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amsterdam cocktail bars

Vesper, on Vinkenstraat
Bo Cinq, on Prinsengracht

Amsterdam is NOT a cocktail bar city.

Mar 24, 2011
diesta in Europe

Where can I go out to purchase a great fresh Turkey today.

With all due respect to any and all vendors in the TO area, I would without reservation point you to Olliffe at Yonge/Summerhill.

For a dozen years, several times a year, I get a turkey and have never been more satisfied.

Nov 16, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good restaurant near Queen & Dufferin?

i thought i saw paper covering the windows yesterday when i street-car'd past...?

Nov 08, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Via Allegro Stars?

actually, i wouldn't trust many of the reviews here. that being said, i have eaten at via several times always good experiences. the port risotto i had there would be a course i would choose for my last ever meal. i am not a fan of the design, the spacing of the tables etc, but after your first time there, you know that and shouldn't complain again, imo.

Nov 07, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Duck Breasts in GTA

Atelier Thuet has some lovely duck breasts

Nov 07, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Iberico Ham from Spain

I'm currently in Paris (returning too soon!) and have eaten several times at Bellota Bellota 'bar/cafe' in Galeries Lafayette--we had pata negro sandwiches with cheese a couple of times and yesterday bought some to go to bring home and nibble on. This will hurt, but it wasn't that expensive! I know I will never find it for this price in TO--if I find it at all, and I half wish that I could bring some home.

That being said, while it was quite enjoyable, I don't see it as the 'oh my god' ham that others do...perhaps my tastes have been somewhat altered by the vast amounts of chevre and vin rouge that I have been downing while here :) It is definately less salty and somewhat sweeter, and overall quite good...just not my number one choice.

Oct 28, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buddha dog--toronto version

because it's not that bad of a place

Aug 23, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner party catering

i've used pusateris in the past and picked stuff up a few hours before and reheated it...worked out quite well

Aug 18, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Duck Breast

athelier thuet... best duck breast i have purchased in Toronto...also most expensive

Aug 14, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

San Diego restaurants are bad

i agree!

Aug 08, 2007
diesta in San Diego

Gelato

thata a pretty harsh judgement to make after one visit, but yours to make. I have found the limone to be a great combination of sweet and tartness, the perfect combination.

Aug 03, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Challenge: Most elegant restaurant in Toronto

you know what, after reading all this, I get the sense that there is going to be nothing that fits everything you want. It sounds as if you are in a no win situation--at least you think so in you head. Pick a restaurant that makes you feel comfortable, if you are, they will be more so.

Just pick it, go and don't worry so much about how they view you--you know that the place you go to is not going to make a difference in your asking them to let their daughter marry you...which you don't need a nice place for anyway, but you already know that.

Jul 23, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

West-end restaurant

5 mins away by Sherway Gardens is Via Allegro. Hands down best in that area.

Jul 17, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Private room for 50 people on a Sunday afternoon

Canoe will do it for a minimum charge of 3000 for their private rooms I believe

Jul 17, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buddha dog--toronto version

you are having terrible luck with this place!

Jul 10, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BEAUTIFUL Restaurants and GREAT food in Toronto???

in addition, jamie kennedys new place at the Gardiner museum

Jul 10, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buddha dog--toronto version

I believe the menu board said they were working on them...but not yet

Jul 09, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buddha dog--toronto version

Yes, 163 to be precise.

Jul 09, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seven Numbers Returns to Eglinton

someone should start a betting line on how long until they move again...

Jul 09, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

buddha dog--toronto version

Went today (a sunday); there were about 4 people in line in front of me.

Decor is very nice and I like the styling very much. Rough hewn boards on the walls, old brick--stylish, warm and fitting.

There were 2 other people in the place (which seats about 20 I would say, although the volume(space) of the place makes it seem like it should seat double that.

Now, the interesting thing about there being two other people in front of me is that this should mean that the staff are not getting slammed and can handle new orders quite well. I don't doubt they can, but apparently the technology they use cannot. They are using an iMac with a custom POS system that 'rings' in purchases via a barcode reading penwand. It's a temperamental bugger and in need of some slap therapy. After five minutes (I counted) the system let us order 2 'dogs of the day' and the lady manning the 'matrix' manually punched in another dog...for 3 dogs and a very nice lemonade called 'pucker up lemonade' it was just over $10.

The format works as such: one style of dog, one style of bun and you add the cheese you want and the sauce you want. Fridays you can order brie. As we were ordering, and perhaps to fill in the dead time while command central was trying to figure out why the penwant wasn't working, the Buddha Dog concept was explained to us; all natural ingredients sourced from the farmers around their Picton shop. They will source ingredients from people around Toronto as they are able.

We ordered the dog with mozzarella and tomato balsamic sauce and the aged cheddar with pesto sauce.

Firstoff, the lemonade is very good.

Secondly, the little buns are very good...very nice when toasted.

Most importantly I suppose is the dogs--I'm not entirely sure I like the casings. They seem 'tight' and require a lot of bite to penetrate...maybe this is only an issue because they are so small (4 inches long perhaps?). The taste is a little north of mediocre. I would like a bit more smokiness, but isn't that the beauty of subjective reviews...that may not be your bag at all. What you don't get is the best news...no overwhelming sense of preservatives and they taste 'fresh'.

The pesto sauce was underwhelming and I don't think went with the sausage, although the cheese was a hit and had a nice bite. The 'pizza' dog with mozarella and tomato balsamic was a hit and I would order again--you could taste the mozza, the sauce had a nice complementary bite to it, although perhaps a more garlicky edge would make it much better.

I would be back if relatively close by to the shop. I figure I would need to eat 4-5 to feel full and that I satisfied hunger pangs...that would be a $10 trip--not too bad. They do need to do something about that penwand, it's an unnecessary gimmick considering the iMac has a built in iSight which companies such as DeliciousLibrary have utilized as a built in barcode reader.

My rating overall is skewed somewhat...it's a hotdog place so how strictly do you rate that...I'm saying it's a 7/10.

Jul 08, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SF hound needs dinner recommendations

in addition to this good list, a funky vibe at the Drake Hotel.

Jul 08, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Hot Dog in TO?

I went today, can't necessarily share the enthusiasm for BD, but will post a better review in it's own thread.

Jul 08, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Celestin - Summerlicious

I've commented previously that the *licious idea has morphed into something not entirely palatable...that being said, I am doing it for several restos this summer, notably Celestin, so thanks for the review.

I hate to sound elitist, but anytime the doors are opened to the masses (and here, I don't mean anything other than the literal meaning of the word) and restaurants pack 3 seatings in a night, feel the need to put out smaller portions etc, most usually the experience will suffer.

Charles, I will most likely follow your lead and not do any more *licious events.

Jul 08, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Clafouti

Balzac's in Liberty Village on weekends carries Clafouti product. Of course, you could also just hit Clafouti if you are that close...not sure if the DD Balzac's has Clafouti.

Jun 30, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

bacon where to buy?

athelier thuet has some gorgeous berkshire bacon... :)

Jun 29, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Yorker in Toronto-a review

Brilliant review; I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on how the restos were in comparison to ones in NYC, and if you could compare the specific ones in Toronto to a similarly comparable one in NYC--in terms of food quality, ambience, pricing etc.

Cheers

Jun 29, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great Restaurant in Toronto - Celebration Meal, family from London UK

Canoe still has seats left for non summerlicious bookings...just not as many.

And you can order from the regular menu at any time.

Jun 27, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food portions for tasting menus

You will not be hungry afterwards, and you will be there for several hours.

The interesting thing about a tasting menu done right is that even those who poo-poo the sometimes smaller sized dishes don't get that when food is timed right, your appetite gets sated without you having to eat 2 huge bowls of pasta topped with potatoes. A properly timed and well orchestrated multi-course meal lets your appetite catch up to the food that you are eating, you will most likely feel full after your wonderful meal at Splendido.

Jun 26, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good restaurants for private parties in Toronto

Canoe is a great spot..and I love it. However, not sure how many people can fit into their private rooms...55 sounds a bit touchy based on my memory of the actual area. Also, while it has fabulous food, it's not a seafood/steakhouse place per se.

Not sure about Harbour60 with regards to the view, and/or the size of private rooms...but it's a steak place with amazing service and food.

Jun 25, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

dining options for visitor

Chiado on College St. for the continents best portugese food, and in my experience the best prepared seafood in the city.

The Drake is a great spot for hanging out and checking out the scene; Ethiopia House is an interesting ethnic experience you may not get in the west coast

Jun 24, 2007
diesta in Ontario (inc. Toronto)