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

Take a look at fooddudes: http://www.thefooddudes.com/

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 us...date 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)

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

We were thinking pizza! but are worried it's too heavy... our dinner is BIG- think goat, chicken, shrimp, etc etc...

and beef & pork are out :( [hindu + muslim guests]...

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

Help! Ideas for good catered or frozen hors d'oeurves

I was talking with the "Food Dudes" catering company before- they are INCREDIBLY accommodating of budget- AND their appetizers sound amazing. I would speak with them about ordering some appetizers to be either delivered or picked up.

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

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

If you need one at all.

My fiancee and I are wavering on this (borderline obnoxious) trend....

First off- we're not of any ethnic or cultural background that necessitates a midnight buffet.

We're putting out a great buffet dinner (not plated for logistics and budget- > 300 people)- with a plated & served salad course + dessert.

We're going to be starting the party early- by 9, or 9:30. Then we want a rager going until 2am.

We (think) we want to put out something sweet or savory around 11. Usually- our families do a sweet table [we're thinking a dufflet cake bar]...but since we're serving a dessert. Maybe people want variety?

Some other ideas we've seen and/or are thinking of:

1. poutine (meh. three times I've seen it done- all three times, execution was sort of poor- and these were from great caterers)
2. waffle bar (see double dessert issue)
3. loaded nacho bar- we're worried about the messiness of this
4. trinidadian doubles (we're west indian)

Our venue is the Toronto Reference Library. We would prefer not to do a food truck because people will leave- and we DON'T want to lose the party vibe...

Midnight snack- overrated?

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

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I've used the Madagascar beans- they're great! Really good quality.

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

Help a Toronto Chowhound out? Weekend trip to Boston

Back from our long weekend in Boston- and I have to say- Boston did not disappoint. We enjoyed every meal there.

Friday afternoon- we arrived later than anticipated...and thought Craigie on Main might be open- as it was only a 10 min walk down from our hotel [we were staying at the Kendall right in the middle of MIT]....we decided to hoof it. We got there, and were very politely told that they weren't open until 5:30. But when I asked where we could grab a bite to eat- they directed us to Area 4. Good choice.

I had their buttnernut squash and roasted chicken salad. It was simple- but amazing. So good- perfectly composed. Pricey at $14, but worth it. The bf had the mac'n'cheese appetizer with bacon. Good.

But what blew me away was the coffee. SO good.

Oleanna didn't disappoint, but didn't blow us away. The service was great. I loved the atmosphere. We started with the quail appetizer + that amazing bread basket. I had the flattened chicken, and the bf had the steak special. While I enjoyed the spice on the chicken- I will say that I thought the cheese + chicken combo was a bit too salty. For dessert- I went against my better judgment and got the special- blech. Beer stout with ice cream + a dry pine nut cake + some sort of dolce du leche (ok)....so a miss on dessert. Overall, it was good.

Our favourite meal though- came from hungry mother. We split the pork belly appetizer and the cornbread (mmm..cornbread). I had the pork shoulder and the boyfriend had the chicken with cheesy farro. I liked his better- but I liked mine as well. We couldn't handle dessert.

Other notable stops during the weekend were Upper Crust (good pizza) + the food trucks at the SOWA market...ehhhh...we tried a bunch of different trucks, but weren't blown away by anything.

Overall- Boston delivered on the food front. Thanks to all for the recommendations.

Oct 15, 2013
jinxie in Greater Boston Area

Never buy salsa from the grocery store again...

Try United Supermarket on Adelaide. Even though they're primarily an asian grocery store- they have a HUGE range of other ethnic groceries- including indian, mexican, and spanish.

Also- I seem to remember an El Salvadorean market somewhere on the east side (the shady parts); I used to buy dried chili peppers there...I just googled it, it's called "Latino Market"- it's on Dundas Street.

The thing about london is that it actually DOES have ethnic grocery stores- it's just hard to locate them.

Good luck.

Oct 07, 2013
jinxie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Share the best single thing you ate TODAY!

The fiery chili turnip patties from congee queen on Steeles.

So good- so (temperature) hot...it's hard to wait for these things to cool down. scorched the roof of my mouth- totally worth it!

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