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Nov 26, 2010 09:02 AM

Warming Winter Chow-Treats - what are some of your local favourites?

Okay, it's c-c-c-old out today. I was at Tea Emporium and picked up a tempting little box of masala hot chocolate -French cocoa with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that you mix with hot milk. I also love the hearty soups at Prague Deli.

Forecasters are calling for a cold, snowy winter this year. What are the chow-treats that will help keep you warm in the coming months?

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    1. re: sloweater

      Ditto. Or their Mayan hot chocolate shot. Or their bicerin.

      1. not specifically a winter treat since i have it all year round, but i love the walnut ave latte (soy, lightly sweetened) from tealish. green tea with some walnut and a little undertone from candied pineapple and almond (i think)... the nuttiness of plain soy plays off it all so well.

        totally agree with tripe soup at prague.

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        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          Thank you for this! I got that walnut ave latte for the first time yesterday and it was the perfect thing.

            1. re: peppermint pate

              i'm so glad you both enjoyed it! it's a great drink. i brew a large amount of tea at the start of the week so i can begin my mornings with the walnut ave with little effort.

              the next time you're in there you need to sniff the patisserie blend! it doesn't brew as intensely but the aroma of the dry blend is quite intoxicating.

              another food suggestion would have to be the poutine at great burger kitchen. big enough to feed two, the best poutine for me in the city, and enough belly warming deliciousness to keep you going in the cold.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Squeaky curds in GBC poutine? If so, I'm getting one tomorrow for dinner.

                1. re: tjr

                  unfortunately no. the curds haven't ever been squeaky for me but i'm a melty curd girl so it works for me. it's really their gravy that does it for me, a strong substantial chicken backbone. they're also good at picking potatoes and have a very good natural sweetness in the fries.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    I'll give it a try based on your rec :-)

        2. Netsu ramen (spice level 2) at Kenzo. Careful because spice level 2 at Kenzo is pretty powerful (not far off from the armageddon hot sauce at Duff's).

          Oh yeah, and my mom's chicken soup.

          138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

          1. How can a nice bowl of Pork Bone Soup that arrives bubbling at your table not make you warm all over?

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            1. re: Wiley

              nice bowl of congee from mkt village and some spicy korean tofu stew

              1. re: caitlink

                It was -6 with the wind last thursday so i ordered an extra spicy tofu stew with seafood at Buk Chang Dong. It was perfect.

                Buk Chang Dong
                691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA