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where can i buy a convection/countertop (not toaster) oven in TO?

There is a Cuisinart Brick Oven at Costco for $125:

Mar 27, 2011
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eats at Dundas West and bloor street

Osaka Sushi is expensive, but they have good quality fish. They are much better than what you would find in the Annex, but maybe not as good as Japango. I think part of the reason why they are so much more is because they used to be the only sushi place on that strip. There is now also Wasabi AYCE at Bloor and Keele, but I've only heard bad things about Wasai.

122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

Mar 14, 2011
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eats at Dundas West and bloor street

I've never had to wait, but I tend to lunch/dinner early. But what also seems to work is to call ahead with your order.

Mar 11, 2011
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eats at Dundas West and bloor street

Nonna's Place at Bloor and Symington has a good lunch hot table. Bloordale Pantry at Bloor and Lansdowne looks good. Vena's Roti a bit further east has the best roti wrappers in the city with good fillings. West of Dundas, King Slice for large slice of pizza on good crust, and Osaka Sushi for good quality sushi.

King Slice
1598 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P1A7, CA

The Bloordale Pantry
1285 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

Mar 11, 2011
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sush! 67 on Roncesvalles

A few weeks ago, we went looking for Vincent Sushi on Roncesvalles. Instead, we found that a new sushi shop, Sushi 67, had opened up in that space. (Vincent is now further north). When we went in, we were greeted by enthusiastic "Hellos!" from the waitress and three kitchen staff. When we were seated, we were offered a fragrant and sweet-tasting orange jasmine tea.

The menu shows that the restaurant's theme is fusion cuisine, so initially, we were a bit hesitant. But after trying a yuzu salad, a sushi combo, Roncesvalles roll and unagi fire roll, we were convinced that the Sushi 67 had tasty and high quality sushi. In subsequent visits, we tried the ramen, stuffed cucumber rolls and several more sushi combos. The ramen was ok, but the other items were fresh, unique, and often had a subtle fusion twist. The fish in the sushi combos changed each visit to reflect what was fresh in the market. When we were having the sushi combos, the chef would explain the fish selection and then he would lighten the soy sauce with another sauce. He explained that this would help us taste the freshness of the fish.

Having just visited Kaji in December, we think that the quality of food is approaching that of Kaji. The service and the friendliness exceeds Kaji. I happened to pass by the restaurant the other day around 3pm, and the chef saw me and waved to me.

All and all, excellent food and value. The sushi 10 combo (10 pieces sushi and a roll) is $11.95. The tiny restaurant only has 2 tables and some stools, but they do lots of take out too. The menu is a bit awkwardly worded, but conveys lots of enthusiasm for good food.

Sush! 67
67 Roncesvalles
647 717 8744

Vincent Sushi
153 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

Feb 24, 2011
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: avocado oil

I saw avocado oil at Max's on Bloor.

Jan 22, 2011
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Kimchi near Dundas & Keele

There is a Yummy BBQ located in the Crossways Mall at Dundas and Bloor, just across from the Dundas West Subway station. They are a restaurant, but they might sell you a container or two of kimchi.

Nov 11, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Prom venues or any recommended venues in Toronto please HELP!

How about the Great Hall at 1087 Queen West?

I went to a prom like event there once. It's a very nice space.

Great Hall
1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Nov 03, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find L'Anis de Flavigny candy in GTA?

Frangipane at Dupont and Spadina has three flavours. I can't remember which ones.

Oct 22, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian Sweets for those without wheels...

Curry Ina Hurry just south of Lansdowne Station (Lansdowne exit) has a good selection of indian sweets that changes on a daily basis. Mostly different types of burfies.

They also sell roti.

Oct 04, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tomato bushels in Toronto

The place on Davenport you're probably referring to is Joe's Garden Centre.

Sep 16, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yearning for Yellow Corn

I was at the Dufferin Grove Organic market today and I bought some organic "yellow" corn. The farmer was one of the ones fairly close to the start of the market on the north west side. "Yellow" was the name of the corn given on the sign and by the farmer (maybe the farmer's son? He was very young, maybe 13?). It was $10 for a dozen or $1 for a cob. I bought 3 cobs and the kernels are all yellow, on the small side and very sweet and juicy. They are much nicer than the bicolour variety found in the supermarket. I did a taste test and both myself and my DH preferred the yellow corn.

Dufferin Cafe
2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

Aug 26, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

WTF - Churros in Toronto

Paris Bakery on the north west corner of Lansdowne and Wallace has them. They have vanilla or chocolate filled ones.

Aug 09, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

T&T Waterfront Night Market

I would estimate that each of the line ups for the popular stands such as stinky tofu and tornado potato and popcorn chicken to be 1.5hrs each. Having said that, since some of those stands converged (I believe they were T&T owned stands), we observed that some people would line up for the potato, and then also get popcorn chicken. That definitely was a bit unsettling to witness!

We left around 9:15 pm. The line ups still seemed pretty long at that point even though the parking lot didn't seem any fuller than when we first got there at 6:30 pm.

Aug 07, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

T&T Waterfront Night Market

We went tonight (Friday) and got there at around 6:30 pm. There was a wait to get into the parking lot, which was $5. Once in, there was a lot of parking. The line ups were long at some of the popular stands including Kashmeri BBQ (lamb skewers, lamb briyani, roti), the tornado potato (not worth it, the potato wasn't seasoned and it was just kind of limp), stinky tofu and the popcorn chicken and tofuyaki (chicken and tofu were very good if you have the patience to wait for 1.5+ hrs). if you looked around, there were some stands not as busy but still decent. There was a Thai dessert stand that sold mango sticky rice and curry puffs that were pretty good and they were not busy at all. There were also run of the mill ice cream trucks (2), churros stand, and a roast corn stand. Those were not busy at all. While not run of the mill, there was also pulled pork and jerk chicken, not usually what you think of when you think "Asian".

All in all, it was kind of fun. Although, if it was a real Asian night market, there would not have been 1.5hr waits.

Aug 06, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Summerlicious 2010 edition

We got last minute reservation for two at Bymark for tonight (Wednesday night). I got the reservation by calling, despite no availability on their online reservation system. When we got there at 6:15 pm, a few tables were free. By the time we left at 7:30 pm, about half the tables were free.

We started with the seared tuna and spicy tomato soup with shrimp. Both were good. Mains were gnocchi and lamb. The lamb was cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth. Dessert was banana cake with caramel sauce and chocolate eclair with chocolate gelato. The banana cake was very good while the eclair was ok.

We also order a lobster poutine from the regular menu. While tasty, we found the lobster to be tough!

Overall, good service with good food.

66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

Jul 14, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I have a Petite Thuet almond croissant recently. It was very dry and crumbly. Not what I would think an almond croissant should be like.

I also recently had a good cinnamon croissant from Clafouti. My friend adores their almond croissant, and says they are the best. If Clafouti's almond croissants are anything like their cinnamon ones, they should be much better than Petite Thuet's.

609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

915 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Apr 27, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Delighful Fluffy buttery croissants

I just tried the almond croissant from Petit Thuet. It was disappointingly dry and crumbly, not rich and flakey. I think Caldense, a Portuguese bakery chain does them better, and at half the price!

609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

Apr 12, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mother Dumplings - new location

I went to Mother's Dumplings today for lunch and had a bowl of Dalu noodles and a green onion pancake. Both were tasty, but a little salty for me. Portions were generous. I didn't try the dumplings as I was waiting to go back with some friends so we could split orders of various different dumplings.

I arrived right at opening (11:30am) and order almost immediately, as I had read the menu online. Even though there were only 2 other diners there before me, it took almost 20 minutes for my food to come out. I did notice there were about 5 kitchen staff working, but maybe they were all working on dumplings. By the time I left around 12:20, it was much busier.

Overall, tasty food, with service a bit on the slow side. I would get there as close to opening as possible. I'll be back to try the dumplings.

Mother's Dumplings
421 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

Apr 06, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Old Mill Inn

I was there at the end of January. The cold items, especially the seafood items were generally good. They had crab salad with real crab. The hot items included brunch/breakfast items like eggs, bacon, sausage as well as lunch items like fish, pasta, pork, roast beef, etc. They were ok.

The one thing that was disappointing was that when I tried their chocolate cake, it tasted like it was made from a mix. One of my other dinning companions also made a similar observation.

Mar 09, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find a middle eastern-style sandwich of potato in a pita?

Ghazal at Bloor and Bathurst has a veggie sandwich that involves deep fried potato slices plus they have the sides/toppigs of hummous, tabouleh, tahini and hot sauce!

Feb 11, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

ACME Candy on the north west corner of Dundas West and Pacific (in the Junction) has closed.

Jan 28, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

Same for Queen of Tarts on Roncesvalles. They have closed their retail operation to focus on catering.

Jan 05, 2010
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Butter Tart ice Cream?

In Bracebridge, which is south of Huntsville and north of Barrie (actually, north of Orilla), there is a restaurant called Marty's, and they specialize in butter tarts. We tried their Butter tart ice cream. It was ok. I didn't get a chance to try their butter tarts.

Marty's World Famous Café
5 Manitoba Street
Bracebridge, Ontario
P1L 1S4

Nov 14, 2009
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

san marzano tomatoes in TO

I bought a bushel of romas from Joe's Garden Centre on the weekend. $16 a bushel + $1 deposit for the bushel itself. There was only one suspect tomato in the entire bushel! However, they will only sell whole bushels.

They have a green awning and are located on the south side.

Sep 03, 2008
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone notice higher food prices in GTA yet?

A loaf of Pane di Casa bread at Cobb's bakery has gone from $4.00 to $4.20.

Apr 24, 2008
ivxu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)