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Brisket Questions

This is the recipe I played around with and used and it turned out well.
http://mewannabefoodie.blogspot.ca/20...

Buying brisket from Chinese supermarkets is definitely cheaper. I bought mine from Foodymart when it was on sale for less then $3/lb. I also bought a piece of grained, antibiotic/hormone free beef from one of the meat vendors at the Steamwhistle Winter Farmer's Market, and it was either $5 or $6/lb.

Feb 21, 2014
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking For Pineapple Custard Buns with Crushed Pineapple Pieces

I went to Hong Kong Island Bakery this past Saturday to see if they have the pineapple buns i'm looking for. Unfortunately they don't. I did pickup a few buns there just to try. They were pretty tasty.

The search continues....

Nov 12, 2013
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking For Pineapple Custard Buns with Crushed Pineapple Pieces

Thanks TorontoJo, I don't know why I didn't think of them. They're actually much more convenient for me to get to as well. I'll update as soon as I get a chance to check them out.

Nov 06, 2013
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking For Pineapple Custard Buns with Crushed Pineapple Pieces

Thanks food face! I'll make a trip on Saturday after class to see what they have to offer in terms of pineapple buns.

I should have also mentioned that my search is not just limited to Chinatown. I'm willing to drive around town to any bakery that has the buns i'm looking for :)

Nov 05, 2013
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking For Pineapple Custard Buns with Crushed Pineapple Pieces

Growing up, when there weren't so many Chinese supermarkets and bakeries outside of Chinatown, I remember having to go downtown to the Broadview and Gerrard area with my parents every weekend for weekly grocery shopping. And every week my mom would go to Phoenix Bakery to pick up some pineapple buns filled with custard. This custard also had crushed pineapple pieces mixed in.

The last few months, I have been craving these exact pineapple buns. Just this last weekend, I made a trip to the Phoenix bakery on Gerrard, to see if its the same Phoenix and if they sold these pineapple buns that i'm craving. The buns didn't look the same as I remember, and they certainly didn't taste the same either. And worst of all, no crushed pineapple in the filling.

Does anyone know where I can find pineapple buns that are filled with crushed pineapple custard?

Nov 05, 2013
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Don't you dare leave Toronto without tasting....." a.k.a. Please help your neighbor to the south plan the perfect food-focused looong weekend.

Soma has a location at King and Spadina. That might be a little bit closer.

Sep 24, 2013
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Vacation in NYC Dec 27-Jan1

Ziggy41, I definitely will look into your recommendations! I'm so glad i posted here! My only worry is having to pick and choose where to go, and how my stomach will hold all this food.

Dec 17, 2012
PrincessStress in Manhattan

Food Vacation in NYC Dec 27-Jan1

Thanks so much for the recommendations Kathryn!

Yes the gelato place i got the name wrong. There's actually a gelato place named Il Gelataire here in Toronto. I guess my mind was still a bit fuzzy. When i posted, it was right after my last final exam for the term.

At Shake Shack, we tried both the Shack Burger and the regular burger. While both good, I dont' think we'll be visiting again. Need to make room for other places. Friend is insisting Burger joint is really good still. So i think we'll end up making the trek there.

For BBQ, i'm not too sure what kinds there are out there. Here in Toronto, there's not much variety. ANd usually it's bad. My friends and I do like Dinosaure BBQ.

I'll definitely take some time to go through the rest of the restaurants you recommended! Is Laudree the same as the one in Paris?

For the food trucks/carts, are they still out and about during the xmas season? Because when I was visiting in July 2011, i didn't see many food trucks because it was a holiday.

Dec 17, 2012
PrincessStress in Manhattan

Food Vacation in NYC Dec 27-Jan1

Hi all,

I need some delicious food recommendations for my upcoming trip to NYC (Dec 27-Jan1). The last time i visited, i got some good recommendations from fellow chowhounders, but unfortunately was unable to visit all the places, so i pick and chose some to try out. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780725 I was in a food coma for those 4 days that i visited! And then i totally forgot to report back.

So here's a mini report of where i visited:
BonChon Chicken - hubby loved it and will prob make a trip there again this time around.
Katz - Was very good, if you got the fatty version. Lean version not so good.
Il Gelataire - Fell in love with the basil gelato!
Donut Plant - Best donuts i've had in my life! I tried the creme brulee donut which is smaller than the rest, but perfect size i think.
Shake Shack - Love the mushroom stuffed with cheese. We have a burger place in Toronto that has something similar (The Burger Priest
)Spotted Pig - The fanciest restaurant we visited on that trip. After all the heavy food, i had to get something light. I think i got a mozerella, mashed peas and something salad. Delicious.
Magnolia - As the other chowhounders mentioned, cupcakes thumbs down, but the banana pudding OMG. I almost ate the entire thing myself.
Luke's Lobster - Love it! So fresh.
Dinosaur BBQ - We didnt' go to the brooklyn location, we went to the one in Syracuse on the way home. Love the wings.

So this time around, my friends (they love their foods and are adventurous) and i would love to try some new places. From my previous post, i've picked out ones that have been suggested, but I haven't tried yet. I will be staying around Union Square.

Two Little Red Hens - For their cupcakes
RUB BBQ - For bbq, which i'm sure the hubby would love
Caracas Arepa Bar - Maybe for a snack?
Ippudo - Ramen. Tried Momofuku ramen in Toronto and it was SO BAD! And all my friends keep saying ippudo is much better.
Keste Pizza & Vino - For their pizza
Momofuku Milk Bar - I didn't get a chance to try their crack pie. Hopefully i get a chance this time around.
Peter Lugers - Friend has kept bugging me to go, so will make the stop to try.
Burger Joint - Friend said burgers are awesome here and it's behind a curtain at a hotel?
Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery - I wanted to try this place last time too, but didn't get a chance. Mexican food is not the best in Toronto.

I definitely want to try some food trucks as Toronto is still lacking in those. But i'm just wondering because it's holiday season, if the food trucks will be out at all.

Any suggestions will be awesome!

Dec 15, 2012
PrincessStress in Manhattan

What's your take on Thai Basil rest. in Richmond Hill?

I wasn't aware there were 2 versions of pad thai there. Since it was lunch time, i just ordered off the lunch menu. But thats usually the one my friends order too since Thai Basil is usually their office gathering lunch outing.

Jul 19, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's your take on Thai Basil rest. in Richmond Hill?

I didn't have a good meal there either. When i ordered the pad thai, my friends who go there frequently assured me that its authentic and not made with ketchup. Well.....the pad thai came out in a soggy broken noodle mess and it was made with ketchup. I will never go back there again.

Jul 18, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for microwaveable rice cooker

I bought a plastic one for the microwave at T&T for around $6 or $7. It's larger than just making 1-2 cups. I wish they had that size there. My parents have one that is probably the size that you're looking for, they can't remember the exact supermarket they bought it from, since it's been so long, but it's definitely from a chinese supermarket. Hope this helps!

Jun 15, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Purple-fleshed Sweet Potatoes

I've also seen it at Foodymart

Apr 27, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizzeria Libretto - Awesome pizza!!!

Wow...seems like I'm the only one with bad luck here then! Both locations are quite a far drive for me, so unless I'm in area of either location, I won't make a special trip down for it like I last did. To keep my stomach pizza happy for now, I'll stick to Nonnas up in my area.

Feb 25, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizzeria Libretto - Awesome pizza!!!

I wanted to go try this place. But ended up not because of the horrible service. We went around 5:30pm and wanted our names put down for a table. They told us 1 hour wait and that they'll call us when a table is ready. We thought ok, we're hardly in the area, and this place has great reviews, so we'll wait. My cousin however gets really grumpy when she's hungry wanted to eat fish and chips at the Lakeview just so she doesnt' get as grumpy, hubby and i shared a plate of fries there just to hold us over. An hour and a half later, still no call, so we walk back, they said it's really busy, another half hour. We figured, ok we waited for an hr and a half already, whats another half hour right? Half hour passed, still nothing, and at this point we were just waiting infront of the restaurant. Hubby goes in and asks.....another half hour....at this point i'm getting annoyed. But we wait some more. 45 minutes pass and this time i go in. They said another half hour. WTF! I get fed up and i just ask them, what if i want take out, how long would that take? They told me half an hour. Seems like their answer for everything is 'half an hour'. So i told them forget it and turned around and left. They come running after me and say, Oh, we now have a table for you. How convenient was that. So i asked them I'll still have to wait half an hour for a pizza right? They said yes. I told them forget it.

There's no pizza place out there that's worth me waiting over 3 hours for. And because of this i doubt i'll be going to pizza liberetto to try their pizzas ever!

Feb 24, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Soup Nutsy?

I found my cream of mushroom to be overly thick as well. Consistency was like opening up a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup! Although, hubby's broth based soup (can't remember what it was) was pretty good.

Feb 10, 2012
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Liberte Greek Yogurt

Oikos has 0% but you have to make sure it's Okios Organic. I found it at Walmart.

Nov 30, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Liberte Greek Yogurt

I just bought the Liberte 0% Greek yogurt as well. While it's good, i found that the Danone Oikos one tastes better.

Nov 22, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buy veggie burgers?

They're in the freezer section where the normal beef burgers are. The brand is Costco's Kirkland brand in a green box.

Aug 08, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buy veggie burgers?

If your guests like the 'fake meat'/soy protein burgers, then the Lick's Nature burgers are quite good. If your guests dont' like that kind of texture, Costco sells these veggie burgers that you can see/tastes the grains, cheese, mushrooms etc. inside. I personally prefer the Costco ones. I think there's 10 patties in a box, for $12.99

Aug 08, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heartbroken Hoof Cafe lovers NEED recommendations!

I agree with the other posts....defintiely give The Beast a try. I loved it.
Stockyard's deep fried poached eggs were delicious! Something that i definitely wouldn't be making a home.

Jul 23, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good place for coffee/desserts near Toronto airport?

There's a Williams near the airport on Dixon Rd. Unfortunately i'm at a Starbucks with painfully slow Wifi.....so i can't find the exact location for you. But i'm sure if you do a google search you'll be able to find it. Hope this helps.

Jul 23, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Good Resto with pan-seared foie gras within GTA

I'm usually not a fan of foie gras, just because the very first time i've had it, it was done VERY badly at a friend's wedding. But i tried it again a few months ago at Black Hoof.....and it was AMAZING. The outside was nice and crispy, the inside was nice and creamy!

Jul 20, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy good wine glasses? (downtown Toronto)

Just went down to the basement to check the boxes. The name of the series is Degustazione. I did a quick google search and this line is considered the low end restaurant grade glasses. But i guess what do you expect to find at Winners right? My other set of Reidels & Nachtmans wine glasses i got during the William Ashley warehouse sale a few years ago. The white wine Reidels were sold in a 'party tube' packaging. Not sure what the name of the set would be since the tube is long gone. Nachtmans were in a box, but again.....box is long gone.

May 30, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy good wine glasses? (downtown Toronto)

I'm a newbie at this wine stuff so not sure how fancy the Riedels at Winners are, but i just picked up a set each for Red wine and Champagne flutes. $25 for each box of 4.

May 30, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a cup cake stand for sale..

I've seen cupcakes stands at Caynes (Yonge & Doncaster), Michaels, and Walmart.
Michaels has the 23 cupcake stand for sure that i've seen, but if you're looking for a 38 cupcake stand and can't find it anywhere you can prob order off of this site.

http://www.wilton.com/store/site/prod...

May 30, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cake Decorating Classes for Pre-Teens?

I took 2 out of the 3 Wilton cake decorating classes at Michaels. I loved it. Don't know if it was because my classes were so small. Course 2 ended up with 3 students (1 cancelled last min) and Course 3 ended up with 2 students (2 cancelled last min). They usually won't hold a class unless there's a min of 4 students per class.
Course 1 i took at a fancy bakery. Course fee incl course kit (still needed to buy some additional supplies) cost me $130.
Course 2 & 3 i took at Michaels, course fee & course kit for each course ended up being $50.
Both the fancy bakery place and michaels taught from the Wilton course book. So i don't tihkn there was any advantage taking the courses at independant cake shops.
For course information at Michaes, each store has teir own schedules. So you will need to actually call or go to the store to find out info. But right now they do have 50% off course fee & course kit. Course fee should be $22.50 and course kit should be $25. Both + tax.

May 29, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recommendations for July 1- July 4

Wow, i didn't expect to get so many responses over such a short period of time! Thank you to all for the speedy responses. I guess i haven't done enough research on places to check out for food.

I guess Magnolia will only be for the banana pudding and not for cupcakes as it seems that many people have said that the cupcakes are too sweet anyways. I'll definitely look over some of the other cupcake places and see which i can get to in the short time that i'm in the city.

As for Momofuku, i guess i'll make a quick stop to the Milk Bar location to get some pork buns and a slice of their crack pie (i forgot to mention that in the original post). I actually didn't know that there were different Momofuku restaurants. I'll go to Ippudo for ramen instead if they're that much better.

Just curious, why the negative comments about Shake Shack. In all my previous trips to NYC, i've never stepped foot in Central Park because i've always visited during the winter. I just thought that sitting down eating a burger, grabbing a shake/custard would be nice.

Coasts, the BBQ scene in Toronto is pretty pathetic, unless i go to our Ribfests. I have found a decent place up in Barrie which is like an hour north of for great pulled pork. I'm sure the hubby would like to eat some ribs in the places you recommended.

Gutsofsteel, i read on some posts (and on Anthony Bourdain's show) that Russ & Daughters has good bagels. If they don't make their own, do you have any suggestions where there are shops in NYC that make their own bagels?

kathryn, thank you for the long list of recommendations. If only i could go to all of them :) I didnt' mention Japanese (other than ramen) just because i came back from visiting Japan at the end of January. I also forgot to mention in my original post i do want to check out Wafels & Dinges and Schnitzel & Things. We don't have anything similar in terms of ethnic street food trucks in Toronto. The City of Toronto tried to launch an experimental program using 4 or 5 ethic food trucks and all failed miserably. So the only street food trucks/carts that we have access to here sells only fries and hotdogs.

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Wafels & Dinges
New York, New York, NY 10001

Schnitzel & Things
723 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017

Apr 25, 2011
PrincessStress in Manhattan

Recommendations for July 1- July 4

Hello fellow chowhounders,

I will be travelling to NYC and staying around 10th ave & 42nd st between July 1 (arriving late afternoon or around dinner time) - July 4 (leaving mid to late morning) this summer. I'm in need of some restaurant recommendations, perferably none that will break the bank.

I only have a few places in particular that i do want to go and visit. But if anyone can suggest better places, the ones listed below will be bumped off the list.

- Magnolia bakery for their cupcakes,
- Shake Shack for bugers & shes
- Momofuku for their pork buns & ramen
- Russ & Daughters for their bagels

Any suggestions for good food carts too?

Preferably no Chinese food, or Korean food since i'm from Toronto and we have an abundance of those here.

Thanks in advance!

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 24, 2011
PrincessStress in Manhattan

For the Love of Cake - East Liberty Street

I sampled 2 cupcakes at my cousin's wedding. One was red velvet with chocolate filling and the other was some coconut cupcake. I thought they were both disgusting. Cupcakes were ridiculously greasy, maybe thats why it was so moist on the bottom. We set the cupcakes down on the table, and when we picked them up, it left 2 grease stains on the table cloth. As i said, the bottom of the cupcake was moist but the top part was so dry that it crumbled. Worst was their buttercream/icing. I like my buttercream light and fluffy and smooth. Theirs was grainy and hard. Absolutely the worst cupcakes i've ever eaten.

Mar 09, 2011
PrincessStress in Ontario (inc. Toronto)