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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

How does ketchup simply not belong on a hot dog?

For texture it's no different than any other saucy condiment. For sweetness it's no different than many BBQ sauces, sweet relishes or other sweet stuff.

Nothing wrong with ketchup on a hot dog. Granted if there are other more interesting condiments available then I'll use those. Along with sauerkraut, real shredded cheese and (preferably real) bacon.

Pineapple on pizza however... :-p

Sep 12, 2014
lister in Features
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The In and The Out Burger in the Toronto

I've long considered the meat processing plants as a piss poor excuse for I&O not being nation-wide in the USA and existing in Canada (Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver at least.)

I understand slow and cautious expansion. History is rife with overambitious expansion plans that led to disaster. Enough with the pop-ups though.

Sep 11, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The In and The Out Burger in the Toronto

These pop-ups north of the border, do they bring their own raw meat with them?

Sep 11, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The In and The Out Burger in the Toronto

In-N-Out Burger needs to shit or got off the pot with these pop-ups. Enough with the cockteasing and open up some Eastern stores.

Toronto Beer Week 2014

Was just waiting for most of the events to be posted.

We've got tickets to the Sacred Oak and Indie Homebrewer tap takeover (I have a beer in it.) We'll be doing the C'est What Fall festival and their Dream Small: What’s the Big Deal About Nano Breweries? event. Also A Night With Great Lakes & Amsterdam at Bar Hop, always a good time.

Possibly the Granite & Side Launch event at the ACC Corks Longos, numerous events at Beer Academy such as Australian Invasion, Coffee Pils and Gamer Skills (very odd situation drinking a coffee flavour beer that isn't dark in colour), and Mad & Noisy presents Brewhaha!.

There's Great Lakes Brewery presents 2nd annual ATG Pumpkin Carving Competition at Against the Grain Urban Tavern Corus Quay but that's the same night as the Bar Hop event.

Sep 06, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Count Chocula and Boo Berry in Toronto

Found the Count and Frankenberry up north at a Foodland. I was hoping to find a Boo Berry. No such luck. Ah well.

Sep 06, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tips for More Tips: Waitresses Who Draw Smiley Faces Make More Money

No they don't work on me. They annoy me greatly as I know what they're trying to do but I don't let it affect the tip amount positively or negatively.

Unless I'm choking or you're a close personal friend then no touching! Please don't squat. And no sitting in at the table with me. I don't want a lot of talking. I will chit-chat with regular staff I'm friendly with at places I frequent. Nothing wrong with repeating the order.

Just get the service timing right and if I'm drinking I never want my beer, wine or cocktail glass to be empty. Minimum 20% tip and very likely it'll be 25-30% which I almost always do at regular haunts.

Aug 15, 2014
lister in Not About Food
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Momofuku restaurants at ShangriLa - why no prices on on line menus?

Slack... Hmmm... I don't care how the information is presented. I just want to get it easily. A simple text file even! Dead easy.

Aug 05, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku restaurants at ShangriLa - why no prices on on line menus?

Restaurant website musts:

1) list name
2) list address
3) list hours and days open
4) list phone number
5) list reservation requirements (if any)
6) food menu
7) drink menu
8) prices
9) list payment options (especially if it's cash only)
10) keep updated

Two nice-to-haves:

1) mobile friendly
2) list daily specials

It's frustrating that so many restaurants can't simply do the above. I am also less likely to visit any place that I can't get that info from their website.

Aug 05, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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making montreal smoked meat at home

Basically did this recipe though with a point cut brisket, used the oven to steam and added a little mustard powder and smoked paprika to the rub. Smoked with mostly hickory with a little mesquite mixed in.

I'm trying to do a Toronto smoked meat since Caplansky dropped the ball. I miss those Monarch sandwiches. The next one I do I'll mess around with the rub some more and tweak the smoking.

So thanks for posting the recipe! It worked nicely.

Ripley's Acquarium

Lots of seafood available... ;-p

I went to Philly?

Crap! Hopefully they open up another downtown location at some point. :-(

Jul 25, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to Do When a Friend's Home-Brew Sucks

By the time I'm handing out my home brew to friends I already have my impressions and criticisms of it. I am curious to see if their opinions are in the same ballpark as mine or if they're completely different. I do want honest feedback but more than just "It's great!" or "It's terrible!"

Jul 11, 2014
lister in Features

Burgers Priest to open West End Location

While we've never been to an In & Out, the Jarge style is quite tasty at BP and we routinely do that at home now. Both sides while I think BP does just one (correct me otherwise.) We don't even bother going to BP anymore despite one of the locations being a mere three minute walk from us.

Jul 08, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

As far as I'm concerned guests shouldn't be doing anything other than having a good time. All food and drinks will be provided. All food prep and execution are to be done by the hosts. All dishes are done later by the hosts. In fact I'd even prefer to do the bar myself. That is how we roll for our parties. Unless guests have an absolutely favourite bottle of something or a dietary restriction that we either don't know about or it's something we can't accomodate, I don't want guests bringing anything either.

Just show up with yourselves and nothing else. You should not be obliged to bring anything.

:-)

BBQ Joint near Collingwood?

The Wasaga location is indeed closed.

Jul 07, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lucky Red

I had the (all baked) smoked meat, cheese steak and fried chicken yesterday. All were good and tasty.

Jul 04, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brewpubs with great food

*HEAD SMACK* See... Knew I forgot one. It hasn't helped that we've been only twice last summer and not once yet this summer.

Service speed was slow to dreadful. The food was fine though a touch pricey though I guess given the prime location rent ain't cheap.

Jun 30, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brewpubs with great food

Oh Three Brewers is a brewpub as well. Meh. I wouldn't bother with them personally.

Jun 30, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brewpubs with great food

I'll second Bar Hop but will say it's not a brewpub. They frequently do collaboration brews with breweries though so it's close... The food is pretty good. Other than beer they do have some ciders, several red and white wines and five pretty good cocktails (beyond whatever you ask for.) They also usually have several beers that are approachable for non-beer drinkers like a framboise which is always on tap. If you like coffee, chocolate and vanilla there's usually a stout called either Aphrodisiaque or Aphrodite from Quebec brewery Dieu du Ciel.

There's not very many brewpubs in Toronto. Granite, Bellwoods, Indie and Mill St are actual brewpubs. C'est What technically is though the beer is brewed off site by Durham Brewery. Get Well has a nano-brewery set up but it's essentially a bar with little food. Volo also has a nano-brewery on site and they have more food than Get Well but you have to order everything at the bar which is annoying.

I think that's it for Toronto for brewpubs. I'm sure someone will say otherwise if I've missed a place.

Jun 30, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Smoque n Bones

I think both people either side of me asked which sandwich I preferred... :-p

Smoque n Bones

Which side of me?

I'm of the opinion that if you're going to go through all the time and trouble of BBQ then it should be quite smokey. Everyone has their own tastes of course.

May 12, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Smoque n Bones

I went at opening on Friday night. The space is long and narrow. It's an open kitchen layout. I sat at the bar alongside the kitchen. Open kitchens work when a crew has been together a while and they know what they're doing. Otherwise it's a little painful to witness which was the case here. That being said, Diamond the sous chef (I believe) did well with the crew getting the food out given they've barely been open.

All meat was fresh off the smoker. Samples of the brisket were given out. Tasty. I had the pulled pork sandwich and brisket. I ordered the 1/4 lb brisket but got the brisket sandwich. Fine whatever, didn't complain, though it was server error. I also got the mac & cheese which is prepared in a skillet before you. All tasted fine except, here come my preferences, I would like more smoke with the meat, the pulled pork done a vinegar Carolina-style (I'd prefer my Carolina mashup that I do at home) and truffle (I know!) mac & cheese. I like having pulled pork Carolina-style otherwise the brisket and pulled pork are too similar. No judgement on the ribs as I don't eat them, the GF does and she's away.

The wait staff were the let down. They seemed pretty green. With it being an open kitchen the wait staff were behind us and it was difficult to see in front of us for beverage refills, etc. Earlier wasn't too much of an issue as there were less people there. As people came in the service went into the weeds. The food came out in good time however drinks and getting the bill were slow beyond belief. I didn't really have any other place to be and was watching the kitchen so I didn't ask for the bill wanting to see how long it would take to be asked. I didn't time it but it took a damn long time. One of the owners jumped in to help with the servers who spent way too much time at each of the terminal stations.

For the next visit with the GF later in the summer we'll probably sit at the far end with the draft taps so at least I'll always have beer. Hate having an empty beer glass. Big pet peeve.

Lastly it's really nice having good beer available. I've been to too many BBQ places that either had no beer or crappy macro beer. Always a big letdown in those situations. I think the selections, many IPAs and pale ales, are suitable for BBQ.

The food was way better than my two Lou Dawgs visits with their Sapporo/Sleeman owned taps (BOO!!) I still like Dinosaur, Buster Rhino, Stockyards and Memphis Fire better. We will make the occasional SnB visits as none of those other places are easily visited for us.

May 11, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

add it up

Yes, that too! ;-D

May 02, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

add it up

If there's a food special that I find interesting then it's that. That's perhaps 75-80% of the time. The St Lawrence Peameal sandwich makes frequent appearances as a special.

As for regular menu items dijon chicken with caesar salad. I think the caesar salad is pretty decent, much better than most restaurants. Garlicky, anchovies and real shaved parmesan (?) cheese on it. Sometimes either the bison or lamb burger. Staggering pig sandwich.

A regular menu item that the girlfriend likes is the falafel.

May 02, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

Ditto on the pizza.

The only time I've ever eaten a burger with a knife and fork is when part of the way through eating the burger, the bun disintegrates so there's no non-messy way of eating it anymore.

Apr 07, 2014
lister in Not About Food
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Single Men Who Cook

I'm not single currently nor have I been single for quite a while but regardless I like to cook (though not bake.) What I don't like is the cleanup. Actually like isn't strong enough, I *HATE* the cleanup. Hence I don't cook anything fancy or elaborate for just myself. I will however put forth the effort to cook for others whether that's friends or a company potluck. I generally have pretty good results and I always have the best dishes at my company's potluck. My co-workers actually look forward to whatever I do usually trying to find out ahead of time what I'll be doing.

I presume that's attractive to many a single woman.

I don't cook for my spouse so much as she's an ex-chef who enjoys cooking still. I do have specific areas where I take the lead like Southern BBQ, homebrew and a few specific dishes I like doing.

Mar 26, 2014
lister in Not About Food

Rachel's Corned Beef Brisket

I've had this numerous times bought from Longo's. I smoked it for an hour then put it in some water, covered it and cooked it in the oven for three hours (I think.) No issues with any of them.

Mar 14, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grilled cheese fest is a disaster!

The two beer fests I like are Cask Days and C'est What's Summer and Fall festivals. They are the only three that we always go to.

The only negative things about Cask Days, IMO, is the location, the limited seating and one drink poured per person at a time (been told that's a liquor license thing.) I'm not two fisting or anything. While my GF holds down the seats I get the beers so we can drink them together. Haven't been able to do that for the past two years. :-(

We don't participate much in the food fests. This one was an exception due to me being alone, it being right near work and home and I like grilled cheese! Ah well. Hopefully the refund comes through.

Mar 03, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grilled cheese fest is a disaster!

Well, certainly people who don't know about their last two events. I certainly didn't know about the Poutine one. If I had known how many tickets were sold for the Grilled Cheese Fest I wouldn't have gone. Immediately upon entering when there still was space to move around I knew this was going to be a fiasco when I checked several times outside to see the line never shrinking. I got out at 7pm!

I wouldn't attend another one of theirs until they've shown several times that they've learned and know what they're doing. I've done that with the Session folks after being disappointed with their beer festival two years ago. I didn't attend last years (still issues) nor will I attend this years event.

Mar 03, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)