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Old Posted Oct 19, 2019, 12:43 PM
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Gryfe's?! The wonderbread of bagels. When I could eat bagels I liked St Urbain in Toronto; in KW I liked Kitchener's City Cafe's bagels and Woodfire bagels

For gluten free bagels, these are my favourite: https://www.kinnikinnick.com/plain-bagels
I love City Cafe's bagels - they're like the perfect compromise between Montreal and Toronto-style.
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Jollibee Opens First Store in Saskatchewan and Fourth Store in Ontario this December

REGINA, Saskatchewan, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, popular fast-food restaurant Jollibee is giving the gift of Jolly Crispy Chicken to even more Canadians. The brand will open its fourth location in the Greater Toronto Area at Vaughan Promenade on December 20, 2019 and its first store in the Saskatchewan province in Regina on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fast-...152600098.html
Jollibee opened their 8th and 9th Canadian locations this week in Regina, SK and Vaughan, Ontario.

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In North America, Jollibee opened its first store in 1998 in Daly City, California. It now operates 46 stores across the region, in the states of California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Virginia of the United States, and in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta in Canada.

"It's important for us to make Jollibee as accessible as possible to our customers so we're working to have a presence in all the major provinces in Canada," said Maribeth Dela Cruz, President of JFC Philippine Brands Group - North America. "We knew Saskatchewan had to be next on our list as this province has a strong Filipino community and continues to grow. Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and one of the major cities in the province so it was the perfect choice for our first store here.
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Old Posted Dec 24, 2019, 12:40 AM
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I love City Cafe's bagels - they're like the perfect compromise between Montreal and Toronto-style.
City Cafe! Such a great breakfast spot. Their donuts were amazing, as were the bagels.

In my neck of the woods - Terry's Place in North Bay, ON and Boulangerie Jean-Marc in Sturgeon Falls, ON are ones I keep going back to time and time again.

Not much flash, but damned good food. Haven't been disappointed yet.
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Gusto 501's stunning new multi-level space in the East End:








https://torontolife.com/food/restaur...-cocktail-bar/




Enoteca Sociale - the longstanding neighbourhood stalwart has received a renovation and an updated menu:




https://torontolife.com/food/restaur...d-menu-update/




Osteria Rialto & Bar Biltmore - the new restaurant and upstairs bar that were part of the Paradise Cinema restoration:










https://torontolife.com/food/restaur...an-restaurant/
https://torontolife.com/food/bars-an...e-and-raw-bar/




Shoushin - I've been wanting to try this place since it opened a few years ago. Spent like $600 on a dinner for two, but totally worth it for the best omakase experience I've had:








https://www.blogto.com/restaurants/shoushin-toronto/




Northern Dumpling Kitchen - at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, this little spot in Richmond Hill is cheap and fantastic:






https://torontolife.com/food/restaur...ill-highway-7/




Nice Nice x Extra Burger






https://torontolife.com/food/restaur...-extra-burger/




Cry Baby






https://torontolife.com/food/bars-an...t-art-gallery/
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I wish authentic Chinese had caught on the way Thai and Vietnamese has here in Toronto. One of my favourite spots in NYC to grab lunch is Xi'an famous foods which is an extremely popular authentic Western Chinese restaurant serving primarily spicy noodle dishes. Downtown Toronto seems to still be dominated by the crappy chains although maybe I just haven't searched hard enough? There are good dumpling spots and such around Spadina, but I'd love a hole-in-the-wall type spot like Xi'ans somewhere downtown.

Was just looking through old posts and noticed that I missed this comment! It seems like there have been a bunch of straight-out-of-China noodle places that have opened downtown in recent years - no doubt in part to serve the massive Chinese student population.

Try some of these when things are normal again:


Artisan Plus. Mentioned this place in North York earlier, but they've got a location at Bay & Dundas now. Specializes in hand pulled Shaanxi-style noodles.






https://www.blogto.com/restaurants/a...-plus-toronto/



Chuan Noodle. I've ordered this on Uber Eats a bunch of times, good spot for Chongqing-style noodles.




https://www.ubereats.com/ca/toronto/...8l5potdEQ?ps=1



Mogouyan Hand-Pulled Noodles. Lanzhou-style noodles near Yonge & Bloor.








https://www.blogto.com/restaurants/mogouyan-toronto/



Four Four South Village. I haven't actually been here yet, but looks promising for Taipei beef noodles.




https://www.blogto.com/restaurants/f...llage-toronto/
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Now that I'm going out to restaurants more, I'm discovering new favourites and revisiting old ones in Saskatoon.

OEB Breakfast opened in Riverlanding's tower 3 earlier this year but finally taking advantage of their great food and attention to detail.



https://letseatyeg.com/2018/11/01/oeb-breakfast-co/





And only a few blocks away from OEB Breakfast,

Cohen's Bear Republic is an old favourite I'm savouring again.



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OEB is good. Some of our established restaurants do have good take out services now. And my wife and I can have a nice dinner on the deck.

The local immigrant community and NAIT culinary institute started doing dinners Like a taste of Somalia. (Last one). Great way to try some new cuisine. and help the Canadian Newcomers. The last one was changed because of Covid but they did delivery. very nice way to have a take out dinner. They even set a flower arrangement for the table. https://edmontoneatsyeg.ca/
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^ that's fantastic, I love that NAIT Culinary Institute hosting different international cuisine. It would be great if SaskPolyTech did the same, I'm going to look it up.

Ugh, I posted the wrong link above to OEB Breakfast, this should be the right one I meant to use.

http://eatoeb.com
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What's the best shawarma in Windsor? I hadn't explored downtown Windsor before and was astonished by its large number of middle eastern restaurants. Also who makes the best pizza?
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^ that's fantastic, I love that NAIT Culinary Institute hosting different international cuisine. It would be great if SaskPolyTech did the same, I'm going to look it up.

Ugh, I posted the wrong link above to OEB Breakfast, this should be the right one I meant to use.

http://eatoeb.com
There is a group in NE Edmonton that started this. I think its a great idea. An NAITs dinning room is one of our favorite go to places. or was.
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The Cactus in Waterloo is run by Mexicans and has delicious al pastor tacos. I go there once a week to satisfy my cravings.

Tacos al pastor: al pastor-flavoured pork, grilled pineapple, raw onions and cilantro in a double wrapping of tortillas topped with a spritz of lime and some salsa picante. The owner gives me some spicy pickled onions to put on as well, which are also scrumptious.



I can't recommend this place highly enough. Though to be honest, I haven't really tried any of their other dishes because every time I go I just want the al pastor.
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Old Posted Oct 18, 2020, 1:37 AM
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Makes me sad now that I can't eat spicy foods, onions, lime etc thanks to GERD. Instead I make my own tortillas (the benefit of having a Texan father is I grew up with Mexican food before it was trendy - in the early '80s I recall my dad driving all around KW looking for tortillas, finally finding them in the back of the house-style convenience store at King and James iirc) and modify the classic meal to be free from acidic and spicy ingredients. Maybe my herb-centric tacos will become a trend c.2222?

Burger's Priest is opening in the old DQ space at King and John across from Vincenzos - tonight I stopped at the one in the Annex with a friend.
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There are two taco places on Roncy I haven't tried since moving yet. Very excited to - al pastor is one of the greatest things ever. Kensington Market places are great, but I really long for what I had on the streets of Mexico City. It was mind blowing and very, very cheap.
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There are two taco places on Roncy I haven't tried since moving yet. Very excited to - al pastor is one of the greatest things ever. Kensington Market places are great, but I really long for what I had on the streets of Mexico City. It was mind blowing and very, very cheap.
I was initially ecstatic when I found El Trompo in the market, but I started noticing after a while that their al pastor tacos were actually kind of dry.

This place in Waterloo does the meat absolutely perfectly. It's been a long time since I was in Mexico, so my gustatory memory has faded, but in my estimation these are the most authentic tacos I've had in Canada. Four of them and a Coke comes to about $25 with tip, which is nothing like what you pay in Mexico of course, but it's a decent meal ticket here.

You leave this place with that very slight burning sensation in the lining of your stomach, something that I think is the hallmark of a good Mexican taco.

Oh, I recently watched a good Mexican flick on the recommendation of the owner of the Cactus: The Perfect Dictatorship (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perfect_Dictatorship). It's a black political satire, essentially a Mexican version of Wag the Dog.
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I was initially ecstatic when I found El Trompo in the market, but I started noticing after a while that their al pastor tacos were actually kind of dry.

This place in Waterloo does the meat absolutely perfectly. It's been a long time since I was in Mexico, so my gustatory memory has faded, but in my estimation these are the most authentic tacos I've had in Canada. Four of them and a Coke comes to about $25 with tip, which is nothing like what you pay in Mexico of course, but it's a decent meal ticket here.

You leave this place with that very slight burning sensation in the lining of your stomach, something that I think is the hallmark of a good Mexican taco.
One of my good friends is from Waterloo and his family has a big place downtown - prior to COVID we were thinking about a weekend there for a change of scenery. I'll check it out when we finally get to make that trip! What is it called?
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One of my good friends is from Waterloo and his family has a big place downtown - prior to COVID we were thinking about a weekend there for a change of scenery. I'll check it out when we finally get to make that trip! What is it called?
The Cactus (https://www.cactusmexicanrestaurant.com/). Ignore the hard taco shells in the background on the website, I think that's just a stock photo.

If you're going to be in KW, another place I'd recommend checking out is Gol's Lanzhou Noodle (https://lanzhou.ca/waterloo/). The traditional hand-pull beef noodle (N1) is a winner.
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^Thanks! I'll add them to the list! My wife doesn't like "Chinese Food" though every time I order some she is a fan, so I'm excited for the noodle place. I blame bad suburban food upbringing. I grew up with dim sum as my favourite food.
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There are two taco places on Roncy I haven't tried since moving yet. Very excited to - al pastor is one of the greatest things ever. Kensington Market places are great, but I really long for what I had on the streets of Mexico City. It was mind blowing and very, very cheap.
Two Mexican places i've tried recently were Rebozos Taqueria (Dufferin & Rogers) and Comal y Canela (Jane & Lawrence). Both fantastic, with the former being a bit more expensive than the latter. Neither are super accessible without a car although Rebozos is a short hike from the St. Clair streetcar.
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Rousseau: Have you been to the Mexican grocery store/restaurant - Mennomex - in Milverton?
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Two Mexican places i've tried recently were Rebozos Taqueria (Dufferin & Rogers) and Comal y Canela (Jane & Lawrence). Both fantastic, with the former being a bit more expensive than the latter. Neither are super accessible without a car although Rebozos is a short hike from the St. Clair streetcar.
Whoa, that's around the corner from my house, and I didn't even know about it! Thanks for the tip!
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