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What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Both. What I expected with it was heat, what I got was a mouthful of caustic. I enjoy harsh tasting alcohols, i.e. I am quite happy sipping mezcal, but this stuff was just nasty, and anyone I tortured into trying it agreed.

Sep 02, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Absolut pepper. Man i find that stuff vile. I ended up pouring it down the sink. Had all the nasty elements of hot peppers and none of the good....

Aug 31, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

It had crunch. It was a breadcrumb style chicken cutlet chopped up into 1/2 inch strips. Next time i am in i will check about the breakfast sausage, if it is a type of chorizo i am all over it.

Aug 31, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

Thanks, I will have to check them out.

Aug 25, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

Francesca's cannoli are really top notch. Veal Sandwich was pretty good as well, but I prefer Agincourt and Primo to them (funny enough, it was the owner of Primo's that tipped me off to Francesca's cannoli!). Lamanna cannoli are good, but not as good as Francesca's. I would rate their veal better, but still not up there with my scarborough faves. There is just something about Pharmacy Ave and veal sandwiches!

Aug 22, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

We went on sunday and had the regular burrito and it is more than enough. The menu board is incomplete as it also didn't list the cuban sandwich, but i had the pulled pork burrito, so they definitely have it. Family had 4 burritos, one steak, one sweet potato, one pulled pork and one crispy chicken. All were tasty. As scarberian said, the beef is pulled and was more like barbacoa than steak. Not what we expected from ordering, but very tasty. Will definitely be back as we live just down the street. I want to try the cuban and will report back how it is when i do.

Aug 21, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

I would strongly recommend AGAINST Aunt Mary's. My wife went in the fall and ordered a roast beef sandwich for $7. She got a stale bun, a few slices of grocery store roast beef that had that green sheen that the cheap stuff gets when it has sat around too long, and a small portion of crappy freezer fries. She promptly asked for her money back and went elsewhere.

For coffee, i like village roaster at markham and kingston. They used to be where north of mexico is on old kingston but moved a few years back. Some nice roasts that they do themselves, and you can hop across the road to the buthcher shop for some meat while in the area.

Scarborough Gems

I agree about Johnny's but i would say the quality at shamrock has actually improved with their menu makeover a year or so back. They got rid of almost any premade ingredients, and now have fresh cut fries and all burgers are fresh patties instead of only their top end burgers.

Aug 21, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to source Banh Mi Buns in Toronto?

I find keeping them airtight for the two days and then giving them a few minutes in the oven to remove any taken on water helps keep older ones tasting really good.

Aug 17, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burritos in Scarborough

There is. But there is a fat bastard at whites and kingston and a mucho at port union and kingston, so i guess burritto places like company!

Jun 14, 2014
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burnt ends in Toronto?

Which is what i said, i just didn't get into the detail as to what the difference between the two portions of pork on the butt are (which as you pointed out are the outside bark and the inside meat). And as i stated, burnt ends is a dish that involves a special preparation of the point on a brisket, while mr.brown and ms.white are just ordering terms used in reference to pork. The two terms have nothing to do with each other, which was my main point and something you failed to pick up on in your attempt to try to show people how much bbq knowledge you have.

Burnt ends in Toronto?

Mr.brown and Ms.white refer to the different portions of pork found in a bbq butt, burnt ends are the point of a brisket, cubed and smoked a second time until crispy.

Nov 10, 2013
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

That deal fell through when the college tried to amend their plans to include condos and people got upset, so everything is back to square one.

My grandma had numerous memories of high tea at the old guild inn back in the days. Would be niceto see a return but not sure howviable an option that would be. One can hope though!

Nov 21, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

Ah! Finally refound the thread this post was from! Was searching for it after my horrible burger at MFC but for some reason couldn't pull it up. I went and tried them back in September remembering having read this review you wrote. Burger came and it was one of those miserable bear claw shaped frozen burgers with frozen french fries(though you at least warned about the fries). Having enjoyed the stone cottage on many many occasions and only once having a bad meal (incidently fish and chips) i couldn't believe that they had so totally changed their menu since your review. As recompence i request you give the cottage another try. Try one of their fresh ground burgers, or perhaps the grilled cheese with bacon and chutney (so good), and enjoy with an innis and gunn from the taps. 1000 times better than mfc!

Nov 19, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Crawfish Boil in Toronto

Whenever I have looked through the freezers I have seen them, so I would assume so.

May 21, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Crawfish Boil in Toronto

If you don't require fresh, Ikea sells frozen ones (crawfish are also popular in Scandinavia).

May 18, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Harissa sauce in Scarborough?

Excellent! Glad to be of service!

Apr 18, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Harissa sauce in Scarborough?

Have you tried Arz bakery on Lawrence between Warden and Pharmacy? I have bought harissa from there before. Can't remember the specific brand I bought (had to take out of can and put in a jar), but it was an incredibly spicy one. Really needs to be cut with other ingredients to enjoy fully.

Apr 18, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough To-Do List - What have I missed? What SHOULD I miss?

I've never tried their samosas as there were several other really good samosa places near by, go figure. The Thalis are good, you will get a couple veg and your choice of meat. I love their Chana and dal, and both the goat and butter chicken were really good for meats.

Mar 28, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough To-Do List - What have I missed? What SHOULD I miss?

Not so hole in the wall-y. It looks like the typical indian sweet shop that you will find in low rise warehouse style strip malls. Only difference is that they have a seating area and sell some really good meals instead of only focusing on the sweets.

Mar 27, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough To-Do List - What have I missed? What SHOULD I miss?

Northern style. I love their meat "curries" well worth the extra dollar or two over the veg thali. Was a common stop when we lived in the area and my wife was craving comfort food but didn't want to cook it.

Mar 25, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Isaan (Thai) restaurants, cuisine, groceries, anything

There is a little Thai restaurant in the food court of First Markham Place. Not sure if it is Isaan cuisine, but there are a number of authentic thai dishes that aren't your standard north american menu items. The sausage plate is my fave. You get a pork/lemongrass/sticky rice sausage (which is an isaan dish) and a kind of beef jerky, along with sticky rice, papaya salad and thom yum broth. Good stuff. Owner is very nice and shared the sausage ingredients with me so I could make my own (turned out great). Worth a try if you are in the area.

Mar 23, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough To-Do List - What have I missed? What SHOULD I miss?

technically it is north york since it west of vic park, but I love going there for a tali. I almost always get with meat, but the veg are strong enough to stand on their own and I occasionally order the veg plate.

Mar 20, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a big brisket

Galleria has some good looking angus ones with much better fat content than the ones I have seen/bought from skyland. Being a better cut it is pricier though. I believe it was $4 or $5 per pound.

Mar 05, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The best Schnitzel

Gourmet Schnitzel House is quite tasty and the owners are really nice and accommodating as well. Also quite a good deal compared to the nearby Little Bavaria. Desserts looked really good, but we were too full to try them.

Mar 01, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind? Shahi Tiffin- Pakistani-Danforth and Dawes

We have been going to Shahi Karahi for years and swear by the place. Nice people, great food and awesome prices. They have had a string of secondary sites that always seem to fail (warden and eglington, Kingston Road west of Liverpool in Pickering). Hopefully this one has more staying power for you. Take out only dishes means they won't give it to you on plates as at that price it's too cheap for them to want to do cleanup. If they get crowded they would probably ask you to leave but otherwise you would be safe eating the take-out only at a table as long as you don't ask them for tableware.
Their karahis are amazing and you should definately try them sometime.

Feb 27, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Korean ingredients

You'll also find it at the korean grocers on bloor if you would rather head south then north. I'm pretty sure I have also bought it at T&T if you ever find yourself near one of their stores. Finally, there is a Korean grocer on Laurence 1/2 block west of Warden if you find yourself east of midtown.

Feb 22, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy Chipotle Peppers??

Thanks for the tip. I'll hit up my market this summer and see if any of the farmers are doing jalapenos and can bring in some reds. Of course, if I just took over more of the garden for peppers I could probably keep more of them to fully ripe.

Feb 17, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy Chipotle Peppers??

my problem is keeping them on the plant long enough to get fully ripe and red. Seeing all those delicious green peppers begging to be made into ABTs or thrown into fresh salsas and sausages.
It would be great if the stores ever carried red jalapenos with any regularity. I'll usually only ever find one or two mixed in amidst the green.

Feb 16, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fried smoked chicken at Buster Rhino's....run, don't walk.

Just a note so people don't get a surprise let down. The Oshawa location is a franchise that they ship pre-cooked goods to a couple times a week. I doubt that they would be a part of the Wednesday smoked/fried chicken special.

Feb 09, 2012
elrik in Ontario (inc. Toronto)