Chapman's and Nortown
I had a couple at home for dinner last Friday, and had to work all day, so you 'hounds recommended Chapman's (Bayview and York Mills) as a possibility to pick up some prepared meals. Here's the outcome:
Chapman's and Nortown are two stores apart in the plaza, I must've gone back and forth between them 3 times trying to decide what to get. On top of my wanderings, it's the start of passover and the whole plaza was buzzing with folks picking up their passover supplies. I think that Chapman's maybe had a more limited selection than normal, or maybe had run out of stock already, because of passover.
From Nortown I got a flattened chicken marinating in herbs in a vaccum sealed bag, and a medium sized flank steak which I also marinated in oil, vinegar, soy and herbs when I got home.
It was a beautiful night, so both of these things on the grill turned out simply and absolutely fantastic. I would have loved to try their lamb too but my guests didn't eat lamb.
From Chapman's I got the red pepper hummous, a snap pea salad, and a roasted potato dish to reheat. I have to say service was excellent and everyone super friendly but the food was only so-so. The hummous was very sweet, not to my liking, and expensive! $8 for a small tub. The snap pea salad was fine, but the roasted potatoes were pretty bland. Maybe I just picked the wrong things.
Thank goodness the meats were the highlight of the meal or it would have been a very dull experience!