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2015 Food Events

Reminder that it is Awestruck today at Celebration Square in Mississauga... Even better than the food, July Talk are doing a free show at 10:00pm. If you haven't seen them live it is worth that trip for that alone!

Also this weekend is the first Tamil Festival in Toronto in Scarborough :

http://tamilfest.ca/

Then, not related to the above, but guess there would be some overlap in food styles, on September 13, 2015 there is a Sri Lankan food festival:

https://www.facebook.com/events/84902...

2015 Food Events

Agreed, I went to the event as well (2pm time slot) and enjoyed it. The venue was setup really nicely with patio furniture and umbrellas. Some live music when I was there as well. Food was good to great. I agree the Cava setup was interesting. I haven't been to Cava but curious to go now. Was the pricing in line with their regular pricing? I did feel that a few items were a bit pricey for what they were (i.e. a single puff pastry with some mushrooms and not sure what else for $4) but I haven't been to a real tapas place in ages so don't know how typical pricing is.

Overall a good way to spend a nice few hours on a Sunday.

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

Bruno's treats The Pie Place's confections/baking in general poorly

Curious if you contacted Bruno's since it sounds like this isn't the first time you have had a similar issue.

Aug 25, 2015
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Rock Lobster - comical

This article talks more about his "empire"...

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

He always struck me as a marketer turned restaurateur... Turns out he did work in kitchens (dishwasher, line cook, etc) growing up but I wouldn't call him a "chef" although he does call himself one.

I had one of lobster rolls one time at TUM and didn't see the big hype (luckily, I managed to get one without a long line up). Never bothered to try Rock Lobster has heard many negative reviews over time.

Aug 24, 2015
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NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Wow, really? Like a Landlord notice on the door or something very clear that they are closed?

I never got around to going but it is on the top of my list when in the area. Heard so many good things about it. There hasn't been any update on their twitter or FB.

EDIT - Definitely confirmed - https://twitter.com/LeighTiffany/stat...

Aug 23, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Finds at Eastern Market

Was wondering the same thing and if this was posted on the Ontario board instead of the Michigan board?? If not, what is the Eastern Market OP?

Aug 21, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Also this weekend, Taste of Iran as part of the Persian festival happening down at Harbourfront:

http://www.tirgan.ca/event/taste-iran-1

Thanks to BlogTO for heads up on the next two:

On Sunday, Fat City Blues is doing a Havana Club Pig Roast and Punch party (starting at 2pm):
http://www.fatcityblues.com/events-1

Next weekend (Saturday), Awestruck happening in Mississauga Celebration square. Tons of food trucks, food truck awards, etc:

http://torontofoodtrucks.ca/awestruck...

Aug 21, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Reminder (and some additional new events) for this weekend:

Pinxtos at RBC Plaza on Sunday (Tapas event):

https://www.universe.com/events/2015-...

MexFest at YD Square on Sunday:

http://www.mexfest.ca/

Canada's Coconut Festival and Marketplace 2015 (yeah, we really do have a festival for everything it seems!

)

http://www.blogto.com/events/canadas-...

6th Annual Wild Blueberry festival at Brickworks on Sunday:

http://www.blogto.com/events/6th-annu...

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

Toronto to Sauble Beach

If you want to stop in Owen Sound they have a farmer's market on Saturday mornings. I went this past Saturday and it was a nice little market. They had a mini doughnut machine/trailer popping out these delicious little doughnuts.

Otherwise, the taco "bus" is back again this year. I had it last year and enjoyed it.

Aug 18, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Darn, I hadn't heard that they closed. I really want to try it for the longest time but just neve happened. Sounds like his decision was based outside of the amount of business he was getting (sounds like they were getting a lot of support lately).

More on their FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-At...

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

2015 Food Events

Sweets Festival this weekend. Front and Portland (don't recall a big open area there?) http://www.sweeterytoronto.com/

Free admission

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

Toronto Night Market

I went a few years back. I wouldn't go just for the "Food" but might be worth while as a night out. I am guessing you are referring to the T&T Night Market down at the Cherry Street location this weekend.

The smell of stinky tofu and the heat really got to me a few years back. Heard lately there are more rides and other non-food related items taking up space too.

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

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

ah. thanks for the correction. Was wondering why you didn't wait with only 4 customers. If someone goes let us know how it is/was.

Aug 10, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

I am curious to try this place too (does look good) but not worth it for me to head out of my way and wait at this point. Also not sure why they don't make more dough as the whole "Sell-out" thing gets boring quick. They are taking up their IG posts to post pictures of "sell-out" graphics most of the time instead of posting more pics of pizza! And, the whole "bring your dog for a free pizza" thing is odd since they don't have a problem getting customers willing to buy pizza at this point anyway. Maybe save that until the buzz dies :)

Aug 09, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

Saw the same thing tonight and was going to post. Hope it is good!

Aug 08, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bangkok Buri

BTW, I looked up what Buri means... basically means city/town so name would mean "Bangkok City" or "Bangkok Town"... Excited about the concept, not so excited about the name personally.

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

Bangkok Buri

Interesting,

The title could have used a bit more description though... Like "new QSR concept by KSR owner and Crave It Group" :)

Maybe KSR can share some more info in this thread.

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

Lunch Specials

Fried cookies?

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

Rib Fest 2015

It is an interesting article. Prima posted the link earlier in the thread but it wasn't clear what the link was for at the time of her post. Worth reading.

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

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Yikes, that sucks..

But, technically, I think you could do fried chicken sous-vide although it wouldn't all be done sous-vide. I think Thomas Keller does a version of it.

Definitely a difference between "raw" and what would come out of sous vide cooking the chicken.

I have been hesitant with fried chicken since biting into a raw peice at a food event at Nathan Philips Square one year. I went to a Canadian reality show tasting and was even served undercooked raw chicken one time.

I am definitely putting R and D on the bottom of my list and will wait to hear of improvements before attempting it (if it lasts).

Aug 03, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lakeshore Mardi Gras

Oh cool, thanks for the clarification, never heard of it before. See it is going on today still. Will keep it in mind for next year.

So many festivals/events happening in the city!

Aug 03, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lakeshore Mardi Gras

Assume you are referring to Caribana/ Caribbean Carnival ??

Aug 03, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Alo Restaurant - Queen/Spadina - Tasting menu restaurant from Patrick Kriss

There was also the white asparagus ice cream dish in before the chocolate course which although meant as a "Transition" dish would also be a dessert in my books.

I think the last dish was a newer dish and maybe that is why Estufarian wasn't served that one.

Aug 03, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

I wonder how much he actually funded himself?

They could "change things up" if they wanted but seems like they keep heading in the same direction hoping to live on the Masterchef name.

I heard something that O & B is actually involved with this restaurant but that it isn't actually advertised. Can anyone confirm that? Obviously Michael Bonacini is one of the judges of Master Chef so it seems like a definite possibility.

Aug 02, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Old School

Thanks for the review and mention of that particular item (fried chicken sandwich). I will keep it in mind for future meals.

They really need to get their staff training sorted out. 15 minutes to enter a bill is pretty nuts especially since at that point you were probably standing at that cash register they have at the back.

Aug 02, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rib Fest 2015

My issue was for a different event but in general, a do have a big issue with something when a "donation" is mandatory to gain access. It isn't a donation anymore. I would be okay with the way that Petek said it was handled at the rib fest. I am not okay with how it was handled at the other event especially considering the quality of the vendors/food. Anyway, maybe I should start another thread in "not about food" with regards to this... Anyway, what is done is done but hope that places in the future understand the difference between a "donation" and a "Fee" and advertise any actual admission fee despite what good cause money might go to. (and again, referring to a different event where the "fee" was $5)

Aug 02, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rib Fest 2015

I am curious, how did they advertise/request the $2 donation? Did they have buckets and you could throw in a donation if you wanted or just walk by?
The reason I ask if there is no mention of a donation on the website : http://www.scarboroughribfest.com/ind... and because you put "donation" in quotes.

I went to the Milton Wing Fest because a friend was going and they required a $5 admission fee even though they made no mention of it on their website/facebook/flyers/etc. IT was also run by the local Rotary club. They actually had security guards making sure people were paying the fee. I was annoyed out of principal (very misleading advertising especially when advertising "Free entertainment" ). I ended up paying it because my friend was there but left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I actually mentioned it to one of the volunteers and she offered me $5 of her own money which I obviously declined.

Aug 02, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Farm eggs near mississauga

I always see signs along the road saying "fresh eggs" and been hesitant to ever drive down one of those driveways. Curious to hear what other CHers have to say and can recommend specific spots.

(the spots I saw were along hwy 25 up to Acton area so probably not useful for OP).

Aug 02, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

iced coffee 2012

I have had the Starbucks cold brew. I enjoyed it but I have had limited experience with drinking other cold brew (usually mixed with tonic water or other items) so can't really compare. Worth a try.

Re: Tim Hortons, you can definitely get it without any liquid sugar/cream. I have had it black before or you can ask to have it made with milk. The person ordering it should have clued in that you meant "no syrup" or at least asked you but maybe that is asking too much....

Diabetic bakeries or eateries

THey used to sell Queen Street Bakery breads at Whole Foods as well, not sure if they still do.

Maybe contact them directly about which retailers carry them:

https://www.facebook.com/queenstreetg...

I had one of their grape loafs years ago and it was really good.

Aug 02, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)