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Luau - Oahu and Hawaii

Thank you for that great list. So if you had to choose one and your choice was mostly from a food quality perspective and then from an entertainment perspective, which one would you choose?

May 03, 2011
peter2 in Hawaii

Luau - Oahu and Hawaii

My wife and I will be leaving for Hawaii in a couple of days. We will be going to Hawaii and Oahu. I've searched everywhere and it seems that the meals at the various luaus are spotty at best.

I'll have a car so transportation/location is not a problem. I really want to go to a luau. Since I'll be going to these two islands, where should I go?

May 02, 2011
peter2 in Hawaii

Juniper Berries

McEwan had them when I went looking back at Thanksgiving. It is located at the Shops of Don Mills.

Jan 04, 2011
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Turkey / Istanbul / Kokorec

I stand corrected.

Now I wanna go back to Istanbul and try it.

I was unwilling from the street vendors because I was afraid of the sanitary conditions.

Mar 17, 2009
peter2 in Europe

Turkey / Istanbul / Kokorec

It might be a little late to be useful, but I make it every year for Greek Easter. The inside is made of offal - usually liver, spleen, lung and sweet breads. We do add a bit of fat, skewer everthing and then wrap it in intestine.
The thing to be careful is how the intestines are cleaned. I would hesitate to eat from a questionable establishment.

But you do get addicted once you start!

Mar 17, 2009
peter2 in Europe

Holidays in Lesbos

We will be travelling around the entire island. No restrictions there.

Feb 23, 2009
peter2 in Europe

Mid-town : good value for tonight.

Thanks. We have been to Quince, so we wanted something new.

Went to 7 Numbers. Ok, nothing special. Wine selection was ok. Prosciutto with fig was awful. No taste from the prosciutto. Wife and wife's friend are both Italian, they agreed. Very disappointing. I had the lamb shank main course. Pretty good, nothing special. No real reason to go back. Place was fairly packed, so you are free to disagree with my opinion. Where is the depression or recession or whatever they want to call it. Strangest depression I have seen. Maybe it is just in our heads.

Feb 13, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Winterlicious - Majority terrible, why people still bother going?!!

One thing that CharlesYu is touching on is : what does "winterlicious" mean.

I go because it is a reason to get out. I expect little, and I pay little. So I am satisfied. But when I pay full price, I expect (and are usually somewhat disappointed) by the experience.

When I was in Palm Springs last year, a certain high end restaurant was advertising 1/2 price all wine on Thursdays. No restrictions at all. That was true value, because most of the wines were then sold to customers at close to cost.

Perhaps many restaurants are somewhat abusing the intent of "winterlicious". Then again, we patrons have to be somewhat realistic. Most restaurants close down, and very few make serious money.

Feb 12, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mid-town : good value for tonight.

I was hoping you wouldn't ask that, but it is a fair question to a very vague question. I guess I don't know how to give more details. Thinking of 7 Numbers however.

Feb 12, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Winterlicious - Majority terrible, why people still bother going?!!

My experience has been 50/50.

I was not impressed with Pangea (dinner). $45 +++. Entire bill came out to $150 per person. Blamed it on the wine however. But even then, the food was just ok.

I was ok with Auberge (lunch). $25 +tax/tip. Value was ok, food was quite good.

I was very impressed with Oliver & Bonacini (lunch). $15, +tax + tip = $20 per person. For the price, very good value. True to the spirit of Winterlicious.

I guess like all things, hit and miss. You have to watch your dollars and try to get value wherever you can.

Last year for Winterlicious, loved Bymark , and hated Truffles.

Feb 12, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mid-town : good value for tonight.

Are good value mid-town restaurants recommendations? Need something for this evening.

Feb 12, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Live lobster

I have given up on Seafood Depot. We have been going for many years now, but every year it gets worse and worse. Even my mother-in-law who is Italian has given up after our Christmas eve dinner. Everything tasted awful.

Definitely never going again.

Feb 06, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Holidays in Lesbos

Greetings all. Cashing in all my airmile points and heading for Greece in late May. My wife and I are considering a 8-9 day stay in Lesbos.

We have never been to the island and we are anxiously looking for some great food finds.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Feb 06, 2009
peter2 in Europe

Truffles at Four Seasons - Winterlicious

That's so funny! Probably because that was our experience a couple of years ago, minus the very good food.

The place that I found Winterlicious fairly good was at Auberge. Went again on Monday and I was quite satisfied.

Feb 06, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rubs and sauces for smoked ribs

Thanks all, and I have taken your advice!

Went to Buster Rhinos and picked up rubs and sauces. At $7 per kilo that rub has to be the best value anywhere!

Went to William Sonoma, bought the book and some other interesting sauces. They have a bit of a sale on. I held back the plastic money, but boy that store is dangerous.

Went to Ontario Gas BBQ. Bought some charcoal and some other items. They are now selling a portable thermometer that will tell you not only the internal meat temperature, but the surrounding pit temperature. This is a big help if it works, because I'd rather be on the couch periodically looking at the pit temperature rather than always walking down to see it on the pit itself. Let's see how it works.

I will be working on my own rubs and sauces soon, but I am out of time. Got the family coming over Saturday, so I gotta get going on the ribs.

Finally, I have decided to smoke a prime rib. I have done it a couple of times and I am quite happy with the results.

Jan 09, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rubs and sauces for smoked ribs

I would love to have it. Please pass it along.

Jan 08, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rubs and sauces for smoked ribs

I am smoking some ribs this weekend, and I am looking for a place in toronto to buy rubs and sauces. My usual supplier is from the US, and it is too late for the order to arrive by Friday night.

Any good suggestions out there? I have a true offset smoker, therefore I am not looking for imitation smoke type products. I am just looking for good rubs and sauces for pork ribs.

Jan 06, 2009
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Live lobster

Thanks for the recommendations. Bergon is at 50 Don Park Road. It looks interesting! It might turn into my first seafood store in Markham. I have lived here for 6 years and have lamented some good food shopping, especially good seafood.

Dec 24, 2008
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Live lobster

Looking for some live lobster for tonight's Christmas eve dinner? Any good places to buy? I am a little concerned about quality. I work in Scarborough, but live in Markham. What is a reasonable price to pay today?

Dec 24, 2008
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Loutraki

Any good restaurant recommendations in Loutraki. I have a friend (non-Greek) going next week there for about 1 week.

Jul 22, 2008
peter2 in Europe

Looking for WOW factor!

Splendido and Chiado would be my recommendation.

Jul 07, 2008
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which wineries are worth visiting at NOTL?

Since you are going to Beamsville (Cave Spring) you should check out Daniel Lenko (very unassuming), and 13th Street (on 13th Street). These are smaller wineries and the secret of Beamsville is starting to get out. I am not such a fan of Cave Spring except for the off-dry Riesling, but enjoy anyways! Rumour has it that Stevel Spielberg buys Cave Spring's rieslings but I don't know if he likes the dry or off-dry.

Malivoire is good, Mountain Road better. On the way back to Niagara you can check out Stratus, Strewn, Hillebrand, Peller etc. but you will start to notice that things are getting a little "corporate". Try not to miss Marynissen in NOTL. He is one of the first in the area and I love his hearty reds. As you progress from Beamsville to NOTL, I think that you will begin to notice that Beamsville is where it's at! Personally after going for a number of years now, I rarely buy NOTL wines, but I love Beamsville's wines.

Stay with the whites and the lighter reds, Gamays, Pinots and Cab. Francs. I find that NOTL does these wines best. I am generally not a fan of any NOTL's heavier reds.

Jul 07, 2008
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me w/ NOTL Planning..

I have never had a bad experience at Peller. Go for dinner: the tasting menu with wine.

Jul 07, 2008
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Coffee Beans in Toronto?

For green beans, I think they are the best. I don't know if they sell roasted beans however.

Jun 30, 2008
peter2 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rhodes: Lindos & Rhodes City

Kioupia. At one time it was one of Greece's top restaurant, and it is a true gem. It is hard to get to however and it is not anywhere near Lindos. (You are correct Lindos exists mostly for tourists). Just google Kioupia Rhodes and you'll hopefully be able to get there. Try not to miss it, you will be pleased. They are only open for dinner except Sunday when they open for lunch as well.

Jun 27, 2008
peter2 in Europe

Crete - 10 days

My wife and I are heading to Crete for 10 days in late October. and we are looking for great restaurants. We will be travelling all over the island, so any recommendations would be appreciated, from simple tavernas to the high end establishments.

Thanks

Jun 26, 2008
peter2 in Europe

Milos

I would like to recommend Milos for a group of 3 families. I haven't been there in several years. What would the average price be for adults including appetizer, main course but without wine/drinks. I am just looking for an approximate figure to make sure they are not shocked when they go there.

Jun 24, 2008
peter2 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Specialty Food to bring back from Greece?

I believe that there is a problem bringing back liquids to the US. You will have to pack them well in your suitcase and take your chances. If however you wish to attempt and bring them back, there are many good wines in Greece. My favourites are Hatzimichalis and Lazaridi (from the larger well known estates). The best success has been when the local varieties are mixed with the French classics (Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot etc), because the Greek varieties tend to be a little rough on their own. The northern end of the country - Macedonia has great wines, and the wines from Nemea have just started to make some headway. The whites of Santoniri are well known also. You can check Wine Spectator and Decanter for more insights.

Jun 23, 2008
peter2 in General Topics

Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes "must not miss"

I have recommend this before, but a "must not miss" is Kioupia in Rhodes. It is a fixed price menu. You get 10+ mezedes and a choice of a main. Then you will get 4-5 desserts. It is impossible to eat everything, so pace yourself. Reminds me of an Italian wedding from that sense. They open only for dinner. Truly interesting and wonderful menu. The chef originally comes from another local small island, and tries to incorporate some that island's dishes.

I can't help you on the other islands.

Open only for dinner.

May 21, 2008
peter2 in Europe

Crete, Santorini, and Rhodes

Kioupia in Rhodes. A little hard to find.

The best restaurants open only for dinner.

May 21, 2008
peter2 in Europe