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renart

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  1. This is good to know. The crowds there seem to support your view as well. I was there to get something from Best Buy, but couldn't wait as I was with a cranky 3 year old and the lineups were almost out the door. Will definitely give it a try... Thanks, d. ← Went to South Street today with the same 3 year old who was very well behaved after a nap. Burgers are nothing to write home about. Not bad but not great. Toppings were good though. If you go, definitely get the cheese with it. Seriously though, I thought the fries were better than the burger. d.
  2. This is good to know. The crowds there seem to support your view as well. I was there to get something from Best Buy, but couldn't wait as I was with a cranky 3 year old and the lineups were almost out the door. Will definitely give it a try... Thanks, d.
  3. Like the Burger Shack at Oriole Parkway and Eglinton. In my hood, so I go there a lot. Will 2nd Rebel House, my favourite pub. Near the office is Betty's which is good. Buddy of mine turned me onto..with asiago cheese. Spinach salad on the side.
  4. Yes, that's Cafe Doria. Quite decent and Italian. For French and good croissants, try Patachou at the north end of the block. Also quite good is Black Camel, this is a little hole in the wall right across from Rosedale subway station on the east side of Yonge. Good espresso, but even better sandwiches! I've had the breakfast sandwich one morning, and will usually take a bbq brisket sandwich on the plane with me when I have to fly.
  5. It is mediocre. I don't hate it, but it isn't great either. If there is someone making the sushi, buying the stuff that is newly made is OK. The stuff that has been sitting in the display cases for a while (the rice gets very hard), I find difficult to purchase even if I'm starving and have a craving for sushi. Overall? 6/10. Not bad for a snack that isn't too bad for you. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it though...
  6. FOUND IT! Went to St. Lawrence Market at lunch today. Lively Life had the frozen banana leaves that I needed. Finding the salt was a bit more difficult. Most places gave me a blank stare. Lots of other salts from France, Wales...basically all other places with salt water besides Hawaii. Then, I hit the jackpot. At Scheffler's Deli (on the top floor on east side) there were 2...yes TWO types of Alaea Salt. I bought the stuff by Hawaii Kai. $9.99 for a 227g bag. The other stuff was about 5 bucks more and didn't look as red. Thanks again all!
  7. FOUND IT! Went to St. Lawrence Market at lunch today. Lively Life had the frozen banana leaves that I needed. Finding the salt was a bit more difficult. Most places gave me a blank stare. Lots of other salts from France, Wales...basically all other places with salt water besides Hawaii. Then, I hit the jackpot. At Scheffler's Deli (on the top floor on east side) there were 2...yes TWO types of Alaea Salt. I bought the stuff by Hawaii Kai. $9.99 for a 227g bag. The other stuff was about 5 bucks more and didn't look as red. Thanks again all!
  8. Thanks for the tips guys. I'll try the market, and if I don't find it there will head up to Pusateri. I'm making a hawaiian pulled pork so this is a critical ingredient... Will let you know how it goes!
  9. Anyone know where to find Hawaiian Red 'Alea' Sea Salt in the Toronto area? I've some poking around and have come up empty. Thanks, Daniel
  10. renart

    Nutella Confessions...

    While surfing, I found this...a recipe for Vanilla Nutella Ice Cream. Looks great!
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    Diners

    Knotty Pine was a good place. The student hangouts in London that I liked was Campus HiFi on Richmond just south of Oxford. LOVED that spot and practially lived there in the late 80's early 90's. Also there was another further west on Oxford...for some reason I think it was called the Oxford. Wonder if these places are still around...the downtown has changed and there are chain restaurants there now. I had a few meetings there a couple of years ago and had lunch at the Prince Albert diner...had a fancy burger with chipotle and nippy cheese and a shake. It was memorable...
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    Diners

    Good salads at The Senator too. Everything except for Salad Nicoise which involves a full can of iffy tuna turned upside down on the lettuce. Breakfast stuff like pancakes, eggs esp. heuvos rancheros is good. Coffee isn't bad either for a diner.
  13. renart

    Diners

    I think you are thinking of Victoria Diner. Victoria/Queen. Everything is decent. Fast friendly service with the same waitresses that get to know your name. My faviourite is the fish and chips special every 2nd Friday. Otherwise burgers, breakfast stuff, sandwiches...all good.
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    Coffee Man

    Hahahaha...this was hillarious. Thanks for the piece. Your account basically tells a tale of something that would happen to me. I'm glad to know that I'm not alone in my food follies. Maybe you should get some green beans and roast your own? It wouldn't take any effort to create something that is at least drinkable! What the heck is the old man roasting anyway? I'm thinking that it can't be THAT bad, but then again you are a food writer packing a Pavoni and grinder. Hmmm...enquiring minds want to know. Now for your neighbours not noticing, it is entirely possible. It wasn't that many years ago that for the life of me, I couldn't get a good cup of coffee in London. Blech.
  15. I've never heard of these guys, but they have been doing construction for a LONG time. I know this because they are located right next to my office. Before this, the place was empty after serving as a divey Coffee Time for years. I used to tuck in there for a coffee after checking out Henry's Cameras when I was a teenager and it was a bit rough/scary. So, a sous-vide place sounds good to me. I don't really understand the concept though or why it is there. The sign says that they are opening simutaneously in a bunch of countries in 2007.
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