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$100 for two, all in.

Ascari Enoteca or Table 17.

Jan 21, 2015
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

"Shame"? He might have many offers, but maybe he's waiting for the right opportunity. Or maybe he's in negotiations for something great.

Jan 15, 2015
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

I think that they cut a bunch of holes in the burger (not just in the middle). Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but don't quite understand how this would help a burger.

Jan 01, 2015
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sprouts in Toronto

Have you tried The Big Carrot on The Danforth? Summerhill Market may be worth checking out as well.

Dec 26, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need advice on how to sous-vide steak to different temps

So I'm making dinner in January for 4 people - one likes her steak medium-well, two like medium-rare, and one likes rare.

My plan is to get the water to 150 degrees (medium-well) and then cook the one steak for 1 hour. Take it out, put it in a ice water bath and then in the fridge, and then do the same to the two steaks but at 130 degrees (medium-rare).

Finally, I'll get the water to 120 degrees (rare), put in the last steak for 30 minutes, and then put back in the other three steaks and leave them all in for about 30 minutes. Then take them all out, sear and serve.

Thoughts? Comments? Advice?

Dec 25, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking

Haymishe Bakery at Bathurst & Lawrence

According to their Twitter account, Dr. Laffa is also moving in the same plaza. Perhaps it's their new location that looks almost ready?

Dec 16, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant King East

Sorry to sound like a broken record, but once again I am going to recommend Mangia & Bevi.

Dec 12, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

trambusto

So I went to the website to see what I could find out, and came across the following in the description of the chef: "He also has a business degree from York University's Schulich School of Business, for reasons we have yet to understand." WTF?????

Dec 12, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Curl-your-toes Braised Red Cabbage

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I will follow Earlybird's directions and see what happens!

Nov 24, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking

Curl-your-toes Braised Red Cabbage

My Jewish German grandmother used to make braised red cabbage that had an amazingly strong sweet-and-sour flavour. I've tried lots of different recipes and nothing comes close. I don't recall any meat (definitely no ham or bacon) in the dish, though I do recall that the cabbage had a bright red colour.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Nov 24, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking
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Can you suggest a great pre-theatre dinner in/near Distillery?

If you're looking for great casual Italian, try Mangia Bevi.

Nov 19, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ginger Salad Dressing at Edo on Spadina Road

No, but I did see it for sale this week at the Bayview/York Mills Nortown.

Nov 15, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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party of 12

Mangia Bevi

Nov 14, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

I heard today that Susur Lee is behind this.

Nov 07, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Schmaltz Appetizing

According to BlogTO, the "base" cream cheese is from Bagel World.

Oct 29, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Weezies for sale

Just wondering why this is news and why does it need its own thread?

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

We used to go to Mirto when we didn't want to wait for Mercatto or Terroni, and it was always surprisingly busy!

Sep 29, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

PC Greek style 9% no longer available

This sounds like a Twitter campaign waiting to happen.

Sep 28, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Measure by Weight

Any advice on converting recipes?? I've been using 175 grams as one cup of flour and it seems to be working out OK.

Sep 09, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking

Hakka - On Roncesvalles!!!

OMG - what an awful website! Why is their address not in the Contact section??

Sep 08, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anywhere downtown to buy fresh pita?

I'll check! Thank you.

Aug 31, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anywhere downtown to buy fresh pita?

Fresh as in baked on premises or fresh as in baked daily (OK with delivery). I manage to get to Arz every few weeks, so I've been spoilt by the still-warm pita.

Aug 31, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anywhere downtown to buy fresh pita?

I did a search on here, but the most recent thread I could find was from just over a year ago and didn't really help.

Does anyone have any current info on where to buy fresh pita downtown? I will check out Paramount on Yonge Street, though nothing on their website indicates that they sell just the pita.

Thanks!

Aug 30, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Prince Edward County 2014 summer season

We did our first visit to Sixty-Six 66 Gilead distillery this weekend. Did a tasting of one of the shochu, the gin, and the whiskey. Have to admit that I was disappointed in all three, though we did end up buying their homemade Ginger bitters, which I am very happy with.

Also, just as an aside, we walked past The Drake Devonshire (including the beach side). They are supposedly opening at the beginning of September, but for the life of me, I can't see how.

Had lunch at The Tall Poppy in Wellington - meatball sandwich was absolutely fantastic!

Aug 04, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me find great Filet Mignon at St. Lawrence Market

Definitely agree with the recommendation for Witteveen Meats. IMHO, the best meat products in the market.

Jul 30, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First date - Need a recommendation where to go tommorow

Opentable is showing availability for tomorrow at the following restaurants that may work with the limited information you've given (remember that it's also Summerlicious):

-Ascari Enoteca
-Barsa Taberna
-Ciao Wine Bar
-Cluny
-El Catrin
-La Bettola Osteria
-Origin
-Osteria dei Ganzi
-Swish by Han
-Terroni

Lots of other restaurants available but you didn't say where downtown, what kind of food or how much you wanted to spend.

Jul 14, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need advice for baking home-made ravioli

Thanks to everyone for the replies!

Jun 06, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking

Need advice for baking home-made ravioli

I only have one stock pot, and I'm also serving home made fettucine with meat sauce.

Jun 06, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking

Need advice for baking home-made ravioli

I have home made ravioli in the freezer that I plan on baking for dinner tomorrow night. The plan is to spread some tomato sauce on the bottom of a lasagna pan, layer in the ravioli, and then top with more sauce and cheese.

Do I need to cook the ravioli first?? Any other suggestions?

Jun 06, 2014
CarNut in Home Cooking

Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

My in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August, and I'm looking for some decent restaurants to recommend for dinner. In the past, they have picked Congee Queen, Paesanos and Trappers, so I want to try and avoid another bad/inappropriate dinner.

There were likely be 10 - 12 people, all adults. We've taken them to places like Scaramouche and Splendido in the past, and they just really didn't enjoy themselves, mostly because of the pricing.

Simple, well executed, decent service, nice atmosphere Italian would be ideal and for some reason, I'm drawing a complete blank. And definitely north of St. Clair and south of Steeles, as this is their comfort zone.

Jun 01, 2014
CarNut in Ontario (inc. Toronto)