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obika opening?

It's opening officially on Monday May 16th. Launch party was just held last night.

Lisa - http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Authentic Mexican In Toronto

@Kagemsuha - seems that the owners studied in Central Mexico.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

to chowhound team

Hey that's my blog. I write replies, I like food and I have a blog. It's one line and chowhound said it was cool.

Lisa

Apr 26, 2010
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Authentic Mexican In Toronto

I am a big fan of Dos Amigos on Bathurst north of Dupont. Their churros cannot be passed up when dessert rolls around. They are piped hot into a vat of oil and served warm with chocolate sauce.

I asked a friend who was from Mexico, her favourite place and she said that this is one of the most authentic. I got the mole chicken last time and it was delish! The atmosphere is casual and laid-back.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Birthday dinner for two in Toronto?

If you can trek to Toronto, and you JUST order pasta...I would suggest Italian food @

Terroni's on Adelaide
Sotto Sotto - Avenue & Bloor
Spuntini - Is actually above Sotto Sotto
7 Numbers - Danforth
Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant - Leslieville

Most of the pastas seem to be under $20 and the atmostphere is romantic and swanky for a special birthday!

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Gio Rana's
1220 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L7, CA

Spuntini
116 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H4, CA

Sotto Sotto Restaurant
116 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H4, CA

Montreal Style Bagels in Toronto

I also recommend St. Urbain inside St. Lawrence Market. I think they are only 69 cents!!! My absolute favourite are the onion bagels....smells SO good. They only really keep on the counter for a day or so. After that, they are too hard to slice.

I also noticed that Pusateri's carries a wide selection of designer bagels, I'm not sure which ones are Montreal style.

What-A-Bagel is also really good but not Montreal style...I think?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Pusateri's
1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

best uncooked souvlaki

Upper Cut Meats @ St. Lawrence Market. Each skewer is around $1.25 pre-seasoned with pork, chicken and beef...spicy or not. Best deal in town! They will even vacuum seal them for you if you are taking them up to the cottage or choosing to freeze them. I would head to Scheffler's Deli & Cheese after and scoop up some of there Taziki...it's amazing.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

best pre-made burger to cook at home

My vote is Pusateri's or Whole Foods. The WF ones are gigantic!!! I actually take one and split them in half to get two servings out of them. Each one will run you around $5 or so. Pusateri's, I got them fresh in a pack of 4 for maybe $10??? St. Lawrence Market is also very good fresh with probably the best price.

I have also sworn off frozen patties or choose to make my own. It's pretty easy and then I get to see what's going in it. It's not full of preservatives or anything either.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Pusateri's
1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

Kitchener fire claims 3 restaurants

I remember when Mr. Sushi had an open cash register and let you make your own change! Mel's was the best for a hangover morning breakfast...I think it was dirt cheap like $3.99??? Or maybe I was still in a haze...

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Where to find Frozen Cherries? Is this a seasonal thing?

Thanks everyone! If I'm going to go through all this trouble to find frozen cherries...I'm totally baking a black forest cake as well ;)

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Relatively inexpensive cooking classes?

I did a Loblaws Thai cooking class way back when and it was super cheap...around $40 or so and it was hands-on. I would highly recommend it. Whole Foods does cheap classes too and they are quite accessible and have a very wide range of topics. Most seem to range in the $30 mark but seem to be demos?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Which restaurant to go to in the King/John neighbourhood?

Maybe try further down King, to King West. Buca is new and Italian. Brassaii or Crush Wine Bar would be fun with a bunch of girlfriends, as would Rodney's Oyster Bar or Lee. That particular strip along King does attract a lot of tourists and a pre-theatre crowd so it does get busy. Urban Restaurant is not bad. I would also recommend Ame on Wellington.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Brassaii
461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

Buca
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

Where to find Frozen Cherries? Is this a seasonal thing?

Hey Chowhounders,

I saw the post on frozen mangoes and wanted to know if anyone knows where to find frozen cherries? Are they only available after the summer harvest in the freezer case? I have a really good chocolate cherry smoothie recipe I want to try that calls for frozen.

I have checked my local Loblaws and Whole Foods with no luck. I keep coming across cranberries. Anyone spot them?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

ISO: Natural(-ish) Cola in Toronto

I drink Sky Blue Soda when I feel guilty about drinking too much coke. They have LOTS of flavours including vanilla cola, cola and cherry cola (from what I remember). It usually 99 cents a can or sometimes a 6 pack will go on sale at Whole Foods for $3.99. It's the closest to coke that I can find. I think Whole Foods has an aisle devoted to natural sodas, so it might be your best bet to finding other brands you can try.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

found! chinese food and DIMSUM delivery in downtown toronto

Ooooohhhh thanks for the share! It's hard to find place that delivered and nice to hear that the dim sum is decent. I've walked by Kowloon many times, but it was quite empty so I was weary to go in. I wonder what the traffic is like on the weekends. I heard they also have a really good stir-fried lobster deal...anybody try it?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas near Knox College Chapel?

Congratulations on your engagement! Cafe Nervosa in Yorkville is not too far and walkable. Perhaps you could reserve the entire top floor for your party? Panorama has a great view, especially for out-of-town guests and I heard they have a private dining room. The food is by Eatertainment, and I have tried a lot of their catering before...it's delicious. I would also suggest looking up a couple restaurants on Harbord St. as it would be close enough to walk.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Cafe Nervosa
75 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1B8, CA

Harbord
147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

Space for a group of 60+ in central Toronto, ~$40pp, excl. tax & gratuity

If you're thinking Korean - then Korean BBQ is always good for a group! Flat rate of $12.99 at dinner for a place like Korean Grill House. Plus everyone can be social and cook their own food. For vegetarians, I believe there is an a la carte menu.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

First time in Toronto - what are the must trys?

I think Toronto has some of the BEST dim sum. I always recommend Rol San in Chinatown. But for someone out-of-town, you might want to go to Pearl Harbourfront Restaurant. It overlooks the lake and you can spend the afternoon wandering around our waterfront.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Rol San
323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

Where can I find the BEST Korean Fried Chicken?

I was in NYC in February and noticed the popularity of Korean Fried Chicken. Momofuku even had a whole Korean-style chicken via special reservation on their menu.

Does anyone know where I could find something like this in Toronto?

Any suggestions on where to go for the BEST Korean Fried Chicken? What are the typical sidea that people order to eat with it?

Thanks!

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Cooking Lessons in TO??

I think Great Cooks on Eight sometimes brings in a local 'celebrity chef'. Dish will do it occassionally too, but you just have to keep an eye on the dates. I'm sure you are paying a bit of the 'premium' for their personal brand.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Best Soup- Take-home??

Ravi Soups does some of the BEST soup in the city! I bet you could call in an order for 4-6 people and you could pick it up from them. Whole Foods also has a decent selection of homemade soups and are $6.99 for a large mason jar.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Cooking Lessons in TO??

I received a 'hands-on' cooking class at DISH and I think it was around $200. I LOVED every moment of it, even though I consider myself a cook or someone who does cook a lot. It really opened my eyes up to new things I had never even thought about trying to make before. The instructors are all very friendly, the studio is bright, open and beautiful. I would do it again.

I believe Calphalon runs courses that are a bit more affordable at $130. Also try:

Great Cooks on Eight
Aphrodite Cooks

Ame also runs after work cocktail creation classes @ $50/pop if you are looking for a fun girls night out idea with dinner afterwards.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Where to eat near Grafton, ON?

Thanks for the reco Lefty! I checked out Daizie's online and the food is pretty affordable and organic - bonus :) It looks pretty healthy too and I love how they have the nutritional information on the menu.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Need T.O. restaurant for foodie wife - Italian, Tapas, or California style food

For tapas:

I highly recommend Embrujo Flamenco Restaurant at Danforth & Broadview. There is a free Flamenco show on the weekends and their sangria is the absolute best in Toronto. I am a big fan of their paellas that are cooked to order.

Torito is a bit more casual, but their food has always been consistent and delicious. They are in Kensington Market.

Lisa @ The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide - http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Embrujo
97 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

Torito
276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

Where to eat near Grafton, ON?

Hey Chows!

I'm heading out to St. Anne's Spa on Wednesday. Does anyone know of a great place to have lunch in Grafton or on the way there off the 401?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Unpretentious food in Picton or Bloomfield

Hey Millygirl,

I never had a bad experience, but I approached the place more as a casual patio and pub grub kind of lunch. We've been there three times and have been pretty happy. I would stick to probably fish & chips, as that seems to be the main thing that comes out of the kitchen. It's a bit off the beaten path and never seems 'touristy' to me. I didn't get a chance to get out there last summer so I wonder if things have changed?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Toronto Bakery - where to find slider buns?

I called Silverstein's to place an order and picked it up next day. They were the PERFECT size and deliciously eggy.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Which bakery makes the best burger buns?

I know this will sound crazy, but I love the white dinner buns at Whole Foods and I have used them for hamburgers before and they were pretty darn good!

I have also bought slider buns direct from Silverstein's Bakery and I'm sure they do a larger size as well. I thought they did a really good burger bun. Nice wash, good egg taste, a nice light bun.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

Unpretentious food in Picton or Bloomfield

Merrill Inn always impresses and the food is some of the best in Picton. The prices are pretty reasonable when you consider what you would pay in Toronto.

I didn't have a great experience at Harvest two years ago. I ordered a chicken pasta dish and they forgot the chicken. Must've just been an off-day for whoever was in the kitchen.

I also like County Cider and their outdoor wood burning oven that they make pizzas in. The view overlooks the lake and you eat outside amongst the orchard.

On your way there, you can have lunch in Belleville at The Boathouse Restaurant. They serve great fish & chips and seafood overlooking the water on the Bay of Quinte.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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Merrill Inn
343 Picton Main St, Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0, CA

Venue Suggestions for a Networking Event (Downtown Toronto)

Hey There!

I used to run a meetup group and still run a lot of networking events. The last one I did was at Pravda Vodka Bar for 30 people. They sat us across from the bar upstairs with the big long table in the middle. People could mingle, walk around and order directly from the bar too. They also accomodated separate bills for our party. $6 martini list from 5-7 PM.

I also heard that the Fionn MacCool's on University has a private room they will give you with no minimum spend.

I have done meetups and The Drake Hotel lounge in the past - lots of couches and great for mingling! Cheap drinks from 5-7 PM. If it's warm the sky yard is good too.

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA