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ISO Sake Carafe with Ice Pocket

Sweet! Glad that worked out for you!

Now if the LCBO would just get some good sake to put in that carafe...

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

I have 3 Asian eateries on my list.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

1. Bar Isabel
2. Dr. Laffa
3. Breadmaster Bakery
4. Spence's
5. Rap's
6. Cafe Brasiliano
7. Le Ti Colibri
8. Mot Na Son
9. Silk Road
10. Wonton Hut


Jay Carter is a mean chef and this has been a long time coming. Happy to hear that people have been enjoying his food. Haven't been yet but it's at the top of my list.

What is a place you frequent that you wouldn't expect to ever see mentioned on chowhound?

Breadmaster Bakery in the back of Malvern Town Center. Sri Lankan Bakery. If you get there at 10am they're bringing fresh Dosa's and string hoppers out along with the usual mutton rolls and Vadai.

The Kottu Roti here is my favorite now that New Devi on Lawrence has closed.

Someone needs to do a hood food list. Maybe i will...

What is a place you frequent that you wouldn't expect to ever see mentioned on chowhound?

I loved Camto cause they had personal portion sized Tangsuyuk and great YukgaeJang.

Octomore Whisky


Octomore Whisky

Sounds like the Octomore has brought out your flare for poetry.

The regular stuff is great and he has created a greater metric as far as peat measure is concerned but he's also found a way to sell 5 year old juice for $200 per bottle. Two birds with one stone I guess.

At that price, I don't find it to be that much better (or peatier) than some limited Ardbeg's. The Octomore's peat is so round and gentle it doesn't come off as something 3x greater in ppm than a lot of the standard peated Scotch out there.

The Octomore Orpheus however, is something else, age statement be damned. It's finished in Chateau Petrus wine casks and is just about some of the best Scotch I've ever had.

You can find the odd bottle floating around Buffalo from time to time and is worth seeking out.

Octomore Whisky

Tastes like BBQ pork. Love it. (I assume you're talking about the 5.1 and later generations)

The PPM level isn't all that crazy to me despite how high it may be. It doesn't come off all that much stronger on the palate than a laphroaig or an Ardbeg. (Very similar to the supernova actually which I prefer as the whisky is a little older)

Have you tried any of the other expressions like the 10 year or the Orpheus? They're great and superior to the regular octomore offerings to me.

Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

The good old days.

Pappy on the shelf, free pours of Rathskeller...

Nov 25, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

Yeah, in taste I feel like there is definitely some difference to them but I'm just talking quality versus price. For the most part it's drinkable stuff except for a couple years/batch's that are critically panned.

Agree about pappy vs. Weller 12 although I feel like in some states the frenzy for weller 12 is growing as well.

Nov 24, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

Yeah, pretty much any bourbon or rye over 12 years is gonna be scarce for the most part from now on especially limited edition stuff.

Makes the hunt a little harder.

Nov 24, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

It's another good one as well!

Yeah, just waiting for the BTAC to drop here in Canada. Should be any day now.

Nov 24, 2014
Notorious P.I.G. in Spirits


Judging by his taste profile which seems to be toward the more mellow side of Whisky I would maybe stick to bottles that favour his palate. Weller 12 would be a good somewhat fancier bottle that fits your price range. Bit more punch than what he normally drinks but it's super smooth as well. Kind of a good balance between a premium whisky and your Pop's palate. I would stay away from anything cask strength and definitely don't get him any Scotch.

Nov 21, 2014
Notorious P.I.G. in Spirits

Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

The Pappy is good but nothing to write home about. I actually almost prefer the Weller 12 to it but they're also a bit different in taste profile.

The Old Forester is pretty much always consistent. Did you get this year's with the green tab?

The Midwinter is probably my fav of the bunch. It really does taste like christmas.

Another one to look out for would be the Maker's Mark Cask Strength. I think it's in wider circulation these days. It's also great stuff.

Nov 21, 2014
Notorious P.I.G. in Spirits

High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

This is great stuff. If anyone here is from NYC it's been popping up around the city. Astor has like 5 cases of it.

Nov 21, 2014
Notorious P.I.G. in Spirits

How Good Was Susur Lee's "Susur?"

Well done. Very well done.

How Good Was Susur Lee's "Susur?"

No. No way.

What would the restaurant equivalent to rap-rock be?

How Good Was Susur Lee's "Susur?"

He tied Flay which is basically a loss.

Seriously Curious about Sushi Yasu. Any reports?

If anyone's going to Yasu tonight, I'm pretty sure they have hairy crab (Kegani) on the menu. A rarity and my favourite!

Schmaltz Appetizing


I feel bad for the people working there that have to hear the R&D comparisons from every single person that walks in there.

I wish they had Cel-Ray.

Schmaltz Appetizing

Without a doubt if Schmaltz was in NYC it wouldn't last long enough to see the lawsuit from R&D.

There's homage and then there's Schmaltz. Schmaltz definitely falls into the stepping on toes category.

Agree on Mile End, it's partly Canadian owned and bringing Montreal style Deli to NYC. Didn't they poach a slicer from Schwartz???

I feel like R&D was always hip. It was an institution in the LES way before shitheads saw it on Louie.

All that said, it'd be nice if someone was really pushing the game forward instead of just copying a very well known institution but I ain't that mad at being able to get a Super Heebster at Dupont and Bathurst.

Schmaltz Appetizing

Come on now man, how can you be mad at getting 3 weeks worth of carbs in one serving?

Schmaltz Appetizing

You preferred it to R&D???

You're dead to me fam.

Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

That party at Cold Tea has my vote for jam of the summer for sure. Jerk chicken was on point.

Not sure about pricing but it's not gonna break the bank. Menu changes up a fair bit but they've had coleslaw and potato salad in the past. All the more reason to check it out I guess.


Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

Def my favourite BBQ in the city. He's got that brisket pretty dialed in.

Peep the blog if you're a BBQ nerd:

Stoked it's in the hood.

Tasting of Vintage Ports from 1963, 66, 70

Thanks Estufarian!

It's right near my mom's place so I may indulge then walk over in a drunken stupor to my mom's, raid her fridge, and pass out on the couch like a shitty teenager.

Sushi in the Annex

Weird, maybe an isolated incident? I go quite often and have been since they've opened and I always find them to be pretty consistent.

Imanishi Japanese Kitchen (Pop-up @ Churchill on Dundas)

Food's great!

They're all Kingyo guys doing their own solo pop up thing.

Go early cause it gets rammed and they sell out pretty quick. By early I mean be there before they open or very shortly after.

What is the worst item you bought at the LCBO in 2014?

Stagg Jr. Worst bourbon.