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Where can I find John Boo Cutting Board in Toronto?

Awesome I will give them a call. Thank you!

Jan 13, 2014
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find John Boo Cutting Board in Toronto?

Wow thank you so much for checking and sending this pic! Will swing by to have a look :)

Jan 13, 2014
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find John Boo Cutting Board in Toronto?

Just gave them a call and unfortunately they don't believe in end-grain cutting boards which is what i'm looking for :(

Thank you for the suggestion though!

Jan 12, 2014
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find John Boo Cutting Board in Toronto?

Thank you yisf. I tried calling all of the authorized dealers in Ontario listed on their website and none of them seem to carry this one. I missed the one of a kind show last year so maybe I can check out the one they host this year instead.

Jan 12, 2014
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find John Boo Cutting Board in Toronto?

I'm looking for a John Boos Walnut End Grain chopping block 24 x 18 x 2 1/4 inches (http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...)

I haven't had much success finding retail stores that resell this one in Canada and any websites that do sell it online like the one above don't ship to Canada. Where else am I likely to find this?

Thank you!

Jan 11, 2014
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Shanghai Food in Toronto

Thank you for being so kind as to point that out Charles. It is very disappointing to know that this restaurant is a "fake" but similar to the blogger you linked to, it can be understandable why people can be easily fooled since the layout is very similar to the other Din Tai Fung restaurants. The phrase you pointed out has since been 'corrected'.

I wish the "online research" in the tinyurbankitchen blogger still worked so I could read up on it a bit more but alas the link is broken.

We've actually been to Northern Dumplings before and found the dumpling selection there to be quite good. However, we personally did find that the xiao long bao did stand out for us a bit more here but to each their own :)

Sep 10, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Shanghai Food in Toronto

We feel like the good Shanghai style food selection in downtown Toronto is quite limited. If you want affordable and more authentic Asian food, We would definitely recommend you make the trek over to Scarborough, Markham, and Richmond Hill area where there is a higher selection of Chinese food due to the dominant Asian community there.

As many have already recommended here, Ding Tai Fung is a good choice as they are famous for their xiao long bao.

However, we would definitely recommend you check out a restaurant called "Hi Shanghai" located in Splendid China Tower at Kennedy & Steeles at the border of Scarborough and Markham. Their Xiao Long Bao and Pan Fried Green Onion Pancakes there are really good. If you go early enough and place your orders before 11:30 am, you pay a flat rate of we think around $2.50 per dish regardless of their "size". We recently blogged about our experience there so feel free to check out our blog for more info. In the meantime, we've attached several photos to share with you.

Sep 09, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

5 days in Tokyo - Want to eat lots of sushi!

Thank you od_sf. We apologize if we come off as "promotional" but we do not get paid for doing any of these reviews. In fact, we were just super excited about sharing our experiences at these restaurants that this post just so happened to be talking about. We would've appreciated more insights on these restaurants before going on our trip to Japan and we genuinely just want to help others get more info before visiting. Perhaps we'll add a disclaimer next time ;)

May 31, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Japan

10 days to eat our way through Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo...Please help!

Very valuable price for the diner because you get a set 10-course meal for about 3680 yen. So for quality and quantity of food, we think it's a great value. We go into detail about the dining experience as well along with additional photo on our blog if you're interested in reading more.

As for the Golden Pavillion, yeah the only cool thing we remember there was the soft serve ice cream which had super long line ups that day because it was super hot. Not much food for the foodies out there but it's definitely one of those tourist attractions most people want to see because the historical site itself is quite nice.

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May 31, 2013
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5 days in Tokyo - Want to eat lots of sushi!

Oops! Correction, it's 400 yen for the sea eel, not 4000 yen. Sorry, guess the conversion still throws us off a little ;)

May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Japan

5 days in Tokyo - Want to eat lots of sushi!

Sushi Dai is extremely popular among tourists. We wouldn't say it's something only "insiders" know. In fact, it's mentioned a lot on chowhound and several articles or blogs have talked about it as well.

As for Giro Giro (guilo guilo is the name of their branch in Paris, France), I would consider them more of something only "insiders" would know since it's not as well known as Sushi Dai. I went there when I was in Kyoto and they have really good modern Kaiseki food. You get like a 10 course set meal for 3680 yen which in our opinion is a pretty sweet deal! They use only the freshest ingredients that are in season and they prepare them in a way that is meant to enhance their natural flavour all while balancing color and texture of the dish. I've attached a few photos of some of the dishes I've had there. You should check it out!

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May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Japan

Visiting Toronto Food Recommendations.

Hello! If you're looking for some good chinese food, chances are you won't find that many in downtown toronto. I mean I guess Lai Wah Heen will be an exception but it is pricey but since you said price doesn't matter as much I would recommend that restaurant for you if you'd like to stay in the Downtown Area.

Omei in Markham is a good chinese restaurant famous for their Lobsters cooked multiple ways. Lee restaurant downtown got some good reviews as well.

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May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Breakfast downtown?

Not sure about breakfast but we had brunch at Beast a while back and it was really good! Sat in the patio because it was a really nice day. Everything is made in house and they only use the freshest ingredients. Hoof Cafe may be another consideration for Brunch or breakfast as well.

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May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi Dai?

We think it's the idea of knowing the sushi pieces you're eating are from the freshest fish as they would've received stock shortly after the fish auction. That and the fact that the Tsukiji Market is now a giant tourist attraction brings a lot of tourists in the area that wouldn't mind checking it out. As a result, the more people that line up for the place, the more people want to check it out. Kinda like the whole mentality of "oh if a lot of people are lining up, it must be good!" I'm sure there are a lot of places that serve the same quality sushi for about the same price but unfortunately they don't get as much exposure as Sushi Dai. Hopefully chowhounders can spread some light on other restaurants that can provide great quality food at a valuable price :)

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May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Japan

5 days in Tokyo - Want to eat lots of sushi!

We went to Sushi Zanmai and I must say, it's pretty damn good budget sushi! It's a chain restaurant and although the quality is probably not as good as the ones you get at Sushi Dai or some higher end sushi places, it's still significantly better than the ones we have in Canada! For a really good price too! Definitely recommend this place as well. It's a la carte and most pieces are like under $2 CDN anyways, the most expensive I remember being the high quality sea eel for 4000 yen and it was REALLY good.

I would recommend sushi Dai as well but if you're going to the one in the market, go before 5am for sure or expect a 2 hr wait. i've attached some pictures of the fish I had there. Really fresh and for 3900 yen for the 11 nigiri omakase, price and value can't be beat!

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May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Japan

10 days to eat our way through Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tokyo...Please help!

yeah you need to line up REALLY early for Sushi Dai because it's extremely popular and lots of tourists go there for some breakfast sushi but we think it's totally worth the wait. 11 pieces of nigiri (omakase) for approximately $40 CDN is pretty unbeatable given the fresh quality of fish that you're getting. I don't know about getting there at 4am... I think getting there around 4:30 is okay too since it opens at 5am but come any later than 5 and you can expect a 2 hour wait....I've attached a picture from some sushi pieces I had there.

As for Kyoto, we definitely recommend Giro Giro Hitoshina. They serve modern Kaiseki food at a very valuable price. I attached a picture of one of the dishes we got there to give you an idea of how beautiful the dishes are presented there. Tastes great too! You get a set meal for approx $40 CDN as well. Very flavourful but a hidden location as well! You have to check out kaiseki food while in Kyoto :) As for touristy places, check out the Golden Pavillion and the Kiyomizu-dera. Typical tourist places (temples) but it's beautiful!

In Osaka, you can't go wrong at Doutombori street. Get some crab, okonomiyaki and takoyaki. The last two are found almost everywhere on the street and tastes awesome!

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May 30, 2013
Skinnychopsticks in Japan

7 nights in Tokyo - Please help me chose and refine my list!

Hey Oliver!

We just came back from our trip to Japan and we spent about a week and a half in Tokyo. We can only give you our advice on restaurants we've been to so of the ones you listed, we went to Sushi Yoshitake for our 3 Michelin star restaurant. All I can say is that our experience there was phenomenal! The service was impeccable, they had such strong attention to detail. The selection of fish was extremely fresh. I've attached a few pictures of our meal there. Mind you it was our first michelin star restaurant experience so I can't say how it compares to others in Tokyo.

As for breakfast in Tokyo, we highly recommend you check out Sushi Dai at the Tsukiji Fish market but mind you they open at 5am and you gotta get there before that time or else you'll be stuck in a 2 hr line up. The fish doesn't get more fresh than that since they got it straight from the fish auction.

We've been to Tokyo Ramen street and overall their selection is good. We went to the one at the end of the Ramen street (forgot the name of the place because it was Japanese) but it's prettty famous for their super long lineups that go up the stairs and they are known for their dipping noodles. I'm not sure if it's ramen per se but it looks like udon noodles. Check that out too!

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May 30, 2013
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