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The Dr. Laffa story. What clowns!

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

about 2 hours ago
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.

about 11 hours ago
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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/

about 11 hours ago
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
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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
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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
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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)

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

Interesting... but, she is a designer for other restaurants too right?

Jul 21, 2015
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food shopping at Winners

Just a heads up for those that have a Costco membership they were carrying this book there for around the same price (or maybe even cheaper). Just in case people can't find at Winners.

I also bought the first one (Plenty) at BMV books on Bloor a few weeks back (around $20). I haven't cooked anything from either yet!!

Jul 21, 2015
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Hot sauce in Kensington - Jungle Boy?

Ha, I was just looking at the name and I was like "Hey, I think I know this person...."... wonder if I ever had any of this sauce at one of your parties... I am going to shoot you an e-mail to say hi :)

Great that you came across this post and can facilitate some hot sauce making!

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

Mamakas

Went last night for a friend's birthday. Overall, I enjoyed the evening but I won't be rushing back.

I don't like their "$1 charge for filtered water" per person but at least they put that on the menu. (there should be a free option for tap water).

What I really didn't like was getting charged $5 for "bread". We ordered a few dips for the table and you think the pita would be included since it was like $7 or $8 for a small order of dip. $5 for bread is a ridiculous charge. I had seen it mentioned in a previous review but I thought maybe they ordered extra bread. We were charged that just for what came out on the table. That kind of stuff bothers me (hidden charges). As I was in a larger group I didn't question it but just a heads up for others.

Overall, I enjoyed the food but it didn't wow me enough to justify the prices they charged. It is one of those places that one visit is enough for me.

Jul 20, 2015
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NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

More information from Toronto Life:

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

Article doesn't say who the new owners are though.

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

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

Mentioned in one of these threads when it was announced, Rose and Sons have now taken over Swan on Queen West and it is open:

http://www.roseandsonsswan.com/

BlogTO write up (yeah, $16 for some watermelon, cheese and bacon!!):
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/swa...

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

2015 Food Events

Ticket sales are now live (just got e-mail). Multiple sessions in 2 hr windows.

Jul 17, 2015
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Summerlicious 2015

I actually do expect more than fair market value. I can get fair market value any day at a restaurant. If it is being advertised as a "promotion" then I think I should get a bit more than what I would get on a regular day.

There are definitely places that do 'licious better than others. Like, a place like Canoe, that is why it is so packed during 'licious. I would much rather go to a place that shows you want they can do on a regular basis than those that create a "cheap" menu just for licious to get people in the door. For example, I have been turned off so much by my Bent 'licious experience that I don't think I will ever go back although many friends have gone during regular times and raved about the place.

Summerlicious 2015

Thanks, I see that now after I refreshed but I had the thread open in advance of my response.

Jul 17, 2015
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Summerlicious 2015

Your response (sorry, this was meant to be to prima but made a mistake in posting) makes it looks like Sooeygun said somewhere in their post that they decided to leave a low tip? Where did the whole discussion about tips come from? Maybe in discussion of the linked articles (which I haven't read).

I appreciate Sooeygun's post because as a customer I want to know where it is worth going for "licious" experience and where it isn't. A friend went to the Museum Tavern lunch and she really enjoyed it. Sounds like they could have stepped things up a bit for dinner (i.e. at least providing some kind of fruit with the dessert if described as such on the menu).

Jul 17, 2015
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2015 Food Events

OysterFest - Rodney's Oysterhouse:

Sunday July 19th - 2pm to 10pm:

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/carpe-shuc...

WHAT DO YOU GET WITH YOUR TICKET? Entry to the Ontario Oyster Festival, two drink tickets , and one plate of oysters, OR a bowl of Coliseum Ragu or Mantane Shrimp Gazpacho.

$35 tickets

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

2015 Food Events

12 Beers of Summer - at Gladstone tonight. $20 , All you can "taste" beer. Not sure how this event works and serving sizes, anyone been before? (They did a Christmas version before):

http://www.gladstonehotel.com/event/1...

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

2015 Food Events

PintxosTO is happening again this year (put on by Spotlight City events). I went last year and it was a pretty unique food event. Not your typical "Event" food items. The full release of vendors isn't out yet but there is mention of out of town guests so I think they are bringing in some Spanish chefs.
https://www.facebook.com/events/77718...

Not 100% sure when tickets go on sale (thought it was today) but the weblink on the facebook page isn't working yet.

Event Details
Date: Sunday August 23, 2015
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Location: Royal Bank Plaza Terrace, 200 Bay Street
Tickets: $10 General Admission
All ages event (no pets or strollers
)Note: the Royal Bank Plaza is not wheelchair accessible
Web: www.pintxostoronto.ca Hashtag: #PintxosTO

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

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

New TD Centre location of McEwans has opened - http://mcewan.mcewangroup.ca/location...

Closed on the weekends.

Jul 16, 2015
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Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

Forgot to post on here before, but, looks like the crates were moved over to Distillery District. Probably just for the duration of Pan Am games since they needed the space at Harbourfront.

I didn't look too closely but it looks like the menu has changed up. (didn't notice burgers on the menu board on Saturday night).

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Yeah, it is like people expect it to be a mushy mess in Canada so that is how people make it. So disappointing. When I smoke up some pork shoulder I vacuum pack some of it in sandwich size portions. Beats anything I will find around these parts.

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

ISO inexpensive low height wooden WINE RACKS

I have bought wine racks before for my Dad at Canadian Tire. Costco has also sold wine racks in the past online.

If you are okay with heavy duty plastic (since in a closet) Costco recently had plastic ones that were stackable that were quiet nice for plastic (and looked sturdy).

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

Any Licks left in the GTA?

That list isnt' accurate. For sure the Lick's on Trafalgar closed like a year and a half ago atleast and I am pretty sure North Service Rd. closed as well.

(this was meant to be a response to c mac's post)

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

Sud Forno

Good news for the downtown financial district works. Just saw this on BlogTO. Second Sud Forno location to open up:

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

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

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

Sud Forno will be opening a location in the new Bay Adelaide Centre once it is completed (yonge/temperance):

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

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