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Toronto Food Tours

Curious: Has anyone been on any Food Tours that really stand out here in Toronto? Favourites, not-so-favourites and/or a tour you wish existed that currently doesn't? I'm allll ears! (I mean eyes).

Where to buy a tagine?

Glad you like it- and the price is right too. I've seen Le Creuset type tagines at Williams-Sonoma, Hazelton Lanes etc... for triple the $35 (often MUCH more)- enjoy!

haven't heard much about Anatolia

I agree- service is at times quite slow- but if you're with people you enjoy and aren't in a rush, it can be most agreeable. I will definitely try the gozleme. The owner makes her own yufka which is very time consuming and laborious.

Hong Kong-style Western Food (HK-style "cafes")

What makes the french toast different/special? Inquiring minds want to know... Thanks!

First Rate Falafels?

Akram Dow uses mung, soy and fava beans if memory serves me well and his home made hot pepper paste is DIVINE! Definitely the best I've had. His lentil soup is also a keeper!

Q: TV cooking/food programs you'd like to see

So I've just read in the article below- I had no idea and as you say, I don't know if the FHM editors did either- or maybe they did and played into the whole silly fantasy thing... Who knows- either way- she's going for the publicity and frankly- good for her!

Sep 21, 2006
cookbook in Food Media & News

toronto trip, what delicacies should i bring back?

I have to agree- not bad for mass produced at all. Altho when I'm inspired I make my own with semi-sweet choc. chunks and some blended oatmeal! YUM!

Nice/Star watching

How did it go? Let us know...

toronto trip, what delicacies should i bring back?

Friends of ours from South Africa always request maple syrup hard candies- shaped like maple leafs. They tell me they're "delicious"- I'm not much of a hard candy girl myself- but a whole gang of folks over there love them. An Aussie pal living in Florida says she misses a lot of the President's Choice products from Loblaws (not available in the US)- the Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies being on the hit list....

Any possibility of Peruvian sushi in Toronto

No- from what I've seen/researched there is nothing quite like that in the city. OP is referring to Nikkei- an amalgam of Peruvian Japanese food that goes beyond sushi. We're not as lucky as some big US cities to have that or real Chifa (Chinese Peruvian food) here in Toronto (not sure if anywhere in Canada has any actually- if you know of any- let me know por favor). I spent 7 weeks working in the Peruvian Andes and on a pit-stop to Lima has the most tremendous Chifa- it was a blast!

Nice/Star watching

Bistro 990 across the street from the Sutton Place Hotel offers French fare and the usual celeb in town for the festival. Or there's Sassafraz in Yorkville but I'm not a huge fan of the place myself...

suggestions for birthday restaurant for a guy who hates vegetables!

I third the Beer Bistro- tons of beers to choose from- they even offer beer tastings (or flights) with your food. The beer cheese fondue was good and so was the steak frites. Friends enjoyed the mussels and fries and I loved the Guiness Chocolate cake for dessert!

Piri-Piri Sauce in T.O. Area?

Definitely Nandos- and they have a few eateries in Canada now (they're originally Portuguese South-African owned). One is by the Heartland Centre in Mississauga, ON- although my South African raised husband swears the Nando's in SA are 10x's better than what we have here....

Seeking a Great Chocolate Cake

Glad you found your chocolate nirvana for the night. Never been to the Hot Oven in Cloverdale Mall. Thanks for the follow-up!

IZAKAYA? Anyone been?

Let me know what you think and what you ordered. I also enjoy their freshly pressed fruit juice- the Crisp and Tart one is really refreshing and is a nice cool break from the chili heat in the ramen soups. Enjoy!

new foodie show coming to PBS

Wow- I wish we could see this up in Canada. Sigh- pls. let me know what it's like....

Sep 12, 2006
cookbook in Food Media & News

IZAKAYA? Anyone been?

I enjoy dining at Izakaya. The Chili Beef Ramen Soup is lovely and while John Sinopoli (one of the owners)is infact Canadian-Italian, he lived in Japan for a year or two and hence he comes by his love of Japanese food honestly. I've filmed at this location in the past and can tell you they source their noodles from a Japanese man who runs a small shop in the burbs, they use quality ingredients and they keep a spotless kitchen. Their Japanese Curry dishes are lovely as is their burdock root salad. I think it's worth a go and it won't break the bank either.

haven't heard much about Anatolia

I still think her food is lovley- I don't know if it's gone "substantially downhill" as wordsworth claims- I think it's fresh, well made and from what I've heard other Turkish pals tell me, quite authentic. Her Sigara Boregi is lovely as is her Kunefe dessert. And I will try her Gozleme next time I'm there. But no need to listen to us banter- try it yourself and be the judge!

Q: TV cooking/food programs you'd like to see

GEEZ! That's a whole new side of Cat that you don't see on Iron Chef! I can't imagine she was comfortable in the pencil mini and boob busting halter. That was whacky to say the least. Jerky Tartar anyone?

Sep 11, 2006
cookbook in Food Media & News

Where to buy a tagine?

Haven - 8.4 km S - 498 Queen Street West - (416) 504-1251

Best Street Eats in Toronto?

Au contraire pinstripeprincess- we look at the boards ALL the time to see what's out there, new or favoured. There are a lot of ways to research for a show like ours- and this is but one of them.

Seeking a Great Chocolate Cake

Some of the best cakes I've ever had, hands down- and near your end of town no less- is at Ma Maison on Dundas Street West. Pastry Chef Patrick is an international award winning chef from Toulouse, France whose creations are always perfect. He's also VERY welcoming and will custom make a classic chocolate cake as rich as you'd like (with or without mousse) if you give him advance notice. My new sister-in-law had a special "soccer ball cake" made for her new husband and we couldn't stop raving about how incredible and flavourful it was. Good luck and let us know what you decide.

Q: TV cooking/food programs you'd like to see

Amazing idea George- now there's a show I would GLADLY watch. Here in Canada, the FN has gone the way of reality TV with the producer catch phrase "Where's the Drama?" at the fore. Gone are the days when you would see some cooking and learn something new- that's too "show me" and "instructional" for the execs at the Food Network. They completely changed the station format and now, it's their #1 channel. I'm assuming, most people watching aren't that keen on the food- they want to see the drama and the tears. I don't- never have and I'm not glued to the TV because of it. A show like you've suggested however, now that would keep me fascinated episode after glorious episode. Sigh- when will viewers get tired of the same old same old? Or maybe I just feel that way (along with a handful of others). The exec. I spoke with says the numbers speak the loudest and the people want their reality that is very loosely associated to food at best. Yikes!

Sep 07, 2006
cookbook in Food Media & News

Brazilian feijoada on days other than Saturday?

Chef Mario Cassini of Caju is from Belo Horizonte in Brazil and makes a wonderful feijoada every weekend as a regular item. It takes about 24 hours to make this dish from scratch, which he does- hence the offering only on weekends. His version is rich, delicious and worth the wait. It's also quite authentic- although he doesn't add as many pig parts as some would like (trotters, snout, tail etc...). I thought it was delicious!

Family dinner in Hamilton

I'd suggest "It's All Greek To Me" in between Dundas and Ancaster on Main Road. Great food- something for everyone and it's not over the top expensive. Plus, it's fresh and very, very tasty! Their moussaka and lamb dishes are lovely!

TORITO - Hits and misses

No kidding! I saw the little choco flan with the candle get brought out- nice touch! Your partner must have been thrilled. Glad you liked the experience- I know I did. It's the closest thing we've got to say Montreal's Pinxto which was recommended by the gang at Gourmet Magazine and which I just tried out last Sat. night. In a word- WOW! Basque style tapas with a very clean edge. I LOVED their grilled cod with cherry tomatoes, basil chiffonade over smashed potatoes. DIVINE. I'll be posting about this later....

Where to buy a tagine?

Glad it worked out! I think Ali might even take orders for a special tagine if you ask him since he does make trips out to N Africa.... Just a thought for next time... Cheers!

haven't heard much about Anatolia

Yes indeed- alive and kicking. The owner, Aishe (sp?) is a wonderful cook. Her Imam Bayildi, Patlichan and Sigara Boregi are YUMMY! I discovered her place while researching a food show and have become a regular along with my husband who is a BIG fan of her food. She also offers A Night in Istanbul (the first Friday of every month)- I'll be there tomorrow enjoying the meal, the dancing and the coffee ground reading (Turkish Coffee of course). Fresh, tasty and lovingly prepared food. It's worth checking out (especially if you are a fan Mediteranean flavours as I am).

Best Colombian Food In the GTA?

Thanks Jacquilynne- that's a start. What did you have? La Bandeja Paisa per chance?

Best Colombian Food In the GTA?

Thanks Mikeb- I actually saw it when I was filming across the street at La Cocina de Dona Luz (which is Peruvian and they make a FINE Pisco Sour!). I'll have to check that out too... Wondering if anyone's actually eaten there though.