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woody's burgers bar and grill in etobicoke ...

They used to be good. Now the burgers are just plain bad IMO. The texture is off. They don't taste like fresh ground, fresh made like they used too. Boo!

Gangster Burger

Downtownfoodie, you might want to rethink that statement about the Lucas burger.... check out their twitpic.... it has what they call "blue magic", so it is pretty safe to assume that it is the top left burger.

cafe du lac??

I respectfully disagree Vinnie. The demographic for Cafe du Lac exists in the area, but they lack local support as people were turned off through service and/or food. Have a gander over their Yelp/Urbanspoon/Chow reviews.

If it is strictly a location issue, then why is Pulcinella bustling? Similar price-point in a very similar demo location.

cafe du lac??

+1

Latest Charlie Burger

I can email some to you if you like.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

I went pretty early after the grand opening. Did you find the ingredient quality decent? It was lacking when we went. The fries they served were very sad too. Those potatoes died an unfortunate death.

Agreed re: occupancy vs. vacancy. The strip has too many vacant spaces, crappy dive bars, and a wicked amount of cheque cashing joints!

Chowfind: great resource for green coffee beans

I thought it was pretty cool that he (smico @ GCBC) had a link with info on the grower of the Costa Rican http://rnrcoffeecafe.com/blog/?p=217

I've been drinking a lot of GB's Guatemalan. The Nicaraguan is definitely at par with taste/quality. Looking forward to the other two.

Chowfind: great resource for green coffee beans

I'm too close to GB's King W location to bother having them deliver.

Out of curiosity, what did you order? Cost for product and delivery?

Chowfind: great resource for green coffee beans

I was hesitant, but he had some good feedback on GCBC. I also felt fine with buyer protection through VISA and PayPal though.

I weighed out the bags, and they all came in just over 5lbs. I really can't find a fault. Good cut. Good price. Good delivery. Good service. I don't have to leave my house, fight traffic, pay for parking, park..... I am very happy to find this source.

Are you the one who posted about them? I searched, but my results provided nothing.

Chowfind: great resource for green coffee beans

Green Coffee Buying Club (Canadian Rep!)

I am pretty sure that I found this place through a link on Chowhound, but I can’t seem to find the thread.

I ordered 15lbs of beans (5lb each Costa Rican Santa Elena, Nicaraguan Rio Coco, and Mexican Chiapas) and they were at my door in under a week. I’ve only roasted off a pound of Nicaraguan so far. It is a very tasty bean.

Shipped to my door, the total all in was $82. That is a fantastic price. The prices are all per pound, so you can mix and match your order, and not have to worry about ordering a huge amount of one bean to secure better pricing.

The Canadian Rep running the show (his handle is smico) seems to be doing a very good job. Great communication. Very quick shipping. This is a non-profit gig for him.

You have to sign up to access the site. Make sure that if you are ordering, that you look at the “Canada only” threads. Link to vendor distribution here: http://greencoffeebuyingclub.com/inde...

ISO: Etobicoke's equivalent of Diana's Seafood

Thank you. That is all I'm saying.

Crazy that my other post 'vanished'.... It basically said that if Diana's was local (for selection and service), we would eat three times the fish we do now.

ISO: Etobicoke's equivalent of Diana's Seafood

The fish is the only reason I do go. I certainly don't go for the attitude. I guess you don't care about, or believe in customer service.

ISO: Etobicoke's equivalent of Diana's Seafood

I said Mike's is "good", I just wish there was something relatively close by that offered a few items similar to Diana's, specifically oysters, and a more whole fish options would be nice. That was what my 'boo' referred to. Just disappointed that we have to trek across the city to obtain this stuff.

Also, am I the only one here that finds the male cashier less than friendly(understatement)? That is also a turn off to me. I've shopped there a dozen or so times, and it has been the same guy each time.

ISO: Etobicoke's equivalent of Diana's Seafood

Allseas/Mike's is good, but you'll be let down if you expect the quantity of selection that Diana's offers. Allseas offers about 1/4-1/8 Diana's selection. Can't even say I have seen fresh oysters there, although I could be wrong. Boo.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

That should have read "sum" up, not some... duh!

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Just as quickly as the excitement about Melt arose..... it disappeared. If I can some up the experience, I would say that there just isn't 'love' in what they are doing. Fries from frozen. Sad looking ingredients. Standard fare bread. Staff who really don't seem to care - surprising considering they JUST opened.

It just missed the mark on a homemade grilled cheese sammy. Damn!

ISO/ What is the best Home proconsumer Espresso machine?

+1 again. Rocky since Aug. 07, and not one issue.

As for the settings.... well, that is another nuance of Rancilio. 10 is different on every machine. It must be pretty tough to apply that sticker at the factory! I also adjust the grind a notch or two depending on the bean and roast. They all differ a bit.

ISO/ What is the best Home proconsumer Espresso machine?

How dark is dark?

I roast typically to full city+, and haven't had any issues. No issues with Vienna. I'm not a fan of anything past that.

ISO/ What is the best Home proconsumer Espresso machine?

Good point re: cleaning.

ISO/ What is the best Home proconsumer Espresso machine?

I have to say that I disagree that with your comment of the Silvia/Rocky not making "the same quality coffee as an espresso bar or prosumer setup". With the right know-how and proper beans, Silvia/Rocky put out a top quality shot. I have had many espressos from much more expensive equipment with sh!t product as an end result. It's not just the machine, it's how it is used (at this level of machine anyway).

ISO/ What is the best Home proconsumer Espresso machine?

I agree about the time it takes to get the hang of the Silivia/Rocky. Lots of variables in making that perfect shot though (ie: temp, tamp, grind, dose, bean, etc.... but I don't have to tell you this Dudey!).

I used to roast with a popcorn popper. It worked fine, but very small batches, and stinks & smokes like crazy! I think my older neighbours that I was operating a basement drug lab. The Behmor has been great.

I have not had an espresso anywhere near as good as what I can make at home. That being said, I haven't purchased many in the past few years due to the amazing quality of product this trio can produce. Sipping my fresh roasted Guatemalan espresso right now... mmm!

ISO/ What is the best Home proconsumer Espresso machine?

+1.

Rancilio Silvia and Rocky for me too. They can be a bit tricky to learn, but with time and patience you will be able to pull the perfect shot as long as you buy fresh beans, or if you roast your own.

I'm on my 5th year with these machines (both from Green Beanery), and I have not had one issue. They are pretty easy to maintain as well. If you get into roasting, the Behmor 1600 is a pretty good product as well.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Melt Grilled Cheese opens today. Menu looks tasty, and the prices look fair. Will have to give it a go soon!

http://meltgrilledcheese.com/

Where can I buy coffee beans from Costa Rica?

Give Guatemalan beans a shot. Tons of flavour and depth. Good value. Stay away from the packaged stuff though. Fresh roasted is the only way to go for a great cup.

Where can I buy coffee beans from Costa Rica?

I'd also suggest Green Beanery. I find Birds and Beans tends to under-roast.... only my opinion, but I find that they don't hit city roast. I've bought a LOT of coffee from both. Green Beanery has a great selection.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

It definitely stands out for the 'hood, IMO. Doesn't stand out when you add the DT spots into the mix.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Ordered the "bigger" pizza last night. Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and whole wheat crust. A very tasty pizza. Definitely the best we've had in the area - hands down.

I haven't had the pleasure of Queen Margherita, so I can't compare it to that. If QM is similar to Libretto, than FBI is not similar to either. The crust was good. No char spots... I take it that they use an electric oven? Their website notes 'a special blend of fior de latte'. The cheese had some orange tones... could this have been from the oil in the sausage, or is it the cheese? Whatever.... who cares. It was good! The sausage was very tasty. No skimping. Little hints of fennel seed.

All things considered, a good pie. We will definitely order again. $24+tip for the pizza w/ toppings noted, and a homemade hot pepper dip.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

:)

Salivating! Can't wait to try it!

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

Yes.

Unfortunately, it wasn't very good. The food we ate won't have us ordering from them again, unless we hear that our experience is different from the norm.

Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

We only went once about a year back, and had indifferent service and less than mediocre food. I really wanted to love this place. I'd be interested to see some current CH'er reviews to see if they have changed at all.