Ben Jay is a Serious Eats contributor, photographer, carnivore, beer and whisky drinker, and music nerd. His hobbies include brisket, Liverpool FC, and yelling.
@1yendanz: USA! USA! USA!
Fun fact about Pausa Cafe: it's made in a prison in Piedmont. It's a non-profit program for rehabilitating prisoners that involves teaching them marketable skills, like making beer.
@billrein: Zane mentioned that the deli's own beer is produced by Barley Days Brewery in Prince Edward County, but that's closer to Kingston than Toronto.
Steamwhistle and Mill Street are probably the two best known craft breweries in Toronto. Steamwhistle offers tours, and Mill Street has a brewpub.
Sammy's commercials paraphrased: "SAMMY'S FISH BOX IS THE BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD"
And holy shit it's actually apparently good.
@crawdad Wilensky's has to be one of the coolest places I've ever been to. I have a portrait of Ruth in my portfolio, and she's still going strong at 93. Jay Friedman wrote it up too.
@crawdad: I've had Schwartz's, it's outstanding, and way cheaper than anything here in NYC to boot (they made national news when they raised the sandwich to $7.75 in April, Mile End is $14, Katz's is pushing $19.) It's been too long since I've been up there.
I heard about The Main too, Celine Dion and her husband reportedly used to go there before their ownership group bought Schwartz's (Frank Silva, mentioned above, still runs day-to-day operations.)
Also, any thoughts on Snowdon or Lesters? Joel at Mile End told me about how Francophones "sneak across the border" to the Anglo NDG neighborhood to get their smoked meat fix at Snowdon (even calling it smoked meat instead of viande fumée).
Hey Niki, remember that gift guide where that guy accused you of pretending to be your mom/boyfriend in order to make yourself sound awesome, and then said you were using the internet wrong? Fun times.
Now, where's your long form birth certificate?
@wwcl97: Glad you enjoyed the AA Choy. That was easily the most confusing vegetable on this list.
@Max & Chris: I took the pics of the AA Choy/celtuce stalks at New York Mart, while the leaves were from the H-Mart in Westchester, where they were sold as "Aa Choy."
@RealMenJulienne: The water spinach pic is a Creative Commons licensed image from Flickr. There's a link to the original in the photo credit.
@notnotjoshing: Yeah, Terminal 5's biggest (only) strength is the acts it attracts, but ultimately, that's the most important thing about any concert. As for Gotham West, it's a few blocks outside the radius we set for this roundup, but it's absolutely, absolutely recommended.
Small portions, adequate burgers, high prices, fries not included.
@Ghostly: I actually saw Divine Fits at Webster and MHOW a while ago, and actually met Dan outside at one of them. Killer shows. What I'd give to see Expo 86 live...
@PigeonBoss: 19 June 2010!
@bobbob For my actual favorite venue, Webster Hall, check out every East Village/Union Square guide this site has ever run.
@indiecognition: That's now the tradition I'll be raising my children with. Thank you.
That being said, Rabbi Kirshner was nice enough to give me a piece of matzo while it was still hot. Really good!
@SammyTheBull: My only experience making horseradish is writing this article, but judging by how potent Pickle Guy's stuff is, the best route is probably mixing it relatively soon after grinding and using as simple a vinegar brine as possible.
Thank you for noting my favourite spelling of "centre."
@Ida Yu: There was actually a little bit of confusion about that when I was there. The sign said "$7.99 per," but I just called the store and they said they're $7.99/lb. My mistake, changing that now.
Note to zakelwe
Wow, you're an asshole.
Also, Josh, I like your use of ALL CAPS. KEEP YELLING.
So...honey-dipped chocolate with basil --> sex?
I knew I was doing something wrong.
@Chico Powers: Dat moustache.
@Chico Powers: YES!
For reference, in the final Kitchen Stadium battle on 24 September 1999, Iron Chef Sakai beat Alain Passard. The ingredient: Longgang Chicken.
@Robotron: I didn't see those when I was there. Were the crabs at the NYC store?
@motti: I'll check it out next time i'm in Jersey, thanks!
@Autumn Produce: Please, please let me know if you find such a place.
@The Kosher Gastronome: Glad you enjoyed it! I'm regretting not at least trying the french fry pizza. Next time...
@Beninbk: If you want to make pizza even less kosher for passover...
@hopittome I tried it with tahini too, and it was very good (Joe DiStefano did that in his post), but the babaganoush just seemed that much more outlandish. Honestly, I like hummus more, but my friend ended up ordering babaganoush anyway.