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Chopped/Diced white Onions

Can't help you with fresh ones, but if you haven't employed these already:
Roasted Spanish Onion - lay the whole bag of onion out on roastin pan, just chop off the tops, olive oil, butter, sage, 400 for 45 min. Then freeze them in batches in zip locks. Great for soup, stews, anything cooked.
Picked onions in jars for salads. They are pricey but could be found in most supermarkets.

about 6 hours ago
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

The ever fabulous Canadian Nordic Society is hosting a Crayfish Party at IKEA Ottawa.

August 12th

4:30-7:30 pm

2685 Iris St, Ottawa, ON K2C 3S4



Adults $24.99


"For those interested, we are selling tickets for the event in advance at the store.

Tickets can be purchase in either the Restaurant or the Swedish Food Market."

about 6 hours ago
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good and filling omakase... with a la carte/cooked menu as well ???

Kaji's omakases do include cooked food - just no a la carte menus.
They really do pimp up special occasion dinners, so do tell them it's your birthday if you make the reservation.

Prince Edward County - PEC 2015

Black River for great cheese.
Old Third and Keint He for wine tasting + picnic.

I personally didn't like Drake Dev. - really overpriced and snobbish.

Summerlicious 2015

"...let’s face it, if you’re already committing to a bargain lunch/dinner, you probably tip 15 per cent (before tax, dad-style)." - Jen Agg.

Breakfast sandwiches in Toronto

I am currently hooked on El Almacen's beef empanadas for mid morning snack. They also do amazing brunch - and of course mate to boot.

Butler's Pantry/International Comfort Food

I don't have an answer for you, but just want to add that I am a big fan of their vegetarian Spinach Nut Casserole. Unappealing looking (like many of their dishes...actually) but tastes terrific!

Restaurants related to disabilities

CAMH's Out of this World CAfe
- I used to visit frequently when working in the hood. Fairly priced lunch takeout option.

I didn't know about Tortina - thanks for the link!

2015 Food Events

Kitchen Bitches: Smashing the Patriarchy One Plate at a Time
September 3, 2015 at 5:30PM
Revival Bar, 783 College Street, Toronto


When former Weslodge pastry chef Kate Burnham stepped forward last month about the sexual harassment she experienced at work, Black Hoof owner Jen Agg sprang into action. Eager to shed light on a problem endemic within the food industry, Agg urged her fellow food-industry members to speak out against the problem – and pay closer attention to the issues faced by women in kitchens.
In addition to food and drinks, the $50 advance ticket ($75 at the door) also includes a live set by Amy Millan of Stars and a few guests, as well as a silent auction that will benefit a women's shelter (which has elected to remain anonymous)

Food at the Fringe?

Roti Palace would still be my go to place for quick cheap bites near Honest Eds.
Queen of Chicken is a decent churrasquiera for a quick cheap takeout - ask for brown meat.
The Fry's korean fried chicken is being discussed on board, I haven't been.
If you need a little pick me up before the shows - Almond Butterfly on Harbord serves great coffee and delicious GF treats (they close at 6pm).
Guu on Bloor could be a great place to wrap up the night.

Lemesa for great sit down Filipino food.
Chelo & Co for Persian takeout. I like their salads - chicken was a little dry.
Jimmy's on Portland for coffee.

Private dinner for 20 near U of T / Harbord Street / Yorkville

I wouldn't recommend Harvest Kitchen for a large group - or at all. My only visit there last year found the service lacking and slow, and the food uninspiring (ie. dried out protein and most plates were under-seasoned). IT's also pretty cramped.

Thread from this board rumoured Loire has closed:

PanAm - food related events/extended hours/etc?

This is the only Summerlicious we have reserved so far:

A Dinner in Peru, this Wed July 8th @Malaparte

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the food and culture of Peru, the next Pan American / Parapan American Games host country for 2019.

Take in the breathtaking downtown terrace view to the sounds of a Peruvian creole ensemble. Sip on a traditional pisco cocktail and sample tasty canapes and ceviche.

Inside, Malaparte's Chef de Cuisine, Guillermo Russo, hosts this intimate, family-style dinner with wine inspired by his Peruvian roots. The menu highlights the popular flavours and delectable dishes of this cuisine while Chef Russo shares stories of his heritage and walks guests through their meals.

Leave with a goodie bag filled with Peruvian treats to remember this special evening.


$75 plus tax & gratuity

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

Someone finally did it!

ISO: Dense, chewy multigrain bread

I like the multigrain loaf from Sud Forno. Thick crisp crust, fragrant and satisfyingly soft inside. It never fails to surprise how quickly the things add at the till there - but I keep going back!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Root n' Burger is before my time in Toronto, but I always get coffee from this cafe when I visit Daniels Spectrum. The cafe recently resurrected RnB's old sign:

"The "Root 'n' Burger" used to be the place to be for Regent Park teens, and the sign hung on Belshaw Place for decades, until the building was demolished in the second phase of the revitalization. We cleaned up and rewired the sign, and installed it in a place of honour above Show Love Café, the Dixon Hall social enterprise that moved in recently to the Artscape Lounge. Thanks to the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum for letting us put this little piece of Regent Park history back on display in the community!

Superstore Argentia--Wow!

Thanks for the heads up!

Private dinner for 20 near U of T / Harbord Street / Yorkville

Rasa. I don't recall them having a private room for big group - but it is worth it to give them a call. Food is amazing.

Daddyo on Sussex. This one is definitely "rustic 'merican 'talian". They are never busy even on Friday nights. Cheap bottle service. Great service. It might work for your crowd, it might not. SO and I enjoy our couple of times there.

Boulevard on Harbord. I haven't been back for a couple of years, but always remember it to serve up delicious Peruvian. They do groups well.

ISO Good Mul Naengmyeon in the GTA

Have you tried Yummy Korean in Koreatown? Nice chewy cold noodle in a refreshing broth. You also get a choice of a couple choice of noodles.

2015 Food Events

Evergreen Asado BBQ on Sept 26th
Early bird price ($99pp) ends next Monday 9pm

"Enjoy all the food and drink you can handle
No drink tickets or line-ups
Proceeds help green your city"


Blue Jays Fans! Whaddaya eat when you're at Rogers Centre?

I was at Arriba last year. The whole experience was weird - you get to overlook the field but the game just isn't the same without having to watch out for the peanut shells under your feet (and I like stadium hot dogs - sue me!)

Burger was decent actually - but I wouldn't go again unless someone else is paying.

Branca Restaurant


All just allegations at this point, but, yikes, I will hold my reservations for certain establishments until things clear up.

Branca Restaurant

Their sister restaurant, Bronco (Adelaide/Strachan) is open. Patio was hopping this weekend. I look forward to venture a visit.

Ossignton - what are your favourites?

I think Golden Turtle has really gone downhill - Pho Tien Thanh next door is the way to go.
For quiet spots, Côte de Bœuf is fantastic for quick sandwich and a glass of wine, and Venezia is great for sweet treats. Ossington Stop (on Dundas) is my go to place for cheap drinks and delicious Georgian fair - low decibel to boot.

I like Union - don't have a problem with their service.

Foxley is solid.

The Saint is great - but very loud.

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

Sadies, the vegetarian brucnh diner is closing end of the month.

"I am closing Sadie's Diner at the end of this month and retiring from the restaurant business," he writes on Facebook. "I've been thinking about it for a while for many different reasons but was holding on to try to renew the lease with the hopes that I could possibly find someone to take over but unfortunately that wasn't in the cards."

"One of the most challenging aspects of running this business for the past 8 plus years has been this old building and the landlords that own it and the fact that I wasn't able to work things out with them is the reason it will be closed and not sold or passed on to anyone else," he continues by way of explanation for the seemingly sudden closure.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Entertaining and informative review as always! Glad you made progress no the foie.

Junked Food Co. - Why is this place not rammed with hipsters?

First of all, thank you for bringing back "2 legit to quit". Second, yes, it was the mom hours. I was there a few weeks ago on a weekend inching 1am and it was definitely happening. Felt a little too claustrophobic we took the orders to go, and noticed a couple of others did the same.

Overall, didn't think the food was bad, but also, nothing memorable. The mushroom salad was ok, so were the tater tots (Home of the Brave does it better though), but I didn't care for Dorito stuff. It reminded me of the Internet sensation college kids who fries everything.
I agree, the food doesn't weigh you down, but I imagine many of the items would look gross in sober broad daylight. Overall it felt like the menu reads more palatable and entertaining than they taste.

Hidden Gems Close to Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel. Any help???

Queen and Beaver
Solid brit fair, great vibe, charming space, nice selection on tap - 5 min walk from you.

Cafeteria style serving variety of sausages, rowdy crowd, great local brews - 10 min walk from you.

Sorry, Toronto doesn't do Mexican well (my opinion).
El Caballito is 10 min walk from you, tacos are only okay.
Seven Lives is a takeout join in Kensington Market - my favourite tacos downtown, not licensed- 15-20min walk from you.

" Concession Road " now open! - Any one tried it yet?!

I signed up for their newsletter and received a $20 gift certificate that expires July 26th.

"Enjoy $20 off your meal!
We're offering this gift certificate to our friends and family. Show this email to your server to redeem this offer. Please feel free to share with your loved ones!
Offer valid 7 days a week | Offer expires July 26th, 2015 | One certificate per table
No cash value | Walk-ins always welcome"

I can forward you the email via PM. Or maybe you can also get it by signing up.

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

I saw their truck a few times last week parked out front of the old Happy Hooker location on Dundas. A clue maybe?

Best Jamaican Rum/Black Cake in the GTA?

Where can I get the best black cake in the city? Also, curious about the "Kelly's" rum mentioned in the article.