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Jun 8, 2008 07:42 AM

Cool Chow Treats on a Hot Day

It is crazy hot and humid outside today. Started my morning with an iced latte and a freshly-delivered (and still warm) pain au chocolat from Jules Patisserie (via Caffe Doria). Perfectly wonderful. Any chow treats to help you cool off today?

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  1. Other than gelato from Hollywood? My vote would go to the apple cider slushie at Moonbeam Cafe in Kensington Market!

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Mmm, you've posted about that before, TorontoJo - sounds really good. Suffice to say I'm 2 for 2 on ice cream days since Friday so far.

      1. re: TorontoJo

        It's actually Moonbean with an 'n'. Just for the sake of future searches.

        (NOT a chef) -- ;->

        Moonbean Coffee Company
        30 St Andrews St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

        1. re: JamieK

          Doh! Thanks, JamieK!

          BTW, love your poutine at the wine bar... ;)

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Good to hear!. As you can tell by how skinny I am, I don't eat it myself.

        2. re: TorontoJo

          I second the apple cider slushie. Glad to hear where to get one downtown. I normally enjoy this drink at Forsythe Family Farm in their market barn. No sugar added and totally refreshing.

        3. ah if only Toronto had a swim up pina colada bar.... :)

          1. Yesterday it was the St Lawrence Market Juice Bar.

            Today it will likely be vernaccia on the rooftop.

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              1. re: peppermint pate

                The appearance of this lovely Italian white wine at the LCBO heralds the arrival of summer. It's only available during the warm months. Of all the wines I tried in Tuscany this one made the deepest impression on me. You may never drink pinot grigio again.

                1. re: Googs

                  as someone who's been enjoying (lots) of very chilled pinot grigio these past couple of weeks and especially this weekend, I'm going to try some of that!

                  1. re: JamieK

                    Okay... Now I simply must know... Which pinot grigio does JamieK drink?

                    1. re: Googs

                      Okay this is probably be marked off topic but for me, it's gruner veltliner all the way.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        If gruvé is to you what vernaccia is to me, then we're both donning our summer whites to stay cool. Perfectly on topic.

                      2. re: Googs

                        I've been drinking Collavini, the one that goes for $14.45 and is found conveniently on the chiller shelves at both of the lcbos I frequent, although much colder from the Queen/Coxwell store. To chill further, (since I never have ice) I stick one of those cooler sleeves (of which I a few in the freezer) around the bottle and stick it my freezer for 20 minutes or so.

                        I'm also into rose now for the season and my current favourite is a sparkling rose from Australia -- the Yellowglen "Pink", which can found in the chiller at Queen/Coxwell but not at all at O'Connor/Coxwell. Also well chilled.

                        Is the vernaccia on the regular shelves or Vintages?

                        1. re: JamieK

                          I've been eating Banana faves!!!

                          1. re: JamieK

                            Vintages. I just answered my own question, now if only I were so brilliant with the rest of my life.

                            Chilled down yesterday with some Chapman's Madagascar Vanilla frozen yogurt. But I gotta get me some capuccino flavour so I can risk addiction.

                            1. re: JamieK

                              Me too - I was also just on the LCBO website. It looks like the first vernaccia is out of stock in Toronto (but check it out if you're in London or North Bay!) but there's plenty of the second label at stores around the city.

                              1. re: JamieK

                                Finally had a night off... The Macinatico Vernaccia '07 is just okay. It lacks the characteristic stony soil influence that I so appreciate. By appearances, this has been stored poorly in that it's much deeper than pale golden. That may explain much as vernaccia is supposed to be consumed while it's young and pretty. Very glad I didn't commit to an entire case.

                                For now I'll stick to the obscenely cheap Gazela Vinho Verde until the LCBO brings out the next vernaccia.

                                JamieK have you tried the Voga pinot grigio? Me likey.

                                1. re: Googs

                                  No but I will, always on the lookout for good pino grigio. And, in fact, would have looked for it today when I was at lcbo earlier.

                                  Which brings me to.... I was at the Queen/Coxwell lcbo today about noon and there were no more bottles of Yellowglen PInk at all, neither on the chiller shelf nor on the regular shelf. What's with that? Did you guys go and nab them all?!

                                  1. re: JamieK

                                    You mean the best buyer in town ran out of stock?!?!? I LOVE that location. It wasn't me, sir. I'd never sneak pink past hubby.

                                    You're a man about town. Here's a trick I've used myself when searching for the elusive bottle: Scarborough. I doubt it'll fly off the shelves at Cedarbrae Mall. You could grab a case and then head west on Lawrence for a shawarma from Shawarma Empire. Not suggested as a wine-food pairing. LOL.

                                  2. re: Googs

                                    Finally tried the Voga. Me likey too. Lighter than what I've been drinking but still flavourful. Very pleasant. Now you know what I'll be drinking for the rest of the summer, what's left of it, even in a damn hailstorm.

                                    1. re: JamieK

                                      A million degrees in the shade today. I believe the 17 bottles at Parliament are mine. Enjoy all the rest JamieK.

                          2. re: Googs

                            Hmm, well I loved San Gimignano and I love wine - ergo, I'll be checking this out at the Summerhill LCBO. Thanks for the tip. Is there only one label available or is there a selection?

                            1. re: peppermint pate

                              I was hoping to report after tasting this year's model. Alas it was a working weekend.

                              In any case, the LCBO typically stocks 2-3 brands of vernaccia. Of last year's releases only one was the beauty you'd want to take home.

                              I will definitely have some tonight with dinner and will let you know. I have a couple of bottles so as to test if I fatigue of the flavours before committing to a case. No, I won't be having both tonight though I'm sorely tempted. Working weekend. Bah.

                      3. Frozen organic rocher flavour or Bacchio flavour gelato @ La Paloma..

                        1. Cloudberry frozen yogurt from Kensington Organic.

                          Vietnamese iced coffee.

                          Lychees straight out of the fridge.

                          Creme de cassis and soda water on ice.

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                          1. re: chloe103

                            Where do you go for your Vietnamese iced coffee? I haven't had a good one in a long, long while.

                            1. re: peppermint pate

                              I was in Kensington, and strolled over to Pho Hung. Totally addictive.

                              That said, I'm certainly no expert on what counts as authentic, so while I found it delicious, I'm afraid I've no idea if theirs is a particularly good version.