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Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

So is it the food or the thought of the food that you like? What if it was not chef owned? what if it was a dish at a SirCorp restaurant where the waiter just plopped down the same 1/4 cucumber and walked away? is it still worth $10?

about 7 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

How much would you pay for a "four-inch quarter of a cucumber, adorned with berries and herbs" how "well" can that be prepared that it is worth $10 unless you are in a setting where you get the eloquent chefs description of the dish?

If you were to walk down the street and someone popped out of a new unknown (to you) restaurant door and offered that to you and you had no clue who the chef was or what went into that dish and you could not see if the restaurant was a greasy spoon or fine dining you just saw the cucumber and herbs on a paper plate. Would you hand over $10 to try it?

And PS this is a "Foodie" website that you post so much on.. You may not consider yourself a Foodie but I bet many other people you know would call you that..

about 7 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

I disagree,I feel like that is the most valid statement to explain the current Toronto foodie culture...

about 7 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Current state of our education system I guess... Just like saving a Billion dollars for taxpayers but still having to raise taxes..

about 8 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Toronto Chef Following

Answer is... It depends...

Does the new restaurant's menu have things on it that I like to eat? Is the new location convenient for me? Are the prices fair?

It is like dating, if you say you prefer to date blond women that does not mean you would each and every woman that just happens to be blond.

about 14 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

A colleague just recently got a new machine that was per-configured with tip percentages. They did not notice at first but started to realize that their tips seemed lower.. they looked at the machine and noticed that it was set to 15%. the old machine had no presets and they were averaging 20% after tax. They figured out how to turn it off as they feel if you give someone an easy option they will take it. If you do not you get a fairer reflection of what they thought (or just rely on their bad math and hope it is in your favour!)

about 14 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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New Califonia Sandwiches on Yonge @ Carlton

No, I traveled less then 20 minutes and I did not think it held up.. Bun was falling apart and like I said the coating slid right off the veal and the meat seemed chewy. Not sure how it would have been if I ate it in the shop.. but I will wait for others to give their verdict before I try again.

1 day ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ripley's Acquarium

"At" the aquarium or "near" the aquarium.. form the sounds of it they just have typical snack-bar food... burgers chicken fingers etc on site.

1 day ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Have not been to Libretto but I know in some places they have servers who explain the menu and are very knowledgeable about wines etc and then they have "food runners" whos only job is to bring out the food and clear tables. In high volume places this tends to work more efficiently. This sounds like what you experienced.

1 day ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Califonia Sandwiches on Yonge @ Carlton

Stopped in here after work the other day for a sandwich to go. The space is very modern looking with a real "fast food" vibe. They were almost empty at 6pm and one couple had ordered ahead of me but it still seemed to take a quite while to get my veal sandwich. When I got home the coating just fell off of the meat and the meat itself looked gray and was a bit chewy. I doubt I will go back.

Jul 27, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

I found Andreas tarts to be too big resulting in too high a ratio of runny sweet filling to pastry crust for my liking.

Jul 27, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

And how many times have you heard someone say "Shit the wifi is down" with all of the separate rooms, patios, kitchens covered in stainless steel, wifi is a huge pain in the butt especially when you are talking about a restaurant of the size that needs multiple machines.

Cellular is the most reliable (after land line).

Moneris (a very common payment processor) is cellular on their terminal: http://www.moneris.com/en/Products-Se...

and even their "short range" system does not use wifi but instead uses Bluetooth to a local base station.

Jul 27, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

16 of us went out for a staff lunch from work when a colleague was leaving and everyone except me paid by debit or credit. which meant that for those 15 minutes that the waitress was brining the machine over to those 15 people she was not looking after other tables and no one else could pay because she had the machine!. Before these machines people would just throw down the cash and you would be out in 3 minutes...

Also as it was lunch pretty much everyone else in the restaurant was also trying to pay at the same time as they all had to be back to the office by 1. Same thing happens at bars at the end of the night.

Until the point when each staff member has their own machine this will continue to be a problem. And right now these machines are cellular and pretty expensive as each one actually requires its own phone number & sim card to communicate.

So moral of the story is that if you are getting ignored by your server at the end of your meal it may just be that at large group of people are all trying to pay by card at the same time and not that there is some conspiracy against letting you leave.

Jul 27, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

I have never had a multi course tasting menu with wine pairings where they did not explain each dish and each wine.

Jul 25, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

"To people who go out to eat with the idea of enjoying their friends' company over good food (and to whom half the fun is swapping a bit of your duckling for a bit of your friend's tournedo), you will find too many interruptions, not enough food, and no choices."

- If this is what you wanted then you do not order an 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing.. where you know you will be interupted at least 24 times during the course of the dinner - 8 delivery of plates, 8 delivery of wine & 8 clearing of plates...

Jul 25, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Tutti Pizzeria is opening in Yorkville where MBCo used to be at 100 Bloor St. West (facing the park).

No idea if it is in any way associated with Tutti Matti ...

Jul 17, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

In "reality" banks get robbed, that does not make it right to rob a bank...

Some people in the world are thieves. As is your friend if she takes tips that belong to the "pool".

Jul 16, 2014
pourboi in Not About Food

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

"If" tips are pooled and you slip a server or anyone else in the establishment cash in a handshake or other clandestine method.. and they do not share that money with the rest of the "pool" then that is usually considered to be the same as them stealing that money and they may be fired with cause.

Jul 15, 2014
pourboi in Not About Food

Mr. Ciao Pizza & Pasta - 598 Gerrard St E at Broadview

And now Toronto Life: http://t.co/0HjA5xoIww

Jul 15, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

and no gravy!

Jul 15, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO French Toast Crunch Cereal

Grocery Gateway has it (we get it at our office for our cereal bar) they source from Longos (I think) so you may want to try there...

Jul 14, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

You do not know Jen then... she says what is on her mind.. politically correct is not in her vocabulary... It is a lot easier when your restaurant is always regarded as one of the top go to places in the city to be able to speak your mind. The thing is the tipping thing is an absolute fact and you also get people that just order the licious dinner and a glass of water.

One waiter I know had a table order hot water with a lemon and proceeded to pull out tea bags and make their own tea just so they would not have to pay for drinks. Then left 15% exactly pre-tax to the cent as a tip.

Jul 14, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

Here is the link: http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

Why are you gobsmacked? that pretty much sums up how many industry staff / owners feels and how many on this board feel that the event is perceived from the customer end as well.

Jul 13, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

Ok since my question has not been answered and it seems the people here need everything spelled out...

Where would one eat in St Jacobs if they are looking for more than just tourist food, burgers, fries, pizza, fast food, frozen groceries store food, gas station fare etc.. but instead are looking for something unique, local, that you cannot get in Toronto whether it be standard fare but in a beautiful country setting or something even more exciting culinary wise that is worth driving 2 hours for?

Is that better?

Jul 11, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Walked by yesterday and there was a Landlord notice on the door some was blacked out but it seems they were $60,000 behind in their rent and the landlord locked them out. Everything is still in place on tables and counters behind the big chain and lock on the front door.

Jul 11, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

I checked out their menu and it seems like just generic pub food, while that can be good I do not see that as a destination restaurant for the OP to travel from New York to experience.

Jul 10, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

Right BUT where should one eat in St Jacobs?

Jul 10, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Sorrel restaurant in Yorkville is moving in August and taking over the Patis space in Rosedale.

Jul 10, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Le Trou Normand in Yorkville has two big "For Lease" signs covering their sign now... I remember seeing that it was for sale a few months ago.

Jul 10, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

No stadium in Hamilton currently... it was torn down last year and the new one is not ready yet..

Jul 09, 2014
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)