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Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Sorry but bad VPN is BAAAAAAD!

1 day ago
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

"Unless you're spending $$$ most servers can't be bothered."

That is not even close to true!

Jul 24, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Tried them out today. Good luck to them but my pulled pork sandwich was served on a terribly stale bun. The sauce was a very thick and very sweet molasses-based concoction that did nothing to help the lack of moisture. Had to throw it out.

Jul 19, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant Chantecler - Parkdale

The other advantage it seems is that post-hype brings clearer vision. Skip the other items you saw on the menu - the place has always been over-rated.

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

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

Not cheap but fresh and solid options at Zoe on King St.

Jul 07, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BBQ Joint near Collingwood?

Happened to be driving by The Smoke this weekend on the way back from Blue so we stopped in. Pulled pork and brisket - not god awful today, but just average. Not much smoke detected. Also on the expensive side.

Jul 06, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

Fortunately the OP knows Toronto but I still must add that the Scaramouche view is nothing compared to 360 or Canoe.

Jun 16, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casa Victoria - A Michelin Star Calibre, Cantonese 'Surf & Turf' Chowmeet

Looks fantastic!

Jun 08, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

barsa taberna- has anyone been?

Read your review KV. Limp AND overcooked fries is a nasty combination not easy to attain when making fries properly. I hope the fryer was broken that night ; )

I agree it is fair to compare this restaurant to one in Barcelona, as they have set us up for that expectation, but I can't imagine why you thought it was going to be the same small inexpensive plates found at a great bar in Spain? One look at the menu and it is apparent that they are not attempting to be that. When I first looked at the menu I was disappointed but quickly realized it wasn't going to be a bar with small cheap plates. So what will it be I wondered? I hoped it would be great food with wonderful combinations so that the pricing would make sense. Now with your review of the food, I will surely wait on the sidelines for more entries.

Jun 01, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

barsa taberna- has anyone been?

I hadn't read about the people behind Barsa but simply remarked on the menu. Now I've quickly sifted through their list of concept shops. I must say that back in the day Chambar was the place to eat. Fortes always had awesome seafood - the tower was ridiculous. Meat & Bread - fantastic. And then there are the places we know in Toronto. Verdict remains to be seen.

Jun 01, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

barsa taberna- has anyone been?

Quality menu. Place looks dressed for success.

May 30, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burger Week 2014 - May 28 to 31st - $5 burgers at various restaurants

Have you walked over to P and L burger? I much prefer it to priest. Better value too.

May 28, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burger Week 2014 - May 28 to 31st - $5 burgers at various restaurants

I didn't like Tom A Burger at all! It is one step up from Hero Burger but not step enough.

May 28, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

http://www.maxsmarket.ca/ Lots of good stuff.

May 20, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Good review. I wonder if Hassel coaches/educates the vendors enough on how to service the line-ups efficiently. By now, she should be an expert. I remember La Carnita eventually figured out how to pump out the tacos fast. The TUM events I've been to suffered from the same struggle. Figure it out. Nobody I know sees the value, all things considered. To those doing the math - one service per 2 minutes X one hour blahblahblah, save your breath. The problem that needs to be fixed are the line-ups, not the physical limitation.

May 19, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

They have a dedicated person for catering who was a great help. I chose my preferred items from the available menu and she recommended quantities for the approx. 100 guests who RSVP'd. The quote was tabulated based on the portions of each item, set up/truck/propane, and a very fair hourly rate for the servers.

Forgot to mention the maple bacon donuts which were super good.

Apr 19, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Argentinian chimichurri?

Having just returned from a two week excursion from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, I can tell you that we are not eating the same chimichurri here in Toronto as they do in Argentina!! It isn't even bright green!

Does anybody know a place where the real stuff can be found within the GTA?

Apr 19, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

I see I never reported back! ooops!!

The event was fantastic. We had a great turnout and my guests were absolutely blown away by the catering, as was I.

The Caplansky truck arrived along with the servers in perfect time to be set up and ready for our first guests. Both servers and the meat carver were professional and appropriately dressed and groomed. They were super friendly and very well organized. The carving station was always kept immaculate. I was so impressed with the whole operation.

The food was a BIG hit. The smoked meat was what you know it to be and I would say that we got lucky as it was truly at its best. While few of my guests would have been SM connoisseurs, they certainly know good food when they taste it. It was juicy, tender and nicely smoked. The real surprise was how fantastic the smoked turkey turned out. Super moist and delicious!

While guests were custom served at the carving station, the servers walked around with trays of hot food made on the truck. They did a great job pacing the flow of changing items. The fries, poutine and fried pickles were a huge hit as were the Rueben spring rolls. The latkes went over well but those who knew better weren't so impressed.

The whole concept of a carving station and a kitchen on wheels with great servers is brilliant. They transformed my offices into an event space and took all of the "clean up" with them, leaving behind nothing but satisfaction and amazing leftover brisket and turkey! ; )

All in all an experience that was truly great!

Apr 19, 2014
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Sheila G's Brownie Brittle

I had the walnut and a caramel or toffee flavour. Both were pitched. Perhaps the chocolate chip is saved by the real flavour of chocolate chips? I haven't noticed them lately.

Dec 03, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Sheila G's Brownie Brittle

Kitchen Table on King West near Bathurst. Big marketing in Times Square for this product. I tried two flavour versions. Not only did they have a funny after taste, but I wasn't crazy about the product to begin with.

Dec 03, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

After doing the research I can say you are bang on.

Caplansky is setting up a carving station inside for made-to-order sandwiches and the truck is supplying all the fried/hot items like fries and reuben spring rolls. Servers will bring the food indoors on trays. It is actually a pretty great set up that we've planned. The truck is there so we can have freshly made hot food, but our guests won't have to go out in the cold.

Dec 03, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

Thanks everyone who shared their input. I have to say how surprised I was to find that many trucks are not interested to work "outside the box" Food Dudes had great catering choices but their food truck was not available as an option for us.

We're using Caplansky's. Not only have they been extremely amenable but they are also highly professional with quick, detailed responses. The event is next week and we are hoping for a great time!

I will be sure to report back!

Dec 03, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

soup advice

White pepper?
Raw minced garlic?
Minced Banana Pepper??

If you don't mind colour alteration - cayenne, or any pepper.

Nov 13, 2013
chowfinder in Home Cooking

Wild Argentine red shrimp

We've ordered Ontario Pork Ribs, Chicken filets, Beef Back Ribs, Prime Roasts, Ground Chicken over the years and have always been very, very happy. My only caveat is to watch for origin as they try to hide behind terms like proudly Canadian to fool you. WagJag expressed in writing to us that they are not responsible for any claims made by the producer. Nor are they responsible to denote country of origin. Wagjag sucks that way!

Nov 13, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

Thanks ylsf. It doesn't seem like there is as much love for food trucks on here like I had anticipated. Are there really no great stand out trucks?

I will check out Food Dudes for sure but I thought of them as more of a catering company than a grassroots ft.

Nov 06, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

Yes that is a good point - thanks. I will create a set menu with them for sure! And we will serve trays of food.

Nov 06, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Help! Toronto

Our company wants to arrange for 2 trucks from 5pm-8pm one day, early December. It's our Christmas party of 100-150 people.

What two trucks would you want to have onsite if you could choose any two?

Thanks in advance!

Nov 03, 2013
chowfinder in Ontario (inc. Toronto)