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  1. c'est what is serious about their casks the victory cafe (markham, just s of bloor) also keeps a few real ales around at all times.
  2. duck fat (and lard) can both be gotten at the healthy butcher on queen toronto is indeed part of southern ontario. arguably so is everything this side of sudbury (at least according to the highway traffic act, but they only divide south from north)
  3. that must be the third or fourth drink in this run to both use scotch as a base and be surprisingly delicious. I don't know where to locate orgeat syrup in canada, but i look forward to adding another scotch cocktail to the arsenal.
  4. this was a very good use of parmesan broth http://ideasinfood.typepad.com/ideas_in_fo...san_water_.html i cut the recipe in half, it worked well.
  5. this reminds me of the affinity which mixed scotch and sweet vermouth into something surprisingly synergistic. Those have been a welcome regular since you brought them up (in july?) and I'm very eager to try this aptly named concoction too.
  6. from a small bottle of vodka, pour out a shot. now pour in black peppercorns until the bottle is full again. let sit at room temp for about a week. then store in the freezer and put a few drops on oysters (or boiled shrimps). it's a pretty assertive condiment which overwhelms none of the oyster flavours. a little vodka to lift the brininess through your nose and a very smooth heat rides in afterwards.
  7. This is a fine cocktail - we've been making more and more cocktails at home over the past two years (it's amazing what a difference a jigger makes - it seemed a fairly useless housewarming gift at the time). Anyways - the scotch of choice was Te Bheag which is a nice blend, both vermouths from martini rossi, angostura, stirred and strained and WOW - more than anything in recent memory, this drink defines balance, you taste everything individually and collectively. I'm loving the refined character of many of these Savoy cocktails you're posting up, keep at it.
  8. le gourmand is quite decent and the pastries are some of the best in the city (maybe top 8) jet fuel is good (there are a few locations, one on parliament n of carleton i think) I like i deal an awful lot, on nassau in kensington. alternative grounds in roncesvalles is also good. I don't know of anything that's consistently fantastic, but I don't really know what's uptown either.
  9. I betting on Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy. ← nope, as mentioned upthread it was homer j simpson 'lobster stuffed with tacos sir, excellent choice'
  10. Where do you find cheese with truffles in it? Alex farms used to carry a truffled mozzarela di bufala and a truffled pecorino but don't carry them at SLM anymore. while we're on the topic, I'm also curious where to get truffled honey.
  11. I recently had a Clubhouse of sorts in Toronto which included a fried soft shell crab - plus lettuce, tomato, thick cut bacon, on lightly toasted white bread liberally spread with a sriracha mayo. It was simply fantastic.
  12. so is the queen mother, same basic menu a block eastwards. Rivoli has the great front people watching patio, queen mom has the great back garden urban seclusion patio.
  13. not consistently, but sometimes at Mendel's Creamery in Kensington (on Kensington St, S of Baldwin). They also have great (and inexpensive) smoked fish, salted capers, some good cheese and lots of east european cookies, jams, pickles and such. They make awesome sandwiches too but only on weekdays. is there a white anchovy season or does the preservation tactic negate that?
  14. pho hung the other pho hung and you're on your own for the last one
  15. I'm gonna have to profess my undying love for the vini fratellini here - a florentine sandwich of a whole other order. Not far off via calzaiulo yet a world away from the hordes, sip a glass of wine, cozy up to a stoop and enjoy a little sandwich (for 2.10) I like the Caprino e Cinghiale Piccante, the lady's all for the pomodoro e mozzarella, they make about twenty different kinds - two ingredients each - purity on a bun.
  16. right on! power to the small wineries! (vineland is actually huge, but great) from vineland going the other way tawse is a block away. Ridgepoint is right there too - They make a nebbiolo which really piqued my curiosity but it was sold out the other day.
  17. watermelon juice smells like cucumbers (seriously, it's stunning) campari is a winner - great with hendricks - great with watermelons. i mixed watermelon:gin:campari ~5:1.5:1 and it was great with a little twist of lime this made me think of the negroni so we mixed an ounce each of gin, sweet white vermouth and campari and then topped up the glass with watermelon juice. A good hit of the bitters and another lime twist. This drink is still not all there, but it's getting good. I'm gonna try this lightly salted cucumber thing now.
  18. So bit by the bug and bolstered by tax refunds I headed down to the Benchland on Saturday for a full day of tasting. 13th street (for their release party), Flat Rock, Stoney Ridge, Featherstone, Vineland, Tawse, Ridgepoint, Malivoire, Dan Lenko, 30 Bench, Angel's Gate and attempted to go to Fielding but they were closed for the day. Accompanied by the fairly hardcore tasting panel of my dad and his dad (Sadistick, you would have been in good company, Comments like 'I could get a Barolo for that price' or 'for $10 more why don't you just get some good Beajolais' ruled the day). Lunch on the -
  19. I've been fiddling with these three ingredients for two nights and the results vary from simplistic to insipid. A bit of lime juice goes a long way, but the flavours are so subtle that a few drops of bitters dominate. I was thinking of adding some basil to the mix tonight to see if a more balanced subtle and generally delightful cocktail could be coerced - but that also means experimenting on company (which i'm not necessarily opposed to). Has anyone had any success combining watermelon, cucumber and gin? I have a fair bit of home squeezed watermelon juice and cucumber juice and am playing
  20. thuet (it's two doors west of susur) on the playing field of others mentioned. You can check out the webpage www.thuet.ca for many menus, though i'll say that the Munster crème brûlée with white truffle ice cream is one of the best things i've eaten in recent memory. They have details down pat. In house bread is fantastic, crusty and sour, I had a great cocktail based on gin and pastis, the service is very engagin, accomodating, informative. They care a lot about seasonal and local produce. They care alot about alsatian classics although will often deconstruct them. I had a pig's foot s
  21. we tried it at crush and it was definitely more in line with an austrian or north italian pinot, some nice bright cherries and a soft finish. not exactly the burgundian must, a pleasant bottle, way overpriced (at the wine bar, don't know about the winery). The things with a lot of the small pec wineries, and stratus for that matter, is that their hardline no compromise attitude results in wines far more expensive than international bottles of comparable quality. I pay 3x the price for local asparagus at riverdale than the broadly 'canadian' stalks at loblaws, but there's a discernible jump
  22. In the interest of staying in as narrow a geographical ring as possible I've been compelled to avoid our stalwarts and stick to niagara-on-the-lake proper. It looks like there's only 10+km from the two furthest stops here - bikeable! Here's the (very) tentative and (highly) subject to change hit list: Stonechurch Strewn Stratus Lailey Reif Frogpond Ch des Charmes Coyote's Run Maleta NCT we've only tasted a few of these and visited none of them before so I'm still eager to here of any recommendation in the immediate environs or cautionary tales. (If I can finagle out one pit stop, hopefully vi
  23. thanks for the responses so far (even if the vast majority are not in niagara on the lake per se - It seems many of us prefer others) (raises a whole other set of discussions - is the land and climate that different 30 minutes away, are other real estate factors attracting/demanding a different approach to winemaking?) anyways, keeping it to notl, where are good spots for breakfast/coffee/pastries?
  24. heading down that way next weekend to stay near NOTL. most of my favourite wineries are closer to ste catherines in the benchland (13th street, dan lenko, featherstone, tawse, vineland) so these will be unfamiliar waters. So as of now, what's great near around niagara? I've heard that stratus is good but expensive, strewn and lailey have been mentioned. what else? what's particularly good from them? Any other gems not to be missed out there (food wine or otherwise)? thanks kindly
  25. Aha, that was the Japanese place I'm thinking of! ← not to be confused with koni-sushi-ya also on baldwin konichawa (on the south side) has excellent noodles koni-sushi-ya (on the north side) is average at best, but Samuel L Jackson has been there and signed the wall (! - there are photos to substantiate this) torito and la palette are both great, but i don't think either is open for lunch
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