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justsayn Aug 25, 2012 05:52 AM

What was the best item you ate today in a restaurant, in Ontario?

Inspire others to try it!

Thanks!

Mods moved our other post because we can't include things we ate at home or outside of Ontario - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865038

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    millygirl Feb 17, 2014 01:47 PM

    Have to say pad thai from Khao San Road.

    Finally got there yesterday and all I can say is WOW. Everything was delicious but really enjoyed the pad thai dish.

    That place is hopping, eh! We arrived just a few minutes before 5 and saw 2 people lined up which we thought was really surprising. Well in the five minutes it took to find a parking space, the line up swelled to close to 30. I was afraid for a minute we wouldn't get a seat. Couldn't believe the place was soooo busy but now I know why.

    Deelish!!!

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      Herne Feb 9, 2014 09:35 PM

      Best item I ate today was the Eggplant dish at Taste of China on Spadina at Dundas. Only my innate sense of propriety prevented me from eating the whole dam plate.

      I seldom can detect a difference in chinese food at various restaurants as it all tastes OK to me but the Eggplant dish tonight was spectacular.

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        justsayn Feb 9, 2014 09:45 PM

        Interesting. Do you remember which one it was? http://tasteofchinarestaurant.ca/onli...

        Thanks!

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          Herne Feb 10, 2014 04:34 AM

          HI Justsayn. I don't recall the exact name or number but I will ask the fellow who actually negotiated the order and get back to you in a few hours.

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            Herne Feb 10, 2014 01:04 PM

            Nothing is simple. A list of the items ordered was kept but thrown out early this am. Best we can determine it was

            108 Hunan Eggplant with minced pork.

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              justsayn Feb 10, 2014 01:41 PM

              Thanks!!

              1. re: justsayn
                foodyDudey Feb 17, 2014 12:36 PM

                Here is a menu for Taste of China

                http://tasteofchinarestaurant.ca/wp-c...

      2. T Long Feb 9, 2014 02:13 PM

        Taiwanese taco or guo bao from Jin Cheng Bakery in Metro Square, Markham. Braised flavored pork, pickled veggies, and peanuts wrapped in a steamed white bun....3 bucks.

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          magic Feb 9, 2014 03:10 PM

          That sounds right in my wheelhouse.

          Must go.

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            T Long Feb 9, 2014 05:01 PM

            If you do go, note that Jin Cheng Bakery has changed its name to Bakery 18, and its signage will be updated to reflect this in the future.

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              magic Feb 9, 2014 06:24 PM

              Good thing you told me actually. Thanks T Long.

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                T Long Feb 9, 2014 07:28 PM

                Just to clarify: Signage will show either Jin Cheng or Bakery 18....don't know when they will be changing the signs;-)

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                  magic Feb 9, 2014 09:06 PM

                  Noted!

        2. justsayn Feb 9, 2014 08:30 AM

          Thor has a lemon ginger scone today that is most EXCELLENT!

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            magic Feb 9, 2014 03:12 PM

            That sounds real good.

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              justsayn Feb 9, 2014 03:32 PM

              Was pretty remarkable actually. Proper scone flavour and consistency but also like it was a hybrid with a donut cruller. Tasty candied ginger and mild lemon throughout.

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                magic Feb 9, 2014 06:25 PM

                Num num num num.

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                  justsayn Feb 17, 2014 12:32 PM

                  Thor loves their holidays so I found that Jimmy's carries the same scone. So good if you like dry crumbly edges on baked goods. Lots of ginger. Lemon was less pronounced today.

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                    kwass Feb 17, 2014 12:38 PM

                    What's jimmy's justsayn?

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                      justsayn Feb 17, 2014 12:46 PM

                      Above average coffee on Portland just north of King. Buca was closed today. Jimmy also has a very cool location in Kensington. Jimmy's brings all their sweets in from various suppliers. Pretty sure they don't make anything.

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                        kwass Feb 17, 2014 12:49 PM

                        Good to know. This is the 1st I've heard of jimmy's. Thanks justsayn!

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                          justsayn Feb 17, 2014 12:55 PM

                          Love the back patio in Kensington during the nice weather!

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                            kwass Feb 17, 2014 12:58 PM

                            I'll have to check it out

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                            justsayn Feb 17, 2014 01:00 PM

                            Much of their baked goods come from Circles & Squares but they have a range of other items.

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                              kwass Feb 17, 2014 01:03 PM

                              Sounds good! It's been added to my list :)

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                                justsayn Feb 17, 2014 01:12 PM

                                You need to start a blog! Maybe Kwassants. Lol

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                                  kwass Feb 17, 2014 01:14 PM

                                  I'm lol(ing) as we speak :)

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                dorne Sep 24, 2013 08:39 PM

                I had Chicken Katsu w/ Curry at Kaiju for takeout.

                The chicken portions were large and crispy, and the curry is nothing like I have ever tasted, sweet and savoury I suppose this is what Japanese curry tastes like? Put the curry over the rice and chicken and there's a good mix of crispy and savoury.

                Its a restaurant that opened just yesterday and it's very hidden downtown! It's located at Yonge and Gerrard at the tall Aura Building thats being built. It's accessible by subway if you take College Station go out and head south. and its located inside the Aura building, just have to go down the escalator and to the food court area.

                Gonna go for another item on the menu and I will try to get a pic of the place and food tomorrow if I can.

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                  dorne Sep 26, 2013 09:27 AM

                  Kaiju Restaurant

                  https://plus.google.com/photos/117169118629701378134/albums/5927586711577923761/5927586712925254722

                  Kaiju Chicken with Cheese and Curry takeout.

                  https://plus.google.com/1171691186297...

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                    justsayn Sep 26, 2013 10:59 AM

                    What would you compare it to? Have you eaten anything else you really love?

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                      dorne Sep 26, 2013 11:13 AM

                      I can only compare to the Indian kitchen curry in thornhill. The curry from kaiju is mild but very savoury! The
                      salad bar at Richtree is pretty good when you take the a mix with a base of tabouli and lentils. I usually take a medium size salad and call it a sin bowl. You can't stop eating it, I think I gained a pound or two but it was very satisfying (weight stabalized in a few days)

                2. justsayn Sep 24, 2013 06:26 PM

                  Spicy sausage and potato pizza at Sud Forno. The sausage is made in-house and it is fantastic!

                  1. justsayn Sep 19, 2013 10:11 AM

                    Drank? Dark Horse Cold Brewed Coffee. It's new, it's wow!

                    First beverage I've ever loved from there.

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                      JennaBean Sep 19, 2013 11:25 AM

                      I've been curious. I get my morning latte from there. Is the cold brewed sweetened?

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                        justsayn Sep 19, 2013 11:28 AM

                        No and it is sealed in a stubby! They say it's good for up to 7-10 days.

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                          JennaBean Sep 19, 2013 12:51 PM

                          Nice! I tend to avoid anything pre sweetened in bottle so I will give this a whirl!

                    2. meatnveg Sep 12, 2013 07:05 PM

                      Grilled Lamb Chops at the Hockley Valley Resort

                      1. jinxie Sep 12, 2013 12:32 PM

                        The fiery chili turnip patties from congee queen on Steeles.

                        So good- so (temperature) hot...it's hard to wait for these things to cool down. scorched the roof of my mouth- totally worth it!

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                          justsayn Sep 12, 2013 12:50 PM

                          Brisket sandwich at Electric Mud. SO good! Nothing like it.

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                          Bigtigger Jul 6, 2013 04:04 PM

                          Biscuits with sublime sausage/black pepper gravy and scrambled eggs at Stockyards. Can't be beat. $13 all in.

                          1. num nums Jul 5, 2013 07:11 PM

                            Forget the cronut! There's the crookie. It's a croissant stuffed with crushed Double-stuff Oreos. This outlandish combo is the creation of Clafouti. I was skeptical at first. But it is sinfully good. I guess when it bakes the Oreo icing melts and an alchemy with the croissant pastry forms.

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                              kwass Jul 6, 2013 05:08 AM

                              I've heard about this. I'm totally dying to try it!!

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                              akhorasanee Jul 5, 2013 09:11 AM

                              this is from yesterday but I am still thinking about it- seven lives spicy shrimp and cheese taco

                              1. kwass Jun 23, 2013 07:19 AM

                                Fried Chicken and Waffles from Stockyards! It was so good, there just aren't words :)

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                                  petek Jun 23, 2013 08:04 AM

                                  I gotta get me some of that and soon!

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                                    kwass Jun 23, 2013 08:07 AM

                                    You really do!! It was beyond delicious!!

                                2. justsayn Jun 19, 2013 11:18 AM

                                  The squirrel burger is insane.

                                  1. rosieintoronto Jun 13, 2013 09:16 PM

                                    I ate a meatball sandwich last Saturday that I have been thinking about all week (it is not unusual for me to think about good meatballs for a long time) Play Cafe on the Queensway makes the most delicious, authentic meatball sandwiches: http://bit.ly/1529TwB
                                    The sauce is SO. GOOD!

                                    1. RochCusine Jun 13, 2013 08:33 PM

                                      Brought home some steak samples from the meatery today. Three steaks. One rib eye, one tenderloin, and one striploin. All AAA. Left them out on a plate in the microwave to warm up for 4 hours, then I did them up on the grill to blue rare and sliced them all on a platter and shared them with my girlfriend and daughter. Normally I am a rib eye guy, but the strip loin won the flavor prize. The tenderloin was long on tenderness but lacked the beefy goodness of the other two. My favorite rib eye was gobbled up in all of its buttery, fatty glory..... Had a few sides with it, steamed asparagus, pan fried mushrooms, and ceasar salad......But, the steak was the star...

                                      1. justsayn Jun 13, 2013 08:04 PM

                                        Smoked chicken, ribs and mac n cheese at Hadley's tonight. Really fantastic! Perfect charred asparagus too.

                                        They close in 2 weeks. : (

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                                          akhorasanee Feb 23, 2013 02:32 PM

                                          salted cod inari at A OK foods and chocolate marshmallow cupcake from delish

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                                            justsayn Feb 23, 2013 03:04 PM

                                            Cupcakes aren't high on my list but that does sound good! Thanks for the heads up!

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                                            JennaBean Feb 22, 2013 01:27 PM

                                            It was actually a week ago today BUT I'm still thinking about it and I want more!

                                            Scotch quail egg with housemade HP sauce, which was a snack item, and the sous vide egg, with potato and truffle shortbread for the second course at Yours Truly.

                                            Both items were truly amazing. I would eat six of the tiny perfect scotch quail eggs with that delightful HP sauce this very second if I had some!

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                                              justsayn Feb 22, 2013 02:05 PM

                                              WOW - those eggs are right up my alley too! What exactly was the potato and truffle shortbread?

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                                                JennaBean Feb 25, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                Missing a word there - potato foam and truffle short bread. It was served a bit french service style as a small pool of broth was poured into the dish at the table.

                                                The shortbread was buttery and savoury with a nice balanced flavour and truffle aroma. It provided great texture to an otherwise totally smooth and silky dish.

                                            2. meatnveg Feb 17, 2013 01:12 PM

                                              My mash of Peameal Bacon, Chorizo & Eggs at Beast. Supplemented with 2 of their very excellent $5 caesars

                                              1. justsayn Feb 16, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                Cacio e Pepe at Terroni Centrale

                                                WOW!

                                                1. Charles Yu Jan 1, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                  Judy's Cuisine, Richmond Hill - 'Stirred fry sticky glutinous rice with diced wind-dried Chinese preserved meat and sausages, dried shrimps and Cilentro'.

                                                  Although I have eaten in this Richmond Hill stalwart many a times, this was the first time I tried out their house specialty fried sticky rice. Almost greaseless, this rice dish, with ample savory ingredients and infused with just the right amount of aromatic Cilentro, was extremely flavorful and an unquestionable masterpiece!

                                                   
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                                                    justsayn Jan 1, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                    WOW looks and sounds so good. Love how white and greaseless is looks! Thanks for sharing!

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                                                      Charles Yu Jan 1, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                      The dish was actually recommended by a 'Yelper' and not a 'chowhounder'! Ha!!!

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                                                      klyeoh Jan 1, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                      It looked rather less "sticky" than I expected it to be, Charles.

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                                                        Charles Yu Jan 1, 2013 08:23 PM

                                                        Yes! But still chewy though!

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                                                          klyeoh Jan 2, 2013 12:42 AM

                                                          The best type of glutinous rice grains I'd ever come across are the Thai ones. I'm sure this dish would be fabulous if cooked using Thai glutinous rice!

                                                    3. justsayn Dec 30, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                      Dark Chocolate Oatmeal cookie at Manic Coffee on College. One of my best cookies of the year for sure. When I discovered on first bite that the rock sugar sprinkled on top was actually sea salt....I knew the cookie was going to disappear fast! Great chocolate chunks throughout!

                                                      Coffee is always good too...

                                                      1. justsayn Dec 24, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                        Chocolate Banana tart from Canadian Pie Company!

                                                        1. justsayn Dec 24, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                          USDA Rib Roast Loblaws - Queen/Portland

                                                          Fantastic quality and unbeatable price $8.80/kg. USDA Choice or higher. Not prime, but it really is above average!

                                                          1. kwass Nov 18, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                            Mille-Feuille from Pain Perdu. OMG was it delicious!!

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                                                              toronto guy Nov 13, 2012 10:36 PM

                                                              An uber- tasty trifecta at Banh Mi Boys:

                                                              Squid Taco

                                                              Pork belly bao

                                                              Kalbi beef Banh Mi

                                                              Superb x 3

                                                              TG

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                                                                kwass Nov 14, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                                Nothing beats Banh Mi Boys!

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                                                                  justsayn Nov 14, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                  +1

                                                              2. happycamper Nov 13, 2012 07:26 PM

                                                                Rodney's Oyster Slapjack for $13.00 after tip and tax.

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                                                                  justsayn Nov 13, 2012 07:43 PM

                                                                  Yea they make amazing chowders! Thanks for the reminder! : )

                                                                2. kwass Nov 13, 2012 05:45 PM

                                                                  The most unbelievable Churros from Playa Cabana, covered with THE best caramel sauce EVER and whipped cream. They were so incredibly delicious!! I can't stop thinking about them.

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                                                                    julesrules Nov 15, 2012 06:08 AM

                                                                    You do love your donuts :)

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                                                                      kwass Nov 15, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                                      I know...lol!! But these really were unbelievable!!

                                                                  2. elasticwaistband Nov 8, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                    Tuesday night had the kale salad at Gusto 101 and it was delicious. I tried to re-create it at home last night but failed. Black kale with percorino, pine nuts and currants. Yum!!

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                                                                      kwass Nov 8, 2012 10:57 AM

                                                                      They do salads really well! Have you tried their grilled salmon salad? OMG...one of the best salads I've EVER had!!

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                                                                        elasticwaistband Nov 8, 2012 01:35 PM

                                                                        I was going to get that too - must remember for the next time. My friend had the flank steak salad and said it was amazing.

                                                                    2. jlunar Nov 8, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                      late, but yesterday I had the most perfect spaghetti alla amatriciana at Campagnolo. Really so good.

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                                                                        balthazar Nov 7, 2012 09:53 PM

                                                                        Grilled tilapia on salad, from Buster's Sea Cove, St. Lawrence Market. Melt in your mouth fresh fish. Mmm.

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                                                                          akhorasanee Nov 6, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                          spicy lemongrass shrimp at golden turtle (with lots of their chilli oil/ sauce) along with the shrimps on sugarcane!!! Yummm

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                                                                            ctl98 Nov 5, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                                            Lobster with garlic, BC crab drunken style and steamed turbot in Fishermen Clubhouse yesterday. Yummm!

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                                                                              peppermint pate Nov 5, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                              Well, I technically ate it yesterday but since I was still full from it today, I'm going to bend the rules a bit - my first ever chicken shwarma on a laffa from Dr. Laffa. OMG. Easily one of the best sandwiches I've ever had in Toronto, actually anywhere. Warm, charred on the outside, chewy on the inside laffa with a mixture of crispy and moist pieces of meat, hummus, salad, hot sauce, onions, pickles and parsley. This place had been on my "to do" list since people started posting about it on this board last year but Saturday's Globe review combined with some uber nasty post-Costco traffic around Yorkdale yesterday sealed the deal. After a long drive to an obscure location in a dark, industrial park, we were rewarded with a boisterous room, warm service and an epic, crave-inducing sandwich.

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                                                                                kwass Nov 5, 2012 02:03 PM

                                                                                Isn't that place awesome! Hands down, the best place for falafel/shwarma in the city!

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                                                                                  justsayn Nov 5, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                  falafel too? I am psyched!

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                                                                                    kwass Nov 5, 2012 02:11 PM

                                                                                    REALLY delicious falafel!

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                                                                                      peppermint pate Nov 5, 2012 02:18 PM

                                                                                      I thought the falafel was quite good - elevated, for sure, by the laffa and the quality toppings - but the shwarma is in a league of its own. I have literally not stopped thinking about that sandwich all day.

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                                                                                    Charles Yu Nov 5, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                    Like peppermint pate, I too am going to bend the rules a bit and post my falafel ( with tzatziki, Teheena and Turkish Salad dips ) and Lamb Shish Kebab dinner from Sababa 'yesterday'. Mighty fine too!! That Lamb Kebab was a real stand-out!! Tender, juicy and perfectly cooked to medium rare as requested!

                                                                                     
                                                                                     
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                                                                                    TorontoJo Nov 5, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                    Ooh, love that shawarma! But, unless they've changed recently, it's actually turkey shawarma with lamb fat. Delish.

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                                                                                      kwass Nov 5, 2012 02:12 PM

                                                                                      Interesting! I wasn't aware of that.

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                                                                                        peppermint pate Nov 5, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                                                        Me neither - I could have sworn I saw chicken shwarma on the menu but maybe it just said shwarma - chicken, turkey, lamb fat, no idea but whatever it was, it was off the charts delish.

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                                                                                          prima Nov 5, 2012 02:25 PM

                                                                                          http://drlaffa.com/Menu/Sandwiches/in...

                                                                                          Looks like it's just going by shawarma these days- guess that's a safer term in case they decide to vary the meat more often than they update the menu.

                                                                                          I could've sworn the menu said "chicken shawarma" the first time I went, but maybe I'm mistaken. I'm due for another visit.

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                                                                                            TorontoJo Nov 5, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                                                            I'm also a huge fan of their shakshuka. So next time you go, please try it. Total comfort food: an egg cooked in a rich tomato stew, served with a fresh laffa to scoop it all up with.

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                                                                                        acd123 Nov 7, 2012 05:06 AM

                                                                                        If you think the shawarma is good, you gotta try the sabich sandwich. Crazy good.

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                                                                                          kwass Nov 7, 2012 05:14 AM

                                                                                          I've never heard of a sabich sandwich. So I just looked it up and it sounds delish!!

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                                                                                            acd123 Nov 7, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                                            It is delish. There is so much going on in that sandwich, I'm not sure where to start. What brings it all together, is that crisp but chewy laffa. Amazing.

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                                                                                              kwass Nov 7, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                                              Definitely going to have to try it!

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                                                                                            peppermint pate Nov 7, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                            I saw those little fritter things when I was waiting for them to make my sandwich. Then I read about it online. I figure I need to go back with at leats a couple of people so I can get the shakshuka, the sabich and, of course, the shwarma again. There was one other thing I saw on a few people's tables - looked like apple puree or puree of boiled potatoes or something like that. I didn't see anything on the menu that fit the description - any idea what it might have been?

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                                                                                              kwass Nov 7, 2012 10:31 AM

                                                                                              Was it baba ganoush?

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                                                                                                peppermint pate Nov 7, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                                Nope, not that creamy or white. It looked like it had the consistency and colour of cooked apples or boiled potatoes, coarsely pureed.

                                                                                        2. AzulH Nov 5, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                          Short ribs at Le Select.

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                                                                                            justsayn Nov 5, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                                                            Interesting....how are they prepared? How would you rate the value? Thanks!

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                                                                                              AzulH Nov 5, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                                              They were cooked supposedly for 72 hours! Long term braised is therefore the way I would describe them. Clearly in a variety of herbs and spices that gave then a warm flavour but not at all spicey - if that makes sense! The meat fell off the bone and yet was still juicy and tender, almost flakey. $16.25 dish of the day for Mondays. I would say a fair price. They came with a small portion of excellent risotto.

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                                                                                                justsayn Nov 5, 2012 04:09 PM

                                                                                                Perfect for the season! Sounds really good. thanks!

                                                                                          2. justsayn Nov 5, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                                            Burger Shoppe's freshly breaded onion rings. Perfect!

                                                                                            1. justsayn Nov 1, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                              Today's couldn't stop eating it award goes to Alimento for their Italian Tuna sandwich! Perfect sandwich - some may wish to have fresh tomato slices, but for me it was bang on!

                                                                                              No mayo, just italian tuna, diced onion, grainy mustard, provolone type cheese, arugula, some lemon and possibly a drizzle of oil.

                                                                                              So simple, so awesome bite after bite.

                                                                                              1. Flexitarian Oct 8, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                                Ok well technically this is not 100% on topic as I didn't eat it in a restaurant (because I am not sure you would never find it in one!) but today, for the first time, I ate pawpaw that I bought at the Brickworks on Saturday. First tie I have ever seen them for sale. Heavenly!

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                                                                                                  peppermint pate Oct 10, 2012 08:54 AM

                                                                                                  Mmm, never tried pawpaw before - do you remember which vendor it was?

                                                                                                  My latest entry in the "best thing" vote - the tuna sandwich on grilled ciabatta from Rachel's Coffee House. How often do you say "holy crap, that's a seriously delicious tuna sandwich"? I don't eat tuna that often these days but wow, what an amazing sandwich.

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                                                                                                    szw Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM

                                                                                                    ssam meal at makkal chon, a korean restaurant around lawrence and warden. Best korean in the city, by my declaration!

                                                                                                2. Charles Yu Oct 8, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                                                                  " Braised pigeon with premium top soy in a sizzling clay pot" - Judy's Cuisine, Richmond Hill.

                                                                                                  Best tasting pigeon in the GTA??!! Perfectly cooked, moist and juicy meat, amazing flavour!

                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                    crawfish Oct 8, 2012 10:18 AM

                                                                                                    You eat very well, Charles!

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                                                                                                      Charles Yu Oct 8, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                                      Family dinner once in a while!!
                                                                                                      To balance things off - instant noodles for lunch!!

                                                                                                  2. justsayn Sep 25, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                                                    Fresh out of the oven cinnamon buns at Wagamama today are awesome! If you like a caramel topping, you will love these! 5 left!

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                                                                                                      jlunar Oct 2, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                                                      Might have to try that next week...

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                                                                                                      ctl98 Sep 21, 2012 09:51 PM

                                                                                                      Mexican grilled corn in La Carnita

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                                                                                                        fryerlover Sep 21, 2012 09:29 PM

                                                                                                        Half a Pork belly Banh mi from Bamh Mi Boys that DH picked up from BMB on his lunch hour. Even though it was wrapped for four hours and then reheated, it was just fabulous. Cilantro was so fresh. Pork belly was crispy, juicy and tasty. Pickled add ons were fabulous......do they sell that stuff jared??? Can't wait to get down there and try a few things fresh on the spot. go, go , go here, if you can!!!!

                                                                                                        1. prima Sep 21, 2012 08:13 PM

                                                                                                          Crab stuffed scallop topped with Asian pear and served with cognac poached lobster at Ici.

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                                                                                                            fryerlover Sep 21, 2012 09:10 PM

                                                                                                            Sounds divine!!! Wow.

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                                                                                                            peppermint pate Sep 21, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                            A couple of warm, freshly made plain mini donuts dunked in the foamed milk of my cortado, all courtesy of Little Nicky's. All as I walked in the beautiful afternoon sun. So, so, so good.

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                                                                                                              jlunar Sep 21, 2012 08:09 PM

                                                                                                              I was just thinking I needed to go to Little Nicky's for some donuts and a cappuccino again soon...

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                                                                                                              Arcadiaseeker Sep 21, 2012 07:15 AM

                                                                                                              Alba Lisa spicy tortilla chips with a mix of her salsa verde and her jalapeno cream sauce squeezed in top - I can't stay away from it. It's like crack!! I've put both sauces on my eggs, soup, sandwiches...everything all week.

                                                                                                              1. justsayn Sep 20, 2012 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                Jerk Chicken with beans and rice and hot sauce at Island Foods (King + Dufferin)

                                                                                                                I forgot how great it is!

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                                                                                                                  szw Oct 8, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                  how does their jerk compare with the eglinton west guys like raps? do they have the big drum bbq out front?

                                                                                                                2. TorontoJo Sep 16, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                  Sausage butty at the Regal Diner in Niagara Falls. A thick slice of their house made Scottish style sausage, a perfectly cooked over easy egg and some shredded cheddar cheese on one of their awesome house made hamburger buns. It is officially my new favourite breakfast.

                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                    millygirl Sep 16, 2012 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                    My lunch at Spirit Tree Cidery. Tomato dill feta soup and chicken pesto sandwich.

                                                                                                                    Everything they make is fantastic but the sandwich in particular makes me drool.

                                                                                                                    Chicken breast, pesto, brie, roasted tomato and carmalized onions on beautiful baguette.

                                                                                                                    Killer Americano's too. And chocolate chip cookies, and pizza....I could go on and on but this thread is about today.... the other items we took home for later :)

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                                                                                                                    Arcadiaseeker Sep 16, 2012 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                    Chicken tikka masala and veggie korma from Savera on St. Clair West. YUM!!!

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                                                                                                                      Helene Goldberg Sep 15, 2012 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Stuffed cabbage rolls inspired by a question on Chow. Mmm

                                                                                                                      1. Charles Yu Sep 15, 2012 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                        Can I list 'two'??!! Both from Toritos.
                                                                                                                        - Garlic Shrimps ( Perfectly cooked, head amazing, fantastic sauce!! )
                                                                                                                        - New England clam chowder with bacon and corn ( Gorgeous flavour! Love those mini bits of crispy bacon and croutons! )

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                          rat under paper Sep 15, 2012 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                          Egg noodle soup with bbq pork, bbq duck, pork tongue, duck liver and tofu with Chinese cabbage from Zhong's BBQ in Markham.
                                                                                                                          Then a red bean and walnut mooncake from Binko's.

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                                                                                                                            ctl98 Sep 15, 2012 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                            Chili crab - Lion City in Mississauga. Finger licking good!

                                                                                                                            The Hainanese chicken rice was excellent as well!

                                                                                                                            1. Chester Eleganté Sep 14, 2012 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                              So this is from two Saturdays ago, but I still remember it well: the Gobernador taco from Seven Lives in the ever-changing Kensington Pancho mart. First day of business and they were already killing it. It's this rambunctious mix of flavours and textures hitting you in the face -- smoked marlin and shrimp and melted cheese and poblanos and tomatoes and crema and red onions and cilantro and hot sauce all piled high on two tortillas. Now it's a struggle to eat as it's hot and overflowing and dripping, but that was a damn fine taco. Good people too.

                                                                                                                              Tried the octopus a week later, and it was piled on (being the last octo order of the day) and it's pretty good as well, but it's no Gob.

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                              1. Full tummy Sep 8, 2012 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                Butter tart from Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery, at 635 Gerrard Street East. Not a traditional butter tart. The shape of a shallow, wide ramekin, so there was a lot of crunch and not much goo. In fact, no oozing butter tart goodness, so don't eat it with that expectation. A different beast, but nevertheless very yummy and with excellent pastry, too.

                                                                                                                                We did sample a few other things from there, and the savoury scones (cheddar and scallion, maybe) were scrumptious. Ginger cookies had great flavour, but seemed a little dry, and the chocolate chip cookies didn't win anybody over. Lots of great things, though, and definitely a place worth checking out.

                                                                                                                                1. jennjen18 Sep 8, 2012 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                  Medium chicken wings at Nando's (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29242611@N05/7959884574/) .. so full of smokey, yummy flavour!!!

                                                                                                                                  Nando's: http://www.nandoscanada.com/sections....

                                                                                                                                  1. justsayn Sep 8, 2012 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                    Get them while you can. $4.99/lb Canadian back ribs at Fiesta Farms on Christie. BBQ'd them tonight and they were fresh, porky, not fatty - just awesome!

                                                                                                                                    1. meatnveg Sep 3, 2012 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                      Beer Sausages and a Flatiron Steak from West Side Beef.

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                                                                                                                                        racheljenna Sep 3, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        A little burger "all the way" and Cajun fries from Five Guys.

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                                                                                                                                          kwass Sep 3, 2012 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                          The Cajun fries from Five Guys ARE pretty darn good!

                                                                                                                                        2. TorontoJo Sep 2, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                          Heirloom tomato salad with slices of aged cured ham and buffalo mozzarella cream at Stone Road Grille. The 3 types of tomatoes were perfectly ripe and juicy, the cream was like the inside of a burrata -- so incredibly rich and creamy -- and the ham added a great hit of salt. A few leaves of arugula were on the plate as well, which made for a nice contrasting bitter note.

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                                                                                                                                            kwass Sep 3, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                            The fried chicken and onion rings from the Thompson Diner.

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                                                                                                                                              petek Sep 3, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                              I know it was the best thing you ate today..but how was it compared to everyone else who does fried chicken???

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                                                                                                                                                kwass Sep 3, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                I haven't tried Paulette's yet or Chick 'N Joy (they're both on my list), and as much as it pains me to say this, it beats Stockyards, hands down!

                                                                                                                                          2. Charles Yu Sep 2, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                            Golden Shanghai's 'Deep fry heads-on' prawns with garlic butter and crispy garlic chips' - Aromatic, crispy and crunchy shells, chewy flesh. Great textural combination!

                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                              NonStickSteel Nov 5, 2012 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                              I've been meaning to contemplate the merits of eating prawns/shrimp/scampi etc with their shells on... seems wrong to me for some reason. Am I missing out on something perhaps?

                                                                                                                                              www.nonsticksteel.com

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                                                                                                                                                balthazar Nov 7, 2012 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                You are missing out. Deep fry prawns like this are amazing with the shells on. The shells are crispy, crunchy and tasty! The tail is my favourite part - like a chip! It is a totally different texture & experience than shells on, say cocktail shrimps (you would peel those off).

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                                                                                                                                                  NonStickSteel Nov 8, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Well ya learn something new everyday! Thanks balthazar!

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                                                                                                                                            2. justsayn Sep 2, 2012 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              Amazing pancakes made with fresh peaches at The Senator. Get them if you can!

                                                                                                                                              1. CocoaChanel Aug 29, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                Halibut burrito from Burrito Boyz -- so delicious! My first time ever with the halibut

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                                                                                                                                                  julesrules Aug 29, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Half halibut/half shrimp finally converted me to Burrito Boyz.

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                                                                                                                                                  Sadistick Aug 28, 2012 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Thai Shen Inn - Pad Thai and Tom Yum

                                                                                                                                                  After 20+ Years, she still has it down pat!

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                                                                                                                                                    neighborguy Sep 3, 2012 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I thought I was the only one here with a perma-crush on TSI...

                                                                                                                                                  2. justsayn Aug 27, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Today was lunch on the go but I didnt want a slice or sandwich so I picked my favourite meal replacement - a Muscle Masala chocolate cherry cookie. So amazingly good and healthy and buys me a few hours til I can eat! Dark Horse on QW carries them.

                                                                                                                                                    Worth mentioning because they are super good and they fill a void!

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                                                                                                                                                      millygirl Aug 27, 2012 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                      A FRESH ONTARIO PEACH. HEAVEN!!!!

                                                                                                                                                      Oops, sorry I just noticed up above must be from a restaurant.....sorry!!!

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                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo Aug 27, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Heaven, indeed. I've been devouring the local peaches like mad. Amazing. I've avoided peaches for years because they inevitably fail to live up to my memory of the peaches of my youth (god, don't I sound like an old fogey?). But the peaches this year are SO GOOD. Juicy, drippy goodness. :)

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                                                                                                                                                          Full tummy Aug 27, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I think you'll be fine if you say where you bought it from, hahaha...

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                                                                                                                                                            petek Aug 27, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                            "Supergilda" from Cava...

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                                                                                                                                                              millygirl Aug 28, 2012 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Ahhh right, good point Full Tummy. All over have been good, but this particular basket was from the new Longo's at Laird :)

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                                                                                                                                                          peppermint pate Aug 27, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                          My original post got moved over but it was an Ontario answer so I'll re-post here - Soma's take on English Toffee. I have developed a hopeless addiction - crunchy buttery toffee with a thick layer of dark chocolate on one side, topped with roasted almonds. Insane.

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                                                                                                                                                            Full tummy Aug 27, 2012 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                            The crunchy, not the chewy variety, like buttercrunch? I must try that. I find I can't stop eating fraktals:

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.fraktals.com/

                                                                                                                                                            And Brook's (which I have been eating since I first discovered them over a decade ago at the One of a Kind Show):

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.brookschocolates.com/

                                                                                                                                                            But, I'm pretty sure these are both milk, not dark, chocolate...

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                                                                                                                                                              peppermint pate Aug 27, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Yes, the crunchy buttercrunchy variety. They make both milk and dark versions. I've only tried the dark (Peruvian chocolate) version. The almonds are whole and slow-roasted. The overall ratio of the 3 components is just perfect. I haven't tried the 2 you recommend but I'd be shocked if you didn't love Soma's version. Don't bother just getting one pack when you go, unless it's a really convenient spot for you to get to...

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                                                                                                                                                                TorontoJo Aug 27, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Have you tried the pecan butter crunch chocolate at Soma? They are in the case with the truffles. Next to the fleur de sel caramels, these are my hands down favourite chocolates there.

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                                                                                                                                                                  peppermint pate Aug 27, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Nope, don't know that one. But better than the English Toffee? Impossible (but if try, oh my). Will look for it next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                    TorontoJo Aug 27, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    It's basically a chunk of their english toffee covered in milk chocolate and topped with a toasted pecan. I'm trying to recall where there is any other filling, but I think not. I normally am a dark chocolate person, but this is just soooo good.

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                                                                                                                                                                      peppermint pate Aug 27, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Have you tried either version of their English Toffee? These days, I've been going to the King Street outpost and by the time I've done all my purchases off the shelves and tables, I don't even look in the chocolate case. I'll definitely have one next time. I'm also a bit addicted to their spiced pecans. And their slivered almonds tumbled in dark chocolate with a bit of buttercrunch is pretty yummish as well. Oh hell, it's all great.

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                                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo Aug 27, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, it is all great! And yes, I almost always pick up a bag of those slivered almonds with chocolate and toffee when I'm there! And I love their english toffee, too. But the pecan butter crunch is a perfect one bite wonder.

                                                                                                                                                                        Wishing the twigs were regular items, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                          peppermint pate Aug 27, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I asked them about the twigs last week - they're hoping to bring them back for the holidays this year. I wish they were available all the time, with seasonal variations. Soma rocks (high praise indeed from this devoted chocoholic).

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                                                                                                                                                                  Full tummy Aug 27, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, ok. I will definitely give that a try next time I'm out there. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                JennaBean Aug 28, 2012 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                By chance do you know if they sell the crunchy toffee without chocolate? I don't like chocolate but I love crunchy buttery delicious toffee!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                  peppermint pate Aug 28, 2012 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Um, you don't like chocolate? Wow, just wow.

                                                                                                                                                                  I've never noticed any plain toffee but I'll take a look next time I'm there. My latest stash has just been depleted so it shouldn't be long till you have your answer.

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                                                                                                                                                                    JennaBean Aug 29, 2012 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I know! My aunt and I both got the dislike chocolate genes in the family. I also hate whipped cream. I know I know, I'm a strange duck. However, give me a cheese plate and I'm a hover! :-)

                                                                                                                                                              3. justsayn Aug 26, 2012 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Medium-rare burger (served medium) and fries at L'ouvrier !!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                1. Wench Foraday Aug 25, 2012 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Almost everything I ate at TUM tonight! In particular, the oysters with watermelon ginger ponzu at Bushwick and the root beer glazed ribs from Swine Shrine.

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                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Aug 25, 2012 10:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Reminded late this evening how crispy, sweet and amazing the onion rings are at the Thompson Diner.

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                                                                                                                                                                    cheesymama Aug 25, 2012 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    A cinnamon sugar donut at the Cobourg farmer's market this morning, 3 for $2.50 was a bargain!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Full tummy Aug 25, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, that was! I had a doughnut from Epi Breads today, and it was definitely more pricey than that! Nonetheless a real treat!

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                                                                                                                                                                      itzi Aug 25, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Actually yesterday I had an absolutelly delicious Hamburger at Williams Landing in Liberty Village . everything was great ............

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                                                                                                                                                                        ctl98 Aug 25, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Porchetta sandwich and soft shell crab po' boy from porchetta and co...last day before they take a summer break and last day for soft shell crab until next year!

                                                                                                                                                                        And yesterday, Peking duck from Chung King :)

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                                                                                                                                                                          Hondapendragon Aug 25, 2012 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Kimchi Soon Tofu (#3) at Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu near Bloor and Christie. Deeeeee-lish!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. TorontoJo Aug 25, 2012 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            A peach custard pie from The Pie Plate in Niagara-on-the-Lake, made with local peaches, which have been spectacular this year.

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                                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Aug 25, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              We had peach pie there just last week and it really was so awesome! As have been the basket of peaches we brought home.

                                                                                                                                                                              Kudos to Ontario farmers! From pickles to corn, to peaches, forelle pears, yellow plums and concord grapes - this has been the best season in a long time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                millygirl Aug 25, 2012 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Great thread!!

                                                                                                                                                                                Best thing today SO FAR was the cinnimon danish from Roger of Saucier Foods at Withrow Park Farmers Market. OMG whatever he makes is fantastic but these tarts today are exceptional! And I must thank FoodyDudey for this little secret gem!!

                                                                                                                                                                                P.s. I say SO FAR because we're off to dinner at Scaramouche this evening :) Life is good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Chester Eleganté Sep 14, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                If you're in the north end of town, stop by the York Farmers market at Yonge and Elgin St (the Octagon plaza) in Thornhill. Last weekend for lovely peach pies from a home baker, first vendor facing as you walk in. $7.50 for one, $13 for two. Pretty good butter pecan tarts from the baker on the right as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                              3. justsayn Aug 25, 2012 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Rice Krispie square at Cheesewerks was amazing! - from a place I otherwise dislike....

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