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Spicy Fried Rice (Chicken or Beef)

In Agincourt, at a greasy food court on Sheppard between Brimley and McCowan, Gourmet Garden (Malaysian cuisine) makes a good Nasi Goreng. Nasi Goreng literally translates into Fried Rice. Ask for extra spicy if you like. Their Curry Laksa should suit you too.

Jan 15, 2009
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Venue for an office christmas dinner

Look into True Restaurant in Yorkville. Organic food, nice people. I'm sure separate cheques aren't going to be a problem. Close to subway but I don't think there's entertainment.

http://www.truerestaurant.ca/

Nov 20, 2008
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best winery tour/tasting at Niagara/Niagara-On-The-Lake?

Just returned from Vineland - stayed at Bullfrog Pond B&B which is walking distance from Ridgepoint and Tawse, not too far from Vineland. Featherstone has an interesting outdoor tour regarding use of lambs to remove leaves at the bottom of the vines. At Rosewood, the Queen Bee herself gave us a tour of their apiary and winemaking facilities. Tried their Mead (honey wine) which was very tasty.Tawse was also happy to oblige us with a tour of their gorgeous building. All three were conducted by such friendly people, the first 2 were given by the winery owners. Flat Rock - what a fantastic view from their patio.
Bought lots of wine not available at LCBO - thanks CH for this tip and many others, we had a fantastic weekend! Only negative was the extremely slow QEW traffic.

Aug 05, 2008
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Summerlicious 2008 must try restaurants

Went to Quince for dinner. We were impressed - portions were very generous for $25. Had the cold tomato soup, Salmon for entree and meringue with lemon and blueberry. All very good. Hubby's pork with succotash was very tasty. His dessert was a fruit crumble, had nice chunks of berries in it. Service was friendly and the space is very relaxed. Last week we tried Globe and although we had no complaints, overall Quince is definitely a better choice for Summerlicious. Thanks CH for 2 good recommendations!

Jul 11, 2008
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Savour Vaughan

City of Vaughan's answer to Winterlicious. March 31 to April 11th. We tried Ciao Bella this evening and were pleasantly surprised. Not hip or fancy like in Toronto, but it was great value for $25 prix fixe. Too bad hubby wasn't keen, I wanted to go to Vaughan Mills after.

Anyone else try another one of these?
www.savourvaughan.com

Apr 04, 2008
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Cuban Sandwiches in Fort Lauderdale

Hey John! What's the name of the place? We'll be in FLL for the first time in a couple of weeks and would really like to try a cuban sandwich.

Mel and hubby from Toronto

Feb 03, 2008
mellie in Florida

Orlando magical dining month recommendations

Thanks to all who helped especially Bob. We feasted at Le Coq au Vin and The Boheme.
We don't usually eat fancy restaurants even on birthdays so we were a little insecure about dress code and also what to expect in terms of ambience. Le Coq au Vin was very noisy - lots of loud laughter and talk. A man even yet across the room to someone he knew. We weren't irked, just surprised. We could have gone in shorts, it would have been fine. Good to know for the future, as we plan on returning next time we are in town. Food was excellent, service was professional and friendly. The Boheme was a feast for the eyes and then some. Beautiful gorgeous hotel and restaurant. You gotta check out the restroom. Food was also amazing - I loved the lobster bisque so much I could have licked the bowl. Overall - so many good restaurants, so little time.

Sep 28, 2007
mellie in Florida

Orlando magical dining month recommendations

We are headed to Orlando for a five days next week. I found some info about Orlando magical dining month which is this month. We have a very popular and similar concept here in Toronto called Summerlicious and Winterlicious which offers prix fixe meals at very reasonable prices. Anyone tried this yet? Any recommendations? We have a car and wouldn't mind anything within a 40 min drive. Thanks!

http://www.orlandoinfo.com/magicaldin...

Sep 16, 2007
mellie in Florida

Chinese Bakery in TO that sells steamed buns?

In Markham, there are lots of Chinese bakeries, some of them within supermarkets eg T & T at Warden, N or Steeles or Oriental Supermarket at Denison and Kennedy has a pretty good (and cheap bakery) that sells steamed buns with different fillings eg BBQ pork, Shanghainese style, pork & veg and some others. One of these has hard boiled egg in it, maybe the Cantonese buns, if memory serves me right.

Jul 11, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pad Thai in Scarborough

Thai Cashew - odd decor (gold Elvis greets you with a colourful lei). Mango Chicken is okay, Massaman Curry had large pieces of pineapple. Pad Thai's pretty good although it was saucy which I like but others don't. Beer taps aren't functional, but lots of bottled beer including Singha.The owner and chef are Thai and they are very pleasant. I hope they do well, it was very quiet this evening. Its cash or debit only.
Avoid Thai One On, Kennedy and 14th in Markham. Its not Thai or Malaysian at all.

Jun 30, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Terrible flank steak

Mine was chewy in all ways as well no matter which way or how thin it was sliced. It was from First Choice Supermarket which was formerly Big Land (Kennedy/14th) and labelled in English "Flank Steak".

Jun 17, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking

Terrible flank steak

I had the same thing happen to me last month. I usually get flank from Costco and never had a problem. I only know how to cook it one way - BBQ'd after marinating overnight. I noticed the Chinese supermarkets here in Markham had far cheaper flank and decided to give it a try. It was so tough and chewy, it finally went in the green bin. (No dog - only herbivorous guinea pig)

Jun 14, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking

Fudge in Toronto

I don't know whether it's the best but I recently got a gift of 4 different flavours of fudge from Monsieur Felix and Mr Norton in Unionville (Warden/ Hwy 7). They might have a store in Toronto too.

May 10, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help save bitter baba ghanouj

I tried adding a tsp of honey and it definitely helped! I think next time I'll use Chinese eggplant - the ones I got this time were regular Italian, I think. Large but full of seeds which I read could have been indicative of male eggplant. Female ones are not as bitter with less seeds and smaller? Next time I go grocery shopping I'm going to examine the eggplant section more closely and see if I can spot the female ones.

Mar 31, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking

NASIB'S Shawarma and Falafel

FoodyDudey, next time you are in the area, try Shawarma Empire which is in the same plaza as Nasib. We've been to Nasib and agree it is good but for falafel and shawarma Shawarma Empire has a spicy topping which to us has sort of an Indian curry taste. Its also $5.99 for two. Warning : the lineup this evening was all the way to the front door, it took us over half and hour to get our order.
We've been to Farhat a couple of times but the last time we were disappointed - found the meat to be of poor quality, lots of fatty and tough bits.

Mar 31, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help save bitter baba ghanouj

We love baba ghanouj from Middle Eastern restaurants. Tried making it myself for the first time. Roasted 2 eggplants and then removed some of the seeds but unfortunately not all... Added lemon juice, tahini, salt and minced garlic. The end product is bitter :(
What can be done to save my poor baba? Sugar, more lemon, more something else??

Mar 30, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking

Malaysian ingredients (e.g. laksa leaves)

First Choice Supermarket (Kennedy/407) in Markham has a section of products from Oey Trading. (At an endcap in the middle of the store). There were candlenuts there today.

Mar 25, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Why didn't my sweet potato fries get crispy??!!

Tried this once and it was pretty successful. Not 100% crispy but most of them were. Instead of foil, used parchment paper. Baked at something like 400degrees or 450 in convection oven. I'll try blanching to see if it'll crisp better.

Mar 07, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking

Orlando March break

Hi Erly!
Just got back from a long weekend in Orlando/LBV. Do call ahead for ressies, last Friday evening a couple of West Sand Lake restaurants had staggering 2 hour waits for a table - I can't imagine what next week will be like!
If your family likes Mexican, I'd like to recommend Taquitos Jalisco (Metrowest Plaza). Family restaurant, good food, no wait at lunch time. I wish I had time to try Cafe Tu Tu Tango and Bluezoo. If you like Asian, Asia Bagus in Kissimmee sounds good since we have no Indonesian restaurant in Toronto.

Mar 07, 2007
mellie in Florida

LBV/Orlando chow weekend

Back in Toronto now.... had a great weekend in Orlando.
Really liked Taquitos Jalisco in Metrowest. Loved the margaritas and the salsa even though it was watery. Definitely will go back again next trip.
Seasons 52 and Bonefish were good but the wait for a table at both places was something else - 2 hours. So we made a reservation for the next evening at Bonefish and ate at the bar in S52.
Sunday dinner was a tad frustrating - ventured to Jackamo's but it's closed on Sunday evenings. Went further along to try to find Blackwater BBQ - it was closed too!! We felt we were underdressed for Coq au Vin, eventually ended up at Smokey Bones LOL.

West Sand Lake area certainly has a very impressive choice of restaurants.

Thanks again Bob, lexpatti and coasterphil.

Mar 06, 2007
mellie in Florida

Canned salmon

This is my husband's recipe for "Salmon Ball"
Mix together: a can of salmon, a block of cream cheese, some chopped red onion, a tbsp of lemon juice and perhaps a little horseradish if you like things more exciting. Form into a ball and roll the ball in some chopped walnuts and chopped parsley. Serve with crackers.

Feb 20, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking

What foods smell better than they taste?

To me, a really fresh good durian smells uniquely fragrant. I like to eat it too although in small doses. I miss the smell more than the taste.

Jan 31, 2007
mellie in General Topics

Auberge de Pommier Review (non-Winterlicious)

aser, orientals imho refer to people of chinese,japanese, korean heritage. Asians in my mind would include Philipinos, Indians, Sri Lankans, Malays,Thais etc.
But I had a good laugh that you found the term antiquated. As my daughter likes to tell me (too often) - Mum you're so old!! Now I can say aser thinks so too :)

Jan 31, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Auberge de Pommier Review (non-Winterlicious)

I went to AdP last night for Winterlicious. Had a rez for 915 pm (which was the earliest timeslot for that evening when we called on the Amex members only day) There were many people sardined in the foyer so we were relieved when we were promptly seated. Our hostess and waitress were very warm and friendly. The place was packed when we arrived but most of the patrons were almost though when we started which made our stay quite pleasant, not at all stressed. Food was good although the Salmon plate was very hot which made me think they had the dishes ready to go and under the warming device, We brought our two daughters (late teens) and they thought it was just great. All in all, service was excellent.Poor service was our biggest fear after reading a lot of the Winterlicious postings and from past experience - Hemispheres last year, unfriendly and food was bland, Brasserie Aix a few years ago which was the worst place we had every been to.

I was surprised by the number of young orientals doing Winterlicious last night and how many of them took digital pics of their food.!!! My daughter said its probably for their Facebook blogs?? Any CHounders witnessed this or partake of this activity?

Jan 31, 2007
mellie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ipoh kuey teow in Singapore

I hope I am not steering you wrong.... I lived in Singapore a long long time ago. You brought back fond memories of Ipoh hor fun/Ipoh kway teow at a kopi tiam called Lee Tong Kee. Googled a few variations and found this. Its more upscale now...
http://www.ipohhorfun.com/
Nonetheless, if this not be the shop of your dreams, I think one can find Ipoh Hor Fun in many places in Singapore (and at different price points). There are also many websites and forums in Singapore which revolve around food. Hope this helps.

Jan 27, 2007
mellie in China & Southeast Asia

Help in Orlando

I too have been searching for chow possibilities for my upcoming trip. Feel free to check out my short list. When initially searching on chowhound, I would also google the rest name to see if others had feedback about it. As you can see, we have more choices than lunches and dinners. There are no Asian or Italian restaurants on my list as we were more looking for cuisines that we can't find in Toronto.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/363021

Jan 25, 2007
mellie in Florida

What foods smell better than they taste?

Fresh Durian. Childhood memories play a big part.

Jan 23, 2007
mellie in General Topics

LBV/Orlando chow weekend

Thanks Bob and lexpatti!
We've been to AKL for breakfast on our last trip with kids - I remember it being very good. Any other breakfast/brunch suggestions?

Mel

Jan 23, 2007
mellie in Florida

LBV/Orlando chow weekend

Greetings from Toronto Canada where it is a balmy 10 degrees F tonight.
DH and I are planning a mini vacation (3 nights only) to a Disney resort without kids and without parks. Things we are planning on doing are - Cirque show eating drinking shopping eating drinking outlet shopping eating .... Done some searches and have shortlisted the following:
Blackwater - would love some BBQ right about now.
Cafe Tu tu Tango - sounds entertaining.
Bonefish - want to try Floridian seafood
Taquitos Jalisco or Beto's - we don't have good Mexican or Tex Mex.
Bluezoo - sounds cool but pricey
Seasons 52 - like the sounds of the low cal thing.
Jackamo's - we don't have good Cajun or Nawlins anything here.
Raglans or Earl of Sandwich - when we are at Downtown Disney
Please help us decide. Also looking for an interesting breakfast place.

Thanks!
Mel

Jan 22, 2007
mellie in Florida

Need Ideas with Maple Syrup

I add a tbsp of maple syrup to my store bought balsamic vinegar dressing to jazz up my salad. Makes me eat more lettuce!

Jan 14, 2007
mellie in Home Cooking