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dinner with the family—j'ai besoin de votre assistance

What about the yurt at the Ceili Cottage? It is available for private parties. Bring your own LPs for the record player. It's definitely cozy and their sticky toffee pudding is divine.

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

I believe you're thinking of Paula's Donuts. They're amazing!


Thanks for the tip on Biff's!

I've enjoyed the liver at Allen's on the Danforth.

Recs for Ceili Cottage?

Save room for sticky toffee pudding. Theirs is the best in the city.

They post their daily specials on Twitter.

Pig knuckles????.......

You can get a mighty fine BBQ Pork Hox (Schweinshaxe) at the Musket in Etobicoke (427 & Gardiner).

Afternoon Tea in Toronto

Good thinking.

If you just want the scone with cream and jam, The Scullery on Carlton east of Sherbourne does 'em for $5.50

Afternoon Tea in Toronto

Any chance you'll be in Niagara Falls? I recently had afternoon tea at the Queen Charlotte Tea Room and it was a steal compared to prices in Toronto (within the last year I've also been to afternoon tea at the Royal York and King Edward). Scones were fresh out of the oven and the owners were lovely.

(The menu is in the "Slide Show")

Friday Night Indian- Staying Downtown

The décor isn't much to write home about, but I like the food at Kathmandu on Yonge north of College.

Good, cheap restaurant near Royal Ontario Museum.

Google Maps says it's an 18 minute walk. It's 2 subway stations. I guess I must have a different definition of "close". Shrug.

Good, cheap restaurant near Royal Ontario Museum.

Try Insomnia at Bathurst and Bloor.

About Cheese on Church

Paper just came down off the windows today. If they're not officially open today then it shouldn't be long.

Where do you take a carnivore that isn't boring?

Jam Café on Carlton closed a while ago and reopened as "Fare Game" with the tag line "Continental Cuisine With A Canadian Panache". I haven't been yet, but the menu is here:!food/c1jo3

About Cheese on Church

Windows are still papered up but there's a sign up that says:

All The Best
Fine Foods & Catering

Soon to be a proud part of your neighbourhood

About Cheese on Church

About Cheese is now closed. It's been gone about a month or so.

ISO Unpretentious, modestly-priced coffee shop with WiFi near Yonge & Carlton

What about the Timothy's at Church & Alexander?

FRESH mozzarella?

About Cheese at 483 Church makes their own.

Where to buy Baci panettone?

Pusateri Fruit on Church, south of Wellesley has them.

American Thanksgiving

The Blake House on Jarvis is doing a Thanksgiving dinner. Their email said turkey roast with all the trimmings, and apple crumble for $21.

ISO veg-friendly lunch spot in Burlington

I like Bahn Thai at Fairview & Appleby Line.

College & Yonge Area

I've had good luck with the Queen and Beaver. Wouldn't be a long walk.

Nolah Bistro - West Island

Thank you for the recommendation. My husband and I went there tonight. They were ostensibly closed for a special wine tasting event, but very kindly offered us a table out on the patio. We had it all to ourselves and it was a perfect evening outside with great food, and the service didn't suffer.

They started us off with warm bread and butter, and a jambalaya amuse bouche. Between us we also had crab cakes, gumbo, sirloin, scallops, beignets and chocolate torte. I think we should have shared one dessert!

My husband is in Montreal for business fairly frequently and he'll certainly be back.

ISO casual lunch at Parliament and Carlton!

It's a little further north and west than Parliament & Carlton, but I like Mr. Jerk on Wellesley, west of Parliament.

Village Rainbow Cafe - Church and Maitland

I'm not surprised they're closed. There's been no activity in that space. No evidence of renovations at all.

This article suggests that Zelda's is staying put where they are on Yonge.

Toronto restaurants near Yonge & Carlton

waydowntown is right about Hair of the Dog. When I had an out of town co-worker staying at the same Courtyard you're staying at, that's where I took them. (I always order the "Sunburn" cocktail. Yum!)

If you want a couple of other options...

Kathmandu at Yonge & Maitland is my go-to for take out Indian, but you can also eat in.

A short walk away is the Queen & Beaver, just off Yonge on Elm. As waydowntown pointed out, it's too bad the weather isn't warmer, as they too have a patio. I like the mushroom pithivier.

If you want dinner in the gaybourhood, I consistently get a good meal at Byzantium. Just beware if you're dining late that the music cranks up and they clear the tables away on Fridays and Saturdays after 11 pm.

499 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2C6, CA

Queen & Beaver
35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

Kathmandu Kathmandu
517 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Y3, CA

Village Rainbow Cafe - Church and Maitland

The sign on the door reads:







Birthday Resto in the Annex

I think Insomnia takes reservations and it might fit the bill.

563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

german store in toronto

There's also Brandt Meats in Etobicoke. Their web site focuses a lot on meat, but I can tell you there were lots of other tasty treats there - especially towards Christmas time.

Brandt Meats
1878 Mattawa Ave, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

Tazo Tea Chai Latte mix.

I've bought it before at Queen's Quay Loblaws in the little organic/health food section at the back of the store near the meat.

But I was somehow never able to make it taste the same as when I order one at Starbucks.

Dundas/403 area restaurants (Mississauga/Oakville)?

I had some OK Thai at Bamboo Legend on the north side of Dundas, west of Winston Churchill. Not sure if that will be a problem for your "meat and potatoes" friend, though. Perhaps you could offer to order for him and pick something "safe"? I find my chain-loving friends are far more likely to experiment if they don't have the pressure of deciphering many new choices on a menu.

You're right that the area is generally nothing but chains. I was at the aforementioned Bamboo Legend because the rest of my group was at Boston Pizza!

Bamboo Legend
3145 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5L5V8, CA


There's a wood burning fireplace at The Blake House (ex-Red Lion), but I confess I've only eaten on their patio since they opened, so I don't know what the seating is like near the fire. I do know they kept the fireplace after the major reno.

The Blake House
449 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA