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ethnically diverse street food comes to Toronto

well... it's a start

Mar 17, 2009
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find Ginger Delight (like turkish delight, by the Ginger People) in Toronto?

Haven't seen the Ginger Delight, but small boxes of the Ginger Chews are available at point of sale at some of the Lettuce Eatery locations around the downtown core.

Mar 09, 2009
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Greg Argent's new Resto, Forte - Review

I went here the other day with a friend for a bite... no liquor license yet but I really enjoyed those French onion soup dumplings, the charcouterie board, and some melted cheese/veggie thing that was one of the more interesting presentations I've seen in a while. Also, the dessert with the candied lemons and marshmallows was pretty good too. I can't wait to return for a full meal with wine.

Dec 06, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eating my way through the Toronto Marathon – 10/19/08

Wow, sounds like one helluva weekend! I'd say that your itinerary is bang on... Fish Store is a great spot, but not for a crowd. There also has been recent controversy about the standards slipping at JKWB, but for a late casual Sunday dinner, I'd still say it's a pretty good bet. Post-marathon, you're gonna need the salt, anyway.

Sep 30, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

JK Wine Bar

Agree with other posters that getting a table is usually not a problem. I was there last Saturday they just sat us right away - no wait. This was around 8PM. The longest I've ever had to wait was about 45 minutes.

Can't miss items (as of last week)... the braised beef poutine, the smoked whitefish, the duck confit, and of course the cheese plate.

Sep 04, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The best club sandwich in TO?

A traditional club should be served with traditional (i.e., non-creamy) coleslaw. Therefore my personal nod for the best traditional club sandwich in town goes to the Tulip.

Sep 03, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George or Perigee for parents' 40th

While it may be true that Toronto does not have the goods to compete with the international stars on the restaurant scene, I think it's a stretch to categorize Toronto's high-end dining experiences as full of "constant disappointment and boredom". I've also been fotunate to have wonderful dining experiences in NY and LA over the past year, and though undeniably better in some instances, I wouldn't categorize them as some unattainable holy grail. I think that if we support the local establishments and vote with our dollars for ones offering truly memorable experiences (even in a local context), we can hopefully start raising the bar overall. Just my $.02.

Aug 28, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George or Perigee for parents' 40th

I've been to Perigee pre- and post-Riley and based on food alone, I'd give the nod to Christopher Brown mostly because he seems to stay truer to the original ingredients.

If I had to base my decision on food alone... that's really a tough one. I haven't been in Splendido for over two years now, but I remember it absolutely outstanding in every regard. Can't go wrong there.

Between George and Perigee... it depends. If I'm going for big flavours and wow factor to impress my friends, I'd probably go with George. But for me, sophistication and simplicity win out every time, so Perigee would be my personal preference between the two.

Aug 26, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George or Perigee for parents' 40th

I've been fortunate enough to have several meals at both establishments, and I can honestly say that you can't go wrong with either. I find the overall experience a little more intimate and pleasant at Perigee, where I find the room a touch warmer and the staff a smidge more engaging. On the other hand, an anniversary dinner may not be the best time to yuk it up with the servers... for pure professionalism, George is the better bet IMO.

Also, for what it's worth, the Distillery neighbourhood (where Perigee is located) is a little better for a pre/post dinner stroll than the Queen/Jarvis area.

Aug 25, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

All-Clad in Toronto

Can't comment on the set, but I have two All-Clad stainless pans bought years ago and still use them all the time. Very durable.

Aug 24, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BEST cookie in T.O - Le Gourmand

I love Le gourmand's cookies too... though I'm not sure if it technically passes for a "cookie". It's more of a "super-cookie". In any case, they're one of a kind and I hope they never change! Haha. Oatmeal raisin is my fave followed closely by the chocolate chip walnut.

Aug 24, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Samosa and/or Indian Food in Scarborough? (Samosa King + pics)

I'm sorry but I don't know what they're called... and if experience is any guide, it may not even help you depending on the origin of the person serving you. India has something like 22 official languages and hundreds of others, so you may stumble upon a Gujarati or a Punjabi bakery whose names will differ greatly from a Tamil or Kannadan place... I think (and I'm probably way off with this), but based on the signage, that Samosa King is south Indian... maybe Tamil. But that's a loose guess at best.

Sorry, but I'm not sure about other options in the area. Your original post inspired me to make another trip out from my St. Lawrence area neighbouhood to Samosa King as I hadn't been there in a long time :)

Aug 24, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Samosa and/or Indian Food in Scarborough? (Samosa King + pics)

Made a trip out today... I picked up 15 samosas, some of those little fried donuts with chilies and cumin, and curry rolls. Great stuff! The samosas were a little small for my liking and not quite enough filling, but they're great finger foods and with 4 samosas for a dollar... well, you can't beat that with a stick. Next time I'm having a little get-together, these will make excellent finger foods. I do have to say that the rolls were far and away my favourite though.

Aug 23, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizza for lunch today - Financial District

If you walk down Adelaide St E (@ Toronto St.) to Terroni, you'll get some of the best thin crust pizza in town. Might be a bit crowded during Friday lunch though.

Aug 08, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Right In The Breadbasket

At Perigee, they have an excellent bread basket for you to select from with all kinds of goodies. I remember 4-5 different types of breads and buns. However, they do not leave it at the table... which is probably a good thing. The last place you want to overstuff yourself with bread is Perigee.

Aug 01, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Boston Hound seeks best of Toronto

Just want to chime in with a breakfast/brunch recommendation... Morning Glory on King St. E, just east of Parliament.

Jul 31, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Review of Szechuan Szechuan

Thanks for the review... just wondering if you tried the Szechuan Szechuan downtown at First Canadian Place? How does it compare to this one? (I'm assuming it's the same owners).

Jul 29, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for an importer that has Edizione Pennino in Ont?

Not sure about the importers, but depending on the quantity you want, you may think about the private ordering service through the LCBO. If you do, I'd be willing to take a few bottles off your hands.

Jul 28, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurant in GTA for whole wheat pasta?

Focaccia on Hayden St. near Yonge/Bloor used whole wheat spaghetti in a lunch special I had the other day. Great little spot. Another time I had a ravioli dish I'm dreaming about to this day.

Jul 24, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto hounds BBQ report

Well done guys! I'm real sorry to have missed this one. Can't wait to try the recipes and especially the cobbler - sounds so tasty. Glad everyone had an amazing time!

Jul 21, 2008
spades in Home Cooking

Summerlicious near King & Spadina?

You could give Crush a try as well if they're doing a Summerlicious lunch.

Jul 16, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Intersections of Toronto

You'd have to hawk a pretty good loogey, but If it's restaurant and grocery I would go with Front/Church. St. Lawrence Market, JKWB, Hiro, Lucien, places on Colborne St., Romagna Mia, Solferino Gelato, etc... also George and Perigee aren't that far off, and neither is Morning Glory for breakfast and the T&T supermarket.

Jul 16, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

eating by the water in T.O.?

I would avoid Boathouse at any cost. I was there a few years ago with a lady friend, and ordered some appetizers and a bottle of wine before a performance at the Harbourfront centre. I don't know how you can screw up dips and garlic bread, but they managed. Maybe apps are not their forte... fine. That I can deal with. What I can't stand is someone questioning my nose and taste when it comes to spoiled wine. The waitress was incredibly rude when I sent back the first obviously bad bottle off the tiny list of LCBO plonk, and positively fuming when I sent back the second. She flat-out said that I was wrong as my companion was spitting her second opinion back into the glass. So they got a few bad bottles... these things happen... but don't take it out on the customer! Finally on the third attempt the wine was good.

Jun 27, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Does Grace allow BYOB?

I checked the BYOW site and it's not there. You might want to give Grace a shout just to make sure though.

http://www.bringmywine.ca/toronto/

Jun 24, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kitchenaid vs Cuisinart food processor?

I've had the Cuisinart 11 cup model for about five years and it is incredibly tough. I abused this thing to no end by dropping a peach pit in there or other things that would damage the motor or the blade, and this thing just keeps on going. It is so handy and I use it almost weekly for chopping, sauces, pesto, etc. I'm sure KA is fine as well, but I'll definitely buy another Cuisinart if mine ever breaks down.

Jun 13, 2008
spades in Cookware

best mojitos in the city?

Had a nice mojito on the Bymark patio the other day... poured with a very heavy hand, by the way. Love that.

Jun 13, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Court from Heaven

Totally agree - this food court absolutely rocks. When I worked near the airport 5 years ago, I used to go here all the time. Glad to hear the purveyors are still going strong. Especially that Trini place... the rotis were huge, and what can you say about the doubles - some of the best in the GTA IMHO.

Jun 02, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Quick bite at Front & Jarvis

Indeed... I wonder what will happen for that location. Prime real estate.

May 30, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Quick bite at Front & Jarvis

Are you serious... St. Lawrence Market is at that intersection. It's open until 7PM on Friday. Grab a sandwich from Carousel or Mustachio's and enjoy walking around the market until the movie begins.

May 30, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Doughnuts in Toronto

I tried the apple fritter with my coffee this morning. Great doughnut. It was nice and crunchy on the outside and really soft and moist on the inside. Hefty and with loads of glaze, which I liked. A huge calorie bomb, but Starbucks did a pretty good job with sourcing doughnuts from these people. I wonder if there's a retail Top Pot outlet coming to Toronto soon?

May 30, 2008
spades in Ontario (inc. Toronto)