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looking for restaurants/pubs in Regina

Dylan

Thanks for the reply. I am from Toronto but to tell you the truth, while I like good food, I am not too enamoured by most of the "must go to's" Often more about the chef than about good food in the company of friends and good conversation. Glad to hear there is a pub near campus; somehow it often seems that people get ready to go for drinks but want to leave at different times which makes taxi pools awkward.

Janet

May 23, 2010
Janetf in Prairie Provinces

Is Maine the same as California?

Currently when you do a search on the Canadian Board for the Prairies it tells you that this is a new board and for more info check out the Atlantic Provinces board. This is like suggesting that people in San Francisco should check out the Northern New England board. This reference makes no sense what so ever.

May 22, 2010
Janetf in Site Talk

looking for restaurants in Edmonton

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have done some web surfing and printed out menus/addresses. I am rather hoping that we can go to the Cajun House. Can anyone give me an approximate price for the mains? I think it will be ok but don't like surprises

Will let you know how it turns out.

Now if the Chowhounds in Regina can turn up something for me, I will be really happy.

May 22, 2010
Janetf in Prairie Provinces

looking for restaurants/pubs in Regina

In a couple of weeks I will be at a conference at the University of Regina and staying on Campus. The eating/drink options appear to be very limited so I am looking for some recommendations. We will have to take taxis so some place fairly accessible will be good and as some in the group have limited budgets not too expensive would also be good. Typically we have gone to Indian restaurants, but this may not be the best choice in Regina. It would be also good if there were vegetarian options.

Would also appreciate advice on pubs etc in the area, within walking distance would be wonderful, but we can take taxis. Someplace relatively quiet so we can talk -

Thanks for any suggestions.

Janet

May 22, 2010
Janetf in Prairie Provinces

looking for restaurants in Edmonton

Actually I will be staying in St Albert so I guess something in the Northwest area would be best. I have been doing some web surfing and came up with the Cajun House in St Albert. Any comments on the restaurant would be welcome. And I really welcome all comments on any possibilities.

Thanks again

May 19, 2010
Janetf in Prairie Provinces

looking for restaurants in Edmonton

I will be visiting relatives in Edmonton in the next couple of weeks and am looking for a restaurant to take a large family group to dinner. I does not have to be top of the line and there maybe children. I am looking for something a step up from the ubiquitous chain restaurant - has better than average food, is friendly - good service, allows lingering and reasonably priced.
I don't really know the food preferences of these relatives so I am thinking something fairly conventional perhaps Italian but would like to hear of all possibilities.

Please give some indication of the menu and price range.

Thanks

May 18, 2010
Janetf in Prairie Provinces

looking for elderberries

Does anyone know where I can buy elderberries in proximity to the GTA

Thanks

Janet

Jul 31, 2009
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

restaurant with patio for lunch in east 905

I am looking for a restaurant where a group of people can have lunch that has a pleasant patio. Most of the people coming will be from the outer fringes of the eastern GTA - Unionville, Port Perry, Newmarket, Lake Simcoe, Agincourt etc so easy access to the 407, 401 and DVP/404 is good. The food does not have to be cutting edge, just well prepared with good service and the possibilities to linger for a couple of hours. I don't dine out in this area but thought that someone might have a suggestion.

Thanks

Janet

Jul 20, 2009
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

looking for Bigelow's Constant Comment tea

I'm a fan of Constant Comment tea but it keeps getting harder and harder to find. Does anyone have a source, preferably in the proximity of Queen Street East - (Toronto)?

Thanks

Janet

Apr 15, 2009
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

looking for spumoni ice cream

Is there a source for spumoni ice cream in TO.? There used to be a great one (IMO) marketed under Laura Secord brand but that is no longer available. It had a really rich chocolate component. The one made by Dorgel/ Sicilian Ice Cream Co contains rutabaga which rather puts me off. My take being a cheap "crunch effect" instead of a full complement of candied fruit peel etc. And the flavours seem to be a bit understated.

Thanks

Janet

Dec 12, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

looking for cooking apples

Yes, I think that Ida Reds or Cortlands might be a good choice, I often use them for baked apples. I thought that there was something about either Ida Reds or Cortlands needing a frost, but quite possibly a bit of an "old wives tale" as I didn't find any good specific references when I googled it, although there were some general references to apples grown in cold climates being sweeter after a light frost. Definitely not a possibility this Thanksgiving. Am also think of trying Honeycrisp . Doing a little more web browsing I find that it may be a bit early for Northern Spy . They are a late October apple and with the weather so warm it seems that it would be a very unlikely choice.

By the way I use McIntosh and Empire apples for apple sauce all the time.. Usually mixed with something else. Only problem is I cook mine after peeling and smaller apples take longer to peel.

I eat Golden Russets out of hand.. I think they may be a bit more expensive than some alternatives, not that that is a big problem but I guess I have some vague idea about "traditional" pie and they would not usually be made out of more expensive dessert apples.

Thanks for everyone's responses much appreciated

Janet

Oct 11, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

looking for cooking apples

Pastryrocks

Thanks for the reply and suggestions; it may be that I will have to start looking for alternatives. I rather find Delicious too dry and just never have gotten into making pie (on those rare occasions that I make it) with Granny Smith. I suppose in this case it is a matter of what I grew up eating. My mother really was a wonderful pie maker; between October and March, Sunday night dessert was apple pie.. apples with white sugar and, yes, some flour - no nutmeg or cinnamon. So I tend to do the same; plain unadorned apple pie, (cheddar cheese on top is good).

I definitely do not like pie made with McIntosh apples; they “cook down’ far too much for my liking.

Northern Spy are really not my first choice, but Gravensteins and Wolf River are all but impossible to find. I don’t know why Wolf River are so difficult. The trees are supposed to be very hardy and the apples resistant to blight etc, I guess they may not be considered as “pretty” as some other varieties.

I’m certainly with you on Snow Apples. It would be wonderful to find some. I think that they bruise easily and apparently the trees only bear fruit bi-annually; not a great incentive for growers I expect.

I did find great site (even if US) that has good and extensive info about vanities of apples

http://www.allaboutapples.com/index.htm

but as for the apples themselves, I guess with the great weather we have been having, it is time to head off down Highway 2 towards Brighton

http://www.appleroute.com/fruitsveggi...

but would still like to know about any places in TO

Thanks

Janet

Oct 11, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

looking for cooking apples

I'm looking for apples to make apple pie. Is there any place in Toronto that you can get Northern Spy apples? it would be wonderful to find Wolfe River -- they were my mother's choice any other suggestions.. sorry I do not make pie with McIntosh, Granny Smith or Delicious apples.

Thanks

Oct 11, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO quick bites along Queen Street

If you stop at the Goof (Garden Gate) you should drop by the Belgian Chocolate Shop 21/2 blocks east and pick up something to go. The Grand Marnier are my favourite, but that's a personal choice. If you like chocolate their's is really quite wonderful.

Mar 14, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Can't find skate in Toronto restaurants!

The information you are referring to is Endangered Fish Alliance

http://www.endangeredfishalliance.org...

It is a Canadian organization of "Concerned Food Professionals Looking for Sustainable Options."

The web site has a link to the Montery Aquarium's list of fish not to eat and to the BC Sierra club's list, However the BC link needs up dating. The info is

http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/quick-lin...

It has a "Best Choice", "Some Concerns" and "Avoid" lists.
"Some Concerns" includes fish which may be PCB or Mercury contaminated.

Mar 09, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

produce delivery recommendations please

Early last summer there was a discussion about the merits of various home delivery providers of fruits and vegetables etc. in Toronto. I know at the time planb organic had a number of supporters.

As I live alone (well my cat really doesn't like veggies) I would really like the box to have some variety and it would be good if I didn't have to put in an order every week. It doesn't necessarily have to be organic, but local is best and it would also be useful to be able to order items that are not in the set box.

So would appreciate anyone's feed back on how the orders have worked for them.

Thanks

Mar 08, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Toronto, desperately seeking advice!

I am new to chowhound so I hope that I don’t offend anyone, but I would say that with the exception of the 7West café, I do not think that any of the suggestions are close to your hotel; that is within a 10 minute walk and with this weather, you may not feel like hiking about. There are a lot of good suggestions a short taxi ride away, but any place on Dixon Road or in Thornhill is too far.

The Jamie Kennedy suggestions are great. If you are sight seeing on your own, I suggest having lunch at his restaurant in the Gardiner Museum.

http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/

If you like museums, the newly renovated ROM is across the street and the Bata Shoe Museum a subway stop away. It is more interesting than you might think! You are also on Bloor Street, the location of some $$$$$ clothes shopping and near to Yorkville, where you will find Dinah’s Cupboard on Cumberland Street. She has spices by the ounce, lots of teas and coffees, condiments and all sorts of other goodies. Its not what I would call a good place to linger over coffee - but she does have really great take out coffee and food. Around the corner on Bay is Pusateris, another gourmet grocery.

http://www.pusateris.com/index2.htm

Another good place for lunch in this neighbourhood is the restaurant in the Holt Renfrew department store on Bloor Street. There also is a café in the lower level but the stools don’t make for long lingers.

If you would like to check out a pub, Allens on the Bloor/Danforth subway at Broadview Station has better than average pub food and a big selection of ales etc. With next week being St Patrick’s Day, it will also be lively.

http://allens.to/

Just east from Allens on the Danforth is Greektown and there are lots of restaurants. My favourite is Christina’s; sometimes they have belly dancing.

http://www.christinas.ca/

One of the good things about your hotel location is if you would like to take a streetcar ride, also known (sometimes sarcastically) as the Red Rocket, it can lead to good eating. 10 minutes west to Spadina on the Carlton/College line takes you to Chinatown and a few steps from the often mentioned Kensington Market; further west is Little Italy. If you go about 25 minutes east you are in Little India if you like Indian food.

I don’t think that there is a lot of what most would consider to be good restaurants near your hotel. Byzantium at Church and Wellesley is very nice though. Be advised that it is in the gay village, but it has a diverse clientele and neither I nor my friends have ever felt unwelcome or out of place when eating there. The dining room is pleasant, the food is good and they never rush you . Frommer’s review from the New York Times

“An attractive but low-key bar-restaurant, Byzantium attracts an affable gay and straight crowd. The cocktails are both excellent and reasonably priced (try either the Red Velvet or the Black Orchid -- they are as delicious as the names are dramatic). You can follow drinks with dinner in the adjacent dining room, where the cooking is top-notch.”

As for coffee the Coffee Mill is wonderful; it is a bit hidden away in a passage between Cumberland and Yorkville and there are others around, but like most other places there is always Starbucks. The one in the Beaches at Bellefair, should you decide to come that far east on Queen Street is quite comfy with several big chairs and couches.

From my travel experience, I always have lists of places but for some reason things quite often don’t work out and I just stumble into places which for the most part seems to have worked quite well. Most of Toronto’s good restaurants are found in neighbourhoods rather than in the downtown business/retail core. You can always go to someplace like Queen Street East, between Broadview and Greenwood (Joy or Edward Levesque) or Queen Street W. (west of University, east of Bathurst) and check places out. They probably will not be extra- ordinary, but then not all that bad either. On Queen West I like the Queen Mother, but it might be considered a bit funky. Le Select is a couple of blocks south on Wellington Street and does have an old world charm. If you get stuck, you can check out Toronto Life magazine or it’s restaurant guide. The reviews for the most part will not be too out of line. And if you have buckets of money you should at least read the reviews and consider going to Susur, Senses, Splendido, Theut, or Scaramouche (perhaps the pasta bar).....

http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

So have fun and wear boots.

Mar 08, 2008
Janetf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)