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Harbord House

Has anyone been recently? I went a few weeks ago and personally had a wonderful experience. I have a weak spot for Canadian comfort food.... :P
I never see Harbord House mentioned on here, so I was just wondering what you all thought of it.

Fast food greek chains: their recipe for "greek salad dressing" and tzaziki??

i had a yummy tray at jimmy the greek last week and i LOVED the salad dressing they used. it's wasn't a clear vinegrette, it was white and more liquidy than the tzaziki.
anyways, it was super good! does anyone know where i can get a similar recipe?? i wouldn't mind knowing their tzaziki sauce recipe either ;P

Sep 17, 2009
goldendelicious in Home Cooking

Quality of dining during TIFF?

i wonder if any restos are cracking a whip on the service/food quality?

it honestly wouldn't surprise me if places like sassafraz actually stepped up their game during the film fest...

has anyone been? have they noticed a change?

The C.N.E.

Tiny Tim donuts! :)

Terroni- disappointing experience

The other night i went to Terroni with some friends. I had heard good things and i was eager to try it out. It turned out to be an unpleasant experience. Our server was rude, the food portions were relatively small (for pasta, anyways. my pizza was quite large), and the food lacked flavor and punch. The pizza i ordered came with only a few small bits of spicy italian sausage, which was definitely not worth $16. I sampled a friend's ravioli was disappointed as well. The food, in my opinion, was too simple and too overpriced. I had a better meal at La Vecchia (near Yonge & Eglinton) the a few weeks ago, where I ordered the seafood pasta (spaghetti with shrimp and scallops tossed in garlic olive oil) and some type of pesto pizza and they were quite good.

Not really sure what the hype over Terroni is about...

Good hospital food?

from what i heard, some hospitals in toronto (including north york general) are switching food catering companies from september onwards. supposedly the "new" food is fresher and better quality (as one worker who sampled the food described it: "the chicken is ACTUALLY CHICKEN!")

note that this is food for hospital patients only. i had a brief stay at NYG and was told there was to be a menu switch in the future.

Your favorite (and least favorite) restaurant/food chains in Toronto/the GTA

my favorites are:
cora's- had the nutella banana crepe and it was super. not to mention it was MASSIVE. I've also tried the breakfast sausages and they were yummy.

the sandwich box- i always get the chicken/brie/tomato/avacado chipotle mayo sandwich. it's like my go-to place for sandwiches. i think a lot of their stores have closed down though.

mandarin- errr yeah. not exactly proud of this one. but honestly, who doesn't love americanized "chinese" food?

chipotle- SO glad they opened a franchise in canada. i haven't met a person who doesn't like their burritos.

least favorites:
fresh- had a a spoonful of food, and i couldn't finish, it was just that bad. i took it home to give to my dad (who eats EVERYTHING) and he tossed it. the desserts weren't bad though. and the waiters were quite good-looking too, which is a bonus (haha!)

marche/richtree- overpriced, lousy food. eaten there on multiple occasions, and have NOT been impressed in the slightest. from what i can recall, the pastas are always mushy and flavorless. bleh!

i know a lot of you hounds tend to hate on food chains, but i'm curious to see which ones you've actually ENJOYED.

Aug 21, 2009
goldendelicious in Chains

Restos on your "to-do" list

or should i say, "to-eat" list?

My top 3:
School Bakery & Cafe
Nota Bene (!!!)

What about you? Any places you've been planning on going to but just haven't gotten around to it?

Susur vs. Madeline's?

I never had a chance to visit Susur before it closed, but i've heard rave reviews. However, i haven't heard much about Madeline's on here. I was wondering how it compares to the former Susur? Then again, there's also Lee, which i rarely ever hear about.
What do you think? Maybe Chef Lee is putting more attention into Shang rather than his Toronto restos....

who would you consider to be the best pastry chef in toronto?

i've actually never heard of Gallery Grill. maybe i should check it out sometime? what else is good on their menu?

Favorite Chunky Ice Cream Recipe?

i've always wanted an ice cream machine! i think it'd be so fun to experiment with different things. I'd try stuff like cookie dough, any kind of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch, marshmallows, peanut butter, cereals, nuts, different kinds of fruit.....
also try making things like sorbets and gelatos.
and if you're super adventerous, here is a candied bacon ice cream recipe that i'm dying to try:

Jul 29, 2009
goldendelicious in Home Cooking

Mixing Cold Cereals -- Yea or Nay?

NEVER! i don't like having clashing flavors. My little brother mixes froot loops, lucky charms, honey nut cheerios and cinnamon toast crunch and it's just one big sugary mess. I'm perfectly content with my all-bran flakes, thank you very much.

Single best dish you've had in Toronto?

Let's say... within the past year or so?
It could be dessert/dinner/lunch/anything! Give the restaurant name and what the dish was.

I rarely eat out (maybe like 2-3 times a year?), but the best dish i've had was the steak tartare from Canoe......... so far. Stay tuned.

What ingredients make your heart go pitter pat?

truffles. i don't even know what it is about them. everytime i read the word "truffles", i melt a little inside.

Best Single Order of Steak in Toronto

has anyone tried the octagon steak house in thornhill? i've heard good things...

Leonidas store w/ice cream in Leslieville - anyone been?

the Leonidas in the Bayview Village Loblaws sells Greg's Ice Cream...

who would you consider to be the best pastry chef in toronto?

i'm dying to try joanne yolles' (scaramouche) coconut cream pie.

so far i am not impressed with canoe's dessert menu. they were just average, in my opinion.

how about you? pastry chefs you love? hate? what was the best dessert you've had in toronto?

Cold Stone Creamery coming to Ontario

this makes me so happy!

Diners, drive-ins and dives

Good or not, EVERYONE knows Weber's. There's a lot of history behind it, so it would make sense if it were to appear on the show.

favourite ice cream or gelato flavours and where to get them 2009

I lovelovelove the peanut butter ice cream from Hollywood Gelato. It has oreo chunks in it! Mmmmm...
I also really like the chocolate-peanut butter from Baskin Robbins. I've had the chocolate-PB from Dutch Dreams but it wasn't nearly as good (plus it cost way more!).

Dinner on Harbord, tomorrow (Saturday)

Tati Bistro sounds like it might be what you're looking for. I had a pretty good experience there, with the exception of a few snobby waiters... It's pretty cozy and definitely worth checking out.

124 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G8, CA

Diners, drive-ins and dives

Golden Star in Thornhill, maybe? They've got pretty decent burgers..

Golden Star
7123 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2A8, CA

lunch around north york centre

There is also an Ichiban Sushi inside North York Centre, which is fairly good. There is also Milestones, but i'm thinking that's a bit on the pricy side.

mothers day dinner: canoe vs. celestin vs. nota bene?

good thing i made reservations for saturday! :)

mothers day dinner: canoe vs. celestin vs. nota bene?

thoughts? i'm afraid that my mom is going to pass out once we get the bill at canoe, haha.