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Shawarmas in Toronto

I lived in Toronto for three years, moved away in June, and I never found a suitable Shawarma place that got even close to an Ottawa Shawarma place. I feel your pain.

Nov 07, 2009
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find the best Shawarma in Ottawa?

Really Lebanese has moved to Montreal Rd near where the old Pizza Hut used to be. If you can make Dave (the cashier) laugh with a joke, you get your Shawarma free! (And it's GOOD Shawarma!)

Nov 07, 2009
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Frugal meals

I'm in the same spot...and I am VERY picky in terms of eating. My mom gave me a recipe for tuna casserole- chow mein noodles, a can of tuna, and a can of cream of celery soup, and milk. Mixed all together, put in a dish and baked- SO good!

Also, it's not really cheap up front- but I've found the best way to make the most of my meal $ is to efficiently use my left over foods. I found a fabulous recipe for chicken and dumplings off a blog called Macheesmo- I usually buy one of those "bulk packs" of chicken peices...bake it at 450 until their all cooked through and use the bones to make the stock, and 3 stalks of celery and 3 carrots are practically nothing. Flour and butter form the base and it's SO tastey. Yes, cake flour is a bit pricy up front but a bag lasts a long time. It makes a HUGE pot and is so filling/comforting in the winter, you can easily eat for a week off of one pot.

Nov 07, 2009
Navan in Home Cooking

Cooking for two!

Thanks everyone for your constructive suggestions!

It's going better...I gave him two nights a week (the nights I worked) to cook...so I kind of got to know his tastes better through what he was making for me. Needless to say we have different tastes in food, but we're getting better.

To those who doubt the strength of my relationship- thank you, but my frustration was litterally purely culinary...I had only lived with my parents or by myself before so cooking for other people was something totally new to me and I had no idea how to put together a full meal. When I lived on my own I just made whatever main dish I wanted and a salad. But thank you for your concern.

Nov 07, 2009
Navan in Home Cooking

Edmonton's Best Hidden Gems

Okay- I grew up in Ottawa and went to University in Toronto, and in both cities I knew people who knew where to find the best hidden food in the city. You know- places locals know about and adore, but that most people wouldn't be paid to walk into.

I just moved to Edmonton, and no, I don't know anyone. So I'm wondering...where are they? I went to a fabulous Greek place with my friend called Koutouki and I was blown away- exactly what I was looking for. Greek category ticked off. Here are the ones that remain:

Chinese Takeout. We're talking typical Canadianzed Chinese takeout here. Must have good egg roles...cause let's face it, if you can't do an egg role you probably can't do the rest.

Italian. I litterally was known by name at my favourite Italian place in Toronto- I practically lived there. Infact, I was on such good terms with them I often ate in the kitchen and when I moved they gave me the recipes for my favourite dishes. So I CAN make my own Italian food, but you know there are just days you want to go out.

Shawarma. Anyone from Ottawa knows how much Shawarma is a staple there, and I just CRAVE it sometimes.

English fish and chips. Good old beer batter, homemade chips and tartar sauce.

Breakfast. I generally go with my friends once a week for Breakfast at Dennys and quite frankly the undercooked eggs and over salted toast. I just want good eggs and hasbrowns!

Poutine. I'm not entirely sure why in Edmonton, with all it's ex-Quebecers, of all places, I cannot find a decent poutine. Cheese curds, good home made fries, and beef or pork gravy. How hard is that?!

Those are basically the staples I'm missing. Any recommendations? I hate re-establishing myself in a new city but hopefully this is the last time!

Nov 07, 2009
Navan in Prairie Provinces

Good Chinese Takeout in Edmonton?

Thanks guys! I know Ho Lee Chow is typical bad westernized Chinese food but there are just some nights when that's what we NEED, y'know?

I will act on your recommendations! Thanks!

Nov 06, 2009
Navan in Prairie Provinces

Bulk Barn in Edmonton

Any news on how it's coming along? I'm DIEING without Bulk Barn in Alberta...I just moved from Ontario and I just can't figure it out. No Bulk Barn?! They don't even have an alternative!

Nov 06, 2009
Navan in Prairie Provinces

Cooking for two!

I recently moved in with my new husband- which is great. My problem is that he eats like a horse and easily gets bored- if I feed him the same thing two weeks in a row he rolls his eyes, and he's got fairly vanilla tastes.

Anyone have any recommendations for meal ideas? I've made several different kinds of pork tenderloin, flank steak, pasta, lasagna, sausages, and burgers. I don't need recipes so much as meal combinations...I appear to suck at putting together well rounded meals!

Jun 09, 2009
Navan in Home Cooking

Northeast Edmonton

I just moved to Clareview area and was wondering the same thing! We moved from Ontario so we're looking for the standards to become favourites: ribs, pub, italian, chinese takeout, and a good chicken place. I'm so getting sick of going to Boston pizza cause it's the only familiar restaurant around...

Jun 09, 2009
Navan in Prairie Provinces

Best Places to Eat in Yonge Eglinton?

I LOVED Grazie. I think if I ever go back to Toronto it's the one restaurant I'd make the trek to Y&E for.

Jun 09, 2009
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AUTENTIC QUEBEC STYLE POUTINE IN T.O

The Smokes Poutinerie was pretty good the one time I went there. They gave us SO much food and their chicken poutine was really quite delicious. I never found anything that hit even close to an Ottawa/Montreal chip stand but I've since moved to Edmonton and know I won't find any out here!

Jun 09, 2009
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Chinese Takeout in Edmonton?

My fiance and I just moved to Edmonton from Toronto. In Toronto we loved ordering chinese takeout from a place called Ho Lee Chow- they had great egg rolls and my fiance loved their Chicken Fried Rice. We live in Clareview area of Edmonton and we'd love to find a new go-to place for our Chinese food (cause you know there's some nights where nothing else will do!). Anyone have any recommendations for a place? Delivery is a bonus but we're also willing to pick it up!

Jun 09, 2009
Navan in Prairie Provinces

Best Places to Eat in Yonge Eglinton?

I just moved to Yonge Eglinton two days ago and I'm wondering who has recs for the best places to eat around here?

I'm a pasta lover, pizza obviously, pub-style food, greek, lebanese. Not a fan of indian or other spicy foods.

I'm going to be here for a while and I'll have time to try all sorts of places out so I'm open!

Aug 04, 2008
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Piatti ("Pizza, Pasta, Rodizio")

Has anyone been here in the last month or so? I just moved to the area and I'm a pasta FIEND...if it's good then we want to go tonight!

Aug 04, 2008
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find the best Shawarma in Ottawa?

I realise this was a while ago but I thought I'd give my input for those who're looking!

The Shawarma place right accross from the Bytown Theatre on Rideau street is the best there is in the Centreville core. If you're willing to go to Orleans- you HAVE to go visit the Garlic King at Really Lebanese on St. Joseph Bvd. BEST Shawarma ever! He also has a new location on Bank St...which is closer to downtown. Shawarma Chef on 10th Line Rd. is also awsome.

Apr 02, 2007
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Real Shawarmas in Tdot?

Yes, you're right- but I'm talking Ottawa/Montreal lebansese style shawarma, not Israeli style. I'm trying to find something even slightly close to Ottawa's Garlic King.

Apr 02, 2007
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Real Shawarmas in Tdot?

Again, I'm from Ottawa- and anybody whose from Ottawa knows there's a Shawarma place on every friggen corner. Then I come to Toronto and bam- no more Shawarmas! I've had several imitation shawarmas...chicken with sweet and sour sauce and stuff like that...but where's the garlic sauce?! The only place I've found is in the Eaton's Centre (King Shawarma I think?) and their garlic sauce is runny and oily and nasty.

Anywhere in downtown Tdot with a good garlicy shawarma? I don't care HOW small it is, I'm in withdrawl!

Apr 02, 2007
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AUTENTIC QUEBEC STYLE POUTINE IN T.O

k I realise that this topic has come up SEVERAL times on this board and yet I've read them all and STILL haven't found a satisfying answer!

I'm from the Ottawa/Montreal way and I've grown up with AUTHENTIC poutine: we're talking fresh cut fries, fresh curds, and thick gravy. I live pretty much in the downtown core of Toronto now and I have to say, I can't find a good poutine to save my life. The gravy is syrupy, the cheese isn't curd style, and basically somewhere between Ottawa and Toronto the recipe for poutine got lost.

KFC: meh it's okay but it's small and overpriced.
NYFries: again, okay, but small and overpriced.
Harvey's: best of the fast-food ones...
Costco: awsome, but I don't have a membership anymore so I can't go in to eat.

Basically I'm looking for a nice, small, clean place somewhere downtown where I can go and enjoy a real poutine. This is the biggest city in Canada- but does it exist?!

Apr 02, 2007
Navan in Ontario (inc. Toronto)