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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Not a fan of the Chilean Organic berries, small, sometimes hard and not very good.

Ambrosia has some excellent organic blueberries, I think from Mexico - plump, juicy - excellent!

I will keep an eye out though - I typically taste before I buy so..... ;)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Organic blueberries? Fresh??? Not 2 days ago that I saw (I did get frozen ones though)!

Also their organic meat is not that well priced, I prefer to get my meat from Cumbrae's instead.

Lunch Delivery in Markham

Mexican.....delivery......in Markham!? Now that is funny.

Stick to Abruzzo's, try their Panz. Dante's is inferior and double the price.

There is also a small Italian joint in the commercial wasteland that is Hwy 7 & Dufferin area, the name eludes me, but visiting a few times with some local clients proved enjoyable during each trip.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Curious what store that was at, Nevy.

I was at the Woodbine location today, and purchased some frozen Ontario blueberries, but saw none of the aforementioned greens (which I would be interested in!).

Theee best crispy beef in the GTA

Agreed

And dont forget those shredded carrots!

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

As well, if it is value you are after (and amazing product) try their beef cheeks (which you may need to order in advance) just ensure you allocate 4-5 hours of slow cooking (my Texas chili came out awesome with these) as well as theirs Bavette cut steak ($20 piece fed 3)

Oh and their bacon....don't even get me started!

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I have purchased organs (sweet breads) from Cumbrae's before and like all of their meat, they were excellent.

The stock I put in 'organic' however, is less and less these days as for the right price, organic 'certification' is easily had. Cumbrae's purchases from a small number of local farms (some of it their from their own) and it is all free range, antibiotic/hormone free, well fed meat. Considerably better than what I have had from Healthy Butcher or anywhere else for that matter in this city.

Ideas for a birthday party (table of 6) for this Sat night (Canoe is closed, Auberge du Pommier is booked)

Second'd

Though it will be difficult to get a reservation with such short notice.

Best Dishes 2014

Best dish of last year has to go to a special Scaramouche had one night -

Hand made pasta - baby Nova Scotia shrimp, spring peas/ramps, uni sauce and segments atop.

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

Jenna,

Is the quality on par with Cumbrae's though?

I have yet to eat a piece of meat outside of Italy that comes close to Cumbrae's

I would suggest for 'organic' (that term is so loose and not governed) chicken, Cumbrae's dark meet offerings are a good deal.

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I only buy meat from Cumbrae's now, but I am not sure I would consider them 'cheap'

Though I will say, if you buy dark meat chicken, their prices are not bad (around $3/lb).

I am not a fan of Costco's meat, I do not like any meat that is processed (see; tenderized).

From a beef perspective, we don't eat it often, but when we do, I can assure you the taste difference between Cumbrae's and elsewhere is significant. Go for some of the cheaper cuts - their beef cheeks are amazing as is their flank/skirt/bavette cuts.

Restaurant specialising in dishes with Fish Soup, in uptown Toronto - 2015 Jan edition

Perhaps shocking was a slight exaggeration, more so that a 'Japanese restaurant' would focus on Italian food...kind of like a 'Mexican restaurant' focusing on Lebanese food.

You are also assuming that I am not at least part if not a full bred Italian... ;)

Restaurant specialising in dishes with Fish Soup, in uptown Toronto - 2015 Jan edition

This place is not too far, shocking that a Japanese joint would produce quality Italian fare....

Will have to try it out (though I rarely if ever go for Italian food, given I can typically execute it as well or better than any restaurant I have come across; at least on this side of the pond).

As an aside, Charles - curious as to your (or anyone's for that matter) 2-3 standout dishes at Judy's - I always pass by when at Northern Dumpling and see it packed, but have yet to venture through the doors.

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

Sounds like he should try his own 'pop-up' on for size.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I am more interested in organic fruit/veg

So far I have yet to see any produce at the woodbine location....

Surprising.

Also waiting to see more chantrelles!

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

Both, sadly.

Hah!

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I am surprised that costco has not adopted to the Organic food movement more so.

I rarely if ever see any organic produce, and the only non organic produce that I will buy these days are oranges.

Strange.

Reccommendation for Richmond Hill/Markham, please

He put in an offer on a space at 16th and Kennedy I believe....

Sadly it will be a 'franchise' so while he will ensure they get up to speed and hopefully keep a level of quality on par with the Warden/Lawrence location, eventually he will return to 'home base' - so time will tell.

Exceptional Dim Sum in uptown Toronto - peers to Casas Imperial and Victoria? (2015 Jan edition)

Casa Victoria is still your best bet.

LWH is overpriced and not as good as CV.

After a recent visit to Yangs, I would not waste my time there either.

Reccommendation for Richmond Hill/Markham, please

Restoran Malaysia is very good.

Their Chicken Curry app w/ Roti is fantastic, as is their Malasian fried rice.

Most dishes are well executed.

Refer to Charles's suggestions re: Northern Dumpling Kitchen.

Sadly there is a huge gap in terms of good Vietnamese up north here, but not for long, as the owner of Pho Metro will soon be opening up a place in Richmond Hill.

MAHI MAHI ....MAHI MAHI......MAHI MAHI

Off the back of a truck?

This is one of the funniest posts I have seen in a while on CH.

'Yang's', Richmond Hill - A quick ' ultra positive' update.

It's the one on Bayview.

Don't bother with the one on Leslie (totally different owners, etc)

'Yang's', Richmond Hill - A quick ' ultra positive' update.

Fair enough.

If a smaller party were to try out their dinner offerings, what would be 2-3 'must tries' that you would suggest?

'Yang's', Richmond Hill - A quick ' ultra positive' update.

Perhaps their dinner service is better than their Dim Sum, but 2 weeks ago when I was there, while there was one or two standout dishes, there were also some huge misses:

Pros:
- Fried Octopus Tentacles: great crispy bits, well executed, nice amount of 5 spice.

Cons:
- Shrimp Rice rolls - rice roll was soft, borderline mushy.
- 'Fried shrimp square pocket' things - not cooked at high enough temp, oily, and barely any filling.
- One dish, their house special veg dumpling did not even arrive (or it did, but after I canceled it and was paying the bill).

Everything else was mediocre.

I will stick to Casa Victoria.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

Scaramouche
Casa Victoria
Pho Metro
Northern Dumpling Kitchen
Blackbird Bakery
Seven Lives
Buca

Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

Animal fat.....healthy.....as evoo!?

now that's funny.

Australian Diamond Valley 'Wagyu Beef' at Ontario Costco

You really want to eat all that fat....raw?

Ick!

Sorry, I couldn't help myself!

Dim sum

CV Is probably the most consistent Dim Sum place I have found in or around Toronto.

Even Yangs who I was at last week was not at the same level (mushy shrimp roll skins, lack of filling in some dishes, etc)

iso: galette des rois

fatbottomedgirl - you make the rocking world go round!

hope you find a galette to your liking.

have you tried Rahier?

Ici Bistro - Comically Dysfunctional

Regardless of who has more pull, it does not excuse the pathetic service, the mediocre food (surely JP himself wold have had full control over what leaves his kitchen!) and the abysmal way he/the hotel handled their customers feedback.