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Savoury meat pies east of Toronto

I live east of Toronto and have searched far and wide for pukka British meat pies aka Aussie pies aka South African pies. Most recently I drove over an hour to Brampton to Pie Guyz to taste me some steak & kidney pies and while flaky and tasty IMHO it was not the real thing.

To me a proper British/Oz/ SA meat pie has to be eaten by hand and has to have just the right gravy consistency so that when you bite into it, it stays together. The Pie Guyz meat pie came in an aluminum container and the base stuck to the can so you could not even flip it out and eat. You had to use a fork and it cost $5.

I just happened across a butcher store that has been around for almost 50 years in Oshawa and minutes from me that sells about 10 different meat pies and the price is really good - $3.50 each for a decent size pie. They were honest enough to admit they do not make it but have it brought in ( every Thursday ). They did tell me who their supplier was but I forgot. They must have a high turnover in the pies as I have been two Thursdays in a row and the amount they have brought in was huge and if you go a few days later they almost all gone.

Place is Buckingham Meat Market on Buckingham Road, Oshawa. The pies are unfortunately not warm but they also not frozen. You need to take them home and place in a toaster oven for about 10-15 minutes. They also sell sausage rolls and cornish pasties.

He'd like to eat some lamb, I want to wear a dress..

I think the lamb shank at Penelope on King Street West is awesome, however, it does not seem to be on the menu any longer. You can't go wrong with any of their lamb dishes though - all very good IMHO.

http://www.peneloperestaurant.com/

ps. this is the place for a hot dress

New PC Chicken Samosa hors d'oeuvres out of this world!

Bought a pack from No Frills for the supposedly sale price of $4.99. Took them home and thought they were crap. I will continue to get my samosa's from Sultan of Samosa's.

K-cups for Keurig Coffeemaker?

Markcol Distribution in the Durham region sell to the public as well - 1020 Brock South in Pickering, 1170 Simcoe North in Oshawa and 610 RR #42 in Bowmanville. I paid $15 for a box of 24. They allow you to mix and match and they claim they have 130 different flavours. I did see teas, ciders and cocoa in addition to coffee's.

Mexican bar showing Pacquiao-Margarito fight Saturday Nov 13

I'm looking for a (preferably) Mexican bar/restaurant that will be showing the Pacquiao-Margarito fight from Cowboy's Stadium this Saturday. Any place along Buford Highway?

Nov 11, 2010
fogducker in Atlanta

Mary Brown's Chicken

For some reason I never took to Mary Brown's. Also find their portion sizes small. What I do miss is Church's Chicken which is all over Vancouver. A couple opened up in Durham about 10 years ago and never took off and closed within a few years. Pity.

IMHO I rank their chicken over KFC, Popeye's and Mary Brown.

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Mary Brown's
1920 Dundas St, London, ON N5V3P1, CA

Where to buy oysters by the pint in Mississauga (or GTA)

Costco has them as well.

Your top cheap eats

Embassy Samosa King - Review + Photos

Babu is one of these Sri Lankan places that I frequent and think is awesome and very clean - on Sheppard between McCowan and Markham.

http://babudelivery.ca/index.php

Markham Peking House

"a peking duck specialty place" ??? How does this compare to the Chung King in the same area?

Does AYCE Dim Sum exist?

Starwalk has AYCE dimsum at both locations - Mississauga and Scarborough.

http://www.starwalkbuffet.com/

Hand Pulled Noodles

FYI. The stall at Pacific mall is still there. Take the escalator at the north side to the first floor. Walk to the stalls on the south side of the first floor, entering on the right hand entrance way. The stall is about 5 down on your right.

Great Indian Food in Toronto's PATH!

Will have to give Amaya a try. Tried the lamb at the Biryani. It was pretty good but it came with bones, some of which were pretty sharp. Nuisance eating curry back at the office with bones!

Decent fish supplier in Markham?

A little west of Markham Village but I go to the Korean Supermarket on Yonge. Just come west on Steeles. I find the prices excellent for all kinds of sashimi including red tuna - they have fresh and frozen.

http://www.galleriasm.com/eng_main.asp

GTA Filipino Restaurants

Several restaurant names thrown out here but the common thread is that they all serve cafeteria style where the food is pre-cooked and nuked for you. Symptomatic of the way it is served in the Philippines as well 99% of the time be it the roadside carinderia, the food court in a modern air conditioned shopping mall or a stand alone restaurant.

The only exception I can think of is Mayette's on the Danforth. Not close to downtown but not as far as Scarborough. They have the pre-cooked stuff for lunch but at dinner it is a la carte off the menu and cooked to order.

http://mayettes.foodpages.ca/

"Calcutta Chinese" (Indian Hakka) in downtown Toronto?

Double agree!!! Virtually every Chinese restaurant serves pork - virtually every Chinese Hakka restaurant ( aka Indian Chinese ) in TO does NOT serve pork. Danforth Dragon does to their credit.

Cheapish dehydrator? Where can I get one?

re: the noise, I guess a fan would do it. Mine does not have a fan - just the heating coil and I only moved the trays around after 24 hours so that was no big deal.

Cheapish dehydrator? Where can I get one?

I bought what would be considered a cheap plastic dehydrator from an "As seen on TV" store more than 10 years ago and it is still working great.

I am not sure what kind of noise gradyn's unit made that would be considered loud but mine made no noise at all. Other than the heat, you would have no idea it was on.

I used mine primarily for making beef jerky and would always marinate my meat first. In the process, what little blood there was would drain away so I never had an issue with cleaning my unit. I did rotate my trays but this seemed to make sense as the heating coil was at the bottom and I had six trays and so it was a no-brainer that the bottom trays would get more heat.

short trip, looking for feedback

On the last Sunday of every month the streets by Kensington Market are closed to just pedestrian traffic from about noon. Some nice restaurants and cafe's for coffee and snacks like empanada's, etc. Nice place to browse as well. For me on par with St Lawrence Market.

short trip, looking for feedback

Awesome - thank's a lot. I'll let you know how I make out.

short trip, looking for feedback

Hi skylineR33: Thanks for the response. I do eat at the Indian Hakka places but it is Hakka with an Indian twist. Really, you'd be hard pressed to find a place anywhere in China where the locals do not eat pork but none of these Indian Hakka places serve pork so that takes away from the Chinese authenticity right away.

There was a proper Hakka restaurant in Richmond, BC called Famous Hakka and it did serve pork. I was in Vancouver in December 08 and saw it and made a mental note to visit it when I next came. That was in April 09 and the place was gone and is now a regular Cantonese rest. Sure didn't last long - maybe 6 months.

I am trying to track a Hakka dish from Moi-Yean - deboned duck with sticky rice & almonds - Noh Mi Ap ( I believe )

short trip, looking for feedback

Don't mean to hijack this thread but message to skylineR33: Do you know of any real Hakka restaurants in either TO or Vancouver - meaning Chinese Hakka versus the Indian Hakka.

Thanks.

ISO filipino food in downtown Toronto?

Several restaurant names thrown out here but the common thread is that they all serve cafeteria style where the food is pre-cooked and nuked for you. Symptomatic of the way it is served in the Philippines as well 99% of the time be it the roadside carinderia, the food court in a modern air conditioned shopping mall or a stand alone restaurant.

The only exception I can think of is Mayette's on the Danforth. Not exactly close to downtown but not as far as Scarborough. They have the pre-cooked stuff for lunch but at dinner it is a la carte off the menu and cooked to order.

http://mayettes.foodpages.ca/

Not so Perfect Chinese?

Your experience is not unexpected at Perfect.

I enjoy the place as the food is good and the price is right and I have been there enough times for both dim sum and dinner that the staff must know me by sight even though they do not acknowledge me as a regular, however, there have been many times I have wanted to walk out because of the treatment. Maybe I am a sucker for punishment but I just tell myself it's not personal and think about Seinfeld's soup nazi episode.

I have been to Perfect at 3am with friends after a night of drinking and there was a line up. I guess that's why they can get away with less than normally acceptable service.

Rex's Chinese Cuisine 4466 Seppard Ave. E

Correct. It is not in the mall.

Just east of the mall is Asian Legends and Rex is east of Asian Legends.

Rex's Chinese Cuisine 4466 Seppard Ave. E

Rex Cuisine is on the north side of Sheppard just east of Brimley.

Perfect Restaurant is also on the north side of Sheppard, just west of Brimley.

Imperial vs Mandarin ( if I must choose)

Can anyone tell me if the China Buffet King in Richmond Hill is related to the CBK on the south side of the 401 near Warden or if they totally different establishments with the same name.

Rex's Chinese Cuisine 4466 Seppard Ave. E

I would say the dim sum is about par with Perfect on the next block and the prices are about the same. They also give you a frequent card with one check for every $10 spent.

This location has seen many iterations. Let's hope this venture is successful.

Fantastic Curry Roti - Ghandi on Queen West

re:Why is Ghandi crowded, and Mother India is not?

That's life, I guess. I was at Taste of the Danforth over the weekend and there would be two stalls next to each other selling the same food, with the same setup, etc. One had massive lines and the other virtually none.

My partner wanted some lamb and I said let's go to the no line up guy but she wanted to go into the long line up as she said he must be good based on the line!!!

5 Days Aroubd Rice Lake!!!

I agree that the food at Rhino's is good, solid down to earth. My wild hog buddies and I normally drop in there for a burger and beer after a day of cruising the Kawartha's and Northumberland.

Coming along the 401 from Yonge you should get to Bowmanville after about 40-45 minutes. Just before the 35/115 Peterborough turnoff you will see the Bownmanville Liberty Street turn-off. You can take this to the Bowmanville Marina and Bobby C's which is a nice marina restaurant by the lake with a large outside patio with plenty of trees if the sun gets too hot. This is less than 5 minutes from the 401 and a nice break in the driving.

Here is a link.

http://www.bobbycs.com/