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Served with Violet Mustard? Yes, please. Hmmm. . . add this to the list of places to go soon.

Carribean Dutchpot on Broadview (or any recommendations for Roti on the Danforth?)

Tried Guyanese a while ago and it was uniformly lousy. Soggy fried items, Jerk that wasn't spicy and not very marinated (flavour only on surface), and OK chicken curry and Rice and Peas.

Haven't been back in nearly a year. FYI.

Where are you still eating that you were 20 years ago and is still good?

Me too.

Tamarind paste in Toronto?

There are three similar products that you might be looking for. The most common is this:

These are blocks of tamarind pulp and seeds. You must soak this in hot water and then strain and press through a seive to extract the pulp from the seeds. It is a bit of work, but you get a pure tamarind taste and this product is really easy to find (at place such as any Indian grocer, T&T, many large general grocery stores like a large urban Loblaws, and lots of other places).

The second product is SE Asian Tamarind concentrates:

There are a few brands of this with differing graphics; however, they all seem to come in these small plastic screw-topped tubs in this particular pale blue colour (or sometimes in brown). This a great product as it saves all the soaking and straining. However, sometimes the tamarind flavour is a little more sour than the block and sometimes there is added salt so that the concentrate can't be used for sweet items as well. However, this is the thing to have on hand for a quick mid-week Pad Thai or dal with tamarind.

Lastly, there is an Indian product from Tamicon:

It is a thick, dark, molasses-like product that has a strong caramel/roasted taste. This product is used to make chutneys or to sour and brighten a long-cooking curry. However, I find this product very hard to use judiciously (it is easy to put too much as it is so concentrated) and I, therefore, tend to stick to the blocks of tamarind for such uses (often combined with lime juice).

Where can I pick up POP sweetened by splenda rather than asparatame?

Along with the Crush line (Diet Orange, Cream Soda, etc. . .), there is also Nestea Zero, Diet Schweppes, and all the Boylan's diet sodas which are also Splenda based.


5 Guys was completely meh. Not bad; but, so far from being actually good. What a dissapointment!


Paddington's has toppings if you want them (I don't). Carousel has better buns and (if fresh/busy) better peameal (less dry anyways).

18 Ontario N, Grand Bend, ON N0M1T0, CA

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

Alright, making your own is probably better. But, my point was that there is no "real" cheese that behaves that same way. Given the style of burger that BP is trying to make, there isn't something better IMO. Perhaps offering real cheddar would be possible (especially if they had some more room behind the line at bigger location), but I don't think it would fit with what they are making cohesively.

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

Chacun a son gout, but I think GBK is terrible! The burger is very dense, mine on multiple occassions has been dry and despite asking, I can't seem to get them to even cook it to medium -- it is badly overcooked each time. Moreover, the bun is huge and way too bready. Oh well, to each their own!

I also don't see the problem with the processed cheese. Even Heston Blumenthal in his "Perfect Hamburger" made his own processed cheese to get that correct type of melting.

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

There are some interesting vacancies on that strip at the moment. But, any of them would require a fair bit of a renovation.

Why do people often not tip for Chinese take-out?

Is this genrally so?

Jun 26, 2011
Atahualpa in Not About Food

Anyone been to Sweet Bliss (on Queen E.) lately?

"They do have some good stuff--just seems like some of it is not quite as good as it used to be"

This is not something I have yet noticed. In fact, I'd argue the opposite -- some of the recent new cupcake flavours they have been trying out are fantastic. I especially liked the banana bread cupcake with chocolate icing.

Anyone been to Sweet Bliss (on Queen E.) lately?

The owners of Sweet Bliss are funny people.

I spent a long time wondering what was up, but I kept going back for the really good stuff -- excellent cupcakes of course, but also great cookies, lovely not-too-sticky-not-too-sweet-no-icing cinamon buns, and so on. I've been back enough that now I'm a regular and I get an honest, if small, smile and the occasional extra when I go. Maybe they just are NOT 'good business people' -- reserved introverts with odd, personal, sacred cows that people don't expect.

Anyways, the business seems well. They have expanded from 3 days to 4 and recently hired some counter help (2 young Chinese ? women) who still need some training.

I wish them success. As a person who usually finds Toronto shop owners way too "eager" and way too false-friendly, I wish them luck. I enjoy visiting them -- even when I was treated a little gruffly. Good product no pretense.

Sweet Bliss
1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

Restaurants that call you and ask that you "Call us back to confirm" a reservation you've already confirmed online. Do you call back?

Huh? Are cellular plans that much cheaper in the US that this isn't an issue? One call in NYC cost me nearly $9 last summer and it was under 4 minutes.

Jun 02, 2011
Atahualpa in Not About Food

Creative Supermarket Signs

Yes, and much of the classic French system assumes that terrroir is more important than varietal in vinting.

Jun 02, 2011
Atahualpa in Not About Food

Restaurants that call you and ask that you "Call us back to confirm" a reservation you've already confirmed online. Do you call back?

Yes it is. I really tired of paying exhorbitant roaming and long distance fees to 'confirm' reservations from my cell phone when in a different city.

If the reservation needs to be confirmed please don't make me pay to keep the table.

Jun 02, 2011
Atahualpa in Not About Food

New Five Guys Burgers Location coming soon!

Tried them today. Had the cheeseburger and regular fries.

Found the burger bland and the cheese bad tasting (and I like/want processed cheese). For a similar style, Burger's Priest is so very much better on all fronts.

Fries aren't my thing. I rarely like them and these aren't an exception (but neither are BP's).

Won't be back.

Patisserie La Cigogne opening on Danforth?

meh . . . I'm local and will probably get some croissants. But, this is definitely my least favourite of the Bayview and Mt Pleasant bakeries by a long measure. Why can't Rahier be the one coming here?

1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

Tim Horton's Doughnuts

Yep, that's about it here in Canada.

May 22, 2011
Atahualpa in Chains

about subway

Subway is OK. I haven't thrown out food from Subway that I bought.

I have thrown out the following (and never returned):

A pizza from Dominos after less than 1/2 a slice (3- years ago -- pre changes)
Greasy KFC (how can fried chicken be this bad?)
Burger King (worst burgers ever IMO)

May 20, 2011
Atahualpa in Chains

Do people seriously like Mandarin?

I like a good westernized chinese food experience and have even loved some chinese buffets in the past. I remeber quite fondly one in Scarborough Town Centre for a while called Mr. Lee's -- it had great black-bean mussels and S&P Shrimp.

However, my recent experiences with Mandarin have been dreadful. Expensive and only passably good food. My local Can-Chinese delivery is significantly better at the Can-Chinese staples than Mandarin and much cheaper.

New Five Guys Burgers Location coming soon!

Thank you, I did mean them.

Yes, there would be. People buy the crappy sweets on offer at Starbucks which are similarly high priced.

New Five Guys Burgers Location coming soon!

I will say it. K-K donuts are inedibly sweet. Tim's donuts are god-awful, but at least there are options that are much less painfully sweet.

Even if you disagree, Tim's has publicly said they make more money off of their non-donut items these days.

What we need is a Donut Factory type place a la LES Manhattan.

New Five Guys Burgers Location coming soon!

Free toppings are a backhanded punishment to those who actually like to taste their burgers and order them plain or minimally dressed.

hot tables....

North Pole is good. Her pasta tends to be scotta, but the red sauce is very nice. The Wednesday ravioli is good too.

I also like their veal on a bun. VERY different than California (not spicy -- even with the peppers -- and totally not crispy), but I prefer it.

Worth a stop if the area. Don't expect brilliance.

Don't touch money and then touch my food!

I really wish I could be sure you were joking.

Feb 15, 2011
Atahualpa in Not About Food

Loblaws Deli: Does yours print the date of slicing when you order fresh sliced?

My local Loblaws does print the date. However, that said, I can not believe this is really an issue that can't be assumed as a personal responsibility. There are an awful lot of foods that don't come with dates than can spoil -- what do you do with them?

Blood Sausage / Black Pudding in Toronto?

The frozen product from Cumbrae's is quite excellent.

481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

I like fried fish with onion rings or nothing. I like meatballs and spaghetti, but not particularly together.

All joking aside, their fries are so bad and their burger sooo good.

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

The owner mentioned to me that they are going to come out with their own secret menu and terminology to be launched through their facebook fan page.

The equivalent of 'animal style' was going to be something like 'George-style'. I admit to having not quite caught the first term there and it maybe something similar (sounded like the French-Cdn. pronunciation of George to me though). Sorry I didn't clarify at the time.