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custom/themed cakes

Also try the Wicked Little Cake Company... there's some truly spectacular cakes on their website!

Sep 18, 2009
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

araza (fruit) in toronto?

Hi there,

Anyone seen araza in any of the markets in Toronto? It's a South American fruit (Columbia, I think) that is tart like citrus, but has fibers and looks like a pumpkin on the inside. It's about the size of a persimmon and kind of looks like one as well... but A LOT more fragrant!

Thanks!

Jul 09, 2008
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding rehearsal recs north of TO?

So, the rehearsal will be at Bathurst and Stoufville sideroad... most people live within 10-15 minutes of Yonge and Sheppard. Is there anything north of downtown with a private room for approx 25 people where we can have menu flexibility? We've got some vegetarians, some picky people and a budget of about $25/person for mains. We'd like to bring in our own wines as well if possible.

Alternatively, anyone know of a place were we can arrange for a "pick from" menu shortlist?

THANKS!

Feb 21, 2008
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Has anyone ever sent a giftbasket of Cdn gourmets to the US?

Hi there,

My sister is marrying an American and as a holiday present, I thought it would be nice to send his family in Florida something "Canadian" (i.e. an assortment of ice wine, smoked salmon etc). However, I'm having problems finding a company that will ship to the US without charging an arm and a leg. Anyone out there with any suggestions?

Thanks!

Dec 12, 2007
jamsy in General Topics

Les 3 Brasseurs

I was in Montreal a few weeks back and had a few meals there. The place reminds me of Milestones. Nothing spectacular or exgtraordinarily memorable. There was a smoked meat pizza that lacked flavour, the "poutine" was made with frozen fries and tasteless gravy and a number of things that aren't really worth mentioning.

The beers were pretty good and they sold pints with schnapps/liqueurs etc.

Nov 24, 2007
jamsy in Chains

Chinese Wedding Restaurant in Toronto

Not sure what your budget is... La Rosa at 407 and Woodbine is pretty good on a fair budget. Have been there for a few weddings, the food is decent, the wine free flowing, and the staff friendly.

Nov 24, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help! Toronto vs. Montreal

We ended up going to Donatello on Elm St. With a picky party of 6, it was the only thing we could agree on. Good Italian food at a decent price. The crab stuffed ravioli in a rose cream sauce was a hit.

Not quite what I had in mind, but it's a start and it didn't disappoint. You're right, OnDaGo, I'll never win a Montreal/Toronto debate, but neither will my Montreal coworker! It'll just become a friendly rivalry.

Nov 23, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help! Toronto vs. Montreal

Toronto has some of the best Chinese cuisine in NA (apart from the west coast). I'll hint at the ethnic option (Host), but give him the choice.

Nov 22, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help! Toronto vs. Montreal

I have no idea if he is a foodie or a bourgeois poseur. All I'm trying to do is prove that some things in Toronto are better than Montreal. We have a friendly rivalry between our respective cities.

I'm trying to stay on the "safer" side of the palate. I'm flexible will all foods, just don't want to scare him away with something that he considers too "ethnic". Coming from Montreal, I'm sure he's been exposed to the unusual, but I don't know HOW unusual or how far I can go. My usual haunts are typically on the odder side of the food spectrum.

Cava disappointed last time I was there. I'll not be venturing there again. I find Jump, Bymark, etc a little overrated. Price is a wee bit high on the work budget. Generally, maybe $50-75/person including wine?

Thanks everyone for their replies! Keep them coming.

Nov 22, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

help! Toronto vs. Montreal

I've got a coworker coming in from Montreal today who claims everything in Montreal is better than Toronto. I love my city, and I want to show him the best Toronto has to offer (on a work budget). I'm not too familiar with Montreal, but if there's anything here that we do a lot better, please let me know! The only thing I can think of is Asian food (but only because of their limited Chinatown), but I'm not sure if he'll venture into Chinatown. How does our sushi compare?

Nov 22, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

World's Worst Products - Canned whole chicken

lol... I meant to say fresher... even the bagels at the corner deli or at the coffee shop has got to be fresher. These things have a 2 month expiry! I prefer ones out of the freezer to one of these.

Nov 22, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

World's Worst Products - Canned whole chicken

Dempster's Morning Mates... why bother? There are fresh bagels available on almost every street corner.

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Nov 21, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

Burritos! New York Sub vs. Burrito Boyz...

... two very different styles
... two very different burritos

Which one do you prefer? I like New York Sub... the grilled lamb... yum!

Nov 16, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sweetbreads (molleja) -- misconceptions? Any other fans?

I had "molleja" just outside of Hidalgo, Mexico and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. I suspected that it was a sweatbread dish, but since I don't speak spanish, and it was rather seared, I could only conclude that it was mystery meat.

I crave it still.

Nov 15, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

Etiquette Course in Tipping, and Misc.

+1

Nov 06, 2006
jamsy in Not About Food

decorated sugarcubes?

Do people actually use them? They're cute, but somehow, I can't justify the expense just to have them look good on the table.

Nov 06, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

Shanghai Cowgirl

I really like the geisha grill. The grilled cheese sandwiches and the liver and onions are amazing as well. I don't think I've ever had anything there that I didn't like.

A friend of mine always orders the same thing... chicken fried steak with a side of chilli frieds...

Nov 04, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto good cake in Don Mills area

Maxim has a really nice Strawberry Meringue cake. My family loves it!

Nov 03, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How to eat a pomegranate? Or how else to use?

Let some white chocolate ice cream soften. "Smoosh" in the pomegranate seeds. Put the ice cream back into the freezer and let it harden. Amazing!

Nov 03, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

food near yonge & wellington

You're so close to St. Lawrence Market! Go there for a veal sandwich. Cheap and yummy.

Nov 03, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

How to eat a pomegranate? Or how else to use?

I love pomegranates. Easiest (but not necessarily the neatest) is just to cut it in half and dig in. Neatest way is to cut off the top part, cut off the bottom part, score the sides in three sides, and pull it apart from the top. Some people rinse the seeds to get rid of the juice of the popped seeds (stains!) and to float out the white bits. Don't eat the white, just eat the red, and chew and swallow the seeds. Crunchy!

It's a little messy, so I tend to eat them at home when I'm watching television, but pomegranates are incredibly versatile. http://foodiewannabe.blogspot.com Some friends had an "iron chef" cookoff with the pomegranate as the secret ingredient. On of the "chefs" made an incredible pomegranate based dipping sauce for shrimp. I believe it was mostly a juice reduction with sriachi and some other spices.

The juice can be used on it's own, or can be used as a marinade. I tend not to like the store bought juices (tastes funny to me), and would rather make my own when I have the time.

Nov 02, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

Canadian Version of "Burgers to Eat Before You Die" ?

I love Shanghai Cowgirl. Almost always there when I'm having a late dinner. The Geisha Grill is equally amazing as their burgers. That said, I'm surprised there hasn't been any mention of burger joints outside of downtown... Johnny Burgers (Vic Park and Sheppard) is pretty darn good. Always a lineup out the door in the summer. Much better than Webers, Apache Burgers or Burger Shack.

Nov 02, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What is mac and cheese to you?

Kraft Dinner. I still can't bring myself to order mac and cheese when I'm out.

Oct 31, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

dare me...

Hm... not sure I'd be likely to bring that home and cook it myself.

Yes. I usually head over to Galleria Saturday lunchish, and I've always seen the crabs there along with the assortment of savoury tidbits (i.e. flatfish, fish roe, wakame, marinated soy beans etc).

Also check out the far end of the food court where they do the "sushi" rolls and the soondae. Occasionally, they have "kim sandwiches" (I have no idea what they're really called), but they are triangles of rice with tuna, bbq chicken, bibimbop, etc wrapped with a piece of kim. It takes a bit to figure out how to assemble, but they're great!

Oct 31, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Halloween Party Cocktail?

Zen Green Tea Liqueur and soda with a squish of lemon. It's green and looks very Halloweenish when you drop in a couple of lichees... eyeballs floating in green liquid...

Oct 31, 2006
jamsy in Spirits

Food Confessions, Desperate Times Bring Desperate Meals

Instant oatmeal with "stolen" creamers and long forgotten frozen fruit...

Oct 31, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

Favorite Americanized-Chinese dishes??

Chicken balls and moo-shu pork. Growing up in a Chinese household, I had no idea what moo-shu pork was. Only found out this year... *yum*

Oct 30, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

dare me...

No way! Is it cooked? Otherwise, I would have no idea on how to prepare that dish! I love that prepared food section at the back of the supermarket... always come away with a box of those roasted crabs.

Oct 30, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's The Most Exotic Food You've Ever Eaten????

what is exotic for someone is regular food for another! me... strangest would be fish eyeballs and pigeon brains, but that's normal...

most exotic, nem chua, a vietnamese raw pork dish with a lot of whole black peppercorns and garlic, or a little african fruit that looks like a key lime, but is orange on the inside and has the texture of a longan.

Oct 30, 2006
jamsy in General Topics

dare me...

Thanks, my cousins are married to Indian guys, so I'm really familiar with Indian food as well.

For Indian sweets, definitely check out Mistaan at McNicoll (near Gordon Baker Rd). My cousin brought me there years ago, and I still go back whenever I have a craving for Rasmalai and mango barfi. Their samosas aren't as cheap, but really tasty too. Regular food is pretty good and pretty cheap for takeout as well. Most expensive thing on the menu is biryani ($7.99). www.mistaan.com

Oct 27, 2006
jamsy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)