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40th Anniversary dinner on a Sunday

I'm in the same boat. Looking for recommendations for dinner on Sunday. If you want my two cents, I am not a huge fan of Harbord Room. I've been there a few times and seem to always be disappointed. If you're wanting that neighborhood, I'd rather go to the Boulevard Cafe. More laid-back and cozy, but the food is quite tasty. Both my parents love that place, too, and we have gone there for many a meal. Service is always friendly and timely.

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Harbord Room
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

a tasting that's not colborne lane or george?

oh, follow up question, sorry:

What do people think of the 4 course tasting at Lucien?

a tasting that's not colborne lane or george?

Any recommendations for a tasting menu somewhere downtown which doesn't boast 10-15 courses? I've been to colborne & george - disappointed by both given the price, not to mention the fact that it was simply way too much food.

I'm in need of a dinner reservation on Sunday. My first choice was the chef's table at Local, but they don't offer it on Sundays.

Any other ideas? 5-7 courses would be ideal, a foie course would be a nice bonus.

Thanks!

MEAT in desserts

oh wow, interesting, i've not heard of that before. there are probably some interesting preparations that could be applied to the olive for a dessert. thanks for sharing!

Sep 30, 2010
blindbunny in Home Cooking

MEAT in desserts

mincemeat tarts are a favorite holiday dessert for me...the old-fashioned way. and paired with a cold glass of egg nog. almost makes me wish it were winter!

Sep 30, 2010
blindbunny in Home Cooking

MEAT in desserts

oh wow, beef brownies? i wonder what the point of them is if you cannot taste the beef. i like the idea of pairing a meat with a sweet for the contrast of flavors. very interesting, though..i may have to try it. thanks for sharing!

Sep 30, 2010
blindbunny in Home Cooking

MEAT in desserts

tell me about the blue cheese and feta desserts. how were they prepared? and was the candied pork similar to bacon?

Sep 30, 2010
blindbunny in Home Cooking

MEAT in desserts

Question for everyone:

the concept of putting bacon or foie gras into sweets is not terribly 'nouveau' anymore and has perhaps become a bit of a staple of even mainstream dessert menus.

So that said, have you come across any other types of proteins/meats/savory components in your desserts which surprised you? And, which meats do you think would lend themselves nicely to sweets? Bacon does work unbelievably well, particularly if it has been candied b/c it creates a nice balance of salty/sweet/fat that complements desserts. I'm now thinking about how this could apply to other meat products and am coming up blank.

Any ideas??

Sep 30, 2010
blindbunny in Home Cooking

Recommendations near hotel in Quebec City

Thanks for the suggestion. We did end up eating at Toast one evening and it was a great meal. The portions to price ratio was actually very generous and I thought the food was thoughtful, balanced and extremely tasty.

I'm looking for something more low budget tonight (although not cheap) hopefully in the old part of the city again. Any other suggestions? Thanks so much.

Recommendations near hotel in Quebec City

I just wanted to get some good recommendations close to Hotel Pur (Boul Charest & Couronne) . Not looking for anything in particular - just good food and hopefully a wide range of price options. All suggestions are hugely appreciated!
Thanks!

Cabbagetown at 1:30pm where should I go?

House on Parliament - it's a pub, but it has a great special's menu and a really nice spot to sit for an hour or two and chat. It's always been one of my fave neighbourhood pubs in the city.

what breakfast dishes do you like best at Brassaii?

i think brassaii is a great brunch spot. the donuts and the espresso chocolate sauce is excellent, as someone else said. i've had the frittata (so-so) and the french toast stuffed w/ ricotta. it's a really nice space too - very sunny, spacious and great for a casual and affordable brunch.

Watusi (?) on Ossington

just walked by last night on the way to delux. the menu didn't look too enticing and it was absolutely empty in there so we moved on. looked like a cool space though so i'd be anxious to hear some reviews here.

Best Ribs in TO

despite all the neg stuff said, i still think cluck, grunt & low has great ribs. very tasty and i love all the sides.

wild Italian dried oregano on the branch-where to find?

i was in fiesta farms this weekend and they had a huge table with bags of wild oregano. not sure if it was on special or not, but it was a great deal. they also had packets of roasted chesnuts for $2 right beside it. mmm.

Organic Restaurant Recommendations?

i went to true for brunch awhile back and was seriously disappointed so maybe it has improved. to me, it seemed like one of those concept restaurants that was about how it looked and not how it tasted (the neighborhood also makes me tres skeptical).

Best bang for your buck? Downtown TO

What do you guys think are the best bang-for-your-buck restaurants downtown and why??

Loic - how does it work?

thanks to you both. i saw the website - it doesn't seem to explain whether the food can come fully done or just partially, as plainjane says. this is about 5 minutes from my office so i was going to use it as a spot to get lunch or dinner. we don't have an oven in our kitchen so unless you can get a meal fully prepared, it's unlikely that i'd be ordering. what a weird concept, esp. since they offer free delivery (implying that people don't have time to do anything but order/pay and that's it!).

Pls Recommend: One-of-a-kind "eating out" experience?

i disagree. i really enjoy colborne lane - it is a complete dining experience and i've found the food to be fantastic. i would also second the suggestion for perigee which is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. as far as tastings go, have you tried george? i think it is perhaps overpriced for the quality of food, but it is beautiful.

for romantic/special dinners, i must say that i am a sucker for the cornerhouse. it may be traditional, a little old school, etc. but god, it's almost like not being in toronto and every time i go there, i leave feeling completely satisfied in every way.

Loic - how does it work?

oh p.s. - is it take-out only or can you dine there?

Loic - how does it work?

i read the review about this place in the now & recall someone on this board saying something, too. i understand it as take-out gourmet, but what's this about it not being fully cooked and you finish the preparation at home??

what's the deal? and is the food tasty? the now review was really good...

need rec for quick cheap lunch Yonge/Eg

i'm a huge fan of sandwich box and think it's a great deal. well worth the cash for fast food!

Davids Tea on Queen West

yes, but has anyone noted super bitchy service at tealish, if the owner is not there? it's so bad that it would almost prevent me from going if i didn't enjoy the tea so much.

craft burger

i can't believe how many people dislike craft. i go to that and burger shoppe frequently and have seriously never been let down. for me, it's the hands-down most reliable burger in the city - the organic with white cheddar rocks my world. have never once found it to be over cooked, i love the fries, i love everything about it. mmm, i could eat one now!

Organic Restaurant Recommendations?

there's a restaurant in my neighbourhood called 'live' - spadina/dupont area. it's all organic/raw. and vegetarian. the menu is pretty unique, the drinks are very good, the mains are so-so and the desserts i actually really enjoy (given that it's organic/raw/vegan). cool dining area, good service, and the type of place you can bring your laptop too and chill out for awhile.

Choose one of three for me...

yup, i'd go for caplanksy's too. i guess it is unanimous. smoke's is def. the hung-over hangout. not the greatest atmosphere and while i will cop to indulging there a time or two, the gravy is truly sub par (tastes like swiss chalet sauce).

Where to find 125ml canning jars?

thanks a bunch for the tip. i will have to check zellers out. i think a lot of places are only carrying them seasonally, hence my problem finding them. i've only recently gotten into jamming after getting a jam/chutney recipe book over xmas. so far i've made a cardamom/carrot jam and an apricot/lime (dried apricots). it's great fun. next up is ruby red grapefruit marmalade. i'm addicted!!

Where to find 125ml canning jars?

does anyone know where I can buy the 125ml Bernardin jars? i've seen lots of variety at canadian tire, but the smallest size i've seen is the 250ml.

thanks!

Banana cream pie in Toronto?

oh god, yes. to DIE FOR.

milk in glass bottles

you can buy harmony organic in glass bottles at a ton of grocery stores. fiesta farms (christie/dupont area) is one i know for sure carries it.