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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Thought It was worth mentioning that the Cookbook Store is closing.

Feb 21, 2014
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Grocery items that you can't find in Toronto (but you can in the states)

I've had a conversation with a CBSA person at my local pub and they admitted that they really have no idea what's allowed and not allowed, that's up to the CFIA. IF there is one available at your point of entry they should be able to clarify. As a tourist I would say claim it all and go from there. Your chocolate is a great example of them overstepping their bounds.
You can look at the website and frankly its may of well be in some foreign language I have no clue about.
If a border guard gives you grief about anything ask them to speak to a CFIA, as really that's not within their area of responsibility.
An agent giving you grief about a chocolate bar is exactly why a lot of visitors here hate the process of entering this country. A talk with a supervisor would of taken care of it, but again may be more trouble than it's worth.

Feb 01, 2014
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SURVEY: When/Where/How did you learn to cook?

I basically will echo blondanonima,
Started cooking in mid-eighties or a touch earlier after taking a home ec class that was an optional choice in junior high(grades 7-9) here in Canada. Mom was a single parent at the time and I would get home several hours before her from school and a couple times a week would make supper for us(brother as well). I recall making a 'spanish' omelet (think tomato sauce on top of an omelet) to trying my first deep dish pizza.
At the time the only cooking shows available were also similar, Frugal Gourmet was always on our local PBS station after school and most certainly inspired me.
Ended up working in restaurants for a time before my current career and learned much then and am now basically self taught through the various medias available.
2A= currently 43 and am in Canada.

Dec 09, 2013
damonster in General Topics

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Is Fat Cat still open? noticed paper up on the windows as well.

Dec 06, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

La Cubana: The owner of Delux is bringing Cuban Snacks to Roncy

had the medianoche sandwich and really enjoyed, touch on the small side for me but pretty tasty.

Dec 02, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Worst thing eaten this year in Toronto??!!

Canoe for the Valentine's day menu. cost vs taste was an absolute nightmare.
Know people that love the place but easily worst meal of the year.
Stunningly mediocre or less. Given the cost, no where even close.

Nov 12, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What Classic French Cooking Products Should I Bring Home to the US?

May not be up your alley but I picked up a rather large can of escargot. Led to the first annual 'snail-a-palooza'

Oct 19, 2013
damonster in France

Help with Bloor West/High Park Restaurant Suggestions

Queen Margherita pizza may also fit your request(Jane and Annette)

Apr 02, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Smoked Sturgeon

Any help on where to find this item? Preferably in the west end of the city but would be able to travel a bit.

Mar 13, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

Looks like it is opening on the 13th of March according to website and the drive by I did today.

Mar 12, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please Critique My Toronto Must-Try List (Updated and Revised)

As you had the Tarte Flambee mentioned I'd throw out Elle m'a Dit in Baldwin Village. Alsatian French so a little different, but have always enjoyed it and the Tarte are on their menu all the time, very tasty light app.

Feb 15, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burgers Priest to open West End Location

Agreed Bobby, was really hoping for something closer to the High Park area.

Jan 26, 2013
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO whipping siphons and nitrous oxide cartridges

No where near the east end but maybe check out http://www.goldaskitchen.com
I got the book in Oct. and have been buying myself toys ever since, really starting to add up. Whipper is about #2 in terms of my wants right now.

Dec 10, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Guy Fieri Spotted in Toronto

They were filming at The Ace on Roncesvalles as well.

Nov 30, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I went to Philly?

Good to see some liking the place. When I went i really liked as well. Again I can't speak to authenticity but it was indeed a good sandwich.

Nov 30, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A new BBQ option in Mississauga

Heck I couldn't even find the address on the site.
Stephen could you give an exact address for the place near there quit a bit, co I'm interested.

Oct 24, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wondra flour

Funny I was just curious about the same thing. Heading to US at end of month so was planning on getting some down there. (damn Modernist Cuisine book is gonna be expensive)

Oct 19, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Boulud @ Four Seasons Yorkville Rumor

The twitter feed stated it would open on Oct. 5 and Open Table would begin taking reservations on the 2nd. (https://twitter.com/cafebouludto
)Looking forward to a meal there.

Sep 26, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hey! Rod Bowers new Roncesvalles location

Good to hear it's open finally. I didn't realize it was focusing on sit-down type experience so your info is very useful. Gonna have to get in there in the next couple of days.

Sep 25, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Whey Butter

I've only found it at Whole Foods.
Here is the brand they don't list retailers that I could find but do have contact info for questions
It's pretty tasty. I did come across something that said they sold it at Fiesta Farms as well but can't confirm.

Aug 19, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burgers Priest to open West End Location

Crap, if that's the vicinity of the location. Was really hoping for something a touch more west(like my street). Frankly I don't even consider that west, although i suppose geographically it is, i'd just lump into downtown.

Jul 24, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday Smashed Burger

That's great news DDD, save me trekking to Mississauga.

Jun 10, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Roncesvalles area

Also a restaurant (I believe) called "The Greek Spot" up near Howard Park, right beside Sweet Thrills.
Also thought the fish store (De La Mer I think it is called) is a great addition.

May 07, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Titanium Spork

No I didn't have any customs charges added on. Yes you are right shipping isn't cheap, for my items it was $5.99, and I'm not sure how they charge for it ie weight/# of items. Pretty sure I just went with the standard shipping as well.
Also these sporks are incredibly light, so I don't think weight will be an issue if you're getting a few.

Apr 15, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Titanium Spork

thinkgeek has them for sale at $8.99. Picked one up when I was ordering a couple other doodads.

Apr 15, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recipe for Halifax donairs (split from Ontario board)

Ingredients look about right, but haven't tried this. Was forwarded to me from an East Coast friend ages ago and haven't gotten around to making it.

Mar 12, 2012
damonster in Home Cooking

knife sharpening

Be sure you have a look at the websites before you go, maybe call. A bread knife is pretty hard to sharpen especially a serrated knife, and from my look at both sites they specialize in Japanese knifes and you're not gonna see anything close to a 'bread' knife for sale. You will however find some knives that are crazy sharp and pretty much cut anything.

Jan 22, 2012
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Brad's on Roncesvalles has closed up. On the plus side a new restaurant called 'The Ace' is opening a few blocks south fairly soon. They have a menu up on the door.

Nov 24, 2011
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Burger Joint @ Yonge & St. Clair - BYO Artery widener!

Well you order a double burger with fresh ground beef (think 80/20 min fat, bacon, cheese, and caramelized onions) and don't think its gonna be greasy?
Went to today, good burger, loved the flavour. I only had a cheeseburger with onions, mustard and ketchup with fries. Only wish they had relish, as a condiment. (what is so wrong with it on a burger? BP guy is ridiculous about it, hint you're not in the US anymore).
Liked the fries but could of done with a little less herb flavouring, but that's just me. They were nice and crispy and really liked them.
I'm a great fan of gridled burgers with fresh meat, given a choice I'd prefer Burger Priest but this is great alternative if you are sick of charbroiled frozen patties. Actually there is no choice if your option is frozen.

Oct 07, 2011
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

turkey brining bags

don't know if it's handy for you but Williams and Sonoma also have them

Oct 05, 2011
damonster in Ontario (inc. Toronto)