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2015 - Grocery store finds (Ontario)

My local loblaws carried a chocolate bar from the UK, called "The grown up chocolate bar company". They had 6 different varieties.

Also, I saw they brought out a jar of duck fat under the Black Label program

Saturday afternoon, fun and lively...

1. Sushi Moto @ Yonge & Sheppard - It's always busy on the weekdays, never visited on a weekend, maybe someone else can chime in.
2. Guu @ Bloor+Bathurst - They do a set lunch menu of ramen, mains and some unique items. It's always lively
3. Cafe Nervosa @ Yorkville - food is good enough but what you are really there for is the setting and the people watching
4. Barque on Roncesvalles - excellent brunch options that are just different enough while remaining delicious. Very busy, reserve if possible

The Toronto Restaurants to watch the Chefs cooking in the kitchen

Richmond Station and Guu are great spots for this. Guu, for the amount of energy and action and RS for the techniques

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Not at all worth it for one person. I gave it a go this year and returned my membership after 3 months. There were 3 reasons:

1. I don't consume enough volume to take advantage of most things they sell. For example, I bought the 2x pack of Nutella that I am still working through (been 6 months)

2. Distance: The closest one to me is a 30 minute drive and I can't be bothered to do that when I pass about 12 grocery stores on the way there.

3. Value: For the items I bought most frequently, the price discount just wasn't worth the effort. For example, 4 Litre bag of milk is 3.97 at Costco and 3.99 at my local store, same for eggs and veggies

Lastly, Costco would be a good choice for me if I owned my own place or lived in a house because the household goods stuff was markedly cheaper.


Oct 13, 2014
meatnveg in Chains

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

well I'll be...going to have to get some

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I don't believe La Perla has a similar product. They have the jars but not the breadstick+dip format

Zurich (veg and budget friendly)

Check out Hiltl. they have a bunch of locations and do buffet by weight which is not too expensive IIRC

May 22, 2014
meatnveg in Europe

Do Canadians Eat More Healthily Than US Americans?

No we don't. We eat less though

May 22, 2014
meatnveg in General Topics

weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

Shakshuka at any Aroma location

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

I generally skip out on breakfast but lunch today was left over dry rubbed ribs followed by a dinner of pho (sans noodles) from my favourite joint.

Tomorrow's lunch will be Roast beef tossed with sushi ginger, wasabi and green beans.

May 12, 2014
meatnveg in Special Diets

Vancouver Trip Report

Probably. But I stick to Sashimi and am from Toronto. The proximity to the sea and resulting freshness blows most of my go to joints in Toronto (talking about normal joints)

Vancouver Trip Report


Vancouver Trip Report

If there is anything I learned about YVR, it's that you can't go too wrong with sushi in this town.

Vancouver Trip Report

It's exactly what it sounds like. They are pudding flavoured kit kats that are meant to be eaten hot/warm after baking for 1 minute

Vancouver Trip Report

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in this great food town and ate my self silly. Here's where I went.

- Sushi Umeda: this was recommended by the hotel when I asked for a place with great sashimi and not too expensive. Spot on for both points. It's a neighbourhood joint and very low key (granville + davie area). The food is as good as the setting is unassuming. Used to the toronto standards I ordered a yakitori plate and a 16 piece sashimi set. Little did I know that sashimi in yvr is 2x the size. It was one of my better boo boos. The yakitori was okay but the sashimi blew me away. Thry even gave the shrimp brains! Super fresh, great value and quality. Total bill of $21 and I was stuffed.

- T&T Osaka: meal 2 was at a friends house and I picked up marinated short ribs for the bbq. They were great for grocery store meat and the marinade was delicious too. $7 for wayy too many ribs.

- Salam Bombay: on Burrard, north of robson. Went here for the lunch buffet. While the food was decent enough the price tag of $19 was, IMO a little much. I'd go back in a pinch. The selection was good with something for everyone (veg, non_veg, fish, beef et al) service was efficient.

- Ebisu on Robson: this was the last meal and I could have done better. The food is very much like guu izakaya in quality and price. Go here for happy hour but that's it. $50 for a big meal no drinks and 8 dishes.

Random: go the Japanese store on robson near bute! It has all the crazy Japanese candy you can want. I bought the bakeable pudding kit kats (awesome) green tea kitkats (meh) and pocky midi (ugh).

Help me identify ingredient in Thai chili paste

I think it is Nam Prik Pao. Did it look like this?

Apr 24, 2014
meatnveg in General Topics

ISO: The Little Pie Shoppe 'Rum Cake" Recipe

No I Don’t Want to Split 4 Deviled Eggs 6 Ways: Why Sharing Sucks

waaahhhh...i'm a spoiled brat....wwaaaahhh

Apr 24, 2014
meatnveg in Features

Loblaws and Superstore ?

which is surprising since their latest CEO is ex-walmart

granite club wedding?

Granite Club initiation fee alone is around the $50K mark. To pay that just for a wedding seems like a waste when you could take that $50k, add it to your existing budget and go anywhere.

Heck, you could rent out Evergreen Brick Works for the month

Loblaws and Superstore ?

so true. the latest example is the Loads of ice cream line at Loblaws. They yanked it last month and brought out a new formulation this month.

It went from 1.65 litres to 1.5 litres but with a whole lot of gums added in now. Price of course, remains the same

What food have you lost a taste for?

just about everyday for a couple of months straight

Apr 10, 2014
meatnveg in General Topics

Edible Chocolate Dessert Cups

Stubbe on Dupont

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

pho - no noodles, extra bean sprouts and beef

How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

as much as the average dinner would in similar settings

Apr 10, 2014
meatnveg in Kosher

Monday night sushi

If you're uptown, Sushi Moto is a solid choice

What food have you lost a taste for?

Roast Chicken...I OD'd on it a while back and can't bear to eat it anymore

Mar 28, 2014
meatnveg in General Topics

BELGIUM: Simple, unpretentioius, inexpensive restaurant(s) sought in Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent

In Brusells. I highly recommend Nord Zee for lunch

Mar 12, 2014
meatnveg in Europe

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Mt. Everest on Bloor shut shop on Feb 2 after 10 yrs in the biz. Huge loss for the annex IMO

Continental Breakfast Challenge - so sick of Costco muffins & Yoplait.

- Untoasted Ham & Cheese sandwiches on white bread (butter only)

- Coffee, boiled eggs sandwiches (with black pepper and butter)

- Tomato soup and bread rolls for cold mornings

Feb 09, 2014
meatnveg in Home Cooking