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scones in Toronto

Another vote for the Cake Town Cafe scones. They'd been recommended by a dance class pal - and several people on the Mortimer 62 bus, so we finally picked some up. Great texture and flavour.

Dec 29, 2010
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind! Big Momma's Boy on Parliament

We had the opportunity to attend a cooking demo and food tasting by Chef Michael of Big Momma's Boy at the Royal yesterday. He did beef ribs that were juicy, tender, full of flavours that you could distinguish (honey, tamari, sambuca etc). There's no way I'd turn down seconds (and I didn't). I'm looking forward to heading to the restaurant in the next couple of weeks to try a full order of the beef ribs. Of course, starting out with good meat from Cumbrai helps.

There was a good discussion of how he sourced the ingredients - he even shelled out for biodegradable sampling plates and cutlery - I was impressed that he followed through on his convictions.

Nov 12, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best cheese danish?

Milbree-Viking on Laird has become my favourite. Finnish, not Danish, but oh so good.

http://www.milbreeviking.com/bakery/s...

They don't always have the straight-up cheese danish when I get there - timing is definitely the issue. They use quark, not cottage cheese.

Sep 08, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Excellent + "Safe" + Value Meal recs?

Canyon Creek isn't a bad idea, given the limits given. There are some pretty decent things on the menu - and consistency's there - and portion size.

Globe's probably the best option (IMNSHO), but it might be a bit too foodie for your companions. It does have size of portion and consistency going for it.

Aug 15, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whats your fav EX food?

They've had some not bad samples in the last few years. Two or three years ago, they were handing out 0.25 l size jars of Skippy. We went through the line a few times - those little jars of PB were great for work.

Last year we somehow managed to pick up enough food samples that we skipped buying lunch. I've really appreciated the Egyptian and Turkish candy and nut samples in the shoppers market. Yum. My pal always gets 10 or so pounds of figs from those vendors. She says they're better and fresher than anything else she can get in Ontario.

Aug 06, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whats your fav EX food?

We have to start with an ice cream waffle. It's a 35+ year tradition with my best friend and now her kids. Then we have to have freshly squeezed lemonade while we're waiting for the rides to open ... we like to be the first people on at least one of the teacuppy rides. The crappy $1 spaghetti, $1 hot dogs are essentials in between ferris wheel rides (3 spins on the ferris wheel at least each trip are essential) ... perogies in the food building. I was really happy the years they had fresh hot soft pretzels ... I had at least 2 of those. A candy apple's important. Tiny Tom Donuts for the streetcar wait/ride.

Disgusting but sooo good.

Oh yeah, the waffles have to be from the place that's just outside the building that has the horticulture judging.

Aug 05, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Doughnuts in Toronto

I was going up toward Petsmart today - remembered your comment re Milbree. Went in and grabbed some of the plain sugar donuts, cheese pastries and cinnamon twists (as well as smoked eel). The donuts and pastries are excellent - prepared this morning. You have to take a real bite of the donut - like an old-fashioned donut - not a rip or tear like the Timmy's donuts. I was very happy with this discovery. Thank you for mentioning it.

Jul 31, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Roti in TO?

Curry and Roti's website is back up and running.

http://www.curryandroti.com/

I particularly like that I can get a Guyanese patty and/or a Jamaican patty.

They've added a few things to the dessert menu, so we'll have to go up again soon.

Jul 29, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Very cheap butter in Toronto?

It was in the cooler directly across from the milk (where they usually keep whatever ice cream they've got on special). I was there about 5 p.m. and the cooler was about half-full.

Jul 28, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Very cheap butter in Toronto?

It wasn't advertised the way it normally is. Just a giant cooler full of unsalted butter - smelled really fresh (I'm a butter sniffer). I wondered if they were getting a new delivery in - perhaps in anticipation of their next sale. They do $2.99/pound butter at least once a quarter.

Jul 28, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

new farmers market @ Viva Tastings?

The produce from Fosterholm Farms is amazing. I grew up going to their place to pick strawberries every Saturday in season.

I'll definitely go to check this out. Thanks for the posting.

Jul 28, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Very cheap butter in Toronto?

Unsalted Saputo housebrand butter at the ShoppersDM at Woodbine and O'Connor was $1.99/pound yesterday. They've had it a fair bit recently.

Jul 28, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice cream stuff that's unavailable in Montreal

The Curry and Roti Restaurant I mentioned on another thread makes their own coconut custard/pineapple custard and mango custard ice cream. They're at

The Curry & Roti Restaurant
1732 Lawrence Avenue East
Scarborough, Ontario M1R 2Y1

Tropical Treets has some great ice creams and kulfis. I'm a fan of the rosewater ice cream as well as their grape nut version.

The homemade pistachio and mango kulfis at Lahore Tikka House in Little India are pretty fine as well.
416-757-6635

Jul 23, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St Lawrence Market?

Does anyone know if they're still doing classes in the kitchen on Saturdays?

Jul 23, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Roti in TO?

Danforth Roti is definitely the place to go if you're in East York. If you've got a bit more time it's worth driving up to The Curry and Roti Restaurant at 1732 Lawrence Avenue East. I think it's worth getting on their mailing list to keep up on their specials.

from their latest email (earlier this week):
Our very own ice cream We've made the custard from scratch,
and churned it ourselves and we have added real fruit - coconut pineapple mango
only $1.99* serving
Ask for this delicious dessert to top off your enjoyable meal!

Our own Homemade drinks $1.50*
Mauby made from the bark
Sorrel brewed from the flowers
Organic Iced Tea - the leaves are picked from our own backyard

hmm, their website's not feeling healthy right now and I can't attach the PDF of their menu. Drats. In any case, they do good party platters which are particularly helpful if you love the Trini/Guyanese family meals, but don't have any connections in the community to get poulourie from a little lady who makes 'em at home.

Jul 23, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners/Greasy Spoons - what are your best recommendations?

The New York Cafe's a bit of a stand-by for us, especially if someone wants ribs. I don't know where they source their ribs, but they are so good, not greasy. The most 'diner'y part of the Cafe has to be their quirky service.

My gang loves that when there's a group of us, and the coffee cups need to be refilled and refilled, the table usually only gets charged for another one or two cups (one night there were something like 15 fill-ups over 3 coffee-drinkers in our group).

Jul 18, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Deep Blue Fish and Chips (Danforth/Broadview)

We finally made it to Deep Blue last Friday. My friend and I split one order of the traditional halibut and one of the jerk cod. Loved the green pea hummus. The fish in both cases was very good. The salsa was unexciting. The tropical slaw was quite good if not a revelation. We'd planned to order the scallop meal, but the scallop delivery wasn't in yet.

As has been noted by others, the table service is barely acceptable. If the server wasn't related to one of the owners, there's no explaining why they'd put up with such bad attention to their customers.

Both owners were on duty and working hard to keep up with the orders. We were there at the end of the lunch rush - and they truly seemed to have had a rush.

I think take-out's the way to go with this place.

Jul 18, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Farmers' Markets 2008

There were gorgeous sour cherries at East Lynn yesterday. We made dinner out of potatoes, yellow tomatoes and peas I picked up there as well. I didn't grab the shallots in time. Next week, I'll have my elbows out.

The feature attraction there next week will be a Corn Shuckfest with 'celebrity' shuckers Kevin Brauch (thirsty traveller), Patrick McMurray (champion oyster shucker) and local farmer Boz. That'll start at 6:00 p.m. next Thursday. there will also be some cooking demos and a cornboil.

(the organic eggs are on my shopping list for next week as well)

Jul 18, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Biryani House?

For anyone who's missing Debu Saha and his work at Biryani House on Wellesley ... this just arrived in my email.

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Debu's New Location

For fans of nouvelle Indian cuisine, your wait is over.

Debu Saha has a new restaurant and a new location at 552 Mount Pleasant Road (just north of Belsize Drive). The restaurant will be called Debu's. For directions, see Google Maps.

The restaurant is now open for takeout and delivery while renovations are being completed. Expect an announcement soon regarding the official opening.

Restaurant hours are:
Sunday - Thursday - 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday - Saturday - 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Closed Monday.

Telephone 416-926-9340 for more information.

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I know we'll be heading up there for takeout. I hope the resto will be open soon. Biryani House had the best tamarind cocktails.

Jul 18, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurants near Woodbine/Danforth?

I find the food at Relish reliably good, the service less so. Butternut sage crepes - definitely not for sharing - they're mine, and mine alone. You can definitely put together a good meal there.

Jul 08, 2008
LadyPB in Ontario (inc. Toronto)