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2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

I'm glad you are a responsible farmer interested in the health of your Customers and the success of beekeepers as much as your own business.

I hope you have a large sign "Neonicotinoid Free" at your stall. Maybe ask a local beekeeper to get you some info sheets about neonicotinoids to hand out too (they exist). Improve your sales AND educate your Customers.


Ontario Wild Blueberries

Thanks for the tips ! Scraped the last of the BB jam out of one of my few remaining jars today. Gotta lay up a new batch of BB jam ASAP.

Thanks again.

Mushrooms are up!

You are very brave. Wild mushrooms are one of the few things I don't see the risk / benefit ratio worth taking. Some very tasty I'm sure, some deadly I'm certain.

There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old bold mushroom hunters.

Please be very very careful.

Ontario Wild Blueberries


Any wild blueberries still available ?

Pantry jam supplies are getting dangerously low and I hope I can still make some of that fine spicy wild blueberry jam !

BTW, I will be heading up to the Sundridge area soon and wondered if anyone knows when the Ontario season ends and how this years season was.

Where to source Banh Mi Buns in Toronto?

Oh, it's the crisp that makes BM work for me. Very slight nuke if in a rush to thaw, but followed by a few minutes in a hot oven makes for the crispy bun exterior (best to pre-cut the buns, crisp, then assemble the sandwich).

The only two things one should never try to eat in a car are a really good fresh flaky croissants and great crispy BM. Crumbs everywhere !!

Where to find Split Top Hot Dog Buns in GTA?

Thanks fD, I've seen that one thanks. Normally KA has good recipes, but I was put off by the powdered potatoes and milk, eesh.

Where to find Split Top Hot Dog Buns in GTA?

I've used Chef John recipe / video for starting a sourdough and making sourdough bread. Worked out pretty well and learned a few very simple effective tricks. Seeing it done makes following a recipe a lot easier (for me anyway).

Now if only I could find a great potato hamburger bun or recipe ...

Where to find Split Top Hot Dog Buns in GTA?

Man that looks good. First time in my life I'm craving a hotdog before 8am !

Me thinks a lobster roll is in my near future...

Where can I buy an AMCO fat separator in Toronto?

True. Amazon.ca prices are typically DOUBLE the price of Amazon.com. Amazon.com sellers often won't ship to Canada, and many times when they do, the shipping costs are obscene.

Laws that stifle competition means we have poorer selection and pay higher prices.

I for one would support a Culinary Device Free Trade Agreement !

Where to source Banh Mi Buns in Toronto?


Tung Hing has excellent Banh Mi buns at rediculous cheap prices (I think they are 5 for $1). Buy 'em fresh, freeze them for a day or two and crisp them in an oven if possible. Do it all the time at home and they are fantastic.

Tung Hing Bakery Company Ltd
1700 Wilson Av (in the mall on the N side, W of Jane)
North York, ON M3L 1B2, Canada

Papalo Growing, Now What ?

Thanks everyone,

Spent some time in Puebla but sadly didn't eat one of those delicious looking Cemitas. Might try making one from scratch.

Love fresh herbs and try to eat them in every meal since the season is so short here. Will definitely try using Papalo in eggs.

Here are a bunch of other good herb combinations.


Aug 17, 2014
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking


Checked my list and I believe I got them from Richters. Started them in little pots and transferred into a few different places in the garden. Seems to grow everywhere but likes it best when it has it's own space.


Johnny's Selected in the States also has seed and they ship most of their seeds to Canada. They carry a lot of hard to finds stuff.


Papalo Growing, Now What ?

I have had success growing Papalo this year from seed. The taste is really quite exotic. It has a nice plump crisp leaves with a totally unique but delicious flavor. Now the question is what to do with it.

I have been using it as a cilantro substitute with much success but wondered if there are any special recipes or uses.

Aug 15, 2014
PoppiYYZ in Home Cooking


I have had success growing Papalo this year from seed. The taste is really quite exotic. Now the question is what to do with it.

How were you planning on using it ?

Tiffin Carrier

Thanks everyone,

The Fenigo tiffins look really nice and I'll definitely check out Kohinoor and Lee Valley too. Thanks very much for the tips.

Tiffin Carrier

Yeah, but the reason for asking here is to hopefully find someone who has "dropped in" somewhere and noticed a nice SS 4 level insulated one so I don't have to visit all the suburbs or the city and see if they happen to have one.

Proper martini glasses

I also bought these (Toots Shor 1950s-Style Cocktail Glasses), but sadly they no longer appear to be available on amazon.

Both sets are 5oz and really really nice.

Aug 11, 2014
PoppiYYZ in Spirits

Food Porn - add to the list

Ha ha,

Very nice Vinnie. If you aren't a comedian, you are in the wrong profession.

Check out this with the asparagus hands !

PS, this thread ain't gunna last....

PPS, Gotta go pick garlic, and that ain't code.

Aug 09, 2014
PoppiYYZ in General Topics

Tiffin Carrier

BIG Bump.

Anyone know where I can find a stainless steel, four level, with insulated bag / sleeve in Toronto ?

Man these things would be freaking awesome to take a warm gourmet lunch on a fishing / hunting / bunky trip !


Can you just imagine having this baby spread out and seeing the look on the guys face in the next boat as he's eating a wonder bread bologna sandwich ! Come-ON ! :-D

Help me get Excited about Ottawa's Food Scene!

Sorry to hear about your CL burger experiences.

I've eaten at Chez Lucien at least a dozen times now and had only one "bad" burger which was over cooked. Since then, I always ask for medium and they have been very accommodating. Great charred exterior but still juicy. It is critical to not get their burger overcooked.

As for the fries : great potatoes, thin cut, cooked in lard, perfectly seasoned. Next to a trip to Belgium, they are the best IMHO.

Help me get Excited about Ottawa's Food Scene!

Best schawarma in town ?!

How 'bout the best in Canada ! : Schawarma King 530 Rideau St. Not fancy, but Get Ye There, and order one of everything (best to go when it is busy though, means a longer wait and fewer available tables, but the freshest food).

Chez Lucien for wicked good burger and amazing fries. REALLY wicked good (but be sure to order the burger medium rare). Great local beers too. Casual, affordable, good music, and cozy atmosphere. It is the Ottawa version of the Corner Bistro.

Stay away from Wellington Gastro Pub. You will be disappointed.

Your favourite grocery store in GTA (chain or otherwise?)

It is one of the few stores where I slowly go up and down each and every aisle, even when I only stopped in for a few things !

It is a European product dream store, excellent butcher shop, and sausage emporium to name a few...

Korean Snacks in TO

Ha ha,

I definitely haven't forgotten K !!

In fact we were enjoying a glass (or few) of Apfelwein along with a small plate of Handkäse mit Musik and some excellent buttered rye bread on the back patio this weekend. As good as ANY Gastehaus in Hessen !! (Although I do miss the patios at Gaststätte Blockhaus and Zum Paradies).

We have to set up a meet !

Korean Snacks in TO

On my last trips to Korean I've been introduced to a fantastic unusual after work snack of dried salted fish dipped in searing hot sauce - honest. They are fantastic.

They are also available in a snack mix of dried fish and slivered almonds. Made by Blue Diamond Growers and called "Calmonds". I haven't been able to find them anywhere or online.

Any Korean friends out there able to help out ?

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

Thanks DP,

I've had a few beehives for seven years without one single hive loss. The past two winters ALL hives have died after large fields of feed corn were planted in the area for the first time. The dead hives when opened in early spring were packed full of honey, pollen, and thousands of dead bees. Anecdotal and unscientific I know, but quite a coincidence.

Surprisingly, the local Landowners / Farmers didn't have a clue when I asked whether their corn was treated with neonicotinoids.

It's getting harder to get a great piece of fresh local corn and some fresh local honey for my tea and toast...

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

Oh I totally agree. No apologies about proselytizing needed. I also believe more people should care about what their food is treated with.

I searched the corn variety after buying it (and after asking in a round about way where he gets his planting seed from). I also agree that if it is in the seed, in the plant, in the pollen, it is in the corn we (and the cattle) are eating.

Reminds me of the tobacco industry tactics - deny, defer, and discredit is still very much active today and sadly seems to be working.

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

Thanks everyone. We appear to be off to a good corn season. Picked up some in cottage country direct from a local growers farm gate. It was a Peaches and Cream variety called Navajo. Large, sweet, and very very tasty. Seems the dry, albeit cool, weather lately hasn't hurt the crop.

Very sadly though, Navajo corn seed from Stokes contains neonicotinoids. Sad we need to choose between corn and honey bees...


Absentee Chefs

Never been there. Don't plan on going there either.

Aug 02, 2014
PoppiYYZ in Not About Food

Absentee Chefs

Saw a recent interview of artist Jeff Koons on Charlie Rose. Seems much of "his" art is created by the 100+ staff working in his studio. I guess claiming ownership of delegated work isn't just limited to restaurants.

Meanwhile experts still debate furiously whether certain paintings are "real" da Vinci's or just created by others who worked in his studio.

Jul 29, 2014
PoppiYYZ in Not About Food

2014 Ontario Sweet Corn

Any confirmed sightings of fresh 2014 "local" Ontario Sweet Corn yet ?