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ISO: Squid Ink

I've seen it at Dinah's Cupboard in the Cumberland Village Arcade. (50 Cumberland)
416 921 8112

May 04, 2010
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Parma Golosa tours and driving

Hi hrpenny,

Unfortunately I have already found another couple to do the tour with us. We have confirmed with ParmaGolosa and our tour begins at 9:30 on Sat am. I found the couple through a forum on trip advisor and it looks like there are some other people that might be interested in the tour - you could try getting in touch with them.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Hopefully we'll all end up on the tour together!

Apr 27, 2009
foodio in Italy

Montepertuso (La Tagliata or Il Ritrovo) & Ravello (Villa Maria)???

I ate twice at Il Ritrovo in early May of last year and while the drive up the mountain (from Positano) is certainly breathtaking, the restaurant itself did not have a great view. However, it is right on the edge of the mountain and it appeared as though the sides of the restaurant might open in the warmer months, but it was much too cold when we were there. I highly recommend the restaurant, we enjoyed the food and the owners so much that we went back twice. They will also pick up and drop off at your hotel which is a great service.

Maybe someone else has been there in the summer and can help you out.

Enjoy!

Apr 24, 2009
foodio in Italy

[Viareggio] Ristorante Romano -- March 2009 report

Great report! I am salivating. Do you remember the approximate cost of your meal? I am going to be in Lucca in early May and would like to make a trip to Viareggio for dinner one night. Romano sounds like the place to be!

thanks.

Apr 23, 2009
foodio in Italy

Long report (on 3 restaurants only!) from Viareggio

Hi hank64, great review.

I am going to be in Lucca at the beginning of May and definitely want to go to Viareggio for a meal. Do you remember approximate costs of La Dorsena and Il PuntoDivino? And if you had to choose just one for a dinner, which would it be?

thanks!

Apr 23, 2009
foodio in Italy

Orvieto in early June

I am going driving from Rome to Lucca in early May and have been picking up tips all over this board. I have decided to stop in Orvieto for lunch/Duomo/food shopping. Is La Palomba open for lunch on Mondays?

Any tips on good food stores to stop at in Orvieto?

thanks

Apr 23, 2009
foodio in Italy

Any word on Giancarlos new Wine and Pasta Bar?

There isn't a website as far as I know. I'm finally checking out the wine bar tonight so will report back!

Apr 23, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is this a good Bolognese Recipe?

Mine took the better half of a day - 6 hrs total I believe. In retrospect I probably should have made a bigger batch (5x) since it would only take a few hours longer and the triple batch really only gave me enough for 1 more meal after all the sampling along the way!

Apr 23, 2009
foodio in Home Cooking

Rome trattoria that's open on Sundays?

Is Da Bucatino open Sundays for lunch? And does anyone know whether the Testaccio market is open on Sunday?

Thanks

Apr 23, 2009
foodio in Italy

Last-Minute Cocktail Party Food Needed!!!

I just ordered two 95-piece sushi party trays from tnt on Cherry St. at $52 per tray for friday night. I'm hoping the quality is reasonable for the pricepoint! I plan to serve some edamame and other japanese snacks. Tnt said they need two days for large orders but I bet they could accommodate you on a Wednesday. Plus, its right dt.

There was recently another post on cheap takeout for 20 people...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6071...

Mar 31, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

brown rice sushi?

Off the top of my head I know that Shogun on Cumberland in Yorkville (at Bloor and Avenue) have brown rice sushi. I've never tried it myself. It's accessible by TTC, but I'm sure other people have suggestions that may be closer to you.

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Shogun
154 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

Mar 25, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tamarind Paste or Brick in TO??

I get the brick kind from the asian grocer on the west side of spadina just north of dundas. I cant remember the name of the store but it's the larger one where you take the steps down.

I've also bought the paste from there, but like CarNut says, its much thinner than other Indian tamarind paste. However, I still use it for pad thai, although you have to use a lot more to get the same concentration

I think the brick is generally worth the extra effort. I'm pretty sure Lucky Moose has both kinds also.

Mar 23, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please critique my Lucca, CT, Parma itinerary!

wow, maybe i'll add the extra day to the Lucca leg of the trip and try to find a place with a kitchen! The idea of doing my own shopping in the markets and cooking at home is sooo appealing but I didn't know whether there were a lot of places with kitchens available. I'll definitely have to check it out. I wish we had more time!

Mar 16, 2009
foodio in Italy

Is this a good Bolognese Recipe?

Well I tripled the recipe and just cut the carrots and celery by hand.....chopped them very roughly and it all just melted by the end. But I think the food processor would work well.

Mar 16, 2009
foodio in Home Cooking

Toronto's Best Italian?!?

Nope, we ended up at Cafe la Gaffe on Baldwin. I'll keep Piccolo in mind for another time!

Mar 16, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuzu on Adelaide

According to the website they are only open on Sat from 5pm-11:30 and closed on Sunday.

I live extremely close by but don't work in the area, so unfortunately I won't be able to take advantage of your suggestion to try it at lunch time!

Although, a $60 quality omakase that close to home does sound appealing....

Mar 13, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Queen St. West Bars or Pubs

That's pretty much right beside the entertainment district but I'm guessing that's not what type of scene you're looking for. Here are some options, although I have to admit I haven't eaten at most of them so I can't comment on the food unfortunately.

Rivoli is right there on Queen and the food is decent. It's got a great "bar" atmosphere and I think this might be the type of place you're looking for.

Black Bull is also right there but I've never eaten there and it's more of a summer place when the patio is open.

Tattoo Rock Bar is just on the other side of Spadina and they definitely serve food, although I've never eaten there and the drink prices are more in line with other large scale clubs. It's loud so not the kind of place to sit down and have drinks at that time of night.

There's also a bar/restaurant directly across from Tattoo (on the north side of Queen) that serves really cheap drinks. Haven't tried the food and can't remember the name unfortunately (but you'll definitely recognize it).

I've gone for dessert late night at Everest on the north side of Queen just east of John and while the food wasn't memorable it does become somewhat bar-ish on weekend nights, I think they might even have a dj. Or maybe that was East beside it (do not recommend the food there).

There's a Friar and Firkin one block east of Peter on John and Queen if you're into that kind of thing.

Ultra is right there but its definitely a club, not a bar and the drinks are expensive. The food is pretty good though. I'd save it for the summer because they have a great rooftop patio.

The Rex is a few blocks east at St. Patrick and Queen. It's a jazz bar that has been around forever (since my parents went to U of T!) and the drinks are reasonably priced. The one meal I've had there was ok but I've seen lineups there on weekends.

If you're willing to go into the entertainment district there are tons of "bar" options, such as Black Betty at Richmond and Duncan but I'm not sure about the food situation.

Oh, there's also a strip of bar/pub/restaurant type places on the east side of John between Richmond and Adelaide but I think they tend to be a bit pricier.

There's also the area on the south side of King between John and Spadina. These restaurants are probably open late on weekends but it seems like chowers tend to stay away from this strip. Most of these places wouldn't be considered bars though.

So basically there are lots of options, depending on which criteria you're focused on; price, good food or atmosphere.

Personally, I would probably go to a bar like Tattoo for some drinks and then afterwards if I was hungry I'd go for chinese at Swatow or Poutine at Smokes, but that's just me.

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Black Bull
298 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

The Rivoli
334 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Tattoo Rock Parlour
567 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Mar 13, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto's Best Italian?!?

Googs, What is the atmosphere like at Piccolo? Would it be suitable for a group of ten twenty-somethings on a friday night? I already tried Fusilli (its for this Friday eeek).

Mar 12, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yuzu on Adelaide

What are the prices like compared to Japango?

Mar 12, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive dinner near the Scotia Bank/Paramount Theatre (Queen & John)

Trimurti or Little India if you're in the mood for Indian - I find the service at Trimurti to be slower but the food better. Just ask for the bill early.

Rivoli on Queen might fit the bill. The one meal I've had there was considerably better than the service and pad thai I had at Queen Mother last summer.

Fresh at Spadina and Richmond for veg/organic options and less of a sit-down atmosphere.

Ginger is incredibly cheap and decent considering its so close.

Mar 11, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please critique my Lucca, CT, Parma itinerary!

Thanks Indy 67! It was actually your review of the "decontructed pesto pasta" that made me want to go to La Greppia! I think that will have to be our choice. Do you remember the approximate cost of a higher end dinner like this? We will probably try to mix some higher end places with cheaper meals.

Mar 11, 2009
foodio in Italy

Food and Driving Question

Hi Maxfood,

I don't have an answer to your question but my SO and I will also be in Italy in early May. We are trying to set up a Parmagolosa tour in Parma on May 8th or 9th.

If you are taking the A1 you will drive right through Parma but this would obviously require a two-day road trip if your main goal is to see Florence. The tour is $250 euros for up to 4 people, lunch and tastings extra. The tour is from 8am-3pm and visits are to a parma ham, cheese and balsamic factory. Not sure if this is something you and your wife are interested in but if so, let me know!

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Italy

Savoury & Sweet Fondue Places

I tried the chocolate fondue ($16.50) at Art Square Cafe a few months ago. It was a big portion, plenty for two people. Don't quote me on this but I believe it came with banana, pear, apple and chocolate crepes. There might have been strawberries but I'm allergic so I wouldn't have eaten them anyways. The crepes were rolled up and cut into small, dippable pieces and tasted great. I found the fondue itself to be a good balance of sugar and chocolate (i.e. not too sweet).

Unfortunately I found the service to be incredibly slow (the place was only half full) and I didn't think the savory crepe (Mediterranean) that my SO ordered was anything special. Also, the "extra large" cappuccino was in an enormous mug but came to the table barely 2/3 full!

I would go back for the fondue, especially because it's close to home.

I personally enjoy the cheese fondue at beer bistro but haven't had it in a few years. I don't remember the shredded cheese topping but sounds delicious!

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Haka (Manchurian) style restaurants in the GTA?

Ive been to Faley's and really enjoyed it but will be trying Yueh Tung asap as it's in the 'hood.

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Walking Tour of Ossington

Foxley Bistro, Golden Turtle

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please critique my Lucca, CT, Parma itinerary!

Thanks to everyone for the input on my last post!

We have sorted out the flights and are now flying into Rome on the morning of Sunday, May 3rd and departing Malpensa at 7am on Sunday, May 10th.

We are going to rent a car and drive the entire way, stopping in Lucca, Cinque Terre and Parma. I realize it’s a lot to pack into 1 week but this seems like our only option with these flights. We spent a few days in Rome last year and are not interested in spending more time there on this trip, and are only starting there due to flight restrictions.

I am looking for Chowers’ wise advice on: Up-to -date critiques on my potential restaurant choices or additional options; a place to stop for lunch between Rome and Lucca; a place to stop for lunch between Lucca and Vernazza; and a dinner between Parma and Malpensa. Also looking for tips on where to buy good foodie souvenirs along the way. Any suggestions of activities or places I’ve overlooked are welcome too. I realize we might not end up following an itinerary exactly but I would still like to get a good feel of whether this is realistic and which places we should make reservations at. Also what kind of prices should I be expecting at these places?

Sunday
• Lunch and dinner in Rome: Antico Arco, Piperno? We had a great meal at Da Fabrizio last May but will most likely try something new, will all depend where we are staying.

Monday
• AM car pick up and drive to Lucca.
• Lunch between Rome and Lucca - any suggestions? I was thinking Siena (Il Rialto, Kopa Kabana for gelati, Il Mugolone, Da Enzo, Al Mangia, Le Logge).
• Dinner in Lucca: Buca di San Antonio

Tuesday
• Rent bikes for the day
• Lunch in Lucca: Trattoria da Leo, Il Giglio, La Cecca
• Dinner in Lucca: Canuleia

Wednesday
• Lunch somewhere between Lucca and Cinque Terre – any suggestions?
• Need to decide which town to stay in – leaning towards Vernazza
• Dinner in Vernazza: Gambero Rosso

Thursday
• Breakfast in Vernazza: Il Pirate
• Hike the CT trail
• Dinner in Corniglia: Cantina de Mananan

Friday
• Drive to Modena for lunch: Hosteria Giusti, Osteria Rubbiara
• Dinner in Parma: Trattoria del Tribunale, La Greppia, Sorelle Picchi, Cocchi

Saturday
• Parmagolosa tour – We’re looking for another couple to join our tour if anyone is interested! 8am to 3pm, $125 euros per couple for three destinations (cheese, ham and balsamic), lunch and tastings extra.
• Dinner in Malpensa: Hotel Villa Malpensa or elsewhere in Malpensa

Sunday
• Return car, fly to Heathrow then home to Toronto.
Upon arrival home: Workout for 5 days straight to burn the calories!

Another option that would cut the number of traveling days is to arrive in Rome and immediately pick up a car and drive to Lucca. This would give us an extra day to spend somewhere along the way.

Thanks!

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Italy

Is this a good Bolognese Recipe?

It was all i had in the fridge! It was half and half cream.

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Home Cooking

edamame

All the larger grocers on Spadina in Chinatown have it in their frozen section. The Lucky Moose on Dundas and Beverly carries them too.

Mar 10, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dear Toronto: I think I've done my homework & would like your input

I need to try this place!

Mar 09, 2009
foodio in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is this a good Bolognese Recipe?

After reading these posts I made the Hazan bolognese recipe yesterday. I tried to follow it exactly but ended up substituting cream for the milk and added some garlic with the onions and a bay leaf (I couldn't help it!). I tripled the recipe and used one part pork to two parts ground beef. It tasted amazing and there's enough leftover to freeze.

Mar 09, 2009
foodio in Home Cooking