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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.

:-)

Jul 07, 2014
lister in Not About Food
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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

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

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)