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Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

+ more than 1 for Bar Bill. Historic Ullrich's downtown is also great but it has - unfortunately - been redecorated.

And then there is the landmark Wiechec's Lounge...

about 14 hours ago
PoppiYYZ in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?


If we are talking Wecks, ie with Beef on it, Get Ye To Schwabl's. Hand carved to order by a very experienced carver and choice of meat doneness.


A B.o.W Shrine. Classic old school sides of pickled beets and warm bacon potato salad. Fine mixed drinks too.

Also, Wegmans and Tops carry Wardynski's Liverwusrt. Family owned since 1919, coarser grind and not pasty at all. It is like crack to liverwurst lovers...

What to serve with a Cuban Sandwich?

B*I*G Bump.

Made a killer Pork Pernil and used the leftovers to make a rockin' Cuban Sandwich.

As the side :
Cuban Salad with Feta and Garlic Lime Vinaigrette sprinkled with fresh pickled red onions and jalapenos. Light, feta-y, and the lime vinaigrette complemented the salty fatty porky goodness of the sandwich. Worked perfectly.

Jul 01, 2015
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

or Anchor Bar.

NEVER was stopped at the boarder coming back when I told them I went over to the Anchor Bar for wings...

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

As a point of possible interest, there is a shop called Perfumania in the WG that carries a huge selection of perfumes and colognes. Many vintage varieties nearly impossible to find in Canada these days.

If you, or know someone who had a favorite from decades ago, you'll likely find it there at a great price.

Makes for fantastic surprise gifts.

Other suggestions here too :

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?


Fresh Fenugreek Growing - Now What ?

Thanks boogiebaby,

I have been searching on-line the last few days, and coincidentally, the three most interesting recipes I found were Aloo Methi, Methi Roti, Methi Chicken !!

The Methi Chicken recipe I saw was basically butter chicken with loads of fenugreek tossed in at the end, but the Murgh Methi recipe on Allrecipes looks great.

I have also been tossing a handful of Methi into mixed green salads and it tastes great.

Planning on a fenugreek themed meal in the next few days to try all three of your suggestions !

Thanks again.

Jun 27, 2015
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking

Fresh Fenugreek Growing - Now What ?

Thanks b,

Easy to grow from seed and would be perfect for a little window planter or pot. Richters in Canada sells a packets of seed for $2.

Jun 25, 2015
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking

Fresh Fenugreek Growing - Now What ?

Have a lovely lush bunch of fenugreek growing in the herb garden (for the first time). It tastes kinda "green" and quite bitter, has sort of a celery seed after taste, but not too much flavor otherwise.

Would like to know if you have some suggestions for some good uses.

Jun 25, 2015
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking

Where To Buy Hot Spices And Hot Sauces In Toronto?

This stuff is good. Original, Black Heat, Extreme, and Hawaiian are all killer. Check Store Locator at top of the page to find retailers.


When can we expect fresh strawberries in Toronto

Been picking every other day since June 5th. After picking for 30 minutes, the 4'x 8' patch delivered this today !

The Secret : cover the patch with a single layer of Row Cover (a light gauze like cloth that lets UV and rain through) as soon as the first berry ripens. Seems to keep the birds and chipmunks off the berries as they ripen.

Now, ice cream and jam production begins...

St. Jacobs Market Reopening

Great news. Where there be Customers, there will be Capital. Any first hand reports on the "new" version of the old classic ?


Lutefisk and Surströmming in Toronto?


Apparently tis the season to eat surströmming. Anyone know where one can purchase a tin of this Scandinavian delicacy in Toronto ?

When can we expect fresh strawberries in Toronto

The 2015's are here !!

Just picked from the garden ! Ripe and spectacularly flavorful.

Even after that horrible frost on May 22nd, the little plants are just pumping them out now. Look for tasty ripe ones all around town.

Caruso Gourmet Pizza --- Closed --- Bolton

Seriously, Airport Pizza ?!

I lived in the area for years and never tried it. Still drive by there occasionally so might have to stop in !

What style of pizza do the make ?

BTW, never was a fan of Caruso, found it too heavy, but I know many worshiped the place.

Community Gardens in Toronto

Friends just got their first plot in a downtown community garden. Anyone experienced in Toronto Community Gardens care to share any advice, tips, or experiences ?

Kentucky Fried Chicken's 11 Herbs and Spices Reverse Engineered

Dunno TP. When I peel a small piece of batter/crust from the underside of a piece of KFC, there is a unique flavor profile there that is far more than just flour/s+p/msg.

Todd Wilbur is onto something, but I personally pick up more summer savory + marjoram and less thyme than he recommends. He is pretty darn close though, and I'd love to hear from someone seriously developing his recipe further.

May 30, 2015
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking

Kentucky Fried Chicken's 11 Herbs and Spices Reverse Engineered

People people people !

I know the oil is important, as is the cooking technique, but what about the spice combo ?

May 28, 2015
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking

Shawarma Palace (Ottawa) - worthwhile visit from Montreal?

Shawarma Palace is a definite yes. Not a very nice place (Rideau Street location), but eat in so it is as fresh as possible and not soggy. Be sure to get fresh cut meat(s). If it is busy you will, if it isn't ask for it.

Go hungry because it is very filling. You wont be eating much else that day...

Shawarma Palace (Ottawa) - worthwhile visit from Montreal?

Fairmont - not great. Typical fancy place serving food to tourists who are on a splurge.

Was there recently and ordered a variety of apps to have at cocktail hour. Their "smoked salmon pate" was from a tin (think salmon salad sandwich). Cocktails were also so/so.

Does anyone know where to buy these kimchi containers in Toronto?

Any KC recipes you prefer ? Always looking for a new tip.

This years Wild Leek Kimchi is ready to eat !

Does anyone know where to buy these kimchi containers in Toronto?

Large 1 or 1.5 liter mason jar works perfectly for making KC. Ferment at room temp for a day or two, in fridge thereafter, then eat...

The stuff in the container is what's important.

Frozen Rhubarb

Frozen rhubarb ? It is growing out of the ground, everywhere, right now, in Ontario. 'Tis the season...

Why not go for fresh ?

Wild leeks are up!

Ha ha,

Make a rhubarb sauce for desert and you'll be really using everything available !!

Wild leeks are up!

Typically Ostrichfern.


Ostrichferns grow out of a cluster. Pick one or two fiddleheads from each cluster to leave behind a vigorous plant (for next years fiddleheads).

Wild leeks are up!

Humber College has a one day course on wild edibles on their Etobicoke campus. I've taken it a few times since it is so much fun. Really surprising how much is available on their grounds (very beautiful grounds I might add).

There is a course this Saturday !


Wild leeks are up!

Ha ha,

Nuthin' flips 'Ol Man Winter "the bird" like a hot bowl of leek or asparagus soup with a few garlic crostinis on a cold February afternoon ! Tastes just like spring time.

Happy preserving.

Wild leeks are up!

There are other things coming up to...

PS The hop plants have grown over a foot in the last two days - seriously ! After a slow start and most things being two weeks behind schedule, Mother Nature has gone full throttle !!

Wild leeks are up!

Great year for wild leeks ! Fiddleheads are now starting now too !!

BTW, it is now spring wild turkey season, and there are many landowners out hunting in FULL camo.

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

St-Viateur Bagels get a lot of love. Last trip I did a head to head with Fairmount (plain bagels), Fairmount is still the winner IMHO. BTW, swing into Wilensky's Light Lunch a few doors down from Fairmount for a sandwich and some history (might run into David Chang).

La Vieille Europe Cheese is a couple of doors from Schwartz's. Friendly staff, great selection of Quebec cheese. They package in small portions so just ask for suggestions and try 6-8 types.

Some excellent cheese suggestions :
Le 1608 fromagerie De Charlevoix Raw Milk,

Le Migneron de Charlevoix fromagerie Maison d'affinage Maurice Dufour, Baie Saint Paul,

Zacharie Cloutier Pur Brebis Raw Milk from Fromagerie Nouvelle France,

Le Cendrillon 2009 World Champion cheese by La Maison D'Alexis de Portneuf, Saint Raymond QC,

Maison Alexis de Portneuf, Saint Raymond QC,

Bleu Ermite fromagerie Abbaye St-Benoit,

Pied De Vent Iles de la Madeleine Raw Milk