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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)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

I vaguely remember The Carousel.

Feb 22, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Frank Vetere's and Mother's Pizza. Went to both as a kid. Still have glasses from both places.

Feb 21, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Summit at Yonge & Eglinton. For three reasons:

1) Pasta Bar. We were regulars. Tasty. Pretty cheap! Watched one of the Sundin, Roberts, etc era Leafs playoff games there versus Sens. Ah fun!

2) Had my introduction to craft beer there. Algonquinn Honey Brown and KLB Raspberry Wheat.

3) Two exceptional bartenders there who treated us well and who were easy on the eyes.

Feb 20, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Certainly won't be Phil's whether operating or now not:

http://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2014/0...

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

Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ: opening soon at Pape & Danforth

What he said! :-)

I want good everything with my BBQ. I want good coleslaw, I want good mac & cheese, etc. Why wouldn't I also want a good bun? I'd rather forgo the Wonderbread bun if that's the only option.

Jan 31, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ: opening soon at Pape & Danforth

I second that.

I generally don't follow the "rules" when pairing food with beer or wine.

Jan 31, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Steak Frites in Toronto

The steak frites at Bar Hop is pretty good. $20. I've had it four times since it was added to the menu back in September 2013 and haven't had a bad one yet. It has a peppercorn sauce on it and a bone marrow aioli on the side.

Jan 27, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Licking the Knife..

Regular dinner knives, yes. Steak knives, no. Kitchen knives, HELL NO!

Jan 20, 2014
lister in Not About Food

More of this 2014 thread!

More craft beer making it's way into bars and restaurants.

Jan 19, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

True. I could live with that.

But we're talking the government here, they'll find a way to go over budget, over normal time estimates for completion and would somehow use 5+ year older technology and completely miss tweeting out the results to those registered and interested customers.

But a good idea nonetheless! :-)

Jan 17, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caplansky's Deli

We would do the 20-25 minute walk up there through the summer and into winter. It was so tasty. I just got tired of only having Steamwhistle, which I like, but I'm a good beer whore and like variety.

I remember some of the arguments about the product at the time comparing it to Schwartz's and wherever else from Montreal. It was a little different and IMHO better! Big Smoke! Toronto Smoked Meat! :-D

Jan 17, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

I'm in favour of designated and appropriate locations for food trucks on a first come, first served approach. I don't want the same trucks in the same space for practically forever. How boring is that?! If anyone tries to be cute and "reserve" the spot then that's an automatic tow. On top of that if I had my way it would mean a suspension of their vending license for a period of time.

Spots that are not on major streets (I don't think there should be any parking period on major streets but that's for another forum!) that don't block traffic, street cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. There are lots and lots of side streets and parks in the downtown core that this can be done.

Jan 17, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

I don't know why you're getting all hot and frothy over the idea of food trucks being able to park anywhere. We all know that's simply not going to happen.

Even on the most remotest of remotest of remotest of chances that somehow magically happens (which it's not), how many food trucks do you seriously think would set up camp on a neightbourhood street that's not ten feet from a major street? Approximately zero.

Even then in most situations like that it's simply not appropriate to park there.

Jan 17, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Those places are noted if we're ever out that way. I can't justify a trip out there solely for BBQ though. Thanks!

Jan 17, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caplansky's Deli

I was amongst one of his early fans during the Monarch years and hoped things would carry over to the current location (I was desperately hoping for better beer, Monarch has since changed ownership and embraced craft beer and other fun libations, figures!) but while the beer got better at the new location the smoked meat got worse. Same with the poutine.

I've been maybe five times at the current location over the years and at best one of the visits was okay. I've had the food truck a couple of times too. I wonder if some of the current proponents have never had the Monarch sandwich and never been to Montreal. The Monarch sandwich was a hybrid Montreal-Texas smoked meat sandwich in my opinion. I coined it Toronto smoked meat!

Alas...

Jan 17, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Secular grace

Due to my girlfriend liking to take pictures of food typically I say:

"5...4...3...2...1..."

Before digging in.

Otherwise I'd say nothing. I'm hungry. The food is getting cold. I'm not waiting for anything.

Jan 16, 2014
lister in Not About Food

Less of this in 2014 thread

I think, for me, the issue about cash only (beyond posting the policy) is that while I do usually have some cash on me, pocket change for coffee and $60 or less in the wallet, I don't really want to carry $100-$200+ in cash on me at all times. I also don't want to have to go to the ATM so often. I also like the central tracking I get with using my credit card plus whatever points I get.

Ultimately if a restaurant or any business wants to do cash only or cash & debit only, by all means do so it's their business, I just want to know ahead of time so I can decide and act accordingly.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

Hehehe. So would I. We still think wistfully of the many fantastic sandwiches early on at Monarch.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

Except that wouldn't happen under my idea.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Less of this in 2014 thread

But that happens regardless of the payment method. It irritates the crap out of me when people are in line, order and only when presented with the cost do they finally take out whatever payment method they're using. I've experienced it with plastic and cash. How about getting it out while you're in line waiting?!

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

As well, people complain about the nanny state. Just how much do you want? Inspections make sense. Dictating competition doesn't.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

In agreement with disgusti.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

That's not how I read it but whatever.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

For those specific examples, which are bad, there would not be a designated spot in front of Caplansky's. That's a major street (College) and wouldn't have a designated spot. The side street next to Caplansky's also isn't suitable and wouldn't be designated. Same goes with Burrito Boys being on Adelaide. I didn't propose that food trucks could park wherever they feel like.

At the various present food truck locations they put out garbage cans. I've been to the RBC location, Sony Centre location, Roy Thompson Hall location and trash doesn't seem to be a problem. Regardless people need to be responsible for their trash.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

Also your comment about limiting permits due to food inconsistency is nonsense. Ultimately if a trucks food is inconsistent or bad they will go out of business because the public won't go to them. They have lots of other choices.

Jan 15, 2014
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)