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Bad food in Mexico City?

Great, thank you!

Dec 13, 2014
ggom1 in Mexico

Seoul: palace cuisine

I haven't had enough time to do a full write-up of my Korea trip yet, but I figured I would report back on our palace cuisine meal. We wound up going to Song Jook Heon (송죽헌) for dinner; it's 70,000 won per person at dinner, but my friend who made the reservation spoke to the man who showed us to our room because she thought the price was high. The man noted that maybe she was thinking of their 40,000 won lunch menu. After a bit of discussion, it turned out that the lunch menu is very similar to dinner, so that's what we wound up getting.

Each group has a private room for the meal (our was table + chairs, not sure if other rooms are floor seating), so that was fun. I think it was around 6-7 courses with multiple dishes each round. Highlight was an abalone dish; one friend noted that he'd never seen Korean food presented so nicely, so he liked seeing Korean food in a different light.

I have mixed feelings about the meal. I'm glad we only paid 40,000 won because at that price point, I think the overall experience was worth it. We tried a lot of different things and the dining experience was fun, but I think the food was just ok.

Bad food in Mexico City?

Oh good - when travelling, I get attracted when I see a lot of people getting food and I've sometimes been disappointed by the results to wait time ratio.

We already have reservations for Pujol and Nicos (thanks for the heads up on the 10 min reservation rule!), so I think the rest of time would be more casual (maybe US$30/person for food?), especially since we both like street food. But I don't like having a big list of places to visit; I'd rather just poke around when I'm hungry.

I think we'd likely have lunches wherever we're sightseeing, then dinners closer to our apartment in Condesa since that's easiest. But I guess that's sort of where my question comes from - sometimes sightseeing areas are full of places that look popular, but then you realize that the food is actually terrible and overpriced?

Cristina - A chowmeet would be awesome! I'm in Mexico City Dec 14-23 and our plans are pretty flexible. I'm not sure if that overlaps with any of the others visiting?

Dec 10, 2014
ggom1 in Mexico

Bad food in Mexico City?

I'm going to Mexico City for the first time this Sunday and staying for about a week. Looking through the threads, it seems like good food is pretty much everywhere (it's a bit overwhelming trying to process all the info!). So I thought I'd try a different approach and was wondering if there are any particular places which I should avoid? I'm thinking of places which are popular but actually have poor food or are poor value? Or places which are good, but not "wait in line for an hour" good? I'll be staying in Condesa, so I'd be especially interested in that area.

Dec 10, 2014
ggom1 in Mexico

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Awesome, I love clam strips! I grew up eating them and didn't realize until I moved to Canada that they weren't everywhere.

Dec 09, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seoul: palace cuisine

Thanks all! I have a friend who recently moved to Korea so hopefully she'll be able to find a good option. It just seemed like a fun thing to do as a group, with even more dishes than you'd get in a normal meal - right now Song Jook Heon (송죽헌) is the main option I'm considering since it looks like they actually bring an entire table laden with food to you.

Oct 30, 2014
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

What about ramen? I like Ramen Isshin and I don't think they tend to have a wait. Pomegranate and Sheherzade are both also across the street for Persian food (they can get full though). Or just head to Chinatown? I like House of Gourmet - simple but good. There's also a couple of northeastern style Chinese places so you might be able to try things you don't have at home.

Oct 22, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seoul: palace cuisine

I'm trying to choose where to go for traditional palace cuisine in Seoul. Any recommendations? I've found these but am not sure which might be best - Samcheonggak, Woonsan, Yongsusan, or Jihwaja. We will be staying in Hongdae and will be dining on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Oct 22, 2014
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Corkage and Chef's Table / Tasting Menu

I love Woodlot, but I don't think I've ever seen a tasting menu there? Have you checked Richmond Station? They have a semi-private room and tasting menus, but I'm not sure about corkage.

Oct 10, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Korean Cowboy on the west side of Yonge St, a bit north of Eglinton, opened recently.

Sep 24, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Colette - Thompson Hotel

The ham and cheese croissants here are also really good; best if warmed in the oven (I'm not sure if they do that regularly? The first time they gave it to me after warming but not the second time).

Sep 14, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

It's actually called Fresh off the Boat.

Sep 14, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Bicerin in Toronto?

You can get it at Bar Buca too (I like theirs better than Soma's version, although I thought both were good).

Sep 01, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Colette - Thompson Hotel

Lol this thread is so awesome I'm going to Colette tomorrow!

Ripley's Acquarium

I've been there for a couple of events. One was a private event and the other was jazz night. The private event had surprisingly decent hors d'oeuvres plus there was a lot more variety than I expected (I remember liking the mini grilled cheese sandwiches a lot; there were also things like pulled pork sandwiches, tuna tartare, baked pretzels, macaroons). I went to jazz night after dinner so didn't eat anything but all I saw were little boxes of charcuterie and cheese for sale. So it seems pretty variable what's available.

Jul 30, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lucky Red

I liked the fried oyster bao and pandan ice cream bao but wasn't keen on the yuzu lemonade (it tasted just like that jarred honey-yuzu syrup stuff you get in Asian groceries). I was surprised at how big the oyster bao was; it seemed bigger than any of the baos I've gotten from BMB.

Jul 07, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

Superfoods is definitely 2nd floor, I was just there a week or two ago.

Jul 07, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

has anyone eaten at Pai Northern Thai Kitchen?

I've been for brunch a few times; both the crispy omelette and the filled omelette are really good. The green curry inside the coconut was also really nice and I'm a sucker for morning glory so I was glad it was on the menu.

Jun 30, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

I'd opt for Osgoode Hall or Hart House Gallery Grill for lunch if either of them are open on the Monday that you'll be dining. Jacobs could be an option for Monday night - they have a piano bar and you can still order the full menu if you sit in the bar. Or maybe JaBistro for lunch/dinner - if it's nice weather, they have a patio.

Jun 20, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I saw a sign for One Love on Queen West (south side of the street, near where St. Patrick Street is). I think it might be the same as the one at Bloor/Bathurst (corn soup!).

Jun 20, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Kinton 3 is open now - 402 Queen Street West (it's just a few doors from Banh Mi Boys).

Jun 15, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

Was this the Distillery location? I was at the King West location a week or two ago and they didn't have fior di latte but they did have some that you didn't mention - just wondering if maybe the locations have slightly different flavours :)

Jun 15, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

I used to love Stoney Creek vanilla but I'm not sure who sells it now?

Jun 08, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

I think you can buy their sausages at Loblaws.

Jun 08, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Thanks for the write-up and photos Charles! I really liked the pork dish actually - but I made sure to spoon up the sauce from the bottom ;) It was lovely to meet everyone! Oh and I'm not sure the sauce for the morning glory had mint in it? I remember it had pork, tomatoes, and onions.

May 30, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

richmond station -- what to order?

Their seafood dishes are good; if I'm there for a la carte I tend to get a fish dish for my main.

May 26, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Tavern by Trevor on Spadina is open now.

Mar 31, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Red Sauce - 50 Clinton Street

I popped in here a few nights ago because I was in the area and had the knuckle sandwich. I don't think I'd go out of my way to come here, but I quite liked the sandwich and the atmosphere so I'd likely return if I was in the area. It's nice having a place like this open late. The knuckle sandwich kind of made me think of scrapple. It tasted good; I just wish the bun didn't get so soggy.

Mar 07, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Itinerary help (esp. Tex-Mex and Mexican)

Hi all! Reporting back from the trip - bottom line, I'm extremely jealous of Austin ;)

Veracruz tacos: Al pastor taco. I really liked the sauces here! Tortillas were so good too; throughout the trip we were basically jealous of how good tortillas were compared to what we can get.

ESK at Liberty: Beet fries and Thai chicken karaage. Not bad. I liked the beet fries just b/c I like beets :)

Mexitas: My introduction to migas. I quite like them!

Franklin bbq: The wait was actually quite fun; perfect weather, beer, and my migas. Such ridiculously moist brisket! Pork ribs were great; we regretted not ordering more. Turkey was good too - I actually liked it better cold the day after (if I lived in Austin, I would use this to make club sandwiches all the time!). Bourbon banana pie was good too.

Amy's ice cream: I like that they mix the topping into your ice cream!

Uchi: Got lucky wandering in on Valentine's Day with no reservation. Yokai berry, hama chili, a scallop special, and the foie gras sushi. The foie gras sushi was awesome! Everything else was just ok for me - it was good but didn't seem special enough that I'd go out of my way for it.

Easy Tiger: Beer cheese and pretzel were ok. I just wanted to know what beer cheese was lol.

Bar 96: I had Live Oak Hefeweizen and now I think this is the greatest beer ever <3

Black's bbq: Brisket flavour was nice but one bite and I was like "urg, so dry compared to Franklin's". Beef rib was fun to order but we were kind of overwhelmed by the fattiness. And jalapeno-cheddar sausage was just ok.

Alamo drafthouse: Alcoholic milkshake and a giant bowl of popcorn are never a bad thing.

Bomb tacos: Campechana taco was pretty good; I liked the pineapple but the tortilla wasn't as fluffy as other tortillas. By this point we hoped to stuff ourselves as full of fluffy tortillas as possible before going home.

And that was it for Austin!

FYI we did make it to La Gloria in San Antonio but I thought it was just ok. It seemed a bit similar to places up here; I liked Rosario's and Tito's better. I tried a machacado taco at Tito's and liked it! I also tried a ham-cheese-jalapeno kolache at Buc-ees (lol) and they remind me of Chinese buns :) I also really enjoyed Buc-ees beaver nuggets haha.

Feb 22, 2014
ggom1 in Austin
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ISO: Siopao

It isn't quite the same, but I've been getting bola-bola siopao from one of the vietnamese sub shops on Spadina (not the bigger green-sign one, the littler one a few doors north of it). I think I've usually come across them on weekends; there's a box at the back corner of the counters and they're fresh, not frozen.

Feb 19, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)