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Breakfast in the Annex?

I like Insomnia (bloor, east of bathurst) for anything eggs (sunny side up, scrambled, omlettes, lorraine, etc.) though they do get quite busy. Perhaps for your first trip you should go early-ish (around 11:30). Reasonably priced, lots of food, good coffee.

A bit pricier but good for fancier sandwiches, soups, and croques is Dessert Trends (Harbord and Brunswick).

That's really all I can think of. I think Mel's is a bit heavy, By the way cafe is plain, and I can't think of anything else.

Hope that helps. I highly recommend Insomnia.

Jun 20, 2008
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Green & Black's Chocolate bars

I saw them today at Organics on Bloor in the annex (468 Bloor St., http://www.organicsonbloor.com/).

They had a few unusual flavors, like caramel and perhaps something spicy (sorry, I wasn't paying too much attention).

Dec 18, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sausage in Toronto

Thank you! I'll make a trek over there soon. Yum.

Dec 14, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sausage in Toronto

On the topic of sausages, does anyone know where I can find veal and spinach sausages downtown? Preferably somewhere in the annex or kensington, please. Thanks!

Dec 13, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Advent Calendars?

I believe they are selling them at Loblaws and (more expensively) at Shoppers. I don't think they're the german ones (what are german advent calendars?).

Dec 03, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

where to buy cake in TO

I love the carrot cake at Harbord Bakery. It is a bit pricey.

Regarding chocolate, my fav would have to be the triple chocolate cake from Futures (so actually Dufflets).

Nov 23, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anna Olson's Bakery?

YES, definitely worth the drive. But I say that because I was served lunch (i.e. passed my salmon and cream cheese bagel) by Anna Olson herself and I'm a big Sugar fan. I also liked their cookies and pastries, I forgot which I had though, sorry for not being more specific.

Nov 13, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Galettes bretonnes in Toronto?

The Art Square near the AGO does buckwheat crepes. Service can be a bit spotty, but I always enjoy their crepes. My favorite is blue and sea (blue cheese, shrimps, and garlic). They also serve illy. Mmmm.

Nov 09, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to Get Decent Fruitcake?

I believe they're seasonal, so you'd be most likely to find them during December. Good luck!

Nov 01, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to Get Decent Fruitcake?

Yes, that's it (the one my mom makes, the St. Lucia cake is a little different I think)! I hear Black Cake is also a wedding cake in Jamaica. Mmm.

Nov 01, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to Get Decent Fruitcake?

My personal fave is my mom's Caribbean fruit cake, likely because of the rum inside and the marzipan topping. The only place I've found that does anything comparable is the St. Lucia cake Harbord Bakery does in the annex -- rum, but no marzipan. Again, you can usually try before you buy when they're in stock.

Oct 30, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Creme Brulee in GTA

Milagro has a very good creme brule. I remember it being very wide and shallow, which means a great brule to creme ratio. (On a tangent... my current fave for flan is Mexitaco. Soooo good.)

Oct 26, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

MB&Co for the office?

Hi there,

Looking for a new caterer for office luncheons in downtown Toronto (office is near Bloor & Yonge). Nothing too exotic, just good and good-looking standard sandwiches and salads. Has anyone tried MB&Co? They're my top pick right now. Any other suggestions?

Thanks!

Oct 24, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Harbord takes another hit

I passed by 89 Harbord today, what used to be Eduardos, and before Restaurant Makeover got its mitts on it, Latitude. Windows are all boarded up and all signage (other than the 89 Harbord sign in a window) are gone.

Does anyone have news on this?

I wonder what this and Kensington Kitchen will become. I'm really hoping not another wings place, unless they make really good wings. Via Oliveto to St Louis is a travesty (and again, another resto Restaurant Makeover "helped out").

Sep 20, 2007
Amber in Food Media & News

Windsor Arms turns Purple?

The Courtyard Cafe looked the same as usual. The outer tea room was about the same (I think they changed the chairs, but it wasn't a mutilation)... but the inner tea room with the fireplace was horrible. I tried to find a link on their website to send a comment but all I could see were pictures of how it used to be... *sigh*. I overheard a neighboring diner complain that it now looks like a bordello. OUCH.

I hope they've rectified it by the time you go back...

Sep 18, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Windsor Arms turns Purple?

I took the SO to Windsor Arms for afternoon tea and we were shocked by the reno of the inner room. This room was very pretty before (old fashioned drawing room chairs, flowery wall paper , lacey curtains) but now it's full of purple velor short arm chairs, lavender painted walls, and gauzy dark purple curtains.

And the icing on the scones was the icing sugar... not a fan of how they added icing sugar (it's really messy and the scones imo are sweet enough). Plus they changed the recipe so while before they were very light tasting, now there's a powdery aftertaste -- perhaps they added too much baking powder or didn't mix the dough thoroughly.

Next time I'll go to King Eddie.

Sep 17, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

poppy-seed strudel etc.

I visited Tuske last fall, and they had 3 types of strudel: poppyseed, cheese, and cherry. I just tried the poppyseed, it was good. Lots of filling in a flaky pastry.

Sep 13, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fly in wine norms? [moved from Ontario board]

Sorry, for the late reply -- this post was moved from the Ontario board, which I wasn't aware of until today.

These flies were fruit flies.

Yes, when we asked the waiter to replace the glass we told him it was because there were flies in it.

I'm not saying the restaurant OWED us a glass of wine, it's one of those things where it's very nice if they do but they're obviously not obligated to. I mentioned the incident to a friend before my post and she said earlier that week she had been at East Side Mario's and a fly was crawling around her ceasar salad while she was sitting on the patio with a friend for lunch. Not only did the resto replace her salad, but they comped her and her friend the entire meal. And that's a chain restaurant.

Thanks for all the input. I really like the coaster on the glass idea, I will definitely put that to good use in the future.

Jul 15, 2007
Amber in Not About Food

Summerlicious 2007

I think this is my last year doing Summelicious (avidly, at least) and it's going out with a bang.

So far I've been to Habitat and Globe, tonight is Boulevard Cafe and next Friday is Fieramosca. All are dinners.

HABITAT -- I was disappointed, but I was expecting to be. I had heard that the old chef left and the new one wasn't getting the greatest reviews, but my friend wanted to go. We all started with the mushroom terrine (very oily, heavy, and small but otherwise a good rich taste) with a small salad and blue foam (very good sharp light cheese). Next we all had the duck. Very small, just dark meat, and a bit tough. For dessert, 3 of us had the chocolate cake with green tea mousse which was a glorified brownie (luckily, I love brownies). The 4th had the creme brulee which I tasted and was delish, very gooey and eggy tasting. Service was attentive but (as I complained in an earlier but deleted post) a fly landed in my friend's 2/3 full wine glass and when we asked for a new glass, he merely changed the glass and poured the remainder of our bottle into the glass. We were sitting inside, so I think they should have comped her a glass of house at least.

GLOBE -- A coworker and I really enjoyed it. He had the soup of the day (some cream soup, I believe) and I had the procuitto with peaches and greens. He enjoyed his soup, I found my salad a bit salty but that's my fault -- procuitto I think is always salty. We also had very good crusty bread with curry hummus, good stuff. For the main, my coworker had the duck (4-5 small medallions with a good sized rhubarb cake) and I had the trout. Both of us agreed that they were done very well (not overcooked, I mean, cooked properly). Dessert I had the strawberries, which were stewed and tasted like those frozen strawberries (again, I like frozen strawberries, so no complaints). Coworker had the cobbler, which was 2-3 cookies on reduced cherries, he enjoyed it. After we left, our only comment was that the portion sizes for the entrees were a bit on the small side but that we left satisfied because there were 3 courses and bread. I think they did a great job hitting the $35 price point.

My verdict is that I will go again to Globe to try their regular menu, but I will not go back to Habitat.

Jul 15, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Office Dinner in the 'Saug

Thanks for the recs! I should have specified that we are looking at entrees in the $15-$30 range, so while the Terrace on the Green looks lovely I think it's a no. I will suggest Saucy (http://www.cockandpheasant.com/Saucy/...), it looks delish and a whole lot closer than Solstice.

Jul 14, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Office Dinner in the 'Saug

My office is having a farewell dinner for a colleague and we are looking for somewhere nice near the office. The office is at Mississauga Rd and the 401. Ideally we would like to go somewhere within a 10-15 min drive of the office. We are under 10 people and the only food restriction is no seafood. So far our leading option is Solstice. Is there another place you can recommend? Thanks!

Jul 13, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fly in wine norms? [moved from Ontario board]

Question... So yesterday some friends and I were dining at Habitat for their summerlicious and split a bottle of wine with dinner. A small fly landed in my friend's glass of wine (it was maybe two thirds full) so we asked for a new glass. She was given a new glass and the remaining wine from our bottle was poured into the glass. The full cost of the wine was on our bill and no offer was made by the waitstaff to comp my friend a glass of wine (house wine would have been fine). Two more flies landed in her new full wine glass shortly, and my friends and I offered to pay for a glass of wine for her but she declined, saying she had enough. We were sitting inside but the doors were open... not like we were sitting on the patio.

My question is, should they have comped my friend a glass of wine? What is the norm for when a fly lands in your wine glass? Should we have complained? We ended up not tipping on the wine, however, I'm not sure they got the message, they may have just thought we were cheap.

Jul 07, 2007
Amber in Not About Food

Recs near the Soho Met

Thanks, Rabbit, for the recommendation. We went to Tutti Matti last night and it was yummy. I had the papardelle with braised beef, it was delicious -- the noodles were nice and thick and the meat was falling apart on itself. The SO had the pasta of the day, ravioli stuffed with pheasant, figs, and something else. He enjoyed it but it was a bit small, so the salad and dessert were good calls. I had the tirimisu and it was also fantastic. *sigh* I'm not sure I can eat at Serra's in the annex (my local fave) in the near future.

I'll defintely go back again. Thanks!

Jun 24, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recs near the Soho Met

Thanks! We have decided on Tutti Matti because it was more casual than the others.

Jun 03, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

afternoon tea in Toronto near the Fairmont?

What about the Royal York itself? I've never been but my step-mom has and said it was very good. Also, until September 30th they are doing a tour 'n' tea for their centennial. See http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007...

Jun 03, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recs near the Soho Met

The SO and I are looking for a resto near the Soho Met later this month for a romantic dinner. Our price point is under $30 for the mains, which I think puts Senses out of the race (and Pataki's review was scathing). I have been to Milagro before and enjoyed it, but am looking for other options in that area. Suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Jun 02, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent afternoon tea in Toronto?

But that's a personal preference. What I'm wondering is if you think under the new chef they've become significantly less tasty... because I'll likely go again this summer and I'll need to brace myself to avoid massive disappointment if their scones have gotten worse. :(

May 29, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent afternoon tea in Toronto?

Really? Is that because Windsor Arms changed their scones? I went to Windsor Arms in January and King Edward in March, and Windsor Arms were much better hands down. I remember them being a bit fluffier and tastier.

May 24, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toko Bistro - conveyor sushi

I went to Toko today for dinner around 6:45PM and it was enjoyable. The music wasn't loud at all. The four of us were seated at the bar, which was pretty comfortable. It did get a little chilly because someone propped the door open later, though.

The service was a little slow (for tea, explanations of how the place worked, water, and the bill) but we weren't in a rush so that was fine. I had the tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, bbq unagi sushi, and an order of tempura. The tuna and salmon were pretty good quantity and quality, especially considering the price ($3.50). The unagi was huge and yummy. The tempura was also good and I really liked that when I asked the waitress for the ponzu sauce, she checked if my tempura was fresh and decided I needed a new one from the kitchen. The friends had rolls and enjoyed them.

My only disappointment was that the peanut butter roll (it's called something else, but has bbq eel, salmon, avocado, etc. AND peanut butter) on the menu wasn't on the conveyor belt and when I asked the chef to make it for me he told me that they were out of peanut butter. He then offered to make it with cream cheese, but really, on a bagel they may be substitutes, but not in a roll. I will have to come back to try it.

May 06, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Risotto recommendations (Downtown T.O.)

I like the risotto at Serra's on Bloor, west of Spadina. It changes daily. My fav is their seafood one.

Apr 13, 2007
Amber in Ontario (inc. Toronto)