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Cheap food near University of Toronto?

Ah thanks so much! This is exactly the kind of info I was hoping for. I will be staying in one of the University College buildings. This seems to be right in the area you are both talking about. I will definitely get myself a transit map and do some exploring.

Phoenix??

@kaszeta: Haha, well do you have me there. I would agree that Pete's isn't great food. However, I would say that I like Pete's in the way that I like Taco Bell or Lucky Charms or Doritos. I recognize that it isn't quality food, and probably not exactly what it seems to be, but sometimes I just want my nachos bell grande or bright orange chips or strange hard pastel colored marshmallows or my giant pile of breaded fried seafood with "special sauce". I recognize that its not a great culinary experience, but sometimes it hits the spot.

I suggested it because it is a local place that has a history and a following and I was trying to give a range of suggestions. I should have been more clear about what an out-of-towner should expect in terms of objective quality as it is definitely not close to any of the other places people had mentioned.

Phoenix??

If you have a lot of time, you should check out Beaver Choice in Tempe http://www.beaverchoice.com/. It is right near the 101, one of the major highways. This is a true family place, in a strip mall. Mostly Scandinavian food cooked by a really fun family. The Schniztel Cordon Bleu either with chicken or pork is truly one of the best things I have had. They make their own gravlax as well. Consistently awesome food. Only catch is that you have to wait a very long time for your food. Seriously, bring you own bottle of wine and relax while you wait.

Cornish Pasty in Tempe is also great. If you don't know, a pasty is a pastry filled with meat and vegetables. A little bit like a pot pie with no gravy. They have traditional and non-traditional flavors in a pub-like setting.

I second Four Peaks and the suggestion to walk down Mill street in Tempe.

In Phoenix proper, La Grande Orange is a market with fantastic pizza and salads for reasonable prices. Cafe type situation in an upscale market. Lo Los Chicken and Waffles is also great, it is simply Chicken + Waffles. Fry Bread House is great. You must have a frybread taco with green chili sauce while you are here!

For fast food, Pete's Fish and Chips are around the Phoenix area. Pretty good stuff!

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Thanks for all the great feedback! The reason I am ok spending in the $100 range is that I do know that I will use a dehydrator because I use my friend's quite often! I guess I'm not big on the round ones because I feel like it would be hard for me to store. However, I could be convinced that it won't matter.

I appreciate the comments about the excalibur. I have heard nothing but great things about them but in addition to being quite expensive, they seem to have a bigger footprint. I would not 100% rule out getting one, but I am a graduate student and have a pretty small budget for "fun" things like this :)

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Cheap food near University of Toronto?

I am going to be in Toronto for 2 weeks doing research. I will be staying on the university campus and I am on a seriously tight budget! Can anybody recommend cheap places to eat or purchase food to cook for myself in the campus area? I am willing to walk or take a bus as the location is not too hard to find. I am up for just about any type of food as long as it is good and inexpensive.

Thanks!

Food Dehydrators Opinions on Models?

I have been looking at dehydrators for some time now. I know that the Nescos are great for most purposes, but I am not a huge fan of the round shape. I am considering a square Nesco or a couple of other options and wondered if anyone has experience with any of them. I know that Excalibur is the "gold standard" but I really do not have the money and their economy model for around $100 is very very small.

L'equp: square but similar concept as Necso. Great warranty but mixed Amazon reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/LEquip-306200-500-Watt-6-Tray-Dehydrator/dp/B00004Z4GQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330562047&sr=8-1

Or a couple of models similar to Excalibur (TSM and Dehydra). Seem to be a knock off design made in China. Good reviews though.
http://www.amazon.com/TSM-Products-Harvest-Food-Dehydrator/dp/B002UUT4C8/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1330562182&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/STX-Dehydra-DEH-004-600-Watt-Dehydrator/dp/B001AB1GNS/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1330562201&sr=1-1

Thanks for any first-hand experience! I am serious about my kitchen gear and want to love what I choose.

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