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Has anyone been to Canoe lately?

Reminder - Canoe is not open on weekends. I dined at Canoe and Splendido in September and prefer the food and service at Splendido. I do fine Canoe "solid" but nothing "wow's" me; they have been consistent during my visits. Splendido is simply world class food.

Note - Estufarian made some interesting comments on Canoe on this thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/997819

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

That's intolerable.

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

Here's some further info. Not much on CH yet on this place - I could be in the minority with my opinion.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/989197

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

I really like Biff's for lunch and Canoe hasn't disappointed me so O&B are not a problem for me.

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

I liked that place too (only dined once though). If that's the case I think you might enjoy Yunaghi (former Ici Bistro location).

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

I was there last week, returning after approximately 18 months. Roasted Foie was fantastic but the pheasant was rather bland. I'm torn with this place - I want to like it, the food looked marvellous on the plate both times (previous time we ordered the tasting menu), but it just doesn't stand up for my palate. Note: previous menu was from the previous chef who from what I understand still consults at the restaurant.

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Thanks for this, I've never heard of clam strips.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

sounds good

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

In case you were serious Charles, I would definitely be "in" for a chowmeet at Splendido.

Yunaghi

Depends. As I mentioned above, those with larger appetites would probably leave a little hungry or underwhelmed by portion size.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Darn. Bourdain was eating it at Bocuse's restaurant and it looked delicious.

Yunaghi

Glad you enjoyed yourself. Just checked my notes and our proteins were white fish and roast duck (separate courses).

We hope to return before the year end.

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

That was entertaining.
Chalet uses different fries? IMO the entire point of their existence is their fries!!!!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

My point was using a superior English muffin, cheddar, egg and butter I surprisingly find the combination of tastes inferior to the original.

Using Swiss, Turkey, poached eggs, croissants etc is a massive deviation from the plan - that's all. Admitedly I too deviated with gruyere ( FYI- which I love on my runny egg sandwiches with lettuce tomato and a coriander/parsley/garlic/habanero sauce)

I was also asking if there's a fast food sandwich made in similar vain that's better. Justxpete has provided an answer.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Honestly I've never detected a consistent difference between locations. That being said you do have a very refined palate - wasn't it you who pointed out that you felt Swiss Chalet was inconsistent with their sauce (speculating ratio of Worcestershire sauce) location to location? Something I never detected.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Yes I speculated that with some companions that its the 'bad' processed cheese and the butter they use.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Noted!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

But the street frites :-)

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Lol - As a child I loved cheeze wiz, but now that stuff scares me. There's a reason they don't spell it "cheese"

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Lol!!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

KSR - again you are cheating with a poached egg and hollaindaise- that's essentially Eggs Benny!!!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains
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Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

I'm well aware of the imprints you speak of. There is none for me - I went to McDs for lunch or dinner as a teenager, not breakfast. I actually like the sandwich!

The sandwich you are constructing is not an Egg McMuffin, I'm trying to stick as closely as possible to the original formula. Using egg whites, Swiss, tomatoes is not an Egg McMuffin. I too have made egg sandwiches I love using any ingredient.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

I prefer mine with no meat. Why does this thing taste so damn good? It's individual ingredients are nothing to rave home about, an english muffin that must be at least a day old, butter, processed cheese and egg. Yet every time I try to replicate it at home using "better" ingredients (aged cheddar or gruyere, creamier butter and fresher bread) the results just don't compare.

Does anyone prepare a better version? Seriously I'm asking. Every other fast food version is terrible.

Here's to the Egg McMuffin - it's a spectacular breakfast sandwich.

Oct 25, 2014
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Wine discussion from LCBO

Thank you for the updates. I'm surprised by the price point of these Syrahs, clearly there must be a demand and confidence in the quality?

Wine discussion from LCBO

Thanks Dean

Wine discussion from LCBO

NCT?

Wine discussion from LCBO

Thank you

Wine discussion from LCBO

Estufarian, re: Syrah - Can you recommend any particular stand out years/producers?

Sushi Kaji or Yasu? Birthday meal plans.

Thank you for the review. I will be there this weekend. Curiously did you order the $150, 120 or 100 meal? Did the different menus account for the differences in dishes?

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

We took our previous winners (Bruno's and Olliffe) and compared them against Cumbrae's. I made some chimichurri for after the tasting, Cumbrae's was such an overwhelming favorite that one taster said that he refused to "ruin" the steak with any sauce.