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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

At 291 King West, where "Dazzling" used to be....

Pearl King! Huzzah! Finally, dim sum in the core again!

Jun 27, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

has anyone eaten at Pai Northern Thai Kitchen?

That review was unnecessarily harsh. I disagree about the pad thai. One dish that was missed in the review was the incredible Khao Soi with drumsticks. Wear a bib - noodles & splashy yellow curry are a dangerous mix!

I've been 3 times, people in my office down the street have been more. (OK, maybe some referral bonuses would be nice, but hey.)

I do agree that the liquor license would be awfully handy.

Jun 26, 2014
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Byblos

Yeah, just went to Pai - AGAIN. The Khao Soi is just so so very good.

If only they had their liquor license...

Jun 22, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I don't know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but Pai has finally opened on Duncan just north of King. Been twice so far. The Khao Soi with chicken drumsticks is amazing - and if you do it takeout they pack it really nicely so the noodles (esp. the crunchy ones) don't get soggy.

Eagerly awaiting their liquor license...

Jun 20, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

This is opening where Obika was at Brookfield Place...

http://www.bolpetta.com/

May 29, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario Wild Leeks (aka Ramps)

Fair enough - especially early - but it does eventually come together. Actually I made it last year with late-season ramps, large bulbs. They held up their rampiness really well.

Apr 29, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario Wild Leeks (aka Ramps)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-g...

Here's my go-to. I've made it the last couple of years. Still have some left over; delicious.

Apr 29, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Canard a la presse in Toronto?

Wow - thanks for the heads up!

Mar 26, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

One of the places from my youth was Peter's Backyard across from Roy Thomson Hall. My parents decided it was time to get some culture for the kids so bought kids' subscriptions to the TSO and that was our go-to place before concerts. Now it's the Kama Indian buffet.

Mar 20, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lunch at Momofuku noodle bar - what to order?

Oddly enough, their fried rice is incredibly good. If they have the shrimp buns or chicken buns, those are the best ones (IMHO).

The regular ramen is nothing special, but I do like the smoked chicken ramen. Also, the ginger/scallion noodles are great if you want something a little lighter.

Mar 20, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Nooo!!!!

Where am I supposed to get Bostock now?!?

Mar 04, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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"Valdez" by Steve Gonzalez opening.. in a month?

Agree that this is a mistake. The ceviches are great. The duck fried rice is absolutely fantastic. The mixed grill plate is awesome. The chorizo app is amazing.

Really. Go.

Mar 03, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best things you ate this month: March 2014

Duck nuggets at The Saint. Like chicken nuggets.... but with duck!

Mar 03, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Toronto Guilty Pleasures

Mmmm, pizza sub..... that sauce is magical.

Mar 03, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best things you ate this month: Feb 2014

Duck confit fried rice at Valdez. So good.

Feb 27, 2014
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Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

What is Carlo doing now?

Feb 22, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Yup. That's the one. It's not carried at some of the smaller locations in the food courts, so I would sometimes walk to another building if the craving hit. So sugary, so walnutty.... so good.

Damn.

Feb 22, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

No!!! Not the Walnut Crunch!!!

Feb 21, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

I was surprised nobody had said Thuet in the other thread. That menu, and the Brulée, were amazing.

Feb 18, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone been to Harvest Kitchen?

Fair enough - but do it either all cold, or all warm. The inconsistency is the problem.

Feb 10, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone been to Harvest Kitchen?

Went for brunch yesterday. Food was OK, but the Spanish Tortilla was cold in the centre and barely lukewarm on the outside. They have lots of operational issues to work out.

Fries and aioli were quite good though.

The corn millet pancakes were very dry - needed to be drowned in syrup. Actually some jalapeno butter would have been good.

Feb 10, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kouign Aman ---- somebody must be baking them in Toronto

I had it last night - I didn't think it was anything special, really.

The ginger ice cream, on the other hand.... THAT was good.

Jan 17, 2014
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Soba Tuesdays

Finally went, after so many years (last time was still at Hiro!). Took my 5-year-old kid with me. He loves noodles of all kinds, and these are his new fave. Turns out he loves snow crab too! Yay!

Glad I asked for the soba-yu to finish off (the water that they boil the soba in - chock full of good stuff).

Dec 03, 2013
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ever heard of Carnivore Club?

The October box was awesome. Given the contents, it was worth the $$$.

Nov 20, 2013
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mamma's Pizza

Given that a Mamma's flyer arrived the other day and it had an ad for a pizza with penne on it, baked... ummmm, no. Maybe Mamma's has jumped the proverbial pizza shark.

Jun 15, 2013
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizza place in First Canadian Place Toronto

I really don't think so - Piazza Manna has (a sorry excuse for) pastas, etc. The place in FCP was just pizza - but around 20 varieties on any given day.

And it was glorious.

Jun 15, 2013
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizza place in First Canadian Place Toronto

Piazza Manna is a big chain - not the same guy.

Jun 14, 2013
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizza place in First Canadian Place Toronto

I loved that place. In the underground, right where the Longo's is now... Boo.

I wish I could remember the name.

Jun 13, 2013
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cherry Clafoutis (Clafouti)

I obviously did something wrong - came out very, very eggy on the bottom. Not even throughout. Hmmm.

Feb 08, 2013
Wino In Training in Recipes

Oyaki & hot soba dishes - where in Toronto?

Was there going to be a link in here?

Nov 08, 2012
Wino In Training in Ontario (inc. Toronto)