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Toronto the Good

July 19, 2010 · 58 comments

My next day in Toronto was overwhelming in friendliness.

For starters, I had two lovely friends N&S drive in from Bracebridge to catch up over lunch. Following direction from Mardi and Neil, we headed down to Butler’s Pantry on Roncesvalles Avenue. Whilst standing outside perusing the menu on the window, a girl burst out the front door to greet us – why of course, it’s my friend N from Perth who is now living in Toronto and for whatever reason just happened to be having lunch in the exact same place we were now planning to eat! All those musical Japanese trinkets are true – it is a small world after all.

N and I had actually already planned to meet up for lunch the next day, so after saying “this is so weird” one last time, we bid each other adieu and N&S and I went in to continue our menu perusal. It is a really interesting one, covering many cuisines, from Korean Bul go gi to Egytpian Kosharee to Greek Moussaka. This usually starts alarm bells ringing, as it seems unlikely that a restaurant will be able to deliver a good rendition of so many types of cuisine, but in the friendly theme of the day we trusted in Mardi and Neil’s recommendation and had faith that a good meal awaited us.

Chicken Pastilla (or possibly the pie), Jambalaya and Khowsway from Butler's Pantry

S chose the Khowsway (“Our version of the famous Burmese dish. Chicken pieces cooked in a coconut milk sauce, mildly spiced served on a bed of egg noodles and garnished with chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumber and coriander $9.25),  I chose the Jambalaya (“Our version of the classic Cajun dish. Spicy tomato rice with chicken, zucchini, carrots, leaks, mushrooms and onions $10.25″) and N chose the Chicken Bastilla Pie (“This famous Moroccan dish is a chicken pie with onions, mushrooms, eggs and cinnamon-scented almonds, wrapped in many layers of buttery filo pastry $11.95″) – or at least I think he did.. it was either that or the Chicken Vegetable Pie. Some sort of chicken and pastry delight, anyway!

Copying these descriptions out, I notice that the descriptions in the menu often start with “Our version of…” which is a nice little disclaimer to have up your sleeve when covering so many cuisines. Disclaimer or no, we all enjoyed our dishes, as well as the friendly service, and thought that the servings were quite generous for the prices.

All too soon I was saying goodbye to N&S and heading off to my next friendly encounter of the day – joining Mardi and her band of merry (little) men for the final exciting instalment for the year of her after-school cooking club Les Petits Chefs. After following Mardi’s adventures with Les Petits Chefs since the start of the year, I was looking forward to meeting the owners of the little hands and witnessing their chopping and squishing prowess.

I don't know about you, but my chem labs in school were sorely lacking in cheese and mushrooms

This particular episode of Les Petits Chefs was all about mushrooms. Mushrooms can be a hard sell to children – I know that I certainly wasn’t keen on them when I was little, particularly after smelling cans of those tinned mushrooms cooking on the stove for my Dad’s Sunday dinner, possibly served with steak and lamb’s fry. To get past this, Mardi used the good old technique of combining them with pizza, which had the added bonus of teaching the boys that the best pizza is one that you make yourself.

The boys certainly didn’t disappoint with their chopping, squishing and stirring skills, and they turned out some pretty fine pizzas. Little boys certainly love their cheese, but now I think there are a few little boys who also love their mushrooms.

You can read Mardi’s post about this on The Mushroom Channel.

Squishing the tomatoes for the pizza sauce

These boys would love the cheese overload of Santa Fe, methinks

I had to step away from the tomato squishing the cheese piling process at one stage when my phone rang. Continuing on the day’s theme, it was a friendly policeman on the phone to inform me that my stolen car had just been found! With a not-so-friendly man driving it!

(It later came to light that the not-so-friendly man was also a smoker and Coke drinker, judging from what he left in my car, in addition to not being much of a tennis player given that he left my racquet in the boot despite having taken everything else. The combination of drinking too much Coke and not playing tennis meant that when he didn’t leave particularly dainty dents when he walked over the roof and bonnet of my car, causing it to be written off. RIP Cerato.)

After packing up the pizzas for the boys to take home, or perhaps eat in the car on the way there, it was time for Mardi and I to head to Guu Izakaya where we were meeting Andrea of High/Low Food/Drink (whom I shared a New York foodie exchange with back in February). Thanks to Andrea having spoken to the manager beforehand, we were welcome to arrive before the scheduled opening time and take photos of the restaurant interior. It was just as well that she had organised this, as things quickly got pretty hectic in there once it opened.

Guu opened up around 6 months ago to much fanfare, from what I have heard, and it was not uncommon for people to be lining up outside for hours to get a table – in a Toronto winter, no less. Due to the typical long waiting periods for a table, Guu place a two hour limit on each party. Andrea’s sweet talking with the manager also resulted in this being waived for us however, which was just as well given the amount of photography going on at our table.

Guu Izakaya

The interior of the restaurant was really warm, and although a little busy with Japanese decorations it was also really neat and sleek. I really liked it. We decided to head out to one of the outside tables however, given our natural foodbloggers’ attraction to natural light and the fact that we could foresee it getting quite noisy inside.

After a quick look through the drinks list we decided to start with a Berry Sakegria ($6.80) for Andrea, and vodka and soda with lemon and grapefruit for myself and Mardi respectively ($5.50 each). Andrea reported that her sakegria tasted much like a good sangria, but that addition of black peppercorns in it was a bit of a surprise. I really loved how my and Mardi’s drinks were presented, with big juicy fruit halves ready to be squeezed at our tables. The fresh lemon gave my drink a great tang and I wish more places used this technique.

DIY drinks - not for those with papercuts

The hard part now stood before us – choosing what food to order. We thought the best way around this would be to just seemingly order almost everything.

KAKUNI - sweet miso braised pork belly with boiled egg ($6.50); EBIMAYO - deep fried prawn in crispy batter with spicy mayo ($7.80); KAKIMAYO - grilled oysters with spinach, garlic mayo and cheese on the top ($6.80) and sweet potato yam fries with honey mayo ($5)

The pork belly was very tasty, but my aversion to chunks o’ fat, however tasty (I know, sacrilege), meant this wasn’t one of my favourite dishes. The prawns were crisp and busty and although not terribly innovative, it was a good dish cooked well and we all enjoyed it. The grilled oysters were absolutely delicious, and I was glad that Andrea and I didn’t have to share our morsels with non-oyster-eating Mardi. They were huge and juicy and covered in cheesy goodness. I do declare my cheese aversion to be officially over! Sweet potato fries are always a hit, and these were no exception. There isn’t enough sweet potato fry action going down in Perth.

KABOCHA KAROKKE - deep fried kabocha pumpkin croquette with a boiled egg inside ($4.50); TOFU SALAD - tofu and garlid sauteed mushrooms on greens with crispy wonton chips ($5.80); TAKOYAKI - deep fried puffed octopus balls served with tonkatsu sauce and mustard mayo ($5.00)

The mayo love continued, with the croquette that we all really enjoyed, to our surprise. There is something curiously gigglish about finding a whole egg inside something. The tofu salad was a nice break from the fried deliciousness, and we were glad we took the advice of our waitress who told us with some concern that we needed to include a salad dish with our order. The takoyaki was good – not the best I’ve had but certainly very good and such lovely presentation too. I’ll never tire of seeing those little bonito flakes flapping in the breeze.

KINOKO CHEESE BIBIMBAP - rice, sauteed garlic mushrooms and cheese with seaweed sauce ($8.30); and SALMON NATTO YUKKE - chopped salmon sashimi with seven friends (natto, shibazuke, takuan, wonton chips, garlic chips, green onion and raw egg yolk) ($8.30) being stirred up by our friendly waitress

The bibimbap was definitely a favourite dish. Not only was there the entertainment value of having it stirred up for us at the table, it was like a cross between a delicious cheesy mushroom risotto and a paella with the hot stone it was served in creating a fabulous crust on the bottom.

After reading the description of the salmon natto yukke, we couldn’t help but order it – salmon sashimi with seven friends! I told you this was a friendly day. This was another cool one to have brought to the table, as the waitress forced the group of friends to become very well acquainted with each other. To be honest, the end texture was a little offputting – no surprises really given the inclusion of natto and a raw egg yolk – but this was mostly offset with the nori sheets you ate it with. An interesting dish, but not sure I want to join this group of friends long term.

Mardi and the Giant Beer

Given the amount of food we were eating, it was soon time for another round of drinks. Andrea chose the “Bamboo” cocktail of melon liqueur, white wine, lychee juice and soda ($5.50), I went for an Asahi beer, and Mardi chose a “big mug” of Sapporo ($9.00). The Sapporo lived up to it’s name, being not the tall elegant glass she was anticipating but rather a giant mug as big as her head. Possibly bigger. She did not finish the beast. Clearly she has been out of Australia far too long.

BANANA TEMPURA - deep fried banana tempura with coconut ice cream dressed with chocolate and mango sauce ($5.80); ALMOND TOFU - ultra creamy almond tofu in the world ($3.50); and some frozen grapes that came out with the bill

After a little breather, we couldn’t help but order the banana tempura and almond tofu for dessert. I mean, “ultra creamy almond tofu in the world” is a hard thing to resist. In the world! The banana tempura was an incredible as it looks. Seriously good. I’m not much of an almond lover – I like the nuts well enough, but anything almond flavoured turns me off – and sadly the almond tofu didn’t do it for me due to this. It was pretty ultra creamy though. Ultra creamy in the world.

Some frozen grapes came out with our bill, which we all thought was a nice touch and a refreshing end to a few hours of overindulgence.

Overall, I really enjoyed my Guu experience. The food was interesting, tasty and well presented, with many options to choose from. The decor was really inviting and clearly had been well thought out. The service was also excellent, including the traditional “irasshaimase!” welcome yelled by all the staff to everyone who entered the restaurant, and another restaurant-wide goodbye as you leave.

The head waitress yelling that we are leaving, and the kitchen staff all waving us goodbye!

The real highlight of the meal however was the fabulous company I got to enjoy it with. It was so lovely to meet Andrea, and such great timing that she was visiting from New York while I was in town. Mardi – thanks again for you and Neil (and little Cleo too) being the perfect hosts for my trip to Toronto, and I hope not too much time must pass before our paths cross again. Isn’t it great when you meet people who you can instantly have fun with?

You can read Andrea’s account of the meal here, and Mardi’s here.

Andrea, me and Mardi with bellies very full

The friendliness of Toronto continued on the next day when I was approached by a man at the bus stop near Mardi and Neil’s house, saying that he noticed me with my suitcases and wondered if I wanted to get a lift with him to the airport, as he was heading there anyway. Luckily I didn’t have to make a decision about whether or not to trust this seemingly very friendly man as I was stopping off in the city to have lunch with N (she of the weirdly coincidental meeting at Butler’s Pantry) but I would like to think he didn’t have any murderous plans behind his kind offer.

Toronto, I like you. We should do this again some time.

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Phew – I have been waiting with bated breath for your report card from your visit and it seems like we all (except maybe the chunks o fat in the pork belly) passed with flying colours!!

So much fun to relive this – am so pleased you were able to make it to our fair city!!!

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Conor July 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Super mega flying hyper-techni-colours.

I hope I can come back soon! Keep on the lookout for watery planktony conferences!

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Patty Price July 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Now that looked like a satisfying meal! I love it that the waitress had to remind you to order a salad and that the kitchen staff waved good bye, nice to make such an impression!

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

It was a really friendly place, and with the big communal tables in the interior it felt like a big happy party :)

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Lisa July 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

My oh my – what wonderful adventures you have had!!!

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

Hopefully more Toronto adventures in the future (sans United Airlines stuff-ups)!

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Jenn @ defunkt gourmet July 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hi Conor,
I think you’ve seen more in Toronto in terms of food than I have in the dozen or more so times I’ve been. Mind you, usually when I go it’s for a wedding and I’m not there long enough to sample as much as you have. For that I am jealous! (but not in a mean/vindictive way… of course.. how horrid :p). I think it’s been an age since I’ve been down to T-dot and you’re reminding me why I need to go back.
Thanks for the lowdown!

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:12 am

Hi Jenn! It’s always the way… the complete tourists see more than locals/regular visitors! I’m sure 90% of tourists to Australia have seen far more of the place than I have. T-dot hey? I’ll be sure to casually refer to it as that next time ;)

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penny aka jeroxie July 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

What an adventure to remember. Friends and food. They work hand in hand. You did really really well despite the car and everything else!
penny aka jeroxie´s last blog post ..Il Fornaio- St Kilda

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:16 am

Friends are food are the perfect combo. A nice bonus if you add a gallon of beer in there as well, for comedy value if nothing else, but not entirely necessary :)

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Pam July 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

What a fun adventure… I’ve never been to Toronto. Someday. Those grilled oysters look great!
Pam´s last blog post ..Black Bean and Vegetable Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:17 am

Well Pam, from what little I got to see, I can highly recommend the city! Mind you, I guess not everyone is going to have such great hosts :D

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OohLookBel July 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Toronto really does seem like a friendly place, and must be the people (and food and restaurants and fellow bloggers) that make it that way. I heard the shopping’s not bad, either, so it will go on my wishlist.
OohLookBel´s last blog post ..Ginger pudding with ginger caramel sauce

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:18 am

Bel I totally missed out on the shopping! Next time, next time! Luckily the sales in London (and strongest AUD that I’ve ever had when travelling there) made up for it!

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Hannah July 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Sold!! I want Canada on my next itinerary now. Also because that way lies maple sugar candy. But mostly because you’ve given it the Positive Conor Treatment, and that’s really all I need.

(That, and tofu in the world. I mean, it’s in the world! It’s not even the “best in the world”, it’s just “in the world”!)
Hannah´s last blog post ..Chocolove Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

You gotta include Canada, Hannah. But you know, Canada can be a really dangerous place. You should not go there without a guide. A guide called Conor.

Oh I know, I love the “in the world”. I’m going to describe everything good in this way from now on… “would you like some cupcakes? They’re in the world!”

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mademoiselle délicieuse July 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

So you didn’t want to make long term friends with the salmon yukke, didn’t have to make friends with airport lift man but have firmly decided that Toronto is your friend…this is all moving rather too quickly for me! Well, at least you found out who made friends with your car =p
mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog post ..Jang-Gun- 4 April 2010

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

Yes, made friends with my car in an illicit way. I really don’t want to know what they got up to together. Good riddance!

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Simply Life July 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm

You go on the best adventures! I love it!

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

Thanks! I love it too! :D

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Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz July 20, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Oh so cool to see what happened in TO. Sorry though I only got you out too one simple place in Montreal instead of so cool places on top…wish we had more time. Wow Mardi…big drinker ;-). Hi Andrea! Yay they found your car! I am not getting all your new feeds in my feed reader…hmmm. not happy
Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz´s last blog post ..18th Floor Cherry Tomatoes

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:24 am

Next time we can make up for it Evelyne! But… only if you promise to finish your beer ;)

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Carol Egbert July 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

Your post makes me think I missed a great party. I agree you never can have too many friends.

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:27 am

It was just like that Carol, felt like a great party! My whole visit did, it was sad to leave.

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bunkycooks July 21, 2010 at 6:58 am

That was quite the adventure! I am totally impressed with the gigantic beer that Mardi ordered. :)
bunkycooks´s last blog post ..Hands-on Pasta Making Class at The Viking Cooking School in Atlanta

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

I was more than impressed with that beer, it was a mammoth task that she took on. The beer may have beaten her, but we refused to let the food beat us too!

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Maria@TheGourmetChallenge July 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

boo on the police finding your car, yay on the car being a ride off though!!

Sounds like you did a pretty good job at eating your way through toronto! If you’re going to do something, do it until your belly hurts!
Maria@TheGourmetChallenge´s last blog post ..Jumbo Couscous with Moroccan Lamb

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:32 am

Yes Maria, I think it all worked out well in the end. Actually glad they found it because it felt like my insurance company was acting like they were suspicious of me, and now it’s pretty obvious I didn’t steal my own car!! Also, double bonus for having my tennis racquet still in the boot, oh yeah!

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Forager @ The Gourmet Forager July 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm

So much delicious food – so much variety! Good to note that the cheese seems to have decreased a bit too – and that you got your stolen car with “extras” back! Ugh.
Forager @ The Gourmet Forager´s last blog post ..Discovering Indian at Aki’s- Woolloomooloo

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:34 am

Well, if you can’t find some cheese-free meals in a Japanese restaurant, where can you? :) Although, I often see deep fried Camembert on Japanese menus… if it was on this one then I must have intentionally ignored it!

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Iron Chef Shellie July 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

I went through a stage of loving mushrooms, then hating them! I’m slowly liking them again.

It’s great they found your car! shame the guy who stole it was a jerk! at least your tennis stayed put though. RIP.
Iron Chef Shellie´s last blog post ..Eating Out In Tasmania- Ashmore on Bridge Street

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:36 am

Mushrooms are your friend, Shellie. They only want to fill your belly with delicious protein! Glad the hate stage is subsiding :)

RIP indeed. I never even gave it a name…

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table July 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

Hey Conor :)

You know – I missed you, but I was too preoccupied to even realise it, till now!! YIKES!!! LOL Glad to see such a radiant smile on your face! Never been to Toronto but you make it look like a pretty fun place – might have to go on my list of places now!

We never had cheese or mushrooms in our school labs either – that’s just sad, yes? ;)
denise @ quickies on the dinner table´s last blog post ..Just Pointing in the General Direction

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:37 am

Hey Denise! Aw thanks, I’ve missed you too in my internet absence! Lots of good reading to catch up on :)
Totally sad about the lack of schrooms in our respective labs. We should lobby our local politicians.

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Emma @CakeMistress July 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm

What a super-food adventure! I love Mardi’s fresh food initiative with the pizzas. Drooling over that banana tempura. Keep the travel posts & foodporncoming: I need to live vicariously through them!

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:39 am

Yes, Mardi’s work with these little hands and their owners is really exciting and admirable! That tempura is pretty goddamn exciting too.
I’m keeping it coming! Great to hear they’re being enjoyed :D Next stop: Montreal!

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Food lover July 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Hi Conor! Sounds like you had a great day! How many of you did it take to finish that giant beer? I’ve never seen anything like that before

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

I sure did, thanks! Well, Andrea and I had our own drinks to tackle so poor Mardi was left to fend for herself with the giant beer. She put in a good effort.

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Jo @ secondhelping July 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

From the food to the petit chefs class to the do it yourself cocktails, giant beer and the return of your car – you sure know how to pack a lot into a trip (and a post!)

And all shared with fabulous company – what else could you ask for?

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

Jo, it’s easy to pack so much awesomeness in if you’ve got a local friend helping to fill your travel diary! :)
And to answer your question – absolutely nothing! Well, maybe having Mardi finish the beer. That could have been quite entertaining.

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Mr. Neil July 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

A bit disappointing Mardi’s performance with that beer, I must say. :-(

Truly happy to have you, Conor – glad you enjoyed yourself.

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

Yes, Mr. Neil, I think the general consensus is one of disappointment, but she put in a pretty good effort. Plus, the trip home may have taken a fair bit longer if she’d finished it all, if her bladder is anything like mine.

I had a ball. Let’s do it again next year. Although, next year’s ASLO conference is in Puerto Rico, I think. Let’s rendezvous in Puerto Rico! Mardi can practice her beer drinking in the meantime.

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Mr. Neil July 26, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Oh, by the way…I meant to mention that everyone can breathe easy re the mysterious man offering a “lift” to the funky-t-shirted, pink-nailed, luggage-hobbled Conor at the end of our street.

He is almost certainly our neighbour, who does indeed work at the airport, and knew Conor was staying with us. So truly, a genuine friendly offer. :-)

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:48 am

Luggage-hobbled was a perfect descriptor for me. I am sure some people must be able to look glamorous dealing with luggage, but I sadly lack this skill. At least I have funky t-shirts to fall back on!

Toronto friendliness status confirmed. Excellent.

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April @ My Food Trail July 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

So much lovely food in Toronto! Love the DIY drinks, a great idea!

Sorry to hear about your car. Though by the sounds of its temporary owner, it was probably for the best it was written off. I wouldn’t want it back!
April @ My Food Trail´s last blog post ..Recipe- Sang choy bow – The Cookbook Challenge Week 23 ‘Leaf’ theme

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

I want some local places to take up the DIY drink technique. I might start leaving little suggestive notes. Or er, suggestion notes. Not so much suggestive ones.

I don’t want the stinky beast back, no! I have a sparkly new one coming soon :)

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Andrea@High/Low July 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Loved meeting you in person too Conor! You must let me know if you ever come to NYC – lots of gut-busting food awaits!
Andrea@High/Low´s last blog post ..FinallyKBS beer in NYC!

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:50 am

I am sure I’ll be back in NYC one day, hopefully not too far in the future! Will definitely hold you to that gut-tastic offer Andrea!

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MaryMoh July 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Oh wow…what fun you all had! That’s so much good food. And my….what huge glass of beer! It must be the biggest glass of beerI have seen! Did Mardi finish it all?
MaryMoh´s last blog post ..Chicken Stir Fry with Coriander- Ginger And Onion

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:51 am

Good friends, good food, and giant beer = good times. Sadly she admitted defeat but it was almost worth ordering again just for the laugh :)

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Arwen from Hoglet K July 29, 2010 at 2:31 am

My chemistry pracs were sadly lacking in cheese and mushrooms too! It is a shame that the creamiest tofu in the world came with almond essence – I don’t like it either.

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Conor July 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

This seems to be a common thing! My mum is a high school teacher, I should get her to start planting cheese and mushrooms in the labs at her school. Soon it will spread across the country – spread like a delicious fungus!

Damn almond essence. It is so often hidden in things that look delicious. I had one particularly bad run at one of the cake shops in St Kilda, when I got back to our hotel room and found 2 of the 3 things I bought were almonded up to the maxx. Ugh.

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the Success Ladder July 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Very interesting article, thanks. Keep up the good work.

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

Ooh great tour of Toronto Conor! I missed out on going here on our Canada trip but I feel like I did after this! :D

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Conor July 31, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Thanks Lorraine! Hopefully the tourism board of Toronto or Air Canada or someone can remedy this for you :)
P.S. If either of these parties is reading this – I am happy to act as Lorraine’s bodyguard/guide/poison-tester. I am fit/have been to Toronto before/have a strong and large stomach.

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Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Your blog is making me hungry, great shots. The photo of your friend with the beer is cute, that’s the way I have to hold my beer mug too ( I’m really small). But here a typical beer mug holds 1/2 liter and I’ve also had a 1 liter beer too.
Nancy/SpicieFoodie´s last blog post ..Sloppy Joes and Our History

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Conor August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Thanks Nancy! Hehe, yes I think maybe Mardi needs to build up her beer swilling arms if she’s going to have any chance of finishing it next time.

I love my beer, and the thought of getting through a 1 litre mug isn’t impossible, but being able to drink a litre in summer before the Australian heat renders it unpalatable is perhaps beyond my talents. I’ll just stick to the 1/2 litres I guess ;)

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm

LOL why thankyou! I’ve always wanted a bodyguard! :P Eek do I need a poison tester? :o
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog post ..Veal- Mustard &amp Pickle Toasties For Rainy Winter Nights In

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