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1000 Tastes - 2011 Edition - John Street (Toronto) June 18 and 19 - Luminato

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As part of Luminato they are once again doing the 1000 Tastes event.

Here is the thread from last year to get an idea of it :

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714526

and a link to the Luminato page describing the event:

http://www.luminato.com/2011/1000tastes

This year they have a "Stage" too.. Schedule of what is on at the stage at link above.

Some restaurants mentioned on the site that are participating:

Tom Filippou, Executive Chef PC Cooking School
93 Harbord
Aravind
Chippy’s Fish and Chips
crudacafe
Delight
Dufflet
EDO
Jedd's Frozen Custard
Khao San Road
LEE
Luma
Milagro
Poutini's House of Poutine
Queen Margherita Pizza
Rendez-Vous
Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill
Woodlot Bakery & Restaurant

If you go on Day 1 please post here to let people know what is good (or, for that matter if you are browsing on your smart phone while eating something on Day 1 )...

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  1. real-time updates are what twitter is made for! #1000tastes

    that being said, I'm going to prolly go on Saturday. I think.

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    1. re: jlunar

      Oh yeah... geez, totally forgot we are in the modern age... Too bad my phone isn't a fancy one where I can check it "real time"... I should give you my number so you can text me all the best spots.. haha

      1. re: ylsf

        You can definitely get updates via SMS if you have a twitter account. Not sure if you can follow hashtags, but you can follow people.

    2. Luma is serving Lobster Sliders

      Milagro is doing pork tacos

      LEE is doing the chesseburger spring roll as well as a vegetarian option crispy tofu

      We are making:
      "Dry" Khao Soi with Braised Beef Shank
      Pork Belly Chiang Mai Style Sausage with Fresh Papaya Salad
      Sweet Mango on Sticky Rice with Coconut Milk
      ...and a couple surprises!

      also, since i will be there on saturday, i will try to tweet what i can: @khaosanroadTO

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      Luma
      330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

      1. What time do they start selling food? The site only has stage times.

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        1. Worst 1000 Tastes ever! Poor venue, very few food vendors. Starfish booth was empty, Suser's spring roll was a complete ripoff. Best deal is Dufflet. Organic free trade chocolate ice cream by the poutine table was really good. This is the fourth 1000 Tastes we have attended. If it was our first, we would never have tried it again. My DH was completely disgusted and we had to make dinner when we got home. A huge disappointment. First time we have ever seen NO line for tickets.

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          Dufflet
          787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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          1. re: durhamgal

            I agree. I know they want to centralize the event around that area but having it on the street like that (with King still open splitting it in half) was far from ideal. Maybe move it down to the Roundhouse or somewhere else next time (Queen's Park was a great spot last year, plenty of room, nice trees to eat under, picnic tables, etc).
            I don't understand the huge line for poutine today (I guess it was because of the perceived value vs. a single "lobster slider" for like $5 from Luma). There was also a big line for Fish and Chips at Chippy's. The 1/2 pizza from QMP was over a 30 minute wait according to the lady taking names (not sure how that process worked, hopefully it was relatively accurate, at least you could go enjoy the rest of the stuff and come back).

            Sounds like Starfish hadn't planned for the turn out. I heard it was just one person shucking earlier in the day, and, even if it was one of their "champion" shuckers maybe they under estimated demand.

            Although when I got there KSR was temporarily closed when I walked back by later I was tempted by their offering but I was so stuffed. They seemed to be offering a combo with drink and food together. Anyone try it?

            The other thing I was perplexed by was the long wait time for the "Kobe" (their term for it) hot dogs at Edo. It seemed like the hot dogs were cooked up and waiting on the BBQ, why was it taking so long to process people? I recall in previous years there being long waits for the same thing...

            1. re: durhamgal

              Mid-afternoon yesterday it was a different story -- while there weren't all that many stalls those that were there were pretty good. Milagro had chicken tinga and cochinita tacos with delicious pickled onions. Woodlot had oven-baked bread and really good madeleines. Cruda, the raw place in St. Lawrence market, had a mushroom "burger" thing that was large and tasty. Khao San Road was the best of all -- both pork belly sausage and the noodle thing were great and the Thai iced tea came free with the reasonably generous portion of food. Unfortunately 93 Harbord was waiting for fresh supplies when we stopped by so we couldn't try their dishes. We gVe up on Starfish -- huge line, one shucker. The QMP wait was lengthy but for they brought brick oven all the way there, so probably worth the wait. Sounds like maybe some places were out of food by dinner time. There was certainly more than enough for a meal at lunch.

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              93 Harbord
              93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

              Khao San Road
              326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

              1. re: dalton48

                My wife and I were there yesterday,
                We had the Poutine, was good, friends had the oysters (6 for $5 was a steal), I had the Kobe beef hot dogs which weren't bad and had the frozen custard, it was good, enjoy the stuff in the US more..Never really understood why Frozen Custard isn't as big up here as it is in the US. Friends also waited for the pizza, said it was worth the wait for sure.

              2. re: durhamgal

                1000 Tastes was tiny in 2011. I eyeballed it at 15-20 static vendors this year (YSLF's list up top IS the list), many of them familiar to veterans of the event. It took maybe 10 minutes to cruise the two blocks and scope out the booths. By 6pm, at least a few had already wrapped up operations. By 8:30, they were no longer allowing ticket sales.

                I'd have been more disappointed were I not already in the area and instead made a specific trip out. Long lines were seen at Chippy's, Poutini's, and Edo (I don't get this, why?!). I didn't eat everything, but here are my thoughts on what I did have:

                - The lobster slider from Luma was really tasty. But small.
                - From Khao San Road, the pork belly sausage was good but very strong on the lemongrass. The papaya salad complemented the sausage. It was nice that all their dishes came with a cup of Thai iced tea. Good value.
                - Wasabi mayo on one side and Japanese curry on the other of a Kobe beef hotdog from EDO. I thought the Japanese curry topping was decent. Still, it was a hot dog.
                - We were one of the last to get pies after 9pm at Queen Margarita Pizza. Very cool they had the wood-burning oven set up. Made me want to go to QMP. Might do that still.
                - I got lucky and scored two loaves of bread from Woodlot at the end of their day. I missed the Madeleines, which I hear was good.

                I might head back over today and scope things out.

                Proper photos forthcoming on the blog. iPhone shots on the twitter stream.

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                http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

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                Edo
                484 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N1A5, CA

                Poutini
                1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                Luma
                330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

                Khao San Road
                326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

                1. re: jlunar

                  We have always made a specific trip from Pickering for this event, and have never before been disappointed. Fortunately, this year we were also downtown to see Women Fully Clothed (very good!) at the Royal Alex, so did not consider it a wasted trip.

                  I totally agree that Queen's Park Circle was the best venue ever; trees, grass, lovely. Wish they would just keep that as their permanent venue. Easy for most people to get to.

                  Pre-theatre it seemed there was not all that much available, but to be fair we didn't have a lot of time to check things out, and actually thought that the food stalls extended much further north (which as it turned out they did not).

                  After the show (around 4:15), KSR was not serving any food at all (love Thai food and would definitely have tried it), and even the Poutine people, who had a huge lineup, announced that they "had run out of gravy" and there would be a 15 minute wait until more arrived.

                  The wait time at QMP was long, and didn't seem worth it to us.

                  Didn't realize the slider at Luma was lobster (which we both love); thought it was fish because it actually smelled 'fishy'.

                  We don't go to 1000 Tastes for fish and chips, hot dogs, or poutine, but apparently many do (surprisingly) because that's where the lineups were.

                  Oh, well, let's hope for better next year.

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                  Luma
                  330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

                  1. re: durhamgal

                    We went by today around 2 and really enjoyed all of it.. The sausage from KSR was out of this world and was the winner of the bunch. Chicken Tinga tacos from Milagro were good but a bit on the oily side. Got lucky with QMP, after I'd ordered soemone didn't show up for their order so they just gave me that. The portable oven was really great and gave the crust an excellent char.

                    Biggest disappointment, aside from Starfish having already packed up, was Lee being a total rip off. I love those cheeseburger springrolls and have had them at other events. They usually charge $5 for one cut in half and served with some veggies to garnish. Today it was the same price for just half of one. There was no line up for Lee when we were there so clearly others were put off by this as well.

              3. starfish only had one guy shucking. yes he was a championship shucker (his t-shirt said 38 oysters in a minute). apparently he did around 1700ish yesterday and brought in only 600 for today. it was around 2-3pm when he told everyone lining up that there wouldn't be enough :( i absolutely agree that they were a steal for 6 oysters for $5. they were salty up front and had a great sweet aftertaste.