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Casual brewpub or gastropub for party of 14 just before Christmas

I was at Bellwoods this past Saturday and had their duck scotch egg. Quite delicious. Small sample size but I haven't had any issues food-wise at Bellwoods over the years.

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

Breakroom Freezer

Early in my working career I had two incidents of food thieves.

I was working a two weeks days and two weeks nights type of job in IT. At night the office clears out and I'm usually the only one there. I also usually brought in my dinner. One night my frozen food got pilfered and I saw the person eating it. Given my young age, my first job and him being in upper management I didn't confront him. I waited until until after he left then I slowed down his computer by changing various BIOS settings. It was pretty glacial. This was back in the day of WfWG 3.11. I told the guy who would be fixing it the next day what happened and what I changed so his time wouldn't be wasted and him being a good guy took his time getting around to "fixing" the problem.

The other incident, not sure if it was the same guy or not, was a pizza thief. Sometimes the CSRs that worked until 7pm would order in food. The first time we did pizza, didn't finish it and put it in the fridge. Some person decimated the pizza! Leaving pizza crusts in the box and one slice with a bite out of it! The next time we ordered pizza we let it cool a bit then put loads of hot sauce, salt, pepper and whatever else we could find under the cheese. Didn't have that problem again.

Unless the food is confirmed communal, HANDS OFF! I don't understand why people eat or drink others food. Aside from the rudeness, how do you know how long it's been in there and what sort of quality it is?!

Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

Awesome, thanks!

I did try to find out that for myself but like many restaurants the Derby uses Facebook for a website and scrolling through so many posts to find info gets annoying. Just put up a simple site people!!

Oct 28, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

What time does the BBQ start on Sundays?

Oct 28, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

British Cask Ale In Toronto

Last year Cask Days feature was real cask beers from the UK. This year California is the feature but there will still be some UK beers.

Oct 01, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

British Cask Ale In Toronto

They have casks but not actual English casks.

C'est What also has casks usually having several English-like beers but they're local.

Oct 01, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

British Cask Ale In Toronto

They don't. I've been three times and there's never been a cask on. I recall occasionally seeing a facebook post when they do have a cask. It seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

Oct 01, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Foods that make you sick?

In the last six or so years I've developed an intolerance to spicy foods. I didn't mind the going in heat or the occasional going out problem. What's happened though is the processing part in between has got very painful. My mom used to say how spicy foods went through her so fast requiring lengthy bathroom visits. Now I've got it. Thanks mom!

Sep 23, 2014
lister in Not About Food

do you eat American style or European style?

Combo of the two, sometimes, sort of.

I'm right handed. I use a knife in my right hand. If I'm going to be using the knife for a bit while eating I'll keep the knife in hand. If I'm not going to be using the knife for a while or am done with it entirely, the fork may eventually migrate over to the right hand but not always. The fork moving around is not something I really think about, it just sort of happens sometimes... but not always. :-)

Sep 23, 2014
lister in Not About Food

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