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Looking for a great Gastro pub in toronto.

Bar Hop, located at King & Spadina, may qualify as a gastropub. Far better food than the usual pubs. The beer is pretty damn good too.

Aug 22, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help a beer novice out

King Pilsner
Stonehammer Pilsner
Amsterdam 416
Collective Arts Brewing - Saint of Circumstance Blonde Ale
Grand River Brewing - Galt Knife Old Style
Muskoka

Aug 18, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Barrie; One [1] Dinner & Breakfast

The Local Gastropub has pretty decent food. Good craft beer.

http://thelocalgastropub.com/

Downtown Barrie.

Aug 04, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

I've been going to BR TO since they've opened in April. I think I'm into double digit visits now. I really love that they've put some effort into the beer and cider.

As far as I know, the main BBQ staples are smoked out in Oshawa. I don't know if any additional tweaking is done after delivery. Some food specials are smoked at College & Ossington.

Jul 16, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burger's Priest Now Open on Sundays

Are you 100% sure about credit? The tweet I recall from BP was that they take debit there.

Jun 30, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How high is your tolerance for messy food?

Messy is fine as long as it doesn't get all over my hands.

Jun 02, 2015
lister in Not About Food

Food textures -- do they ick you out?

Being a supertaster I have all sorts of texture issues. Some have improved over time while many have not. Some can be mitigated through various means like being part of a sandwich or dish.

Meat fat is a big problem. I tend to only have filet mignon or tenderloins. I've gotten better with pork belly as long as it's hot and the fat melts away easily in my mouth, no extensive chewing! I also shy away from non breast meat parts for poultry. My steak doneness has improved from well done to medium and I can tolerate down to medium rare but between the two is my sweet spot.

I'm not a fan of mushy and things like tomato, zucchini and eggplant slime. Most stalks of vegetables are a problem like broccoli and cauliflower for example. Cheesecake is an issue.

The strangest one is black coffee. Bitterness is of course an issue but there is something about the texture that bugs me. Milk or preferably cream helps a great deal.

None of this makes me gag. It just feels unpleasant.

Jun 02, 2015
lister in Not About Food
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If you are invited over to friends' home for dinner...

I do ask. No it's not impolite.

If they say no then I don't bring anything. No means no.

I have never brought a dish unsolicited. Unless you have a particular health or dietary issue, that's just rude.

Now the one exception to this is with a particular friend who shares my interest of tasty booze. I will frequently bring a beverage that isn't available locally, that I like and want to share.

On the flip side when we're hosting, guests are only obligated to bring themselves and do nothing but have a good time. All will be taken care of other than dietary/health related food or a special bottle of whatever they want to share that evening.

Jun 01, 2015
lister in Not About Food

5 Nights in Paris- Girls Trip

I just want to say thanks for you blog. I had planned out most of our Europe trip ahead of time but due to some circumstances I had to rejig Paris a fair amount. Your blog was very helpful in that regard. I spent several late nights pouring through it. So thanks again! :-)

May 15, 2015
lister in France

5 Nights in Paris- Girls Trip

Definitely go to L'office. We went in 2013 and it was the highlight of Paris for us. That included Frenchie Wine Bar too (which was good, while the food was similar in quality, the service at L'office was far better, best service we had in Paris and most of our Europe too for that matter.)

May 14, 2015
lister in France

Trinity Common BBQ

It came with cornbread which was fine. Not dry at all, fairly moist, had nice flavour. I believe it had jalapenos in it. There was a pickle that I didn't eat. The pickled onions were good. There were these pickled white sticks of something which I didn't touch. The coleslaw, like practically all coleslaws at restaurants, was meh. It was creamy but not overly creamy, with the contents being typical of places trying to do fancy coleslaw. I like a serious vinaigrette which no place ever does. (I make a killer coleslaw.)

I'm still primarily going to Buster Rhino's TO and occasionally Baju.

May 08, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trinity Common BBQ

There aren't 50 beers on tap, 20 tops.

I found the brisket kind of meh. It was dry, not smokey enough and no sauce in sight. The last two are subjective of course.

May 07, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Ultimately policies need to be spelled out on the restaurants website. There's no excuse for the owner not to put it there and no excuse for the general public not to visit the websites.

List:
Cash only
Cash and debit only
Which credit cards are accepted
Reservations or not and how
Seating policy
Seating time limits (I'm looking at you AYCE places!)
Menu non-substitutions/changes (I'm looking at you Terroni!)

That is of course in addition to:
Address with a Google Maps link
Hours
Telephone
Menus
Drinks
Specials (preferably though daily specials could be annoying to update) or tweet specials and drinks changes
Prices!!!

And please, for all things tasty, don't make the website a flash site and test it on mobile for simple easy to read access.

Granny Smith Apple Juice

Ah! That's helpful, I forgot about Kitchen Library. Thanks!

Apr 27, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Granny Smith Apple Juice

This is for homebrew beer and I need to keep everything as sanitary as possible so tea/paper towels are out.

Apr 27, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Granny Smith Apple Juice

Anyone know where to get some? Fresh or otherwise, pure juice, no "cocktails" or blends and no added sugar. Vitamin C added is fine.

No I'm not spending $200+ for a juicer...

Apr 26, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

For restaurant policies that I don't like, I either leave or don't visit again. Lots of other places that'll be happy to take my money.

I don't go to Terroni for precisely that reason. A couple of years ago I talked some friends out of going there and we went to QMP instead.

My most recent trip to Terroni for a company Christmas lunch, I came oh so close to bringing my own parmesan cheese (debated between fresh grated with my own microplane or the shitty powdered stuff) for when I ordered the seafood pasta to the pasta Nazi's. Ultimately there were some items in the dish that I didn't like so I ordered the truffle pasta instead.

I may finally do that if I'm ever again at Terroni on someone else's dime.

Seriously if a customer wants to put X on their food and the restaurant has it then give it to them. Advise against it of course but ultimately give it to them. If they want to order a $100+ steak well done and dump HP sauce on it, that's their business. Cheese on seafood pasta is not a crime and based on what I've read does happen in Italy sometimes.

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Noted! Thanks! :-)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Stock Yards is the measuring stick for me on fried chicken and this is coming from someone who doesn't like or eat fried chicken. I've tried plenty as the girlfriend loves the stuff. Stock Yards is the only place where I'll actually order it for myself.

Mar 26, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

I've been to the Rochester location twice and both times have been good experiences. I may be doing the Buffalo location late in the summer when I'm dragged down there for outlet shopping. Fortunately I'll make it worth my while bringing back some good beer and of course a visit to Dinosaur.

Mar 26, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Just opened this week is Buster Rhino's Toronto location at College & Ossington.

I've been to Stack three times now. It's fine (I'd rather go to BR, Baju or Stock Yards) but I wouldn't take a trip to go there specifically.

Mar 26, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

If I'm out for lunch during the work week I frequently have an adult beverage. Mostly beer, rarely wine and never cocktails. I'll typically do 1-2 beers. I don't see what the big deal is. Most of Europe has it right. We need to loosen up a bit over here in North America.

I don't care what my lunch companions order.

Black napkins offered

I've never been offered a black one. Napkin lint is a problem? I don't care if the napkin is white, black, blue or rainbow coloured. Just give me a napkin and my fiance two. She's messy.

Mar 13, 2015
lister in Not About Food

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

I do hope it'll have a craft beer lineup and some brown liquor.

I definitely like having good beer with my BBQ.

Jan 28, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

Ah! I don't check FB very often.

838 College St.

Jan 28, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

The other thread is locked so...

https://twitter.com/BusterRhinosBBQ/s...

"Yes, there is going to be a #Toronto bricks and mortar location of Buster Rhino's coming soon.. first event is #YumchaTO"

No word yet on where exactly. Speculation on location got the other thread locked so not much point to do that here. Hopefully the location and opening date will be announced soon.

If it's within walking distance of where I live, I'm in deep, deep trouble... ;-)

Jan 28, 2015
lister in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best craft beer joints in Toronto

The top four craft beer bars in Toronto are:

Bar Hop. Bar Volo. Bellwoods. C'est What.

After that: (in no real particular order)
Wvrst. Indie Ale House. Get Well. Loose Moose. Beerbistro. Granite. Thirsty & Miserable. Victory. Castro's Lounge. Amsterdam Brewhouse. Tequila Bookworm. 3030. Tallboys. Many more...

Lucky Red

Certainly taking their sweet time. I went by the place a couple of weeks ago and nothing has been done.

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

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?!