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The Healthy Butcher?

Your thoughts and personal experiences with this new wave of meat distribution?

Mar 18, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive, yet impressive eating spot at Spadina & Bloor

I'm afraid you've got the wrong picture, Googs. She is certainly not Bohemian nor necessarily a peace activist. Coming from Nationalist China where demonstrations are forbidden she was just overwhelmed with the idea that people in such numbers would be allowed to march in the street without being arrested.

Mar 18, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Maple Sugar [Moved from New England board]

SUGAR SUGAR
My goodness Gio,, you're just a conucopia of distilled information.

Mar 18, 2008
fruglescot in General Topics

Maple Sugar [Moved from New England board]

Would taking 40-50 gallons of sap effect a tree in a negative way. Isn't the sap the equivalent to blood in a human ?

Mar 18, 2008
fruglescot in General Topics

Inexpensive, yet impressive eating spot at Spadina & Bloor

You seem to know a lot about the female mind, Mr Rabbit!

Mar 17, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'St. Patricks Day' special foods or dining out spots?

WOW!
That's what I call a St. Patrick's Day celebritory feast. Just wished I lived in the neighbourhood for the aromas alone not to mention trying to waggle an invitation.
"May you be in your grave an hour before the devil knows your dead"
Toronto, Canada

Mar 17, 2008
fruglescot in General Topics

Your inexpensive, Unusual locations to "Grab A Bite"?

That's true but I think it was certainly implied. Allen's is a great place to dine but I don't think it's considered somewhere to grab an inexpensive bite unless you've just won a lottery
But thank you for your suggestion of The "Vendetta" pizza, Brass Taps Pizza Pub, College & Dovercourt, grilled cheese. Sounds like just what we were aiming for.

Mar 17, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Toronto, desperately seeking advice!

NEVER ON SUNDAY OR A MONDAY
If you are planning to go back to the St. Lawrence Market just don't plan to return on a MONDAY They're CLOSED

If your interested
"Rodney's Oyster Bar" might delight your fancy.at 469 King Street West (Back Patio).Always fresh as they get them from their own oyster beds. Stick to the fresh shucked oysters or clam chowders.

Mar 17, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fish and Chips

There are many threads here on best F&C but of late "High Street" gets the nod by far at least IMHO. However, it is not downtown. It's in North Toronto, Underhill Rd. (in the plaza) just north of Lawrence Ave East at Don Valley Prkwy exit. Definitely worth the trip!

Mar 16, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'St. Patricks Day' special foods or dining out spots?

O'DANNY BOY AND GREEN BEER
So you will be adding an O' to your last name and wearin' some o' the green. What special
St. Pattie's Day foods will you be preparing OR if you are going out where is your "green for go" place?
Enjoy!
Patty O' Furniture/fruglescot

Mar 16, 2008
fruglescot in General Topics

"Saint Patrick's Day" dining?

O'DANNY BOY, PICKLES AND GREEN BEER
With St. Pattie's Day coming up and everyone adding an O' to their last name, what restaurant or pub are you expecting to spend your night at and why?
Thanks.

Mar 16, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive, yet impressive eating spot at Spadina & Bloor

Perhaps WEDNESDAY my night off, or this week I have an unusual Thursday night off as well.

Mar 16, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your inexpensive, Unusual locations to "Grab A Bite"?

I see you've included Allen's on Danforth in your list... Do you consider that an 'inexpensive place", to grab a quick bite?

Mar 16, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive, yet impressive eating spot at Spadina & Bloor

OLD GOAT MEETS YOUNG LAMB
Met a Chinese nationalist, U of T exchange student here for 3 months enrolled in a law program. She was filming the anti war march for peace rally on Bloor St.E and was enthralled by the whole process of dissent. She took my flyer. We spent the afternoon at the Future's Bakery over drinks discussing politics etc. We have a dinner date next week and I want to take her somewhere unusual in the annex (she is renting a flat there) I don't want to spend a lot. She is smart, full of questions but not a really big eater. Somewhere unusual, "inexpensive" and quiet enough for conversation.
What can you recommend?
Thanks

Mar 15, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Something different downtown AND a deli

AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER
You're of course correct, grilled cheese. My apologies. It's toward Toronto Jo that I should have directed my comment. I wont be too hard on him since he did, actually, endorse my Black Camel suggestion.The man does know where to go for a tasty beef sandwich

Mar 15, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

You really are knowledgeable Gio.

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Home Cooking

What happened to Giorgio's Pizza on Dupont

GIVE ME MORE, GIVE ME MORE
Georgio's on Dupont had the very best multi cheese and garlic pizza I ever ate.
Even the ones in Buffalo, NY could not compare
I'm thinking 70s when I went there.

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Woman's Bakery

ELEMENTARY MR DEAR GOOGS
l'll second that bit of Sherlockian effort

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Something different downtown AND a deli

DOUBLE TEAMING
Well, grilled cheese and pescatarian upon reconsideration I suppose I agree with you about the revised and renamed Richtree selection. It is heavy on gimmick, novelty and decor and the young woman is described as a foodie sophisticate. I suppose I should be grateful that you didn't trash my "Black Camel" suggestion.as well. Does that mean it meets your approval?

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Something different downtown AND a deli

HOGTOWN WELCOMES YOU FOODIESNORTH
Two suggestions both in the downtown vicinity

"LA Marche" at BCE Place 42 Yonge St 416 366-8986 for a unique dining experience with great aesthetics for your daughter. Colourful, aroma filled space with serving stations that you visit, have your favourite foods prepared before your eyes and have your passport (bill) stamped. Touristy but definitely fun dining.

For a unique deli type experience I would recommend "

"The Black Camel" for an Angus beef "slow roasted" brisket sandwich with a variety of savoury toppings. I like the horseradish. Apparently, the owner says, it's a traditional ancient method of meat preparation from Europe.
Jump on the Yonge street subway and exit at Rosedale Stn. and follow your nose to
#4 Crescent Rd (Just outside the subway exit)
http://www.blackcamel.ca
416 929-7518
Great dining in town and enjoy your stay.

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Your inexpensive, Unusual locations to "Grab A Bite"?

Other than hot dogs what are you referencing it for? the cost of the 'dogs'?

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

Well then RWCFoodie, you are now in company with a better informed group of chowhounds.
Are you sure you don't have a crumb or two of new information that you could toss us?

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Home Cooking

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

Try adding a little bit o gin with the brine for a pseudo martini.

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Home Cooking

under-used treasure or garbage? what ingredient do you think people are wasting?

IS FAT FREE YOGURT, REALLY YOGURT
So Gio you're a pressed yogurt lover as well. Much less expensive than purchasing the labn-eh, eh? You are, very well informed by my observations so I'm pleased that I was able to pass on some useful information.
Here is a bit more. I would recommend that you consider natural yogurt over the fat reduced types. Michael Pollan brought the point to my attention at his recent lecture by questioning what exactly is in, 'fat free' yogurt.
I don't mean to pontificate of course. You will be the ultimate decision maker.

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Home Cooking

Who are the great food writers, past & present?

IN DEFENSE OF POLLAN
I apologize for not being familar with the writings of Schlosser and Sinclair, however, I am reading M.Pollan currently. Your categorization of him as a 'muckraker' might be more applcable if one was an owner of a large feedlot, a fast food chain or a world grain operation but speaking as a simple consumer I find his writing empowering. I am "inspired" and concerned at the same time about what basic ingredients are going in to my" great food and great flavors" as you say and I would think, you should feel the same.
In this era of corruption, misleading information, artificial ingredients, scientific manipulation, an epidemic of diabetes, and gigantic agricultural monopolies perhaps the writings of those aforementioned authors are, in fact, mandatory reading.

Mar 14, 2008
fruglescot in Food Media & News

Minestrone's Restaurant Yonge st

Tell me the exact location and anything about the place. Please

Mar 13, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's in high end chocolate that's healthy?

Thanks for that information on the Michael Cluziel bar omotosando. At around $6 each one likes to know these things before ordering

Mar 13, 2008
fruglescot in General Topics

I'm thinking it's a Ukrainian dish. Help!

Why No Gio? Memories are easily associated with food and I fondly remember my ex and the aroma of that concoction baking in the ov!

Mar 13, 2008
fruglescot in General Topics

Who are the great food writers, past & present?

It would appear that I've opened a tempest here on this topic. It really is amazing to me to see the high quality yield brought forward by my request.
With all due respect.
Chowhounds, it appears, are much more than just a knowledgeable group of glutanous diners.
I have more than enough references for a couple of winter seasons of reading.

Mar 13, 2008
fruglescot in Food Media & News

Any Wednesday Evening, Food Related Happenings?

AND THE WINNER IS????
It will come as no surprise to anyone that one of dragonflygrl's suggestions was the decision of the OB of where to spend his food related Wednesday evening out.
The final selection was not a slam dunk , however, as I considered seeing a movie as that was a regular Wednesday wintertime activity for me. A quick scan of the movie reviews provided this short list of of possible food related cinema;
1)Caramel
2)Sweeny Todd
3)The Pirates that Don't
(A Veggietales movie)
4)DAIRY of the Dead
One by one they fell by the wayside
1-A subtitled movie about 5 women who meet in a hairdressing salon in Beirut
2-A movie where a woman makes meat pies from her lover's sartorial clients (Never been too fond of the musical genre)
3-A kids movie rated ** star only
4- A re-examine of the title revealed a typo. It was actually "DIARY" of the Dead

Considering I had the listings in front of me and prompted by positive memories about a play called "The Arab-Israeli Cookbook", that I had enjoyed at The Berkley St. Theater, some time back, where the actors actually cooked on stage for the entire show, I checked for live plays with a culinary theme. The effort proved fruitless and so I made the final choice of where to spend my evening off.
It would be dragonflygrl's.................. The Bier Market on Esplanade for the Taste of Iceland night. Being a blues, soul and jazz fan I was somewhat concerned about a night of Rock music, nevertheless, off into the night I went.
(to be cont'd)

Mar 13, 2008
fruglescot in Ontario (inc. Toronto)