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Caramelized Onions - Any retail vareties?

Thanks for the tip, I will look into it.

Jan 18, 2013
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caramelized Onions - Any retail vareties?

Thanks for the reply. I'm guessing you are talking the Red Onion Chutney. Although its a pretty good product, its just not what I'm looking for. It has balsamic vinigar and spcies.

Jan 18, 2013
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caramelized Onions - Any retail vareties?

Thanks. I didn't know they sold any products there, I've been there for a couple lovely lunches before. I'll inquiry.

Jan 18, 2013
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caramelized Onions - Any retail vareties?

Just to add more detail, even if its a specialty product at high end store or I can order online. I know a few high end stores in Toronto use to carry some

Jan 16, 2013
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caramelized Onions - Any retail vareties?

Just wondering if anyone knows of any retailer versions of caramelized onions? I've seen varieties with bacon, or roasted garlic, but just looking for the straight product. Real caramelized not fried nor sauteed.

Jan 15, 2013
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Review - Liuna Gardens, Cullen Gardens

To tell you the truth it was three years ago now and I can't exactly remember why. We saw 4 caterers. Pelican the open house tasting they had was just bad, the service the food ect, then we talked with Bunnies and one other, one wanted to charge a rather large amount for a tasting and both were hard to communicate with and just didn't come off very professional.

Kings Court impressed us the most before the wedding and did a great job at our wedding. Our only minor complaint at the time was the buns/bread for the wedding were dry and seemed to be older than they should have been. But everything else was fantastic; the food and the service. Very easy to work with.

Sep 12, 2012
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

tasting menu toronto

Do you know what the 10 course comes out to? Just doesn't have prices on their menu for the tasting menu.

Jul 13, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to purchase Sodium Alginate/Calcium Chloride in Toronto?

For the Sodium Alginate if you need it for this weekend I think you'll be out of luck. Unless you can find someone who has ordered some offline that has extra or can talk one of the few bars or restaurants that use it downtown to sell you some.

Calcium Chloride can be found in some herb/health stores and sections. Maybe even a place like bulk barn.

http://www.dcduby.com/ Does air shipping, if you order now you should get it Monday, Tuesday at the latest.

If you've never used the stuff before don't expect to get it right the first few times. It took me a few tries and I'm still trying to get down the shapes and proper textures.

If its for something really important and you don't need a ton of it and can make it out to the far side of Durham I could possibly work something out with you but if not your best to just order some offline.

Jun 05, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Molecular Gastronomy ingredients in the GTA

The topic can be found at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604466

I ordered from dcduby also. They have a few good recipes on their website too.

I've made Pea Ravioli, Mango Ravioli, and Casis Caviar. Along with a few other things like airs ect. No pictures, recipes or experiences posted anywhere yet unfortunately. Haven't had time to do much more then play around a little. It takes some testing to get the shape right, still having issues getting a real nice shape with the Caviar, and sometimes I have to snip tails off off the ravioli with a pair of scissors while its still in the calcium bath.

Make sure to get a good scale, one that goes in increments of .01g if possible, but you can get away with a 1g scale.

May 19, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Pay what you can" restaurants

There is a minimal charge. I can't remember exactly how it works. But I think when they give you he bill it has 5 options. $25, $30, $35, $40, $50. Something like that.

Mar 18, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy sodium alginate and other rare ingredients.

Thanks for the info. Will have to check out some of those places.

Mar 17, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy sodium alginate and other rare ingredients.

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I do plan on checking out Bulk Barn, for some things yes. and T&T next time I'm out that way.

I did find this website for other interested. http://dcduby.com/elements/ Their in B.C.

Reasonably priced compared to the American sites I found, and you don't get absolutely killed on shipping.

I'll defiantly post anything interesting from my results.

Mar 17, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy sodium alginate and other rare ingredients.

I'm looking for a place in Toronto or online in Canada to buy the following 3 ingredients.

sodium alginate, calcium chloride, Agar (aka Agar-Agar)

I know I can order them from the states, but to make it worth while you have to buy in huge bulk, and pay a ridicules amount in shipping and I'm not willing to spend almost $200 on doing so.

Mar 17, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Wings in Durham Region?

Its kind of like a hole in the wall type place. A lot of regulars, sometimes peanut shells on the floor everywhere. Just not the most comfortable atmosphere. Not a place you feel necessarily as welcome in as you would at like a Denny's or Montanas.

I remember one time we went in at about 7pm, at 8:30 they had a band coming on. We sat down but when we we're going to order the waitress told us that this band was playing, made it sound like a well known type band, that we'd never heard of and then said if we do want to stay to eat either we need to buy tickets or get out by 8:00pm. The whole conversation and everything was a little weird.

But I still continued to get wings there about once a month. Haven't been back since the new owner took over though. That was maybe a few months ago.

Its worth a go, some people do really like the place. My friends and I just didn't feel as welcomed the times we've eaten in. Normally I get wings for take-out.

Mar 16, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Review - Liuna Gardens, Cullen Gardens

Mar 11, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caterers in the Durham Region

Just wondering if anyone has had experience with caterers in the Durham area. I'm specifically looking at one for a wedding, but am interested in all experiences.

Would be specifically interested in hearing anything about the following caterers:

Kings Court in Bowmanville
Pelican in Oshawa
Bunny's in Oshawa

Although would still be interested in hearing about other.

Thanks.

Mar 11, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Black Garlic - Buy online or in Toronto area

Does anyone know where I can order or buy black garlic?

Mar 11, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday Evening Dinner Suggestions

geoprincess - Sorry to somewhat hijack your post here but I just wanted to ask you a question. You gave me some good info a few months ago about Cullen Gardens for a wedding location.

We've booked it. We're still deciding on a caterer, I was wondering if you could tell me the caterer you had issues with. We we're pretty set on Pelican, the one you used. But after going to an open house/tasting with them and one with Kings Court, we're heavily leaning towards Kings Court. Just want to know if that was possibly the one you had issues with and even if possible you could expand on what those issues were. Chances are we'll still be going with Kings Court, but its hard with these places when there is so little information about them out there from people who have used their services.

Anything further info you can offer would be very helpful.

Mar 11, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Wings in Durham Region?

I like Wild Wings because the selection of sauces, but the wings are just average.

The Crown & the Firkin in Whitby, are decent nothing amazing, but Mondays and Thursdays are 25 cent wing nights, which makes it very worth while. If you like dry wings and not saucy their dry rub Cajun is quite nice.

Jax's Fillin Station in Oshawa (Formerly Jacks' Fillin Station) has really good wings, but the atmoshpeher isn't that great. But probably some of the better wings around.

Theres a wing place in Whitby, Wow Wings I think, its on HWY 2 east of Brock, I've been told they have good wings, but never been. They have a similar style to Wild Wings as far as sauces, but the wings are suppose to be better.

Mar 10, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Review - Liuna Gardens, Cullen Gardens

We've booked Cullen for 2010. So we haven't had it yet but I can tell you our experience so far.

We're leaning towards King's Court for the caterer, although I know we're planning on spending more on food. I'd at least look into King's Court though, they do have some budget options were very friendly and have great staff. Had great food. They also don't charge the service charge and mandatory 15% tip most other places do. With that said, still be plan on tipping.

Not as impressed with the other two caterers, each for various reasons. But especially with Bunny's that could very well just be limited to my experience.

If trying to save on a budget you can always get a Special Occasion Permits and charge for the alcohol. Doing this will cover the costs of the bartenders and give you some extra. I know it can be done but I don't know the logistics of it all, we're just doing an open bar.

You can also make a few batches at a brew your own winery such as BYOB in oshawa. Especially if you want to give a few bottles to each table at the reception.

We liked Cullen because of the ability pick a caterer and being able to have all the different options open to use that a place like this(City owned) had.

If you weren't aware of it, if you or one of your family members lives in Whitby you can also get a small discount.

Not sure what else I can give you but if you have any other questions just ask.

Mar 10, 2009
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

good restaurants in Brooklin, Whitby, Ajax?

Last I heard it moved near the Airport.

Dec 31, 2008
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Canned smoked oysters that are from Canada

Not in T.O., but a company in B.C. you can order directly from.

http://www.stjeans.com/cart/itm00024.htm

Dec 30, 2008
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

President's Choice Insiders Report

"I really liked the Fig and Goat Cheese apps"

I second that. Not out of this world good or anything but a very decent easy frozen appetizer.

Dec 29, 2008
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find Liqueur (Baileys/Kahlua)filled Chocolates? (GTA)

Sobeys normally carries them. I have seen them at Loblaws in the past also. But definitely the Sobeys near me carries them.

Dec 29, 2008
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lawry's Garlic Spread

Lawry's Garlic Spread ingredients are as follows - Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oils, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Garlic Powder, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Carrot Oil (for Color), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Used to Protect Quality), Garlic Oil. (Sourced from Amazon.com)

So correct me if I'm wrong but thats basically margarine, without the whey or dairy, some sugar, and a few extra preservatives?

Dec 29, 2008
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lawry's Garlic Spread

Derlea Garlic Spread is a great product. I use it all the time on vegetables and bread. Mmmm, try it on a grilled cheese.

But yes it is a margarine base though and seems to have whey in the ingredient list(so it has dairy). I believe Lawry's was basically a margarine base also but didn't have the whey. Although correct me if I'm wrong they did have small traces of dairy, their romano cheese they added did contain dairy.

Something to try is using roasted garlic as a spread. Either roast your own(I do it in bulk then freeze it) or Derlea also has a nice roasted garlic puree in jars as an easy alternative. If you make your own just puree it with some olive oil, salt, maybe a bit of parsley.

Pure Base Ready To Spread is horrid stuff. I bought 3 jars to make it worth while shipping up from the U.S. a few months ago. I still have two un-opened jars if anyone is interested. Its smells like a combination of cooked plastic & cheese and I could describe the taste in a very similar way. Tried it once and then tossed the jar. But seriously if anyone wants to be adventurous I'll ship it for only the postal/shipping cost.

Dec 29, 2008
DurhamPark in Ontario (inc. Toronto)