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Complicated old-fashioned French cuisine in GTA or beyond

Tati's been closed for a while (and was more of a bistro when it was open.) +1 for ICI - their dishes are rich, but many are traditional, and all are perfect for a winter night!

Cooking class at home

It is still on his website, but I will email to check - thanks!

Sep 10, 2013
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cooking class at home

Hi all,

Does anyone have any recommendations or know of any chefs who would be willing to do cooking classes at someone's home? I found a thread from 2011 and Ezra from chezvous catering was recommended, and that is a definite possibility, but I was wondering if any of the chefs currently cooking out of restaurants are willing to do such things (NOT David Adjey). $$$ not too big of an object.

Thanks!

Sep 09, 2013
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Japonica Rice

4 Life in Kensington usually carries it in bulk.

Feb 13, 2013
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Watermelon Radish - Do you know where to buy in Toronto? or Markham?

They've them at 4 Life in Kensington for the past few weeks.

Oct 28, 2012
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bequia, Canouan, Union Island... ?

Hi all,

I'm headed to Petit St. Vincent next month, and am looking for food tips for the surrounding island. Food reviews for the "new" PSV aren't great, so I'm hoping to have some good local food when we get off the island! Looking primarily for local or seafood, but happy for any recommendations.

Thanks very much!

New market at Dundas and Bathurst

Went on Friday for lunch. There's a Korean stand (looks like she was part of the a la Cart program), Monteforte for grilled cheese, a bubble tea stand, the cupcakes and donuts mentioned below, and the Magic Catering people are offering indian. There were a few other stands that weren't yet open - one was definitely crepes.

Had the Korean, which was very good, and she's serving up a wide variety of snack type items - dumplings, pancakes, squid and shrimp balls and the like. The most talked about, though, was the Magic Catering indian - they're offering samosas, and a sandwich with chickpeas and lentils (I cannot remember what they were calling it, but I have bungee in my head - something close to that). The topper, though, is they will serve you a samosa IN your sandwich - apparently this is common N. India.

The one complaint I would have is that I am not sure that they're all ready for prime time. They were very busy (unexpectedly - I think they didn't know they would be getting so much press so early) and everything took a very long time. That'll be worked out, I'm sure. Great idea for the neighbourhood.

Aug 13, 2011
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Umami in a tube

I bought it at All the Best - haven't used it yet, but couldn't resist!

Jun 22, 2011
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy duck and quail in Toronto

Olliffe doesn't have them consistently - I was looking for a whole duck last weekend and they didn't have one. If they did, they said, it would be frozen. Of course they offered to get one for me, but they need a call a few days ahead of time. Just a heads up.

Oct 09, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Herb specific hydroponics?

I actually have one - the 6 pod version. I had good luck with it; not only were my herbs very healthy, I was able to transplant them outdoors in pots for the summer. I'm growing tomatoes now, and not having such success.

Aug 16, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Drinking in Toronto

I think Rabbit's suggestions are great, and I'd highly recommend all of them. There's also a place called "Bar Chef" on Queen W, which has some pretty great, inventive drinks, but the atmosphere isn't quite there yet. I'd call it closer to Pegu than Little Branch or PDT. I don't think you can go off menu there, either, although I haven't tried. (And I'm trying Violet Hour this weekend.... can't wait!)

Jun 30, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Alphonso mangoes, when does season start?

The Ataulfos are already on Spadina, they started showing up last week and in full force right now. I've been covered in mango juice for a week!

I've never seen an Alphonso on Spadina; I think you really do have to go out to Gerrard for those.

Apr 02, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

fyi: thai ingredients -- recommended brands

This is fantastic, thanks so much! I wish there were similar ones for Chinese and Japanese ingredients. The threads we get from time to time here are great, but sometimes it is hard to sort through all of the replies and I never remember when I'm actually at the store!

Feb 23, 2009
Minnow in Home Cooking

Heaven found in Harbord Room

It is actually on the dinner menu as an appetizer... and I have been trying to recreate it ever since I tried it!

Jan 27, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find slab pork belly

I was looking for some on the weekend to braise - Grace Meats carry it, but they ask you to call the day before. I imagine most butchers would be able to get it for you if you ask ahead.

Jan 22, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Small lovely wine bar/cafe?

You might want to check out Cafe Taste in Parkdale (www.cafetaste.ca). Small, locally focused wine bar, with some cheese plates etc. for food. However (I see as I now check), not open until 5pm. I think for an afternoon glass of wine, JKWB might be your best bet.

Jan 08, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

foodie honeymoon in toronto??

For a wine list in Toronto, it is hard to do better than Opus (http://www.opusrestaurant.com/opus.taf) , which apparently won the 2008 Grand Award from Wine Spectator. It is on the more expensive side, but I've never had a bad meal there, and is reasonably close to the Hazelton, if that's where you send up.

For neighbourhood spots, I'm a big fan of the Rosebud (no website, but do a search on this board), which is in the same general neighbourhood as the Drake (Queen West, while the Drake is "West Queen West". Hotel Le Germain is very nice, but is in a bit of a wasteland in terms of where people actually live and dine. The Windsor Arms is a good suggestion from Rabbit, too.

Jan 03, 2009
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best butcher for non-prime cuts of meat

You might want to try Grace Meats, at Grace and College, if that's closer for you. You'll definitely have to ask, but I've bought pork shoulder, chuck, and oxtail from them before at much more reasonable prices than what you're talking about.

Dec 31, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me help my parents!

Sorry, I can see how my post was a bit confusing... by central I meant downtown-ish. These are all great suggestions, though, since the real problem was that they couldn't TTC to Zee Grill. I've been to Zucca a few times, that's a definite possibility, and Quince sounds great. Thanks everyone!

Dec 29, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me help my parents!

Hi all,

My parents will once again be in town for their anniversary, and I am yet again in charge of their anniversary plans (which is on Valentines Day - I'm sure that seemed like a good idea at the time.)

Here are the parameters: they are pescetarian, but my mom will only eat shrimp, salmon, and some white fish (no shellfish, but not an allergy). They're fairly prairie frugal (i.e. sticker shock will mean that they will not enjoy the meal, even if I paid), so I'd like to keep mains in the $20 range, nothing hitting $30. Has to be centrally located. I sent them to Zee Grill last year, and that was not a hit (too "ususual", too far).

Any ideas? I'm stumped - my favourite places are either far too meat based, or too expensive, or too "unusual".

Dec 29, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's the best affordable fine dining in Toronto?

Second Loire. I had a really good meal there their second night, and I can only imagine that they're improving with experience.

Dec 04, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi in the PATH

I think you're thinking of Ninki. It is okay, a step up from Bento, but not much more than that. They're mostly sit-down, but they do have a take out counter hidden in the back. They're the same people as the one across the street on Adelaide.

Dec 01, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Loire on Harbord

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up about a new spot in the old Olive and Lemon building. They just opened on Friday, I was there this weekend, and I have to say this looks like a really promising neighbourhood spot. The menu is primarily french (as you may have guessed from the name), but it has one thing its major competition across the street doesn't have (looking at you, Tati) - actual good service, even on the first weekend. Shocking, I know.

We tried the charcuterie plate (speck, pork rilette, chicken liver parfait, and a few other things I've forgotten) - very nicely done, the rich flavours you'd expect, and great presentation with the rilette in a little mason jar, for example. The mussels with chorizo and bell peppers wasn't as brothy as I would like, but the mussels were well timed. Our mains were steak and marrow - a nice alternative to steak-frites on roasted potato with a good sized marrow bone on the side, and the pasta with chicken in a truffle oil/jerusalem artichoke sauce. The pasta could have used a little more visual impact - very beige - and was a little undersalted, but nicely rich.

The room's very warmly decorated, with a nice buzz about it. Great cocktails to start, too! Over all, a bit uneven, but definitely a great new option in the neighbourhood. Best thing - nothing on the menu was over $25, and wine was all under $80.

Nov 16, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Weezie’s – A breath of fresh air (review + pics)

They do. I've left a message and they've called me back quite quickly in the past. Enjoy!

Nov 13, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good steakhouse that won't break the bank?

Well, I'm in the youngish range, and I always see groups of younger people when I'm there, but I agree - it is more about the kitsch value than the decor.

Nov 05, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good steakhouse that won't break the bank?

I'm a big fan of Senior's, at Yonge and St. Clair-ish. Very old school, decor from the 70s, but the food is good and the service is always very warm and welcoming. They do have some non-meat on the menu, but I've never had, so I can't say.

Nov 03, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A good selection of olives

Fiesta Farms has a good olive/antipasto bar. Sometimes it is a bit sketchy (like late on a busy Saturday), but I've never had problems there.

Oct 30, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: dirty vodka martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives

I've definitely seen it at some of the specialty food stores, like Pusateri's and All the Best.

Oct 29, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best places around Ryerson University!

That's Cafe Supreme. It is a chain, but I like the version near me in the financial district - a good alternative to food court food, and the sandwiches are definitely a step above the Druxy's/Pumpernickel standard.

Oct 06, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eating my way through the Toronto Marathon – 10/19/08

Just want to second this... Scaramouche Pasta Bar usually only has one linguine type dish, and maybe a ravioli. The pasta isn't really the focus (confusing I know.)

Here's a link to a menu to give you an idea: http://www.scaramoucherestaurant.com/...

Oct 01, 2008
Minnow in Ontario (inc. Toronto)