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best jamaican patties in the gta

Just picked up a fresh baked box of Michidean from Top Taste. The whole fam enjoyed dinner tonight!

Aug 04, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My wife loves olives, salads which foodies can enjoy as much as the entree, and small "tapas" like dishes.

I'm pregnant and was able to make reservations at Enoteca. They reserve half the tables, and keep the other half for walk ins. Unfortunately I had to cancel my reservation.

I would suggest Enoteca Sociale, cause small plates of nonna-style Roman food prepared by a mostly female kitchen is really safe during pregnancy. Not that I advocate drinking during pregnancy, but they offer tiny glasses of wine called 'tastes'. I made a few exceptions and enjoyed a bit of champagne on new years, had a mojito in Cuba.....a little taste of wine on your anniversary will not damage a fetus.

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Aug 04, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find White Whole Wheat Flour in Toronto (West)

So, Bob's will ship to Canada. I would suggest this. As Flexitarian mentioned, this flour is subject to rancidity...it only takes a few months post-processing for any whole wheat flour to go off. You have no idea how long something like white whole wheat flour has been sitting on the shelf. If you order directly from the mill, then the flour will be fresher, and last longer.

My personal pet peeve is when I buy a Bob's product and its already rancid. There have too many skus, not a high enough turnover, and the packaging design invites oxidative rancidity. Light + oxygen + heat = rancid fat. It is the germ part of the grain that contains the healthy fats in a whole grain flour.

You can store your whole grains and whole grain flours in the freezer....especially the highly unsaturated fats like flax and ESP flax seed oil.

Aug 04, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find White Whole Wheat Flour in Toronto (West)

So, from my research, Ultragrain is the best quality White Whole Wheat Flour. Great for making flaky pastry and leavened bread.

http://www.ultragrain.com/where_to_fi...

Looks like you can order 5LB bags online. Not sure if they'll ship to Canada, call/e-mail to ask.
http://www.mysecretpantry.com/searchp...

Locally, Hayhoe Mills was processing white whole wheat, but the factory burnt down in 2008.

Also New Life Mills had it.. They are industrial suppliers, so you could call to see where they distribute (prob bulk to health food stores).

http://www.newlifemills.com/FlourProd...

Bob's Red Mill has some on their website...though I can't recall ever seeing it at Fiesta Farms or Whole Foods. You might be able to order it through their website, or call around to local grocery and health food stores to see if they stock it, or will order it for you.

http://www.bobsredmill.com/org.-hard-...

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Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Aug 04, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find White Whole Wheat Flour in Toronto (West)

Industrially I have used it in packaged food products, and the best stuff (freshest and most uniformly milled) had to be imported from the US. This was important to me, cause the application was for pastry. There are several local mills processing white whole wheat flour, but the consistency of the grind is not very great.....lets see if I can pick my baby brain and sleuth around the net to get you some contacts.

Aug 04, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best jamaican patties in the gta

Thanks for the tip! Bloor and Dovercourt (Michidean's) is closer than Oakwood and Eglington(Randy's). I'm totally having some patties tonight.

We bought some at Ontario Place this weekend during Caribana, and surprisingly my toddler loved them, even the spicy beef.

Aug 04, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Meat CSA or Freezer Order?

@Tatai, this is what I've been looking for, their prices are really reasonable compared to Whole Foods, Healthy Butcher etc. Is all the meat frozen? Have you tried the poultry?
It will be nice to make a day trip up to Terra Cotta.

@jayt90 What have you ordered from Beef Connections. Is their ground beef nice?

I bbq'd the most best 1.5" Rib Eyes for fathers day from Whole Foods. They were on sale 1/2 price....$15/lb instead of $30/lb. A 1.5" steak is going to be %50 more expensive than a 1", I can see why frugal farmers would cut em thin.

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The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Aug 03, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Meat CSA or Freezer Order?

Since Kerr farms went out of business, I'm considering getting a freezer order or meat share.

My priorities are:

1. Humane/Natural/Local, not necessarily certified organic, or entirely grass fed, but NOT factory farmed
2. Quality: has to be properly flash frozen, and packaged. I have no tolerance for any kind of freezer abuse, or rancidity. If the product is of excellent quality and flavour I will be willing to spend more.

3. Cost: I can't justify Gasparros, Healthy Butcher, Whole Foods or Cumbraes prices anymore. I used to buy larger quantities of beef and chicken when Fiesta has it on sale. Thinking that if I buy bulk directly from the farmers, the cost will be more favourable...as I'm not paying the overhead of downtown storefronts.

These are the places I've narrowed down. Can anyone comment on their attributes wrt above (Humane/Natural, Quality an Cost)

Stoddart Family Farm
http://www.stoddart.ca/

Twin Creeks
http://www.twincreeksfarm.ca/index.php

Beef Connections
http://www.beefconnections.ca/

Berreta
http://www.berettaorganics.com/

Any others you'd suggest based on experience?

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The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Cumbrae's
481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

Aug 03, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

CSA in/near Caledon?

According to the directory here is the closest CSA to you:

http://www.wholevillage.org/wvpages/w...

Looks like a residential community/commune too.

Aug 03, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

CSA in/near Caledon?

community shared agriculture, you pay up front to cover the farmers costs in the early season, and enjoy weekly harvests. Here is a good one that has a very informative website: No drop offs near Caledon though.

http://www.kawarthaecologicalgrowers....

@bittenkitten
Check through ON CSA directory to see if there is a CSA near you.

http://csafarms.ca/index.html

Aug 03, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where would you go in TO for a traditional ice cream sundae?

You can always ask them to hold the fruit... I used to in the winter. Now the fruit is in season, so its really tasty.

Aug 03, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cafe Leopold gone?

Sad, I had some great duck confit there. Better than The Rushton.

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Rushton
740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

Aug 02, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Pho in T.O.

I think Susur lived close to Golden Turtle, it was prob convenient for him. I agree, its not the best. I go to a local place for Pho that satisfies on a weeknight (Pho St. Clair). If I want better, and am in the 'sauga on the weekend, then its off to Pho Mi Asia, or Pho Dau Bo.

Aug 02, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Country Markets - The best of the best

I like Grandma Lambe's for yummy pies, en route to Sauble Beach, McGregor PP or Tobermory.
http://www.meaford.com/lambe.html

When the inner city congestion gets me down, I take my kid to Whittamore's Farm for the day. I like the farm market and pick your own. Great butter tarts too.
http://www.whittamoresfarm.com/market...

When I lived in Guelph, I always enjoyed the farmers market.
http://www.guelphfarmersmarket.com/

Aug 02, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to Davenport and Shaw - tell me what I need to know!

Welcome to the hood.

Etherea is your local health food/supplement store it just changed hands and is not as good as it used to be. Ok for organic milk, nuts, lentils holistic cold remedies healthy snacks etc. Its at Davenport and Ossington.

Alcoa is the portuguese bakery at Davenport and Ossington. They make a sweet latte, tasty multigrain loaf, delicious natas and cheap pizza and tuna sandwiches for lunch.

I love having the 24hr Sobeys close to home (shaw/dupont), especially when kids refuse to go to sleep, or babies are up in the middle of the night. They have free samples in the deli section. Always a bonus for cranky tots.

For discount groceries, No Frills and Price Chopper are the best options. Also worth mentioning is the Johnvince (used to be Italian ownership, but now Indian) on St. Clair near No Frills. They have very fresh Indian spices, paneer and hard to find Indian grocery items, also make a mean samosa.

The old school Faema cafe is at Ossington and Dupont. They sell great beans and make a mean espresso, very quirky place though, run by the older generation. The Faema at Christie/Dupont has the same beans and run by the younger guard. Great place for a coffee, beer, ice cream, pastry, pizza or brunch(waffles). I tend to stay away from the pasta, soups, salads and sandwiches cause the quality is sub-par.

Vinny's grilled chicken sandwich is awesome. (dupont and shaw).

For humane meat, xmas turkey, the BEST lamb and steaks Vince Gasparros butcher at Bloor and Ossington is great.

http://www.mybutcher.ca/

Not a fan of Universal Grill. I've been MANY times, and have had sub-par food 2-3 times. If you must, go for brunch, or just drinks.

On St. Clair/Dufferin, everything is great at Marcellos. I love the linguini de la nonna, and the minestrone.

For super cheap, kid friendly and plentiful Italian order the big plate special at the Big Slice. Great with a chocolate milk shake.

Also at St. Clair/Dufferin is Sofra Grill Express. Yummy urkish food....lentil soup, hummous, chicken kebabs etc.

There is a decent green grocer across from Marcello's, but that is the closest one aside from Bloor/Manning. I really wish there was a good fruit/veggie vendor on Davenport!

For local and organic of course you know about the Wychwood Barns, Fiesta and Dufferin Grove. Sobey's now stocks some organics and is starting to line price key items (bananas etc) like Fiesta does. You can also join the Kawatha Growers CSA as their pick-up is Friday's at Linux cafe (Harbord/Clinton?). Or get a delivery service.

Patachou for croissant and coffee. St. Clair/Winona.

Pain Perdu for more french treats. St. Clair/Christie

Ellingtons is a neat little jazz/reggae cafe that has fair trade coffee, Randy's Jamaican Patties and live jazz every morning. St. Clair/Greensides

Vanipha Lanna is great for Thai and large groups.

http://www.vanipha.com/Reviews.php

Pho St. Clair has awesome white chicken pho...Joanne Kates agrees.

I had much love for Rushton when it opened, but that love is fading. Last meal was over salted, over priced, and over cooked. Blech.

Stockyards will satisfy your carnivorous cravings like non other. Burgers, smoked or fried chicken, pulled pork, YUM.

Khmer Thai on St. Clair west of Oakwood is cheap and hot and satisfying. This is primarily Cambodian not Thai, so DON't order pad thai, I like the country style chicken, or curry chicken. Their soups are amazing, esp Tom Kha Gai.

http://www.khmerthai.com/combined.html

Leah's is a new little bakery on St. Clair near the barns. Very well executed sweet treats, perfect as hostess gifts, or for showers/tea parties.

http://www.blogto.com/bakery/leahs-to...

I love this hood, hope you have fun eating your way around!

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Khmer Thai
1018 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1A4, CA

Pain Perdu
736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

Universal Grill
1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

Patachou
1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Rushton
740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

Vince Gasparros
857 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Dufferin Cafe
2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

Faema Cafe
672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

Sofra Grill
8707 Dufferin St, Vaughan, ON L4J 0A6‎, CA

Aug 02, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for the holy grail - cheap healthy and very delicious restaurant for a casual weeknight dinner

Another super healthy and cheap midweek dinner is the Dufferin Grove Farmers Market. For example, a few weeks ago I fed my family of 4 for less than $15. We dined on:

gazpacho
grain and veggie salad
two types(potato/onion and spinach/tomato) of whole grain foccacia
whole wheat cinnamon buns
oatmeal cookies

The food is slightly underseasoned for my taste but makes up for it by being as healthy and cheap and local as you can get. If the market is not your scene, just show up with some empty containers, load up on soup and foccacia and dine at home, or elsewhere in the park.

Aug 02, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to go for food I can't make at home

Love their dosas. Just like to ones I relished in South India. Cheap samosas are fresh and delish too.

Aug 02, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for the holy grail - cheap healthy and very delicious restaurant for a casual weeknight dinner

If you like Me va me, Sofra Grill opened a new location at St. Clair and Dufferin. Chicken kebab, salad, lentil soup and hummous are fantastic.

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Sofra Grill
8707 Dufferin St, Vaughan, ON L4J 0A6‎, CA

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Barriada Churrascaria - Discusting -Can anyone suggest a nearby alternative?

I'm not a fan of Piri Piri. I live in a Portuguese hood and my faves (both take-out) are:

Sardinha
http://www.sardinhabbqchicken.com/

and

Churrasco of St. Clair
http://www.churrasco.net/

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Sardinha
942 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1L4, CA

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mid range real sushi! (my top places all have deteriorated in quality)

What about west of Bathurst, south of St. Clair? Any reco's? Can't wait to try Taro's Fish and Sushi Marche and Solo Sushi based on these posts. Is there something closer to downtown or the west end for a weeknight fix?

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Sushi Marche
1105 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K7, CA

Taro's Fish
800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to go for food I can't make at home

I just thought of some more delish dishes I can't/won't make at home:

Falafel World (Jane and Bloor) - Chicken Schwarma (ask for potatoes in it)
Bitondo's - Panzerotti with a side of olives (don't order pizza)
Korean (don't know the name) at southeast corner of Bloor and Manning - get the Bibimbap

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Bitondo
11 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Falafel World
2396 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1P5, CA

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to go for food I can't make at home

I too have this issue, which is even more compounded since I am currently an unwaged SAHM. I get pretty pissed off when I know I can and have made it better myself. These places never disappoint my palette or my wallet:

Pho Hung (Spadina Only) - rare beef pho
King's Noodle House - chinese doughnuts and veggie tofu stirfry and ginger green onion noodles
Pizzeria Libretto-simple Margherita
Stockyards- Pulled pork, burger or smoked chicken
Eastern Twist - Butter Chicken Parantha Wrap
Island Foods - Boneless chicken roti

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King's Noodle House
296 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

Pho Hung
350 Spadina, Toronto, ON M5T2G4, CA

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurants I love, you hate

Love Chippy's because when I get out of the Trinity Bellwoods pool on a cold winter day with my kid, they have just opened for the day, its the perfect lunch. Fresh fish n'fries.

Love Swiss Chalet, because my Grandma has been taking me there since I was a tot, and we just celebrated her birthday with classic take-out chicken and fries. I added some local organic veggies to the meal. Everyone was happy, from 2 to 82.

Mandarin for crab leg festivals. Again, we can bring my grandma, and my tot. We fill up on crab legs and roast beef (but avoid most other things) my kid can have a sundae and watch the fish.

McDonalds at Bayview and Eglington. This is the cleanest, newest McDs I've ever been to. My kid can play in the playland for 2 hours fueled by chocolate milk and fries. I can sip on unlimited diet coke for $1.

So really, these places are less about the chow, more about family-friendliness. But being a devoted chowhounder....I can find some luv for the grub.

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner Recommendation - Must-Have for one night in Toronto

Canoe.

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Noir, new coffee place at St. Clair and Christie -- great coffee, gorgeous interior

would you say its baby friendly? Or more of a place to sit and read/work.

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good fresh squeezed lemonade in TO? Freshly brewed Iced Tea?

The Fish Store lemonade is perfect with their sandwiches.

I also love Stockyards mint limeade with some meaty bbq.

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The Fish Store
657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

Jul 30, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kerr Farms Bankrupt?

@ non doctor - Its just personal preference. Not a lover of Beretta for ground beef. I've never tried Rowe for beef, only their chicken and pork.

@ CowboyMKL I've been considering a CSA for meat.....I want a really good one though, am waiting for a few chowhounders to rave about a product before I commit to a freezer order.

Jul 28, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kerr Farms Bankrupt?

nooooooo. that was my fave for ground and stew meat for making babyfood for the kiddies.
Any suggestions for a substitute.....and don't say Beretta.

Jul 28, 2010
jnine in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian Curry Powder - Which brands are best?

I should have mentioned that this is a kid-friendly gm. I omit the black pepper, cumin and coriander to make it suitable for my toddlers tastes, and also to suit chai tea. I add cumin, corriander and black pepper separately to the adult dishes. I find that these three spices are the cheaper and more common spices in a typical North American pantry. They typically show up in excess in commercial gm or curry powders.

Jul 27, 2010
jnine in General Topics

Indian Curry Powder - Which brands are best?

I put the whole lot in a spice/coffee grinder. Just throw the cinnamon stick in there, it'll grind up.

To crack the nutmeg, place it under a pot and crush it to pieces, then throw half of them in the grinder.

To hull the cardamon, crush the pods under a pot and then separate the seeds from the pods.

I forgot to add my video here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPChHG...

Jul 27, 2010
jnine in General Topics