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48 hours in Toronto recs?

See if you can track down bar ape too. their flavours are phenomenal...and the bars are great quality.

Aug 12, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Etobicoke Dining - What's good near Brown's Line and Horner (north of Lake Shore)

I like Goodlake- it's nothing exciting and different. But so far, they've been consistent- if overpriced.

I think Sense Appeal (coffee) closed down. Very sad.

Recently tried Appalachia BBQ- they're new. On the north east corner of the Queensway & Islington. I didn't love their ribs, but their brisket sandwich was outstanding- totally worth the $12 price- for the pure fact that the meat is great quality and plentiful. My husband and I usually split one sandwich. Also- there's a lovely couple that runs the place.

Jul 31, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tich? Anyone been?

I don't know about modern or innovativ- but they have fantastic service, a nice space, and decent-good food.

I went with some friends about a month ago on a Wednesday night, it was empty at 6, but filled up soon after. It's not a large space, but it's well designed. I had the tasting menu which is a good value. The lamb chops were awesome- the shrimp/lobster curry was good, not great. Dessert was a miss- but that might just be me. I'm not a fan of indian sweets.

The value is good, the food is decent to good. I haven't been back since, so I don't know if that's saying something...and I live in the neighbourhood.

All that being said, if I want really good indian food nearby'ish- I'll go to the Host at square one.

Jul 02, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Special Occasion Family Dinner for 12… that's not too loud!

If you're ok with gluten- I would suggest contacting Libretto on the Danforth. They have a lovely back room. Plus they will put together a great prix fix menu for your group with lots of vegetarian options. We did this with a group of friends over christmas and the service was outstanding and everyone left stuffed.

Jun 02, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Padron or Shishito peppers

I usually get mine at J-Town in Markham.

May 15, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

wedding cakes 2015

I do Wedding Cakes-

Olivia is amazing to work with. Her cakes taste great. We used her last year for our wedding. Our cakes were DEMOLISHED- we had almost nothing left over- that's how good her cakes are.

The process was so smooth- no hidden pricing. She's VERY reasonable compared to other places. Delivery was on time, set up included in the fee. We went really simple with design, but she does the most beautiful "fancy stuff"- including watercolour painting on cakes.

We had a relatively small cake- with two large square slab cakes.

May 11, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Luci Restaurant in the former Momo's Bistro space (Queensway & Royal York)

+1 for Cellar Door- let them know it's your anniversary...though, I think they are still working out the kinks (so, on occasion- it will be a miss).

We used to go to Luci before Cellar Door's on the expensive side for what it is, but we've had decent meals there.

My one criticism of the restaurant is their clientele, who tend to be stuck up. My husband and I are mid 30s professionals- but he tends to dress down more than I do, and we both have tattoos. The staff is always great, but we get thrown a lot of shade by the overly coiffed baby boomers that frequent the restaurant. Mostly it's amusing- but can veer into annoying when the golden girls throwback keeps glaring at our tattoos.

Mar 19, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Affordable Wedding Catering in Toronto -- Am I asking for too much?

Take a look at fooddudes:

For our 2014 wedding, they were able to work with your budget, it would have been buffet- but with passed appetizers.

Unfortunately we couldn't go with them, as we were @ the Toronto Reference Library who had strict restrictions on caterers, they only allowed in our caterers because none of the ones on the approved list did ethnic food.

Jan 16, 2015
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cellar Door

We went for dinner on Wednesday night and were really pleased with the new addition to the neighbourhood. Between this and Sense Appeal- Mimico is heading in the right direction.

We arrived around 6:50pm- without a reservation- but it was a Wednesday...and it's fairly new, so we didn't think there would be an issue. It was only about 40% full at that time. They asked us, very politely, to wait for them to figure out which table we could use.

What really stood out were the appetizers. my husband had a great salumi platter with this outstanding fresh ricotta...I had their octopus. both were amazing. My husband really enjoyed his steak- it was cooked perfectly, served with an awesome ratatouille.

It's also seems like a great place for vegetarians as the veg dishes looked wonderful. I had the Ana Maria pizza for my main. Meh. It was good- not great. Nothing near libretto or QM level.

We shared the panna cotta dessert- almost good. The panna cotta and fresh fruits were lovely. The flourless chocolate cake wasn't great- and the homemade gelato was kinda awful. Skip dessert and head over to Sweet Olenka.

It became really busy around 7:30-7:45. I suspect they're still working out some logistics because service was sloooow. Our server was also pretty new- you could tell...he messed up which pizza I ordered, and he looked at the tip at the table. yikes. but he was also really pleasant and seemed knowledgeable about the menu and wine list; the latter of which could use some tweaking- I thought it was on the skimpy side.

$108+ tax & tip with 2 alc. drinks.

Overall- definitely a great addition. hope they stick around.

Aug 22, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

anyone else visit multiple stores to complete shopping trip?

We do the multiple grocery store runs- because we dont' have kids. I suspect that will change when we don't have the luxury of multiple trips.

Whole foods for meats.

Everything else we can usually get from BestCo (asian grocery store)- their produce is just great- and they offer a decent selection of (reasonably priced) organic produce.

Niagara Falls - I know, I know

AG- last time we were there about 2 years ago- it was great- and great if you're staying by the falls. Their decor is awful though- don't get thrown off by all the purple and weird lighting.

Jul 31, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First date - Need a recommendation where to go tommorow

*thumbs up* for date #2! my husband did a ton of research for our first dates together- it bode very well for 1 was libretto, #2 was korean bbq- which is a great interactive 2nd date, and #3 was peking duck.

Jul 28, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

West indian roti is made on a tawa as well- the difference is that it is usually brushed with oil as it's cooking. so yep- I see what you mean by 'greasy'.

Jul 28, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What wines would you serve at a roast pork/ suckling pig party?

So I'm planning a roast medium pig or suckling pig party for about 12-15 guests.

Fare is going to lean predominantly east asian, traditional accompaniments, with some interesting wrappers/buns thrown into the mix- think- brown rice appams (south indian brown rice crepe).

I'm not great with asian food (specifically cantonese) wine pairings. Looking to Chowhounders for some suggestions?

I was thinking a riesling or gewurztraminer for the white, and a gamay for the red.


Jul 21, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Ordered take-out from Tiramisu over the weekend (justeat)- gotta say- it was great. The taste isn't going to blow you away- but it's solid, good quality italian. We had the fusili a la vodka & spaghetti carbonara. the fusili won. the carbonara was decent though. and the garlic bread with cheese was awesome.

all for a decent price. we will be ordering from there again.

Jul 15, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

if the roti you've had from west indian place is greasy- you need to find a better shop. it should never be greasy.

Jul 15, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First date - Need a recommendation where to go tommorow

Ascari is great food- but it gets LOUD- plus the tables are super close to each other so not a ton of intimacy.

Sidecar is worth taking a look at for a number of reasons- 1) the food is quite good- especially their crispy chicken 2) the sidecars are awesome. and most of the drinks i've had there are great. 3) service is great and not in your face 4) parking is ample. tons on college in that area 5) there's a great record shop across the street if you're into that- with a great selection of indie albums and also a ton of bars in the area to grab a drink after.

oh- also not part of summerlicious.

Jul 15, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday Brunch at Splendido

We were there about 2 months ago and brunch was awesome. I'm thinking it was an off day. If it was really that bad- I would contact them and let them know of your experience.

Jun 05, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

30th Birthday - Possible Venue Ideas for Dinner/After Dinner Drinks Etc.

House on Parliament has a great room upstairs. Great vibe and good food.

Apr 04, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

If you haven't picked up a bag of the pumpkin seed barkthins yet...well.... i hear they're discontinuing them at most costcos. SAD. my family is obsessed with them. it's so perfect for all the nut allergies.

Apr 01, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recs for Ceili Cottage?

sticky toffee pudding....and hmm, sticky toffee pudding. really, I've been there a bunch of times- and it's pretty much always oysters and the sticky toffee pudding for me. the bf (who's allergic to shellfish, go figure) likes the mac'n'cheese. and pretty much anything beef there.

Mar 14, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Toronto Guilty Pleasures

+ costco polish sausage- mustard + onions.

A&W Mama burger + rootbeer float.

Feb 28, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kitchenware store in Toronto that won't break the bank

Second this. I purchased an 8" enameled cast iron frying pan from Superstore for $13(!). It's a beast, and equals le creuset. I've used it at least 3 times per week for the last month and a half.

My slow cooker is also PC brand- and it gets the job done as well as any other brand name.

Feb 27, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

01. Bar Isabel
02. Enoteca Ascari
03. Splendido
04. Jacob & Co
05. Libretto (Danforth)
06. Banh Mi Boyz
07. Holy Chuck
08. Kingyo
09. Lion City
10. Delux

Jan 20, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

Not the right time of year, but the Trails End farmers market is my favourite anywhere. Make sure you get some breakfast sausage from the Mennonite butchers place.

Great pad Thai is to be had at Quynh Nhi on wharnecliffe rd.

And of course Portuguese churrascco at King of Pigs (Rei dos leitoes).

Jan 04, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Congee Queen - 1st timer

I'm with everyone else- the turnip cakes!

Also, my favourite accompaniment to the BBQ pork is k28- Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce.

The bf also loves the deep fried pork chop with salt and pepper.

Jan 04, 2014
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A Chef going out of his way...

We just ate there last week and my boyfriend has seafood, nut, and egg yolk allergies- and they were beyond accommodating. It's been our favourite new restaurant.

Looking for good take out in Etobicoke

It's not so dire as all that. Our go-to's:

1. Paul & Sandy's bbq
2. La Torterilla- Kipling near Queensway
3. Mr. Sub on Queensway- before you scoff, the guy(s) that own this place, have sub-making down to an art. they take their time and make seriously great subs.
4. California sandwiches- is it the best? no. Is it passable? yep.

Dec 04, 2013
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What would you LOVE as a midnight snack @ a wedding? [Do you even want one?]

We're going to keep them warm/bake them before serving- in the ovens. The venue has a full catering kitchen. Then we'll have our serving staff pass them around on trays- inside sleeves so that people never have to leave the dance floor.

We're thinking of adding in some coco bread...but that seems to be a tradition that doesn't translate well. A lot of people look at me funny when I say you put the patty IN bread. lol...kinda like pizza in a bun.

Nov 13, 2013
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What would you LOVE as a midnight snack @ a wedding? [Do you even want one?]

Thanks for the heads up...our other west-indian pick is Randy's Patties on cocobread.

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