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Not sure what it has to do with dining out.
C'mon Gerrard, lighten up a bit. We've had a similar discussion about that before on here...
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2014, 6:50 PM
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C'mon Gerrard, lighten up a bit. We've had a similar discussion about that before on here...
I'm not really into going round in circles. Feels stagnant. And definitely off topic.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2014, 6:53 PM
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I'm not really into going round in circles. Feels stagnant. And definitely off topic.
I realize that Toronto's excellence is no joking matter for you, but perhaps you could do with letting off a bit of steam...

Perhaps a weekend in Montreal might be in order?
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2014, 11:46 AM
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I went to my favourite ramen place; Ippudo, yesterday for lunch. It's not unique to Shanghai (it's from Fukuoka), but it's easily the most delicious one that's near my apartment. You can find it in various cities across Asia. I guess there's one in NYC now. It was rated one of the top 50 restaurants in the city in 2013.

East Asia has a completely different mind set when it comes to eating at shopping malls. Whether it's Tokyo, Taipei, HK or Singapore, the mall hosts many of the city's best restaurants. Shanghai is no different.

I have to wait until around 1:30 before I go. It's impossible to get a seat otherwise.

ippudo 1 by matteroffact, on Flickr


Some fried dumplings to start. Honestly, they're nothing too special, but that's not why I'm here.

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This is the reason for coming; Tonkatsu ramen. A very hearty pork broth, perfectly seasoned with melt-in-your-mouth strips of pork belly. I find myself eating here more and more as it gets colder out. It's a perfect fall/winter meal.

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I'm pretty sure that broth can cure cancer.
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Oh wow, that looks delicious!
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Old Posted Dec 1, 2014, 10:48 AM
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^It was.


Dim sum is no longer a Cantonese thing in modern China. People in Shanghai eat A LOT of it. I couldn't begin to list off all the dim sum restaurants in this city. Hundreds. With so many restaurants serving this popular breakfast/bunch, you'd think it'd be easy to find a good, reliable spot that you could show up to anytime before 2pm, and get a seat. Right? Wrong. Any dim sum place worth its weight in shrimp will have a queue within 10 minutes of opening. On the weekend (which is the only time my wife and I can enjoy it together), it's a chore. If you're not there by 9am, forget it.

Enter Dim Sum Garden

It's new, conveniently located, delicious, and the best part is that not many people have heard of it yet. I've been enjoying top notch dim sum without the early arrival times or annoying queues.

Let's just hope it doesn't get too popular too quickly.


Dim Sum Garden. Located in the lovely French Concession on Shaanxi Rd.

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I always have to order a turnip cake to start. This one had some nice little chunks of sausage in it.

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These spinach and shrimp steamed dumplings were a standout.

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I love steamed black bean spare ribs. They're probably my top dim sum dish if done right. These didn't have much black bean with them, so therefore were lacking that black bean taste. Decent, but I've had way better.

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Pork and shrimp steamed dumplings. Perfection.

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I could eat 20.

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A nice custard bun to finish off the meal. It was good, but I've been spoiled by custard buns in HK.

dim sum 2 by matteroffact, on Flickr


Dim Sum Garden gets a big recommendation. It may not be the best in the city, but it's really good, and you can get a seat.

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Mouthwatering Asian treats.
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Old Posted Dec 1, 2014, 2:26 PM
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I really want dim sum now - it's been far too long. I could live off of shumai and bbq pork buns if such a thing were possible.
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Love me some Dim Sum.

Love me some French Concession even more. Best part of Shanghai, hands down.
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oysters at maison publique in the eastern part of mile end is a good evening. in the same area, i have had great food at lawrence up on st-lo around there... they had a gnocchi-and-cow's heart dish that was very good and made my girlfriend wince at its ostensible grossness (organs are good though!)
Going back through this thread for ideas, and couldn't help being reminded by this post of another famous (if fictional) fan of the viscera:

MR LEOPOLD BLOOM ATE WITH RELISH THE INNER ORGANS OF BEASTS and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod's roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.
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East Asian cuisine is a slippery slope for the westerner. First you start off eating cucumber maki then before you know it you're eating things that your mother would vomit at the thought of.
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2014, 4:09 AM
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Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.
And this is why I have issue with eating the whole animal. I don't know if it's from the fact that I have a really good sense of smell, which in turn affect my sense of taste, but most intestines I've eaten taste like shit.....literal shit.

Am I missing something? Or tasting too much?

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Love me some Dim Sum.

Love me some French Concession even more. Best part of Shanghai, hands down.
Probably the best neighbourhood/district in Mainland China.

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Old Posted Dec 3, 2014, 7:54 AM
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^I just ate 2 duck hearts tonight, which is kind of a weekly thing I do. Organs are amazing!

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http://www.foodspotting.com/places/4...rewery-toronto not my pic but my local basically


(I dunno about kidneys and such though...)
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2014, 8:15 AM
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I can get down with hearts. I ate about 6 of them at Wildebeest in Vancouver last time I was back. It's just intestines that I really have a problem with.

Wildebeest is a great restaurant btw. Check it out if you're ever in Vancouver

http://wildebeest.ca/
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Everyone knows you have to eat a horse's heart for strength...

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Ok my fellow forumers from Vancouver, I have a question about where to go for the best brunch. I spend a lot of time in BC but I never spend more then 24hrs in Vancouver, most of my time is spent in Whistler or Gibson. This Jan I will have a whole 48hrs before catching my train to Portland. Anyway I just wanted a few suggestions of where to go for the best brunch downtown.

My girlfriend and I are staying at Hotel Blu near the stadium. as of right now we are most likely going to go to The twisted Fork. Is it good is there better?
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Cafe Medina just up the road from Hotel Blu is a great spot too, usually has about an hour wait though so put your name in and go for a walk.
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Old Posted Dec 4, 2014, 9:38 PM
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The Twisted Fork is good, especially given your downtown location.

In my opinion, most good brunch places aren't downtown. Red Wagon in East Vancouver is really good (http://www.redwagoncafe.com) as is Jethro's in West Van (http://www.jethrosfinegrub.com). I've heard nothing but great things about The Farmer's Apprentice's brunch. Never tried it myself.

Vancouver has always had a ton of all day breakfast/brunch spots, so it's hard for me to know what's new and which ones are still around.

Here's a link that'll get you started:

http://itstodiefor.ca/best-food-in-v...-in-vancouver/

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Thanks, actually that was one on my list but when I read the reviews that was the one thing that kept coming up. Long lines. If we can put our name down I'll do that.
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