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Where To Find (Small) Baby Sized Octopus and or Squid

If someone could find me live baby octopus (sannakji) in Toronto (not Thornhill!), they'd be my automatic best friend for life.

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Buster Rhino's just opened up at College and Ossington too. Great spot :) I went last Saturday and it was super quiet. Had the meat platter with brisket, pulled pork, and ribs as well as baked beans and hush puppies. All were excellent, but the brisket as well as the hush puppies were the highlight for me!

I am a fan of Barque. Their ribs are OMG level.

Restaurants related to disabilities

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for establishments that touch upon disabilities (both physical and mental). O'Noir (visual impairment), Signs (hearing impairment), and Tortina (autism, Down syndrome, and other) have come to mind. I was wondering if anybody knew of any other places that fall within this category in Toronto / the GTHA?

Many thanks! :)

Trip Report: Ville de Quebec / Quebec City

Thanks! I was also disappointed in Le Moine Echansson because people were very enthusiastic about it here. However, it was a delicious trip overall so I can't complain at all :) Upon reflection, Le Moine Echansson is likely better for lots of wine and nibbles. Or just lots of wine. ;)

Trip Report: Ville de Quebec / Quebec City

Salut! I thought I'd provide a trip report since Chowhound really helped with last minute / on the fly research. Been awhile since I've posted :). here's the quick 'n' dirty synopsis:

1. Le Moine Echanson - a bit disappointing. We enjoyed the charcuterie board, however not so much the snail salad. We also had mackerel which wasn't bad, but not memorable. Not a strong start :\

2. For breakfast, we grabbed a quick bite and an excellent coffee at Renard et la Chouette. Also grabbed one of their bacon & herb scones to go which was a rich and yummy snack while wandering.

3. Lapin Saute - note that their lunch menu starts at 2PM, if you want the rabbit pie. Bunny pie & charcuterie board were excellent - great pate. A tasty way to try bunny done many different ways :-)

4. Dinner was at La Gueule de Bois. Fantastic service! Sweetbreads & mushroom gnocchi were wonderfully seared and the lobster claw was perfect. Beet salad was perfect too. We had chocolate fondant after, which left everyone extremely satisfied.

5. Headed to Le Hobbit for brunch. Was sad that the croque matin wasn't available anymore. It wasn't my favourite brunch, but I will say that my friend's Eggs Benny with ham & lemon butter on top of grilled brioche (the special) was pretty great. I had an egg on top of thyme bread pudding - but preferred the eggs benedict.

6. Had a dessert and a savoury crepe at Le Billig. They were quite nice, although for some reason the server seemed really angry at the end of the meal (I don't think it was personal as we were pretty quiet and patient in the corner). We ordered the duck confit crepe and a dark chocolate crepe - both to share. It was a bit awkward when both came out at once, but no big deal.

7. L'affaire est ketchup - fantastic service and food! We got a table upon walking in for a late dinner. Had porcelet with snails & mussels, asparagus, as well as sea urchin.

8. Marche du Vieux Port - nice for flowers and veggies, a bit small. If you like ice wine, you might enjoy the ice apple wine (too sweet for me).

9. La boite a pain - went to grab a quick sandwich to share on the road. Ended up getting a raspberry & almond pastry, chocolate brioche, chocolate croissant, a baguette with duck terrine with blueberry compote as well as another with mushroom pate and bell peppers. Sandwiches were great.

Overall, we enjoyed some good food while wandering the city. Highlights were La Guele de Bois, L'affaire est ketchup, as well as la boite a pain. Also lapin saute, but if I were to return I may not be inclined to run back (but I'd recommend it to others!).

I'll be full for a week. :) Actually, I hope not because after Saguenay and La Mauracie our next stop is Montreal!


ISO: Malaysian Fish Curry Powder

Thank you!

ISO: Malaysian Fish Curry Powder

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know where I can find Malaysian fish curry powder and tamarind paste in Toronto?

I'm doing my seasonal freezer cleanse and I want to use my pile of frozen fish heads for some fish head curry :)

Particularly the tamarind paste...I think I might have everything in my pantry for the Malaysian fish curry powder, I just need to do some experimenting based off of google


The $250 Watermelon at the Loblaws (at the Maple Leave Gardens store)


Tree Top African Cafe - Opening!

I was moseying over to Cold Tea for Cyndi's Day Off (super yum btw) and was surprised to see Tree Top African Cafe to be open! We head over after nibbling at Cold Tea to pick something up, but sadly they just ran out. Turns out it was just a preview night and they should be open for business starting this coming Monday :)

After YEARS of curiously wandering past the empty storefront...I'm super curious to see what they'll have to offer

Catering Coffee / Nibbles Downtown

you're now my favourite person. ever. my manager is going to kill me...

Catering Coffee / Nibbles Downtown

Thanks!! I'll have to check that out, it looks like a viable option for sure.

I checked out Sam James - they don't deliver but they have the coffee thingies (I can't for the life of me remember what those containers are called) which would be just fine. I'll take a look at Astarté - but as someone who is lactose intolerant, I might selfishly opt for the yummy breakfast bites / desserts at Pumpernickels :)

So far, we've had such good, accommodating, and always-on-time service from Aroma so they set a decent bar!

Now to figure out how to get bakerbots ice cream sandwiches delivered... ;)

Catering Coffee / Nibbles Downtown

For future reference in case anyone else searched for this topic:
Marcello's - Delivered late (!! not good for a meeting), will not use again
Prairie Girl - 18 cupcakes for $32 after tax. Picked it up, as there was a hefty delivery charge
Brick Street Bakery - Nice assortment, but Aroma's pastries were (surprisingly) better! Can't comment between the coffees because I'm not a coffee girl :)

Catering Coffee / Nibbles Downtown

A couple of initial ideas:

1. Corporate Cravings:
2. Going to Loblaw in the PATH and just raiding their pastry pre-sliced fruit selection

With a budget of $10 a head after tax, my options might be rather limited :)

Catering Coffee / Nibbles Downtown

Hi everyone,

I've been ordering Aroma for my group meetings for the past few yummy as their chocolate croissants and little cookies are, it's getting mighty old. I was wondering if anyone had any cost-effective suggestions?

Right now, we get some fruit, pastries, and coffee for $160 after tax which has been more than enough for 15 people. Budget isn't great, so Cinq isn't an option :)


Ice Cream, 2014

I went to Bang Bang a couple days ago.

It was glorious!

Buenos Aires Feb., 2013

thatank you for this! i also found El Federal underwhelming, but I'm looking forward to exploring Palermo!

Buenos Aires - Just landed, first time in SA!

Ola!! I just landed in Buenos Aires - a last minute trip on my own! First time in South America. I'm scrolling through the history but I would love love love suggestions for local eats - street food, small local eateries, and maybe even a nicer place to spoil myself near the end :)

1. I'm staying in San Nicolas
2. I like to be adventurous with eating!!
3. I'd love to try things that are unique to Buenos Aires :-)
4. Suggestions for foodie gifts to bring back to Canada would be much appreciated!!!

Thanks everyone!


Help! Forced to eat at Toca tonight... What the he** should I order??

If you really don't want to try, you can eat something moderate / small beforehand and just get a small salad. No shame in that :-)

Bar / Pub in Toronto Party Space

You can also try Molly Bloom's on College - I held an event there with ~50 people and was able to book the top floor. Cheapish drinks and they have (had? it's been awhile) a group appetizer menu.

Toronto Food Scene : Your Pros & Cons

Thanks :-)

The board looks soooo different now!

Best Chinatown eats?

Kom Jug for BBQ Pork! Cheap + yum :D

Toronto Food Scene : Your Pros & Cons

After travelling almost non-stop for the past 2 years, I appreciate Toronto a lot more!

PROS - We do mid-range pretty well, IMO. Pretty diverse offerings, a chatty community, and things change relatively often so it's not hard to network and find new gems to try on a regular basis. I wish there were more 'underground'-esque dinners, food trucks, and other creative outlets - but I don't think we do a bad job overall so I'll slide this into the PRO column. Lastly, I appreciate the quick-and-healthy options that we have!

CONS - I agree about the bread and dairy...but by North American standards, I don't think we're doing so bad. On a global scale - we need improvement. I feel like the great vs. not-so-great ratio has been slipping (but I've been pretty out of touch, compared to before, so that's definitely debatable).

Whole organic chicken?

I pick mine up at Loblaws - I can't remember the price off-hand. I'll make a point to post the next time I grab one :). They're locally raised.

Jeff and Nuit have left Khao San Road

I went for dinner the other night - I didn't notice any changes in quality. I didn't even know that Nuit and Jeff left until after I ate (so out of touch /w TO)!

Providence Dinner with Friends

+1 with PCFP - great atmosphere and food. Went for a group outing and was very happy! reasonable price point too!

Dec 10, 2012
ekim256 in Southern New England

The Dorrance - Providence

hmm..good to know! the space is BEAUTIFUL though...I'm debating between this place and Gracie's

Dec 10, 2012
ekim256 in Southern New England

Anyone know a cool Toronto Food Blog? Looking to find some cool food spots.

aw thanks G :-) Shows how often I creep these boards these days...

Oct 29, 2012
ekim256 in Food Media & News

korean market

I took your advice. Also went to the shop next door - ended up buying songpyeon and getting some buldak :) Thanks!

Dec 04, 2011
ekim256 in Prairie Provinces

Want to go fishing around Kahului :)

Hi KaimukiMan!

A. Any of those would be a fun new experience. I've only done ice fishing, river fishing, ocean fishing, lake fishing.

B. We only have ice fishing gear...not appropriate for Hawaii >_<

C. No, but we don't have a kitchen in Calgary since we're there for work..would be happy to gift it to someone :)

Dec 03, 2011
ekim256 in Hawaii

korean market

Thanks for the speedy replies, chows :)
Fantastic news - I'll walk over there after work.
I'm assuming you mean buldak? If so...yum!
Thanks for the tips. I'm a 2.0 Korean kid, and it'll be nice to meet some locals. Quickly accessible Korean food in the dt core has been absent in my recent stint in YYC...I tend to gorge whenever I'm back in TO or travelling to the West Coast (not meant to offend YYCers, I've been enjoying other parts of your city...I'm just a sucker for nostalgia)

I wouldn't be chopping up trees - just pulling needles off the branch :) i'm going to a very traditional thanksgiving dinner (or so it seems - with pumpkin pie, turkey, cranberry sauce, etc.) so I thought it'd be fun to mix it up a bit.


Nov 19, 2011
ekim256 in Prairie Provinces