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peppermint pate Jun 8, 2008 07:42 AM

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?

  1. TorontoJo Jun 8, 2008 07:45 AM

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

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      peppermint pate Jun 8, 2008 08:09 AM

      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.

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        JamieK Jun 8, 2008 08:28 AM

        It's actually Moonbean with an 'n'. Just for the sake of future searches.
        http://www.moonbeancoffee.com/scripts...

        JamieK
        (NOT a chef) -- ;->

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

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          TorontoJo Jun 8, 2008 08:31 AM

          Doh! Thanks, JamieK!

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

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            JamieK Jun 8, 2008 08:48 AM

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

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          dory Jun 10, 2008 01:35 PM

          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.

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          jeastfull Jun 8, 2008 08:19 AM

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

          1. Googs Jun 8, 2008 08:35 AM

            Yesterday it was the St Lawrence Market Juice Bar.
            http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/shopp...

            Today it will likely be vernaccia on the rooftop.

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              peppermint pate Jun 8, 2008 08:38 AM

              What's/where's vernaccia?

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                Googs Jun 8, 2008 08:47 AM

                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.
                http://www.seetuscany.com/food/vernac...

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                  JamieK Jun 8, 2008 08:52 AM

                  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!

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                    Googs Jun 8, 2008 09:02 AM

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

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                      millygirl Jun 8, 2008 09:11 AM

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

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                        Googs Jun 8, 2008 09:45 AM

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

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                        JamieK Jun 8, 2008 01:46 PM

                        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.
                        http://www.lcbo.ca/lcbo-ear/ProductRe...

                        Is the vernaccia on the regular shelves or Vintages?

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                          pearlD Jun 8, 2008 02:21 PM

                          I've been eating Banana Popsicles...my faves!!!

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                            JamieK Jun 9, 2008 06:38 AM

                            Vintages. I just answered my own question, now if only I were so brilliant with the rest of my life.
                            http://www.lcbo.ca/lcbo-ear/ProductRe...

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

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                              peppermint pate Jun 9, 2008 06:46 AM

                              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.

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                                Googs Jun 14, 2008 10:52 AM

                                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.

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                                  JamieK Jun 14, 2008 11:15 AM

                                  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?!

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                                    Googs Jun 14, 2008 03:24 PM

                                    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.

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                                    JamieK Aug 15, 2008 11:12 AM

                                    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.

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                                      Googs Aug 17, 2008 07:42 AM

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

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                            peppermint pate Jun 8, 2008 06:38 PM

                            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?

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                              Googs Jun 9, 2008 07:49 AM

                              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.

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                        wheresthafood Jun 8, 2008 03:03 PM

                        Frozen organic blueberries...ferrero rocher flavour or Bacchio flavour gelato @ La Paloma..

                        1. chloe103 Jun 8, 2008 04:43 PM

                          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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                            peppermint pate Jun 8, 2008 06:38 PM

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

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                              chloe103 Jun 8, 2008 08:16 PM

                              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.

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                            Kasia Jun 8, 2008 05:32 PM

                            the soup bar on ossington south of dundas has usually 3 different chilled soups on offer every day. the cold cucumber mint soup was perfect on a long hot day of gardening.

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                              happycamper Jun 9, 2008 03:55 PM

                              Oh yes most definietely, thank you for reminding me!
                              I also love their gazpacho

                            2. mogo Jun 8, 2008 08:44 PM

                              Basil seed drink! I love the gelatinous seeds; they're somehow extra refreshing in a cold drink.
                              And es shanghai. :)

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                                mogo Jun 8, 2008 08:52 PM

                                oh, and aloe vera! so nice...

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                                  happycamper Jun 9, 2008 03:54 PM

                                  Basil seed? where on earth can you can that?
                                  does it taste like grass?

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                                    mogo Jun 10, 2008 01:00 PM

                                    You can get it in chinese groceries, or you can buy the drink already in a can, like this:

                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ba...

                                    The seeds look ordinary until you soak them -- then they start developing a jelly-like outer coating and they plump up like little tapioca pearls. It's faster if you use hot water.

                                    The taste/smell is very subtle; it reminds me a little bit of grass jelly, but it has way less taste than that. I usually add a little bit of honey and lemon to the drink.

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                                ComeUndone Jun 9, 2008 01:28 PM

                                I love the huge plates of shaved ice served at Ten Ren Tea Time. They are topped with adzuki beans, tapioca, cubes of taro, cooked peanuts, and condensed milk. Best for sharing!

                                1. Full tummy Jun 9, 2008 07:24 PM

                                  Frozen yoghurt from Swiss Master Chocolatier at Bayview & York Mills; not too sweet, made with real fruit, and it actually tastes like yoghurt.

                                  1. GoodGravy Jun 10, 2008 11:26 AM

                                    Halo halo, preferrably with leche flan and ube ice cream. mmmm... Homemade smoothies made with fresh fruit are hard to beat though, especially if 1.) you're at home, and 2.) you have fresh fruit, and 3.) some sort of blender/juicer/masher device.

                                    1. Full tummy Jun 14, 2008 12:55 PM

                                      Try an Il Gelatiere frappé made with their cappuccino gelato. Yum!

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