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We did some volunteer work on Friday and Saturday. The tent restocking the most on Friday night was Ruan Thai. I tried their pad thai and it was tasty but not spicy at all. Really nice people. We'll give them a try.

Mini-melts...cool presentation of ice cream but the ice cream was quite watery when it melted. Probably needs a low fat content to freeze into those little balls.

Saturday the line-ups were too long to try some places. Ribs were very popular. Graze had the large beef ones and Belgo pork back ribs.

We had to try the takoyaki from Sushi Hai. They weren't being cooked on an iron but being kept warm on a BBQ I had my doubts but they still were good. Creamy in the middle like they should have been. My son laughed to see their menu is written in Chinese but then they are in Chinatown.

Delice Pastry had some good pakora and samosas although the latter were not as full of stuffing as when I make them at home. I think this place is worth a visit.

The poor timing award has to go to Marble Slab Creamery who were down to one flavour at 6 on Saturday. Or maybe Starbucks who were trying to give away iced drinks on Friday when we would have killed for a hot drink.

The weather affected many as the numbers were low on rainy Friday then the place was swarming on Saturday. I think a lot of restaurants were thrown off by that. One restaurant had a sign offering dried orange peel chicken but they were out when I was there.

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  1. Sharon- the orange peel chicken was from Wild Ginger- you didn't miss much. Not impressive at all.

    Graze's "stuffed meatball" went in the garbage- so dried out, I couldn't get a fork in it.

    I loved the little cheese-stuffed things that looked like calamari rings from JC Latin Taste, from Peru apparently- fantastic! Also the Brazilian prime rib from Cravings was really good, as was the curry stewed beef from Tai Pan (I really have to go to that place after two great experiences from them at TOC).

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    1. re: John Manzo

      I'm not sorry I missed the orange peel chicken then.

      There used to be a Chinese place on 17th ave SW around 12th street in the strip mall with Mac's and they had orange beef that was to die for. They also had the best lettuce cups. They're long gone now. A wraps place took over the space. Not sure what is there now but I would love to know where the owner/chef went. I would follow him.

      1. re: sharonanne

        I remember that place. It was a total dive, but the food was great.

        1. re: sharonanne

          I think the Chinese place you're thinking of is where the Vietnamese place is now- Wrapture has been in that location since at least 1997. The Chinese place disappeared in, oh, 2002.

          1. re: John Manzo

            The Chinese place I'm talking about was there before the wraps place. They closed around the late 90s.There could have been another Chinese place around there but there doesn't seem to be anyone who can make orange beef like that fellow could. So sorry I didn't beg for a cooking demo.

      2. I'm not sure why you didn't like the Mini Melts... I think they are awesome. I heard it is a premium ice cream.

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        1. re: icecreamlover

          I didn't dislike them but you really do have to eat them when they are cold because the few that I let melt seemed watery when liquid but that could just have been my frozen mouth.