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Toronto-fest again?

Nightrider's picture

Hey folks,


I've been chatting with Rhea via e-mail, and we've been thinking that it might be time for another fest.  I'd love to meet some of the folks here that I don't know yet.  Anyone else interested?

ehBeth's picture

(post #56885, reply #33 of 223)

Is it Embrujadero or something similar? I think I walked past it last night, coming home from the Hafla.

I'll have to go into the St. John's Bakery. I go past on the streetcar every day and keep wondering if it's any good.

I'm keen on checking out the T&T's. One of my lunchmates was talking to me about it yesterday - the prepared foods/snacks are supposed to be fab. I didn't realize there was one that wasn't north of 7.

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Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #35 of 223)

There's one around Logan, but that's not the one my friend mentioned. I think it was around Greenwood or Coxwell. Would that be the one you saw?


Call ahead for St. John's. It's open only on certain days.


Yes, the prepared stuff at T&T is great. They have a tiny eat-in area, so we've snacked on dim sum before shopping. Sushi is available in two-packs, and is very reasonable. It's definitely worth a visit.

ehBeth's picture

(post #56885, reply #36 of 223)

El Sol is near Coxwell. Very good.

I'll hop off the streetcar one day when I see St. John's is open. S.O. will thank me verra verra much =; D He's a bit of a bread freak.

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Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #40 of 223)

I guess El Sol is it. Maybe DH and I should try it; I do love Mexican.


I've been to Big Carrot lately and unfortunately gave DD#3 some of Fred's Bread Cheese Bread and DD#2 the Potato Bread (with potato slices all over). Of course, they both fell in love, so now we're buying some almost every week. My parents probably didn't spend this on bread in a month!

courgette's picture

(post #56885, reply #46 of 223)

I think El Sol is the one we went to. it's quite far East. We had to wait quite a while for the food. Apparently they only start to cook when you order it....at least that's what they said in the Post. But it was really good.


Most of the wineries have restaurants now. I think the best meal I ever had in Niagara was a tasting menu at Inn on the Twenty and lunch at Hilldebrand. And yes I know Inn on the Twenty is not strictly in Niagara but....


And doesn't Anna Olsen have a cafe somewhere?


Mo

ehBeth's picture

(post #56885, reply #47 of 223)

Inn on the Twenty is the Olson place.

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courgette's picture

(post #56885, reply #51 of 223)

That's where they met. I don't think either is there now. Not her for sure, him, maybe. But when we were there about three years ago, they weren't.  She has opened a bakery in Port something or other---near St Catherines maybe? Maybe Port Carling? Or is that somewhere else?


Mo

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #52 of 223)

I'm always up for a fest.  Just got in from Ottawa, so must sleep now.

Wolvie's picture

(post #56885, reply #53 of 223)

if it's in March or after, I can get up your way, most likely.


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Lazio1954's picture

(post #56885, reply #63 of 223)

Was the Olsen place. He is now the Executive/Consulting chef for the Falls Casino fine dining room. His Wife (Anna) has a little specialty shop/bakery in Niagara-on-the lake.


Michael also teaches at the Niagara Culinary School. They (the school) has it's own winery. Last time I was there, he took me on a tour of the winery and I was able to buy some really great wines at very low $. They do some really inteesting stuff there, and are committed to cooking with local produce.


 


Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
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Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
deejeh's picture

(post #56885, reply #50 of 223)

Just a hint about T&T - they have great pork shoulder - I bought about 7 lbs in 3 pieces from the T&T in Mississauga and made Gretchen's pulled pork - amazingly good.  The other great thing about it was that it cost under $2 per pound.


deej

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #54 of 223)

I would love to visit T&T.  DH used to go to the one in Mississauga for lunch, and always raved about it.


DH and I have eaten at El Sol on the Danforth - very good!


Glad you enjoyed the tomatoes!  Jaqui (the owner) is a very sweet lady.  She is Central American, and last time I went, she had fresh empanadas for sale.  They were AWESOME!

Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #55 of 223)

Yes, there were several Central Americans working the day I went. I didn't see empanadas though. Maybe next time.


How's your time for a fest?

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #56 of 223)

I'm going to be working in Kitchener for the next two weeks, but I'm available after March 1 for festing.

Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #57 of 223)

I could do March 1 or 8 but then am committed for several weekends.

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #58 of 223)

My grad formal is on the 1st, but I will likely be around on the 8th.

Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #59 of 223)

Congratulations on graduating! We'll have to celebrate at the fest.


Anyone else? Does the 8th work?

Lazio1954's picture

(post #56885, reply #64 of 223)

March 8th is fine by me.

Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
ehBeth's picture

(post #56885, reply #74 of 223)

Yikes! did I miss a TrannaSnowFest?

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Lazio1954's picture

(post #56885, reply #75 of 223)

Not that I'm aware of; it's come up several times, including celebrating Nightrider's placement in TO for her internship, but nothing seems to have come of it so far. We didn't firm up for the 8th, and if we had, it would have been a "snow" fest indeed! <G>


I'm in favour any time!


Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #76 of 223)

Yes, I think that it turned out to be a good thing that we didn't firm things up for the 8th.  It would have been a snowy fest indeed!


How about April?  With March Break, and then Easter, I think March might be out the window.

deejeh's picture

(post #56885, reply #77 of 223)

Chiming in here - April would work for me, and I think Canuck said she was good for some Saturdays in April as well.  There was some discussion previously about an east end day, with perhaps a visit to T&T and whatever else the eastenders recommend.  Shall we start making concrete plans?  How do people feel about either the 12th or the 19th?


deej

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #78 of 223)

I *think* that either of those dates should be ok for me.  I'd definitely be up for some east end exploration.

Lazio1954's picture

(post #56885, reply #80 of 223)

The east end is a lot of fun. Have you ever been to the Pacific Mall?

Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
Lazio1954's picture

(post #56885, reply #79 of 223)

Likewise; either day seems fine.


Nobody's heard of any winter storm warnings for April have they????


Or is that just too far in advance to predict??


Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #81 of 223)

The 12th or 19th work best for me; the 5th will be DD#2's birthday party.

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #82 of 223)

Just popping up to see if we could make plans for the 12th.  The 19th is DH's "birthday weekend", and it's looking like he wants to go away to celebrate.


Any thoughts on where we should meet on the 12th?  Do we want to do dinner in the evening (possibly something ethnic - definitely not too spendy)?


ETA:  What about meeting in the Distillery District?  There's a creperie there, as well as Balzac's coffee (roastery on site) and SOMA chocolate maker.


Edited 3/19/2008 9:14 am ET by Nightrider

Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #83 of 223)

The 12th works for me. If we want to do the east end, there's your Mennonite place, the St. John (I think) bakery on Broadview north of Queen, T&T at Cherry Street, as well as the Brick Bakery in Distillery or in Leslieville (haven't been but heard it's great).


I can offer my van if people need a ride around the area. I'm up for anything for dinner but agree about keeping it on the cheap. It's tax time :( A Mexican place on the Danforth was mentioned as yummy....


Anyone else out there?


Karen

Nightrider's picture

(post #56885, reply #84 of 223)

DH and I enjoyed El Sol when we went.  Relish at Danforth and Woodbine is very good.  We love Batifole for French food, but it can get pricy.


I could probably have our car for the day as well if needed, but we should probably limit the number of vehicles - parking can sometimes be an issue.  If you don't mind driving, the van would be super.

Canuck's picture

(post #56885, reply #85 of 223)

All those sound good. The van is at our disposal (it seats 7) and I'll be driving there anyway, so I'm happy to take whoever needs a lift. I guess we'll wait for the others to chime in.


K