y

ylsf's Profile

Title Last Reply

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).

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!

Lakeshore Mardi Gras

Assume you are referring to Caribana/ Caribbean Carnival ??

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.

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)

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

Interesting, you were there the same night as us. I am guessing on our left as the other gentlemen to our right was trying an all vegetarian tasting menu.

The wine pairing definitely looked like a lot of wine! I didn't realize that the bread had its own pairing. The bread and butter were great though!

I agree with you in regards to your choices and highlight dishes.

Aug 01, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Ontario Sweet Corn ?

I did pick up some fresh local corn from La Rosa bakery in Milton the other day. I forget the name of the supplier/town on the sign but it wasn't dried out. It still wasn't amazing corn but not like the picture in your post.

Bad that there are such dodgey vendors out there though.

Aug 01, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

http://alorestaurant.com/
https://instagram.com/alorestaurant/
https://twitter.com/alorestaurant

It is now open.

I don't really have a long/detailed review to post but I will just say that I enjoyed my meal.

It is setup to focus on tasting menus. Right now, one menu for $89. It allows for some choice on courses (between 2 different items for a few courses, and 3 items for dessert). There are multiple courses for savoury and for dessert.

It is one of those things where I don't really want to go into too much detail about the menu but if you want to see more there is some stuff out there on Instagram/social media.

Overall, I thought the service was excellent. We sat at the counter and it was great to see all of the work/detail going into the dish (which you can also appreciate when seeing how composed the dish is!).

If you are looking at the pics you might think that the portion sizes aren't huge but I was full after my meal as was my dining companion. The total meal was around 2.5 hrs but it seems to go by quicker than that. I enjoyed it both as an experience and as a meal. Patrick Kriss was present at all times during the meal and was checking all of the dishes going out.

We didn't do the wine pairing but it is available for an additional $65.

I understand the menu will change regularly as well.

If you are looking for some photos of the interior space and food there is also a write up on Blogto (not a review) : http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/alo...

I have a feeling this place is going to get busy once the word gets out. I have done various tasting menus in Toronto over the years (most were special menus from places like Scaramouche, Splendido, Actinolite, Chantecler) and I would rank this menu up there in terms of unique/interesting meal and good value. Suggest CHers get in there sooner rather than later.

First Time Visitor to Toronto from Washington, D.C.

I went to Alo the other night and had the tasting menu. I enjoyed my evening as did my dining companion. They are doing some really interesting thing so I will second estufarian's recommendation. I hope to post a more detailed review/thread in the next day or two.

Jul 30, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

This was mentioned in another thread before but I will bring it up here since that one was related to "Pan Am".

This event is an annual event so not related to Pan Am directly :

Anyone been in previous years? Worth a visit?

http://panamfoodfest.com/

Jul 30, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Too bad it isn't at a local Ikea

Jul 30, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Old School

It should be. They have a graphic on their website that said it was going to be 24 hours as of July 4th. Not sure why it is still looping like that though:

http://oldschoolyyz.com/

EDIT - confirmed via their FB page - https://www.facebook.com/OLDSCHOOLYYZ

But, I haven't tried to actually go in the middle of the night.

Jul 30, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any Licks left in the GTA?

Yeah, I am pretty sure the issue came from the "corporate" side and filtered down to the franchises. I recall reading that the franchise was paying the rent to the corporate company (some lady running it) and she was keeping the money and not paying the landlord.

I recall that a bunch of the franchises were actually profitable but they got dragged down by everything going on at head office.

Jul 29, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Old School

I would def skip the Chicken and Waffles if you go. My friend ordered it and I tried some. Not worth what they charged... not worth the calories. I would say even Dirty Bird was better (and I wasn't even a huge fan of them but maybe I was there on an off day).

The Dr. Laffa story. What clowns!

Well, at least they mention they might franchise a location in Oakville!

Jul 28, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

List of vendors released for this including 2 special guests (one from NYC and one from Spain):

Barsa Taberna
Carmen
Cava

East Thirty-Six

Mamakas

Marben

Patria

Salt Wine Bar

Splendido

Donostia Restaurant from New York City and
Simply Fosh from Mallorca

Also interesting is the note about two special beverages :

Zapiain Sagardoa is a traditional Natural Basque Cider, hand crafted by the Zapiain family who have been making cider for more than 400 years. Uniquely dry and fresh, and made from Basque apples, Zapiain Sagardoa is not your typical cider.

Txomin Etxaniz is an estate white wine (called Txakoli) that is the true essence of the Basque Country. It is made entirely from the indigenous grape varietal Hondarribi Zuri, which is grown with great care on a spectacular property since the 17th century.

Jul 28, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

I tried the Triple A ribs at the Northern BBQ food event and they were great. Not overcooked.

Also liked the ribs I had at http://smoquenbones.com/

Jul 28, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

wondering where I can buy an IR thermometer in Toronto in person?

Costco was selling them for a while. Still might have them. Less than $30 if I recall.

Jul 26, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
1

Kombucha by the case?

I know that Whole Foods has GT and Tonica (at least in my area) and they occasionally go on sale. In addition, I know they do "case prices" for stuff by the case (I think 10% off). So, worth keeping an eye out for that but sure you can probably find cheaper elsewhere.

I am sure someone else will mention "why not make your own"... so, I will throw that in here too. I have friends that make their own and it is pretty decent. Sure you can manage to get a "mother" from someone local and get the process started if you are drinking that much a day.

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

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

Well, the thread isn't really reporting the "exact opposite" but just asking about the exact opposite. No confirmation in that thread that he sold his restaurants to Cara.

I would think that the McEwan grocery being bought by Cara would be more likely..

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

Summerlicious 2015- What's good and worthwhile? What falls short?

Wow, surprised to find you like a 'licious meal... to be honest, thought they would all be negative reviews.

I haven't been there in AGES myself. Rarely in that area but will keep it in mind for people looking for recs.

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

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

Interesting, thanks for the report. I wonder how many different doughnuts they are carrying. I know they are carrying Rolling Pin too.

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

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

Looks pretty good actually!

Going to add this to my list.

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

Fancy Franks On College

Free hot dogs today at this location (the one on College only.. I think 326 College?) for National Hot Dog day. 12pm to 6pm.

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