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What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

Fairmount bagels, Schwartz and the main smoked meats.
Terrine, pate and cheese from Jean talon mkt.

Jul 25, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great tasting 'Fried Jumbo Oysters with Honey peppered garlic glaze' at half of CV's price!!

Agreed. Not a lot of fans on this board. But I find magic wok cooks the oysters just right. No other place comes close. Never overcooked.
But when it comes to preserved rice stuffed chicken - nothing beats Maple Yip. A crowd pleaser everytime. Although service suffers on weekends.
Fantasy Eatery - we reserve for weekend late night dining.

Jul 22, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurants similar to Grazie?

Zucca is a little more expensive. I think dinner only. But great homemade pasta. My favourite in the area.
In terms of value, out of LaVecchia, Grazie, Grano and Lil Baci, I prefer Lil Baci.

Jul 22, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

I have always found the $15 lunches at Lil Baci and Quince to be very good value.
Also liked Jump and Far Niente.
In the past, thought the restaurant at CN Tower was fun as well but you do have to pay extra for the elevator ride.
Went to Momofuku Ramen today. Very pricey and underwhelming. Never been and kids wanted to go.
Service was good and efficient. Had the fried chicken, summer ramen and ja jieng mein. Were still hungry afterwards even though we ordered extra food and pork buns,e tc. We all concluded we much prefer Santouka.

Jul 05, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Chinese food trip suggestions

Sorry to hijack thread. Does anyone know hours for silk road?
Drove all the way there one Sunday and it was closed.
Think it's opened most days except Sunday and only after 3pm, correct?

Jun 29, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Early Bird Dim Sum

Don't think it's available weekends. Went to Royale last week. Place is huge and no need to wait for table. Think size of Ruby. Service was pretty good.
Only issue is because place is huge - it may take longer than other places to get your food (steamed to order).

So far best that I've had is Yangs at Leslie and 7. Not available weekends.

One place that has dim sum for $2.80 on weekends is Vince (Kennedy and Denison). Decent quality.

Jun 11, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find best preserved sausage with rice in hot pot in Toronto?

Bowl Kee has it year round. We went because we were curious why it's always packed and can offer only dinner service. Turned out to be surprisingly good.

Also noticed this week that Maple Yip has it. It's written on the colourful chinese signs on the walls.

Jun 08, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find best preserved sausage with rice in hot pot in Toronto?

Bowl Kee at Peachtree plaza (Kennedy & highway 7) specializes in hot pot rice and hot pot dishes. Open for dinner only. Not much ambience but lots of wokhay in its dishes and always crowded. Make reservations.

Best version we had though was at Lai Wah Heen. Very high quality meats used.

Jun 07, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

No need to be "saddened". I think the majority of folks who read this board know and understand.

Most of my friends who really enjoy food don't even know what chowhound is.

I showed my teenagers this post and pics and they still are not interested in visiting KSR. Having travelled all over the world, the teenage foodies can think for themselves. They are just curious and fascinated how "some grown ups can be so uptight and mean over a trivial dinner" and talked about the bullying lecture at school. Something about the anomnyty of the internet ...

Do not let the posts of a few bother you. I think like the others say - keep posting. I am sure if it breaks any rules, the moderators will shut it down ASAP.

May 31, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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shawarma question

Which place do you recommend in Ottawa? Where is this container from? Thanks.

May 31, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

I have never visited the restaurant or met the OP in person. All I can say is I always find his posts very informative and entertaining. And he seems to be someone who is very passionate about food.

Whether the meal is specially planned or not, I am sure any intelligent reader of this board can decide whether to visit the restaurant or not on his or her own. And the OP is not the only source in TO. One can also look for reviews on Yelp and any other numersous sources. To think one post has so much influence really underestimates the other readers of this board.

To see so many mean spirited comments about a harmless posts is very disappointing. I enjoy good food and read the boards for useful advice from other folks who want to share their experiences. I don't think some of the comments on this post reflects what the chowhound community is suppose to be about.

Everyone needs to be less judgemental and not take things so seriously.

May 30, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Coconut Cake and Napoleans -where to buy?

Napoleon - I bought some at Yummy Market, the European supermarket. So maybe you can try the one at Dufferin and Finch.
Was at Starsky last week. Not sure if I saw some there.

May 27, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Does Los Angeles have the best of Chinese, Japanese and Korean of any city in the United States

My personal opinion is that Toronto has the best Chinese. SF / Silicon Valley has the best Korean (lots of authentic places with great banchan). And NYC has the best Japanese. This is based on years of dining on corporate expense accounts. But SF/SV also has some really good ramen and izakayas as well.

May 21, 2014
caitlink in General Topics

Vancouver Hotel Brunch Buffet for family reunion

Searched some old threads. Not from the area.

Any good Sunday brunch buffets for a family reunion. Found some threads on Pan Pacific and Hyatt. Are there any hotels that regularly offer sunday brunch buffets, not just on Mother's day.

Looking for a location where we can have a nice sit down brunch. Does not look like Four Seasons has one. What are some other hotels that will allow us to have a nice relaxing brunch buffet. Thanks.

May 11, 2014
caitlink in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cheap breakfast near Yonge/Eglington

Looking for cheap sit down breakfast near Y&E. Was thinking @ Mars Diner but read some poor reviews. Any place in the area for a good breakfast? Looking for something more formal than Aroma. Thanks.

May 10, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Another new kid on the block - 'Yang's' Chinese Cuisine, MARKHAM

Just curious - is it order by 11am or pay bill by 11am? Thx.

May 07, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Family Reunion Chinese Food Recs

A lot of us in TO rely on Charles' chowfinds and advice.

For high end banquet, spending $600+ should get you a private dining room with very attentive service at Casa Imperial. If you google the pictures on yelp, it used to be a steakhouse - so it's actually a house-like restaurant with interesting decor. And you can bring your own wine for a corkage fee.

If you like stinky tofu, TO has a couple of places where you can try it out as well.

May 07, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burger Week 2014 - May 28 to 31st - $5 burgers at various restaurants

Never tried Holy Chuck before. Is it worth the trip? What's being offered as the $5 burger? Thanks.

May 07, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dragon Legend reviews?

If you go on yelp or the food thread of the "bargain" website, lots of discussion about Dragon Legend buffet both lunch and dinner.
If I were to choose, I would choose Dragon Legend and Pearl, then Mandarin. I would not consider any other ones since I have concerns with cleanliness.
I think for the high price you are paying, especially for weekend dinner rates, most folks prefer to spend their $$ elsewhere; that's why very little response.
But my parents and kids do enjoy going to Mandarin and Yang's sushi for AYCE. And we always used to do China Buffet King when we have big family reunion dinners.
I don't think the food is horrid. My parents and in-laws are very picky and they love having little bites of various desserts for dinner. We loved it back when China Buffet King used to serve these big conch like clams and steamed oysters.
For lobster buffet, we prefer Sunday brunch or dinner at Delta Scarborough. Much more civilized and "calm". And we love the smoked salmon and dessert crepes.

May 04, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"FANCY" Chinese Cuisine, Markham - Sorry, Not At All!!

I live in the area and was always curious why the parking lot is always jammed so we tried it one night a few months ago. If you do not have a reservation, you will not get a table.
Surprisingly food was ok but not cheap. Set dinners where you get Peking duck, crab or fish. Then select your choices. Food was ok but not great. Restaurant was very busy so service was rather slow.
We have not gone back since. But it is very popular.
Can never figure out why the one at Market Village is so popular either.
Lately, our go-to has been Maple Yip - but usually a weeknight.

May 01, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind: An authentic tasting 'Instant' Singapore Laksa Noodle La Mien good enough for Chowhounders!

Tons in stock at the Kennedy 407 location. I bought the Laksa version. Will add some shrimp, fish ball, tofu puffs and yellow noodle to make my own "version".
And lots of cilantro.

Apr 27, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The best AUTHENTIC Italian in Toronto?

I frequent Grazie, Zucca and Lil Baci. My fave has to be Zucca, reminds me of the food I had everyday in Rome last summer.
Gonna make it to Falasca and Simply Italian next week.
Bought some great cheese from La Salumeria last month.
Gonna try Grano and Five Doors North soon.
Least favorite is probably La Vecchia (?).

Apr 21, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Where to buy squid ink pasta in GTA - thanks

thanks, everyone! picked up some fresh pasta at SLM yesterday and had a great lunch today. Never noticed it before. Picked some up from the fresh pasta place on the main floor.

Apr 20, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

Went to My Kitchen this week for dinner. Did not try out congee and rice roll.
Had the soya duck (large portion). Also had an eggplant oyster dish which went great with rice. The chui chow congee which came with oyster - had a great soup broth and lots of cilantro. The deep fried intestine was good as was the blood pudding and intestine.
Stir fried satay beef noodle had lots of wokhay.
Next time - will go for their famous fresh rice roll, fried sesame ball - it seems every table at dinner ordered these 2 dishes.
Nice to have a place which has congee, lots of snacks plus dishes that go with rice for dinner.

Apr 18, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

Richmond Court's - "clear soup beef brisket" rice noodle is very tasty as well. It's not the one where the soup is dark brown from the brisket juice.
The milk tea is good as well. We usually go to the location at Times Square.

Apr 14, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy squid ink pasta in GTA - thanks

Thanks eveyone. Will check out Pisces and Harvest Wagon.
Any others closer to Y&E or in Scarborough/Richmond Hill area?

Apr 14, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Skyview Fusion Chinese' - Sorry folks! Another relatively new kid on the block. This one could be the best 'early-bird' Dim Sum in the GTA?!

I would be upset if I went at 10:15 and still did not get a table.
When it comes to early bird, I find that I can usually get a table at Paradise, Emperor and Crown Prince (can't remember the name but it's the one at Vic Park north of McNicoll).

Apr 14, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Date.... ordering seafood?

Order whatever you like. In the past, most folks have told me they much rather hang out with someone who enjoys food, than someone who orders salad and no to bread and dessert.

I think the company and conversation are more important. And I would not focus on other's meals if I do not intend to share theirs.

Apr 13, 2014
caitlink in General Topics

Where to buy squid ink pasta in GTA - thanks

Have searched previous threads but they are very dated. Where can I buy squid ink pasta in GTA? Tried searching at Loblaws but could not find any.

Looking for dried or fresh pasta that I can cook at home. Thanks.

Apr 13, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

CHRIS JERK Caribbean Bistro - A GREAT NEW FIND in Scarborough!

The one time we went to the Pho place, it took us 45 min to get our Pho. Overall meal took more than 90 minutes which is unusual for a vietnamese place. Unusually we are in and out within 30 minutes. The owner was apologetic but no discount offered :-) She just told us next time we should call ahead with our dine-in order (??).

Their menu is pretty interesting. They offer a lot of rolls or choices not available at other places. But we have not gone back.

Apr 10, 2014
caitlink in Ontario (inc. Toronto)