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Natto

Taro Fish house on Sheppard @ Bayview has frozen Natto. I remember seeing that Anthony Bourdain episode, and it made me want to try the stuff. Zen serves it in a few different rolls. Its got an interesting flavour, reminds me of durian fruit.

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I have to recommend the Kirkland brand Himalayan Salt. Comes in its own little grinder and is simply perfect for finishing a dish. Just be careful as it seems to be much saltier than regular kosher salt.

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I read somewhere that they have to add the basil to lower the tariff. They have to pay more to import cans of pure tomatoes but if they contain other ingredients (like the basil) they can be called tomato sauce and have a much lower duty. I thought this only applied to the US, but if the company only makes one brand for north America, they will of course cater to down south.

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I have to second this. And they last quite a while. I just wish I liked any of the salsa's they sell.

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I've noticed that they keep increasing the amount of "fruit". I think this is because Greek style yogurt is actually expensive to make, while the pseudo fruit jelly they add costs close to nothing. I'd like to see some more flavours and less fruit options.

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

i know its not an option for purchase but the butter tarts at Maple Downs Country Club are quite fabulous. Even as part of a full dessert spread, they are all I go for.

Best Banh Mi in TO

2nd for que hong @ finch/weston. That whole plaza is great for vietnamese. Great pho and hwe dop bob @ the korean sushi spot.

And for NYC in July we took a recomendation from newyork.seriouseats.com and tried: Bành Mí Zòn - absolutely amazing.

Yours Truly - new restaurant on Ossington

Another couple has recommended we try this place. The menu reminds me of EMP with the 4 x 4 single item grid. We also found EMP underpriced and that was at $125 for a four course with many amuse bouche.

How flexible are they with the tasting, as my wife has some food issues.

Roast vs. Bake

Thank you for the above post. I am just learning my new Wolf oven and was getting flummoxed by all the options. I'm moving my ribs from my pellet smoker into the oven for the texas crutch (and also so it does not get overly smokey) and could not decide on what setting to use. I think I'm going to go with Convection Roast.

Feb 05, 2012
BlueTeam in General Topics

Zen Japanese Restaurant update please...

We go about every other week. Half the time with the kids, the other half just as a couple. They are so accommodating, often allowing us to slip in at the last second with the kids before another reservation.

Only better sushi I've had was Yasuda in NYC and it was 3-5 times the price. The omekase sushi is great, especially the special chives+toro cigar roll at the end. That is just heaven.
The omekase Sashimi is better for sharing as you get multiple pieces of various fish.

When my wife was pregnant they gave her deep fried fish bones because they have extra calcium. What a treat.

I agree that it would be an utter shame if they had to close. Every time we go, we think about moving them closer to the heart of the city.

Looking for good Whitefish Salad...

Try Center Street Deli near Dufferin and Hwy 7 (on Center Street). I just had it and found it too smoky for my taste, but it sounds like what you are looking for. Its much more firm than Elite which I agree has been blended too long and has too much mayo.

Liberte Greek Yogurt

They were selling the 0% plain two pack of 500 mL at costco the other day. I add granola and a bit of honey for breakfast.

Slow cooked pork shoulder not so tender

Just finished my first pork butt. I have a pellet smoker (MAK 1star). I used a 4 lb pork shoulder bone in. Rubbed it with a sweet rub the night before and put it on @ 225 for 8 hours. I saw two stalls. One at 155 and another at 170. The second stall freaked me out as I figured it should have been done by the 8th hour and I had my kids waiting on diner. I confess I cranked up the smoker to 300 and gave it an extra hour. When at 9 hours it was still only 175, I cranked it up to 350 and powered it to 185 over the next half hour.

In the end the meat was mostly fall of the bone although I my heart I know that if I had left it at 225 ( or even 250) for a full 10 hours it would have been that much better. I will agree that the pork shoulder is much more forgiving than brisket (which I messed up badly).

Sep 05, 2011
BlueTeam in Home Cooking

Bouillabaisse recommendations in Toronto area please

The Scaramouche Pasta bar (or whatever they call the more casual section these days), has a great Bouillabaisse.

ISO Burr Grinder in GTA ($150 range price max)

Yeah, that's the one. Like I said, I wasn't using it for espresso. Its nice because you can set it for how many cup of coffee you want and it will grind the appropriate amount. My regular coffee maker has never tasted so good.

ISO Burr Grinder in GTA ($150 range price max)

I bought a Cuisinart burr grinder @ Tiger Direct of all places. I believe it was refurbished but I couldn't say no for $34. I'm not using it for espresso, only to grind fresh coffee for my office percolator.

pathetically mixed bag of questions

I too had a great meal at Le Cirque about 10 years ago. I wanted to eat there, but I think it will be "under renovation" while we are there.

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Le Cirque
Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 27, 2010
BlueTeam in Las Vegas

pathetically mixed bag of questions

I hear you. I too am getting sick of researching food. Since we are traveling during the week in early December (dead zone), we are making no reservations and taking our chances. We have decided on the following things:

Diner one night @ Charlie Palmers for the Cut of Week (assuming its a cut I can stomach). $48 for a prix fix that includes bottomless glasses of wine is too nice to pass up. Since we are east coasters (3 hours ahead), with little children (at home), it won't be a problem to eat early and take advantage of pre-theater specials. My wife who doesn't drink or like steak will probably just get the lobster (assuming they can make it simply steamed/boiled).

Excellent sushi. Still unsure on one of: Bar Masa, Nobu or Okada. Probably the later as we have a $50 diner credit at the Wynn/Encore (came with our reservation due to an online code we found on some website). I'm afraid Masa will be so expensive, it won't be able to meet expectations. We ate a quick meal 7 years ago at Nobu and really enjoyed it, but it wasn't the best sushi we've had. Still very unsure. Might come down to which area we happend to be in when we decide to dine.

One approx $100 tasting menu from somewhere fancy. Probably a pre-theater menu or Taste of Wynn. Places being considered are Sage, Alex, Atelier, or somewhere like that.

My wife is a big fan of the Canyon Ranch cafe so I'm sure we will have some lunches there. If any plans fall through we might try Mesa Grill as our kids love Thowdown and we have never eaten at a Bobby restaurant before.

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Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Okada
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 22, 2010
BlueTeam in Las Vegas

pathetically mixed bag of questions

We too are heading out to LV about the same time as you (Nov 30) and were debating where to eat. Like you our first choice would be Sushi, but we are concerned with the quality. Ever since we tried Yasuda in NYC, nothing compares. We also don't want to spend more than $150 each for a meal as we want to eat well more than once. I'm not too interested in Italian as we are from Toronto which has a very large italian community.
We were thinking about the Taste of Wynn at Alex as well and are not sure if it will be open. We also wanted to wait to see what the menu looked like. As we will be there during the week, we don't think we will have any trouble getting reservations.
I've already chosen Charlie Palmer cut of the week as one meal. Thinking Okada or Nobu for sushi meal, and either Alex or the 3-4 course at Robuchon for the "big meal" and somewhere for seafood, just not sure where. (sorry to hyjack your thread, its just that we seemed to be thinking along the same lines.

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Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Okada
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nov 14, 2010
BlueTeam in Las Vegas

Where to take my husband for his B-day.

My husband is a big foodie, and I enjoy great food as well. The problem I have is that I'm a little picky with what I'll eat. I don't eat red meat, especially bacon and pork. I also don't like cheese or cream sauces. We both love sushi, but go out for that way too often. We've been to Spledido and Scaramouche and are looking for something new. I just find it hard to find someplace nice that hasn't added pancetta or goat cheese to every main. Any recommendations?

can anyone suggest me where can I find the best foie gras in Toronto?

I really didn't like the foie gras at Splendido. I think I misread that it was a parfait (ie, cold mouse) and was expecting it warm. I found it to be too much of the same thing. It would have been better as one item on a charcuterie plate.

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Splendido
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

Chicken Fried Steak in Toronto?

A Chilis has opened up at the Colossus center in Woodbridge (Hwy. #7 & Weston). I have eaten there twice but never checked if they served Chicken Fried Steak; although I have ordered CFS at a Chillies in Portland sometime last decade.

ISO Great Sushi and Sashimi, Omakase Style

We too never go to Hiro anymore due to an unpleasant experience. We often go to Zen, but its a bit out of the way and the location isn't great.

Another place to try is Katsura in the Weston (Prince) hotel. They have an excellent Omakase.

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Katsura
900 York Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3B3H2, CA

Soft drinks with balls

You can also find "Dry Soda" at School restaurant in Liberty village.

Where to buy - fake crab meat stick

There is a small Japanese grocery store in the Asian strip mall on the South side of Finch Ave. West @ Milvan (west of Weston). Its on the opposide side of the strip mall from the large Chinese Supermarket. It looks more like a variety store, but it sells Japanese groceries. You can get the fake shrimp sticks that look like string cheese there. You can also find the yellow pickled gourd and dozens of different types of rice and seaweed for making your own sushi. It a nice little spot.

Bagel frustration

I have to say my family lives on Gryfes bagels. But, I prefer the way they are baked at Daiters then by Gryfes themselves. On top of that, Daiters makes more varieties including a whole wheat poppy seed that is great. My wife likes the flax.

For a twister, I do love Kiva's but they go stale in about 10 after baking.

I will say this: best bagels I've had is in Boca Raton @ Way Beyond Bagels.

Best deals on appliances in GTA?

I was using the glass top range to do a little kitchen prep work and shattered the glass. Replacement cost was over $450. Since the unit was the last original appliance in the house we decided to upgrade. I looked at Appliance Canada, where the real deals are in the back room, where they stock items with scratches or that were purchased but returned for some reason. In the end I got a great "boxing day" deal at Sears. The range I bought was over $600 off the original price.

Bagel with nova and a shmear- is Bagelworks my best bet?

Try Daiters. Not sure if they use atlantic or pacific but I do know that they hand cut it. You can see them do it most mornings at around 7:30 am. Its pretty good with lots of salmon flavour and not to salty.

I personally like gravalux (with a bit of citrus or other flavours added) but its hard to find.

Also try the Nanuk wild salmon. its a few extra bucks (but much cheaper than any hand cut stuff) and it has a different taste worth trying.

For the ultimate just make it yourself at home. Its really easy, there are plenty of recipes on the internet. Serve it at a party and look like a pro.

Coleman's No More

I used to take my Bubbie here for lunch in the 80s. It was a step up from meat at the pickle barrel. I always like the pastrami, with extra mustard and red spice paste. I tried it once about 10 years ago but it was just not the same. In a way, I'm glad its gone, as it was sorta sad to keep seeing a place I used to enjoy but now wouldn't let myself enter.

If "No Reservations" came to Toronto, where would Anthony Bourdain go?

Lets not get too down on TO. Its the 2000s and every major city has one restaurant of each type of ethnicity. But what Toronto has, is many many restaurants of different ethnicities. From my office in the west end I can visit no less than 5 different places for PHO, two Elsalvadorian, three Peruvian, 200 Italian, etc..... No other cities can compare with the amount of different cultures wholly represented in TO.

But to answer the original post: I think Pea-meal Bacon is a must. Its not the same in the US. A trip to Algonquin park might be good, especially if they hunt some deer. Maybe even a Beaver Tail, (I know its commercial) but eating one with a nice hot chocolate after working up an appetite on the Rideau Canal is a small bit of heaven.