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ISO: Grain alcohol

Thanks lcbo...............

ISO: Grain alcohol

I'm trying to find some grain alcohol, any help?

Looking for the best NYC Cafes (muffins, scones, etc.)

Hi,

I'm coming to Manhattan at the end of the month and I'd like to visit some cafes that have some great little baked things or any great bakeries (please nothing cupcakes). I have a bakery that bakes for some high-end espresso bars in my city and I'd like to see the best that your city has to offer. Any help would be great, I'm looking forward to my visit and can't wait, also what are the best places to check out food-wise that aren't a really expensive restaurant, but also aren't some off the beaten path ethiopian restaurant.

Thanks.
Circles_Sq.

Jan 11, 2009
CIRCLES_SQ in Manhattan

ISO: Golden Syrup? Lyle's?

Thanks for all the help, I got some smaller glass jars of it yesterday at the Loblaws on Queens Quay. Does anyone know where to find larger tins, not in glass, I don't want to pay a premium for the container.

ISO: Golden Syrup? Lyle's?

I'm looking for some golden syrup, like what's in the UK. Not corn syrup, but its sugar cane juice refined into the syrup. I wanted to make some butter tarts without corn syrup. Any help would be great.

Best Coffee in Toronto?

That's very inaccurate. To say that if a cafe doesn't roast their own coffee they don't know anything about it is ridiculous. Most of the best espresso/cafes in the city don't roast their own beans.

ISO A few great cafes and breakfast places

I'm headed to Manhattan this week, and the places that I can never find are great cafes and breakfast places. Any help would be awesome.

Nov 08, 2008
CIRCLES_SQ in Manhattan

ISO: good baking chocolate

If I were you, I'd go for either the PC chocolate or grab some Callebaut at Whole Foods or some place. Don't worry about using any "premium chocolate", it's expensive to be eaten by itself, you're adding sugar, eggs, etc., so it's flavour is already compromised.

Also, don't worry about actually melting the chocolate on a stove with a bain marie, just use the microwave, melting is small time amounts, 30-45 seconds stirring intermittently. It'll save you a bunch of time.

great take-out on Mt Pleasant, Bayview, Leaside? (Toronto)

I disagree, it's much, much better than Harvey's, I don't know why they'd be described as "mediocre", they are at least one of the best 10 take-out burgers in the city.

Japanese dessert.....

That's a really good idea, I am doing a dish with some pineapple and umeshu jellies, but I could make it a trio and do one in a green tea or azuki. Thanks.

Oct 04, 2008
CIRCLES_SQ in Home Cooking

Japanese dessert.....

Thanks, an oyatsu-style dessert will probably not play out for what I'm looking for, but for my own sake I tried a kasutera trio of black sesame seed/matcha/honey kasutera and they were really good.

Oct 04, 2008
CIRCLES_SQ in Home Cooking

Japanese dessert.....

Yea, I've been looking for some azuki paste, but I end up finding something else and getting distracted. Some of the desserts I'm working on now are an fireweed honey+umeshu poached pear, a matcha cheesecake+mousse, and a persimmon+honey dessert spring roll

Oct 04, 2008
CIRCLES_SQ in Home Cooking

Japanese dessert.....

Hi,
I'm in Canada and I've been asked to make a bunch of desserts for a dinner, but they have to be Japanese, or at least have a Japanese taste/feel/twist to them. I've love as many suggestions/recipes as possible. So far I've been trying some green tea delices, and dessert spring rolls, but I'd like some other ideas.

Thanks.

Oct 01, 2008
CIRCLES_SQ in Home Cooking

Where to buy Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream?

I'm not sure about black sesame seed ice cream, but I tried the Halva (sesame seed paste) gelato at Wild Thing cafe at Borden and Harbord, and I really really liked it, and I don't like sesame seeds that much at all.

Gourmet Cupcakes?

That doesn't really address what my post was. If they are based from a Church and want to tithe, that's fine with me, I go to Church, I understand the entire 10% tithing idea. My point is that I believe that they are justifying a very high selling point by stating that they give part of the price to charity. The point is who is donating/tithing money? Eat My Words or the person who says "I know its sort of expensive, but some of it goes to charity"?

I'd argue that it's not Eat My Words that is doing the good thing, but the person who agrees to pay above market value for an item for the reason of charity. I still don't agree with it, what if Bell Canada raised it's prices $2 and then gave that to charity, should we thank Bell for being charitable when it's really us that is paying the amount?

Anyone been to Piatto Vecchio in Richmond Hill?

Yea, I've been a few times, it's actually really good, designed to be a more urban downtown restaurant, but just in York Region. I'd definitely try the place out.

It's been a while since I lived in Richmond Hill, but I can't imagine them changing that much.

Really good bread

For your question as to what is the bread like at Thuet, it's really good. Try the potato speck, and multi-grain bread. The multigrain is great as toast and I love a the potato bread for a grilled cheese.

Terra Burger ( Wow, that was bad!)

If someone does want a good burger, go to Merci Mon Ami in Liberty Village. It was an incredible burger yesterday, I think one of the best I've ever had, even beating out Craft Burger. The burger was breaking apart as I ate it, which is a sign that it was hand formed and not bought premade or anything. The seasoning was really good, and fries were great. I think they run the burger as a weekly special so I'm not sure if you can get it everyday, and they are only open for lunch, but if you are in LIberty Village for lunch, you have to at least try this place once.

Best place for French-style pastries?

Check out Marc Thuets Atelier in Liberty Village without question.

250 Bloom Gelatin

Gelatin sheets from McCalls will be fine, don't worry about the gelatin, you could even use powdered gelatin if you wanted, it turns out fine, just make sure you have a good recipe.

Got a babysitter.......Where do I go?

I'm trying to find a place for tonight for me and my wife, nothing fancy at all, but just a nice calm night without the strongest willed children in the world. More uptown (bloor or northwards). Maybe even something with a Summerlicious Menu.

Thanks.

Terra Burger ( Wow, that was bad!)

You probably know this, but one of the guys that started the Burger Shoppe left there to start Craft Burger, which is great. So, I'd try Craft Burger way before going back to the Burger Shoppe.

Terra Burger ( Wow, that was bad!)

That is so bang on, I had the same thing with my burger, no juicines whatsoever. I think there i just a lack of "getting it", I'm not sure if they've ever checked out Craft Burger, or south street before. I don't get why they are pushing the organic thing, sometimes you just was heinz ketchup and a coke with a burger.

If I was the healthy Butcher I'd want them to stop using their name because it's not being used for their benefit.

Also, it's funny about how they said,"in this neighborhood, people have to like it from the start, or we're toast." Because I don't think I've read a positve review. And it's only a week old.

Sun. brunch near Union Station? (Washington DC ' hound needs help)

It's only a 15 minute walk to Jamie Kennedy Wine bar at Front Street East+Church Street for their Sunday Brunch, which is great. Also.......Cora's, North of Front Street West, on Blue Jay Way, but it's more of a simple little breakfast.

Terra Burger ( Wow, that was bad!)

I totally agree with the review whole-heartedly. Especially the comment about the organic-ness.

I'm certain your didn't think of organic food as being pasts its 15 minutes of fame, but the hype behind all things organic, and they are good because they are organic as being beyond its 15 minutes.

Why would I prefer to eat a not-so-great organic burger/bun over a great "natural" burger somewhere else? I don't understand the idea of trying to make everything organic, if it's not going to be that great, and then also serving coke. It's like stand behind an idea if you believe it. I think it's mainly a reason to charge someone $34 for burgers for two.

Auberge du Pommier Summerlicious Dinner Review

The nage doesn't have to have rhubarb in it. I think the idea of the dessert is to provide a lighter alternative to the chocolate pave.

Auberge du Pommier Summerlicious Dinner Review

As for the Rhubarb, the Rhubarb is stewed to bring out the flavour, not pureed, I'm sure the waitress was just confused.

Terra Burger on Eglinton?

I think that if anyone is interested that they should check it out, but I was just disappointed. It's like the place is not sure whether it's a restaurant or a take-out place. There's not really enough tables to be economically viable for a restaurant, but it's priced so high and takes so long for it to make sense for take-out. Organic or not, I'd rather they buy meat from Costco, and take a few seconds and form a burger patty, through down some balderson cheddar and put it on an Ace bakery bun.

Sorry for going on, the memory is so fresh. I think this shows the problems with so many new independent stores opening up everywhere. The # of stores is going up, but are there really enough people that are qualified to run them the way they should.

I just hope that everyone checks out Craft Burger at King+Portland, another burger place where no one thought to think of the experience a customer has when purchasing a meal, but they sort of make up for it with amazing burgers and fries.

Terra Burger on Eglinton?

My wife and I just got home from Terra Burger. The total cost was a pretty steep $34 for the two of us. That included a straight cheeseburger (terra firma) and a turkey burger, both with fries and two evian (evian is the cheap water choice). Our orders took at least 15 mins to get to us.

Here's the negatives, the burger was incredible regular, I was hoping for something in the neighborhood of a Craft burger or South Street, but instead it was very usual, I had a burger recently at Brazen Head, a pub in Liberty Village, and it was much much better. The bun that it sat upon was similar to a brioche style, it's taste was alright, but it was too stale-ish, it had a similar texture to those cheap grocery store buns. They are using Brick Street Bakery buns, which I'm sure when they were fresh tasted great, but I don't think those buns were made today or yesterday, I'd rather that they froze the buns when they are fresh and thaw them for use.
I asked for a white cheddar cheese and I got it, but it was a really small amount, nothing coming close to what I'd call "cheesy", but for that much money, like don't try to go all cheap on five or ten cents of cheese.
My wife had the turkey burger, and asked for pickles, which didn't come, and when I did ask for pickles I was given about a quarter of a pickle. Why not just give me a pickle (which reminds me of a famous U.S. restaurant franchise's favourite comment of "give them the pickle", speaking to when a customer wants some tomato, give them some tomato, when they want a pickle...and so on)

She said that she would prefer a Licks turkey burger.

Overall, I feel like no one really gave that much thought into how a customer experience would be in Terra Burger, (like why would you put a flat screen tv. and a bunch of lounge chairs in a burger place?) There's not many seats, it's terribly expensive and....

The entire place gave me the vibe of a place that puts a higher importance on almost everything being organic, as oppose to everything tasting good. I don't care if my burger or bun is organic if it tastes bad, I just want it to taste great and then worry about it being all natural, etc.

Le Pain Quotidien - Coming to Toronto?

Yonge & Yorkville.