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The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 1)


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#511 Anna N

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 04:55 PM

rotuts,

Thanks for the suggestion but in the suburbs the beer choices are limited!

We returned to Lemon Grass on Wednesday.

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Complimentary hot and sour soup

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Crispy rolls with dipping sauce

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Kerry ordered red Thai curry. Perfectly fine curry but not what she ordered!

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Crispy duck with peanut sauce.
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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:27 PM

well ....  keep it in mind.  Here and There.

 

just keep asking .   Here and There.


Edited by rotuts, 21 November 2013 - 05:28 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 07:02 AM

I have to try this place out the next time I'm down that way! Everything always looks so good.

#514 Anna N

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:20 PM

Today Kerry and I met up with eG member Marlene of princess camping fame (http://forums.egulle...princess-style/). She was midway on her journey from Calgary to her cottage in Bracebridge and stopped for a few days in her old neighbourhood. We dragged her on our usual tour of thrift shops before finding our way back to Bombay Grill.

There we each ordered a dish and then shared.

First up onion bhajis (there were six but we were rude again and started eating before photographing!


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Then naan

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(Both sides for Dejah!)

Basmati rice

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Butter chicken, lamb roganjosh and beef balti (from right to left)
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Closeup of the lamb
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#515 Marlene

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:56 PM

It is so great to be in Oakville for a few days, and even better to be able to once more, be part of the Ladies Who Lunch!  Thanks Anna and Kerry for a fabulous day, a great lunch and some great shopping.  I even found something that will work great at the cottage!


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:13 AM

Love Onion Bhajia so much and the local Indian restaurants do not serve them.  (And the restaurants are v-e-r-y expensive.)


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Posted 27 November 2013 - 05:20 PM

Anna, you're killing me, just killing me with the pictures of those naan!!!! Please stop or FEDEX me one:-))

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:14 AM

Thanks, Anna. for the naan! Now, can you try to sweet talk them into divulging their recipe? :rolleyes:

 

The look really light. Guess I'll keep experimenting.

 

Great to see Marlene's post here and in Camping Princess Style. Have missed your presence on eGUllet!


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#519 Anna N

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:56 PM

After a couple of errands, Kerry and I headed out to Markham and J Town. This is a small Japanese enclave housing everything from a beauty salon to an izakaya (pub). Depending on the health of your bank account you can buy Tamworth or Berkshire pork or $700 per kilo wagyu beef.

Check this

http://forums.egulle...-7#entry1943763

topic for our food-related finds which we will post a bit later.

I had scoped out J Town on the internet a day or so ago and was very excited to see a pub (finally licensed!) serving Japanese bar food and suggested to Kerry that we should go there for lunch. She fully endorsed the idea until we arrived and were checking it out. Right next door was a Ramen House! Kerry's in her ramen phase and we were in J Town to source ingredients for her experiments. I could see the hesitation in her face, feel the pain of her indecision-- pub food? ramen? ramen? pub food? Being the sport she is, pub food won. I don't think either of us had any regrets.

She took photos of the menu posted in the window but reflections make them pretty much illegible. Here's their on-line one:

http://izakayaju.ca/menu.html





First an amusing translation from the menu!

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Then my beer



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Octopus balls (no snickering)

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Salad

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Miso-marinated black cod

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Chicken yakitori

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Stuffed chicken wings

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The best dish of all--chicken knuckles

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A view of the table

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#520 ElsieD

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:15 PM

Yum. What was the chicken stuffed with?

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:34 PM

What are chicken knuckles?  Looks like chicken karaage? 



#522 Anna N

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:59 PM

What are chicken knuckles?  Looks like chicken karaage?



Think chicken karaage with cartilage instead of meat. Sounds disgusting but is very addictive.
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#523 Anna N

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:04 PM

Yum. What was the chicken stuffed with?

Pork!
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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:18 PM

Yum. What was the chicken stuffed with?

Pork!

All righty, then! Double yum!
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Posted 05 December 2013 - 07:21 AM

glad someone was brave to ask about the Ck.knuckles. 

 

google got me several different things.  still not sure how they are made and taste

 

then U tube came up with this:   love the 'broiler/fryer' thing-y:

 


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:45 PM

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#527 Anna N

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:30 AM

On our list of lunch possibilities was a place just inside the Mississauga border called Mango Rain (www.mangorain.ca). Run by a Thai woman and her Indian husband it is a small but very friendly restaurant.

I had a Steam Whistle

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Pappadom

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We ordered a Thai and an Indian appetizer--spring rolls and vegetable pakora

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Then butter chicken with rice and cashew chicken with potatoes which we shared.

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And naan of course. Not as tasty as that at the Bombay Grill but light and flaky.



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We had lots of leftovers to take home but still had a mission to fulfill--sample McDonald's just-introduced poutine:


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 05:31 AM

McDonald's.  Poutine. What a concept! 


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#529 Anna N

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 04:37 AM

Yesterday we returned to Bombay Grill much sooner than we normally would. We needed to deliver chocolate to the owner to say thanks for a special favour. On a cold and slushy day it was no hardship to eat delicious Indian food again!


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Onion bhaji that we attacked before we photographed

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Lamb dhansak and chicken korma

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Naan bread.

I enjoyed a Kingfisher beer and Kerry had a cup of chai tea.
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Posted 25 December 2013 - 07:53 AM

So on Monday we headed out to the airport to retrieve a package. It should have been an easy drive but a police investigation closed every access we tried, By the time we reached the cargo depot we were almost out of time as Kerry was working an aftenoon shift. Choice for lunch came down to speed! Nothing is faster than a bowl of pho from Pho Dau Bo.

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Beef rare and well done for me

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Chicken and beef for Kerry

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The add-ons.

Oops. It was Monday not Sunday as I originally typed. The weather was dreadful on Sunday.

Edited by Anna N, 25 December 2013 - 07:55 AM.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:07 PM

Today we headed into Toronto to deliver chocolate to one address and a mold to another. On our way there I consulted my list of things to do and places to eat and Pho Phuong showed up as a place we wanted to visit for their highly rated Bahn Xeo. It was conveniently on our way home from the big city.

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First up a refreshing beer for me!

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Dipping sauces appeared first

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Then these crispy Cha Gio (deep fried spring rolls). I was fascinated by the carrot garnish!

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Then this Bun made an appearance


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Followed by the famous Banh Xeo

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And finally Bo la lot (grilled beef rolls wrapped in tropical leaves).

After lunch a little thrift store shopping seemed in order. Pop over to the Yard Sale, Thrift Store, junk Heap Shopping topic to see what we bought.
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Posted 28 December 2013 - 08:43 AM

I'm relieved to know that we aren't the only ones with a "to do and to eat" list!


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#533 Anna N

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:39 AM

Yesterday was incredibly cold even for the GTA. The temperature hovered around minus 16 but with the wind chill was closer to minus 30. We grocery shopped and after Kerry loaded all the food into the car (I got to sit inside!) we wanted some place warm and cozy for lunch. Few places are cozier than the West Plains Bistro. A warm welcome, a seat up on a raised platform in front of a fire place (unlit unfortunately) but toasty warm and we quickly thawed out.

Their signature water garnished with a cranberry and a lemon wedge

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Kerry ordered the quiche of the day which was crab with a side salad

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I ordered the chicken pot pie with their house frites.

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As you see, the frites are MIA! But they did arrive and were so worth the wait. We shared them but failed to take a photo.
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#534 rotuts

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:59 AM

very brave.  looks cozy and delicious in spite of what's missing ...

 

that puff-puff also looks very nice, but so does the quiche ...


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

Crab quiche sounds tasty. The only quiche I've seen on menus around here is the usual Lorraine. I rarely eat quiche and I never make it but I might be willing to bend that for a crab version. Of course, chicken pot pie is always a good thing.

It warmed up to around -16 this afternoon, we were sitting at -41 (temp, not wind chill) when I went to work yesterday so it feels like spring today. :raz: Of course, warming up here during the winter just means snow. We're under a snowfall warning for today and it's been coming down pretty steady since early this morning.


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#536 Anna N

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:22 PM

Today Kerry and I returned to Miss Thailand in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

I found the menu cover especially attractive

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We both ordered ginger tea which arrived in very attractive tableware

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No discussion needed for our appetizer! Golden squid:

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We shared Penang Chicken curry:

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And vegetable fried rice:

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Bonus photos. We were each brought a very ordinary dinner knife in an extraordinary case:

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And I had to show you this:

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:43 PM

Must make a longer trip to GTA - maybe this summer. I have yet to find calamari as you two enjoy, and now...this exquisite squid! I hope it was as good as the picture looked.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 02:32 PM

the Lunch Ladies always seem to eat well.
 
I would not mind this for breakfast, piping hot and crispy:
 
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Host Note: The above image is from Anna N's post #546 above


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:02 PM

Must make a longer trip to GTA - maybe this summer. I have yet to find calamari as you two enjoy, and now...this exquisite squid! I hope it was as good as the picture looked.

It was excellent!  Let us know when you are coming - we'll do lunch!



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:11 PM

You have a real knack for finding great places to eat...and I love the quality of the photos! Thanks for this topic!

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