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Best Prices this Week for: Unsalted Butter, Large Eggs, Baker's Chocolate, Unbleached Flour, Rice Krispies etc.

Bulk Barn for the chocolate, flour, rice cereal and marshmallows.

produce store at Queen and Euclid closing

I used to live just north of Queen on Euclid and that produce shop was the best. The staff were always super nice and I stopped there at least five times every week. I'm sad to hear this even though I don't live in the area anymore =(

I ruined my new cast iron skillet - help!

Haha, I agree Oliver. Easily the best advice on CH ever. If this were Facebook, I would "like" this.

Jan 21, 2010
wildphoenix in Not About Food

Sherbourne & Shuter

Hey CHs,

I'm moving from Queen West to Sherbourne & Shuter and would love some suggestions on good places in the area. Looking more for places to drop in and get good/cheap food after a busy day at work.


How to say in Chinese


I suggest that you print out a wallet size card that says you're allergic to shellfish in Chinese in case people have trouble understanding what you're trying to say. If what Peter says below is true, maybe print "I'm allergic to..." and list all the types of shellfish you are allergic to.

I don't have any food allergies *knock on wood*, but I am a server and it makes it much easier when a tourist has a print out of what he or she is allergic to. The last thing I want to do is make someone sick on their trip.


Aug 20, 2009
wildphoenix in Not About Food

Imperial Baking Margarine

I've learned of Imperial Baking Margarine that's wrapped in 1/2 cup portions. I made a batch of brownies with it the other day and they turned out great - wouldn't have known it wasn't butter if I hadn't made them.

Has anyone used margarine to make buttercream or lemon curd? Those are two recipes I make all the time and takes a lot of unsalted butter. A pound of butter costs at least $4.99 and three cups of Imperial Baking Margarine runs at $6.00.

Aug 04, 2009
wildphoenix in Home Cooking

Martha Stewart's Dark Chocolate Frosting

Has anyone tried making this recipe with white chocolate?

I've made this recipe several times and it's always turned out, but I'm not sure how white chocolate would work. I know the cacao mixture would be omitted.

Feb 20, 2009
wildphoenix in Home Cooking

Cookie Decorating Classes?

Cookie decorating is pretty easy but it does take a while depending on how you decorate them. I found this video on YouTube when I was making Hallowe'en cookies.

Happy baking =)

Muskoka Dry Pale Ginger Ale: Best Ginger Ale by far !!!!!

I like this gingerale but I only drink it when I'm actually in Muskoka. I wouldn't make special trips just to get it.

Yes, $13 is much more than $5 for a 6-pak but think about it: Parry Sound is much closer to Gravenhurst than Toronto. Once you factor in gas prices, the labour it takes to get the product to the GTA, and the cost of rent in the GTA, the mark-up makes some sense. It works out to less than $2.20 a bottle - Jones Soda and other specialty brands cost about the same.

Freezing Congee?

Hello CHs,

Has anyone tried freezing congee in single size portions?
How long does it last frozen?
Does the texture change?


Sep 11, 2008
wildphoenix in Home Cooking

What to eat at The Keg? . . . I've had no luck in the past...

I like the tempura snap(?) peas. I'm not sure exactly sure what green vegetable it is but I like it as a starter and it's a pretty big portion.

I find the steaks are always hit or miss so I usually opt for the fajitas.

Where can I find wooden skewers in the core?!

Tap Phong carries a good selection of festive skewers and picks.

Sunday Dinner Downtown

My SO and I have opposite schedules and Sunday is the only day we both consistently have off. Any suggestions for restaurants that are open for dinner on Sundays?

I'm making a list of places to try and so far I have Le Select, The Citizen, Alice Restaurant, and Globe. We like trying new places so suggestions would be great.


Three writers update at least once a day, sometimes there are several posts in a day.
Chockylit isn't posting anymore but she's leaving her site up as long as there's still traffic.

Jun 23, 2008
wildphoenix in Food Media & News

Crab Entree?

Rodney's Oyster House has whole Dungeness crab, boiled and cracked on their menu.

"No Substitutions"

I'm a huge fan of Terroni's too and while I do understand why they do not allow substitutions, I think they need to be a little flexible depending on the situation. I don't have any allergies but a pregnant friend of mine when to eat there and she wanted pizza but she's lactose intolerant and they refused to leave the cheese off of the pizza.

I work in a restaurant that is really flexible and will pretty much prepare a meal anyway requested but it does get very frustrating for service/kitchen staff when a guest modifies a meal to the point that it's something completely different than what's on the meal. Everyone is entitled to their likes and dislikes but IMHO if you don't like the menu that a restaurant has to offer, go find one that does. If you're invited out as part of a big group, check to see if the menu is posted online. Most places are happy to prepare something that's not on their regular menu if you call ahead.

Apr 27, 2008
wildphoenix in Not About Food

"Is the tip okay?"

This was the first time I've served her table so I have no idea if she asks this to all the servers. She seemed more clueless than sincere but either way, if you're asking your server that question, you probably know the tip isn't really okay.

"Is the tip okay?"

Have you ever asked your server if the tip you left him/her was okay?

I served a table tonight and the woman who paid asked me that flat out but I didn't feel that it was right to say "No, $25 on $270 is not okay, especially since you and your mother were very high maintenance and I brought you everything you asked for very promptly and with a smile on my face the whole time."

They were a very nice table and but I just find it very odd that people periodically ask if they've tipped properly. I understand if someone else at the table asked if the tip was alright because they know their dining companion doesn't always tip properly but what is a server suppose to say when they are asked by the person who is paying? I just said that it was fine and left it at that because I didn't want to make the situation any more awkward or make the woman feel cheap.

Now, this was not the diner's first visit to the restaurant and she actually used to date someone who used to work there so she definitely knew the price point well before receiving the bill. She dropped names of other staff whenever I went to check up on the table and she kept asking for different cutlery, plates, etc. after I brought her the usually things. I understand wanting things that will make your visit more comfortable and I am more than happy to bring you those things but I thought that she should have requested these things at the beginning instead of making someone make two trips considering she was familiar with the restaurant.

I know some people will say that the service may not have been up to par but I definitely know that it was (servers know when they're giving crap service).

Should I have told her that her tip was below average?

Feb 04, 2008
wildphoenix in Not About Food

Spadina-Dundas Pho (the one with the train sign)

I don't remember the name of the place (I think it begins with an "X") but I walked by it today and it was all boarded up. Anyone know if it's renovating or if it's shut down?

Where to find Japanese sweets??

Maybe Sanko (NE corner of Queen West & Niagara).


The Prague (Queen St. West just west of Palmerston) has great soups. Their sandwich board outside usually lists a variety of three a day that changes. Some of the ones I've seen are beef noodle, tripe, liver dumpling, white vegetable, veal, etc. They also have great hearty stews. The soups also really cheap - under $4.00 a bowl.

Buffet Brunch in Mississauga

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking for a nice buffet brunch in Mississauga for a 33rd birthday. Does anyone know of any hotels that have Sunday brunch? I'm looking for a good spread of salads & desserts.

Thanks in advance!!

GREEN TEA ICE CREAM...Japanese Restaurant Style

Fresh & Wild at King and Spadina carry a good green tea ice cream.

Brownie Craving

The Brick Street Bakery in The Distillery makes a great chocolate walnut brownie. No icing but super chocolate flavour and it's about and inch and a half thick and you get a good large cut (2x4 inches or so, if my memory serves correct).

Where to buy a slab cake in Toronto?

I second Dufflet's

Smoothies on Queen West?

Does anyone know where you can get thick fruit smoothies (like the ones from Booster Juice) on Queen West between Spadina and Bellwoods?


The Prague on Queen St. West has great perogies (north side of Queen just east of Palmerston). I believe they're boiled and then sauteed with butter. Served with crispy bacon and caramelized onions with a side of sour cream. They also have great soups - three different ones per day.

Red Bean Popsicle Recipe?

Thanks guys. Do either of you have a recipe for Red Bean Soup? I'm looking for one with milk in it.

Apr 09, 2007
wildphoenix in Home Cooking

Red Bean Popsicle Recipe?

does anyone have a recipe for red bean popsicles?

Apr 08, 2007
wildphoenix in Home Cooking

Hard Candies (like East Side Mario's/Jack Astor's)

Wow, I'm not sure what I should be more ashamed of: 1) admitting to eating at East Side Mario's once in a blue moon or 2) Scouring the local Dollaramas for the free candies they give you after your meal.

=) thanks!