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Condo dwellers in TO - Eat In - beyond the dross?

Interesting that you capitalized "Eat In" and that you only mentioned JustEat despite there being plenty of others out there. Coincidence?

about 8 hours ago
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Paramount Restaurant (Yonge / Dundas area across Eaton Centre)

Are you referring to the YD location specifically? Or another location?

I see it is franchising/growing quickly. They are opening up a location in Milton by the Cineplex there.

They are also launching a middle eastern "sub" chain. THey have one location at UWO now and another one coming to Liberty Village. Called Fresh East:

http://fresheast.ca/

Nov 25, 2014
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2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Anyone gone to Essen? Curious to hear more about it.

Nov 25, 2014
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Smoque n Bones

I meant to post a few weeks back but I stopped by Smoque n Bones back in October for a "snack" and was impressed by the BBQ. The space is small, I sat at the bar and ordered the 1/3 rack of ribs. Really enjoyed them, they were very meaty. The guy cutting on the bbq offered up a sample of the brisket and I enjoyed that as well. I will definitely be back at some point. It isn't cheap but I enjoyed it. Staff seemed friendly as well.

Nov 24, 2014
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Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Anyone tried Baju in Monarch Tavern?

http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

Caplansky is behind it.

Nov 24, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Darn, I imagine it is all cleared out? I am guessing it didn't sell well if they had to clear it out. I wonder if they will bring it back or if other locations possibly have some still. I wanted to try some Ontario Skyr, I will have to contact the dairy directly and see if it is sold anywhere else. Never got a chance to buy from Costco.

Nov 22, 2014
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Beamsville area

Not a restaurant recommendation but if it isn't on your list yet I recommend a stop at Dillon's Distillery - http://dillons.ca/

Nov 17, 2014
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Local (Ontario or Canada) walnuts, chestnuts and other Christmas baking ingredients

Yeah, that is the problem, cracking the darn things. I was at a talk in Ottawa a few months back by their version of Not Far From The Tree and they recommended a good nut cracker for the black walnuts that had more leverage. Have a tree at work but I need to get a good nut cracker. I broke one up with a hammer one time but I wouldn't do it again. Having said that I liked the flavour and would love an easier way to open them up!

Nov 16, 2014
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The Toronto Wahlburger Makes the Dumb

I know this is an old post but to clarify they have both a "quick serve" and a sit down spot.

I just read recently that they have Toronto investors including the owner of the hotel:
http://business.financialpost.com/201...

They were initially approached about a Toronto expansion by their existing Toronto-based investors, including Dragons’ Den investor Michael Wekerle, Metropolitan Hotels president Henry Wu, and Starwood Group president Bruce Greenberg. The trio invested in the original Wahlburgers restaurant, as well as Paul’s first restaurant Alma Nove (named after his mother, Alma, and her nine children).

Looking forward to further reviews of the food.

Nov 16, 2014
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Is there a place where can I rent a sausage stuffer?

So funny that you posted the update today because I was at Princess Auto tonight and I noticed the sausage stuffers/meat grinders in the flyer and I thought of you and this thread.

FoodyDudey, guessing it is this one:

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/Je...

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

From BlogTO: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

The pace of new openings seems particularly frantic lately. My list is growing and growing of spots I want to try!

Wilbur Mexicana at 552 King St. is now open and serving up a selection of tacos.
Bar Fancy from chef Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) is now open at 1070 Queen St. West at Shaw.
Dandylion, the new bistro from chef/owner Jay Carter, is now open 1198 Queen St. West.
Portuguese restaurant Iberia Sur is now open at 839 College St. replacing the short-lived rotisserie Paul S. Churrasco.
Pizza Palla is now open at 280 Augusta Ave. in the former home of Oishi Kada and, more recently, Bello Bio.
Also in Kensington Market, Moo Frites is now serving up thick-cut Belgian frites with various sauces and toppings.

Nov 13, 2014
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2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Just read on BlogTo that the space will be 12,000 sq ft. Only half of it will be QMP and the other half will be an upscale Italian grocery store. Hopefully it does better than the spot on King (Alimento)

http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

Nov 13, 2014
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Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Thanks for posting about this. Decided to book the Sunday meal/event as well. Looking forward to it.

Nov 11, 2014
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2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Interesting. I think they just opened one up at Dundas/Bathurst and isn't Pizza Libretto opening a location off of University around the same area? (unless I am confusing the two).

Nov 11, 2014
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Casual brewpub or gastropub for party of 14 just before Christmas

Ok, I will throw another one in .. Want about Local Public Eatery

http://locallibertyvillage.com/

Nov 10, 2014
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Casual brewpub or gastropub for party of 14 just before Christmas

13 chowhounders + a shy guy... sounds like the premise for a sit com

Not sure about south-west end but been curious myself about this spot in the Danforth. Not sure if reviews on here:

http://www.louisciferbrewworks.com/

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Yes, the strozzapretri. I bought the one at Costco a while back. Not sure if they changed the brand or not. I was intrigued by the shape. I forget what brand it was at the time.

Nov 01, 2014
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A new BBQ option in Mississauga

I have been meaning to come back and post about my recent experiences here.

I had a brisket sandwich and ribs on my last trip. Figured I would give this spot a last chance since I was in the area (3rd time I have tried it). This will definitely be my last. I am not sure why this place gets such positive reviews on Urban Spoon and Yelp. I guess people don't know what true BBQ is. I haven't even had true BBQ in the south but I know what good BBQ is based on some other places I have visited in the USA and even some local places do much better than this.

Anyway, the ribs tasted like they were cooked in a slow cooker. No hint of smoke at all.

The brisket tasted like the kind of beef you get in a Tim Horton's steak and cheese sandwich.

Anyway, I guess they are appealing to a certain type of market but when they say "Best Southern BBQ north of the Border" on their website and and signage that just makes me mad.

Nov 01, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

I got this one and I wasn't that impressed. Maybe if I had cooked it sooner after buying or tried a different recipe. Would be curious to hear what others think.

Oct 31, 2014
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Harpers Landing, Oakville

Hi, I went one day in the summer. I like the setup (too bad it isn't warmer weather now, the patio/large open doors are great). I had a burger, the food was decent for a pub type spot but a little on the pricey side. The pizzas looked good from what I saw go by me.

I definitely think it would be a fun night out for a ladies night. Seems to have a good energy based on my one experience and being in that general area in the evenings.

Oct 16, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

That is awesome that Costco is carrying a Skyr product and that a Canadian dairy is starting to make their own version. I will definitely try it. I posted a thread a long time ago about trying to find Skyr in Canada after a trip to Iceland. I usually buy some when in Buffalo. (Siggi's brand). I know Summerhill carries it too but it is $$$ there.

Nevy, did you happen to notice the Ottolenghi book that Mila mentioned above at the Etobicoke store? Every time I am at Costco I look out for one of the Ottolenghi books but I haven't spotted any yet!

Oct 15, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Ah, I only went once but really enjoyed it. Their hours didn't seem to match up with when I was in the area otherwise I would have gone more often.

Oct 15, 2014
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Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

I went the first two years. It was a fun day/afternoon out both times. I got discounted tickets in the past, it was decent value based on the discounted tickets. I wouldn't pay full price for it.

Oct 13, 2014
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Tilde

Your initial posts probably were enough to put some people off the place (two times, and it was enough).... BUt, glad to hear the kinks have been worked out and it is better. Will add it to my list to try when in the area.

Oct 13, 2014
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Ottawa Gems

I went to Ottawa recently for the first time in years. One of the areas that stood out for me that I don't recall visiting in the past was Westborough. Recommend going to that area and checking out some of the food shops there in particular Il Negozio Nicastro but also some fruit markets that had a good selection and they also have a small market in that general area - http://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/...

Also, if you like doughnuts check out Suzy Q doughnuts. Not a "hidden gem" as recommended a lot but only $2 or so for what would normally be $3 plus in Toronto - http://suzyq.ca/

There is an eco-friendly store in that area too that had a good selection of food related items (like storage containers, cutting boards, etc). Sorry forget the name

Oct 13, 2014
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Tilde

They are having their "Grand Opening" next week. Details on their FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/73181...

Free tacos (2 each) and beer samples next Thursday and Friday.

Oct 09, 2014
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Porchetta + Co

Kind of last minute but Porchetta and Co was/is doing a promo with Car2go today. THey usually aren't open on Sundays but are giving away 300 sandwiches.

http://instagram.com/p/tvq7fSxeH9/

No mention on twitter or Instagram that they have given them all out yet so if you live close by might be worth a shot!

You also get a free Car2Go memebrship

Oct 05, 2014
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Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Empty Bowls event in Oakville

Sunday October 19, 2014
St. Mildred's Lightbourn School
$60 adults
$30 children 5-12

http://homesuitehope.org/en/events/ho...

Choose a unique mug/potter bowl
Taste soups from top local chefs
Take home your bowl/mug

Oct 02, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Oh, no problem. Ha, I just saw the 3rd quarter one pop up and I posted up a 4th quarter but I am definitely late to the game so mods can delete the other one.

Oct 01, 2014
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Stoney's opening on Queensway!!

I am not sure against this... It is like, people that go to places like BMB and grab a table before even ordering. I get my order and try to go find a table only to see people sitting there with no food. I could have finished my food before they even got their order...

Because it is an "order at the counter then sit down" place I don't think it is unreasonable but I can see it could be frustrating if you have friends who tend to run late/etc.

Oct 01, 2014
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