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Have Farmer's Market apple pies gone downhill??

I agree. Very good. I think I bought some from Walmart once. I like the smaller size options too.

about 2 hours ago
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Thanks for the warning. I might wait a bit longer to try it then because I am not a fan of salty (or overly salty) food.

Glad to hear that they are working on things though to make it better vs. just serving what wasn't working.

about 2 hours ago
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blackbird Baking

I had't been to Blackbird for a while but I went this past weekend and they had these little cream puff pastries. They were really good. Recommend them if you are looking for a little snack/dessert when in the market. I took one as a snack to a movie I was heading to watch and when I bit into it I think the lack of visual on it increased the experience further because of the crunch and multiple layers.

about 2 hours ago
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dirty Bird

I went this past weekend. Maybe my expectations were too high but I didn't enjoy it as much as the reviews on here. I wasn't a fan of that style of waffle, maybe it is typical for "chicken and waffles" but I found it dry. I also found that the fried chicken wasn't served hot enough (it was still steaming, but, I think that was because the room was coldish on a cold day). Even Popeye's serves their chicken hotter and I thought the flavour on Popeye's was better. Maybe I got an off day or maybe on a busy day (like Saturday when I went) the do things differently? Like, I remember at Paulette's they used to pre-fry and hold, not sure if Dirty Bird is doing it fresh to order all the time as I wasn't paying attention to the kitchen.

I will add that I got the maple syrup on the side (and the type I ordered didn't include a hot sauce) so maybe that changed my perspective on it.

Anyway, I would say still worth trying but probably a good thing that it didn't leave me with a craving to return quickly :)

about 2 hours ago
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Near Lightbox tonight

I went to Tutti Matti during Winterlicious for the first time and enjoyed my meal there. I would say it is close enough to be considered walking distance and I think the normal menu is fairly reasonable.

about 6 hours ago
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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What is your current "List"? (i.e. places you want to try)

I will start

Baju BBQ
Carbon Bar
Bar Fancy
Levetto
Bar Isabel (yeah, still haven't been!)
Bar Raval

I will leave it at that for now but I could probably go on and on.

Mar 25, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is your current "List"? (i.e. places you want to try)

When talking to friends the "It is on my list" comment comes up often.

I find that there are SO many new places opening and not enough time to try all of these new spots. A lot of times places will close before I get a chance to try them (and some of them are good spots that receive positive reviews on here, not just stuff that should close).

So, the question is : What is your "list" ?

Peter Pan Bistro

I was hoping to trick you into forgetting your own rules :)

Will keep your tip in mind, hoping to get a chance to go sooner than later.

Mar 25, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Back of House - Leslieville

Curious, did anyone else manage to get to Back of House? A friend mentioned she heard a story on CBC radio about this. And, there is a write up about it on BlogTO. The interesting thing is the comments mentioned the place is hardly open which mirrors one of the comments on here:

http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2015/...

Someone (i.e. not the restaurant) is doing crowd funding for them.

Mar 25, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for the best smoked meat in Toronto

I am also curious to see a response (i.e. any response)

I went to 420 a few months after it opened and I thought it was just "okay" from what I recall. A decent local spot but not worth travelling to in my books.

(Oh, ... I see this thread is about "smoked meat" and not "bbq"... I didn't try the smoked meat at 420. I don't know if they do it in house or not. The BBQ when I tried it was just okay.

Mar 24, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

Thanks, and it answers the question if they will be smoking the meat onsite or not... and the answer is no, it is coming pre-smoked from their other location. I am looking forward to trying it out, I have had BR smoked meat before including stuff that has even been previously frozen and enjoyed it.

Mar 24, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Peter Pan Bistro

It is now open. Bumping this thread in hopes that Estufarian will post about his experiences here as I saw he mentioned it in passing in another thread. I know he is/was a fan of what Noah was doing at The Feasting Room.

Mar 22, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

There is a recent post on BlogTO with photos and a write up. They are basically doing "fast casual" pizza. All pizza is one size and one price.

It actually looks pretty decent for what it is. I will definitely give it a shot when in the area.

If anyone tries it please start a new thread:

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/one...

Mar 20, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Oakville Favourites

Yeah, you hit the nail on the head about Mye. I didn't see your post until today but I went last night. It was really busy for a Saturday night. I enjoyed the meal, it is a nice spot, the food is good, but like you said not exceptional. My friend who I dined with has eaten at Ja Bistro and she said I really need to eat there.

Walking around after my meal (wasn't that late, before 8:30pm) there was a lot of empty tables at many of the restaurants so Mye must be doing something right (At least for the local market) so pack them in!

Mar 19, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best place for tacos in the east end?

La Carinita has opened up a location in Leslieville. I haven't been but went to the original location when it opened and I enjoyed it.

EDIT - Sorry, guess officially it is in Riverside as it is on the west side of the rail bridge. http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

Mar 17, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

La Carnita eastside is now open in Leslieville - 780 Queen Street east

Mar 16, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

I had no idea what the reference was until I googled it.

Clever...

Mar 16, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dirty Bird

Thanks, I saw some positive reviews via instagram but I wasn't sure if they were legit. Good to see a CHer trying it, it is definitely on my "to try" list!

Mar 16, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Oakville Favourites

Any current Oakville recommendations? Downtown prefered. I have never been to Mye, I was thinking of checking it out. Is it worth it? I see they have a Mye 2 up at Trafalgar/Dundas as well.

I walked around downtown Oakville yesterday. The number of empty store fronts/restaurants is getting worse and worse it seems. I saw a Toronto Star article a few months back on the topic. It seems like Bentall Kennedy owns half the downtown based on the signs I saw.

Mar 16, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bell Lightbox/Toronto theatres - Food related film screenings

Fourth season of Food on Film at TIFF Lightbox. I didn't get a chance to post it before the first film last week (Lunchbox):

http://tiff.net/winter2015-series/foo...

The single ticket pricing is a bit on the high end. ($35 for non members). I don't think it includes anything beside the related talk and the film.

Food on Film runs Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

March 11 Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala on The Lunchbox
April 1 Naomi Duguid on The Gleaners & I
April 22 Jordan Salcito on Somm
May 13 Wylie Dufresne on Delicatessen
June 3 Chad Robertson on The Grain Divide
June 24 Jonathan Waxman on Meatballs

Off topic to this thread, but, I recently came across a free stream (legit) of the Just Eat It documentary (played at Hot Docs last year, I probably mentioned it earlier in the thread):

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/just...

Mar 14, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fleming Culinary TO Food Tour

Since you are coming from a culinary school by the sounds of it I would definitely contact some spots in advance and see how they can accomodate you. Maybe you will get a chance to talk with the chef's/owners if you go on an off peak time. I would like to think that they would want to welcome the new/upcoming employees/chefs. Most "cheap eats" spots won't accomodate a large group like that but I am guessing not everyone will travel around together at all times and you will more likely just have one or two larger meals together?

Mar 14, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

West Hill Wine Bar - Who's Been?

The owner just called into Zane Caplansky's Newstalk 1010 radio show (11am on Saturday mornings). He said he was having a "tough go" of things and Zane asked him if he thought of using crowd funding to help. He said he did but that he probably didn't go about it the right way and may have offended some people.

He had called into to talk to someone from Hooked (maybe the owner, I just tuned in about 20 minutes late).

Mar 14, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Loblaws sells ugly fruit at a discount to curb food waste

If you are interested in seeing a good documentary on food waste (Made in Canada) this one is available to stream online for free. It is called Just Eat It, it played at Hot Docs last year. It is pretty eye opening! I knew there was waste but I didn't think it was that bad:

https://www.knowledge.ca/program/just...

Mar 13, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Taste of Burlington has been on for a while but ends this Sunday:

http://tasteofburlington.ca/

Mar 13, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to dine near the Aga Khan Museum (Don Mills & Eglinton)?

I am curious if Diwan does serve dinner now because even though their website says lunch only Amy Pataki's review says they serve dinner Tuesday to Saturday night:

http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

Hours: Lunch, Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.

Guessing too late for you now but maybe useful for future reference (and maybe someone who is in the know can confirm if they are doing dinner).

Mar 07, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Croissant Sunday or Croissunday @ Nadege

Did they take your advice and add a banana one? :)

Mar 06, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Canned Salsify

Interesting that this thread got bumped up. I tried it for the first time this past weekend while in Montreal. I don't know if it was prepared from fresh or from canned but I would definitely use it in cooking in the future.

Mar 05, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Have you tried out Nicola Travaglini, Montreal's version of New York's Eataly

I saw this place mentioned in the more recent "Eataly" thread related to Montreal. I haven't been to any of the Eatalys but from what I have heard about it I don't know why a comparison is even being made to it in this thread? I mean, it is just like an Italian grocery store/market and similar to other markets I have seen in Ottawa/Toronto/etc. The food was good but I think it is giving people a false sense of what it is by comparing it to Eataly.

Maybe I am totally wrong and this place is exactly like Eataly. If so I feel like I lost my desire to go to Eataly!

Mar 02, 2015
ylsf in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Events 2015

Salon du livre gourmand is on this weekend. Started yesterday and goes to the 28th

Complexe Desjardins
10:30am to 8pm tonight
10:30 am to 11pm tomorrow night (nuit blanche)

There is a schedule but unfortunately don't have a link to post (I am guessing book signings, not sure if they are doing talks as well?). Just saw it in the Site schedule for Montreal en Lumiere. I am at the airport waiting to fly in. Excited for this weekend. Although my french is pretty poor I will still check out the book festival

Feb 27, 2015
ylsf in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Events 2015

I heard about this event on here a few years back, I don't think the 2015 event info has been posted yet. It started tonight and goes to Saturday night:

http://lacuvee.ca/

La Cuvee

$10 entry plus sampling cost for food, beer, whiskey

Église Saint-Enfant-Jésus
5039 rue Saint-Dominique

I really enjoyed it when I went a few years back.

Still keeping an eye out for other events this weekend

Feb 26, 2015
ylsf in Quebec (inc. Montreal)