuck At Home!

Thanks for info/help/direction. Laugh of all laughs just soon after posting, I opened the frig door to see if I needed to bring onions/potatoes from the basement frig as my other, she plans to cook ---- and lo and behold, after I got a haircut yesterday I bought a large container of lentils from the Indian Veg Rest next door ---- with more than half there, I have now satisfied many human needs with those lentils in a traditional wonderful spice sauce. To distract from all this positive vibe, wonderful taste --- I probably had a fair amount of salt!!! Not complaining, it was so good!!!

Mar 08, 2015
Jar in Home Cooking
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Nathans Hot Dogs

Yes, that was the road I was down, did not have the info you provide, thanks, Soloway's on Alness provided the clean and pure dogs you describe. the company sold and transformed from an also supplier of great kosher meats,etc. to a supplier for hot dog vendor carts with huge jars of mustard, relish, etc. After the sale at a wine/cheese show I met a younger family member working a food booth and he exclaimed huge concern about the quality of the dogs and the sale contract specified a length of time re. quality and the new company did comply! But my first box was 100%, the second ah when I went back the third time mentioning inedible chunks, bits ----- I was simply told I WAS LUCKY previous quality versus what was now sold. First time I learned LUCKY had to do with an edible!!!

Mar 08, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

When You Have The Urge For FOOD, TASTE, SOMETHING!!! Stuck At Home!

Yah, there are a lot of us out there at times with an urgent food desire, not knowing what, why, but in short for example. To begin with if to dine out or pick up I am not in the game, aimless. Most my day will be packing parcels for the post office tomorrow, normal Sunday. So, heavens what am I craving, desiring, will cook today, don't know but do want. In terms of creativity, lots of opportunity, but am mindless as to direction! Not going out for certain, so I wonder present/past/future, these moments, I think there are decisions now being made by other posters, do not think I am alone, let us end with a satisfying result in a decision, a decision,oh!!!

Mar 08, 2015
Jar in Home Cooking

Nathans Hot Dogs

This is not likely a distributor problem, thinking of all the food and not food items manufactured in huge quantities and available. The problem is likely first that the ability to provide quantity limits the ability to present the product properly, the sale of the company and product would soon make availability viable but likely affecting price/quality! Secondly, well large retailers do charge suppliers to stock product, a great source of revenue, the more paid, better exposure! Nathan's perhaps does not have financial resources to expand and stands fast to assure quality. Who would not want to invent and sell a better mouse trap, sorry no mouse recipes!

Mar 08, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hua Sang in Vaughan

Hmmm, well, Hua Sang really does look worth a visit, further away, but can done, something to look forward to!

Feb 26, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Picko Lime Vietnamese Cuisine --- Vaughn Mills

Well Pho Anh, yes I did get there earlier than expected, today before noon! First I did a foodyDudey and did a menu search Tuesday evening. #1 the Lucky Bamboo menu one that draws or withdraws you with the expanded menu with not just Vietnamese, but Thai offerings, even one dish has Udon noodles, all in all I will try sometimes several dishes I expect. My go to place in plaza with different building with just expected average/good cuisine is Hong Phat, food is good and sufficient and well priced! But today Pho Anh, gee I hate to not be positive. When pre checking the internet menu, I kind of found it small, and what you see is what I got -- the bowl smaller than usual, adequate meat where some places skimp but give me enough good veggies without any meat, I can be very happy. At Pho Anh, ordering B1 ended up with B2, confusion from the start as it kept getting explained to me about the beef tendon, and I said yes and it should be soft, no comprehension and just ordered B@, and beef was not that as presented on menu, additional ho hum, the presenting plate was small with fewer bean sprouts, basil, etc., fitting that smaller plate of Pho. The key, ahhhh, the key, soup presented without broth AROMA of welcoming herbal spice,,,, made up for with over salted/MSG flavour, not a pretty taste. A good bowl of Pho at least arrives with inviting broth aroma, then you might hit excess of salt/MSG! Just saying, once is enough! Will stick with Picko Lime for excellence and Hong Phat for the usual expectancy. In the immediate area if the basic is what one wants within Vaughan Mill on a further strip plaza there is Pho 99??? only good thing is they do open earlier, a place also nearby on Jane St. one on Weston Rd. closer to Major Mac. and one on Major Mac. closer to Keele,,, will keep Hong Phat for regularly best price/food and this Picko Lime to want to try the menu!!!!!! Nuff Said, I'm sure, especially because our Toronto North West GTA is not well talked about, more so if it is Italian the more into that GTA NW area!

Feb 26, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Picko Lime Vietnamese Cuisine --- Vaughn Mills

Three of us went to Picko Lime, again ordered Spring Rolls, but a double order and it again was great! Sorry to be short as my car is at my mechanic's shop and I will be needing it later, so I am rushing. Rather than get into much info, just will day we all ordered rice dshes, all excellent, #30, 31 and I had 35. Will be back in the area next Wednesday after a morning Doctor appointment, so will try lunch at Pho Ahn with report to follow!

Feb 20, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kleinburg copper creek

You have encountered an interesting situation --- dining at a golf club at the worst of winter. Not only that, the North West GTO and not to mention the north west etobikoke area for general info. At my employment, a Golf Course Manager would always drop off a dozen bagels, well he never said come dine. come buffet, etc.

Feb 18, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Don't get me wrong as we use fish sauce at home in varying food preparations very often, but our Government which regulates to forever, after a study, will not release the results, leading me to wonder if the more famous, the more expensive, etc., ---- what is in, what is the best fish sauce. I am guessing it is a country situation to not offend the producers, keep that economy viable to increased sales. And of course the locals have used it for many generations. Still Fish Sauce is what it is, but when tax dollars go to a study, we should have that information. Look at all the food labelling, but that wonderful Fish Sauce makes you feel like you are in Las Vegas with pockets full of money --- but blind folded, hands tied behind your back. Yes Fish Sauce does add a lot of good flavor +++?????????????

Feb 18, 2015
Jar in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I like Indian food, but have to step back a bit in my desire to enjoy it. I love the taste and the spices, but the heavy use of spices highly exceeds government rules/regulations/levels, etc. of the bad or harmful " things " contaminents, etc. In this case the more is in the great tastes, and the more is why to be sensible.

Feb 18, 2015
Jar in General Topics

Picko Lime Vietnamese Cuisine --- Vaughn Mills

Nice pictures, do capture the food, I when the area will return and return to Picko Lime, thanks so very much. Actually, my grand daughter took 2 pics for her friends/facebook,

Feb 18, 2015
Jar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)