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George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

You commented specifically on Earth Hour, not ambient lighting. Candlelight and dimmers are, I'm quite certain, in place at George. The whole restaurants participating in Earth Hour demand seems a bit out of place. Service and food issues are a restaurants' concern, not Earth Hour.

Apr 02, 2014
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

Why stop at the lights? They should shut off all fridges too. And the ovens and hoods. Maybe if Earth Hour is really a priority for you, you should just stay home that night?

Apr 01, 2014
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Red Fish?

Every resto has their own systems, but we are a Toronto seafood restaurant, and I'm co-owner of a resto in PEI, as well. Out of, say 12 fish on tonight's menu, 7 have never been frozen. All depends on species and logistics. While I was able to get fish from 2 hours to 2 days old in PEI, the best in Toronto is 24 hours, average would be 60 hours. Some fish "keep" better thanothers, due to volatile oils, histamines, etc.

Anyway, not true that all fish is frozen in Toronto. Though it's sometimes hard to discern the truth.

Jan 11, 2013
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

anyone know where to buy Oyster serving plates in Toronto?

Nikolau, Queen and Bathurst. Reinforced spun aluminum pans, and great steel stands too...

Oct 16, 2012
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive Seafood/Vegetarian Restaurant downtown west end?

Good seafood is not cheap. I would suggest vegetarian...

Sep 06, 2012
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Dill heads for pickling

Got some at the SLM north market today...

Jul 21, 2012
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Etobicoke's equivalent of Diana's Seafood

Allseas isn't bad, but hard to beat Diana's...

Feb 29, 2012
johnbil in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Oysters and dining in PEI

Hey tuttebene

I'm the owner of Ship to Shore, in Darnley, right beside Malpeque Bay. Typically, you won't find a big "variety" of oysters at restos in PEI, but you will find that each resto has their favourite grower/packer, so you can sample around the Island. We primarily use oysters from across the street, grown by John MacDonald, and not available anywhere else. This doesn't make them better necessarily, though I think they're pretty awesome.

Tyne Valley is most fun on the Friday night. All-you-can-eat oysters and clams for about 10 bucks, and the national oyster shucking championships to boot.

If you want to learn about seafood, come by Darnley, or head to the Shellfish Museum in Ellerslie...

Cheers
John Bil

Jul 26, 2011
johnbil in Atlantic Canada

Deep Fried Oysters & Steamed Clams - do they exist in Atlantic Canada?

Steamed clams available in Darnley. Not as common as they should be, but they definitely exist here. Fried oysters, not so much.

Jun 18, 2011
johnbil in Atlantic Canada