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Cheap Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk in Toronto (Downtown)

aser's suggestion is the best one. I also happen to know it's what they use at khao san road (or once did at least). The canned Aroy-D seems to come in a few grades with the best one I've found being 70% coconut milk and the rest water with no thickeners or preservatives. It is very good as well with a thick layer of coconut cream typically. I usually just toss the small watery component.

Mar 30, 2013
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Where to find good fresh tomatoes

They don't have them now, but I guess you're right. I also just wanted to stimulate some tomato conversation, find out if these kumatos or a good substitute were more widespread than I imagined.

Jan 03, 2012
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find good fresh tomatoes

I tried a thomas keller oven roasted tomato sauce at one point when I was experimenting with different recipes but I didn't like the result. I will admit it did have a wonderful sweetness though. But I'm happy with my current process, using fresh tomatoes and first reducing the juice and material surrounding the seeds, then combining the reduced tomato essence with the fresh tomato flesh for additional cooking with butter, garlic and onion. I just want to make a large batch of it now.

Jan 03, 2012
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find good fresh tomatoes

Thanks!

Jan 03, 2012
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find good fresh tomatoes

If I remember correctly, it's on the corner of st. andrew and kensington. It's a portuguese run place across from an asian run place. They're the only place I know of that gets them in bulk. They don't always have them and when they do, they last only a few days. They are basically perfect at $1.49 a pound. I just need a bushel of them. I wish the public were allowed in to the food terminal.

Jan 03, 2012
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find good fresh tomatoes

All the canned tomatoes I've encountered (including the costco san marzanos) taste like canned tomatoes. Maybe it's the calcium chloride. I'd try pomi but I'm trying to achieve a specific texture with my sauce that's unobtainable with tomatoes that are pre-chopped or pureed.

The brown kumato tomatoes I found last week in kensington market were superb. Perhaps they were grown in greenhouses because they were every bit as good if not superior to regular old romas even in the peak of tomato season. The sauce one can make from them is worth doing even now.

Jan 03, 2012
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find good fresh tomatoes

I'm looking for about fifty pounds of really good fresh tomatoes to make the next six months' sauce. I got these great brown kumato things in Kensington market for $1.49 a pound but they don't have them in right now. Can anyone recommend some good ones? They have to be fresh.

Jan 02, 2012
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Montreal restaurant recommendation

Hey all, I'm visiting Montreal for two days at the end of the month with enough money to dine at one restaurant. I realize there are many threads of this nature and I apologize for adding to that list but having read through many posts, I still am not much closer to choosing a restaurant. I'm looking for something French or Italian, maybe a bistro, at a medium price range, perhaps $25 per main. I'm willing to pay a bit more if the food is really good and I don't care where it is, as long as it's in the city and not the suburbs. The most important thing is that the food be good; atmosphere and service are somewhat secondary and I'm not interested in charcuterie. Can anyone suggest something good?

Jul 20, 2011
pizzatheorem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to go maple syrup tapping

Does anyone know a good place within an hour's drive of Toronto where one might tap one's own maple syrup?

Mar 06, 2011
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Woodlot, L.A.B. or Campagnolo - Dining with a Vegetarian

I took my girlfriend to Campagnolo for the Valentine's prix fixe meal and I have to say I really didn't like it. It's a nice atmosphere with friendly service but the food--for me the most important element of dining--was poorly executed. I barely finished a dish with rubbery agnolotti and undercooked lobster in an unimaginative cream sauce and we both left embarrassing amounts of our uninspired partridge mains on our plates. This meal came right after a dinner at Woodlot and I found no comparison between the two. The food at Woodlot is excellent and a few dishes are stellar (pappardelle and French onion soup) and the atmosphere is very warm and cozy. I'd recommend this place to anyone.

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Campagnolo
832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

Feb 24, 2011
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perola's taco ladies, where art thou?

I miss them too. I really liked their chicken tamales with mole, topped with those spicy salsas.

Dec 23, 2010
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Year's Eve Recommendation

It will probably be dinner then a movie. I'm thinking an 8pm dinner or so. Somewhere within a rectangle south of Eglinton, east of Ossington and west of Leslie would be ideal.

Dec 23, 2010
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Year's Eve Recommendation

I'm taking my lady out on NYE and am looking for some recommendations. I have considered Ceili Cottage, Scaramouche Pasta Bar, Buca, Foxley and Woodlot so far but they've all been ruled out for different reasons. Either there were no reservations available, I read one too many negative review (Ceili Cottage) or the prices were just a little too high (Scaramouche Pasta Bar). I'm looking for something Italian, International, Continental or Bistro (going by Toronto Life categories).

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Foxley
207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

Ceili Cottage
1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

Buca
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

Dec 23, 2010
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for good blood sausage

Last time I was at Cumbrae's (on Church) they had boudin noir.

Mar 16, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best bang for your buck? Downtown TO

On the south side of Richmond, just east of Spadina is a little place called "CJ Lunch Box". It's open from around 11am to 5pm on weekdays. They serve California rolls, salmon rolls, that kind of thing ($3.81 for 8 pieces). They also serve dumplings (which they deep fry for you while you are waiting in line), edamame, noodles and a few other items. Miso soup is free with any purchase. Very fresh and quite inexpensive. A popular place at lunch, with the line up frequently extending completely out the front door.

Mar 16, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive dinner near the Scotia Bank/Paramount Theatre (Queen & John)

I recently ate at Trimurti based on recommendations from this board. The food was good, maybe 7/10. Service was slow and the food didn't arrive hot. Still I might give it another try. One nice thing about it was that the food wasn't greasy.

Mar 11, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive dinner near the Scotia Bank/Paramount Theatre (Queen & John)

My one experience at Ginger was awful. Utterly drab food. The only thing that made whatever I had, Asian, was that I added Asian condiments. Yuck. I'd rather eat at Subway to be honest.

Mar 11, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Healthy Butcher

Yeah, I get your point about sashimi grade. I was almost joking, but wow. You ate that, huh? How was it?

Mar 09, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Healthy Butcher

Hmm, heads are definitely not a requisite. Not looking for sashimi grade chicken either, if such a weird thing exists. Just want some tasty chicken. Does anyone know where to find the tastiest chicken is my question.

Mar 09, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Terroni - Mediocre food and BAD Sevice

Interesting. Well, I have noticed the service there can be rushed and less than stellar. I've been there only twice mind you, both times to the Queen street location. My main objection there has actually been with the food though. The first time, I had a pizza. And while it may have been traditional, I found it pretty boring, though the tomato sauce was very pleasant. I can't remember exactly which one it was, but it had buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto on it.
The other time I went, I had the spaghetti bolognese and it tasted exactly like hamburger helper.
On both occasions I WAS served nice appetizers however. The buffalo mozzarella and breaded mushrooms appetizers stick out in my mind.
Sorta disappointing considering the hype.

Mar 09, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Healthy Butcher

Ah, thank you! Evidently they are not available here :( What's the next best thing?

BTW, Sashimi chicken? WTF?

Mar 09, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Healthy Butcher

A side note on good quality chicken: organic, free range, etc... aside, where can I find the best tasting chicken in Toronto? This recalls to mind an episode of "In Search Of Perfection" where Heston Blumenthal finds some great birds in France (with heads) but pays dearly for them. I think it was the roast chicken episode.

Mar 09, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking beef cheeks (split from Ontario board)

Actually the carolcookskeller blog is what originally got me interested in the Keller book! I figure I can use the blog like coles notes if I can't figure something out. Incidentally her picture of the finished beef cheeks is pretty much exactly how mine looked.
So, I followed Keller's recipe fairly closely, marinating the cheeks in wine (alcohol burned off) + aromatics for 22 hours, then braising the meat at 300F in veal stock + marinade for 3.75 hours. The result was meat so tender you could eat it with a spoon. Possibly the tenderest meat I've ever had. I reckon this was because of the extremely fine network of marbling throughout the meat and of course the long marinating and braising. The texture does end up suffering slightly as the marbling leaves the meat with a fine, more-or-less evenly distributed concentration of fat. It's quite nice, but might not be everyone's cup of tea. I liked it. My roommates loved it.
I like the idea of making ravioli with this, as a few of you mentioned. That's what I'll do with the leftovers.

Mar 07, 2009
pizzatheorem in Home Cooking

Cumbrae Farms Beef Cheeks

Not at all. I bought three pounds at $5.99 a pound. I removed in the neighbourhood of half-a-pound of fat and silverskin. The toughness of the meat made it hard to remove. I sharpened my knife on the waterstone first, but it was still a chore.

Mar 06, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Healthy Butcher

I didn't make any specific inquiries as to the origin of the chickens. I assumed they were free range, etc...
I agree, it's hard to figure out what's worth what, and that a lot comes down to prestige. The best thing we can do is examine reviews and either accept them or reject them.

Mar 05, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Healthy Butcher

They seem to have lovely stuff but a little out of my price range. The only time I tried to buy anything there was for four chicken breasts. Not whole breasts, halves. The four breast halves came to over $39. I told the nice man to put them back. I've sample their cheeses and sliced meats though, quite nice. And their sausages look good.

Mar 05, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cumbrae Farms Beef Cheeks

I bought Thomas Keller's "The French Laundry Cookbook" and have decided to actually cook a few things from there. I'm doing the cheek part of his "tongue in cheek" recipe.
So I got the cheeks after a few days wait, opened up the vacuum-sealed package and man did those cheeks smell good--probably not the first time that's been said--the smell of it was just fabulous, and this is raw mind you. Anyway, I've not cooked or eaten the meat yet, it's still marinating, but I wanted to comment on the loveliness of this meat. It had plenty of surface fat and silverskin (which I trimmed), but the meat was beautifully marbled, reminiscent of some wagyu I've seen (but never cooked with) in the cases. I'm just so used to crap, I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger on some decent beef, even if it was a cheap cut. I'll update you in a few days with the outcome.

Mar 05, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perola's in Kensington

I'll probably get a Mexican coke on my next visit. Next time I'll get a couple of tamales (with the chocolate mole) and the cheese and cactus taco. The back of the place is very rustic with people cramped together sitting on small stools arranged around the serving area and a big menu written by hand on a piece of bristol board: I get my stuff to go. Reminds me of some places I saw in Costa Rica. The instructions for reheating the tamale were, "One and a half minutes in the microwave," which was spot on.

Mar 03, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perola's in Kensington

I live nearby and have been there over a dozen times. Fresh poblanos are a stock item there. In fact I was there today AGAIN to get tamales and soup (they were out of pupusas) and they had them. Man, the tamale with the mole sauce is a winner. Especially with the orange spicy salsa, if you like spicy. Thanks to aser for that recommendation. The consomme barbacao was also very good. Very hearty. It contains beef (I think) and chick peas and is spiced with cloves. The condiments for the soup are a couple of dried spices, lime, the three salsas that aser described, and a cilantro onion mixture. Each item is between $2.50 and $3.50.

Mar 01, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perola's in Kensington

They always have poblanos.

Feb 28, 2009
pizzatheorem in Ontario (inc. Toronto)