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Title: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 03, 2008, 12:14:04 PM
Hi, I am IY"H hopping over to Toronto for a friends wedding and have the option of spending my day there. Should I bother getting up at 6 AM? Is there anything interesting to do there?

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Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 03, 2008, 12:19:49 PM
nope.
you can visit the cn tower, but that's pretty much it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eli on June 03, 2008, 08:54:26 PM
Don't wake up at 6AM, wake up at 9AM and go to Dairy Treats (I think that's what it's called) and have the breakfast special. Otherwise everything is a fortune.

Oh, and a quick word of advice, bring the invitation to customs. Sometimes they wonder why teenagers would be driving in for only a day for "a wedding" and they assume you're trying to do something illegal.

Oh, and Camel Filters are $28 a carton and buy 2 get 1 free. That's $4 cheaper per pack than in Jersey.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 03, 2008, 11:03:48 PM
Don't wake up at 6AM, wake up at 9AM and go to Dairy Treats (I think that's what it's called) and have the breakfast special. Otherwise everything is a fortune.

Oh, and a quick word of advice, bring the invitation to customs. Sometimes they wonder why teenagers would be driving in for only a day for "a wedding" and they assume you're trying to do something illegal.

Oh, and Camel Filters are $28 a carton and buy 2 get 1 free. That's $4 cheaper per pack than in Jersey.

Eli, thanks for your detailed response. It's funny how basically everything you said was based on wrong assumptions...

 :P


Thanks for your effort
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 03, 2008, 11:07:02 PM
25K to YYZ?
Why not 17.5K?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 03, 2008, 11:22:57 PM
25K to YYZ?
Why not 17.5K?

Good point, I didn't book it yet, but thanks for the reminder :)

What I really meant to say is that all it cost me is the amount of time it takes to submit a Citi app online, lmao
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eli on June 04, 2008, 12:06:08 AM
Eli, thanks for your detailed response. It's funny how basically everything you said was based on wrong assumptions...

 :P

  • 1. I'm waking uo in NY, not in Toronto
  • 2. I don't wake up at 9 AM
  • 3. I'm not worried about spending $$
  • 4. I'm not a teenager, its been a while
  • 5. I'm flying to Toronto (for 25K AA miles, why not?
  • 6. I don't smoke

Thanks for your effort

HA HA LMAO.

I thought you said you were going with a few friends which led me to assume you were a teenager. My mistake. And I just drove up there last week and discovered all the things I posted so naturally for some odd reason I figured you would be in the same situation.

Funny. Anyway maybe someone else will benefit from my advice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 04, 2008, 12:09:24 AM
HA HA LMAO.

I thought you said you were going with a few friends which led me to assume you were a teenager. My mistake. And I just drove up there last week and discovered all the things I posted so naturally for some odd reason I figured you would be in the same situation.

Funny. Anyway maybe someone else will benefit from my advice.

I'm sure your advice was great, just wasn't applicable to me. Thanks for sharing :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 04, 2008, 08:33:28 AM
its worth it to fly to buffalo and drive to toronto it takes 2 hours but you pass niagara falls on the way which is nice (and theres also a casino) as far as in  toronto itself, a torontonian once told me theres two things to do in toronto one is scenery and ones excitement. for the scenery go to the top of the cn tower,  for the excitement -jump off!  but seriously, if youre a hockey fan you might want to check out the hockey hall of fame.  btw if you do want to fly there without using points theres a travel agent i know that gets the group rate on air canada at about $250.   oh also be sure to check out a restaurant called gladstones on eglinton which is better than any restaurant in ny (yes, even prime grill and le marais)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 04, 2008, 08:36:21 AM
also  be prepared for a serious grilling at passport control  - worse than any place ive been to including israel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 04, 2008, 09:35:38 AM
Thx Moish. I'm sure security will have questions when they see my parachute :)

I wonder what they'll say when I tell them I'm planning on jumping the CN tower...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eric on June 04, 2008, 11:25:15 AM
There is a great chocolate shop on Bathhurst (of course). I don't remember what its called but it is worth the trip. just for that. Second the Customs agents will think it is strange if you don't have a gift.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ash on June 04, 2008, 01:07:52 PM
a few years ago i was there with a few friends and we had to leave in the morning and we saw a place called "hiemeshe bagles" so we only to learn that its kosher style

what a bummer we left without getting anything
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 04, 2008, 01:47:12 PM
There is a great chocolate shop on Bathhurst (of course). I don't remember what its called but it is worth the trip. just for that. Second the Customs agents will think it is strange if you don't have a gift.
its called Chocolate Charm but be prepared to pay around $4 PER truffle (its worth it to try a few theyre REALLY good)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MonOve on June 04, 2008, 02:15:18 PM
oh also be sure to check out a restaurant called gladstones on eglinton which is better than any restaurant in ny (yes, even prime grill and le marais)

Actually, I live in Toronto, and have been to Gladstones...it doesn't even beat Abigail's!!!!...and Abigail's is cheaper!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 04, 2008, 02:22:34 PM
Actually, I live in Toronto, and have been to Gladstones...it doesn't even beat Abigail's!!!!...and Abigail's is cheaper!!
i married a girl from toronto and been there numerous times thats number one.  number two, are you saying that abigails is better than prime grill or le marais?     however to be fair ive recently been ordering off the menu.  try to speak to the chef, Steve, and ask him to make you a steak with veal jus and marsella (with homemade pasta with turkey bacon on the side) hands down the best kosher steak. also the sushi rocks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on June 04, 2008, 02:49:16 PM
Actually, I live in Toronto
Your location says Kansas, MI
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on June 04, 2008, 04:20:58 PM
maybe he's Natan Levi/ Ted Larry Floyd
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 04, 2008, 11:14:48 PM
Guys, thanks for all the wonderful advice. As the OP I should update y'all. I got a 17.5k mile aa ticket, staying at the airport 4points (using starpoints).

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll get to see any of the great places you guys suggested...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 05, 2008, 02:27:24 AM
Guys, thanks for all the wonderful advice. As the OP I should update y'all. I got a 17.5k mile aa ticket, staying at the airport 4points (using starpoints).

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll get to see any of the great places you guys suggested...
sheraton gateway?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: rshorser on June 05, 2008, 11:13:45 AM
btw if you do want to fly there without using points theres a travel agent i know that gets the group rate on air canada at about $250.   

Can we please get some details? i'll be studying in NY next year, and going back and forth a few times. Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 05, 2008, 04:52:59 PM
Can we please get some details? i'll be studying in NY next year, and going back and forth a few times. Thanks.
sure its called travel rite (winemans) and the numbers are (732) 905-7300‎ (732) 961-2004‎
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on June 05, 2008, 06:24:16 PM
Both Chocolate Charm and Gladstone's really are that good - just not together ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 05, 2008, 07:24:18 PM
Both Chocolate Charm and Gladstone's really are that good - just not together ;)
thanks for backing me up!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: haggler on June 11, 2008, 04:47:29 PM
There is a beutiful area called "The Bridle Path", which is east on lawrence ave. Where there are beutiful stunning mansions. Just drive around the area. Different styles too. Italian, french, etcc.. arcitechral designs. A must see!!! Spent hours there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MonOve on June 17, 2008, 05:21:37 PM
try to speak to the chef, Steve, and ask him to make you a steak with veal jus and marsella (with homemade pasta with turkey bacon on the side) hands down the best kosher steak. also the sushi rocks.

I went Sunday night...the chef was too busy to do what he did for you, and what we got was not worth the money at all. We had Stuffed Veal and Steak, both were atrocious considering the price!...though the Sushi was really good!

number two, are you saying that abigails is better than prime grill or le marais?

I was saying that Gladstone's compares with the even the lower-end Abigail's, I've been to Prime Grill & Abigail's

There a is a place which is apparently better than Gladstone's, called Meron, though you've gotta be careful as there's a non-Kosher restaurant with the same name on the same road (spelled differently). We mistakenly walked into the non-Kosher one, and after many a stare the manager advised us that this was not a Kosher establishment, we'd even made a reservation...so, when we got to the Kosher one it was fully booked, nm.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 17, 2008, 05:36:40 PM
I went Sunday night...the chef was too busy to do what he did for you, and what we got was not worth the money at all. We had Stuffed Veal and Steak, both were atrocious considering the price!...though the Sushi was really good!

I was saying that Gladstone's compares with the even the lower-end Abigail's, I've been to Prime Grill & Abigail's

There a is a place which is apparently better than Gladstone's, called Meron, though you've gotta be careful as there's a non-Kosher restaurant with the same name on the same road (spelled differently). We mistakenly walked into the non-Kosher one, and after many a stare the manager advised us that this was not a Kosher establishment, we'd even made a reservation...so, when we got to the Kosher one it was fully booked, nm.
was not impressed with marron  definitely no value for your money
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on July 16, 2008, 01:36:22 AM
Whats the cheapest for a nice hotel near the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on July 16, 2008, 10:22:52 AM
Whats the cheapest for a nice hotel near the falls?
priceline
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: E on July 16, 2008, 11:41:58 PM
i recently stayed at the fallsview sheraton we paid $99 got upgraded to the corner suite and afterwords got 5000 points. so if you have spg and are good on the phone i would go spg.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on July 17, 2008, 01:08:52 AM
i recently stayed at the fallsview sheraton we paid $99 got upgraded to the corner suite and afterwords got 5000 points. so if you have spg and are good on the phone i would go spg.
What did you get the 5,000 points for?   
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 17, 2008, 02:23:32 AM
Whats the cheapest for a nice hotel near the falls?
i stayed at the sheraton on the falls pesach time for $70 on priceline and convinced them to give me a falls vew room due to me being spg gold. they told me however, that if i wouldnt have used priceline and paid full price ($100) they would have upgraded me to a suite with a jacuzzi
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on July 17, 2008, 07:43:35 AM
we paid $99

How did you pay $99?? there price is usually $150..?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: E on July 17, 2008, 11:23:14 AM
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What did you get the 5,000 points for?   
i dont even remember, i think the shower door didn't close properly  ;)
Quote
How did you pay $99?? there price is usually $150..?
i got that price through spg i think it was a special promotional price
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on July 17, 2008, 03:12:56 PM
Which hotel is better?

Sheraton Fallsview

or

Sheraton on the falls

One is next to the rainbow bridge the other is closer to the canadian falls.

Did anyone try both out?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 20, 2008, 12:56:18 PM
I loved the Fallsview when I stayed there. Really comfortable pillows that are available for purchase, and really nice view if you get it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 20, 2008, 03:26:25 PM
although i think the pillows are the same at both hotels as theyre both sheratons i personally stayed at the sheraton on the falls with a fallsview room which had a fabulous view of the american falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 05:45:36 PM
If you have any status with SPG the Sheraton on the falls has more suites so better chance of an upgrade
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on July 31, 2008, 05:51:56 PM
I booked a room there... What is the best way to go about getting a upgrade? Should I call before or just rely on when I get there?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 05:59:26 PM
I booked a room there... What is the best way to go about getting a upgrade? Should I call before or just rely on when I get there?
definitely call in advance
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on July 31, 2008, 06:00:39 PM
definitely call in advance

And what do i tell them? "I have a reservation, I am a gold member please upgrade me!" Is that enough? or do they need a story?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 11:33:53 PM
And what do i tell them? "I have a reservation, I am a gold member please upgrade me!" Is that enough? or do they need a story?
No need for a story just be very polite
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: E on July 31, 2008, 11:39:59 PM
save your story's for after your stay,... ;)  ask for a corner suite at the desk
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Vrems on October 01, 2008, 11:16:59 PM
can u pull the "im a gold member" shtick if ure not actually a gold member? does it ever work out?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on October 02, 2008, 08:32:47 AM
Vrems:

It's fairly easy to get SPG Gold, seek and you shall find (i.e. use the search) .
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: levi on October 02, 2008, 08:15:06 PM
Just call SPG and make sure to say please when you ask ;D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Vrems on October 03, 2008, 02:09:13 PM
when u get upgraded to spg gold does the annual fee increase
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 04, 2008, 05:37:31 PM
when u get upgraded to spg gold does the annual fee increase
being gold with starwood has no connection to the credit card so theres no increase in the annual fee
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Vrems on October 06, 2008, 05:39:23 PM
i just got off the phone with spg and they upgraded me to gold but said that in order to maintain it i need 10 stays/25 nights for the year. is there anyway to bypass this and get it to be final without those requirements?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on October 06, 2008, 07:17:16 PM
i just got off the phone with spg and they upgraded me to gold but said that in order to maintain it i need 10 stays/25 nights for the year. is there anyway to bypass this and get it to be final without those requirements?

You just call back after the year and request the upgrade again....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Vrems on October 06, 2008, 07:22:29 PM
true! thats one way....is there any other way?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stevenk on October 07, 2008, 10:35:46 AM
Yes if you spend 30,000 on your card within a year you get gold status
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2008, 12:12:50 PM
SPG Gold is free with this card:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/3981
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Vrems on October 07, 2008, 12:38:35 PM
thanx dan but other than that card, spending 30k on the spg,and the required stays per year theres no other way to finalize it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 02, 2010, 07:32:03 PM
Thanks for all those who tried to assist me with plane tickets to Toronto from nyc for my nephew's bris next tuesday.  I should have planned earlier and transferred my SPG into LAN!  I have lurked on this site for quite a while and learned alot, but the true gadlus here is the behind the scenes help that is offered when the need comes up.

In the end we will drive to Toronto, together with my sister's family we are 13 people and one baby.  We plan on leaving NYC on sunday and staying Sunday night in Niagara Falls, CA (any recommendations on which starwoods property to use?)

We will spend monday in niagara and plan to arrive in Toronto around 7-8 PM.  I have 3 BWB nights for Hyatt, should we use those in one of Toronto's Hyatt properties for monday night or should we go for the cheaper SPG properties?  The Bris is in thornhill i am not sure how far that is from the various hotel properties and whether the location makes a difference in getting to shul at 7 or 7:30 in the AM.

Also, any recommendations for a good place to eat on Monday night?  we will probably need a good meal after spending two days on the road.

Thanks so much

Aarony

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 02, 2010, 07:47:23 PM
chicken nest will probably be your best bet for dinner
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 02, 2010, 07:47:36 PM
Toronto readers suggestions:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5913

Trip notes:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5949

The Park Hyatt Toronto is supposed to be fabulous, but it's probably a 30 minute drive from thornhill.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 02, 2010, 10:32:02 PM
Lol, good one!
Never got a single upgrade as a SPG Gold and I'm batting 1.000 for suite upgrades as a Plat.

 Not that I need them but I dont even think Im batting .100 nor most of the people I have contact with. I guess I will have to start traveling with You.

I think you are the ONLY SPG member with a 1000 batting avg. U should write a book on how U do it as I dont know a single person who is even at .500
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 02, 2010, 10:57:39 PM
Feel free to use my account as well in that case  ;D

Maybe it's my personalized SPG card...those who've met me have probably seen it  ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 02, 2010, 11:04:27 PM
Feel free to use my account as well in that case  ;D

Maybe it's my personalized SPG card...those who've met me have probably seen it  ;)

 who carrys the SPG card or any hotel card around? I do and hand it in when checking in, but I find if they didnt UP you before you walked in the front door most likely you wont be

 No kidding it must be something, I honestly dont know a single person batting 1000 except now you

 Im talking about getting a suite and not getting UPed to the so called *W Perferred Floor which is really no UP at all
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 03, 2010, 08:19:53 PM
i was thinking of eating in Miami Grill, have to find out how late they are open. (Dan- should i go for the steak sandwich!) Any Torontonians have a hotel recommendation - I would like to stay at the Park Hyatt it seems to be about a half hour away.  Does anyone know if actually takes longer at 7AM?  Should we just settle for the Sheraton Parkway North that is about 10 mins from Thornhill?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 04, 2010, 06:46:22 AM
At 7 am it shouldn't take longer because your goin against traffic
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 04, 2010, 10:58:30 AM
anyone know how to find the email of the GM Park Hyatt Toronto?  i need to see if they can accomodate all of us in three rooms and regular reservations wasn't too helpful.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on June 05, 2010, 11:37:13 PM

The Park Hyatt Toronto is supposed to be fabulous, but it's probably a 30 minute drive from thornhill.

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What do you mean "is supposed to be." We had great drinks at the roof top bar there!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on June 05, 2010, 11:48:18 PM
I stayed at the Park Hyatt Toronto back in November for 2 nights. To make special room requests, call the hotel's number and asked to be connected to "In House Reservtions"
Before using up your free nights, I would reccomend that you consider your elgibility for other special rates, such as the Gov. rate that I used when I stayed there of just $149CAD per night. Thats about as low as youll find at any Park Hyatt.
They did ask for positive gov. ID which I was able to produce, so if your not elgible, your taking a risk.

We used a diamond suite upgrade to move into a Park Suite in the (newer) north tower.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on June 06, 2010, 02:40:12 PM


Maybe it's my personalized SPG card...those who've met me have probably seen it  ;)

Maybe...:P...I think it's your charm, cuz it ain't that card. I'm laughing thinking about you pulling out a magnifying glass, pointing at the card, "look, don't you see what it says"...LOL
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on June 06, 2010, 06:03:43 PM
Maybe...:P...I think it's your charm, cuz it ain't that card. I'm laughing thinking about you pulling out a magnifying glass, pointing at the card, "look, don't you see what it says"...LOL

are you talking about the customized text?

I also played around there...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2010, 07:26:36 PM
are you talking about the customized text?

I also played around there...
"Daniel Eleff
CEO of Dansdeals.com
Please upgrade to best available suite."

Not that I've been to so many SPG properties, but I've yet not to get upgraded to a suite.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 06, 2010, 07:43:31 PM
how do you get that on the card?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 06, 2010, 08:09:49 PM
how do you get that on the card?

 the past few yrs *W allows the Plats (maybe Golds as well) to chose what pic they want for the front of their card and if they want they can customize what will be printed on the back

IMO whatever you print on the back and $2.25 will get you a 1 way ride on the NYC Subway = it doesnt do anything,IMO
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moe on June 09, 2010, 09:07:39 AM
"Daniel Eleff
CEO of Dansdeals.com
Please upgrade to best available suite."

Not that I've been to so many SPG properties, but I've yet not to get upgraded to a suite.
nice! btw, how do i get a personalized card? I cant find anything about that on spg.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 09, 2010, 09:11:27 AM
nice! btw, how do i get a personalized card? I cant find anything about that on spg.com

 1time each  year a month or so before they are sent out, they will email you. I believe if U arent emailed then you cant do it

Next chance will be for the 2011 card too late for the 2010 card
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on July 14, 2010, 10:20:36 PM
Toronto and Niagara should really be separate threads...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ya on July 15, 2010, 09:58:23 AM
25K to YYZ?
Why not 17.5K?
how do u get it for 17.5
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ya on July 15, 2010, 10:00:46 AM
Thx Moish. I'm sure security will have questions when they see my parachute :)

I wonder what they'll say when I tell them I'm planning on jumping the CN tower...
the point was to jump without the parachute
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2010, 11:02:12 AM
how do u get it for 17.5
AA/Citi reduced award.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 29, 2010, 08:11:16 PM
Has anyone eaten at Medels Meat Place? Is the food good? How about the pizza?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on July 29, 2010, 09:01:09 PM
My husband and I are looking to go away in Toronto or nearby vicinity for 2 days/1 night this coming Sunday/Monday.  Does anyone have any suggestions of hotels and things to do.  We have Amex MR points and SPG points - but no status :-(

Thank you.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 01, 2010, 08:53:00 AM
Anything new in Toronto?
I'm heading up there for a couple days right now!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on August 01, 2010, 09:02:58 AM
Anything new in Toronto?
I'm heading up there for a couple days right now!

bakery has fresh i hope the bakery has new (fresh) stuff not the same from last time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eli on August 01, 2010, 11:04:52 AM
Anything new in Toronto?
I'm heading up there for a couple days right now!

Not new, but have you tried Umami Sushi?

And go to Marky's and get a pastrami, chopped liver sandwich on kaiser.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 01, 2010, 02:15:06 PM
Is 398 West worth it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 01, 2010, 03:36:15 PM
Is 398 West worth it?
Well Dan, aren't you the master sampler for us all ;D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on August 01, 2010, 09:09:18 PM
so where is the best place to change us dollars to canadian dollar
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 03, 2010, 08:03:56 PM
chocolate danish at isaacs bakery, and chocolate at chocolate charm. i personally would pass on markys. it is one of the rare places that there isnt one thing i like there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eli on August 04, 2010, 12:43:55 AM
Is 398 West worth it?
I went there a few times and was happy with the ambiance the service AND the food!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on August 10, 2010, 03:21:49 PM
so where is the best place to change us dollars to canadian dollar
If you are doing a small amount just go into any bank in Canada. For larger amounts (thousands of dollars) it is probably worth it to go to one of the Frum money changers in Toronto.

I was there recently and had to choose between using my CC and pay cc company 3% fee or using USD dollar for dollar. With the rate as it is, they both come out the same! So when I used a $20 to pay for something and got back canadian change dollar for dollar, that was basically the same rate I wold get at any $ changer.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on August 10, 2010, 06:38:06 PM
If you are doing a small amount just go into any bank in Canada. For larger amounts (thousands of dollars) it is probably worth it to go to one of the Frum money changers in Toronto.

I was there recently and had to choose between using my CC and pay cc company 3% fee or using USD dollar for dollar. With the rate as it is, they both come out the same! So when I used a $20 to pay for something and got back canadian change dollar for dollar, that was basically the same rate I wold get at any $ changer.

thats what i did i paid with a large bill for a small items got back canadian the exchange only wanted to give 19.50 canadian for 20 us $
Title: Toronto for 24 Hours
Post by: ay on November 02, 2010, 09:29:26 AM
Hey,

I want to take my wife on a 24 hours surprise vacation to Toronto.
What will be the best:
Hotel
Restaurant (dairy or meat)
Fun thing to do
Title: Re: Toronto for 24 Hours
Post by: me on November 02, 2010, 10:11:54 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5913

&

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5949
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 02, 2010, 02:09:24 PM
surprise vacation to toronto? toronto is hardly the vacation spot especially mid winter
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 23, 2010, 08:05:22 PM
Where is the cheapest place to stay in Toronto for about 4-5 days? Don't need anything fancy, just just looking for something cheap and decent.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 24, 2010, 03:39:15 AM
Where is the cheapest place to stay in Toronto for about 4-5 days? Don't need anything fancy, just just looking for something cheap and decent.
I'm staying at Hotel Indigo for a night for $30 using pointbreaks.

For SPG I'd go with the Westin Harbour Castle.
Park Hyatt has good rates sometimes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 24, 2010, 04:04:21 AM
priceline has some pretty good values in toronto. for downtown and especially around the airport
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 24, 2010, 08:45:23 AM
I got the Holiday Inn at the airport for $45 a night using Moish' Priceline booking tool.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 24, 2010, 08:50:16 AM
just curious was that the highest star category offered at the airport?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 24, 2010, 08:53:36 AM
just curious was that the highest star category offered at the airport?

I'm not sure. I check off a bunch of places other then the airport  and the highest star I could choose for all was 5 I think. The one I got is a three star.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 24, 2010, 08:55:45 AM
i always used to get the doubletree.
did you apply the 20 off 40 groupon?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on December 24, 2010, 09:32:44 AM
nope, I don't have it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on January 06, 2011, 10:54:10 PM
Two places worth visiting are the Casa Loma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Loma) mansion and the Royal Ontario Museum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Ontario_Museum) (ROM) which are both not far from each other. The ROM is free on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: muttman on April 07, 2011, 11:00:22 PM
AA/Citi reduced award.

Whats that?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on April 08, 2011, 02:50:26 AM
Whats that?

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12989
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: muttman on April 08, 2011, 11:37:47 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/12989

Thank You!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 11, 2011, 11:38:46 PM
word on the street is that 398 west will be closing its doors for good this sunday.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2011, 11:45:17 PM
word on the street is that 398 west be closing its doors for good this sunday.....
Great, didn't even get a chance to use my GC for that place...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 12, 2011, 12:24:46 AM
maybe you can come in for a toronto DO this thurs
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on April 12, 2011, 10:20:57 PM
Great, didn't even get a chance to use my GC for that place...
I've got one too!  Think there's any chance of getting a refund from dealticker?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on April 12, 2011, 10:23:44 PM
I've got one too!  Think there's any chance of getting a refund from dealticker?

Or give them to Eli and moish ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 16, 2011, 11:11:16 PM
word on the street is that 398 west will be closing its doors for good this sunday.....
confirmed....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 16, 2011, 11:47:15 PM
if anyone still has a gc theyd be willing to sell, drop me a line
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Eli on April 16, 2011, 11:55:45 PM
I've got a 7:30 res with my wife. Think you and the kimpiturin can make it? (instead of me and you @ Marky's)
if anyone still has a gc theyd be willing to sell, drop me a line
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 17, 2011, 12:10:19 AM
we have 8 lol
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 16, 2011, 02:02:47 PM
The Adventure Pass on the Canadian side....Anyplace to buy cheaper then main site or at attraction? I see $44.95 for adult and $32.95 for child.

Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Driven on June 26, 2011, 01:24:45 PM
Was just in Toronto a couple of weeks ago and ate at a kosher milchig place that also has a jewelry store in it, I think it was called omni2 but I'm not sure I highly recommend it.

 I'm not sure what other tips people provided but if you go to niagra falls and your tank is almost empty it's worth crossing the boarder to fill up before driving back to Toronto (provided that you will be using most of the gas in Canada, there's a $3 or so fee on the bridge back into Canada so do the math).

Also check out Niagra on the Lake, it's a quaint town about 20-25 minutes away from niagra falls, it's really beautiful and the city center (all of 3 blocks) has a nice big park if youre taking kids or want to pic nic.

You can also go down to the water in toronto, there're different boat rides there, but its also just nice to walk around.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on August 05, 2011, 12:20:33 PM
Driving from Lakewood. Any recommendations on best driving route for family with kids and recommendations on where to stop on the way (besides 47 bathroom stops) to brak up the drive?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on August 07, 2011, 08:25:06 PM
how is the four point sheraton these days & which r the best rooms to ask for with spg points
pls advise
thanx a million :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JFEADV on August 07, 2011, 08:39:53 PM
which is  a nicer hotel with nice rooms, jacuzzi suites  & better views Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
or the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview

also is it easy to get from one to another by bus or shuttle

pls advise ;D ;D :) :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moe on August 08, 2011, 04:28:56 PM
I have the same question here. Wanted to go for a weekend to Niagara and I understand that there is a Chabbad in the Four Points. I would assume that I would get a nicer suite as a Plat (already partially confirmed with hotel) but it seems like its a 20 min walk to the Four Points. I dont mind walking down 20 floors in either place since I prefer a bigger area to eat. Any suggestions as to which is a better choice?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bades on August 08, 2011, 04:32:30 PM
just stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls, got upgraded to a 2 floor penthouse suite, the sheraton on Falls is hands down much nicer then the 4 points although it is not such a gorgeous hotel. i did go to 4 points for minyan, and dinner 1 night, i would suggest the sheraton, the sheraton has many more suites available, if you can get a corner suite on the 15th floor or higher they are quite nice..

 THe kosher pizza store is pretty good when fresh, and when they have pizza in stock
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 08, 2011, 05:37:01 PM
, if you can get a corner suite on the 15th floor or higher they are quite nice..
Very nice indeed, and 20,000 points. ;D
You will not get that as a plat.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bubbles on August 11, 2011, 09:26:34 PM
Anyone ever stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls on Buffalo Avenue?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 12, 2011, 08:50:18 AM
was the 4 points previously called the sheraton fallsview?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bades on August 12, 2011, 11:15:21 AM
was the 4 points previously called the sheraton fallsview?

NO, the marriott was called the sheraton fallsview
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Sammy82 on August 18, 2011, 10:36:36 PM
I'm going to be in Niagara next Tuesday night. I have a decent amount of points (SPG) but only gold level. Anybody out there who's a platinum and wants to do me a huge favor and help me book a night at the Sheraton on the Falls, PM me please. THX
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 21, 2011, 07:05:41 PM
Which casino is the best one to go to, as far as excitement goes? (Canadian side.)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 21, 2011, 10:00:39 PM
whats your game?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Blazer on October 04, 2011, 04:35:06 PM
 Groupon has "Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Ontario, CanadaOne-Night Stay for Two Adults and Up to Five Kids in Fallsview Two-Room Suite. Combine Up to Five Nights." for $115 Can  (http://www.dansdeals.com/go/16554/)($108 US). Is this a good deal
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Blazer on October 06, 2011, 10:13:56 AM
For all of you that have Sprint, It’s a problem to use it in Canada,(Niagara on the Canadian side) you can be charged 59 Cents per minute (unless you sign up with a plan then its 20 Cents). Since Niagara is so close to the USA, if you set your phone that it should NOT roam, then it will most likely find a Sprint tower, and if you are in Canada and it picks up a Sprint tower there is no charge, it’s like making and receiving a call in the USA.

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on October 06, 2011, 10:54:41 AM
For all of you that have Sprint, It’s a problem to use it in Canada,(Niagara on the Canadian side) you can be charged 59 Cents per minute (unless you sign up with a plan then its 20 Cents). Since Niagara is so close to the USA, if you set your phone that it should NOT roam, then it will most likely find a Sprint tower, and if you are in Canada and it picks up a Sprint tower there is no charge, it’s like making and receiving a call in the USA.

This is not unique to sprint... Any US phone goes on roaming when in canada... And any canadian phone goes on roaming when in the US...

Whats good about sprint is that texting is free from canada to the US
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 06, 2011, 11:14:18 AM
Whats good about sprint is that texting is free from canada to the US
This is not unique to sprint...I know at least VZW is free as well.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Blazer on October 06, 2011, 03:34:44 PM
This is not unique to sprint... Any US phone goes on roaming when in canada... And any canadian phone goes on roaming when in the US...

Whats good about sprint is that texting is free from canada to the US
I'm not telling everyone that you get roaming in Montreal, I'm saying that if you lock it that it shouldn't roam, you can still use your phone for 5 to 10 miles after the border (so Niagra Canada should be covered)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Cashman on October 06, 2011, 03:57:46 PM
I know that ATT works as well in Niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aaa on October 06, 2011, 09:23:52 PM
Whats good about sprint is that texting is free from canada to the US

are you sure this still works? I think it costs now
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Blazer on October 06, 2011, 09:59:21 PM
are you sure this still works? I think it costs now
Yes i know Sprint is still free to text from Canada, I used it very recently (Pesach time)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on January 31, 2012, 10:45:42 AM
will be in toronto for 5 days with a friend, anything fun to do?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on January 31, 2012, 10:48:10 AM
will be in toronto for 5 days with a friend, anything fun to do?
There's lots to do. Not sure what type you looking for. Keep in mind around this time of the year there could be lots of snow.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yossi4k on January 31, 2012, 11:31:21 AM
will be in toronto for 5 days with a friend, anything fun to do?
CN Tower, Science Center, Rogers Center , Air Canada Center
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on January 31, 2012, 11:39:05 AM
Hockey hall of fame
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on February 01, 2012, 12:58:14 AM
CN Tower, Science Center, Rogers Center , Air Canada Center
Thanks, also anyone know of any good cellphone plans, I have AT&T and don't think they give very competitive pricing for Canada
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on April 06, 2012, 03:55:32 PM
you are sure about this? do u have a phone # for the program so i can call about minyanim
100% sure. I'l try to get a #
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 07, 2012, 03:23:38 PM
any ideas what to do in toronto for a week in august ? even a few hours drive
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 07, 2012, 03:27:47 PM
any ideas what to do in toronto for a week in august ? even a few hours drive
What type are you looking for?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 07, 2012, 03:31:34 PM
What type are you looking for?

wanna go with  2-3 familys from babys-9 year old
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 07, 2012, 03:32:59 PM
wanna go with  2-3 familys from babys-9 year old
You can spend the day at Center Island downtown. Ferry, rides, boating etc.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 07, 2012, 03:36:21 PM
You can spend the day at Center Island downtown. Ferry, rides, boating etc.

thanks

is there any nice mountains to go fro the week ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 07, 2012, 03:37:53 PM
thanks

is there any nice mountains to go fro the week ?
Not that I know of.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on May 07, 2012, 03:46:04 PM
thanks

is there any nice mountains to go fro the week ?
A week may be a stretch but Bluemountain in Colingwood is really nice.
It's about 2 hours north of Toronto
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 07, 2012, 03:48:37 PM
A week may be a stretch but Bluemountain in Colingwood is really nice.
It's about 2 hours north of Toronto

what is there to do ? any kosher food ? minyanim ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on May 07, 2012, 03:52:03 PM
what is there to do ? any kosher food ? minyanim ?
http://www.bluemountain.ca/
I don't think there is kosher food and the minyan will depend on time of year.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 07, 2012, 03:53:05 PM
http://www.bluemountain.ca/
I don't think there is kosher food and the minyan will depend on time of year.

thx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 15, 2012, 07:45:39 PM
Hey everyone.. I'm hoping you can help me out. I don't know Toronto too well. I am looking for the nicest/cheapest hotel by Bathurst.
What's the city there called? Is it just Toronto?


                         
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 15, 2012, 08:21:33 PM
Hey everyone.. I'm hoping you can help me out. I don't know Toronto too well. I am looking for the nicest/cheapest hotel by Bathurst.
What's the city there called? Is it just Toronto?


                         
yes it's called toronto
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 15, 2012, 10:44:27 PM
Hey everyone.. I'm hoping you can help me out. I don't know Toronto too well. I am looking for the nicest/cheapest hotel by Bathurst.
What's the city there called? Is it just Toronto?


                         

that street is a probably 50 miles long
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 16, 2012, 01:44:02 AM
that street is a probably 50 miles long
+1
Bathurst is one of the longest streets.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 16, 2012, 01:58:52 AM
Hey everyone.. I'm hoping you can help me out. I don't know Toronto too well. I am looking for the nicest/cheapest hotel by Bathurst.
What's the city there called? Is it just Toronto?


                         
Is Thornhill might be more precise?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 16, 2012, 02:29:26 AM
Is Thornhill might be more precise?
Bathurst could be in both
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on May 16, 2012, 10:35:34 AM
The only Hotel within walking distance of a Shul is the Holiday Inn  Yorkdale (http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/toronto/yyzty/hoteldetail) It is  NOT near Thornhill though, it's further south.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 16, 2012, 12:07:32 PM
The only Hotel within walking distance of a Shul is the Holiday Inn  Yorkdale (http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/toronto/yyzty/hoteldetail) It is  NOT near Thornhill though, it's further south.
Which shul is it close to exactly?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on May 16, 2012, 12:20:55 PM
Which shul is it close to exactly?
It's not 'close' to any shuls, but there are a few that are a 40 minute walk away (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Shul&sll=43.726064,-79.459326&sspn=0.016127,0.032015&near=3450+Dufferin+Street,+Toronto,+ON+M6A+2V1,+Canada+(Holiday+Inn+Toronto-Yorkdale)&geocode=CeXIYwKFYkviFQw6mwIdd5FD-yGVcrwcl8qKSw&dq=Holiday+Inn+Toronto+Yorkdale,+Dufferin+Street,+Toronto,+ON,+Canada&dirflg=w&doflg=ptk&hq=Shul&t=v&z=13).
Agudah, Clanton Park etc.
I'm not so familiar with the shuls in the area, but I do know that it's pretty much the only hotel that people stay at on Shabbos if they plan on going to a shul......
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on June 06, 2012, 07:52:25 PM
Where in Toronto do you need to be closest too? Are you going to be there over shabbat? If you are not going to be there over shabbat than there are lots of options in regards to hotels that are commutable to the Jewish community. However, if you are coming to Toronto for shabbat and want to be near a shul then as mentioned earlier, the closest hotel to the Jewish community along Bathurst that I know of is the Holiday Inn located at Yorkdale Rd and Hwy 401. And in regards to closest I mean like a 45 minute walk give or take (or you can say YMMV which would be fitting here right? :) )

Anyways to say closest hotel to Bathurst Street doesn't really help even a Torontonian like myself considering that the Jewish community in Toronto is situated along a 10 mile stretch of road going North-South. However like I said before there aren't any hotels located directly on this stretch and for shabbat the closest hotel is the Holiday Inn, however if this is not an issue then there are many more options throughout the city that are commutable to a shul.

If it helps there is an Orthodox shul in Downtown Toronto near plenty of hotels, however I've never gone there and only heard that davening there can be a bit strange.

Hope this helps.

Jonathan
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 15, 2012, 09:35:01 AM
Is there really nothing to do in Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on June 15, 2012, 10:30:15 AM
Is there really nothing to do in Toronto?
Check out the Royal Ontario Museum - I really liked it. Free on Wednesdays too (as of last year). http://www.rom.on.ca/

Check out Casa Loma - this huge beautiful mansion-castle that once belonged to some multi millionaire, later confiscated by the city and turned museum.
http://www.casaloma.org/
Title: Re: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 15, 2012, 10:55:48 AM
Check out the Royal Ontario Museum - I really liked it. Free on Wednesdays too (as of last year). http://www.rom.on.ca/

Check out Casa Loma - this huge beautiful mansion-castle that once belonged to some multi millionaire, later confiscated by the city and turned museum.
http://www.casaloma.org/
Worth it to avios to Toronto for 2/3 days or a waste if time?
Title: Re: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 15, 2012, 11:17:42 AM
Worth it to avios to Toronto for 2/3 days or a waste if time?
sorry for plugging, but why not Quebec city?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 15, 2012, 11:28:09 AM
What's to do there and what's the situation with kosher food there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 15, 2012, 11:31:38 AM
Don't know exactly, but heard rave reports from my Montreal friends. Paris style old city. On my to-do list, but no AA from NYC.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on June 15, 2012, 12:21:51 PM
Don't know exactly, but heard rave reports from my Montreal friends. Paris style old city. On my to-do list, but no AA from NYC.
Its less then 3 hours by car from Montreal.

Though you can get "Paris style old city" in Montreal too...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 15, 2012, 01:11:21 PM
Its less then 3 hours by car from Montreal.

Though you can get "Paris style old city" in Montreal too...
Nah, if anything you're better off going to toronto. You can also go to center Island, and CN Tower. Niagara falls is 1 1/2 hours from there. http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5913    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5949
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 15, 2012, 02:56:38 PM
Nah, if anything you're better off going to toronto. You can also go to center Island, and CN Tower. Niagara falls is 1 1/2 hours from there. http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5913    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/5949
I'm pretty sure most of us have been there several times and I'm aware that Toronto is a huge metropolis as opposed to Quebec city but my main question was meant to be directed at people who have been there it know the kosher for sitch
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 15, 2012, 04:56:46 PM
I'm pretty sure most of us have been there several times and I'm aware that Toronto is a huge metropolis as opposed to Quebec city but my main question was meant to be directed at people who have been there it know the kosher for sitch
And thats why I was answering me and not you.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on June 24, 2012, 11:52:28 PM
I'm pretty sure most of us have been there several times and I'm aware that Toronto is a huge metropolis as opposed to Quebec city but my main question was meant to be directed at people who have been there it know the kosher for sitch

http://www.kosherquebec.com/ As far as I know, this is the only kosher option - beside the regular kosher products available in all supermarkets...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moto on July 11, 2012, 11:09:55 AM
which Restaurants in Toronto near chabad gate that are opened passed 8pm?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on July 11, 2012, 11:22:32 AM
which Restaurants in Toronto near chabad gate that are opened passed 8pm?
Meat or Dairy?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on July 12, 2012, 12:15:39 AM
which Restaurants in Toronto near chabad gate that are opened passed 8pm?

Bali Laffa 7117 Bathurst Street
Vaughan, ON L4J 2J6
(905) 597-7720

less then 5 minute walk from chabad gate plaza
open until 11pm - new restaurant just opened they have shawarma, fresh laffas, steaks,  its israeli style very good!!!

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 20, 2012, 09:06:04 AM
another toronto restaurant bites the dust: Marky's
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on July 20, 2012, 11:05:13 AM
another toronto restaurant bites the dust: Marky's
huh?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 20, 2012, 12:34:25 PM
huh?
what didnt you understand?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on July 21, 2012, 10:35:32 PM
what didnt you understand?
I guess I didnt understand bites the dust but yes I heard he closed cuz of personal reasons.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 22, 2012, 03:29:11 AM
I guess I didnt understand bites the dust
you cant blame me for that
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on August 12, 2012, 01:31:18 AM
Any recommendations for a good resort hotel in the Toronto area? just 1 night.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bem684 on September 28, 2012, 10:40:47 AM
I am going to a wedding in Thornhill on October 29.  I have never been to Toronto.  I am choosing between the Westin Prince and the Westin Harbor Castle. 

The Prince is much closer to the wedding but will set me back 10,000 SPG while the Harbor Castle adds around 20 minutes to the drive but can be had for 4000 SPG + $60, and at least from what I can tell, looks a bit nicer.  Anyone familiar with these hotels?  I have never stayed at a Westin so if there is anything I should know that will enhance my stay please share!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 28, 2012, 10:47:49 AM
I have fond memories of the Harbour Castle from my childhood.  Many baseball teams stay there when playing in Toronto.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bem684 on September 28, 2012, 10:54:13 AM
I have fond memories of the Harbour Castle from my childhood.  Many baseball teams stay there when playing in Toronto.

True, but I'm staying in Toronto at the end of October, which means its the postseason, which means the Blue Jays won't be playing anymore hehe.
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Post by: Dan on September 28, 2012, 10:56:45 AM
True, but I'm staying in Toronto at the end of October, which means its the postseason, which means the Blue Jays won't be playing anymore hehe.
Point was that if it's nice enough for sports teams it's probably nice enough for you as well ;)
Though might be worth checking the Raptors schedule...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bem684 on September 28, 2012, 11:02:15 AM
Point was that if it's nice enough for sports teams it's probably nice enough for you as well ;)
Though might be worth checking the Raptors schedule...

OK your point is noted.  Is there anything interesting at the Westin hotels I can take advantage of?  Meaning specific to that chain (like Sheraton has their club floor with the lounge and fruit and soda, etc)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 28, 2012, 11:06:49 AM
OK your point is noted.  Is there anything interesting at the Westin hotels I can take advantage of?  Meaning specific to that chain (like Sheraton has their club floor with the lounge and fruit and soda, etc)
Some have lounges.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youthink on October 10, 2012, 02:58:18 PM
I am going to a wedding in Thornhill on October 29.  I have never been to Toronto.  I am choosing between the Westin Prince and the Westin Harbor Castle. 

The Prince is much closer to the wedding but will set me back 10,000 SPG while the Harbor Castle adds around 20 minutes to the drive but can be had for 4000 SPG + $60, and at least from what I can tell, looks a bit nicer.  Anyone familiar with these hotels?  I have never stayed at a Westin so if there is anything I should know that will enhance my stay please share!

Don't know if you booked, but the Westin Harbor Castle is on the complete other side of Toronto from Thornhill. It may only seem like a 30 minute drive, but if you're going for a wedding say at 6PM and attempting to drive from downtown (hotel) to Thornhill (wedding) it can easily take over an hour in traffic. There's no good highway and traffic can get real bad. Might be easier if its a Sunday. But I'd still recommending finding someplace in the Thornhill area. The Westin Price is also not close at all. Its literally next to the 2 busiest highways in the city, a place I would avoid if I could. If you want a SPG property try the Aloft or Sheraton Parkway Toronto North. Not as high-end as the other 2, but I'd prefer a lower thread-count in my sheets to fighting traffic any day.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on October 24, 2012, 01:15:49 PM
I will be in Toronto for 2 days in a couple of weeks. I am probably staying in the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown, 30 Carlton St. Toronto, ON. Are there any Kosher/Minyanim nearby (walking distance)?

How hard is it to get to the Jewish area (Bathurst and Lawrence) with public transportation?

Do any kosher establishments deliver food downtown?

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 01:37:05 PM
Try contacting chabad of downtown Toronto?
The PH Toronto has kosher meals made in their on premises kosher kitchen, but they're expensive.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on October 24, 2012, 01:58:01 PM
Try contacting chabad of downtown Toronto?
The PH Toronto has kosher meals made in their on premises kosher kitchen, but they're expensive.

Thanks dan, will do RE Chabad.

Do you (or anyone else) have experience with the PH Kosher meals?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2012, 01:59:20 PM
I don't, it's a fairly new thing.
Maybe ask the shliach that as well.  You can tell him I send regards :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on October 24, 2012, 01:59:39 PM
I will be in Toronto for 2 days in a couple of weeks. I am probably staying in the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown, 30 Carlton St. Toronto, ON. Are there any Kosher/Minyanim nearby (walking distance)?

How hard is it to get to the Jewish area (Bathurst and Lawrence) with public transportation?

Do any kosher establishments deliver food downtown?



There is a restaurant called Oasis in First Canadian Place. Getting to Bathurst/Lawrence is a quick subway ride and connect to the Lawrence Avenue bus.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Jacob88 on October 25, 2012, 03:38:55 PM
I will be in Toronto for 2 days in a couple of weeks. I am probably staying in the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown, 30 Carlton St. Toronto, ON. Are there any Kosher/Minyanim nearby (walking distance)?

How hard is it to get to the Jewish area (Bathurst and Lawrence) with public transportation?

Do any kosher establishments deliver food downtown?
1) No real minyanim I can think of off the top of my head, you can check the godaven website to see if there are any organized in the morning. Unlikely for mincha/marriv.  I think there is also a kosher cafe in Mount Sinai hospital which isnt too far from where you are staying but the hours vary.
2) Not hard at all as noted in the above post
3) Tov Li Pizza (http://www.tov-li.com/locations.php (http://www.tov-li.com/locations.php)) says that they deliver but I doubt it reaches where you are located. Oasis says the same thing, but I would bet that their min is high. (http://www.dairytreats.com/oasiscafe/info.html (http://www.dairytreats.com/oasiscafe/info.html))
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on October 28, 2012, 01:23:46 AM
I will be in Toronto for 2 days in a couple of weeks. I am probably staying in the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown, 30 Carlton St. Toronto, ON. Are there any Kosher/Minyanim nearby (walking distance)?

How hard is it to get to the Jewish area (Bathurst and Lawrence) with public transportation?

Do any kosher establishments deliver food downtown?
For Minyanim Try The Minsk http://www.theminsk.com/?page_id=2
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on November 07, 2012, 06:41:32 PM
In Toronto now I need recommendations for dinner. Any really good dinner places?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on November 07, 2012, 06:54:00 PM
king solamon
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 07, 2012, 07:24:40 PM
Golden chopsticks, chinese style.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 08, 2012, 07:41:20 AM
king solamon
i think they closed down
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 08:20:31 AM
i think they closed down
yes a while ago.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 12:15:53 PM
Toronto restaurants are sure going through a rough time.

What's left?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 12:17:40 PM
Toronto restaurants are sure going through a rough time.

What's left?
Nothing.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 08, 2012, 12:18:30 PM
A great restaurant for dinner in Toronto is Meron. It is the best kosher restaurant in the city. It's fancy and small so reservations may be required. If you have access to a vehicle in Toronto there are a few other places worth checking out. Burgy's is a great hamburger joint. Golden Chopsticks (same plaza as burgy's) has great Chinese. Also there is Dr. laffa which is by far one of the best shwarma/Israeli restaurant you can find outside of Israel itself they have large portions, great quality food and really cheap. They bake their own laffa bread when you order and that alone is worth the drive there. They are located in the middle of nowhere though but it is is well worth the drive. Heck they are going to be featured on The Food Network Canada's show "You Gotta Eat Here." trust me you won't be disappointed.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 12:20:02 PM
Thanks for the post!!
Anyone been to the Park Hyatt for their kosher meal service yet?  Don't forget you'll earn 5-7x HGP points for the meal besides for 3ppd on the Hyatt card.  At 1.9cpp that's almost 20% off you bill :D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 12:28:27 PM
A great restaurant for dinner in Toronto is Meron. It is the best kosher restaurant in the city. It's fancy and small so reservations may be required. If you have access to a vehicle in Toronto there are a few other places worth checking out. Burgy's is a great hamburger joint. Golden Chopsticks (same plaza as burgy's) has great Chinese. Also there is Dr. laffa which is by far one of the best shwarma/Israeli restaurant you can find outside of Israel itself they have large portions, great quality food and really cheap. They bake their own laffa bread when you order and that alone is worth the drive there. They are located in the middle of nowhere though but it is is well worth the drive. Heck they are going to be featured on The Food Network Canada's show "You Gotta Eat Here." trust me you won't be disappointed.
Thanks. Please update us every day as these restaurants will probably be closed soon and be replaced by someone else (or lose their hechsher). That's just how Toronto is ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 08, 2012, 12:59:25 PM
Thanks. Please update us every day as these restaurants will probably be closed soon and be replaced by someone else (or lose their hechsher). That's just how Toronto is ;)

Haha...yeah it's been pretty bad the last couple of years here but truthfully only 4 restaurants have actually closed over the past decade. 398 West (fancy place but food quality took a major hit), King Solomon's (that place was a nightmare in terms of ownership squabbles an food quality) Marky's (financial issues...it's margins didn't justify the cost of operation to the owner) and Moti's (closed a long time ago already because of the owners personal financial problems).

Most newer restaurants have lower overheads and as long as food quality remains and doesn't drop they should last into the forseeable future. Case in point is Dr. laffa who isn't even really located in the Jewish community but rather opted to open in an industrial neighborhood. Cheap rent equals lower prices. Plus Dr Laffa is very popular with the non-Kosher foodies in Toronto which is unheard of for a kosher restaurant here.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 01:05:00 PM
Plus Miami Grill (I liked this place, great steak sandwich) and Delicacies (Nice ambiance, bad food).
That makes at least 5 in the past year, not decade.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 01:10:07 PM
Plus Miami Grill (I liked this place, great steak sandwich) and Delicacies (Nice ambiance, bad food).
That makes at least 5 in the past year, not decade.
There were more than that  ijust can't remember their names now cuz they were open for such a short time.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 01:13:08 PM
Just be happy you have people there dumb enough to keep opening new places!
It's a really tough business.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 01:15:05 PM
Just be happy you have people there dumb enough to keep opening new places!
It's a really tough business.
Yup rent in some of these places are crazy expensive.
Oh I just remembered one that was called Wassabi IIRC.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 08, 2012, 01:49:00 PM
Just be happy you have people there dumb enough to keep opening new places!
It's a really tough business.

Yeah we do have some dumb people opening restaurants here.

In regards to Miami Grill, I can't really count that one in the closed column as the owner owns other restaurants that he preferred to focus on more, namely Oasis and Dairy Treats.

Don't remember Delicacies or Wasabi, but then again they couldn't have been open for too long and to me anything that didn't or doesn't have the potential to last more than 5 years is just a failed experiment not a restaurant :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 02:06:03 PM
Yeah we do have some dumb people opening restaurants here.

In regards to Miami Grill, I can't really count that one in the closed column as the owner owns other restaurants that he preferred to focus on more, namely Oasis and Dairy Treats.

Don't remember Delicacies or Wasabi, but then again they couldn't have been open for too long and to me anything that didn't or doesn't have the potential to last more than 5 years is just a failed experiment not a restaurant :)
Huh? Then where can I get my steak sandwich :D

Delicacies was the most gorgeous looking worst tasting restaurant I'd ever been to.  I was there in 07/10 IIRC.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 02:08:32 PM
it also seems that self serve frozen yogurt places are opening up on every other corner. They are bound to go out of business soon also. And since Dr laffa opened and did well, another laffa place opened up. Can;t people get original?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 08, 2012, 02:24:02 PM
Still trying to even remember where delicacies was and I am drawing a complete blank, I can't even remember it and I live in Toronto.

 Yeah steak sandwiches are hard to come by in Toronto, Marky's IMHO had a great one that with raw onions on it and dipped in their homemade gravy was a great meal to be had.

It's funny that the frozen yogurt places was mentioned as most have been deemed non-Kosher according to COR. The only one that I've heard of that is of any value is Menchies.

Where is this other shwarma place? I always like trying new places, although Dr. Laffa is still the best. How can you beat a laffa packed with meat and as many toppings as you want all for $10. After one of those bad boys you'll be full for a good 8-10 hours, if not longer. There are other places in Toronto that would charge double that for less toppings.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 02:35:27 PM
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864723   that is the other schwarma palce

With regards to the frozen yogurt- Menchies is by far the ebst, but there is onather frozen yogurt place in every plaza now. its Crazy!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 08, 2012, 02:50:58 PM
The recently opened frozen yogurt place at chabad gate is awesome and really expensive :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 03:05:24 PM
The recently opened frozen yogurt place at chabad gate is awesome and really expensive :)

There is also one in Sobeys Plaza. this along with the old Not Just yogurt, menchies, and a bunch of other places. No way for all of them to survive.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 03:06:18 PM
How many of those are C"Y?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 08, 2012, 03:12:11 PM
How many of those are C"Y?

The one at chabad gate is def c"y, i think the one near sobey's is as well.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 03:19:23 PM
The one at chabad gate is def c"y, i think the one near sobey's is as well.
+1  I know the bigger chains (Menchies, Yogenfruz, Yogurtys) are not
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 03:28:04 PM
How many of those are C"Y?
Yogen Fruz by Chabad gate is C"Y. The Place in the sobeys plaza is also. All other Yogen Fruz chains are not.
IMO Yogen Fruz is a waste, really nothing good and way too expensive. Like $10 for an average portion. It goes by weight.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 03:40:59 PM
Yogen Fruz by Chabad gate is C"Y. The Place in the sobeys plaza is also. All other Yogen Fruz chains are not.
IMO Yogen Fruz is a waste, really nothing good and way too expensive. Like $10 for an average portion. It goes by weight.

Menchies is by far the best, but not CY.

Any chance we can get Dan for a Toronto DO?  Btw, I know that DO is a get together of some sort, but what does it stand for?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 08, 2012, 06:14:06 PM
Menchies is by far the best, but not CY.

Any chance we can get Dan for a Toronto DO?  Btw, I know that DO is a get together of some sort, but what does it stand for?

Day Out, IIRC.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 08:46:12 PM
Day Out, IIRC.

Thanks.

gonna be moving to TO soon. hopefully in the next few months.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 08:50:43 PM
Thanks.

gonna be moving to TO soon. hopefully in the next few months.....
consider yourself warned.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 09:04:18 PM
consider yourself warned.

why warned?  My wife is from there. been there many times.... besides for the COR controlling everything and food prices being much more expensive (along with prices for most everything else) why should I be warned?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 08, 2012, 09:05:54 PM
you forgot gladstones which also closed

i was recently at marron bistro, and was very impressed...

for a good burger, dont forget howie t's
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 08, 2012, 09:06:33 PM
why warned?  My wife is from there. been there many times.... besides for the COR controlling everything and food prices being much more expensive (along with prices for most everything else) why should I be warned?
He was talking to the Torontonians... :))
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 09:08:39 PM
He was talking to the Torontonians... :))

hahaha   fair enough!!!! now if only my wife and I could find jobs there......
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 08, 2012, 09:13:37 PM
why warned?  My wife is from there. been there many times.... besides for the COR controlling everything and food prices being much more expensive (along with prices for most everything else) why should I be warned?
No good restaurants.
Everything is expensive, so unless your gonna be making a high income you won't have much money to spend on yourself.
There is no good community there. Each one has their crazy politics.
The COR controlling is in itself a reason not to go, if you're makpid on kosher.
The divorce rate in the frum community is outrageous. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 09:16:02 PM
i was recently at marron bistro, and was very impressed...

for a good burger, dont forget howie t's
Food report please?

now if only my wife and I could find jobs there......
Why move before having jobs?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 09:32:22 PM
Why move before having jobs?

because we want to move there (my wife is from there) and the responses we have been getting from places we have applied is that they dont look at people who dont live there. they have plenty of people applying who live there. so at some point, we just have to go and hope for the best. we have enough savings saved up (ideally for a house) to live on, and we could live at her parents for a little if we need to....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2012, 09:33:18 PM
because we want to move there (my wife is from there) and the responses we have been getting from places we have applied is that they dont look at people who dont live there. they have plenty of people applying who live there. so at some point, we just have to go and hope for the best. we have enough savings saved up (ideally for a house) to live on, and we could live at her parents for a little if we need to....
G/L!
When do you move?
Title: Re: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 08, 2012, 09:34:05 PM
Why move before having jobs?
See #3 from my post from pros and cons of where you live
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2012, 09:38:02 PM
G/L!
When do you move?

ideally want to move before Pesach. so if my wife doesn't get  a job there before that (I cant legally work there yet), we will probably move around Pesach time. at least if we want to take a vacation somewhere, if we both don't have jobs, the vacation will be free, thanks to DDF!!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 08, 2012, 09:47:48 PM
Food report please?
i went on the first day they were open after sukkos and they didnt have a full menu (most notably no duck on the menu)
the menu changes every few weeks so no guarantees theyll have what i had

we ordered the bone marrow appetizer which was amazing. the basically sliced a huge bone lengthwise and roasted it with a wonderful crust (eaten with toasted bread)
we also had the tongue and salami tostada with poached egg which was muy delicioso as well

i recall being stuffed at that point and regretting ordering our steaks which we couldnt fully appreciate

i think we got a dessert but i forget what it was...

all in all, a wonderful meal
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 09, 2012, 01:09:55 PM
i went on the first day they were open after sukkos and they didnt have a full menu (most notably no duck on the menu)
the menu changes every few weeks so no guarantees theyll have what i had

we ordered the bone marrow appetizer which was amazing. the basically sliced a huge bone lengthwise and roasted it with a wonderful crust (eaten with toasted bread)
we also had the tongue and salami tostada with poached egg which was muy delicioso as well

i recall being stuffed at that point and regretting ordering our steaks which we couldnt fully appreciate

i think we got a dessert but i forget what it was...

all in all, a wonderful meal

I haven't had anything there that wasn't good. The chef is unbelievable and was trained at a top culinary school in France. He changes his menu often based on quality and availability ensuring the best quality meals. One of the best things he has often on the menu is beer-battered sweetbreads which are amazing (assuming you like sweetbreads of course).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on November 09, 2012, 01:24:02 PM
because we want to move there (my wife is from there) and the responses we have been getting from places we have applied is that they dont look at people who dont live there. they have plenty of people applying who live there. so at some point, we just have to go and hope for the best. we have enough savings saved up (ideally for a house) to live on, and we could live at her parents for a little if we need to....

Be very careful and don't make assumptions. Just the mere fact of living in Toronto will not help you get any job. Ensure that you get proper sponsorship or permanent residence status first (Canadian version of US Green Card), otherwise you cannot legally work in Canada. Also, the economy here is very deceptive, while it appears better than the US on paper, the job market is pretty crappy in Toronto, most of the jobs being created in Canada are out west (Alberta and Saskatchewan).

In regards of things being expensive, it's all relative, what's expensive to one is not for another. Yes, housing costs are higher within the Jewish community but that is no different than in any other city. In terms of buying things in general, yes things are a bit more expensive in Canada but all-in-all if you can manage you expenses properly you'll find that it is not that much more than most major cities in the US.

In terms of communities and their politics it's no different than any other major city with a decent-large Jewish population. There is a community for every type of hashkafa and age group in the city and it's all just a matter of which one fits you best and how much you are willing to spend on living accommodations (rent vs. ownership and costs associated with both)

And I'm not quite sure what JEWDA is talking about there being a high divorce rate in the Jewish community, I don't think it's any different on a per capita level than any other city.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 10, 2012, 06:51:41 PM

And I'm not quite sure what JEWDA is talking about there being a high divorce rate in the Jewish community, I don't think it's any different on a per capita level than any other city.
well he did write
No good restaurants.
so he must be off the mark when it comes to TO
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 10, 2012, 06:58:48 PM
well he did write so he must be off the mark when it comes to TO
Quote
Lol. I haven't been there yet but who says it will be open tomorrow? I say that because I happen to know the owner...
Regarding divorces, I happen to know someone that's by every Get in Toronto, he told me that.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 10, 2012, 07:14:18 PM
Lol. I haven't been there yet but who says it will be open tomorrow? I say that because I happen to know the owner...
are you suggesting an imminent closure? it is on eglinton after all, but its been open a good few years now...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 10, 2012, 07:17:56 PM
are you suggesting an imminent closure? it is on eglinton after all, but its been open a good few years now...
no. But that's just how Toronto works.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 10, 2012, 07:42:36 PM
no. But that's just how Toronto works.
so if its pure speculation, why mention anything about the owner?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youthink on November 11, 2012, 07:01:36 PM
No good restaurants.
Everything is expensive, so unless your gonna be making a high income you won't have much money to spend on yourself.
There is no good community there. Each one has their crazy politics.
The COR controlling is in itself a reason not to go, if you're makpid on kosher.
The divorce rate in the frum community is outrageous. 

There's a lot between the lines of this post, however Toronto is definitely a very large Jewish Community (either 3rd or 4th in NA IIRC behind NY, LA & Chicago) and is made up of many communities all with their own issues.

Regardless, its a vibrant town with much going for it. The economy on a macro level is booming, there are more construction cranes in the sky than any other North American city, and housing has appreciated consistently for the lat 20 years. Growth is primarily driven by immigration (all those people who couldn't get into the US try Canada) and the local financial district. You don't hear too many stories about business shutting down, forclosures, bailouts and that sort of thing like the US media likes to harp on about the US economy.

The kosher restaurant quagmire is strange as there are cities such as Montreal that have smaller communities and have more and higher quality restaurants that don't shut down every week. Maybe we just don't like eating out that much.

Cost of living is a function of your lifestyle and where you live. Generally, kosher food and gas is more expensive but this can also be relative to the value of the Canadian US exchange rate. Yes, houses cost more, but at least you can be reasonably sure it won't go down in value. Income taxes can be quite a bit higher and are fundamentally different in many ways (you file as individuals not as a household and you can't deduct mortgage interest), but this varies based on province or state and your income tax bracket. Every situation will be different.

One thing probably relevant to many here, is that generally the cost of your religious private school tuition can be claimed as a charitable contribution - in effect that's a 40% discount on your tuition. Also, maternity leave is 12 months and the government will pay you up to around $23k during that period depending on prior income.

Bottom line, Canada and the US are very similar in just about every way, but the subtle social, cultural and legal differences will have more of an impact on some then others. As far as Jewish communities go, Toronto is as different from LA as LA is from Boston. Its the city that's perhaps different not really the fact that its in a different country.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 11, 2012, 07:07:57 PM
You forgot that the men also get maternity leave now.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youthink on November 11, 2012, 10:34:49 PM
You forgot that the men also get maternity leave now.

Yup, paternity leave but it's limited to a total 12 months between the 2. Most don't take it for a number of reasons. Another topic for another day.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 14, 2012, 03:35:30 PM
A friend of ours was flown home from Israel to Toronto after breaking his shoulder this weekend, for emergency surgery. We'd like to send him something - balloons, candy, whatever. Can anyone recommend a nice place to order from that delivers?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 14, 2012, 03:41:04 PM
A friend of ours was flown home from Israel to Toronto after breaking his shoulder this weekend, for emergency surgery. We'd like to send him something - balloons, candy, whatever. Can anyone recommend a nice place to order from that delivers?
http://www.balloonbash.com/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 14, 2012, 05:56:33 PM
chocolate charm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 14, 2012, 05:57:47 PM
chocolate charm
do they deliver?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 14, 2012, 07:27:39 PM
do they deliver?

Yes, see here http://www.chocolatecharm.ca/.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on November 14, 2012, 09:15:39 PM
Highly recommend choclate charm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 14, 2012, 09:16:24 PM
Highly recommend choclate charm
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 14, 2012, 09:51:34 PM
Highly recommend choclate charm

+1, they are really professional looking and very tasty.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 14, 2012, 09:53:39 PM
+1, they are really professional looking and very tasty.
And pricey   :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 14, 2012, 09:55:00 PM
And pricey   :)

lol, was thinking if i should write that..
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2012, 11:53:39 PM
Choc Charm
Choc Moose
Praline.

Def no lack of chocolate in YYZ!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 15, 2012, 02:39:23 AM
Choc Charm
Choc Moose
Praline.

Def no lack of chocolate in YYZ!

But are they all places that would deliver?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 15, 2012, 03:04:43 AM
Choc Charm
Choc Moose
Praline.

Def no lack of chocolate in YYZ!
right, but chocolate charm is in a league of its own imho
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 15, 2012, 10:10:21 AM
right, but chocolate charm is in a league of its own imho
That's because they'll make you any type of chocolate you want, like you could get the person a chocolate that looks like himself lol.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 15, 2012, 10:34:13 AM
Choc Charm
Choc Moose
Praline.

Def no lack of chocolate in YYZ!

I highly recommend Praline.  http://www.pralinechocolate.com/

Great stuff!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on November 15, 2012, 10:37:40 AM
I highly recommend Praline.  http://www.pralinechocolate.com/

Great stuff!
Not such a big selection there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 15, 2012, 10:53:59 AM
Not such a big selection there.

+1, chocolate charm is much better, lots of torontonians buy their gifts there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on November 18, 2012, 01:31:18 PM
+1, chocolate charm is much better, lots of torontonians buy their gifts there.
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 20, 2013, 02:35:46 AM
I am looking to stay 2 nights in toronto. Want to go easy on the points so trying for C & P
Trying to find a nice place with free parking
Anyone with suggestions?
This looks nice. Anyone stay here?
https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3380
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 20, 2013, 02:50:37 AM
I am looking to stay 2 nights in toronto. Want to go easy on the points so trying for C & P
Trying to find a nice place with free parking
Anyone with suggestions?
This looks nice. Anyone stay here?
https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3380
It's a bit of a drive from any of the Jewish areas.  Right near great shopping - Vaughn Mills.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 20, 2013, 07:58:00 AM
It's a bit of a drive from any of the Jewish areas.  Right near great shopping - Vaughn Mills.
I'm going to a wedding in the bayit. It looked pretty close on a map.

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 20, 2013, 01:26:43 PM
I am looking to stay 2 nights in toronto. Want to go easy on the points so trying for C & P
Trying to find a nice place with free parking
Anyone with suggestions?
This looks nice. Anyone stay here?
https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3380
I booked this for right now.
 
Any other recommendations for C &  P.

My real question is, is it that much nicer to stay in one of the westins which are more C & P + parking rather than the aloft?

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 20, 2013, 09:01:28 PM
I'm going to a wedding in the bayit. It looked pretty close on a map.


15-25 min drive depending on traffic.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 20, 2013, 09:18:34 PM
15-25 min drive depending on traffic.
It seems that's the closest. You know anything closer?

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 20, 2013, 10:56:09 PM
It seems that's the closest. You know anything closer?


This one might be closer.  I assume you only want spg.
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 20, 2013, 11:11:47 PM
This one might be closer.  I assume you only want spg.
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
The 1st night, they dont have C and P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 20, 2013, 11:13:43 PM
The 1st night, they dont have C and P
You didn't post ur dates.  The Aloft seems to be a good fit then.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 20, 2013, 11:18:55 PM
You didn't post ur dates.  The Aloft seems to be a good fit then.
Feb 13 - 15
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on January 22, 2013, 11:59:36 PM
We have family wedding at The Terrace wedding Hall on Creditstone Rd in Toronto and
Will be in Toronto from Feb 26, until March 3rd
I would like some advice about where to stay( family of 7), best hotels, perhaps suite style rooms, recommendations for restaurants ,where to go w the kids for entertainment...etc


Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on January 23, 2013, 05:31:18 PM
This one might be closer.  I assume you only want spg.
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
The 1st night, they dont have C and P
Called SPG today asked them to call the hotel direct to let me use C & P for the 1st night. Cha ching.

The hotel manually over rid it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on January 28, 2013, 07:26:40 PM
What's the cheapest way to rent a car in Toronto from this Wed 1/28 until Sun 2/3? Priceline?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 30, 2013, 05:17:28 AM
How far is the jewish community in toronto from yyz?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 30, 2013, 05:40:15 AM
How far is the jewish community in toronto from yyz?
depending which area of the jewish community you are referring to and traffic, 10-30 minutes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 30, 2013, 02:38:05 PM
depending which area of the jewish community you are referring to and traffic, 10-30 minutes.
So max 30 min?
If motzei Shabbos is 7:20 pm, can I make a 8:30 flight to new york. What about a 9pm flight?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2013, 02:43:54 PM
So max 30 min?
If motzei Shabbos is 7:20 pm, can I make a 8:30 flight to new york. What about a 9pm flight?
No. Not enough time to clear customs.
Maybe.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 30, 2013, 03:06:12 PM
So max 30 min?
If motzei Shabbos is 7:20 pm, can I make a 8:30 flight to new york. What about a 9pm flight?

No. Not enough time to clear customs.
Maybe.

If u go from YTZ then yes, cuz there is no customs there, u do it upon arrival in ewr.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 30, 2013, 03:36:07 PM
If u go from YTZ then yes, cuz there is no customs there, u do it upon arrival in ewr.
Thanks. They dont have flights past 4 pm, the day im looking.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 30, 2013, 06:39:51 PM
No. Not enough time to clear customs.
Maybe.
Google maps is showing destination as 17-18 minutes.
How long is custom process? If i arrive in the airport at 8pm, is it ample time for a 9pm flight? (Not checking luggage)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 30, 2013, 07:35:36 PM
No. Not enough time to clear customs.
Maybe.

Are flights to JFK also pre-cleared in YYZ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2013, 07:44:21 PM
Are flights to JFK also pre-cleared in YYZ?
Yes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 30, 2013, 07:46:10 PM
Google maps is showing destination as 17-18 minutes.
How long is custom process? If i arrive in the airport at 8pm, is it ample time for a 9pm flight? (Not checking luggage)

YMMV, when i was in yyz customs was just about 20 minutes, but it can get much longer. I wouldn't risk it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on January 30, 2013, 07:49:53 PM
YMMV, when i was in yyz customs was just about 20 minutes, but it can get much longer. I wouldn't risk it.
All right. I guess i would need to wait till Sunday to come back.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 19, 2013, 08:09:37 AM
Any body want to chime in with any updates about where to go,where to eat?
Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on February 19, 2013, 12:52:06 PM
Any body want to chime in with any updates about where to go,where to eat?
Thanks

Depends what type of food you want and what day you are going. Some restaurants are not open on Motzei Shabbos. For fancy Meron is a great place. For regular food it depends. Dr. Laffa is great for shwarma and other middle eastern style food...in fact they are going to be featured on the Food Network Canada this week on a show called "You Gotta Eat Here." It says a lot when a kosher restaurant is chosen for such a show.

For really good burgers I would suggest Burgy's, it's really really good.

Dairy restaurants it's a different story, most places are relatively the same in terms of menu and it all depends on where you are within the Toronto area. Most people within the city have their own preference for different reasons. A good choice is Pizza Cafe, but that's my preference.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 27, 2013, 11:59:22 AM
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Depends what type of food you want and what day you are going. Some restaurants are not open on Motzei Shabbos. For fancy Meron is a great place. For regular food it depends. Dr. Laffa is great for shwarma and other middle eastern style food...in fact they are going to be featured on the Food Network Canada this week on a show called "You Gotta Eat Here." It says a lot when a kosher restaurant is chosen for such a show.

For really good burgers I would suggest Burgy's, it's really really good.

Dairy restaurants it's a different story, most places are relatively the same in terms of menu and it all depends on where you are within the Toronto area. Most people within the city have their own preference for different reasons. A good choice is Pizza Cafe, but that's my preference.

ok thanks
got here last night,wow what a welcome evryhtings covered in white
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aryeh1 on March 19, 2013, 07:42:45 PM
Any kosher resturants in Buffalo?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on March 20, 2013, 10:32:01 PM
Any kosher resturants in Buffalo?

http://bit.ly/Y0pJbU
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yk on April 10, 2013, 11:34:53 AM
Has anyone been to Canadas Wonderland? Is it a tznius place to go (is the water park in a separate area...)? How does it compare to six flags?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on April 11, 2013, 04:18:43 PM
Yup, Great Rides! Lots of Fun.... Same lineups as any theme park....Water park IS seperate...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yk on April 11, 2013, 08:58:43 PM
Are there lots of shows? Is there loud goyishe music blasting? Do you recall if there is a dress code for inside the park? Would you consider it more of a theme park or just a park with great roller coasters?

I would like to bring a group of (very frum) 13 yr olds there, and I need to know if it is appropriate for them.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on April 13, 2013, 04:38:24 PM
Waterpark is separate but people walk around the main park before waterpark and after the waterpark in waterpark getup.

It's been many years since I've been there, but AFAIR it's a theme park (hence the name Paramount) with awesome roller coasters and probably not for very frum 13 year olds.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yk on April 14, 2013, 12:55:19 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: SGF on April 14, 2013, 01:18:01 AM
Has anyone been to Canadas Wonderland? Is it a tznius place to go (is the water park in a separate area...)? How does it compare to six flags?
was there many years ago and wasent too bad but i heard that lately it became much worse.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 16, 2013, 03:18:48 PM
just an update on marron restaurant, went back last week and food was not early as good as when i was there last. i subsequently learned that the head chef had left a few weeks prior...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yk on April 21, 2013, 01:46:25 PM
Anyone been to Centre Island recently? How much time can be spent there? Are the activities any good? Any reviews on the haunted house?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yare on April 21, 2013, 07:20:26 PM
this is a long thread...    can anyone recommend the nice points hotels in toronto?              i recall reading people were very disappointed with the park hyatt.   are there any better alternatives?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 21, 2013, 07:23:22 PM
this is a long thread...    can anyone recommend the nice points hotels in toronto?              i recall reading people were very disappointed with the park hyatt.   are there any better alternatives?
i find you dont get good value on your points there, as priceline hotels could be had on the cheap
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yare on April 21, 2013, 07:24:23 PM
i find you dont get good value on your points there, as priceline hotels could be had on the cheap
any particular hotels i should be aiming for when i bid?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on April 21, 2013, 07:25:10 PM
check out biddingfortravel.com or betterbidding.com to see what people are getting and for what kind of bid
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on April 28, 2013, 05:57:35 PM
Has anyone stayed in the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel? How close is it to the shuls and restaurants? Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2013, 06:51:26 PM
It's ten-fifteen minutes on a toll road to Thornhill. Further to Bathurst and Lawrence area. Very far from the city
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on April 28, 2013, 07:15:36 PM
Thanks. Which SPG hotel is closest?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2013, 07:29:35 PM
To the Jewish community? Don't know if there is one
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on April 28, 2013, 07:46:29 PM
Thanks, the dates I wanna go, the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel has cash and points open. I will have a car so 10-15 min is not so bad. What about the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2013, 07:51:58 PM
25 minutes to Bathurst and Lawrence without traffic (good luck in the morning). Convenient to downtown. What are you doing in Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on April 28, 2013, 07:55:11 PM
Have never been there before. Looking for somewhere close to Clev to go with the family in the summer (that actually has kosher restaurants!) Probably going to stop at the falls on the way.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on April 28, 2013, 08:02:43 PM
Has anyone stayed in the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel? How close is it to the shuls and restaurants? Thanks
I've stayed there. Was there for a wedding so not how far from shuls and stuff.

Very decent hotel, but nothing to write home about.

I've gotten them to open up C&P.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2013, 08:42:53 PM
Have never been there before. Looking for somewhere close to Clev to go with the family in the summer (that actually has kosher restaurants!) Probably going to stop at the falls on the way.
Do you want to be close to the city or to the Jewish community? Seems like there are a few holiday inns pretty close to the Jewish community
this seems like a good location
http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/toronto/yyzty/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=mdpr-_-GoogleMapsCA-_-hi-_-yyzty
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on April 28, 2013, 08:51:51 PM
I've stayed there. Was there for a wedding so not how far from shuls and stuff.

Very decent hotel, but nothing to write home about.

I've gotten them to open up C&P.
The dates I want C&P is open.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on April 28, 2013, 08:54:02 PM
The dates I want C&P is open.
Thanks! Prob Jewish community food is a big priority!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 06, 2013, 09:03:40 AM
Just a heads up for people flying into and out of yyz: the waits are terrible for clearing customs and security (if you don't have nexus, mine hasn't cleared yet as I'm still waiting for an appointment). The sequester is apparently putting a major strain on the airport. Budget well over an hour to get through. And get nexus for free with your amex plat if you plan on flying with any regularity
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on May 06, 2013, 10:34:19 AM
I'm planning my first trip to Niagra this summer.
My understanding is that upgrades are quite scarce during peak season.
Is there a point in staying at the falls if u are not going to get a fallsview or a suite or should i rather stay 15 mon away at the 4points suites where i'm guaranteed a 1 bedroom suite.

IMHO you answered your own question,(depending on which hotel) if your not going to get a fallsview or suite then you might as well go 15 mins away to get one. Unless you want to be within walking distance to the falls or Clifton Hill.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on May 06, 2013, 01:40:11 PM
IMHO you answered your own question,(depending on which hotel) if your not going to get a fallsview or suite then you might as well go 15 mins away to get one. Unless you want to be within walking distance to the falls or Clifton Hill.
hence the question. is there decent (inexpensive) parking, is traffic crazy, etc.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on May 06, 2013, 02:23:32 PM
hence the question. is there decent (inexpensive) parking, is traffic crazy, etc.

Youre not going to have any traffic issues. And as for parking, youll have to pay for parking at most hotels on the falls anyways. AFAIK you have to pay for parking AT the falls (visitors center on the falls) so unless you can walk from your hotel youll pay it anyways,and keep in mind the Canadian side has two main areas and it all depends which one your staying around.
So i would say if you stay further away either park on the street if you can find, or park at the casinos which is usually pretty cheap (you might have to prove you went in to get a cheaper rate).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 06, 2013, 04:15:23 PM
Look up thread for an idea (I think I posted it) of how to park for free at the falls (USA side)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on May 17, 2013, 02:14:30 PM
Is there anyone here who moved from the US to Toronto that I could talk to? about bank accounts, health insurance, moving, phone plans, etc. If anyone doesn't mind helping me out with some advice, I would greatly appreciate it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2013, 02:19:18 PM
Is there anyone here who moved from the US to Toronto that I could talk to? about bank accounts, health insurance, moving, phone plans, etc. If anyone doesn't mind helping me out with some advice, I would greatly appreciate it.
I'm in the process. where you moving to? when? for what?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on June 04, 2013, 10:22:17 AM
Kosher food available at Pearson airport

See below

http://cor.ca/view/458/kosher_food_at_pearson_airport_thanks_to_cor_certified_grodzinski_bakery.html
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 04, 2013, 10:24:37 AM
Kosher food available at Pearson airport

See below

http://cor.ca/view/458/kosher_food_at_pearson_airport_thanks_to_cor_certified_grodzinski_bakery.html
the sandwiches are excellent
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on June 06, 2013, 11:22:52 PM
What is if I would like to have a phone in Toronto for a day or two???
Your best bet is to get an unlocked gsm phone (which your AT&T probably is) buy a prepaid Rogers SIM card for About $7 on ebay, you get to choose from different plan options. Then you can go into any gas station or other locations and tell them you want say a $15 Rogers card( or whatever amount you think you'll need). They print you out a receipt with a code which you then add to your Rogers SIM card. Ime that was the cheapest. Just note that once you add minutes to the sim they are good for 30 days.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dove on June 06, 2013, 11:27:57 PM
How about any ideas calling over wifi using my existing AT&T phone???
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on June 06, 2013, 11:29:07 PM
They do have data plans. If you go to their website you can see them to get an idea.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: shmueli2007 on June 07, 2013, 12:27:08 AM
I will be i staying at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel - parking is $25/Day there.
Does anyone please know ANY way or any where I can get preferably free parking in that immediate area??
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on June 10, 2013, 10:30:51 PM
Yup I think it's run by chabad
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on June 11, 2013, 10:16:28 PM
Are there any shacharis minyanim in downtown Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 11, 2013, 11:59:31 PM
Are there any shacharis minyanim in downtown Toronto?

check godaven.com (http://godaven.com)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 12, 2013, 12:01:30 AM
Binghamton has a great discovery center for kids lots of fun hands on activities for kids, they'll love it. Also they have IMHO one of the best go kart tracks called north gate speedway, haven't been there in a while though. In Corning/Rochester there is A very nice glass museum. In Toronto not much excitement however if your in the mood of driving about 2 hours north of Toronto is blue mountain with lots to do.

tx, think i'll be stopping by the finger lakes as well
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on June 18, 2013, 04:29:04 PM
I got a better deal last week for those same dates. Saved a nice chunk with AAA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on July 08, 2013, 08:02:07 PM
What's the cheapest way to fly to niagra? I have AA, UR, Amex, Spg, United.
Is it still possible to fly within the month?
TIA (read the last 12 pages and noting on flying)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on July 08, 2013, 08:28:15 PM
What's the cheapest way to fly to niagra? I have AA, UR, Amex, Spg, United.
Is it still possible to fly within the month?
TIA (read the last 12 pages and noting on flying)

Ba. To YYZ. Or fly to buffalo
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 08, 2013, 08:29:08 PM
What's the cheapest way to fly to niagra? I have AA, UR, Amex, Spg, United.
Is it still possible to fly within the month?
TIA (read the last 12 pages and noting on flying)
Where are you going from? You sure it's not worth it to drive?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on July 08, 2013, 11:29:04 PM
sorry left that out nyc
we are both new drivers...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on July 08, 2013, 11:38:15 PM
sorry left that out nyc
we are both new drivers...

8 hours of driving can do a lot to fix that
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 09, 2013, 12:01:41 AM
8 hours of driving can do a lot to fix that
+1 if your worried just take the thruway straight up instead if the 80 to the 81 its a little longer but a straight simple highway with a fare share of rest stops  , great for practice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on July 09, 2013, 12:05:57 AM
+1 if your worried just take the thruway straight up instead if the 80 to the 81 its a little longer but a straight simple highway with a fare share of rest stops  , great for practice.
We are VERY new and it can get dangerous, plus gas and renting a car is very expensive.
Wouldn't flying with miles be cheaper?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 09, 2013, 12:12:50 AM
Round trip for gas is about $160, car rental depends,for flying  depends on what points your using,
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on July 09, 2013, 12:24:05 AM
Round trip for gas is about $160, car rental depends,for flying  depends on what points your using,
That was my original Q which miles should I use?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 09, 2013, 12:39:14 AM
That was my original Q which miles should I use?
Ba
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on July 11, 2013, 12:16:07 AM
Ba
Searched with ba and it says it doesn't fly there (from NYC).
What am I doing wrong?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 11, 2013, 06:45:07 PM
Searched with ba and it says it doesn't fly there (from NYC).
What am I doing wrong?
BA doesn't fly anywhere domestic from nyc. They're a British carrier (hence the name BA). U need to search partner flights.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 11, 2013, 10:55:20 PM
Searched with ba and it says it doesn't fly there (from NYC).
What am I doing wrong?
U need to book aa using avios
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on July 12, 2013, 12:38:22 AM
Called AA said that don't fly there directly would have to take a connecting flight through Chicago.
Does anyone have experience with this?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 12, 2013, 03:08:05 AM
Called AA said that don't fly there directly would have to take a connecting flight through Chicago.
Does anyone have experience with this?
They do I've flown with them, google booking avios with partners, click on the link to ba enter your dates and make sure to click to check partner airlines and you should see the flights, they're from either JFK or lga
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2013, 04:50:40 AM
They do I've flown with them, google booking avios with partners, click on the link to ba enter your dates and make sure to click to check partner airlines and you should see the flights, they're from either JFK or lga
Are you just trying to pull his leg now? There are no aa direct flights to buffalo from NYC
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 12, 2013, 03:23:43 PM
Oh... I thought he was looking to go to yyz..... Hope I didn't waste to much of his time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 07, 2013, 06:54:18 AM
gladstones closed a couple years back, but another restaurant better than  all the etc... is marron also on eglinton.
wow, you quoted my post of over 5 years. that must be a ddf record.

as far as marron, i think they went way down when the head chef left a few moths ago
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 07, 2013, 08:57:00 AM
wow, you quoted my post of over 5 years. that must be a ddf record.

as far as marron, i think they went way down when the head chef left a few moths ago
+1
Bistro Grande the only place to eat out
:(
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 07, 2013, 09:53:29 AM
+1
Bistro Grande the only place to eat out
:(
but what does one do if he wants meat?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 07, 2013, 11:30:17 AM
but what does one do if he wants meat?
Marron but its not like a typical restaurant they have a set menu of what they are serving and it changes per wk/night so call before and see if your interested. Besides for that all you have is deli and fast food etc.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2013, 11:34:59 AM
but what does one do if he wants meat?
There's always YUL and YVR :P
YYZ situation is just sad these days for such a massive community.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 07, 2013, 11:38:06 AM
Marron but its not like a typical restaurant they have a set menu of what they are serving and it changes per wk/night so call before and see if your interested. Besides for that all you have is deli and fast food etc.
im interested in the idea of the dish, but not if its executed poorly. for that, no calling will help
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 07, 2013, 12:06:17 PM
You got your upgrade?
For 11k SPG + $50 a night

They discounted the upgrade fee
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 07, 2013, 12:19:47 PM
im interested in the idea of the dish, but not if its executed poorly. for that, no calling will help
If its any help I've gone there a bunch of times. Usually the food is good but the portions are small, there is always a meat on the menu so you can't lose out too much...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 10, 2013, 10:30:35 PM
Best route for a night time drive NYC to Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 10, 2013, 10:32:25 PM
Best route for a night time drive NYC to Toronto?

NYS Thruway all the way. Straight, lit up, and rest stops.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 10, 2013, 11:11:01 PM
NYS Thruway all the way. Straight, lit up, and rest stops.
thruway (87) ? won't that land him in the Montreal vic.?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on August 10, 2013, 11:12:36 PM
thruway (87) ? won't that land him in the Montreal vic.?

the thruway goes to albany and then to buffalo.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 10, 2013, 11:17:02 PM
the thruway goes to albany and then to buffalo.
diff. Interstates though 87&90 . That looks way out of the way on a map. Though I've never done it to know for sure
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 10, 2013, 11:34:54 PM
Best route for a night time drive NYC to Toronto?
It depends where your leaving from?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 10, 2013, 11:36:28 PM
It depends where your leaving from?
depends where in nyc????
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 10, 2013, 11:37:24 PM
NYS Thruway all the way. Straight, lit up, and rest stops.
This is only true if your going from monsey, true the thruway had rest stops but can be up to 45 min out of the way, and the 81 does have 3 rest stops although agree they aren't more then bathroom and vending machines
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 10, 2013, 11:44:02 PM
depends where in nyc????
Oops sorry didn't see that, the shortest is by taking the 80 -380-81-690-90, although that route doesn't have great rest stops until you get to the 90, the 80 has nothing, 81 between Scranton  and Binghamton which is about 65 miles has one, and from Binghamton to Syracuse you have 2 or 3 but these are just bathroom vending machine stops, if your expecting inclement weather I would recommend taking the thruway straight since the other route is much more difficult driving during bad weather .
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sguitarist18 on August 12, 2013, 08:58:27 AM
Can someone wikify this htread please? I went through about 20 -ages, takign notes (oh, ok, this restaurant seems to get great reviews) before skipping to 2012 and finding out that most are closed :-)

Are there any other restaurants aside from freshbar?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 25, 2013, 09:43:11 PM
Anyone know a cheap way to get Blue Jays tickets (besides Stub Hub)? Anyone know where the kosher stand is located at the Rogers Centre?

Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: wierdal832 on August 25, 2013, 09:45:02 PM
Anyone know a cheap way to get Blue Jays tickets (besides Stub Hub)? Anyone know where the kosher stand is located at the Rogers Centre?

Thanks
scalping.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 25, 2013, 09:45:38 PM

Anyone know a cheap way to get Blue Jays tickets (besides Stub Hub)? Anyone know where the kosher stand is located at the Rogers Centre?

Thanks
At the game they sell tickets on the street
I think it's like 38/28 aisle
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on September 15, 2013, 11:16:21 AM
Wow.
Any reviews?

I thought u knew about this already.....http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13401.msg237731#msg237731

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 16, 2013, 01:13:34 AM
Wow.
Any reviews?
I'll ask around. Or you can wait for my wife's birthday
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on September 16, 2013, 11:31:35 PM
IMHO They are really nice!
any specific?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 02, 2013, 04:57:27 PM
We'll just be in the area for the day.  Our flight lands at 3:45pm and leaves at 11:45pm so we have time to go to Niagara Falls and hopefully have dinner before we leave.  So what are the good places to eat in Toronto?
Casual or fancy?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 04:57:59 PM
More casual, not too expensive.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 05:02:18 PM
More casual, not too expensive.
Omni jewels, bistro grande or milk and honey
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:03:56 PM
Omni jewels, bistro grande or milk and honey
Not a Cafe Sheli fan?
Omni has some great cheesecake and coffee drinks but I don't recall the food being anything special.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 02, 2013, 05:04:58 PM
More casual, not too expensive.
Omni jewels, bistro grande or milk and honey
JMHO.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:06:48 PM
Milk n Honey looks to be pretty cheap. Anything like LA's Milk n Honey?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 02, 2013, 05:09:00 PM
Milk n Honey looks to be pretty cheap. Anything like LA's Milk n Honey?
Haven't been for some time, don't want to speculate.


You can also try Dairy Treats.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:10:30 PM
Milk n Honey looks to be pretty cheap. Anything like LA's Milk n Honey?
Toronto doesn't really have great restaurants. Though perhaps the PH is an exception.
Lags behind YUL and YVR even though there are a ton of jews in YYZ.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 02, 2013, 05:11:50 PM
Toronto doesn't really have great restaurants. Though perhaps the PH is an exception.
Lags behind YUL and YVR even though there are a ton of jews.
Not saying it is great, but have you been to Bistro Grande? Not really a "regular" Toronto restaurant.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:12:01 PM
Toronto doesn't really have great restaurants. Though perhaps the PH is an exception.
Lags behind YUL and YVR even though there are a ton of jews.

What's PH?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:13:03 PM
What's PH?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=71.msg584084#msg584084
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:13:56 PM
Not saying it is great, but have you been to Bistro Grande? Not really a "regular" Toronto restaurant.
No but I haven't read any reviews here about anything amazing in YYZ.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:14:20 PM
That's what I thought, but didn't think it counted as a regular restaurant.  I guess that's why you said perhaps.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 05:16:11 PM
Not a Cafe Sheli fan?
Omni has some great cheesecake and coffee drinks but I don't recall the food being anything special.
Cafe sheli is pretty good but also nothing special. And it's less convenient to his itinerary (I don't think he has enough daylight hours or time as it is)
Really liked the bread bowl French onion soup
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:17:15 PM
Cafe sheli is pretty good but also nothing special. And it's less convenient to his itinerary (I don't think he has enough daylight hours or time as it is)
Really liked the bread bowl French onion soup

I know there's not enough daylight hours, but you really don't think there's enough time to get to and from Niagara just to see the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on October 02, 2013, 05:18:40 PM
Milk n Honey looks to be pretty cheap. Anything like LA's Milk n Honey?
Cheap-ish Omni is better
Not a Cafe Sheli fan?
Omni has some great cheesecake and coffee drinks but I don't recall the food being anything special.
Best Cheesecake are in OMNI and the food is quite good too...great paste
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:19:29 PM
If you're doing Iguazu then what's the point?
Just look at a faucet.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:20:53 PM
If you're doing Iguazu then what's the point?
Just look at a faucet.

You remembered.  :) I've never seen Niagara, so if I don't see it first I'll never want to go back.  Plus it's for reference to compare to Iguazu.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 05:20:59 PM
Toronto doesn't really have great restaurants. Though perhaps the PH is an exception.
Lags behind YUL and YVR even though there are a ton of jews in YYZ.
Really strange. And the Jews here have a lot of money. Yet they can't keep a nice restaurant open. I think it has to do with prices here as even in the not nice ones they are kind blowing so what a nice one would have to charge to be profitable is probably too much
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:24:44 PM
Really strange. And the Jews here have a lot of money. Yet they can't keep a nice restaurant open. I think it has to do with prices here as even in the not nice ones they are kind blowing so what a nice one would have to charge to be profitable is probably too much

And that's not the case in YUL and YVR?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 05:29:12 PM
I know there's not enough daylight hours, but you really don't think there's enough time to get to and from Niagara just to see the falls?
345. Out of the airport with car earliest 430. 6:00 by the falls, best case scenario. What time is sunset?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:29:52 PM
If you're doing Iguazu then what's the point?
Just look at a faucet.
Do you think it's crazy? Should I just skip it and spend the day in Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:30:51 PM
345. Out of the airport with car earliest 430. 6:00 by the falls, best case scenario. What time is sunset?
6:12pm when we'll be there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 05:36:51 PM
6:12pm when we'll be there.
So you have global entry or nexus?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 05:40:32 PM
So you have global entry or nexus?
Global entry.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:42:23 PM
I recall Cafe Sheli having good French onion soup in a breadbowl and good eggplant parm.

Guess I'll hit up Omni, BG, and the PH next time.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2013, 05:44:05 PM
And that's not the case in YUL and YVR?
Small fraction of the Jews but much higher quality eateries.

Go figure.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 05:49:47 PM
I recall Cafe Sheli having good French onion soup in a breadbowl and good eggplant parm.

Guess I'll hit up Omni, BG, and the PH next time.
What about beis ergel?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on October 02, 2013, 06:03:04 PM
Really strange. And the Jews here have a lot of money. Yet they can't keep a nice restaurant open. I think it has to do with prices here as even in the not nice ones they are kind blowing so what a nice one would have to charge to be profitable is probably too much

You have to remember tax in canada is much higher thus the high prices....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on October 02, 2013, 07:17:20 PM
For those telling others to go into the Nexus lane with just Global Entry when coming back from Canada, please consider what they told me at the border, when i showed my GE pass by a regular lane;
 "Its a good thing you didn't go through the nexus lane, since the computer system does not recognize GE, and the people that tried it had to go inside the building to look it up.."
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 07:23:50 PM
For those telling others to go into the Nexus lane with just Global Entry when coming back from Canada, please consider what they told me at the border, when i showed my GE pass by a regular lane;
 "Its a good thing you didn't go through the nexus lane, since the computer system does not recognize GE, and the people that tried it had to go inside the building to look it up.."
Are you referring to travel by car or by air? By air they most definitely have GE machines. By car/foot I assume you have to go through a regular lane.
So for those telling people they can't use GE they should consider being clear as to what they are taking about
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 07:26:38 PM
Global entry.
So you need to be at the airport at 1035.
I guess you have time to just see the falls for a few. Falls at 630 Leave by 715. Dinner at 845. Out by 10/1015
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on October 02, 2013, 09:28:05 PM

Global entry.

I can't say for certain as I have not flown since February but I'm pretty sure that when you land in Canada you can ONLY use Nexus. I do not believe that Global Entry is available upon entry into Canada.

That being said, Nexus gives automatic Global Entry privileges however it does not work the other way around. If you are an American you will need to apply separately through your GOES account, you will need to be interviewed by a CBSA officer and you will need to have your retinas scanned at a NEXUS processing centre located in major Canadian airports. If you have not had your retinas scanned you cannot use NEXUS at the airports. You can still use Global Entry when crossing the US border at the Canadian airport US Customs pre-clearance.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 09:32:11 PM
I can't say for certain as I have not flown since February but I'm pretty sure that when you land in Canada you can ONLY use Nexus. I do not believe that Global Entry is available upon entry into Canada.

That being said, Nexus gives automatic Global Entry privileges however it does not work the other way around. If you are an American you will need to apply separately through your GOES account, you will need to be interviewed by a CBSA officer and you will need to have your retinas scanned at a NEXUS processing centre located in major Canadian airports. If you have not had your retinas scanned you cannot use NEXUS at the airports. You can still use Global Entry when crossing the US border at the Canadian airport US Customs pre-clearance.
Correct, although the lines entering Canada are not bad at all. The real problem (at least in YYZ) is entering the US when the lines can be forever, and there GE works.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 09:52:07 PM
So you need to be at the airport at 1035.
I guess you have time to just see the falls for a few. Falls at 630 Leave by 715. Dinner at 845. Out by 10/1015

That's the plan as of now. Do you think it's better to go to the US side of the falls or just look from the Canadian side (given my time frame)?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 03, 2013, 10:29:41 AM
Best Cheesecake are in OMNI and the food is quite good too...great paste
have you ever had the cheesecake at milk and honey?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on October 03, 2013, 11:21:42 AM
have you ever had the cheesecake at milk and honey?
Yes, difference between just a plain creamy cheesecake and a elegant and creative work of art (omni cheesecake)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 03, 2013, 11:52:36 AM
Yes, difference between just a plain creamy cheesecake and a elegant and creative work of art (omni cheesecake)
personally, i dont care about the piece of art (which i anyways dont think it is), but thats just me
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on October 08, 2013, 07:59:00 PM
Really strange. And the Jews here have a lot of money. Yet they can't keep a nice restaurant open. I think it has to do with prices here as even in the not nice ones they are kind blowing so what a nice one would have to charge to be profitable is probably too much
-1
It's a culture thing. To the extreme that LA is a restaurant culture, Toronto is not. Having grown up there (Toronto) I would say that eating out was always more of a special treat as opposed to a normal dinner option. In LA my experience has been that for many people eating at home is a chiddush. Whereas in NY they're both equal options.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on October 16, 2013, 06:51:54 PM
If you have the budget for it, Park Hyatt is offering a kosher tasting menu on Oct. 24 for $125 + tax and tip.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 16, 2013, 07:10:50 PM
If you have the budget for it, Park Hyatt is offering a kosher tasting menu on Oct. 24 for $125 + tax and tip.
Cool
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 21, 2013, 07:37:54 PM
Balli Lafa-shwarma and chicken shish kebob were very good. excellent rice. Light years better that Dr. Laffa (really overrated by the locals, although their shnitzel is very good)
Picked up and ate out, but looks like a very nice place to have a meal, kind of like hapisgah in Queens.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 10:50:57 AM
Reservations for next Thursday night at park Hyatt Toronto arnona restaurant. Really looking forward. Menu attached


Just an FYI: They are not open every Thursday night (they are not open tonight)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2013, 10:54:20 AM
Reservations for next Thursday night at park Hyatt Toronto arnona restaurant. Really looking forward. Menu attached
Looks excellent.  Cost?
Is that the normal menu? How early do you need to make reservations?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 10:55:12 AM
Looks excellent.  Cost?
Is that the normal menu? How early do you need to make reservations?
$125 + tax (13%) and tip.
I think the menu changes.
Don't know about how early you need reservations
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2013, 10:57:53 AM
$125 + tax (13%) and tip.
I think the menu changes.
Don't know about how early you need reservations
But it's open every night?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 10:59:22 AM
But it's open every night?
Halevai
Open select Wednesday and Thursday nights (or if you have a group). They are open November 14 and 21. I don't know other dates
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on November 07, 2013, 02:23:02 PM
Looks really good
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 02:23:32 PM
Looks really good
There's one review on yelp and it's very positive
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 06:32:53 PM
How early do you need to make reservations?
We typically request 48 hours’ notice so that we may prepare accordingly.
sarah.meade@hyatt.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2013, 06:50:23 PM
Keep us posted and take good pics!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2013, 07:09:48 PM
Keep us posted and take good pics!
Sure.

Just an FYI, they take CC info upon reservation and require 24 hrs notice of cancellation or they charge full price
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2013, 10:44:58 AM
PH meal report?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2013, 10:47:24 AM
PH meal report?
Unfortunately something came up and I had to cancel. Expect one coming in December
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2013, 10:55:50 AM
Are you guys planning on making a night of it? With the Hyatt deval the anniversary nights are gonna plummet in value.

PH YYZ is one of the few remaining good uses of them.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2013, 11:09:42 AM
Are you guys planning on making a night of it? With the Hyatt deval the anniversary nights are gonna plummet in value.

PH YYZ is one of the few remaining good uses of them.
Don't have an anniversary night now. I think I renew in February
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2013, 11:45:43 AM
Don't have an anniversary night now. I think I renew in February
My guess is that the price for them drops to $100 or so on DDF now that they're not good in NY for the first time ever or at the Andaz WeHo, etc.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2013, 11:47:57 AM
My guess is that the price for them drops to $100 or so on DDF now that they're not good in NY for the first time ever or at the Andaz WeHo, etc.
Except that I won't buy them... Maybe if someone wants to donate....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2013, 11:53:15 AM
Except that I won't buy them
Because?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2013, 11:55:10 AM
Because?
Against t and c's
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2013, 11:57:08 AM
Against t and c's
Why would a donation be OK then?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 17, 2013, 12:08:36 PM
Why would a donation be OK then?
Because that's not against the t and c's


Scratch that. You are correct. Donation wouldn't work either. Non transferable
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2013, 03:19:56 PM
Unfortunately something came up and I had to cancel. Expect one coming in December
ETA?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 11, 2013, 05:02:25 PM
This week my wife has an event Thursday night. 
Waiting to hear if they'll be open next Thursday
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 11, 2013, 06:17:18 PM
Our only day for kosher dining is December 12th until next year!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2013, 06:44:53 PM
Our only day for kosher dining is December 12th until next year!
Reschedule your wife's event ;D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 11, 2013, 07:04:25 PM
Reschedule your wife's event ;D
It's a school event. Maybe I can convince her to go after
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2013, 07:08:56 PM
go after
Hire babysitter.
Spend night away from the kids.
Good for the marriage.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 11, 2013, 11:38:20 PM

Hire babysitter.
Spend night away from the kids.
Good for the marriage.
+1 I want to hear already how it is...also the new Mexican restaurant
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 12, 2013, 12:21:12 AM
+1 I want to hear already how it is...also the new Mexican restaurant
I heard good things but it doesn't sound my speed. But there will definitely be a review forthcoming.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 12, 2013, 12:51:17 AM
+1 I want to hear already how it is...also the new Mexican restaurant
whats this Mexican thing?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 12, 2013, 07:51:30 PM
Lime Taco located in thornhill in the sobey's plaza
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on December 12, 2013, 10:41:43 PM

Lime Taco located in thornhill in the sobey's plaza
Did they open in Miami Grill's old place?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 12, 2013, 10:44:55 PM
Did they open in Miami Grill's old place?
So I'm told
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on December 12, 2013, 10:59:07 PM
I heard from one person who went on Sunday at 530 that they left Lime Taco at 7 and had not yet gotten the food. Someone else told me they went at 500 on a Monday evening and waited 20 minutes to be seated even though the place was nearly empty and left.   


Haven't heard about quality of the food since no one has been able to get good!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 13, 2013, 03:10:05 AM
lucky i didnt go there last night...went to ba li laffa seemed interesting.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 13, 2013, 07:20:47 AM
lucky i didnt go there last night...went to ba li laffa seemed interesting.
Seemed interesting? You weren't sure?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on December 13, 2013, 07:33:08 AM
Seemed interesting? You weren't sure?

HAha.  I really like Balli Laffa.  Portions are good size, prices are reasonable and the service is good
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 13, 2013, 08:07:37 AM
HAha.  I really like Balli Laffa.  Portions are good size, prices are reasonable and the service is good
+1 light years better than Dr. Laffa. I think it might be the best restaurant in Toronto (that's crazy and criminal, but that's for another discussion). Haven't tried the new one down south, forget what it's called
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on December 13, 2013, 09:36:52 AM
+1 light years better than Dr. Laffa. I think it might be the best restaurant in Toronto (that's crazy and criminal, but that's for another discussion). Haven't tried the new one down south, forget what it's called

I agree about it being the best restaurant. It is amazing to me that all the other places can't get it right and have decent food, with decent service for decent prices.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 13, 2013, 01:16:53 PM
Really sad for such a big city to have a laffa place as a best restaurant.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 13, 2013, 02:15:45 PM
Really sad for such a big city to have a laffa place as a best restaurant.
Yup. Although to be honest it's closer in style to hapisgah then to Golan
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 13, 2013, 02:42:42 PM

Yup. Although to be honest it's closer in style to hapisgah then to Golan
Still need better food and a formal meet place. Only thing that's opened up over the last 4 years has been fast food places (Bali Laffa and Dr Laffa are both fast food)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 13, 2013, 02:48:45 PM
Still need better food and a formal meet place. Only thing that's opened up over the last 4 years has been fast food places (Bali Laffa and Dr Laffa are both fast food)
There is supposedly a new restaurant that is supposed to be nicer. I'll get the name
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 14, 2013, 08:31:44 PM
fill us in...waiting on this Hyatt review
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 15, 2013, 02:31:38 AM
Seemed interesting? You weren't sure?
it was very nice and cozy, food was pretty good. however, it was not an upper scale type of place in regards to service etc even though it wasnt as cheap as your standard takeout....its a mix between a takeout and proper place to eat.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on December 15, 2013, 07:10:10 AM
Well there are two great place that opened up recently. The Pantry is milchigs, very good food.
And a Deli styled place called Ben&Izzy's they have delicious deli sandwiches
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 15, 2013, 01:35:24 PM
Well there are two great place that opened up recently. The Pantry is milchigs, very good food.
And a Deli styled place called Ben&Izzy's they have delicious deli sandwiches
Old News.
B&I is a flop not as good as the hype (although the pulled jack daniels brisket is good minus the apples on top)
Pantry is good, agreed

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 16, 2013, 02:02:09 AM
Well there are two great place that opened up recently. The Pantry is milchigs, very good food.
And a Deli styled place called Ben&Izzy's they have delicious deli sandwiches
is this in toronto or niagra?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 16, 2013, 06:36:27 AM
is this in toronto or niagra?
toronto

the pantry has been open for a while
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: caveman924 on December 18, 2013, 02:00:23 PM
I actually went to Lime Taco last week. It is in fact in the old Miami Grill location.

The service was a little slow, however I was seated in a party of 8 so it is somewhat understandable to take a little longer in order to properly time 8 different orders.

When you initially look at the menu there is a bit of sticker shock considering that it is not a formal restaurant, however, when you get your meal you soon realize that the portions are huge. I went for an early afternoon sitting....a late lunch at 130...and was out of there by 330...I was so full from the meal I didn't even eat dinner.

I found the food to be extremely fresh and flavourful. I only had one issue and that was the cilantro in my dish, however, that is more of a personal preference and considering that Mexican food often contains cilantro, it should have been expected. Also, a lot of their dishes come in the option of having either beef or chicken. I chose beef for my dish and although the dish was very tasty, I realized that the beef that they used was more of the flunken variety and was somewhat fatty. However, everyone else at the table who ordered with chicken said it was really fresh and juicy.

Finally, while we waited for our food, the manager (at least I think that's who the guy was) brought us over a large nacho platter on the house. Im not sure if this is a normal practice for them or if it was because we were a large party and therefore had to wait a little longer for our food but it was a nice touch and was covered in fresh salsa and refried beans and was really good.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 12:33:23 AM

I actually went to Lime Taco last week. It is in fact in the old Miami Grill location.

The service was a little slow, however I was seated in a party of 8 so it is somewhat understandable to take a little longer in order to properly time 8 different orders.

When you initially look at the menu there is a bit of sticker shock considering that it is not a formal restaurant, however, when you get your meal you soon realize that the portions are huge. I went for an early afternoon sitting....a late lunch at 130...and was out of there by 330...I was so full from the meal I didn't even eat dinner.

I found the food to be extremely fresh and flavourful. I only had one issue and that was the cilantro in my dish, however, that is more of a personal preference and considering that Mexican food often contains cilantro, it should have been expected. Also, a lot of their dishes come in the option of having either beef or chicken. I chose beef for my dish and although the dish was very tasty, I realized that the beef that they used was more of the flunken variety and was somewhat fatty. However, everyone else at the table who ordered with chicken said it was really fresh and juicy.

Finally, while we waited for our food, the manager (at least I think that's who the guy was) brought us over a large nacho platter on the house. Im not sure if this is a normal practice for them or if it was because we were a large party and therefore had to wait a little longer for our food but it was a nice touch and was covered in fresh salsa and refried beans and was really good.
thanks for update I'll give it a try soon
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 19, 2013, 03:27:39 AM
has anyone tried ashkenaz cowboy?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 19, 2013, 10:21:03 AM

has anyone tried ashkenaz cowboy?
great food go for the cowboy burger I think it's called
Everything us great there (service is terrible)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 24, 2013, 03:25:46 PM
They installed these electronic machines for passport control. But you have to wait online anyways. Not sure what they accomplished.
#WhyHaveINotHadMyNexusInterviewYet
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 26, 2013, 01:58:53 AM
it saves the canadians some of their breath cause you have already answered some of the questions they would ask you....lol
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on December 26, 2013, 03:53:47 AM
They installed these electronic machines for passport control. But you have to wait online anyways. Not sure what they accomplished.

Only did it once, but it seemed to me that it moved along faster (especially once people get used to it). Though unless it's changed, it's only an option for Canadians.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 26, 2013, 08:58:39 AM

Only did it once, but it seemed to me that it moved along faster (especially once people get used to it). Though unless it's changed, it's only an option for Canadians.
Mandatory now, the machines were smooth but the officers were slow
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 30, 2013, 01:10:41 AM
any nice hotels in downtown toronto that i can book with amex or spg points?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 30, 2013, 08:47:56 AM
any nice hotels in downtown toronto that i can book with amex or spg points?
Why do you want to stay downtown
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 30, 2013, 09:22:58 AM

any nice hotels in downtown toronto that i can book with amex or spg points?
I believe the four seasons...not really downtown it's mid town by the ROM. Very nice hotel. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 30, 2013, 11:22:15 AM
Why do you want to stay downtown
its for a chosson kallah after their wedding. so thats where i assumed there would be some nice hotels.
I believe the four seasons...not really downtown it's mid town by the ROM. Very nice hotel. 
thats also fine. which points? what does it cost per night? TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 30, 2013, 01:13:04 PM
That's the nice area. Around avenue road and bloor street.
Park Hyatt is nice as well.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 31, 2013, 01:17:11 AM
which points work for the four seasons toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 04, 2014, 06:39:48 PM
Which points work for the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto? Haven't seem to figure it out.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 09, 2014, 08:38:49 PM
Anyone interested in going to see the northern lights tonight?


http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g3445228-d3442384-Reviews-Torrance_Barrens_Dark_Sky_Preserve-Torrance_Muskoka_District_Ontario.html

Seems like this is the best place to go from Toronto. Hmmmm...   I think my wife would kill me.

And pretty clear till around 1
http://cleardarksky.com/c/TrrcBrrnsDSPONkey.html?1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 09, 2014, 08:44:11 PM
What's this all about? Once I leave Canada....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 09, 2014, 08:46:35 PM
Which points work for the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto? Haven't seem to figure it out.
BUMP!!

I need some help finding a hotel and getting the best rates etc, is there any other thread I should be posting in? TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 09, 2014, 09:05:07 PM
Anyone interested in going to see the northern lights tonight?


http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g3445228-d3442384-Reviews-Torrance_Barrens_Dark_Sky_Preserve-Torrance_Muskoka_District_Ontario.html

Seems like this is the best place to go from Toronto. Hmmmm...   I think my wife would kill me.

And pretty clear till around 1
http://cleardarksky.com/c/TrrcBrrnsDSPONkey.html?1
Bump. One hour till proposed departure.
There by 12. Stay for an hour. In bed by 3.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 09, 2014, 09:30:47 PM
Bump. One hour till proposed departure.
There by 12. Stay for an hour. In bed by 3.
Last chance. Any takers?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 09, 2014, 10:39:39 PM
The ship has sailed :(
Maybe in eleven years
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on January 09, 2014, 10:59:04 PM
The ship has sailed :(
Maybe in eleven years
POIDH
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 09, 2014, 11:00:34 PM
POIDH
I didn't go either. Too tired to drive by myself. Would be dangerous at two in the morning
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 12, 2014, 12:14:06 AM
Last chance. Any takers?
Are there other YYZ based DDFers?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 12, 2014, 12:14:54 AM
Are there other YYZ based DDFers?
eis517
I think there are a couple of others
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 12, 2014, 12:21:15 AM
And still no PH meal reports :P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 12, 2014, 12:24:34 AM
And still no PH meal reports :P
Assuming they are open, IYH Jan 29. My kids will be OOT. I actually emailed her earlier tonight for the January schedule
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 12, 2014, 12:57:38 AM
Quote from: flyertalk
When you use the corporate code 21837 to search for a room on Wednesdays and Thursday, you can access the "Kosher At Park" rate, that is not only cheaper than the Advance Purchase Rate, but also comes with kosher breakfast and dinner.

The rate does not appear to be tied to any specific company.  The rate description states:

"KOSHER AT THE PARK Kosher dinner for 2:Kosher breakfast for 2:2pm late check out AGENT NOTES: - Valid 24APR12 - 17MAR13, _ WED-THURS ONLY"

Also allows you can cancel up to 24 hours before arrival.

No longer valid but I wonder if they offer something similar now. Maybe I'll ask
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 12, 2014, 06:45:51 AM
Not based in YYZ but travel there often enough....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 12, 2014, 12:07:21 PM
No longer valid but I wonder if they offer something similar now. Maybe I'll ask
cool let us know
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 15, 2014, 03:37:33 PM
What's my best option to book the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto? I want a room with two double beds with a lakeview and a couch. I don't see an option for using spg points for this room. Also with a spg card do you get any upgrades for a paid stay? Thanx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 15, 2014, 07:34:09 PM
What's my best option to book the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto? I want a room with two double beds with a lakeview and a couch. I don't see an option for using spg points for this room. Also with a spg card do you get any upgrades for a paid stay? Thanx
It's for a wedding night, right? Book a standard room and call make a special request. No upgrade with spg card
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 15, 2014, 07:34:44 PM
cool let us know
No go.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 16, 2014, 01:02:55 PM
It's for a wedding night, right? Book a standard room and call make a special request. No upgrade with spg card
How'd you guess? Yes. Do they usually give the upgrade? Will they upgrade upon request on a paid booking also? Thanx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 16, 2014, 01:06:43 PM
All systems go for January 30. Expect a PH meal report!
Menu attached
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 16, 2014, 02:35:56 PM
All systems go for January 30. Expect a PH meal report!
Menu attached
I'll keep my fingers crossed
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 03:48:34 PM
Nice, lots of pics please!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 27, 2014, 12:17:14 PM
Posted elsewhere but I think it's informative

Expected travel times door to door NYC-YYZ (assuming you live ~25 minutes from the airport on each side). factoring in all travel time including customs wait

Fly to YYZ: 4:15 hours
Fly to BUF: 7 hours
Drive: 8.5 hours

Expected travel times door to door YYZ-NYC (assuming you live ~25 minutes from the airport on each side)
Fly to NYC: 5 hours
Fly from BUF: 7 hours
Drive: 8.5 hours

To me the only two options are drive or fly direct. Flying to Buffalo makes no sense
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 27, 2014, 12:20:02 PM
Posted elsewhere but I think it's informative

Expected travel times door to door NYC-YYZ (assuming you live ~25 minutes from the airport on each side). factoring in all travel time including customs wait

Fly to YYZ: 4 hours
Fly to BUF: 7 hours
Drive: 8.5 hours

Expected travel times door to door YYZ-NYC (assuming you live ~25 minutes from the airport on each side)
Fly to NYC: 4.5 hours
Fly from BUF: 7 hours
Drive: 8.5 hours

To me the only two options are drive or fly direct. Flying to Buffalo makes no sense
How was this data compiled?

I only want to fly and my wife wants to drive. I can use some "concrete" evidence that it is a more significant time saver when flying.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on January 27, 2014, 03:28:23 PM
Tim Horton’s in Barrie is offering coupons for Snow Valley Ski Resort, beginning Mon Jan 20. The coupons are good Mon-Fri only and are for a free 2 hr or 4 hr tubing ticket WHEN you buy one of the same value. Great for schools that have vacation in the next few days! Snow Valley is located in Barrie, Ontario and more info can be found about the resort at www.skisnowvalley.com (there is a Tim Horton’s just off the highway where you get off to go to Snow Valley).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 27, 2014, 09:10:05 PM
Game changer on the Toronto scene.
We have a real meat restaurant.
Marron.
Review to follow tomorrow
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 27, 2014, 09:14:50 PM
Game changer on the Toronto scene.
We have a real meat restaurant.
Marron.
Review to follow tomorrow
was not impressed with marron  definitely no value for your money
you forgot gladstones which also closed

i was recently at marron bistro, and was very impressed...

for a good burger, dont forget howie t's
just an update on marron restaurant, went back last week and food was not early as good as when i was there last. i subsequently learned that the head chef had left a few weeks prior...
wow, you quoted my post of over 5 years. that must be a ddf record.

as far as marron, i think they went way down when the head chef left a few moths ago
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 27, 2014, 09:18:40 PM
Well, I was very impressed. Albeit very expensive
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 27, 2014, 10:07:29 PM


Agreed Marron isn't that great and over priced. Waiting for the review on PH
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 28, 2014, 11:45:27 PM
Game changer on the Toronto scene.
We have a real meat restaurant.
Marron.
Review to follow tomorrow
lol, so when did u move to toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 30, 2014, 04:12:53 PM
lol, so when did u move to toronto?
Summer
Headed to PH tonight. Hopefully my wife won't kill me for taking pictures of dinner
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 30, 2014, 06:25:29 PM
so went to ben & izzys and had the SMOKED JACK DANIELS PULLED BEEF (copy and paste), pretty darn good. went back the next day to have it again
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 30, 2014, 09:32:42 PM
Apparently people don't like marrone because of what's on the menu. When we went we didn't order a single thing from the menu. The breaded cauliflower was awesome (9.5). Ribs excellent (8.75)- melt in your mouth soft and tasty. Marinated steak excellent (8.25).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 31, 2014, 06:38:59 AM
Apparently people don't like marrone because of what's on the menu. When we went we didn't order a single thing from the menu. The breaded cauliflower was awesome (9.5). Ribs excellent (8.75)- melt in your mouth soft and tasty. Marinated steak excellent (8.25).
-1
if you experienced the before and after the original head chef left, you would understand the fall from a grace a bit better
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on January 31, 2014, 09:05:31 AM
Summer
Headed to PH tonight. Hopefully my wife won't kill me for taking pictures of dinner

pics/review?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on January 31, 2014, 09:06:06 AM
Starting this week, The Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St. Thomas St. in Toronto will be serving kosher dinners 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, available by reservation. Three-course prix-fixe meal is $75, and is served under the supervision of COR - Kashruth Council of Canada. Park Hyatt Toronto has also been offering kosher dinners at select evenings available by reservation, under the same supervision. - Taken from Great Kosher Restaurants website
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 31, 2014, 12:03:53 PM

Starting this week, The Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St. Thomas St. in Toronto will be serving kosher dinners 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, available by reservation. Three-course prix-fixe meal is $75, and is served under the supervision of COR - Kashruth Council of Canada. Park Hyatt Toronto has also been offering kosher dinners at select evenings available by reservation, under the same supervision. - Taken from Great Kosher Restaurants website
What's the contact number?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on January 31, 2014, 12:04:15 PM

pics/review?
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 31, 2014, 01:09:09 PM
+1
Gimme a break, I'm at work. It's actually a busy day today
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on January 31, 2014, 02:36:59 PM
Gimme a break, I'm at work. It's actually a busy day today

DDF above all else!  haha, maybe you will tell me about it over shabbas
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 31, 2014, 03:02:46 PM
Game changer on the Toronto scene.
We have a real meat restaurant.
Marron.
Review to follow tomorrow
AFAIK Marron has been open for a little while already....went there once and wasn't impressed at all! Food wasn't great, expensive pricing, very slow service...writing this after eating in Mikes Bistro last night makes it even less impressive...would rather go to Bal li laffa over Marron any day. Sorry
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 31, 2014, 03:05:05 PM
AFAIK Marron has been open for a little while already....went there once and wasn't impressed at all! Food wasn't great, expensive pricing, very slow service...writing this after eating in Mikes Bistro last night makes it even less impressive...would rather go to Bal li laffa over Marron any day. Sorry
I like Bali Laffa. It's head and shoulders above all the other shwarma places.
However, again, I didn't order a single thing which was on the menu. Three out of the five items we had (including both mains) were really good.
It's no Mike's Bistro, no one will tell you that.
It is expensive.
Service is slow.
But the food was good..
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 31, 2014, 03:43:47 PM
Obviously Mikes is above Marron and most other places, however, for the amount you spend in Marron vs Ba li laffa or any other place is just not worth it. Mikes is expensive but more than well worth the money. I'd go to Bistro Grande over Marron....don't plan on trying it again.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on February 02, 2014, 07:19:54 AM

Starting this week, The Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St. Thomas St. in Toronto will be serving kosher dinners 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, available by reservation. Three-course prix-fixe meal is $75, and is served under the supervision of COR - Kashruth Council of Canada. Park Hyatt Toronto has also been offering kosher dinners at select evenings available by reservation, under the same supervision. - Taken from Great Kosher Restaurants website
Phone number?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 03, 2014, 08:35:04 AM
Phone number?
Try this. (http://bit.ly/1fopDR1)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2014, 08:57:18 AM
http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/weddings_celebrations/celebrations/kosher_catering/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2014, 02:25:17 PM
Park Hyatt Anona restaurant-Kosher tasting. (Menu attached)

Really nice place to eat. Was not packed at all. Really attentive and excellent service.
Weren't so many people there. I can't imagine how they can afford to do this.
The tasting menu was very interesting but the portions were small. I think I would have preferred a regular menu and had a full order of the steak and onion rings and the fish for the appetizer.
 
Bread-refilled once and offered to refill again (probably should have taken them up on the offer)
Tomato Sage and Sea Salt Focaccia 8/10-Very good bread
Hand Stretched crisp bread 6/10-flat breads. Were too thin and had a little to many seeds on them
Didn't like the spreads for them

Seared lamb carpaccio and melon 7/10-small slices of lamb on top of melon. Was OK.

Grilled vegetable terrine 8.5/10-grilled eggplant, pepper and other veggies. Was very good.

braised veal and shallot ravioli-I didn't eat, my wife says they were good

Dover sole meuniere 9/10-Excellent fish. A hint of lemon which I didn't like but really good

Beef Ribeye conundrum 9.75/10 Awesome steak. They grill it and then they vacuum seal it and put in hot water. Really soft and tasty
Homemade onion ring 9.5/10 Awesome onion rings.
The mashed potatoes (a tiny amount) was good as well

Grape Sorbet 5/10Wasn't grape-I think it was lemon. Was OK. Was too frozen so it was hard to eat

Dark Chocoalte Marquis 8.5/10 Really rich and excellent chocolate


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Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 03, 2014, 08:59:58 PM
Park Hyatt Anona restaurant-Kosher tasting. (Menu attached)

Really nice place to eat. Was not packed at all. Really attentive and excellent service.
Weren't so many people there. I can't imagine how they can afford to do this.
The tasting menu was very interesting but the portions were small. I think I would have preferred a regular menu and had a full order of the steak and onion rings and the fish for the appetizer.
 
Bread-refilled once and offered to refill again (probably should have taken them up on the offer)
Tomato Sage and Sea Salt Focaccia 8/10-Very good bread
Hand Stretched crisp bread 6/10-flat breads. Were too thin and had a little to many seeds on them
Didn't like the spreads for them

Seared lamb carpaccio and melon 7/10-small slices of lamb on top of melon. Was OK.

Grilled vegetable terrine 8.5/10-grilled eggplant, pepper and other veggies. Was very good.

braised veal and shallot ravioli-I didn't eat, my wife says they were good

Dover sole meuniere 9/10-Excellent fish. A hint of lemon which I didn't like but really good

Beef Ribeye conundrum 9.75/10 Awesome steak. They grill it and then they vacuum seal it and put in hot water. Really soft and tasty
Homemade onion ring 9.5/10 Awesome onion rings.
The mashed potatoes (a tiny amount) was good as well

Grape Sorbet 5/10Wasn't grape-I think it was lemon. Was OK. Was too frozen so it was hard to eat

Dark Chocoalte Marquis 8.5/10 Really rich and excellent chocolate


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I believe they call that sous vide.

Sounds like a nice meal.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on February 04, 2014, 06:38:43 AM

Try this. (http://bit.ly/1fopDR1)
Cool slide show but I was asking if there was a special number to reach the kosher caterer. It's fine if you don't know. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on February 04, 2014, 06:39:52 AM

Park Hyatt Anona restaurant-Kosher tasting. (Menu attached)

Really nice place to eat. Was not packed at all. Really attentive and excellent service.
Weren't so many people there. I can't imagine how they can afford to do this.
The tasting menu was very interesting but the portions were small. I think I would have preferred a regular menu and had a full order of the steak and onion rings and the fish for the appetizer.
 
Bread-refilled once and offered to refill again (probably should have taken them up on the offer)
Tomato Sage and Sea Salt Focaccia 8/10-Very good bread
Hand Stretched crisp bread 6/10-flat breads. Were too thin and had a little to many seeds on them
Didn't like the spreads for them

Seared lamb carpaccio and melon 7/10-small slices of lamb on top of melon. Was OK.

Grilled vegetable terrine 8.5/10-grilled eggplant, pepper and other veggies. Was very good.

braised veal and shallot ravioli-I didn't eat, my wife says they were good

Dover sole meuniere 9/10-Excellent fish. A hint of lemon which I didn't like but really good

Beef Ribeye conundrum 9.75/10 Awesome steak. They grill it and then they vacuum seal it and put in hot water. Really soft and tasty
Homemade onion ring 9.5/10 Awesome onion rings.
The mashed potatoes (a tiny amount) was good as well

Grape Sorbet 5/10Wasn't grape-I think it was lemon. Was OK. Was too frozen so it was hard to eat

Dark Chocoalte Marquis 8.5/10 Really rich and excellent chocolate


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Sounds like a good time. Would you recommend. Where do you eat?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 04, 2014, 06:47:50 AM
I believe they call that sous vide.

odd that they wouldnt put that fact on the menu
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 07:56:21 AM
odd that they wouldnt put that fact on the menu
Indeed. We asked the waiter about the steak and he explained it to us. He said he's never tried it as it was only the second time the chef had done it
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 08:15:33 AM
Sounds like a good time. Would you recommend. Where do you eat?
You eat in the regular restaurant. They said in the past they've only done half the restaurant kosher and used an auxiliary kitchen upstairs and brought your food taped. This time they turned over the whole restaurant and koshered the main kitchen and brought out your food normally.
Definitely a nice experience. Food was very good. Ambiance was very nice. It's very expensive. $250 + 28% = $320. I would go back for an occasion
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 04, 2014, 08:28:11 AM
Indeed. We asked the waiter about the steak and he explained it to us. He said he's never tried it as it was only the second time the chef had done it
I guess if the chef had done it a few more times, you may have given a 10/10.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 04, 2014, 08:57:40 AM
how often do they run these dinners?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 09:09:27 AM
how often do they run these dinners?
Only did one in January, did two in early December. It's pretty sporadic
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 04, 2014, 09:17:39 AM
Only did one in January, did two in early December. It's pretty sporadic
is there some sort of announcement?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 09:19:34 AM
is there some sort of announcement?
Sarah.meade@hyatt.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on February 04, 2014, 09:29:46 AM

You eat in the regular restaurant. They said in the past they've only done half the restaurant kosher and used an auxiliary kitchen upstairs and brought your food taped. This time they turned over the whole restaurant and koshered the main kitchen and brought out your food normally.
Definitely a nice experience. Food was very good. Ambiance was very nice. It's very expensive. $250 + 28% = $320. I would go back for an occasion
28%...?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 10:25:06 AM
28%...?
13% tax, 15% tip
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 04, 2014, 01:29:41 PM
How long should it take from YYZ to Beth Avraham Yoseph?
Any public transportation options? Taxi?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 01:33:30 PM
How long should it take from YYZ to Beth Avraham Yoseph?
Any public transportation options? Taxi?
Time of day?

Not sure if this price is to Thornhill

Any time Airport Service for a low price.
Pick up and Drop off $35.
 
Other transportation services available.
 
Call or text: *647-890-3119 *
Email: *mendy19@hotmail.com <mendy19@hotmail.com>*
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 04, 2014, 01:36:05 PM
Time of day?
Any time Airport Service for a low price.
Pick up and Drop off $35.
 
Other transportation services available.
 
Call or text: *647-890-3119 *
Email: *mendy19@hotmail.com <mendy19@hotmail.com>*
Early to late afternoon on a Thursday.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 01:40:13 PM
Early to late afternoon on a Thursday.
Early afternoon: 1/2 hour
Late afternoon: 1 hour
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 04, 2014, 01:42:39 PM
Early afternoon: 1/2 hour
Late afternoon: 1 hour
It might have to be early afternoon then.
Do I have to book that guy too far In advance?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 01:56:51 PM
It might have to be early afternoon then.
Do I have to book that guy too far In advance?
Thanks!
No idea.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 04, 2014, 03:07:15 PM
No idea.
Ok, I'll contact him.Thanks again!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 03:07:34 PM
When you coming? Wedding?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 04, 2014, 03:08:43 PM
When you coming? Wedding?
A wedding on the 20th.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on February 04, 2014, 06:43:28 PM

13% tax, 15% tip
Uh I thought they mentioned that tip is included in the price...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 06:46:07 PM
Uh I thought they mentioned that tip is included in the price...
Clearly states on the menu, plus applicable taxes and gratuity
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on February 04, 2014, 09:43:43 PM
No pics😡😡
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 09:49:46 PM
Fine. I'll open an image shack account and post them
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bluiemonster1 on February 04, 2014, 10:38:33 PM
A 16 yr old kid wants to cross border with recently expired passport. Will that work?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 04, 2014, 11:47:56 PM
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Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 05, 2014, 02:03:52 AM
A 16 yr old kid wants to cross border with recently expired passport. Will that work?

Shouldn't be a problem.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 05, 2014, 09:11:16 AM
Canada's Wind Mobile offers unlimited US roaming voice and data for $15 extra per month
Canadians frequently have to pay through the nose to use their phones in the US.
They won't have that problem for long, though, since Wind Mobile is launching an unlimited US roaming plan on February 3rd.
For $15 extra per month, subscribers will get to use as much data, text messaging and voice as they like while visiting their American neighbors.
This isn't as sweet a deal as T-Mobile USA's free basic data, but it's still a huge bargain for traveling Canucks who'd rather not deal with an outrageous phone bill when they get home.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 05, 2014, 11:26:27 AM
Speaking of which, does anyone know, off-hand, if Canada is included in T-Mobile's list?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 06, 2014, 09:45:48 AM
Speaking of which, does anyone know, off-hand, if Canada is included in T-Mobile's list?

Of course.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 06, 2014, 11:54:56 PM
Of course.
Thanks, but why of course? Are Canadians now our best buds? :P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 07, 2014, 03:52:33 AM
Porter airlines 50 percent off sale

https://www.flyporter.com/Special-Offers/Website-Savings?culture=en-CA&utm_source=FlyporterWeb&utm_medium=MiddleBanner&utm_campaign=SHOWTIME
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 07, 2014, 06:53:38 AM
Porter airlines 50 percent off sale

https://www.flyporter.com/Special-Offers/Website-Savings?culture=en-CA&utm_source=FlyporterWeb&utm_medium=MiddleBanner&utm_campaign=SHOWTIME

I was monitoring a flight from Toronto to Montreal and the price still the same. They doubled the base fare today.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 07, 2014, 11:19:19 AM
PH Annona-next kosher dining February 20
Menu attached
Yum
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 12:40:04 PM
Did you ask them why they don't try having a small menu that you order off of?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 07, 2014, 12:41:05 PM
Did you ask them why they don't try having a small menu that you order off of?
Did you read the new menu?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DovtheBear on February 11, 2014, 09:30:02 PM
How far are the car rental counters in YYZ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 11, 2014, 11:10:49 PM
How far are the car rental counters in YYZ?
Across the street up the elevator
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 12, 2014, 01:12:35 AM
Going to Toronto with Porter. Do the cabs take credit card or do I need cash?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on February 12, 2014, 01:23:00 AM
Going to Toronto with Porter. Do the cabs take credit card or do I need cash?

IME, they took CC and SP earns double points.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 12, 2014, 09:49:42 AM
IME, they took CC and SP earns double points.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 12, 2014, 06:49:53 PM
Anyone have ideas for a nice and fun sheva brachos in Toronto? It would be a Tuesday night event. TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youG on February 13, 2014, 02:46:17 AM
Anyone have ideas for a nice and fun sheva brachos in Toronto? It would be a Tuesday night event. TIA
Rent a catered boat downtown and bring in  kosher caterer
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 13, 2014, 02:57:12 AM
Something a bit cheaper than that. Not exotic either.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 13, 2014, 01:45:09 PM
Anyone have ideas for a nice and fun sheva brachos in Toronto? It would be a Tuesday night event. TIA

Pantry. New place on Bathurst. 416-785-0996

http://www.pantryfoods.ca/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 13, 2014, 04:47:20 PM
Pantry. New place on Bathurst. 416-785-0996

http://www.pantryfoods.ca/
how long does a place need to be open before its no longer new?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 13, 2014, 04:50:49 PM
how long does a place need to be open before its no longer new?
That's what I was thinking.
And how does a place expect to survive when it closes down for a month from the middle of December till the middle of January
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 14, 2014, 12:39:24 PM
Pantry. New place on Bathurst. 416-785-0996

http://www.pantryfoods.ca/
is there enough seating for a sheva brachos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on February 14, 2014, 03:54:04 PM

is there enough seating for a sheva brachos?
Hardly
Going to the Windsor Arms kosher dinner in two weeks.
I'll post a review then. Ill see how it compares overall to Marron
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on February 14, 2014, 04:07:19 PM
Anyone have ideas for a nice and fun sheva brachos in Toronto? It would be a Tuesday night event. TIA

For How many people?

Ben and Izzys Deli. Casual and good food!

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Askan on February 15, 2014, 11:37:33 AM
is there enough seating for a sheva brachos?

I know of people that have made Sheva Brachos there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 16, 2014, 12:09:27 PM
i would say for a crowd of about 30-40 people. how much would it be to hire a caterer in a pottery place etc?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on February 20, 2014, 10:44:35 PM
i would say for a crowd of about 30-40 people. how much would it be to hire a caterer in a pottery place etc?

Give Kosher Gourmet on bathurst St. a call 416-781-9900 for catering.





Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 04, 2014, 04:36:29 PM
March 13th and 20th Kosher dining at PH Anonna restaurant
Menu attached
Title: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on March 06, 2014, 06:12:51 PM
My wife and I went to the Windsor Arms last night and the food was overall great but nothing mind blowing but what made it awesome was the lack of people there. Unlike Marron were the entire city is there with no room the hotel was empty just us the service was enjoyable and the food was taste but lacks the power that NYC or Miami I feel has.   (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/07/yqe7yma3.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/07/evaqy3a8.jpg)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 11, 2014, 10:26:38 AM
Give Kosher Gourmet on bathurst St. a call 416-781-9900 for catering.
its a little too complicated doing a sheva brachos in a pottery place...anyone have ideas for a weekday sheva brachos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on March 11, 2014, 02:37:23 PM

its a little too complicated doing a sheva brachos in a pottery place...anyone have ideas for a weekday sheva brachos?
Budget???
Steam whistle and castle lama are incredible if it's within your budget but you need to bring your own caterer. Windors arms and park Hyatt also host kosher events.
Otherwise standard is omni or bistro but you probably new that already
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 11, 2014, 06:28:59 PM
somewhere thats nice thats between $30-$40 per person. so far the only place would be the pantry but its slightly too small...is omni big enough to host 30-40 people?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 11, 2014, 08:29:13 PM
somewhere thats nice thats between $30-$40 per person. so far the only place would be the pantry but its slightly too small...is omni big enough to host 30-40 people?
Definitely
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 11, 2014, 08:46:18 PM
between Bistro Grande and Omni which one is better overall?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on March 11, 2014, 09:28:28 PM
between Bistro Grande and Omni which one is better overall?
Bistro by far
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on March 12, 2014, 09:01:36 AM

Bistro by far
I also believe it's cheaper than omni
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 13, 2014, 02:34:03 PM

My wife and I went to the Windsor Arms last night and the food was overall great but nothing mind blowing but what made it awesome was the lack of people there. Unlike Marron were the entire city is there with no room the hotel was empty just us the service was enjoyable and the food was taste but lacks the power that NYC or Miami I feel has.   (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/07/yqe7yma3.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/07/evaqy3a8.jpg)
Where's is Windsor Arms located?
Is it open all the time?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 13, 2014, 02:59:30 PM
Where's is Windsor Arms located?
Is it open all the time?
Midtown (near the PH) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights

Starting this week, The Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St. Thomas St. in Toronto will be serving kosher dinners 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, available by reservation. Three-course prix-fixe meal is $75, and is served under the supervision of COR - Kashruth Council of Canada. Park Hyatt Toronto has also been offering kosher dinners at select evenings available by reservation, under the same supervision. - Taken from Great Kosher Restaurants website
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 13, 2014, 03:13:53 PM

Midtown (near the PH) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights
Thanx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 20, 2014, 03:44:41 PM
Looks like Ba-li Laffa it is. Their food is great and the price was reasonable. Now I need to finish with a hotel. Anyone have info about the Westin Harbour Castle?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 28, 2014, 02:57:13 PM
Just an FYI:The FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON NIAGARA FALLS FALLSVIEW (home to the Chabad restaraunt) is hosting the Bodies exhibit for the summer. Kohanim cannot enter the hotel (or the neighboring Hilton which is connected with a covered tunnel).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 28, 2014, 03:37:59 PM
Anyone have any experience with things to do for kids along the way from ny/nj to Toronto.
I know there is a kids discovery zone in Binghamton and a glass museum somewhere around Rochester.
Yes. I do not about Niagara Falls.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 28, 2014, 03:42:34 PM
Anyone have any experience with things to do for kids along the way from ny/nj to Toronto.
I know there is a kids discovery zone in Binghamton and a glass museum somewhere around Rochester.
Yes. I do not about Niagara Falls.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Wonderful children's museum in Rochester. There is a pizza shop there as well. It is open from 6-7 on alternate Thursdays (not really, but it has a very limited schedule)
Glass museum is in Corning
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 28, 2014, 04:14:52 PM

Wonderful children's museum in Rochester. There is a pizza shop there as well. It is open from 6-7 on alternate Thursdays (not really, but it has a very limited schedule)
Glass museum is in Corning
Is the children's museum in Rochester similar to the one in Binghamton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 28, 2014, 04:32:00 PM
Is the children's museum in Rochester similar to the one in Binghamton?
Never been to the one in Binghamton
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 01, 2014, 11:45:21 AM
Dinner tonight: Bistro Grande or Windsor Arms Hotel?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 01, 2014, 05:35:01 PM
Love that I can hit 90 mph on my way home from work
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 02, 2014, 02:51:49 PM
Windsor Arms-I was there-its nice quite and the food was pretty good (except dessert)
Meal Report:

Nice place, if not a little stuck-up decor. As the name connotes it goes for the old English feel with coat of arms, paintings of the queen, etc. Kosher food is served in a side room with about 12 tables. Service is friendly and proactive, especially since there was only one other party besides us (a party of 6). It's quiet,  maybe a little too quiet as you can hear each others conversations.

Menu (http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/kosher_dining/)

Appetizers:
Bread was good. Would have been excellent if it were warm.
I had the Smoked Sable Fish and Salmon. Was pretty good, but very fishy. Whole thing tasted a little like lox.
Wife had the lentil soup. She said it was very good.
Wished they had a meat-type option

Mains
I had the braised short ribs. Was very good/excellent. Portion was very large. Mashed potatoes were OK and needed salt.
Wife the rack of lamb. Was also very good/excellent. She asked for medium but I think it was a little more than that (and a little too well done for me) but it was still very good. Portion was smaller than mine.

Desserts
Wife had the chocolate cake. I did not like it at all.
Warm apple crumble was excellent.

All in all it was a very good meal. Rack of Lamb is $15 extra so it was $75 + $90 + tax & tip. Comes out to around $215. Definitely a better value than the PH. Only real complaint is it would be nice if there was another app option. Apparently the chef hasn't arrived yet (only the sue chef) and is coming next week, so we will have to return to see.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 02, 2014, 03:00:47 PM
@Dan all these options enough to get you to come out to Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 02, 2014, 03:03:18 PM
Intruiging.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 02, 2014, 03:04:15 PM
Intruiging.
Gotta use those anniversary nights somewhere
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 02, 2014, 03:20:25 PM
Gotta use those anniversary nights somewhere
Lol, you know it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on April 06, 2014, 09:48:01 AM

Meal Report:

Nice place, if not a little stuck-up decor. As the name connotes it goes for the old English feel with coat of arms, paintings of the queen, etc. Kosher food is served in a side room with about 12 tables. Service is friendly and proactive, especially since there was only one other party besides us (a party of 6). It's quiet,  maybe a little too quiet as you can hear each others conversations.

Menu (http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/kosher_dining/)

Appetizers:
Bread was good. Would have been excellent if it were warm.
I had the Smoked Sable Fish and Salmon. Was pretty good, but very fishy. Whole thing tasted a little like lox.
Wife had the lentil soup. She said it was very good.
Wished they had a meat-type option

Mains
I had the braised short ribs. Was very good/excellent. Portion was very large. Mashed potatoes were OK and needed salt.
Wife the rack of lamb. Was also very good/excellent. She asked for medium but I think it was a little more than that (and a little too well done for me) but it was still very good. Portion was smaller than mine.

Desserts
Wife had the chocolate cake. I did not like it at all.
Warm apple crumble was excellent.

All in all it was a very good meal. Rack of Lamb is $15 extra so it was $75 + $90 + tax & tip. Comes out to around $215. Definitely a better value than the PH. Only real complaint is it would be nice if there was another app option. Apparently the chef hasn't arrived yet (only the sue chef) and is coming next week, so we will have to return to see.
Exact experience although I wasn't a real fan of any of the desserts, they are made off site they told me aka store bought
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 06, 2014, 10:10:36 AM
Exact experience although I wasn't a real fan of any of the desserts, they are made off site they told me aka store bought
Did you try the apple crumble?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on April 06, 2014, 12:22:43 PM
Did you try the apple crumble?
Yah, didn`t love it, should`ve came hot with vanilla ice cream
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 06, 2014, 06:49:21 PM
should`ve came hot with vanilla ice cream
indeed

Went to the jays=yankees game today. Nice place to watch a game. Even nicer that the Yankees won
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on April 07, 2014, 08:38:22 PM
indeed

Went to the jays=yankees game today. Nice place to watch a game. Even nicer that the Yankees won

You get any hot dogs or fries? I like the toppings that they have at Ole Spadina. Those hot peppers are awesome!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 07, 2014, 09:43:27 PM
Was alone with my two girls on the first base side. No way I was making it to the hot dog stand
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on April 08, 2014, 11:52:55 AM

Those hot peppers are awesome!
LMFO
The experience ppl go there for is to have the amazing hot dogs that they make only for the stand. The hot peppers are $3.99 for a tub at no frills. Go nuts 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 23, 2014, 10:34:44 AM
A few points:
1. you can drop your car off for valet at 1 terminal and ask them to have it ready at the other terminal.
2. A US plat will get the valet fee removed but not the 15% discount on parking rates.
3. Weekly parking is $150. Very expensive. Seems to be worth it only if you are parking for 3 days or less.
4. Travel times this trip: (times are door to door leaving my house to arriving at house) (I live 20 min from airport in YYZ and 15 min in NYC)(Checking luggage, traveling with two kids, no nexus (finally getting in two weeks))
               YYZ-NYC 3:45
               NYC-YYZ 3:10
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 24, 2014, 08:16:29 AM
Has anyone been to the Ripley's aquarium?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 24, 2014, 08:34:40 AM
Has anyone been to the Ripley's aquarium?
Multiple times. It's very expensive but it's a nice aquarium
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 24, 2014, 08:46:48 AM
Is it like a regular aquarium or did they make it interesting with all sorts of gimmicks?

Are there any new good restaurants in TO?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 24, 2014, 09:18:13 AM
Is it like a regular aquarium or did they make it interesting with all sorts of gimmicks?

Are there any new good restaurants in TO?
There is a cool shark tank which you walk under/through. But other than that it's pretty standard.
Park Hyatt or Windsor arms hotel.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 27, 2014, 12:23:45 PM
.
Park Hyatt or Windsor arms hotel.
Have the dates for upcoming kosher nights?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on April 27, 2014, 12:32:37 PM

Have the dates for upcoming kosher nights?
IIRC it's regularly every Tuesday thru Thursday for Windsor Arms 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 27, 2014, 02:06:48 PM
Who makes the best sushi in Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 27, 2014, 02:32:13 PM
Who makes the best sushi in Toronto?
Maybe Uber delivers from Montreal ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 27, 2014, 02:37:11 PM
IIRC it's regularly every Tuesday thru Thursday for Windsor Arms
He was asking about PH. I just emailed and asked. I'll update when I hear back
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 27, 2014, 02:38:55 PM
He was asking about PH. I just emailed and asked. I'll update when I hear back
Why don't they publish it online (and do a better job marketing/social networking it)?
Seems designed for failure.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls &amp; Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 27, 2014, 02:39:54 PM
Why don't they publish it online (and do a better job marketing/social networking it)?
Seems designed for failure.
My thoughts exactly
Title: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on April 27, 2014, 05:06:30 PM
Who makes the best sushi in Toronto?
Kosher gourmet. D-lites- up north.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 27, 2014, 06:35:19 PM
Kosher gourmet. D-lites- up north.
Thanks.

Has the service at Lime Taco picked up or is it still really slow?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 27, 2014, 06:57:31 PM
Thanks.

Has the service at Lime Taco picked up or is it still really slow?
Haven't been back but word on the street is that it hasn't changed
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 28, 2014, 01:17:53 PM
Quote from: Park Hyatt
We have one date available in May:  Thursday, May 8th.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4-vQ7NVknLoQ1dZLVIwU2gxNTBLTUdESi1keFI0eGttVGRZ/edit?usp=sharing

@Dan will we be zocheh to a visit?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 30, 2014, 09:54:23 AM
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4-vQ7NVknLoQ1dZLVIwU2gxNTBLTUdESi1keFI0eGttVGRZ/edit?usp=sharing


Quote from: Park Hyatt
Our next Kosher dining experience will be on Thursday, May 29th, 2014  in our Annona Restaurant.

I believe the menu is the same
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2014, 12:12:22 PM
Boo for Thursdays.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on April 30, 2014, 12:28:25 PM
Why don't they publish it online (and do a better job marketing/social networking it)?
Seems designed for failure.

Ive heard its funded, so they don't need to, and secondly the funders probably don't want it to be full.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 30, 2014, 12:34:51 PM
Boo for Thursdays.
What's the issue
Fly back on this flight
Depart:
8:55 a.m.
Fri., May. 9, 2014
Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ)
Arrive:
10:04 a.m.
Fri., May. 9, 2014
Cleveland, OH (CLE)

Not enough time to make shabbos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2014, 12:50:10 PM
Not worth flying internationally for a 4.5 hour drive IMHO.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 30, 2014, 01:04:38 PM
Not worth flying internationally for a 4.5 hour drive IMHO.
With Nexus/Global entry it's the same as a domestic flight.
Although I agree it's not worth the flight and hence FTFY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2014, 01:12:01 PM
With Nexus/Global entry it's the same as a domestic flight.
Although I agree it's not worth the flight and hence FTFY
You still have to shlep your bags past customs, how is that the same as a domestic flight?
My cutoff for flying though is probably about a 5 hour drive.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bem684 on May 06, 2014, 11:04:18 PM
I'm going to be in Toronto for one night (June 25th) for a wedding. 

I plan to stay at the Westin Prince.  I looked through 2/3 of the thread and didn't see much about that hotel.  Does anyone have experience there?

Where should I go for lunch on the day of the wedding?  I am traveling alone (shviger is taking my place as man of the house for 3 days!). 

Is there any place worth eating at in Rochester for lunch on the way home the next day? 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: madhatter349 on May 26, 2014, 10:12:55 AM
Does anyone know of a good car service to use from downtown to thorhill area?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 26, 2014, 10:32:53 AM
Time of day?

Not sure if this price is to Thornhill

Any time Airport Service for a low price.
Pick up and Drop off $35.
 
Other transportation services available.
 
Call or text: *647-890-3119 *
Email: *mendy19@hotmail.com <mendy19@hotmail.com>*

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on June 08, 2014, 01:06:59 PM
I have a 12 hr YYZ stopover midweek, 630 am-630 pm. We are going to be en route to Europe for 2 weeks. The debate is:
1. Go into downtown and walk around, and try out some food in Toronto. OR
2. Drive to Niagara Falls for a few hours? Getting unclear answers about which direction heavy traffic is going at that time of day. Is 12 hrs enough time to see what there is to see there?
Because we will have carryon baggage, we plan on renting a car for the day either way.
Never been to yyz.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on June 08, 2014, 08:58:42 PM
I have a 12 hr YYZ stopover midweek, 630 am-630 pm. We are going to be en route to Europe for 2 weeks. The debate is:
1. Go into downtown and walk around, and try out some food in Toronto. OR
2. Drive to Niagara Falls for a few hours? Getting unclear answers about which direction heavy traffic is going at that time of day. Is 12 hrs enough time to see what there is to see there?
Because we will have carryon baggage, we plan on renting a car for the day either way.
Never been to yyz.

YYZ to Niagara in morning and back afternoon should not be a traffic issue - most traffic will be going the opposite direction.  As a matter of fact, the airport is on the western city limits and you head off westbound towards Niagara. Probably would be a good idea to go 401 West to 407S rather than starting 427 south during rush hour, though. (If you GoogleMap it, you will see what I am referring to) as 427S could be busy during the rush in morning and vice versa in the afternoon. 
On the other hand, driving to downtown is going to involve rush hour traffic PLUS the main highway towards downtown (Gardiner Expressway) is having major construction this summer so, unless it is a holiday, it will be ill advised to try and drive downtown.  Also, the only kosher places downtown are only open (some) evenings so you'd have to drive uptown to get food during the day.
The car rental is in the terminals (one in each) as long as you stick with the major players. If you are on time, you should be parked in Niagara well before 9 and ready to spend a few hours.  Chabad ran a restaurant there last summer so you can check the Chabad Niagara website.  You should be able to get in a good few hours of things and grab some food on the way out. I see that someone else has just given a nice list.
I would be sure to leave 4.5 hrs before the flight to be very safe. If you want to play it on the edge, you probably could make it leaving closer to 2.5 hrs - but you will be sweating buckets and just might not make it if anything doesn't go perfect.
There is kosher food sold in the terminals - but you can only access it on the way out - when you come in, you are forced into customs.  But, selection may be limited later in the day.
Enjoy your trip
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on June 20, 2014, 05:23:39 PM
Ben & Izzy's in Toronto as featured on Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here." (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7821.msg845192#msg845192)

Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 20, 2014, 06:04:19 PM
And, do you?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 21, 2014, 06:20:04 PM
And, do you?
i did, was great
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 22, 2014, 01:17:18 AM
Hmmm..... Never heard of it. Will have to try it out
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 22, 2014, 04:59:24 AM
Hmmm..... Never heard of it. Will have to try it out
which part of town do you live?

so went to ben & izzys and had the SMOKED JACK DANIELS PULLED BEEF (copy and paste), pretty darn good. went back the next day to have it again
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 22, 2014, 08:21:24 AM
Thornhill. Must have missed that comment...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on June 22, 2014, 09:23:31 AM

Thornhill. Must have missed that comment...
Never heard of? Wow Thornhill must be pretty isolated. It's pretty good deli a strong upgrade from markeys I would recommend
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on June 22, 2014, 08:29:18 PM
i did, was great
When I stopped through Toronto for a few hours this past winter, I had my parents meet me at the airport with the Jack Daniels pulled beef on your recommendation, moish. Glad I did. Would love one right now.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 23, 2014, 04:35:29 AM
When I stopped through Toronto for a few hours this past winter, I had my parents meet me at the airport with the Jack Daniels pulled beef on your recommendation, moish. Glad I did. Would love one right now.
as would i...  glad to see someone listens to my recommendations  :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 23, 2014, 11:10:01 PM
Is Ripley’s Believe It or Not, interesting?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on June 24, 2014, 04:45:43 AM
Is Ripley’s Believe It or Not, interesting?
Quite
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 30, 2014, 11:50:19 AM
What a gorgeous City  :D

We wanna leave Toronto tomorrow night to the Catskills, I would like to drive about 3 1/2 hours, sleep over in some nice cheap hotel and leave the next morning, can anyone recommend anything?

And BTW I was shocked when my BIL told me, there is no decent restaurant in Toronto  ::) :o
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2014, 11:55:28 AM
What a gorgeous City  :D

We wanna leave Toronto tomorrow night to the Catskills, I would like to drive about 3 1/2 hours, sleep over in some nice cheap hotel and leave the next morning, can anyone recommend anything?
Rochester or Syracuse
Quote
And BTW I was shocked when my BIL told me, there is no decent restaurant in Toronto  ::) :o
Haven't been following this thread, huh? You can do dinner tonight at the Windsor Arms Hotel http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/kosher_dining/ Food is very good and is reasonably priced @$75/person
Mixed reviews here about Maron.
And I make a mean BBQ ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 30, 2014, 12:16:26 PM
Rochester or SyracuseHaven't been following this thread, huh? You can do dinner tonight at the Windsor Arms Hotel http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/kosher_dining/ Food is very good and is reasonably priced @$75/person
Mixed reviews here about Maron.
And I make a mean BBQ ;)
Thanks! I was asking about a restaurant.. I am confused about all these Hotels serving Kosher food. What is it? Do they serve every night? Is it under the COR?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 30, 2014, 12:53:09 PM
Rochester or SyracuseHaven't been following this thread, huh? You can do dinner tonight at the Windsor Arms Hotel http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/kosher_dining/ Food is very good and is reasonably priced @$75/person
Mixed reviews here about Maron.
And I make a mean BBQ ;)
PH nights for July published yet?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2014, 12:56:05 PM
Thanks! I was asking about a restaurant.. I am confused about all these Hotels serving Kosher food. What is it? Do they serve every night? Is it under the COR?
What's confusing. They serve Tue-Thu. Like going to a regular restaurant, except it's price-fixed. Under the COR.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2014, 12:57:58 PM
Quote from: Park Hyatt Toronto
Due to Summerlicious and Jewish Holidays, we will not be offering Kosher Dining in Annona for the month of July.
We will be available again starting August.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 30, 2014, 12:59:20 PM
Oh well.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2014, 01:02:17 PM
Oh well.
And I make a mean BBQ ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 30, 2014, 01:07:12 PM
As do I without the 4 hour drive ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on June 30, 2014, 06:40:05 PM

As do I without the 4 hour drive ;)
You would drive down? I'm shocked lol
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on June 30, 2014, 07:26:42 PM
What a gorgeous City  :D

We wanna leave Toronto tomorrow night to the Catskills, I would like to drive about 3 1/2 hours, sleep over in some nice cheap hotel and leave the next morning, can anyone recommend anything?

And BTW I was shocked when my BIL told me, there is no decent restaurant in Toronto  ::) :o
Also in Batavia
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 02, 2014, 12:24:19 PM
Anybody knows if the WM here in Rochester has ATM"s in working conditions?

Don't think there is a high DDF population here  ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on July 02, 2014, 01:16:45 PM
Anybody knows if the WM here in Rochester has ATM"s in working conditions?

Don't think there is a high DDF population here  ;)
The downside of not having a high DDF population is that probably no one here can answer your question... :P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on July 07, 2014, 08:43:21 PM
What's the best airline to fly from Newark or NY to Niagra using MR/UR?
Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: peacenlove613 on July 07, 2014, 11:15:03 PM

What's the best airline to fly from Newark or NY to Niagra using MR/UR?
Thanks
Ba or ua to buffalo
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 10, 2014, 07:49:27 PM
From my car to the gate in under eight minutes. A new record. Left my house less than an hour before the flight and still have to wait at the gate
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 12, 2014, 11:33:06 PM
Any volunteers to Wikify this thread?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 12, 2014, 11:39:12 PM
Also,  shouldn't we seperate Niagara and Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 12, 2014, 11:45:39 PM
Also,  shouldn't we seperate Niagara and Toronto?
Yes, but who's volunteering to go through 1,100 posts to split them apart :P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 13, 2014, 12:10:02 AM
Any volunteers to Wikify this thread?
Planing a trip?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 14, 2014, 12:11:49 PM
Any volunteers to Wikify this thread?
I gave it a good start. Others feel free to add please
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 14, 2014, 12:26:10 PM
I gave it a good start. Others feel free to add please
Very nice!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 14, 2014, 12:32:18 PM
I gave it a good start. Others feel free to add please

I added My zaidy's pizza and bistro grande
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 14, 2014, 02:50:54 PM
FTFY
Might me  :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on July 14, 2014, 02:53:44 PM
Nice job...Ty!  Here are a couple others offhand (ill try and add these and more when i get home, or someone else can)

Restaurants: Cookoos, Ben&Izzys, Tovli South, My Zaidys Pizza (really north)- 9340 Bathurst St, Vaughan, Ontario L6A 4N9
Attractions: Rogers Centre (home of the Blue Jays, next to CN tower), Canadas Wonderland, Ontario Science Center (www.ontariosciencecentre.ca)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on July 14, 2014, 11:58:30 PM
can anyone describe the attractions or rate which ones to choose if there only for 1 day or if on limited budget?
thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 15, 2014, 12:37:05 AM
What ages? Interests?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on July 15, 2014, 07:58:40 PM
married couple (kids left at home)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 15, 2014, 09:05:25 PM
married couple (kids left at home)
Interest in the hockey Hall of fame? Canada's wonderland? Walking in a park? It's hard for me to tell you what you would like
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 15, 2014, 11:00:22 PM
can anyone describe the attractions or rate which ones to choose if there only for 1 day or if on limited budget?
thanks
Niagara or Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 16, 2014, 01:59:11 PM
Any decent restaurant that would deliver to the Westin Bristol (right near the airport)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2014, 02:05:17 PM
Went to My zaidy's pizza for the first time. Pizza is really mediocre at best. A real out of town pizza shop with only plain pizza and one pie of vegetable and a salad bar. Although they do have the best deal in town: $12 for a large pie
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 16, 2014, 06:39:12 PM
Any decent restaurant that would deliver to the Westin Bristol (right near the airport)
Doesn't seems like anyone delivers that far.

Anyone know a delivery service that would bring food or if anyone lives in Toronto willing to pay.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2014, 06:50:35 PM
Uber?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on July 16, 2014, 09:26:55 PM
Uber?
Was gonna do that, but found someone.

Got from Bali Laffa, great food.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2014, 11:17:09 PM
Got from Bali Laffa, great food.
Had dinner from there as well. What did you get?
Probably the best of the non fancy restaurants in the city (still need to try ben and Izzy's, hopefully next week)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 17, 2014, 12:24:26 AM
Quote from: Ergel link=topic=71.msg867303#msg867303 date
Probably the best of the non fancy restaurants in the city

Yup and great prices with very generous portions.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 17, 2014, 08:01:26 AM
Had dinner from there as well. What did you get?
Probably the best of the non fancy restaurants in the city (still need to try ben and Izzy's, hopefully next week)
so what are you comparing it to then?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 17, 2014, 11:26:00 AM
so what are you comparing it to then?
Dr. Laffa, Lime Taco, King David, Joe boo's, D-lites, Golden Chopstics, Saluf, Cafe Sheli, Omni (probably #2), all the pizza stores, Ashkenaz Cowboy, Howie T's Burger Bar, Milk 'n Honey
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 17, 2014, 12:28:34 PM
Dr. Laffa, Lime Taco, King David, Joe boo's, D-lites, Golden Chopstics, Saluf, Cafe Sheli, Omni (probably #2), all the pizza stores, Ashkenaz Cowboy, Howie T's Burger Bar, Milk 'n Honey
chicken nest?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 17, 2014, 12:43:41 PM
too far south :P
Never heard of it. I'll have to try it
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 17, 2014, 01:02:29 PM
chicken nest?
too far south :P
Never heard of it. I'll have to try it

you do not need to try chicken nest. It was awful. They served me microwaved chicken wings. If you are a chicken place serving microwaved wings, might be time to consider a new business.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 17, 2014, 01:07:15 PM
its my go to grease joint.

how do you know it was microwaved?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 17, 2014, 02:18:37 PM
Dr. Laffa, Lime Taco, King David, Joe boo's, D-lites, Golden Chopstics, Saluf, Cafe Sheli, Omni (probably #2), all the pizza stores, Ashkenaz Cowboy, Howie T's Burger Bar, Milk 'n Honey
I thought Golden Chopsticks closed down and now there's no Chinese in TO.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 17, 2014, 02:24:27 PM
I thought Golden Chopsticks closed down and now there's no Chinese in TO.

Apparently it had lost its hechsher but it has it back now
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 17, 2014, 02:25:35 PM
its my go to grease joint.

how do you know it was microwaved?

same way you can tell any food, especially chicken, is microwaved: hot in certain places, cold in others and rubbery.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 17, 2014, 02:42:34 PM
Apparently it had lost its hechsher but it has it back now
When did it lose it's hechsher?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 17, 2014, 02:45:34 PM
When did it lose it's hechsher?

I think a few years ago, then got another hechsher and then got the COR back
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: The Guy on July 17, 2014, 07:10:30 PM
For only one day I'd say:

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises
  • Journey Behind The Falls
  • Cave Of The Winds
  • Skylon Tower
  • IMAX

Is it possible to do all or just one of these?
Aren't they similar stuff? they all take you with a boat very close to the falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 17, 2014, 07:11:57 PM
Only one of those is on a boat
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 17, 2014, 07:29:53 PM
Only one of those is on a boat
+1. You should be able to do all of these activities in one day.

Cave Of The Winds is on the American Side so you'd have to cross the border for that one, but completely worth it IMO. In fact, to me it was the single most enjoyable experience out of all the Niagara attractions.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 17, 2014, 07:40:46 PM
+1. You should be able to do all of these activities in one day.

Cave Of The Winds is on the American Side so you'd have to cross the border for that one, but completely worth it IMO. In fact, to me it was the single most enjoyable experience out of all the Niagara attractions.
+1. And it is really cool to walk across. You can stand with one foot in each country
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 20, 2014, 07:25:55 PM
Ben and Izzy's: pulled beef sandwich was good, not great (lots of meat, though). Fries were bland. Disappointed they don't have spicy fries. Not a fan of the cole slaw.
Overall I was pretty disappointed
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 20, 2014, 07:33:13 PM
Ben and Izzy's: pulled beef sandwich was good, not great (lots of meat, though). Fries were bland. Disappointed they don't have spicy fries. Not a fan of the come slaw.
Overall I was pretty disappointed
After all the hype....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 20, 2014, 07:35:47 PM
I'll give them another try. Try some more things on the menu
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 20, 2014, 09:41:22 PM
Ben and Izzy's: pulled beef sandwich was good, not great (lots of meat, though). Fries were bland. Disappointed they don't have spicy fries. Not a fan of the come slaw.
Overall I was pretty disappointed

I felt the same way.  Pulled beef which is their go to dish was OK.  I left hungry
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on July 21, 2014, 05:43:10 AM
al taam v'reiach...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 21, 2014, 08:35:25 AM
Profound
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 21, 2014, 03:45:49 PM
I felt the same way.  Pulled beef which is their go to dish was OK.  I left hungry
so are you complaining about the taste or the size, or both?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2014, 03:52:19 PM
so are you complaining about the taste or the size, or both?
Hate when people say Mike's is garbage, the portions are too small.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 21, 2014, 04:11:04 PM
Hate when people say Mike's is garbage, the portions are too small.
lol
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mek on July 21, 2014, 06:23:04 PM
Hate when people say Mike's is garbage, the portions are too small.

One thing when your expecting haute cuisine and another when the advertise as a deli with pictures of fat overstuffed sandwiches
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 21, 2014, 07:47:59 PM
FTFY.
True enough
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 21, 2014, 08:57:46 PM
so are you complaining about the taste or the size, or both?

Both. The sandwich wasn't as big as I thought it was, and not nearly as tasty as people say. It was good- not great!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2014, 01:34:22 PM
Next Park Hyatt dinner: August 21
Kosher Masters of Food and wine experience that travels seven courses and includes uniquely prepared kosher desserts

If anyone is interested I can ask for the menu
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 31, 2014, 09:42:39 PM
Next Park Hyatt dinner: August 21
Kosher Masters of Food and wine experience that travels seven courses and includes uniquely prepared kosher desserts

If anyone is interested I can ask for the menu
Please do.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 01, 2014, 08:29:19 AM
Please do.
Not available yet. Contact at PH is on vacation. Should be available when she gets back next week
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 01, 2014, 08:37:13 AM
Thanks, keep us posted.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 01, 2014, 09:45:05 AM
For Verizon you could change your plan to include calls and text from Canada, it costs a few $ for the month and is pro rated. Data is very expensive. Set your phone to block roaming data, and use  wifi.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 01, 2014, 10:01:16 AM
Very difficult if you have a grandfathered plan.
@Dan - Everything you have is 'grandfathered' ... lol
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 05:12:12 PM
Not available yet. Contact at PH is on vacation. Should be available when she gets back next week
Bump?
Might actually be able to pull it off this time.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 05, 2014, 05:54:29 PM
Bump?
Might actually be able to pull it off this time.

DO? Or you gonna come with your wife?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 05, 2014, 05:58:36 PM
Bump?
Might actually be able to pull it off this time.

Also, people really like the food at Windsor Arms.  You should try that
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 06:00:00 PM
With the fam. Not sure how I'm going to deal with babysitting though.

So dinner at Windsor and PH.
Where else do I need to hit up?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 05, 2014, 06:43:51 PM
With the fam. Not sure how I'm going to deal with babysitting though.

So dinner at Windsor and PH.
Where else do I need to hit up?

Nothing else is special    Let me know about the chance of a DO

I don't know how to help with babysitting.  Sorry!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 05, 2014, 06:48:56 PM
With the fam. Not sure how I'm going to deal with babysitting though.

So dinner at Windsor and PH.
Where else do I need to hit up?
Chocolate Charm?

The chocolate covered popcorn were quite good.

Also the grocery in Pats has soft ice cream.  The first place with soft ice cream IINM.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 05, 2014, 06:50:49 PM

Is Chocolate Charm anything so special? I am sure Dan has been to plenty of amazing chocolate places
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 06:52:48 PM
Chocolate popcorn and soft ice cream I can get at home.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 05, 2014, 06:54:03 PM
Chocolate Charm?

The chocolate covered popcorn were quite good.

Also the grocery in Pats has soft ice cream.  The first place with soft ice cream IINM.
Is Chocolate Charm anything so special? I am sure Dan has been to plenty of amazing chocolate places
If he was asking about Brooklyn, chocolate would be the last on my list but when talking about Toronto there is nothing much....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 05, 2014, 06:55:36 PM
Chocolate popcorn and soft ice cream I can get at home.

Other than the PH and Windsor Arms, there are plenty of Schwarma places.  Some people swear that Ben and Izzys is really good but I wasn't such a fan. Bistro is a good dairy place but not amazing and I don't know if it is CY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 05, 2014, 06:56:40 PM
Chocolate popcorn and soft ice cream I can get at home.
And the food you'll get at the PH you can't get in CLE?  ::)

I was just saying what you can do while you're there. I have a lot of ice cream stores in Brooklyn but i appreciated to have 1 in Toronto.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 05, 2014, 06:58:28 PM
Other than the PH and Windsor Arms, there are plenty of Schwarma places.  Some people swear that Ben and Izzys is really good but I wasn't such a fan. Bistro is a good dairy place but not amazing and I don't know if it is CY
Bistro IS CY.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 07:00:50 PM
Can people add in some more ratings for the places in the wiki and write what not to miss?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 05, 2014, 07:01:58 PM
Check out Ben and izzys and tell us if it is worth it or just hype
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 05, 2014, 07:08:38 PM
Can people add in some more ratings for the places in the wiki and write what not to miss?

Will do it tomorrow bli neder
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 05, 2014, 07:30:40 PM
Can people add in some more ratings for the places in the wiki and write what not to miss?
-1 Once a restaurant  becomes good enough to be a "must go to" in Toronto, it closes down.
Especially fleishigs.

Go to Omni over Bistro.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 05, 2014, 10:38:15 PM
With the fam. Not sure how I'm going to deal with babysitting though.

So dinner at Windsor and PH.
Where else do I need to hit up?
Babysitting: I assume you'll be staying at the PH? Makes sense to get someone from down south. I can post for you closer to on the local Google group.

I'd also go to omni. Get the onion soup bread bowl.

The aquarium is nice, but bring your wallet. I'd also go to the cn tower.
Definitely go to centre island and centreville.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 05, 2014, 10:39:30 PM
And the food you'll get at the PH you can't get in CLE?  ::)
No he can't (see my review above)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 05, 2014, 10:57:46 PM
For the aquarium make sure to buy tickets online. Otherwise you might wait an hour (or more) in line.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: me on August 05, 2014, 11:06:17 PM
(see my review above)

Link?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 05, 2014, 11:07:55 PM
Link?
you mean you can't find it? There are only 87 pages on tapatalk
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 05, 2014, 11:21:55 PM
Depending when you go there's The Ex.

http://theex.com/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 05, 2014, 11:50:59 PM
Park Hyatt Anona restaurant-Kosher tasting. (Menu attached)

Really nice place to eat. Was not packed at all. Really attentive and excellent service.
Weren't so many people there. I can't imagine how they can afford to do this.
The tasting menu was very interesting but the portions were small. I think I would have preferred a regular menu and had a full order of the steak and onion rings and the fish for the appetizer.
 
Bread-refilled once and offered to refill again (probably should have taken them up on the offer)
Tomato Sage and Sea Salt Focaccia 8/10-Very good bread
Hand Stretched crisp bread 6/10-flat breads. Were too thin and had a little to many seeds on them
Didn't like the spreads for them

Seared lamb carpaccio and melon 7/10-small slices of lamb on top of melon. Was OK.

Grilled vegetable terrine 8.5/10-grilled eggplant, pepper and other veggies. Was very good.

braised veal and shallot ravioli-I didn't eat, my wife says they were good

Dover sole meuniere 9/10-Excellent fish. A hint of lemon which I didn't like but really good

Beef Ribeye conundrum 9.75/10 Awesome steak. They grill it and then they vacuum seal it and put in hot water. Really soft and tasty
Homemade onion ring 9.5/10 Awesome onion rings.
The mashed potatoes (a tiny amount) was good as well

Grape Sorbet 5/10Wasn't grape-I think it was lemon. Was OK. Was too frozen so it was hard to eat

Dark Chocoalte Marquis 8.5/10 Really rich and excellent chocolate


What's the best way to insert pictures?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2014, 05:28:54 PM
My gosh, they are making this event even more expensive then usual. $175.
File is too large to attach.
@Dan - I emailed it to you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2014, 05:41:12 PM
$175...that's nuts.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2014, 05:51:25 PM
Indeed. Not sure how they plan on filling the room
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 06, 2014, 07:28:57 PM
My gosh, they are making this event even more expensive then usual. $175.
File is too large to attach.
@Dan - I emailed it to you

Can you please email it to me as well?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2014, 07:56:22 PM
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/phyyz.png
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 06, 2014, 08:27:10 PM
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/phyyz.png

$175 is really insane.  Mikes Bistro tasting menu is $110 plus $20 for wine..
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2014, 08:52:33 PM
Rethinking my plans now. $175++ just seems outrageous.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 06, 2014, 08:55:49 PM
In USD it's only 160
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 06, 2014, 09:17:44 PM
In USD it's only 160

Perhaps Dan doesn't have a no international fee card? :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 06, 2014, 09:18:50 PM
Perhaps Dan doesn't have a no international fee card? :)
:-\
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2014, 10:03:34 PM
In USD it's only 160
+13% + 15% =  205
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 06, 2014, 10:04:58 PM
Its not about the $205, it's about the Chutzpeh.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2014, 10:05:31 PM
It can't possibly be worthwhile, right?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2014, 10:08:00 PM
No. But you do deduct like 40%. So maybe it is
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 07, 2014, 02:28:58 AM
It can't possibly be worthwhile, right?
Chalk it up to a biz expense. Review for the good of the forum.  :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on August 10, 2014, 12:09:23 AM
i know its off topic but i think here is the best place to ask,
does anyone know anything about the thousand islands region? i'm driving past the area and i want to know if i should stop for a few hours and what to see.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 11, 2014, 12:08:02 PM
It can't possibly be worthwhile, right?
You coming?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2014, 12:15:07 PM
You coming?
On the fence.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on August 11, 2014, 12:18:50 PM
I noticed that burgies isn't on the wiki

They are quite a good burger joint.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 11, 2014, 12:19:25 PM
If you do, this is supposed to be fun (and on the way)
https://www.groupon.com/deals/safari-niagara-16
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2014, 12:25:21 PM
If you do, this is supposed to be fun (and on the way)
https://www.groupon.com/deals/safari-niagara-16
Thanks, what else in Niagara/Toronto can work for a 3 year old?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on August 11, 2014, 12:29:08 PM
Thanks, what else in Niagara/Toronto can work for a 3 year old?
Groupon has a whole bunch of activities. There's a horse back riding place about 30 min from Bathurst and Lawrence. Its called Claireville ranch. You can get pony rides there as well. I would call in advance though.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on August 11, 2014, 12:32:30 PM
haven't been there for a while...try the african lion safari. it was a really cool experience.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 11, 2014, 12:47:33 PM
Thanks, what else in Niagara/Toronto can work for a 3 year old?
Toronto: The zoo. The aquarium. Centre Island and Centreville. Woodbine Fair. African lion safari. Reptilia. Jumpzone (probably too young, depends how crowded it is). CNE (theex.com)
Niagara: Butterfly place. Safari. Tons of stuff to do @ Clifton Hill
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 11, 2014, 06:58:07 PM
There's LEGOLAND.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 11, 2014, 07:09:16 PM
There's LEGOLAND.
-10000000000
Waste of money. Nothing to do
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 11, 2014, 07:11:37 PM
@Dan, look for a nice children's museum on the way. My kids loved it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 11, 2014, 07:12:28 PM
You mean the one in Rochester which is not on his way at all?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on August 11, 2014, 07:13:33 PM
What's my best bet for a hotel in Niagara? 50k ur points is what I have available.
Bump
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 11, 2014, 07:15:53 PM
You mean the one in Rochester which is not on his way at all?
Yes. Does not have to be that one. Just pointing out the idea that he can search if there is a museum on his way and take a break over there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on August 12, 2014, 11:03:49 AM
is the safari niagara interesting for adults?
btw the safari is closed on august 13.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dwmtl on August 12, 2014, 01:56:36 PM
We are going to Toronto this week and are considering taking the kids to the science museum.
I see on their website that if you are a member then entrance is free and they reciprocate with other science museums.
Has anyone ever done this? Perhaps bought a less expensive membership at another science museum and then used it to get in free at a more expensive one?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 13, 2014, 02:20:40 PM
Any recommendations for what to order at Ben & Izzy's?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on August 13, 2014, 11:10:08 PM
I wouldn't go there. They just increased there prices for a sandwich to 18.00.
Was there today and they only had 4 items on the menu. service was terribly. Something tells me the place isn't going to last to long.

Why don't you try Bali laffa across the street or dr laffa at bathurst and Lawrence.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on August 13, 2014, 11:17:03 PM
I wouldn't go there. They just increased there prices for a sandwich to 18.00.
Was there today and they only had 4 items on the menu. service was terribly. Something tells me the place isn't going to last to long.

Why don't you try Bali laffa across the street or dr laffa at bathurst and Lawrence.
Howie t's makes a good burger. Not too pricey either.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on August 13, 2014, 11:34:43 PM
I would also suggest burgys for a great selection of burgers if your in the thornhill area.
Checkout there website Burgys.ca
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on August 14, 2014, 01:01:48 AM
I would also suggest burgys for a great selection of burgers if your in the thornhill area.
Checkout there website Burgys.ca
+1... They're better than Howie ts IMHO
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 14, 2014, 02:16:02 AM
Thanks, what else in Niagara/Toronto can work for a 3 year old?

Marineland is awesome!

http://www.marinelandcanada.com/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yakov116 on August 14, 2014, 08:46:04 AM
Great job on the wiki! Can anyone add the Hechshairim?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 14, 2014, 09:35:34 AM
Can someone with power please split this thread into two separate threads, it drives me crazy doing research like this
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 14, 2014, 10:00:06 AM
Great job on the wiki! Can anyone add the Hechshairim?

Nothing to add. All restaurants in Toronto is under the COR. There is no real competition here.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yakov116 on August 14, 2014, 10:02:32 AM
Nothing to add. All restaurants in Toronto is under the COR. There is no real competition here.
I didn't know that since I don't live there. That why I think it should be added to the wiki
Thanks for the info
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 14, 2014, 11:18:07 AM
I didn't know that since I don't live there. That why I think it should be added to the wiki
Thanks for the info

Sorry.  Didn't mean to be snarky.  I will add it later
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 14, 2014, 12:41:10 PM
I didn't know that since I don't live there. That why I think it should be added to the wiki
Thanks for the info
you can do that. I can't on tapatalk (maybe you are too?)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 14, 2014, 01:05:16 PM
So basically the best thing Ben & Izzy's has is a video?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youG on August 14, 2014, 04:13:35 PM
Joe Boo Cookoo's
Amazing wings!!!!
also very solid burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches!!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2014, 09:16:28 AM
How much time would you guys budget for each of:
-African lion safari
-Centre Island/Centreville.
-CNE
-Science museum

Is it worth doing maid of the mist and journey behind the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2014, 08:16:29 PM
Did cave of the winds with an eight month old in a carrier. Very doable.

Do science center Wednesday morning then head to centre island. Thursday do lion safari in the morning (put bananas on your car before you go in, make sure they don't see) and CNE on your way back into town

Don't forget to schedule a DO (late night BBQ by my place?)
Thanks.
Looks like rain on both Weds and Thurs, guess we might have to improvise.

DO at the PH?
Going to Windsor on Tues and PH on Thurs.

What other restaurants should I hit up for a few lunches and a dinner?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 17, 2014, 08:30:22 PM
Problem with the PH is nothing to do but drinks but then I need to drive... My house Wednesday night for bbq and beer?

For rain you can try jump zone, the aquarium (there are parking spaces right in front, not clear if they are legal or not but have parked there every time we've been without incident, this ain't NY), reptilia, ROM (but your kids may be bored)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 18, 2014, 01:35:10 AM
If I have global entry will it work in the nexus lane?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 09:25:17 AM
Problem with the PH is nothing to do but drinks but then I need to drive... My house Wednesday night for bbq and beer?

For rain you can try jump zone, the aquarium (there are parking spaces right in front, not clear if they are legal or not but have parked there every time we've been without incident, this ain't NY), reptilia, ROM (but your kids may be bored)
BBQ I have in CLE, do that 2x weekly...it's restaurants that I travel for :)

I'm thinking:
Tuesday lunch: Niagara Pizza
Dinner: Windsor
Weds lunch: Cafe Sheli
Weds Dinner: Marron
Thurs Lunch: Omni
Thurs Dinner: PH
Fri Breakfast: D-Lites

Anything I should change?

Should I substitute B&I or BaLi Laffa for something?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:39:51 AM
I meant late night DO BBQ.

I'd switch bistro grande for one of the lunches
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:42:21 AM
Did you make a reservation for the PH?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 09:46:35 AM
I meant late night DO BBQ.

I'd switch bistro grande for one of the lunches
Maybe, any other DDF'ers in YYZ?

Which lunch would you ditch?
Make sense to skip B&I and BaLi Laffa?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:49:12 AM
Cafe sheli.

Unless you want to do fleish for one of the lunches, yes. If you do I'd sl skip omni
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 09:52:16 AM
Unless you want to do fleish for one of the lunches
B&I or BaLi Laffa or?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:55:48 AM
Bali Laffa (I've only been to the north location but I'd assume they are the same)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 10:05:30 AM
Best dishes?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 10:10:34 AM
Shwarma and dark meat chicken shishkabob. Been meaning to try the general tso's chicken which looks really good but just end up getting those two every time. The kids chicken fingers are also really good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 18, 2014, 10:38:19 AM
Yes, but who's volunteering to go through 1,100 posts to split them apart :P
Done. Please use this thread for Niagara http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43945.0
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 11:07:04 AM
so went to ben & izzys and had the SMOKED JACK DANIELS PULLED BEEF (copy and paste), pretty darn good. went back the next day to have it again
When I stopped through Toronto for a few hours this past winter, I had my parents meet me at the airport with the Jack Daniels pulled beef on your recommendation, moish. Glad I did. Would love one right now.
Ben and Izzy's: pulled beef sandwich was good, not great (lots of meat, though). Fries were bland. Disappointed they don't have spicy fries. Not a fan of the cole slaw.
Overall I was pretty disappointed

Some people swear that Ben and Izzys is really good but I wasn't such a fan.


Hmm....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 18, 2014, 11:35:51 AM

Hmm....

I am in for a late night DO BBQ - I can bring some meat or beer

I would much rather eat at Bali Laffa then B+I.

Dan, if you go to the CNE, let me know how it is for a 2-3 year old. Taking my daughter on Sunday.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on August 18, 2014, 02:46:00 PM

Hmm....
Quality went down in 6 months? And even worse in the past month?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 03:02:14 PM
It even had a little bit of a watery taste like it'd been frozen
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 03:06:06 PM
It even had a little bit of a watery taste like it'd been frozen
Interesting. That could definitely explain it if moish had it fresh and you had it frozen.

Who's going to call and see if the brisket is fresh or frozen today :D
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 05:12:58 PM
Does Second Cup have anything C"Y these days?

All the C"Y froyo shops have closed?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 05:21:33 PM
All the C"Y froyo shops have closed?
Do it seems
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 18, 2014, 05:24:30 PM
Does Second Cup have anything C"Y these days?

All the C"Y froyo shops have closed?

Just called Second Cup in Thornhill. About half the drinks are CY or Dairy Equipment.  Almost all baked goods are Parver or CY
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 05:26:32 PM
If I have global entry will it work in the nexus lane?
Into Canada, definitely not. I think Lucky reported it working into the USA
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 18, 2014, 09:08:57 PM
Does Second Cup have anything C"Y these days?

The "Up North" Second Cup has the chiller (I love it... get it every time i go)...

Once you're there,  I highly recommend visiting Sobey's its in the same plaza (arguably the best not Jewish owned Kosher grocery store in North America).
They have the most heavenly baked goods, from their Donuts (chocolate covered w/ colored sprinkles is my favorite), to Cupcakes and Cakes, to their unreal breads (not bagels... Toronto doesn't do that). Trust me you'll enjoy... you will not be let down... even if you come up just for that... (Go after D-lites on Friday)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:34:20 PM
Eh on the baked goods
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 18, 2014, 09:37:18 PM
Eh on the baked goods

U should really go back and try them again..... Theres no way u can say "eh".... Unless of course it wasn't fresh and then ull have that anywhere you go...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 09:38:43 PM
Cheapest store to stock up on Quaker Oatmeal squares cereal?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:39:47 PM
They have one cake that I really like (I think they call it the cookie cake). Other than that, the donuts are mediocre at best. Bread is OK. Challah is OK. The Cupcakes are cute for kids. What is there that is heavenly?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 09:40:42 PM
Cheapest store to stock up on Quaker Oatmeal squares cereal?
I'd have to guess Walmart or no frills or super center unless someone is having a sale. Three is a website with weekly circulars but I don't recall what it is
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 09:45:27 PM
I'd have to guess Walmart or no frills or super center unless someone is having a sale. Three is a website with weekly circulars but I don't recall what it is
Any idea if Walmart CA takes Walmart US GCs?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 18, 2014, 09:51:10 PM
They have one cake that I really like (I think they call it the cookie cake). Other than that, the donuts are mediocre at best. Bread is OK. Challah is OK. The Cupcakes are cute for kids. What is there that is heavenly?

Firstly, let me clarify i was talking CY.
Secondly, if youre gonna get a cake.... The strawberry shortcake is insane!!
Anything with their frosting is delicious.... Not just cute...
Their donuts are really really delicious....
They make restaurant style breads which are great...
Check out the selection youll be happy you did.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 10:04:01 PM
I live about 3 minutes from sobey's so I have their stuff often enough. Nothing to travel special for
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 10:06:02 PM
If the gift card you received was purchased from a Canadian store, that gift card can only be used at Walmart Canada locations. Likewise, gift cards purchased from a U.S. location can only be used at Walmart U.S. stores.

http://www.walmart.ca/en/help/checkout/payments

And yes we do live in a third world country that Walmart.ca does not accept even Canadian gift cards
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 18, 2014, 10:35:42 PM
I live about 3 minutes from sobey's so I have their stuff often enough. Nothing to travel special for

Guess well let Dan be the judge....  :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 10:36:50 PM
I'm more into heimish baked goods than commercial bakeries.
Besides, already have the best donuts right in CLE.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 10:37:45 PM
Let me guess, you're a native Torontonian
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 18, 2014, 10:43:04 PM
I'm more into heimish baked goods than commercial bakeries.
Besides, already have the best donuts right in CLE.

All I'm saying is the place is good..... Im not forcing anyone to go....
Plus you can't say they are the best unless you've tried 'em all ;)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 19, 2014, 01:48:20 AM
chocolate charm is pretty good for chocolates
Title: Re: Niagara Falls & Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 19, 2014, 01:59:44 AM
Chocolate Charm?

The chocolate covered popcorn were quite good.

Also the grocery in Pats has soft ice cream.  The first place with soft ice cream IINM.
Chocolate popcorn and soft ice cream I can get at home.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on August 19, 2014, 02:57:51 AM
howie ts? chicken nest? dr laffa?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 19, 2014, 06:20:43 AM
Eh on the baked goods

+1.  Sobeys white cakes are delicous.  Everything else is meh
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 19, 2014, 06:29:10 AM
howie ts? chicken nest? dr laffa?

-1000 on Chicken Nest.  They served me microwaved chicken wings.  If a chicken place can't serve fresh chicken wings, it should not be in business
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 19, 2014, 10:57:53 AM
howie ts? chicken nest? dr laffa?
Go to Bali Laffa. You will not regret it. They just opened one down south.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 19, 2014, 10:59:11 AM
Anyone been at the Windsor Arms kosher dining recently. How was the menu? Experience?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 19, 2014, 11:09:59 AM
Anyone been at the Windsor Arms kosher dining recently. How was the menu? Experience?

I know a few people who went and said the food was great! I beleive they change their menu on a monthly basis
Title: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dwmtl on August 19, 2014, 02:23:39 PM
I'd have to guess Walmart or no frills or super center unless someone is having a sale. Three is a website with weekly circulars but I don't recall what it is
http://m.redflagdeals.com
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dwmtl on August 19, 2014, 02:29:40 PM

chocolate charm is pretty good for chocolates
The Chocolate Moose has the most amazing filled truffles.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 19, 2014, 07:00:08 PM
Shwarma and dark meat chicken shishkabob. Been meaning to try the general tso's chicken which looks really good but just end up getting those two every time. The kids chicken fingers are also really good
And lamb shishkabob. And the rice
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on August 19, 2014, 11:47:33 PM
I'd have to guess Walmart or no frills or super center unless someone is having a sale. Three is a website with weekly circulars but I don't recall what it is

The App is called "flipp".  besides for viewing store flyers. The best feature is, it allows you to search by product name and then you can price match. Superstore and no frills both allow price matching to other local supermarkets.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 19, 2014, 11:53:59 PM
Anyone been at the Windsor Arms kosher dining recently. How was the menu? Experience?
Amazing.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 20, 2014, 02:47:36 PM

Amazing.
DO?
You stopping by Toronto on your trip?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 20, 2014, 03:45:58 PM
Where you been. He's in Toronto now. We've been trying to arrange one for tonight...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 20, 2014, 05:05:50 PM
Where you been. He's in Toronto now. We've been trying to arrange one for tonight...

Apparently they dot have costco in Clevelabd because I just saw him here....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2014, 06:50:01 PM
Apparently they dot have costco in Clevelabd because I just saw him here....
1. Why didn't you tell me you're a DDFer?
2.
Cheapest store to stock up on Quaker Oatmeal squares cereal?
3. Wish someone told me the Lion Safari sold admission tickets at Costco...would've save a fortune.
Lots of other admission tickets here as well.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 20, 2014, 06:52:33 PM
3. I did
You can save like $4/person if you buy lion safari passes from Costco
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 20, 2014, 06:56:30 PM
1. Why didn't you tell me you're a DDFer?

You were on your way out and didn't want to keep you.  Just wanted to say hi.   Enjoy PH!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2014, 07:04:13 PM
3. I did
Heh, but I think it's much more than that.

I paid $148 for 4 adults and at Costco it's $28.99 per adult.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 20, 2014, 07:08:28 PM
Heh, but I think it's much more than that.

I paid $148 for 4 adults and at Costco it's $28.99 per adult.

I hope you got the cup of soda from the cafe.  Best deal ever!  .89 and you get free refills
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on August 20, 2014, 07:21:00 PM
Eh on the baked goods
I'm starting to get a picture here...I happen to think highly of Sobey's AND Ben & Izzy's (at least the pulled beef which is all I had)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2014, 07:25:28 PM
Best dessert to bring back home for shabbos?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 20, 2014, 07:26:55 PM
Heh, but I think it's much more than that.

I paid $148 for 4 adults and at Costco it's $28.99 per adult.
$29 * 4 = $116 * 1.13 = 131
Welcome to the land of crazy sales tax
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 20, 2014, 07:27:26 PM
Best dessert to bring back home for shabbos?

Really nothing so special here, IMHO

Also, bringing food, esp prepared can be an issue at the border
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2014, 07:29:39 PM
$29 * 4 = $116 * 1.13 = 131
Welcome to the land of crazy sales tax
In the US the Costco GCs and tickets don't have sales tax.
You're sure they do here?

Otherwise, you're right. Meh.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 20, 2014, 07:32:33 PM
In the US the Costco GCs and tickets don't have sales tax.
You're sure they do here?
Not 100% sure but I would be shocked if they weren't
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 20, 2014, 07:51:48 PM
In the US the Costco GCs and tickets don't have sales tax.
You're sure they do here?

Otherwise, you're right. Meh.
that would depend on state. In Toronto the only thing with no tax is bread and milk
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 20, 2014, 10:02:43 PM
Anyone been at the Windsor Arms kosher dining recently. How was the menu? Experience?
Amazing.
What did you order?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 20, 2014, 10:25:51 PM
I Just left had the tuna appetizer and rib eye
Everything was outstanding!!!!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 21, 2014, 10:07:27 AM
$29 * 4 = $116 * 1.13 = 131
Welcome to the land of crazy sales tax
At one point you were able to get back some of the tax at the border on the way back. Does anyone know if you can still do that?
Eta: From Google it looks like it was mostly eliminated in 07 and now only applies to tour packages.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 21, 2014, 03:31:00 PM
2. 3. Wish someone told me the Lion Safari sold admission tickets at Costco...would've save a fortune.
Lots of other admission tickets here as well.
Will the Costco in St Catharines have these as well?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2014, 04:59:32 PM
Anyone want 8 ride coupons ($10) from the expo?

Can leave at the PH or I'll probably be at some kosher rest tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2014, 05:00:18 PM
Ben and Izzy's is closed today and tomorrow.
A message on their phone line would have been nice ::)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 21, 2014, 05:31:52 PM
Anyone want 8 ride coupons ($10) from the expo?

Can leave at the PH or I'll probably be at some kosher rest tomorrow morning.
I'd be interested in taking them but I'll probably be at Niagara Falls till monday,

Btw how do you rate the expo with young kids & how much time is needed there?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2014, 05:43:31 PM
Age of kids?
PM me with a name and pickup and I can leave it at the PH front desk.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 23, 2014, 10:26:32 PM
@Dan, quick review of the restaurants you went to? How was dinner at the PH?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 23, 2014, 11:14:33 PM

@Dan, quick review of the restaurants you went to? How was dinner at the PH?
+1, & of you don't mind rating the attractions,
I'm here now & would like some info on the the African Safari & cne expo
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 24, 2014, 07:19:34 AM

Ben and Izzy's is closed today and tomorrow.
A message on their phone line would have been nice ::)
Wow you were robbed! Should've told them you were coming in lol
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 24, 2014, 07:24:45 AM

+1, & of you don't mind rating the attractions,
I'm here now & would like some info on the the African Safari & cne expo
Both are great choose. If your more of a thrill seeker try wonderland which has kosher food now or Center island for a more scenic route 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 24, 2014, 07:20:59 PM
Fast-tracked this one...
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/50095
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 24, 2014, 10:34:37 PM
Fast-tracked this one...
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/50095
Nice.

1. 407: I think you will be surprised when your bill comes. it'll be more than $15. It's $4 to get on without a transponder and you'll be charged around .25 per KM. You were probably on it for 30+ KM.
2. Marron: I guess you agreed with my assessment and not Moish.
3. Windsor Arms. Totally agree with you. App and main were excellent, the dessert really left something to be desired.
4. PH: we had a better experience in terms of ambience (and have no recollection of the train?). A crime that the charged an extra $50 just for the champagne. I guess the steak was a different steak from the time we were there (the cook said she grilled and then vacuum packed it and put it in boiling water). It may have been the best piece of meat I've had.
5. BaLi Laffa. You didn't listen to my recommendations. I'm offended.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 24, 2014, 10:54:45 PM

Fast-tracked this one...
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/50095
Glad to see you took My advice on the brownie cheese cake from Omni. IIRC I described them as being a work of art-I think youll agree. Shame on Ben and izzy my wife and I were hoping to go that night as well incidentally enough-ended up going to bali Laffa...sushi is terrible btw which you didn't review
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 25, 2014, 03:42:31 AM
2. Marron: I guess you agreed with my assessment and not Moish.

what was my assessment?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 08:44:14 AM
Lol, what did you recommend from BaLi?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 25, 2014, 08:46:54 AM
Lol, what did you recommend from BaLi?
Dark meat chicken shish kabob, lamb shish kabob, rice and shwarma
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 25, 2014, 08:47:12 AM
what was my assessment?
I thought you didn't like marron
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 25, 2014, 03:26:44 PM
I thought you didn't like marron
well, it's complicated

was not impressed with marron  definitely no value for your money
i was recently at marron bistro, and was very impressed...
just an update on marron restaurant, went back last week and food was not early as good as when i was there last. i subsequently learned that the head chef had left a few weeks prior...
as far as marron, i think they went way down when the head chef left a few moths ago
-1
if you experienced the before and after the original head chef left, you would understand the fall from a grace a bit better
What's wrong with closing at 10pm?
And where is there better fleish in Toronto?
marrone   http://www.marronbistro.com/

i hope that clarifies it...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 04:18:09 PM
LOL
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 04:18:48 PM
Wow, just tried a "Two Moms Baked Goods" lemon sugar cookie that I bought from second cup.
Outstanding.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 26, 2014, 01:09:36 PM

Fast-tracked this one...
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/50095
thanks man, was really helpful for me, hopefully I'll get around to posting a more detailed TR.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 26, 2014, 06:49:54 PM
Wow, just tried a "Two Moms Baked Goods" lemon sugar cookie that I bought from second cup.
Outstanding.

I don;t know if all their stuff is CY but the I have had some Birthday cakes from them and they were amazing!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2014, 07:36:18 PM
I don;t know if all their stuff is CY but the I have had some Birthday cakes from them and they were amazing!
The stuff they sell at Second cup is parve.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 26, 2014, 07:54:54 PM
Isn't it a weird name for a store?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 01:57:06 PM
Man I should've just waited for this menu, looks way more my style and way cheaper :(
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LATE-SUMMER-2014-KOSHER-MENU.pdf

Served 09/10 and 09/11.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 02:23:02 PM
Man I should've just waited for this menu, looks way more my style and way cheaper :(
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LATE-SUMMER-2014-KOSHER-MENU.pdf

Served 09/10 and 09/11.
Yup. You can come back ;)
Again, crazy that they charged an extra $50 for a glass of champagne
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 02:25:00 PM
Yup. You can come back ;)
Again, crazy that they charged an extra $50 for a glass of champagne

I second the coming back. You can come on the 10th, see Jay Leno (he is performing as a fundraiser for the UJA) on the 10th, and then do the PH dinner on the 11th.  It is my bday around then, so we can celebrate. :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 02:27:15 PM
I second the coming back. You can come on the 10th, see Jay Leno (he is performing as a fundraiser for the UJA) on the 10th, and then do the PH dinner on the 11th.  It is my bday around then, so we can celebrate. :)
You going to Leno?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 02:27:37 PM
You can come on the 10th, see Jay Leno (he is performing as a fundraiser for the UJA) on the 10th
Cost/link?

Yup. You can come back ;)
Again, crazy that they charged an extra $50 for a glass of champagne
Wasn't just the champagne, the dinner we went to was to show off exotic foods and whatnot.
I'm guess I'm not foodie enough for that.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 02:30:10 PM
Cost/link?
http://www.jewishtoronto.com/page.aspx?id=268929
Cheapest tickets are $45, fundraiser for UJA
Quote
Wasn't just the champagne, the dinner we went to was to show off exotic foods and whatnot.
It was so much more exotic than the tasting menu I had upthread?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 02:44:19 PM
http://www.jewishtoronto.com/page.aspx?id=268929
Cheapest tickets are $45, fundraiser for UJA
Tempting.
I wonder if I could pull off dinner at the PH and then the show?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 02:48:32 PM
Tempting.
I wonder if I could pull off dinner at the PH and then the show?

I am going to Leno. My wife and I want to do dinner beforehand, but she is not a foodie so not worth going to PH for that. Probably do Bistro or Omni

The Leno thing starts at 730 and you have to pick up your tickets there so I imagine you needs to get there a little before. What time do they serve dinner at the PH and how long did it take?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:14:03 PM
I am going to Leno. My wife and I want to do dinner beforehand, but she is not a foodie so not worth going to PH for that. Probably do Bistro or Omni
Do Windsor Arms IMHO

September menu: http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LATE-SUMMER-2014-KOSHER-MENU.pdf
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 03:15:53 PM
Tempting.
I wonder if I could pull off dinner at the PH and then the show?
With or without the wife? What time does PH start? IIRC correctly it's 6:30. I doubt you'd make it
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:16:30 PM
With or without the wife? What time does PH start? IIRC correctly it's 6:30. I doubt you'd make it
Dunno, if it's 6:30 that's too bad.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:19:34 PM
Lol, called UJA about Leno and they were sort of ticked that I asked what time Leno would actually perform.

"It's a UJA event and Leno happens to be the entertainment, but it's going to start with UJA speeches and videos and he'll perform later on. But the event begins and doors will close at 7:30."
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:25:50 PM
So PH starts at 5pm.

But I'm wondering if Leno will be 8 minutes out of 3 hours of speeches?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 03:45:50 PM
Do Windsor Arms IMHO

September menu: http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LATE-SUMMER-2014-KOSHER-MENU.pdf

The menu you posted is the PH.

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 03:46:23 PM
So PH starts at 5pm.

But I'm wondering if Leno will be 8 minutes out of 3 hours of speeches?

Just spoke to my contact at the UJA- Leno will be on between 8:30-9:30
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 03:48:07 PM
Just spoke to my contact at the UJA- Leno will be on between 8:30-9:30
For a full hour? Will they really close the doors at 7:30?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 03:48:55 PM
Lol, called UJA about Leno and they were sort of ticked that I asked what time Leno would actually perform.

"It's a UJA event and Leno happens to be the entertainment, but it's going to start with UJA speeches and videos and he'll perform later on. But the event begins and doors will close at 7:30."
Yeah, I think they went a little too big this time. Overshadow the event with the entertainment.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:49:31 PM
For a full hour? Will they really close the doors at 7:30?
+1.
What happens when we show up at 815 with tickets.

Yeah, I think they went a little too big this time. Overshadow the event with the entertainment.
You'd think they'd realize that Leno would do that and not be ticked about it.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 03:50:43 PM
+1.
What happens when we show up at 815 with tickets.
You'd think they'd realize that Leno would do that and not be ticket about it.
They are Canadian. They may not realize that there is a difference between Jason Alexander and Jay Leno
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:52:01 PM
The menu you posted is the PH.

http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/KOSHER-SEPTEMBER.docx
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 03:55:01 PM
+1.
What happens when we show up at 815 with tickets.

Ill find out
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:55:50 PM
Ill find out
Thanks!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 03:57:50 PM
Thanks!

Response I got-
Eis517- I would make every effort to be there as soon as you can to the start time of 7:30pm.  We plan to close the doors shortly after the program begins so as not to disturb the people already in their seats and so that everyone can hear our important UJA messaging.  I don’t know if we will be able to have anyone wait in the lobby after 8pm.
 
Please let me know if this will work for you.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 03:59:00 PM
Hmmm
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 04:00:09 PM
and so that everyone can hear our important UJA messaging.
LOL
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 04:00:37 PM
Hmmm

is the Windsor Arms menu different from August? If so, why not go there especially since they open up early and it is cheaper (and you know the food is better).
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2014, 04:04:52 PM
They both open at 5. I just don't really care about UJA messaging.

Also I know WA is good. Question is if the regular 3 course PH dinner is better than the fancy shmancy 8 course tasting dinner.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2014, 04:28:34 PM
Question is if the regular 3 course PH dinner is better than the fancy shmancy 8 course tasting dinner.
Without a doubt
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 03, 2014, 04:52:16 PM
They both open at 5. I just don't really care about UJA messaging.

Also I know WA is good. Question is if the regular 3 course PH dinner is better than the fancy shmancy 8 course tasting dinner.

I'm surprised that WA doesn't have a chicken option. I know they have fish and duck and steak, but somehow my wife hates all 3 of those......
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 06:49:40 PM
Any interest in a PH DO if I come alone?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: A3 on September 04, 2014, 06:55:47 PM
Any interest in a PH DO if I come alone?
Going to have a slumber party...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 07:23:16 PM
Going to have a slumber party...
Lol, just dinner por favor. And some Leno humor.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 04, 2014, 10:00:42 PM
Any interest in a PH DO if I come alone?
I can't do that night. going out with the wife for my birthday dinner. We can DO at the Leno event once we get our tickets ( so we don't have to listen to the UJA stuff)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 05, 2014, 10:49:16 AM
:( Wife has meet your teacher night
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 05, 2014, 05:14:44 PM
:( Wife has meet your teacher night

So get a babysitter?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 05, 2014, 05:18:05 PM
:( Wife has meet your teacher night
#DDFDO
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 05, 2014, 05:24:45 PM
#DDFDO

Dan- You gonna come in?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 05, 2014, 06:44:05 PM
It's a thought.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on September 08, 2014, 11:37:11 PM

It's a thought.
Still haven't tried Ben and izzy as an earlier alternative
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 09, 2014, 08:08:00 AM
It's a thought.

Update?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 09, 2014, 09:20:59 AM
Still haven't tried Ben and izzy as an earlier alternative
Fly to TO for B&I? ::)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 09, 2014, 09:24:46 AM
Update?
Not gonna happen it seems.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 09, 2014, 09:39:06 AM
Not gonna happen it seems.

OK.  I had some spare IHG points I was going to use to put you up in a hotel. Someone sold them to me on Craiglist.

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 09, 2014, 01:24:22 PM
OK.  I had some spare IHG points I was going to use to put you up in a hotel. Someone sold them to me on Craiglist.

Too soon? :P
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 09, 2014, 01:24:50 PM
Anyway know if Saluf is planning on reopening? Per their website and Facebook page they have been closed since August 2nd
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 09, 2014, 04:15:41 PM
Anyway know if Saluf is planning on reopening? Per their website and Facebook page they have been closed since August 2nd

people told me it is closed for good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 09, 2014, 09:57:18 PM
Safari Niagara, 1 admission for $15, 4 for $55 (plus 17.5% in taxes)
http://m.buytopia.ca/deal/bridge/B9BB7AD5-D442-5328-9338-13A8D8C12BFD?skip=true&a_aid=news&chan=side-Toronto&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=One%20Day%20All-Inclusive%20Admission%20to%20Safari%20Niagara
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 17, 2014, 08:41:34 PM
so quick update on ben and izzy's pulled beef. just had it and it wasnt nearly as good as when i had it previously. it was a bit "drier". the menu seemed to have changed a bit and they arent pushing it as much
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 17, 2014, 09:22:43 PM
Did you ask them what happened?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 18, 2014, 10:21:04 AM
they seemed to indicate nothing has changed, no change in management etc.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2014, 10:32:55 AM
they seemed to indicate nothing has changed, no change in management etc.
Maybe it's no longer made fresh daily?  Can definitely explain it if true. Though they probably won't admit to that.

It even had a little bit of a watery taste like it'd been frozen
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 18, 2014, 10:39:12 AM
that would explain things
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 18, 2014, 02:37:04 PM
Dan- want me to get  a few cases?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2014, 02:38:17 PM
Lol, nice!
Though I'm a fan of the blue box.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 18, 2014, 02:46:48 PM
Lol, nice!
Though I'm a fan of the blue box.

I think those are on sale also.  Want me to ship some boxes :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2014, 02:47:36 PM
Heh, sure!

What store is that at?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 18, 2014, 03:19:12 PM
Heh, sure!

What store is that at?

sobeys. I can't actually ship it :(.  But, if you are planning a trip here again, I can hold onto some for you. They go on sale often
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2014, 01:48:58 PM
In my two trips to wonderland I have yet to see another orthodox Jew. What's pshat?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 21, 2014, 01:56:13 PM
In my two trips to wonderland I have yet to see another orthodox Jew. What's pshat?
Maybe because of the water park
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2014, 02:08:49 PM
Eh. Especially in September, I don't think it's even open
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2014, 08:25:38 PM
Today may have been the best day ever to go to wonderland. It rained in the morning and the forecast was for rain all day. But it stopped raining at around 11 and became sunny and 75. But because of the reason/forecast the park was empty. My kids stayed on rides 3-4 times in a row without having to get up. I lifelessly literally just walked up the line of a rollercoaster and walked right on. If only every day was like that...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2014, 08:26:48 PM
If only every day was like that...
...the park would close ;)

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2014, 08:27:17 PM
We can DO at the Leno event once we get our tickets
So how was Leno?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2014, 08:28:00 PM
I heard he was good, if slightly dirty
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 21, 2014, 08:31:22 PM
...the park would close ;)
No one likes the voice of reason :P
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2014, 08:36:01 PM
No one likes the voice of reason :P
Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2014, 08:36:38 PM
I heard he was good, if slightly dirty
Any video?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 21, 2014, 10:07:50 PM
So how was Leno?

He was good. A few dirty jokes but overall very funny. He has an amazing talent.  He also offered that anyone who donates 2k could come see his car collection in his garage
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 21, 2014, 10:11:26 PM
Any video?

I can find out
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 22, 2014, 09:24:17 PM
I can find out
they were not allowed to tape it
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 22, 2014, 10:19:50 PM
Figured that. But the challenge is finding someone who did
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 13, 2014, 11:15:10 AM
Next PH dinner, October 23 and 29
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 14, 2014, 07:43:33 PM
Ontario science center is a great place for kids. Kids had an amazing time today. Basically empty, and as has been my experience with all attractions in this city, no Jews. As with everything in this country, admission is prohibitive ($22, $13 for kids, $67 for a family of 4).
However they participate on ASTC reciprocal admission. Membership at the Brooklyn children's is $80, $60 for teachers and will receive admission to the OSC. New York hall of science of $85. I haven't looked around but I'm sure there are other cheap options.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on October 14, 2014, 11:42:38 PM
Headed up to Thornhill for YYZ. Any suggestions for places to take small children (toddlers) for hakafos festivities?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 14, 2014, 11:45:26 PM
What kind of atmosphere you looking for?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on October 15, 2014, 12:28:59 AM
family friendly, something early in the evening (before 7:00pm) for a few twirls around the bima.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 15, 2014, 12:48:39 AM
I think Thornhill community shul (AKA Aish) does a kids hakafos a little before 6
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 15, 2014, 04:46:09 AM
and as has been my experience with all attractions in this city, no Jews.
you obviously havent been to woodbine or dave & busters
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on October 15, 2014, 08:13:41 AM
I think Thornhill community shul (AKA Aish) does a kids hakafos a little before 6

The BAYT has something at 530. I took my daughter last year. They have some dancing and singing and then a clown or some performance. The rabbi speaks for a minute and dances as well. It was quite nice and I hope to be there again.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 15, 2014, 10:02:53 AM
you obviously havent been to woodbine or dave & busters
I went to woodbine on a Sunday in the middle of the winter, no Jews. No interest in going on chol hamoed. I've been to D&B on random weeknights, no interest in going on chol hamoed.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on October 22, 2014, 10:53:14 AM
Flights from EWR to YYZ are $208USD all in for November and December!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on October 22, 2014, 12:42:56 PM
How far is yyz from buf ?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on October 22, 2014, 12:48:26 PM
How far is yyz from buf ?
1.5-2
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on October 22, 2014, 04:24:14 PM
I'd give more time than that especially with all the traffic on the QEW.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 22, 2014, 05:54:37 PM
I'd give more time than that especially with all the traffic on the QEW.
-1
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 22, 2014, 06:14:49 PM
I'd give more time than that especially with all the traffic on the QEW.

We drove from YYZ to Niagara on Canada's independence day, and it took close to 4 hours, traffic was moving the whole time buy very very slow.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 22, 2014, 06:18:58 PM
We drove from YYZ to Niagara on Canada's independence day, and it took close to 4 hours, traffic was moving the whole time buy very very slow.
It obviously depends on the time of the day. Like asking how long does it take to drive from the five towns to monsey
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on October 22, 2014, 06:39:39 PM
How far is buf to Niagara falls?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 22, 2014, 06:51:14 PM
How far is buf to Niagara falls?

Under half hour, it's on the way from YYZ to BUF if that's where ur going.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on October 23, 2014, 11:54:15 PM
Tnx much

Do you know which kind of points will be the cheapest for a round trip ticket from ewr or swf to buf with points?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 25, 2014, 08:19:10 PM
Soooo my next trip is Niagara iy"h over Thanksgiving. I see that the wiki has plenty of restaurant options in Toronto and activities besides the Niagara ones. We hope to go with another couple (driving) and neither of us has family/friends in Toronto to stay at for Shabbos. On that note, I would love your thoughts:

You know the two threads were split recently? There is a separate IAG thread.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 25, 2014, 08:34:57 PM
Oops I'll go post there. Thanks!
I saw that in the wiki but I was confused because the master list of destination threads has them together still. I can update that. Do you think Niagara Falls should be listed under US or Canada?

Hmm, I would think Canada, most of the attractions / eateries are there.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 02, 2014, 12:48:15 PM
Amazing the difference between having nexus and not. We arrive 35-40 minutes prior to departure (traveling with two kids) and always make our flight. My BIL arrived 60 minutes before departure (early on a Sunday morning, no less), flying solo, and missed his flight
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 02, 2014, 03:06:45 PM
Amazing the difference between having nexus and not. We arrive 35-40 minutes prior to departure (traveling with two kids) and always make our flight. My BIL arrived 60 minutes before departure (early on a Sunday morning, no less), flying solo, and missed his flight

Always wanted to get it, but never knew exactly when I would be in YUL or YYZ to make the appointment, though I travel there many times. And now that I have Global Entry I will have to pay an extra $50 to get this, vs just $50 for nexus, and everything else is included.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on November 02, 2014, 03:07:59 PM
Always wanted to get it, but never knew exactly when I would be in YUL or YYZ to make the appointment, though I travel there many times. And now that I have Global Entry I will have to pay an extra $50 to get this, vs just $50 for nexus, and everything else is included.

I flew into YYZ on a fast day 2 years ago, the fast went by quickly and I have Nexus.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on November 07, 2014, 12:29:06 AM
I will be flying with my wife and child through YYZ next month from NY to TLV. I have a 4 hr. layover in the airport. Is there anything to do nearby? Will I have time to grab some lunch at a restaurant and get back for my flight to Israel? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have never flown through YYZ before. Thanks!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 07, 2014, 12:32:58 AM
I will be flying with my wife and child through YYZ next month from NY to TLV. I have a 4 hr. layover in the airport. Is there anything to do nearby? Will I have time to grab some lunch at a restaurant and get back for my flight to Israel? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have never flown through YYZ before. Thanks!
its doable but somewhat risky. how risk averse are you?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on November 07, 2014, 12:35:15 AM
its doable but somewhat risky. how risk averse are you?

Thanks Moish, I'm pretty calm with these types of things, as is my wife. I wouldn't want to cut it really close but if it is possible I'd certainly entertain the idea.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on November 07, 2014, 12:39:23 AM
I will be flying with my wife and child through YYZ next month from NY to TLV. I have a 4 hr. layover in the airport. Is there anything to do nearby? Will I have time to grab some lunch at a restaurant and get back for my flight to Israel? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have never flown through YYZ before. Thanks!

my take - 4 hours is not a huge amount of time. they will start boarding about an hour before so you have 3 hours. you have to go through customs and border control on the  way out and then again plus security on the way in. will you rent a car? that takes time and you have to hope you dont get caught in traffic. better to look for the sandwiches available under COR in some terminals.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on November 07, 2014, 12:43:22 AM
my take - 4 hours is not a huge amount of time. they will start boarding about an hour before so you have 3 hours. you have to go through customs and border control on the  way out and then again plus security on the way in. will you rent a car? that takes time and you have to hope you dont get caught in traffic. better to look for the sandwiches available under COR in some terminals.

Thanks for the info. I figured I'd take a cab if it were possible, didn't plan on renting a car. The luggage will be transferred for me, correct?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 07, 2014, 12:52:29 AM
Thanks for the info. I figured I'd take a cab if it were possible, didn't plan on renting a car. The luggage will be transferred for me, correct?
No. You will have to recheck your bags.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 07, 2014, 09:44:17 AM
my take - 4 hours is not a huge amount of time. they will start boarding about an hour before so you have 3 hours. you have to go through customs and border control on the  way out and then again plus security on the way in. will you rent a car? that takes time and you have to hope you dont get caught in traffic. better to look for the sandwiches available under COR in some terminals.

It is very risky. there are Grozinksis sandwiches in Terminal 1. I would get those.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2014, 09:56:10 AM
My two cents: You have to claim your luggage and go through customs anyways. Inbound customs almost never has a lineup.
If you claim and recheck your bags quickly (which you should) and you have 3.5 hours until your flight then it would depend on the time of day. If you are anywhere near morning or evening rush hour, I would not venture out of the airport. You will sit and sit. If it's not rush hour-you could make it to and from the Bathurst and Lawrence area for lunch.
But consider this: the cab will cost you $50 each way. Is that worth it?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 07, 2014, 10:42:05 AM
My two cents: You have to claim your luggage and go through customs anyways. Inbound customs almost never has a lineup.
If you claim and recheck your bags quickly (which you should) and you have 3.5 hours until your flight then it would depend on the time of day. If you are anywhere near morning or evening rush hour, I would not venture out of the airport. You will sit and sit. If it's not rush hour-you could make it to and from the Bathurst and Lawrence area for lunch.
But consider this: the cab will cost you $50 each way. Is that worth it?

They could go to Thornhill, and if they take the 407, traffic is not such a worry. but then you pay the tolls also. There is no amazing food that it is worth it at all, IMHO
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 07, 2014, 11:13:23 AM
They could go to Thornhill, and if they take the 407, traffic is not such a worry. but then you pay the tolls also. There is no amazing food that it is worth it at all, IMHO
I don't think a cab would take the 407. And you're tacking on another $10 each way. Expensive proposition for lunch
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on November 07, 2014, 11:50:44 AM
No. You will have to recheck your bags.

 I thought I remember you only have to claim your bags when coming TLV-NYC, but on the outbound they transfer for you.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 07, 2014, 12:30:48 PM
I don't think a cab would take the 407. And you're tacking on another $10 each way. Expensive proposition for lunch

I have used a cab on the 407. THey just add on the toll to your bill. But there is clearly nothing worth spending that kind of $ on
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 08, 2014, 07:20:06 PM
I thought I remember you only have to claim your bags when coming TLV-NYC, but on the outbound they transfer for you.
So you get smarter every day :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Armadillo on November 13, 2014, 03:08:33 AM
But consider this: the cab will cost you $50 each way. Is that worth it?
I don't remember how much, but Uber is cheaper. Not more than $40 to Lawrence / Bathurst
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: nobiggy on December 21, 2014, 03:13:23 PM
What's the best dish to eat at cafe sheli?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JayR on December 26, 2014, 02:42:01 AM
Bistro Grande - saw its a bit pricey but is it worth it?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 26, 2014, 12:19:16 PM
Bistro Grande - saw its a bit pricey but is it worth it?
The only upscale dairy restaurant in the city
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on December 26, 2014, 01:07:40 PM
The only upscale dairy restaurant in the city

The prices there and at Omni are no different. And Bistro is much better IMHO.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 26, 2014, 02:42:17 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/58739
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 26, 2014, 03:49:27 PM
The prices there and at Omni are no different. And Bistro is much better IMHO.
True. But I would never call Omni "upscale"
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 27, 2014, 08:54:13 PM

True. But I would never call Omni "upscale"
It's not king david. It's a pretty classy place even if the service sucks at times...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on December 27, 2014, 09:18:15 PM
True. But I would never call Omni "upscale"
It's not upscale like Bistro Grande but it's not like a fast food breakfast joint, it's more like a cafe. The food is very decent the prices are relatively good, and the service is terrible.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2014, 09:53:47 PM
Funny, we had really amazing service at Omni.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on December 28, 2014, 02:56:16 AM
Funny, we had really amazing service at Omni.
I've gone there many times overall it's the best breakfast place in Toronto, when it's busy...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on December 28, 2014, 07:18:52 AM
I've gone there many times overall it's the best breakfast place in Toronto, when it's busy...

I have never been there for breakfast. Only dinner. Not so impressed with their food or service. They were out of most desserts the last time I was there.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2014, 08:57:06 AM
We went for breakfast and it wasn't busy. Guess that explains it.
Helped that the waitress loved our kids and brought extra snacks for them :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on December 28, 2014, 09:17:58 AM

I have never been there for breakfast. Only dinner. Not so impressed with their food or service. They were out of most desserts the last time I was there.
Dinner is a waste  of time by them. They have a great breakfast n lunch but the service can be quite slow. I have friends that order ahead so that when they arrive it's only a 5/10 min wait
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 28, 2014, 09:27:37 AM
but the service can be quite slow.
i find that to be the case as well
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 10, 2015, 08:46:00 PM
Anyone know of a restaurant in Toronto that delivers? Preferably dairy
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on January 10, 2015, 08:47:43 PM
Anyone know of a restaurant in Toronto that delivers? Preferably dairy

Tovli would.. (Pizza etc.)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 10, 2015, 08:50:48 PM
Looking for dairy, not just Pizza.

Near Bathurst and Eglinton

Does Tovli only have Pizza?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 10, 2015, 08:51:58 PM
Looking for dairy, not just Pizza.

Near Bathurst and Eglinton

Does Tovli only have Pizza?

No they have a lot more.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 10, 2015, 08:52:21 PM
No they have a lot more.
  thanks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2015, 08:53:49 PM
Use Uber?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on January 10, 2015, 08:54:45 PM
Use Uber?
Uber does delivery?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on January 10, 2015, 09:00:15 PM
Bistro grande is also right near there but not sure if they deliver
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2015, 09:27:12 PM
Uber does delivery?
Use it all the time.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 18, 2015, 04:32:26 PM
Any place to get a cholov Yisroel ice cream cake?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 19, 2015, 09:14:07 PM
Any place to get a cholov Yisroel ice cream cake?
Bump
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on January 19, 2015, 09:41:27 PM

Bump

NJY used to but I think they closed. Maybe one of the other stores that have froyo machines?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 19, 2015, 09:43:08 PM
I doubt tov li sells ice cream cakes. Who else has one?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on January 19, 2015, 09:46:03 PM

No doubt tov li sells ice cream cakes. Who else has one?

I think chocolate moose used to, not sure if they still do. And yehudales in chabad gate plaza used to (are they even still there? Haven't been there in years)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 19, 2015, 09:49:19 PM
They are still there. I doubt they sell an ice cream cake.
Amazing that a town with 400+ (more?) Beis Yaakov high school girls can't support a CY ice cream/froyo store
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 05, 2015, 08:34:19 PM
any recommendations for a hotel in toronto for wedding night? ( not for me)
Thanks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 05, 2015, 08:39:25 PM
Also I will be arriving thursday afternoon with wife and 2 little kids.  Is it worth it to drive down to niagra spend the night and come back Friday Afternoon or is there something that people would recommend over that? If  yes how much time do I have to leave to come back on a Friday?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 05, 2015, 08:58:28 PM
any recommendations for a hotel in toronto for wedding night? ( not for me)
Thanks
iirc the king edward was a popular choice
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 05, 2015, 09:08:36 PM
iirc the king edward was a popular choice
Thanks! Will look into it.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: youG on February 05, 2015, 09:55:23 PM
king Edward is very dated.

Look into The Hazleton- was never there but heard great things
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 05, 2015, 10:08:13 PM
king Edward is very dated.

doesnt look that way from the pictures or the reviews
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 05, 2015, 10:32:33 PM
doesnt look that way from the pictures or the reviews
Was thinking the same
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 05, 2015, 11:56:49 PM
Also I will be arriving thursday afternoon with wife and 2 little kids.  Is it worth it to drive down to niagra spend the night and come back Friday Afternoon or is there something that people would recommend over that? If  yes how much time do I have to leave to come back on a Friday?
I'd leave at least four hours. I don't think it's worth it. What time of year?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 06, 2015, 01:09:40 AM
Was thinking the same
i think he's confusing dated and old fashioned, the latter of which being very conducive to a wedding night
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 06, 2015, 06:19:17 AM
I'd leave at least four hours. I don't think it's worth it. What time of year?
Next week. 4 hours? It takes that long??
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tjak on February 06, 2015, 06:38:37 AM

Next week. 4 hours? It takes that long??
No it's about two, but it's erev shabbos you gotta leave extra time.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 06, 2015, 06:45:48 AM
No it's about two, but it's erev shabbos you gotta leave extra time.
Oh ib thought he meant the actual drive will take that long
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 06, 2015, 09:15:05 AM
Do any restaurants in Toronto deliver to non-kosher restaurants the way ones in NY do?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 06, 2015, 09:21:33 AM
Oh ib thought he meant the actual drive will take that long


No it's about two, but it's erev shabbos you gotta leave extra time.
That. And there can be traffic
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 06, 2015, 02:12:25 PM
No it's about two, but it's erev shabbos you gotta leave extra time.

That. And there can be traffic
Thanks guys. Is there one thing you would recommend to do in the Toronto area for young kids like a 4 year old
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 06, 2015, 02:15:22 PM
Do any restaurants in Toronto deliver to non-kosher restaurants the way ones in NY do?
Don't know about restaurants, but http://www.prcreativecaterers.com/ may
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 06, 2015, 02:16:20 PM
Thanks guys. Is there one thing you would recommend to do in the Toronto area for young kids like a 4 year old
Ripley's aquarium
Ontario Science museum
Woodbine (indoor amusement park)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 06, 2015, 03:40:26 PM
Ripley's aquarium
Ontario Science museum
Woodbine (indoor amusement park)
Thanks! Will look into them
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 09, 2015, 07:56:44 AM
Tried checking the address of all the restaurants, didnt see anything that was too close to Downtown Toronto. Is there anything? Which places will deliver downtown?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on February 09, 2015, 08:17:40 AM
Landing in YYZ this Thursday 8am. Breakfast anyone?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 09, 2015, 06:42:27 PM
Had The Smoked Jack Daniels Pulled Beef per the advice in the Wiki. Good, wouldn't say amazing.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 11, 2015, 11:28:26 PM
Anyone have experience testing from zoom rentals by yyz? Got a really cheap reservation but the reviews are really bad...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 12, 2015, 07:34:18 AM
Anyone have experience testing from zoom rentals by yyz? Got a really cheap reservation but the reviews are really bad...
And if one person here has a good experience that will change all the bad reviews?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 12, 2015, 07:39:00 AM
And if one person here has a good experience that will change all the bad reviews?
No there were some good reviews and if someone said they use them all the time and have no problem i would b more comfortable. Its like 20 dollars a day cheaper than the next option
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 12, 2015, 09:06:23 AM
I haven't used them. But if IIRC they are not located in the airport and are a pain to get to
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 14, 2015, 09:53:47 PM
Ripley's aquarium
Ontario Science museum
Woodbine (indoor amusement park)
Thanks for the suggestions went to ripleys it burnt a whole in my pocket but was great.! Just fyi for others parking is twenty dollars, a few flight of steps and a 5-7 min walk. So drop off the family first then go park....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 14, 2015, 11:22:42 PM
Where did you park?
I usually park either right in front (never got a ticket but recently they changed the signs so I haven't done it) or two blocks east in a public lot for around $10
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 15, 2015, 07:17:29 AM
Where did you park?
I usually park either right in front (never got a ticket but recently they changed the signs so I haven't done it) or two blocks east in a public lot for around $10
There was no parking on the street there. The lot i think you are taking about was full and said card holders only. The lot i learned by was in Rodgers centre and was the "official"lot for the Aquarium
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 16, 2015, 10:40:34 AM
This is a long shot but i Found out my flights been delayed all day right after i returned my rental anyone leaving yyz around now by any chance with a lot of room in their car?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 16, 2015, 11:40:45 AM
This is a long shot but i Found out my flights been delayed all day right after i returned my rental anyone leaving yyz around now by any chance with a lot of room in their car?

Uber?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 16, 2015, 11:41:21 AM

Uber?
Gave me a 150-180 dollar 3estimate
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 16, 2015, 11:46:10 AM
Gave me a 150-180 dollar 3estimate
To where?
Use Uberx. It's around $40 to Thornhill. Less to Lawrence area
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 16, 2015, 11:48:20 AM
To where?
Use Uberx. It's around $40 to Thornhill. Less to Lawrence area
Didn't let me use uberx from airport... I need to go to Richmond hill. I have a ride anyway. Thanks for ask your Toronto help. Hopefully won't need it too much longer 😒
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 16, 2015, 12:43:28 PM
Didn't let me use uberx from airport... I need to go to Richmond hill. I have a ride anyway. Thanks for ask your Toronto help. Hopefully won't need it too much longer 😒
Just click to have the UberX go somewhere nearby and call the driver to see if he'll come to the airport.  Or take a hotel shuttle and call UberX to there.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 16, 2015, 12:46:38 PM
Just click to have the UberX go somewhere nearby and call the driver to see if he'll come to the airport.  Or take a hotel shuttle and call UberX to there.
With 2 little kids a lot of luggage and -20 degrees that's not the easiest proposition... Someone came and picked us up anyway....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 16, 2015, 12:55:08 PM
I gave 2 eitzas.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 16, 2015, 02:10:09 PM
With 2 little kids a lot of luggage and -20 degrees that's not the easiest proposition... Someone came and picked us up anyway....
It's not -20. We actually got into the positive numbers today. Give us some credit
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on February 16, 2015, 02:33:41 PM
It's not -20. We actually got into the positive numbers today. Give us some credit
You're right it got much warmer. This morning though it was real cold
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 16, 2015, 03:52:32 PM
Went to bunch of fun playland today. 11 Kodiak crescent right off Allen and Sheppard. Nice size indoor playground. $5 toddlers. $8 age 4-12. They also have pottery painting, reasonable prices. And they serve pizza from my zaides and some kosher pastries. They have a teudah from the COR
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 16, 2015, 04:39:11 PM
Any descent restaurants open up recently in TO?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 16, 2015, 04:40:49 PM
Windsor arms is very decent.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 16, 2015, 05:06:20 PM
Windsor arms is very decent.
Worth the price?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 16, 2015, 05:15:45 PM
Worth the price?
Everything in YYZ is overpriced.  With that in mind, yes.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 16, 2015, 05:16:15 PM
If you factor in the exchange rate, it's really not crazy at all
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 17, 2015, 03:29:02 PM
Everything in YYZ is overpriced.  With that in mind, yes.

It's amazing how bad the restaurant scene is here. There are literally no restaurants that I WANT to go to often. There is not one dish that I can think of that I would say is amazing and makes me want to go there. I love going back to NYC and eating there.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 17, 2015, 03:51:39 PM
+1
I can't understand how a city like Toronto can't sustain a restaurant.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2015, 04:01:07 PM
It's amazing how bad the restaurant scene is here. There are literally no restaurants that I WANT to go to often. There is not one dish that I can think of that I would say is amazing and makes me want to go there. I love going back to NYC and eating there.
Not a fan of Windsor Arms?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 17, 2015, 04:03:52 PM
Not a fan of Windsor Arms?
Does it crack the top 10 in (North) America?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 17, 2015, 04:05:40 PM
Does it crack the top 10 in (North) America?
No. It wouldn't crack top 10 in NY
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2015, 04:13:06 PM
Does it crack the top 10 in (North) America?
No.

No. It wouldn't crack top 10 in NY
Debatable. Not sure that's true.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 17, 2015, 04:44:20 PM
Not a fan of Windsor Arms?

I actually haven't been there yet (I plan on it, but weeknights are hard). I have heard good things, but no one is saying "you must go" like you get for ETC in Teaneck, Mikes in NYC or La Gondola or Tierra Sur in Cali. I am not comparing those, but just for reference.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 17, 2015, 04:46:00 PM
No.
Debatable. Not sure that's true.

Even the fact that it is debatable shows how pathetic the restaurant scene here is. With the amount of Jews (and wealthy ones) we should have one of those "you must go there" places, and we don't.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2015, 08:09:03 PM
I actually haven't been there yet (I plan on it, but weeknights are hard). I have heard good things, but no one is saying "you must go" like you get for ETC in Teaneck, Mikes in NYC or La Gondola or Tierra Sur in Cali. I am not comparing those, but just for reference.
That sums it up.

Even the fact that it is debatable shows how pathetic the restaurant scene here is. With the amount of Jews (and wealthy ones) we should have one of those "you must go there" places, and we don't.
True.  But hey, just 9K BA from ORD or NYC where you can get a proper meal ;)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 18, 2015, 02:20:15 PM
Don't know about restaurants, but http://www.prcreativecaterers.com/ may

Thanks, ended up ordering with them. They do a nice job.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 18, 2015, 02:24:39 PM
Thanks, ended up ordering with them. They do a nice job.

They do an amazing job and are some really nice people
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 23, 2015, 06:20:17 PM
Red companies don't so well in this country. First target. Now Redbox, gone effective March 5
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 23, 2015, 08:39:03 PM
Red companies don't so well in this country. First target. Now Redbox, gone effective March 5

Walmart and Costco seem to be the only American companies doing well here
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JayR on March 10, 2015, 03:36:15 AM
Looking to do a segway tour in Toronto. Anyone with experience with segway of ontario (http://www.segwayofontario.com/)?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 10, 2015, 03:43:52 AM
Any recommendations for a barber?
Not too expensive and familiar with peyos.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on March 10, 2015, 05:42:56 AM

Any recommendations for a barber?
Not too expensive and familiar with peyos.

Location? A real cut or just buzzer?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 10, 2015, 08:18:53 AM
Real cut. Lawrence &Bathurst.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on March 10, 2015, 08:29:01 AM

Real cut. Lawrence &Bathurst.

Don't know what his prices are any more but veto's at glencairn and bathurst is very good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on March 13, 2015, 05:11:41 PM
Hi,
Two questions about Shabbat in downtown Toronto -- shuls and catering.

1. I will be spending a Shabbat at the Sheraton Centre Toronto next month. (Need to stay downtown for a meeting.) I see that there are two nearby shuls, (Beth Israel Anshei Minsk Congregation 0.78 mi and Kiever Shul 0.97 mi). Does anyone here have any experience visiting them (or maybe you regularly attend)? I consider myself modern orthodox, FWIW.

2. About 5-10 of us are thinking about having Shabbat dinner at the Sheraton. I'm thinking we'll  arrange for caterer and ask the hotel to heat/re-heat the double-wrapped food. Anyone have experience with this hotel in particular? And is PR Creative Catering the place to use?

Thanks in advance. Shabbat Shalom.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on March 14, 2015, 08:47:08 PM
Hi,
Two questions about Shabbat in downtown Toronto -- shuls and catering.

1. I will be spending a Shabbat at the Sheraton Centre Toronto next month. (Need to stay downtown for a meeting.) I see that there are two nearby shuls, (Beth Israel Anshei Minsk Congregation 0.78 mi and Kiever Shul 0.97 mi). Does anyone here have any experience visiting them (or maybe you regularly attend)? I consider myself modern orthodox, FWIW.

2. About 5-10 of us are thinking about having Shabbat dinner at the Sheraton. I'm thinking we'll  arrange for caterer and ask the hotel to heat/re-heat the double-wrapped food. Anyone have experience with this hotel in particular? And is PR Creative Catering the place to use?


Thanks in advance. Shabbat Shalom.

I have never been to either of those shuls. Beth Israel is closer and seems to be a more established shul, but that is just based on their websites.

You can't go wrong with PR. Their food is awesome!

Welcome to TO!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JayR on March 14, 2015, 10:11:44 PM
Looking to do a segway tour in Toronto. Anyone with experience with segway of ontario (http://www.segwayofontario.com/)?
BUMP
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on March 15, 2015, 04:10:48 PM
I have never been to either of those shuls. Beth Israel is closer and seems to be a more established shul, but that is just based on their websites.

You can't go wrong with PR. Their food is awesome!

Welcome to TO!

Great! Thank you.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on March 15, 2015, 04:59:51 PM
Anyone have experience with phone service in Toronto? T mobile pre paid? Or any other ideas? Thanks!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on March 15, 2015, 05:11:19 PM
Anyone have experience with phone service in Toronto? T mobile pre paid? Or any other ideas? Thanks!
I.have T-Mobile used it in Toronto was pretty good. Data was not 4g though
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on March 15, 2015, 05:16:54 PM
I.have T-Mobile used it in Toronto was pretty good. Data was not 4g though
Prepaid or post paid? What about calling?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on March 15, 2015, 05:19:22 PM
Prepaid or post paid? What about calling?
Post i guess? A regular plan.  I used Vonage for calling was good enough for a free calls on vacation. If you need for work or something I'm not sure it would b good enough unless you're on Wi-Fi
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on March 15, 2015, 05:21:22 PM
Post i guess? A regular plan.  I used Vonage for calling was good enough for a free calls on vacation. If you need for work or something I'm not sure it would b good enough unless you're on Wi-Fi
Yes I agree with that. Thank you.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on March 15, 2015, 05:22:21 PM
Anyone know about prepaid (I was told it could be diff.) Or a way to get a sim card for a month without paying to much... thanks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: elit on March 15, 2015, 05:40:48 PM
Anyone know about prepaid (I was told it could be diff.) Or a way to get a sim card for a month without paying to much... thanks
My m.i.l. used pre paid and i think was the same
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 15, 2015, 07:36:13 PM
I think petro Canada sells prepaid SIM cards. Not sure on the cost. GIYF
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on March 17, 2015, 09:37:14 PM
Update: still no confirmation that prepaid works only postpaid (with tmobile)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 21, 2015, 10:25:50 PM
Is this new restaurant Aroma good?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on March 23, 2015, 09:34:48 PM
Sweet!

"AMEX is offering free downloads of e-books, Wi-Fi to all the airport passengers, exclusive lounge access which is similar to the AMEX lounges that have sprung up worldwide, priority lanes for hailing taxis and limos and last but not the least the most important benefit of having a dedicated immigration lane for its card members that guarantees them a quick and seamless experience. More details about the benefits can be found here and here"

http://planensimple.boardingarea.com/2015/03/23/amex-and-toronto-pearson-in-a-unique-partnership/

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 23, 2015, 09:55:11 PM
exclusive lounge access which is similar to the AMEX lounges that have sprung up worldwide

LOL
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on March 23, 2015, 10:05:17 PM

Sweet!

"AMEX is offering free downloads of e-books, Wi-Fi to all the airport passengers, exclusive lounge access which is similar to the AMEX lounges that have sprung up worldwide, priority lanes for hailing taxis and limos and last but not the least the most important benefit of having a dedicated immigration lane for its card members that guarantees them a quick and seamless experience. More details about the benefits can be found here and here"

http://planensimple.boardingarea.com/2015/03/23/amex-and-toronto-pearson-in-a-unique-partnership/

Meh, devil is in the details. Only during peak hrs, need a plat card (although expired would prob work) and doesn't look any better than nexus.

From the T and C :

"Pearson Priority Lane – American Express Basic and Supplementary Cardmembers with an eligible American Express Card (The Platinum Card, American Express AeroplanPlus* Platinum Card, Business Platinum Card from American Express, American Express Corporate Platinum Card) ) ("Eligible Cardmembers") are entitled to access the Pearson Priority Lanes ("Priority Lane") during peak airport operating hours. "
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 24, 2015, 12:27:03 AM
What about people on the same reservation as the card holder?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 24, 2015, 12:31:22 AM
T&C say people traveling with are included but can't use expired card.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 24, 2015, 08:29:54 AM
Nothing to do with reservation. They just ask you for a card as your walking through. Everyone traveling together will be admitted
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 25, 2015, 12:21:31 PM
Headed to Windsor Arms tonight. Anyone been recently and have recommendations?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 25, 2015, 12:37:24 PM
recommendations
Take pics :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 25, 2015, 12:47:48 PM
Take pics :)
My wife hates in when I take pics. I'll think about it
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on March 25, 2015, 01:40:02 PM
My wife hates in when I take pics. I'll think about it

What's more important- the wife or DDF??? :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on March 26, 2015, 07:02:42 PM
Headed to Windsor Arms tonight. Anyone been recently and have recommendations?

Report? pics?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 26, 2015, 10:33:53 PM
No pics.
It was good (very good for Toronto)
It's like going to a second tier new York eatery (le marei) and paying first tier prices.
Mushroom soup was good 7/10
Baby spinach salad was very good 8/10
Steak was good 7.5/10
Lamb shoulder was excellent 8.5(9?)/10
Chocolate cake was very good 8/10
Apple crumble + sorbet was OK 6.5/10
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 26, 2015, 11:28:18 PM
I went to Aroma Espresso Bar tonight. The menu is very small but that makes sense as it's more of a coffee shop than a restaurant. I went with a large group. Everything was very good.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on March 26, 2015, 11:31:40 PM
King David Pizza down south is now slice n bites, I haven't eaten there yet will report as soon as I know.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 30, 2015, 12:09:58 AM
I went to Aroma Espresso Bar tonight. The menu is very small but that makes sense as it's more of a coffee shop than a restaurant. I went with a large group. Everything was very good.
is it under the cor?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 30, 2015, 12:40:26 AM
Of course
It's the place to go now
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on March 30, 2015, 09:18:08 AM
Of course
It's the place to go now
I am quite surprised that they don't serve sushi there yet. Seems like it is a requirement for all kosher establishments to have sushi as well....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 30, 2015, 09:19:20 AM
C"Y?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on March 30, 2015, 09:24:05 AM

C"Y?
Yes. :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 30, 2015, 09:27:30 AM
Cool.
Pic of menu?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 30, 2015, 10:08:26 AM
Gotta go check it out! Is it good?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 30, 2015, 12:25:31 PM
Good but limited menu.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 30, 2015, 12:40:26 PM
Going to be in Niagara area over Pesach. Anything to do in the Toronto area?

Doesn't seem like any local teams are playing.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 30, 2015, 12:43:58 PM
RTW
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 30, 2015, 05:11:27 PM
I went to Aroma Espresso Bar tonight. The menu is very small but that makes sense as it's more of a coffee shop than a restaurant. I went with a large group. Everything was very good.
What's their address? Can't find it online..
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 30, 2015, 05:18:46 PM
Bathurst and Wilson. Just North of No Frills.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 30, 2015, 06:17:03 PM
Wow must of missed it...is it where shoppers is?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on March 30, 2015, 08:07:09 PM
Wow must of missed it...is it where shoppers is?

3791 Bathurst
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 30, 2015, 09:04:40 PM
Thanks. It wasn't on their site.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 30, 2015, 10:47:12 PM
Has anyone been to Scarborough Bluffs/ Bluffers Park?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 31, 2015, 12:20:16 AM
A nice park for nature walk/hike. Been there years ago.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on March 31, 2015, 10:15:09 AM
Cool.
Pic of menu?

Here is the menu: http://www.aroma.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/4881-aroma-espresso-bar-Kosher-Menu-2015.pdf
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 31, 2015, 11:52:45 AM
Man this country is expensive...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on March 31, 2015, 12:01:57 PM
It's 30% cheaper though with the exchange rate.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 31, 2015, 01:03:39 PM
It's 30% cheaper though with the exchange rate.
If you're earning in USD
But my company didn't suddenly start paying me 27% more because of the currency fluctuation
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 01, 2015, 02:07:52 PM
Has anyone eaten at the Windsor Arms with the latest menu? I'm thinking about going and wanted to hear what's recommended. 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 01, 2015, 02:24:59 PM
Has anyone eaten at the Windsor Arms with the latest menu? I'm thinking about going and wanted to hear what's recommended. 
No pics.
It was good (very good for Toronto)
It's like going to a second tier new York eatery (le marei) and paying first tier prices.
Mushroom soup was good 7/10
Baby spinach salad was very good 8/10
Steak was good 7.5/10
Lamb shoulder was excellent 8.5(9?)/10
Chocolate cake was very good 8/10
Apple crumble + sorbet was OK 6.5/10
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 02:38:42 PM
Woa, why is La Marais 2nd tier?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 01, 2015, 04:53:41 PM
Because it's not on the same level as Mike's, PG, RC
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on April 01, 2015, 07:59:29 PM
Any one experienced dealing with speeding tickets on the QEW? Git one for going 128 km!!! He was nice and marked me down for 125 km. Fine is $120 cad.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 03, 2015, 10:07:27 AM
3 large bottles of matuk light $5
1.60
My dad said he pays $49 for 6 Un NY
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2015, 10:19:00 AM
Price of living in paradise ;)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 03, 2015, 11:10:24 AM
Yup.

And why can't they make kosher lepesach diet coke in this country.  It's all marked lochlei kitnios bilvad (I know it's the exact same as the OU coke but it's too weird for me to drink it)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on April 03, 2015, 11:40:42 AM
3 large bottles of matuk light $5
1.60
My dad said he pays $49 for 6 Un NY
where?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: thejerseyguy on April 03, 2015, 12:58:48 PM
Yup.

And why can't they make kosher lepesach diet coke in this country.  It's all marked lochlei kitnios bilvad (I know it's the exact same as the OU coke but it's too weird for me to drink it)

COR holds Aspartame is kitniyos OU is Meikel.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on April 03, 2015, 01:42:10 PM
COR holds Aspartame is kitniyos OU is Meikel.

As they are with many things.  This is the wrong thread for this but aren't we supposed to be as Meikel as possible? I know with Pesach we are more machnir but the COR is machmir all year round!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 03, 2015, 02:00:10 PM
COR holds Aspartame is kitniyos OU is Meikel.
I'm aware  it's still too weird for me to drink
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2015, 02:00:25 PM
I like their scotch policies :)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 03, 2015, 02:07:26 PM
I like their scotch policies :)
+1

For most things I prefer to hold by them.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on April 07, 2015, 05:04:27 PM
Traveling with kids, staying O/N tomorrow in Toronto and looking for a good Sheraton hotel (with good SPG Plat upgrade possibilities).  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JayR on April 08, 2015, 07:35:39 AM
Traveling with kids, staying O/N tomorrow in Toronto and looking for a good Sheraton hotel (with good SPG Plat upgrade possibilities).  Any suggestions?
Recently stayed at the The Westin Harbour Castle. Couple of points:

Don't know about SPG upgrades, but all rooms have great views
Due to construction, its hard to get to hotel entrance
Very nice indoor pool area
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on April 15, 2015, 12:59:06 PM
Just had slice and bites sushi last night it was pretty good and not as pricey as some other locations nearby...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 15, 2015, 03:16:12 PM
Can anyone recommend a place near the Sheraton Centre Downtown to take a handful of professional colleagues for adult beverages? I'm thinking an upscale bar, ideally quiet, or at least not with loud music. TIA. (I'm pretty sure there's no kosher restaurant in the walking-vicinity, except Windsor...is that correct?)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 15, 2015, 03:31:00 PM
Can anyone recommend a place near the Sheraton Centre Downtown to take a handful of professional colleagues for adult beverages? I'm thinking an upscale bar, ideally quiet, or at least not with loud music. TIA. (I'm pretty sure there's no kosher restaurant in the walking-vicinity, except Windsor...is that correct?)

Beerbistro
18 King St E
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
Canada

I used to love going here, they have an amazing amazing selection of beers
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 15, 2015, 04:23:09 PM
Mmm beer. Thank you.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 15, 2015, 04:44:40 PM
Mmm beer. Thank you.

What I've been told is as long as they don't advertise things added for flavors its fine for kashrus but speak to your LOR
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 26, 2015, 07:59:07 AM
+1 on BeerBistro. Thanks yitrap.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on April 26, 2015, 09:27:51 AM
FYI- the new Howie T's North (took over Burgies) has D-lites sushi.  Not really sure why every single restaurant has to have sushi.  Can someone please explain this to me? Is it like that in other cities also?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 26, 2015, 09:40:03 AM

+1 on BeerBistro. Thanks yitrap.

Any cool discoveries?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 27, 2015, 03:52:44 PM
Any cool discoveries?

I should have taken a picture of the menu -- what was I thinking?  I did their sampler (3 "flights" to try 3 different beers).  I chose all Ontario-origin beers.  I'm no aficionado, but they hit the spot!

I will add that I had a pretty good sushi meal that I took out from Umami.

And, I had a very nice Shabbos at Anshei Minsk.  They have Fri night dinner and Saturday lunch, and the rabbi requests $30 donation per meal, which I thought was very fair.  Lots of food, very haimish place, and interesting in many ways.  Seems that they serve dinner every night of the week to homeless people.

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JayBerns on June 02, 2015, 08:50:33 PM
Recently stayed at the The Westin Harbour Castle. Couple of points:

Don't know about SPG upgrades, but all rooms have great views
Due to construction, its hard to get to hotel entrance
Very nice indoor pool area

Any idea if it is kid friendly?  And do they have decent suites?  (I don't have SPG status...)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: destinationMIA on June 09, 2015, 10:25:42 PM
I am planning on driving up to Toronto while visiting family in CLE. Driving up sunday morning O/N in Toronto and then back to CLE monday night. A few questions...

1) Is it feasible to stop in Niagara for an hour take a few pics, and drive up to Toronto? We have never been to Niagra Falls or Toronto, and with such limited time, not sure how to prioritize?

2) For those of us that are not "miles rich" I've been looking at booking the one night on Hotwire. Can I really go wrong with a 4*/4.5* hotel for ~$200? Any idea how to try to figure out which hotels they may be?

3) It seems like most of the kosher restaurants are far from the city center, are there any places worth the schlep???

Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated!

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 09, 2015, 10:30:28 PM
I am planning on driving up to Toronto while visiting family in CLE. Driving up sunday morning O/N in Toronto and then back to CLE monday night. A few questions...

1) Is it feasible to stop in Niagara for an hour take a few pics, and drive up to Toronto? We have never been to Niagra Falls or Toronto, and with such limited time, not sure how to prioritize?

2) For those of us that are not "miles rich" I've been looking at booking the one night on Hotwire. Can I really go wrong with a 4*/4.5* hotel for ~$200? Any idea how to try to figure out which hotels they may be?

3) It seems like most of the kosher restaurants are far from the city center, are there any places worth the schlep???

Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated!
I would just go to Toronto and save Niagara for when you have more than an hour
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 09, 2015, 10:35:01 PM

I am planning on driving up to Toronto while visiting family in CLE. Driving up sunday morning O/N in Toronto and then back to CLE monday night. A few questions...

1) Is it feasible to stop in Niagara for an hour take a few pics, and drive up to Toronto? We have never been to Niagra Falls or Toronto, and with such limited time, not sure how to prioritize?

2) For those of us that are not "miles rich" I've been looking at booking the one night on Hotwire. Can I really go wrong with a 4*/4.5* hotel for ~$200? Any idea how to try to figure out which hotels they may be?

3) It seems like most of the kosher restaurants are far from the city center, are there any places worth the schlep???

Any and all tips would be greatly appreciated!
1. Niagara stop is definitely doable, if you just want some pictures by the Falls you don't need an hour 20 minutes is more then enough, parking is $20 across from the main part of the Falls (the entrance to the lot is a little farther away from the Falls) or one of you can circle or take your chances in the bus pick up/drop off (i've done that a bunch of times but not for more then 5-10 minutes)
2. Can't help you with the hotel sorry
3. Most restaurants are near the frum area, not in the dt area, during rush hour it can take an hour but once 7-8 hits it won't be longer then 15 minutes up Bathurst.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 09, 2015, 10:38:50 PM

I would just go to Toronto and save Niagara for when you have more than an hour
What would you do in Niagara (unless you're talking about the maid of the mist and thing which I don't think op was) , there's the Falls and Clifton hill...
Clifton hill has the Farris wheel, the upside down house and Riplies -the hunted house and the arcades you can do anywhere else.
And there that bird kingdom thing-wasn't that interesting imho.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 09, 2015, 10:50:17 PM
What would you do in Niagara (unless you're talking about the maid of the mist and thing which I don't think op was) , there's the Falls and Clifton hill...
Clifton hill has the Farris wheel, the upside down house and Riplies -the hunted house and the arcades you can do anywhere else.
And there that bird kingdom thing-wasn't that interesting imho.
Check out the Niagara thread,  you can spend more than an hour
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on June 10, 2015, 01:08:14 AM
Check out the Niagara thread,  you can spend more than an hour
You can spend more than an hour just about anywhere. Especially in a tourist trap like Niagara. However the op was asking is it feasible /does it make sense to stop in niagra on the way to Toronto, even if only for an hour. I think the answer is definitely yes. I would also advise him to try and make it back another time and spend more time but for someone that has never been there to stop and see the Falls IMO is worth it. (it also breaks up the drive which is nice.)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: JayBerns on June 10, 2015, 12:16:53 PM
Driving through Niagara by the Falls will take you slightly longer (even with no stop), but worth it, even just for a few minutes and to break up the drive.

There's parking on both sides by the Falls -- on the US side, there's parking (costs $$, not sure how much, it's been a while) right by the Bridge where you can go out on the cantilever visitors area and get a great view.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: jbkr101 on June 13, 2015, 11:11:05 PM
does anyone know about the Westin Blue mountains. are they good with platinum upgrades. whats there to do with kids in the area
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on June 18, 2015, 02:50:45 PM
Anywhere nice to stop off on the way to Baltimore with a private pool?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on June 23, 2015, 10:36:12 PM
Dan- any chance you coming back to TO soon?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 23, 2015, 10:53:41 PM
Pantry isn't on the Wiki but is a pretty decent casual dairy place

http://www.pantryfoods.ca
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 24, 2015, 01:51:39 AM

Pantry isn't on the Wiki but is a pretty decent casual dairy place

http://www.pantryfoods.ca
Considering down south all we have breakfast wise is omni and milk and honey...we take it, did you eat there?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 24, 2015, 09:37:52 AM
Pantry isn't on the Wiki but is a pretty decent casual dairy place

http://www.pantryfoods.ca

Very small menu, but it is decent. Not really for kids though (not so many options for kids).
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 24, 2015, 09:38:49 AM
Going to Wonderland on a nice June evening is awesome. No one was there last night. You can basically walk on to any roller coaster or any ride you want. Can easily do the whole park in 3-4 hours
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on June 24, 2015, 11:10:54 AM
Going to Wonderland on a nice June evening is awesome. No one was there last night. You can basically walk on to any roller coaster or any ride you want. Can easily do the whole park in 3-4 hours

Schools are ending this week. I am sure once schools end, it will not be as empty
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 24, 2015, 11:21:48 AM
Schools are ending this week. I am sure once schools end, it will not be as empty
Of course.
Which is why this was the best time to go
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2015, 12:08:05 PM
Dan- any chance you coming back to TO soon?
NAFAIK, why?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on June 24, 2015, 01:15:21 PM
NAFAIK, why?

Best chance I have of a DO. And I can stock up on the Banff cereal when it goes on sale for you :)

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2015, 01:24:58 PM
Best chance I have of a DO. And I can stock up on the Banff cereal when it goes on sale for you :)
Lol.
I'm headed to YUL this time around.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on June 24, 2015, 05:11:01 PM
Lol.
I'm headed to YUL this time around.

I'm sorry to hear that...  :P
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 27, 2015, 11:23:23 PM
Anything decent up north open tonight?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 28, 2015, 12:01:10 AM
LOL
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on June 28, 2015, 08:23:06 AM
Is there anywhere nice to go an hour or 2 from Toronto for a day or 2? (not Niagara)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on June 28, 2015, 09:17:57 AM
Georgian bay, lake simcoe
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on June 28, 2015, 12:35:51 PM
Is there anywhere nice to go an hour or 2 from Toronto for a day or 2? (not Niagara)
Edward's gardens is a beautiful park...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on June 28, 2015, 04:26:36 PM
Is there anywhere nice to go an hour or 2 from Toronto for a day or 2? (not Niagara)

Blue Mountain
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 29, 2015, 01:50:33 AM
Thousand islands
Ottawa
Algonquin park
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 30, 2015, 11:56:00 AM
Any way to rent a car in YYZ and return in BUF or thats not possible?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on June 30, 2015, 12:41:01 PM
Any way to rent a car in YYZ and return in BUF or thats not possible?

I just looked it up on Expedia, and they are offering it.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 30, 2015, 12:43:22 PM
I just looked it up on Expedia, and they are offering it.
Hmm thats good, I will search it, let me know what you find.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 30, 2015, 12:50:21 PM
Any way to rent a car in YYZ and return in BUF or thats not possible?
Definitely doable, you can also chat up the agents at the desk sometimes they have US plated cars that they want brought back to the states.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 30, 2015, 12:57:05 PM
Definitely doable, you can also chat up the agents at the desk sometimes they have US plated cars that they want brought back to the states.
O great thanks for the info
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on June 30, 2015, 11:17:20 PM
Help guys please- going to Toronto for 1 night for a wedding this thursday night... what should I do for hotel? Don't wanna waste points on this one, used up my free nights certificates...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on June 30, 2015, 11:32:13 PM
Help guys please- going to Toronto for 1 night for a wedding this thursday night... what should I do for hotel? Don't wanna waste points on this one, used up my free nights certificates...
When is this?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on June 30, 2015, 11:33:00 PM
july 2 thurs night
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on June 30, 2015, 11:38:56 PM
Help guys please- going to Toronto for 1 night for a wedding this thursday night... what should I do for hotel? Don't wanna waste points on this one, used up my free nights certificates...

ok, i didn't realize how nebach my original post sounded. what i meant was, what's my best option to spend only a few points for a decent hotel? or cheap with money but i'd rather with points. i have all of them- UR, MR, TY, SPG, Marriott etc..

thanks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 01, 2015, 08:46:00 AM
priceline is a good option for toronto
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on July 01, 2015, 12:41:48 PM
Blue Mountain

Have you gone there? Do you have information on where to stay and kosher availability?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 07, 2015, 11:43:58 AM
Is there anywhere nice to go an hour or 2 from Toronto for a day or 2? (not Niagara)
Ottawa
What is there to do? What's the food situation?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 07, 2015, 12:14:25 PM
It's the capital, so some history stuff to do there. I don't believe there is any kosher food.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 07, 2015, 07:24:47 PM
Anybody know a chauffeur service with nice vehicles not Jewish for a few hours
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on July 07, 2015, 08:14:53 PM
Anybody know a chauffeur service with nice vehicles not Jewish for a few hours
Hater! 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 07, 2015, 08:36:44 PM
Anybody know a chauffeur service with nice vehicles not Jewish for a few hours
Uber, Blacklane, Groundlink
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 07, 2015, 09:04:38 PM
It's the capital, so some history stuff to do there. I don't believe there is any kosher food.

there is a kosher bakery and kosher food in the JCC.

http://www.youngisrael.ottawa.on.ca/travelers-info
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 08, 2015, 08:30:23 PM
I'm planning a Niagara/ Toronto trip for late July/August with 2 children (1 and 5). I have a rough itinerary planned and would appreciate some input from my fellow DDFr's. (I'll outline Niagara roughly but I'll save the details for the Niagara thread)
Wednesday 7/29: Depart Brooklyn  5 pm (not sure I'll drive all the way through or stop in the Finger lakes area for the night)
Thursday- Shabbos: Niagara Falls
Sunday: Depart in the AM for Toronto (here is where I could use some input)
               Do Downey's Farm sort of on the way to Toronto
Monday: Toronto Island's - Centreville , bike rental (maybe CN tower on the way back to the Hotel)
Tuesday: Toronto Zoo.
Wednesday: Ideas for the morning? Depart for Brooklyn in the early PM.
I'm planning on staying at the Hilton Suites Markham for under $100.
Based on my activities is this a reasonable location? It seems to be a 15 min. drive to Thornhill area shuls and restaurants.
Activities: Downey's Farm, Centerville/bike rental, Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, & ?.
I figure with the kids, Downeys Farm and Toronto Island will take the better part of a day each.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 08, 2015, 08:39:41 PM
I'm planning a Niagara/ Toronto trip for late July/August with 2 children (1 and 5). I have a rough itinerary planned and would appreciate some input from my fellow DDFr's. (I'll outline Niagara roughly but I'll save the details for the Niagara thread)
Wednesday 7/29: Depart Brooklyn  5 pm (not sure I'll drive all the way through or stop in the Finger lakes area for the night)
Thursday- Shabbos: Niagara Falls
Sunday: Depart in the AM for Toronto (here is where I could use some input)
               Do Downey's Farm sort of on the way to Toronto
Tuesday: Toronto Island's - Centreville , bike rental (maybe CN tower on the way back to the Hotel)
Wednesday: Toronto Zoo. Depart for Brooklyn in the PM.
I'm planning on staying at the Hilton Suites Markham for under $100.
Based on my activities is this a reasonable location? It seems to be a 15 min. drive to Thornhill area shuls and restaurants.
Activities: Downey's Farm, Centerville/bike rental, Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, & ?.
I figure with the kids, Downeys Farm and Toronto Island will take the better part of a day each.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Welcome to TO!

Here are my thoughts:

I think you skipped Monday.

Centerville can be an all day thing. Just waiting for the ferry could be 30 min.

Markham is close enough to the shuls and restaurants, so that shouldn't be a problem. However, traffic to downtown spots, like Centreville and CN tower could be an issue. Although there will not be any Pan Am or Para Pan Am games then, traffic is so screwed up from those events, that it is worse than normal.

I have never been to Downeys farm, but the zoo is also an all day thing. There is an awesome splash pad, so bring bathing suits for you/kids.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 08, 2015, 08:48:05 PM
Welcome to TO!

Here are my thoughts:

I think you skipped Monday.

Centerville can be an all day thing. Just waiting for the ferry could be 30 min.

Markham is close enough to the shuls and restaurants, so that shouldn't be a problem. However, traffic to downtown spots, like Centreville and CN tower could be an issue. Although there will not be any Pan Am or Para Pan Am games then, traffic is so screwed up from those events, that it is worse than normal.

I have never been to Downeys farm, but the zoo is also an all day thing. There is an awesome splash pad, so bring bathing suits for you/kids.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
Fixed.
What's the parking situation at the ferry?

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on July 08, 2015, 09:02:51 PM
I'm planning a Niagara/ Toronto trip for late July/August with 2 children (1 and 5). I have a rough itinerary planned and would appreciate some input from my fellow DDFr's. (I'll outline Niagara roughly but I'll save the details for the Niagara thread)
Wednesday 7/29: Depart Brooklyn  5 pm (not sure I'll drive all the way through or stop in the Finger lakes area for the night)
Thursday- Shabbos: Niagara Falls
Sunday: Depart in the AM for Toronto (here is where I could use some input)
               Do Downey's Farm sort of on the way to Toronto
Monday: Toronto Island's - Centreville , bike rental (maybe CN tower on the way back to the Hotel)
Tuesday: Toronto Zoo.
Wednesday: Ideas for the morning? Depart for Brooklyn in the early PM.
I'm planning on staying at the Hilton Suites Markham for under $100.
Based on my activities is this a reasonable location? It seems to be a 15 min. drive to Thornhill area shuls and restaurants.
Activities: Downey's Farm, Centerville/bike rental, Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, & ?.
I figure with the kids, Downeys Farm and Toronto Island will take the better part of a day each.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
go to the steamwhistle factory after the CN Tower for an Ice cold beer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on July 08, 2015, 09:53:17 PM
go to the steamwhistle factory after the CN Tower for an Ice cold beer

And then go to the Aquarium after that... I loved it... Its an incredible aquarium even for the price....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on July 08, 2015, 09:59:35 PM
And then go to the Aquarium after that... I loved it... Its an incredible aquarium even for the price....
+1 the Aquarium is a must even if you see the lines down the block it moves and worth the wait
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 08, 2015, 10:04:25 PM
Fixed.
What's the parking situation at the ferry?

I didn't see any street parking. There are a few lots- I think parking was like 20-25 for the day.

For Wednesday, you can do the Science Centre or Aquirium. Since those are both indoors, you might want to have one of those as an alternate if there is rain one of the other days
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on July 08, 2015, 11:14:59 PM
Although there will not be any Pan Am or Para Pan Am games then, traffic is so screwed up from those events, that it is worse than normal.

The temporary HOV lanes on the QEW and 427 are a lifesaver though (assuming you have 3+)...

n/a so much for op though
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 08, 2015, 11:54:11 PM
Thanx for the info
The temporary HOV lanes on the QEW and 427 are a lifesaver though (assuming you have 3+)...

n/a so much for op though

will have 3 plus. Are the roads well marked in terms of HOV and so forth?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on July 08, 2015, 11:58:47 PM
Thanx for the infowill have 3 plus. Are the roads well marked in terms of HOV and so forth?

Yes, in english and french ;)

Idk if the gardiner or dvp have it though

But for me going from bathurst/lawrence to Burlington area a few times last week, the HOVs were great, actually wished the 401 had as well (besides the collectors and express, which were both pretty heavy, and seem to be more and more consistently so)

Also don't remember until when they are in effect...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 09, 2015, 12:07:04 AM
Does EZ pass work in Canada? if not do I need canadian change to pay tolls?
Where is the best place to change money?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on July 09, 2015, 12:14:01 AM
Does EZ pass work in Canada? if not do I need canadian change to pay tolls?
Where is the best place to change money?

The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge  is $3.25  and they accept ezpass... (dont have info on the other crossings, sorry) beyond that the only tolls im aware of is the 407ETR which utilizes a special transponder or pics of ur plates, I have no idea about the rates
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yudamaan on July 09, 2015, 12:19:55 AM
Does EZ pass work in Canada? if not do I need canadian change to pay tolls?
Where is the best place to change money?
no does not work in Canada, with one exception when crossing into Canada over the rainbow bridge you can pay with EZ pass, but you can use either currency when crossing over by the other bridges
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 09, 2015, 01:48:53 AM

I'm planning a Niagara/ Toronto trip for late July/August with 2 children (1 and 5). I have a rough itinerary planned and would appreciate some input from my fellow DDFr's. (I'll outline Niagara roughly but I'll save the details for the Niagara thread)
Wednesday 7/29: Depart Brooklyn  5 pm (not sure I'll drive all the way through or stop in the Finger lakes area for the night)
Thursday- Shabbos: Niagara Falls
Sunday: Depart in the AM for Toronto (here is where I could use some input)
               Do Downey's Farm sort of on the way to Toronto
Monday: Toronto Island's - Centreville , bike rental (maybe CN tower on the way back to the Hotel)
Tuesday: Toronto Zoo.
Wednesday: Ideas for the morning? Depart for Brooklyn in the early PM.
I'm planning on staying at the Hilton Suites Markham for under $100.
Based on my activities is this a reasonable location? It seems to be a 15 min. drive to Thornhill area shuls and restaurants.
Activities: Downey's Farm, Centerville/bike rental, Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, & ?.
I figure with the kids, Downeys Farm and Toronto Island will take the better part of a day each.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
i'd squeeze in the African Lion Safari,
it's a fantastic place, great for the kids
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 10:15:26 AM
If you take the 407, be prepared from some sticker shock when you get your bill. It is insanely expensive, especially if you don't have a transponder (which you won't). They charge you ~$3.25 just for getting on without a transponder. After that, depending on time of day, it's about $.30/KM
Although the 25% discount because of the weak CAD may make it more palatable.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 10:18:01 AM
i'd squeeze in the African Lion Safari,
it's a fantastic place, great for the kids
Heard great things about the Safari, have not been as of yet.
For Wednesday morning, you could also try Kidstown (https://plus.google.com/113640456522419801597/about?gl=ca&hl=en). I've never been but it's a free water park run by the city.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 10:19:08 AM
Daily rates for valet parking at the airport went up to $40 effective July 6.
The new price makes it prohibitively expensive. Not even worth it for a 2 day trip anymore. So long valet parking, it was nice while it lasted.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 12, 2015, 10:26:44 AM
If you take the 407, be prepared from some sticker shock when you get your bill. It is insanely expensive, especially if you don't have a transponder (which you won't). They charge you ~$3.25 just for getting on without a transponder. After that, depending on time of day, it's about $.30/KM
Although the 25% discount because of the weak CAD may make it more palatable.
We used it once last year when driving back from the Lion Safari, saved 30-45 minutes of traffic due to an accident on the 401, wound up costing $15USD.
I had estimated it would cost $8USD from their site, I guess the markup was due to the lack of a transponder?

Expensive, but worth it with kids when the alternate route is significantly longer.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 11:00:45 AM
We used it once last year when driving back from the Lion Safari, saved 30-45 minutes of traffic due to an accident on the 401, wound up costing $15USD.
I had estimated it would cost $8USD from their site, I guess the markup was due to the lack of a transponder?

Expensive, but worth it with kids when the alternate route is significantly longer.
Video toll (no transponder) is $4CAD. The rest of the markup would probably be because of the time of day (the rate vary from $.19/KM to $.33/KM depending on day/night weekend/weekday rush-hour/non-rush-hour). And you probably left out the $.90CAD that they charge everyone for getting on the road
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 12, 2015, 12:00:01 PM
We used it once last year when driving back from the Lion Safari, saved 30-45 minutes of traffic due to an accident on the 401, wound up costing $15USD.
I had estimated it would cost $8USD from their site, I guess the markup was due to the lack of a transponder?

Expensive, but worth it with kids when the alternate route is significantly longer.
seems like a joke compared to nyc bridges and tunnels.
Bklyn-lkwd (rt) $15 verazzano, $14 outerbridge $2 gsp.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 12:04:24 PM
seems like a joke compared to nyc bridges and tunnels.
Bklyn-lkwd (rt) $15 verazzano, $14 outerbridge $2 gsp.
That is correct. But there is no city in North America (the world?) that compares to NYC bridges and tunnels
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on July 12, 2015, 04:40:18 PM
seems like a joke compared to nyc bridges and tunnels.
Bklyn-lkwd (rt) $15 verazzano, $14 outerbridge $2 gsp.

It's also cheaper with ezpass.. (and obx w carpool discount)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 06:43:10 PM
Looks like a big fire in Thornhill, north of Clark near Hilda. Anyone have any info?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on July 12, 2015, 06:55:08 PM
Looks like a big for in Thornhill, north of Clark near Hilda. Anyone have any info?

Huh?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 06:59:09 PM
Fire. Fixed
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2015, 11:34:33 PM
Looks like a big fire in Thornhill, north of Clark near Hilda. Anyone have any info?
House under construction (126 Thornridge) apparently burnt to the ground.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 15, 2015, 07:48:46 AM
Are there any hotels within walking distance to shuls? Preferably up north (seems to be inexpensive there)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 15, 2015, 09:50:58 AM
Not really
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 03, 2015, 06:50:40 AM
Any indoor activities for a 5 year old today? (we were planning on going to the islands, but it looks like we're rained out)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on August 03, 2015, 08:06:41 AM
Woodbine?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 03, 2015, 12:04:11 PM
Any indoor activities for a 5 year old today? (we were planning on going to the islands, but it looks like we're rained out)

Aquarium?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 03, 2015, 12:48:38 PM
There's a trampoline park around a half hour away but I don't remember where. GIYF.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 03, 2015, 12:49:33 PM
Is there anywhere nice (like a park or something ) to stop off on the way from fallsburg to toronto?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 03, 2015, 02:05:04 PM
Arriving at 3pm for a day in Toronto and staying at the Ritz, what activities are recommended for the day?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on August 03, 2015, 02:12:58 PM
Arriving at 3pm for a day in Toronto and staying at the Ritz, what activities are recommended for the day?
dont think you will have enough time to do anything. There's quite a lot of traffic to get in from the airport...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 03, 2015, 03:32:33 PM
dont think you will have enough time to do anything. There's quite a lot of traffic to get in from the airport...
I didn't do the tickets yet, what time would be a good time to land at YYZ that I shouldn't hit major traffic?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on August 03, 2015, 03:39:08 PM
What the heck was the Canadian holiday yesterday that made my YYZ experience so terrible? Is it always that way?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 03, 2015, 03:43:24 PM
I believe the holiday is today,  actually
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on August 03, 2015, 03:47:11 PM
I didn't do the tickets yet, what time would be a good time to land at YYZ that I shouldn't hit major traffic?
im not sure. IME there's always crazy traffic. But obviously arriving earlier will give you more time.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 03, 2015, 04:01:39 PM
im not sure. IME there's always crazy traffic. But obviously arriving earlier will give you more time.
Ok so whats recommended, probably something closer to the Jewish neighborhood. 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on August 03, 2015, 04:02:06 PM
I'll be at the BAYT tonight for a wedding. Any other ddf'ers being there?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 03, 2015, 04:38:44 PM
There's a trampoline park around a half hour away but I don't remember where. GIYF.
Woodbine?
shaped up to be a really nice day, so we're spending the day on the islands
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on August 03, 2015, 06:52:25 PM
shaped up to be a really nice day, so we're spending the day on the islands
Glad to hear, hope you enjoyed!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 03, 2015, 10:12:58 PM
Glad to hear, hope you enjoyed!
definitely did. We just got back to our hotel after a long day on the islands. There is definitely enough there to keep busy for at least a full day. Make sure to buy ferry tickets online, it saved us about a 1/2 hr wait. (or splurge and take a water taxi)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 04, 2015, 11:28:26 AM
Any cholov Yisrael ice cream shops in Toronto?
Also, are there any indoor kiddie amusement parks or jungle gyms?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on August 04, 2015, 11:36:16 AM
No ice cream stores. Woodbine and Chucky Cheeses.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 04, 2015, 11:45:48 AM
As in woodbine race track? (That's what Google is giving me)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 04, 2015, 11:47:40 AM
As in woodbine race track? (That's what Google is giving me)
there is a mall across the street from the race track which has an indoor amusement park

ETA: http://www.fantasyfair.ca/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 06, 2015, 07:04:53 PM
Recommendations for Ba li laffa?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: menachemd on August 07, 2015, 10:13:45 AM
I am travelling to Toronto in a week from the US and I am looking into cell phone options so I don't get hit with huge roaming charges. I have an unlocked AT&T phone so changing the SIM should not be an issue. I am relying on the phone's GPS to get around so having a decent data option is important.

I came across this site today called Similicious (http://www.similicious.com/) but cannot find much in the way of reviews online for them. Has anyone here used them and if so, what has your experience been? Alternatively, is there some better option you would recommend?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 07, 2015, 12:12:33 PM
I am travelling to Toronto in a week from the US and I am looking into cell phone options so I don't get hit with huge roaming charges. I have an unlocked AT&T phone so changing the SIM should not be an issue. I am relying on the phone's GPS to get around so having a decent data option is important.

I came across this site today called Similicious (http://www.similicious.com/) but cannot find much in the way of reviews online for them. Has anyone here used them and if so, what has your experience been? Alternatively, is there some better option you would recommend?

Thanks.
at&t doesnt have decent roaming rates? I just used Sprint's international roaming for $0 per month, unlimited 2g internet (adequate for gps and basic browsing- ddf of course) unlimited text and $0.20 per minute talk. Canada and israel included.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2015, 01:03:13 PM
Missed a lot of action in this thread while I was away. Too bad.
Indoor activities: for little kids there is a relatively new indoor playground called "bunch of fun". They have a big climbing jungle gym + a few slides + 2 trampolines for kids 3-7 (older than that would probably be bored) and an area for smaller kids as well. They also have pottery painting (but wait time to pick up your stuff is ~2 weeks). There is a cafe where they bring in kosher pizza (they have hashgacha).
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2015, 01:04:42 PM
No ice cream stores. Woodbine and Chucky Cheeses.
The cholov yisroel ice cream stores can't stay in business. Unclear if that's because BY doesn't let their girls go, or because when 1 opens and is successful, 2 more open up and they can't survive. Tov Li has cholov yisroel ice cream, though.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: menachemd on August 07, 2015, 02:33:53 PM
at&t doesnt have decent roaming rates? I just used Sprint's international roaming for $0 per month, unlimited 2g internet (adequate for gps and basic browsing- ddf of course) unlimited text and $0.20 per minute talk. Canada and israel included.

Unless you buy a travel package ($30 one-time fee, good for a month) they are very expensive for roaming:
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 07, 2015, 03:29:44 PM
Unless you buy a travel package ($30 one-time fee, good for a month) they are very expensive for roaming:
  • Talk: $1.00/minute (same even if you buy the base travel package)
  • Text: $.50/ea, $1.30/each for MMS
  • Data: $15.36/MB
ouch
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 07, 2015, 03:31:00 PM
Zack's (the non-chalav Israel frozen yogurt on Bathurst just north of Steeles) now has a small chalav Israel selection - at least they did a few weeks ago when I was in there.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 12, 2015, 11:06:52 PM
http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_kosher_restaurants_in_toronto/

What a sad list. My boss wants to take me out for a nice lunch. But there's nowhere we can go...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 13, 2015, 01:56:45 AM
http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_kosher_restaurants_in_toronto/

What a sad list. My boss wants to take me out for a nice lunch. But there's nowhere we can go...
Surprising for a community of that size
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 13, 2015, 09:21:35 PM
http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_kosher_restaurants_in_toronto/
 
What a sad list. My boss wants to take me out for a nice lunch. But there's nowhere we can go...
Just letting you know Ben & Izzy's is closed for the summer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 13, 2015, 09:30:48 PM
Just letting you know Ben & Izzy's is closed for the summer

I think it is closed for good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 16, 2015, 01:19:27 PM
I think it is closed for good
They posted on FB (https://www.facebook.com/benandizzys/photos/a.508554412567190.1073741836.447727885316510/872365609519400/?type=1&theater) that they're closed for the summer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 16, 2015, 06:27:57 PM
Trust me, we weren't going anyways. It's supposed to be a nice lunch. Probably end up going to Marron for dinner.

Hummus Hummus is closed from that list as well
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2015, 06:50:18 PM
Windsor Arms?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 16, 2015, 07:12:35 PM
Trust me, we weren't going anyways. It's supposed to be a nice lunch. Probably end up going to Marron for dinner.

Hummus Hummus is closed from that list as well
If you're looking a "high end" restaurant than Ben & Izzy's is definitely not for you. It's a casual place to get a realy good rueben or pulled beef sandwich. I figured lunch would be casual.

Windsor Arms?
I've never been there but I heard great reviews
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2015, 07:25:16 PM
Reviewed on DDMS
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 16, 2015, 09:13:13 PM
Windsor Arms?
I sent them both menus and they chose Marron

If you're looking a "high end" restaurant than Ben & Izzy's is definitely not for you. It's a casual place to get a realy good rueben or pulled beef sandwich.
I'm well aware. And see my review above that I was not at all impressed with their food
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 17, 2015, 02:50:23 PM
Staying at the Ritz, any parking in the area? 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 17, 2015, 02:52:16 PM
Nights/weekends you should be able to park on the street. During the day it will be much harder
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 17, 2015, 03:03:25 PM
Nights/weekends you should be able to park on the street. During the day it will be much harder
To be specific will be a Thursday night till Friday morning. 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 17, 2015, 03:30:04 PM
Nights/weekends you should be able to park on the street. During the day it will be much harder
And I also see parking lot right across, I guess I dont have to worry like Manhattan     
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bestwatchman on August 26, 2015, 09:46:45 AM
Where do i get deli sandwiches?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 26, 2015, 09:50:23 AM
Where do i get deli sandwiches?

Where are you located?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 26, 2015, 10:03:23 AM
Where do i get deli sandwiches?
Down south:
If Ben & Izzys opened up, there
if not try Hartmans/Savours or Chicken Nest.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bestwatchman on August 26, 2015, 10:07:35 AM
Ben and izzys looked closed the other day, ill try the others. Thank you! Im near yyz
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 30, 2015, 02:32:12 AM
https://mobile.twitter.com/JeremyGlobalTV/status/637573624631791616
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 30, 2015, 04:28:35 AM
ben & izzys closed for good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 30, 2015, 07:55:36 AM
https://mobile.twitter.com/JeremyGlobalTV/status/637573624631791616
OY! they were in middle of renovating, any news on the damages?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 30, 2015, 07:57:19 AM
ben & izzys closed for good
>:( >:(
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 10:08:08 AM
Putting edge (indoor glow in the dark mini golf), buy 1 get 1 coupon
http://www.puttingedge.com/prize/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 10:15:25 AM
Marron Bistro (my latest review, not nearly as good as previous experiences)

Service was terrible. Appetizers came out pretty quickly, but we waited and waited and waited for our mains. Part of the time they filled our water glasses nicely, but other times we went a long time without water. The water was warm. We did get some ice towards the end of the meal.

There was no AC. It was really hot. Everyone in there was fanning themselves and wiping sweat off themselves with napkin.

Appetizers:
Lamb Tortillas - 6/10. Was pretty good, couldn't really tell it was lamb (could just as easily have been pulled beef)
Chili-honey glazed chicken wings - 8.5/10. Excellent. The right amount of spicy and really tasty.

Mains:
Two way duck - 7.5/10. Very good (the bigger pieces which were not cooked too much, the smaller pieces which were pretty well done weren't great). Not a huge portion. Comes with some roasted vegetables. Overall a good dish and I would order again.

10oz Dry-Aged Ribeye - 3/10. Might have been good if it didn't taste completely charred (despite the inside being a nice red). I would have sent it back but I didn't want to wait another 45 minutes.

Overall not a great experience. It's a shame that this is the only upscale option if you want to go out on a Sunday/Monday night. I guess we'll have to limit our date nights to Tuesday-Thursday and go Windsor Arms.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 07, 2015, 02:30:36 PM
Tuesday-Thursday and go Windsor Arms.
is that every week?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 02:33:27 PM
is that every week?
Yuppers
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 07, 2015, 03:00:54 PM
set menu or does it change?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 03:20:36 PM
Seems like it changes a little seasonally
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 07, 2015, 03:24:28 PM
menu seems quite limited
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 03:26:37 PM
menu seems quite limited
It is pretty limited, but no worse than Marron
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 01, 2015, 06:45:50 PM
Places open with succah?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on October 01, 2015, 07:31:02 PM

Places open with succah?
Meat or milk?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on October 01, 2015, 08:42:43 PM
Places open with succah?
Meat or Milk?
Chicken Nest, Aroma Cafe, Dr Laffa, Tov Li...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on October 02, 2015, 07:45:20 AM
Ben and izzy's posted on twitter they're reopening on October 7th. Too late for me this time.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2015, 03:51:05 PM
Eh. Skip Ben and Izzy's and head to Jacob's deli. Delicious
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 03, 2015, 10:43:05 PM
We ended up by Howie T's. Great burgers. Had succah in 3028 location
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 03, 2015, 11:06:14 PM
They also do an excellent job. What burger did you get?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 04, 2015, 02:17:24 AM

They also do an excellent job. What burger did you get?
Just regular with some yummy garlic mayo! Was perfect
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 09, 2015, 10:00:03 AM
Eh. Skip Ben and Izzy's and head to Jacob's deli. Delicious
but thornhill is such a schlep
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 09, 2015, 10:31:47 AM
but thornhill is such a schlep
Indeed
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 11, 2015, 07:49:29 PM
Anywhere north of Toronto where there is some good foliage viewing (tomorrow)?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 27, 2015, 12:02:38 AM
Lime taco is closed. I'm stunned
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on October 30, 2015, 03:32:54 PM
Marrone Bistro is closed.

Maybe a schwarma or sushi place will open in its place. We really could use one of those.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on October 30, 2015, 04:02:05 PM
Marrone Bistro is closed.

Maybe a schwarma or sushi place will open in its place. We really could use one of those.
Between BA-LI Laffa, Famous Laffa (3 locations), Dr Laffa... the list goes on.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 30, 2015, 05:10:35 PM
Marrone Bistro is closed.
What? Although, based on my last experience can't say I'm stunned. Also the whole only open 4-10 thing never seemed like a winning setup.
There is officially not a single upscale restaurant in the city.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 30, 2015, 05:11:50 PM
Between BA-LI Laffa, Famous Laffa (34 locations), Dr Laffa... the list goes on.
Ftfy, they recently opened in the promenade
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: moish on October 31, 2015, 03:38:14 PM
absolutely ridiculous that a city with a jewish population such as toronto cant sustain even one kosher fine dining establishment
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: an613 on October 31, 2015, 07:46:06 PM
According to the comments, it's not closed permanently, just changing owners

https://instagram.com/p/9eVg34qUnZ/

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 31, 2015, 07:53:28 PM
According to the comments, it's not closed permanently, just changing owners
Yeah, and Clubhouse Cafe is going to reopen one day. Believe it only once it happens.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on October 31, 2015, 08:02:14 PM
Marrone Bistro is closed.

Maybe a schwarma or sushi place will open in its place. We really could use one of those.
Closed for good? We just lost Ba Li Laffa sushi  >:( that was good!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on October 31, 2015, 08:38:26 PM
According to the comments, it's not closed permanently, just changing owners

https://instagram.com/p/9eVg34qUnZ/
Comment is by daughter in law of the owner...gives it some credence.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: danzz72 on November 06, 2015, 01:36:41 PM
2 questions:
1. I'm looking to stay in toronto for thanksgiving and looking for some hotels/motels really close to the jewish community for davenings and meals. Possibly any chabad houses that rent rooms for that weekend??

2. Are there any good ski resorts nearby in comparison to Killington VT or Stratton VT. I will be renting a car and can drive 2-3 hours in any direction so not really limited with suggestions.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on November 06, 2015, 01:52:18 PM
2 questions:
1. I'm looking to stay in toronto for thanksgiving and looking for some hotels/motels really close to the jewish community for davenings and meals. Possibly any chabad houses that rent rooms for that weekend??

2. Are there any good ski resorts nearby in comparison to Killington VT or Stratton VT. I will be renting a car and can drive 2-3 hours in any direction so not really limited with suggestions.

Ontario is relatively flat the highest vertical is Blue Mountain a two hour drive http://www.skicentral.com/bluemountain.html, there wont necessarily be any snow anyway thanksgiving time

There's always Earl Bales Park for a DIY adventure  :P

Holiday Inn  Yorkdale is close to the frum community 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on November 06, 2015, 01:55:48 PM
Ontario is relatively flat the highest vertical is Blue Mountain a two hour drive http://www.skicentral.com/bluemountain.html, there wont necessarily be any snow anyway thanksgiving time

There's always Earl Bales Park for a DIY adventure  :P

Holiday Inn  Yorkdale is close to the frum community
Blue Mountain is your best option but there's also Mt. St Luis-Moonstone and Horseshoe
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on November 09, 2015, 10:16:29 AM
but to say any of them are even in the same league as Stratton and Killington is a joke
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 10, 2015, 11:06:58 AM
Park Hyatt Toronto Arnona restaurant
Thursday, November 12th
Thursday, November 26th
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 15, 2015, 01:02:46 PM
Per their website, Windsor arms  is now open six days a week (including Motz"sh) with an expanded menu
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 27, 2015, 12:07:30 AM
Looking for a Hotel for Shabbos near the Mt. Sinai Hospital in downtown, does anyone know about hotels without Shabbos issues, like non electronic key entry?

TIA
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 27, 2015, 05:02:52 AM
If it helps, there might be bikur cholim apartments available

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 28, 2015, 08:28:34 PM
Whats the best SPG or IHG property in Toronto DT?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 29, 2015, 09:47:34 PM
Have a friend flying LGA-YYZ on AA and continuig YYZ-TLV on LY, the LY flight is leaving a 5:45 from T3 it looks like AA uses T3 as well. What time would be safe for him to land in YYZ and still make the YY-TLV flight? Also. will he need to clear customs / security?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 29, 2015, 10:08:03 PM
Checking luggage or no luggage?
Pretty sure they won't interline so he'd need to claim and recheck. If luggage was checked all the way through he wouldn't have to clear customs. Not sure in this scenario how it would work.

No luggage I'd leave 75 minutes to account for LGA delays. With luggage is e leave more time
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 29, 2015, 10:48:17 PM
Checking luggage or no luggage?
Pretty sure they won't interline so he'd need to claim and recheck. If luggage was checked all the way through he wouldn't have to clear customs. Not sure in this scenario how it would work.

No luggage I'd leave 75 minutes to account for LGA delays. With luggage is e leave more time
No luggage. So you're saying with no luggage he won't have to clear customs?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 30, 2015, 12:23:19 PM
No luggage. So you're saying with no luggage he won't have to clear customs?
I'm 99% sure
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on November 30, 2015, 01:22:27 PM
I think you are mistaken.. coming off AA flights into YYZ the only way to exit, even with connections, is through the customs hall.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bermo on November 30, 2015, 01:33:06 PM
I think you are mistaken.. coming off AA flights into YYZ the only way to exit, even with connections, is through the customs hall.
+1
You must collect all bags when you land in YYZ
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 30, 2015, 03:00:36 PM
+1
You must collect all bags when you land in YYZ
Sorry but that's just not true anymore
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bermo on November 30, 2015, 03:16:31 PM
Sorry but that's just not true anymore
Personal experience?
What was you flight route?
What airline?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on November 30, 2015, 03:17:54 PM
I think you are mistaken.. coming off AA flights into YYZ the only way to exit, even with connections, is through the customs hall.
Even the same terminal?
+1
You must collect all bags when you land in YYZ
He is not taking bags. Will he still need to go thru customs?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on November 30, 2015, 03:20:33 PM
Nothing changed. Ergel lives there, therfore he doesn't know.

http://www.torontopearson.com/Connecting_from_usa.aspx
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: bermo on November 30, 2015, 03:47:37 PM
Even the same terminal?He is not taking bags. Will he still need to go thru customs?
Yes
Yes
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 30, 2015, 03:53:57 PM
Nothing changed. Ergel lives there, therfore he doesn't know.

http://www.torontopearson.com/Connecting_from_usa.aspx
Never said you didn't need to do customs, however you don't wait on the regular customs line. They have lines dedicated to connecting passengers so you don't have to wait and miss your flight. Anyways, lines entering Canada are usually short.

And if you have baggage they will check it through for you now. I just checked and I made a mistake, this is in terminal 1, you don't collect your bags if you are checked through:
Quote
If your baggage is tagged to your connecting flight follow the  signs to your connecting gate. You will then be processed through Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at their Satellite Primary Inspection Line, dedicated for connecting passengers.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 07, 2015, 12:03:42 AM
How does VAT refund work in Canada (if they do it).

Would I be able to get it back on a coat?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on December 27, 2015, 06:47:14 PM
Is it crazy to go to Toronto for a few days in February? Will we be bored and freezing, or are there decent activities/attractions that are good in the winter as well?

I grabbed tickets with the Westjet deal from DDMS, and now I'm scrambling to figure out whether I actually want to go then or not. This is less about when to go to Toronto than finding something to do during Presidents week.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 27, 2015, 07:00:40 PM
Probably freezing. But there is plenty to do. What age travelers?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on December 27, 2015, 07:15:25 PM
Probably freezing. But there is plenty to do. What age travelers?
Just me and my wife, though she'll be in her eighth month, if that affects the answer.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 27, 2015, 07:44:49 PM
There is what do.
Hockey Hall of fame
CM tower
Aquarium (if that's your thing)
ROM
Science center
Casa Loma

But it likely will be freezing
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on December 27, 2015, 09:01:40 PM
Just me and my wife, though she'll be in her eighth month, if that affects the answer.
There is what do.
Hockey Hall of fame
CN tower
Aquarium (if that's your thing)
ROM
Science center
Casa Loma

But it likely will be freezing
I think there's also an Ice festival in February
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on December 28, 2015, 10:18:02 AM
Just me and my wife, though she'll be in her eighth month, if that affects the answer.
and you're flying to a different country? Get some good insurance that covers pre-existing conditions
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/million-dollar-baby-canadians-handed-1m-bill-after-woman-gives-birth-in-u-s-1.2107020
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on December 28, 2015, 10:45:22 AM
I think there's also an Ice festival in February
That actually sounds awesome. Alas, if it's this:
http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/
I'm off by a week.

and you're flying to a different country? Get some good insurance that covers pre-existing conditions
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/million-dollar-baby-canadians-handed-1m-bill-after-woman-gives-birth-in-u-s-1.2107020
Lol. First of all, we're talking 7 weeks out. That would be really early. And second of all, that story was the other way. Don't you know healthcare is free in Canada ;D
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on December 28, 2015, 12:09:33 PM
That actually sounds awesome. Alas, if it's this:
http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/
I'm off by a week.
Lol. First of all, we're talking 7 weeks out. That would be really early. And second of all, that story was the other way. Don't you know healthcare is free in Canada ;D
not for non-citizens (i guess in theory the baby may qualify but they are strict about immigration)
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?q=424&t=16
Yes, the story was the other way and that woman was at 25 weeks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on December 28, 2015, 06:29:57 PM
Was there a fire by Ben and Izzy's today?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on December 28, 2015, 11:26:42 PM
Was there a fire by Ben and Izzy's today?
Yes, I heard there was fire in the basement. 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: jackofall on January 22, 2016, 12:49:29 AM
Who has nicer cars at YYZ Hertz or National?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on January 22, 2016, 01:34:44 AM

Who has nicer cars at YYZ Hertz or National?
Definitely national
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on January 24, 2016, 06:26:09 PM
Any kosher restaurants that will deliver to airport hotels?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on January 24, 2016, 06:51:21 PM
What's the best pizza store?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2016, 06:56:23 PM
Pizza cafe south or Yehudales north (not much seating though). For things other then pizza, tov li is pretty good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on January 24, 2016, 07:01:24 PM
Pizza cafe south or Yehudales north (not much seating though). For things other then pizza, tov li is pretty good
Thanks!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: TorontoGuy on January 24, 2016, 07:38:59 PM
Any kosher restaurants that will deliver to airport hotels?
I know Grodzinski's goes daily to YYZ to bring fresh sandwiches.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2016, 09:13:22 PM
Any kosher restaurants that will deliver to airport hotels?
I doubt it, but uber should only be $20-$30 from any South restaurant
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: SearchGuy on January 24, 2016, 09:58:41 PM
Having a 5 hour layover in YYZ (12-5PM) on the way to TLV, what's a good (great preferred) place to go eat?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2016, 10:05:26 PM
Having a 5 hour layover in YYZ (12-5PM) on the way to TLV, what's a good (great preferred) place to go eat?
Nothing great.
Dairy bistro grande is very good. Meat, my go to is Ba-Li Laffa (although I've never been to the south branch)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on January 24, 2016, 10:43:06 PM

Nothing great.
Dairy bistro grande is very good. Meat, my go to is Ba-Li Laffa (although I've never been to the south branch)
South had an incredible sushi guy, not sure if he's still there... I'll try finding out.

Dr Laffa makes a real solid shawarma but it's a take out place...

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2016, 10:46:36 PM
Dr Laffa makes a real solid shawarma but it's a take out place...
Eh. Haven't been to all locations but u wasn't impressed
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on January 24, 2016, 10:47:49 PM

Eh. Haven't been to all locations but u wasn't impressed
Idk now that they've split but North location was always good and the South location was quite solid imo
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 24, 2016, 11:33:45 PM
Having a 5 hour layover in YYZ (12-5PM) on the way to TLV, what's a good (great preferred) place to go eat?
There's lots of kosher food options in the airport. Nothing that amazing that's worth shlepping out for.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: SearchGuy on January 24, 2016, 11:35:08 PM

There's lots of kosher food options in the airport. Nothing that amazing that's worth shlepping out for.
any details?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 24, 2016, 11:42:45 PM
any details?
You're the SearchGuy, there's a thread for that ;)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: SearchGuy on January 24, 2016, 11:44:14 PM

You're the SearchGuy, there's a thread for that ;)
I saw... But I understand it's all from Grodzinski, anything else such as a place to eat? I see that it's also available in the KLM lounge is that free of charge there?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on January 27, 2016, 03:43:09 PM
I'm going to Toronto for the weekend what's my best way to get a sim? I'm in Lakewood and I have an LG g4 Verizon phone that I think works with gsm also
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 27, 2016, 03:43:46 PM
If you don't have a old VZW plan just add TravelPass to your plan. Awesome deal, hate that they don't let me add it.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on January 27, 2016, 03:48:35 PM
I don have Verizon service I have pageplus
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yhaller14 on January 27, 2016, 04:17:44 PM
I don have Verizon service I have pageplus
Pageplus has free texting in canada
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: luckyluck on January 27, 2016, 04:29:51 PM
Pageplus has free texting in canada

https://www.pagepluscellular.com/Plans/Features.aspx#International_Roaming
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on January 27, 2016, 04:33:02 PM
It doesn't cost even though it says it does
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yhaller14 on January 27, 2016, 04:37:19 PM
https://www.pagepluscellular.com/Plans/Features.aspx#International_Roaming
I used to have pp and they never charged
And they didn't change it says it costs but in canada it's free
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yhaller14 on January 27, 2016, 04:37:31 PM
It doesn't cost even though it says it does
+1
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: TorontoGuy on January 27, 2016, 07:09:48 PM
If you don't have a old VZW plan just add TravelPass to your plan. Awesome deal, hate that they don't let me add it.
+1 However if you are going for more then a couple of days (> 5) it MAY be worth it to add one of the monthly options and pro-rate it afterwards. Another benefit is that you don't use up your regular data allowance.
Example:
$25/Month 500 Min & 1/GB
Pro-rate for 5 days: $4.16     83 Min &  170MB
If you don't have a old VZW plan just add TravelPass to your plan. Awesome deal, hate that they don't let me add it.
+1 However if you are going for more then a couple of days (> 5) it may be worth it to add one of the monthly options and pro-rate it afterwards. Another benefit is that you don't use up your regular data allowance.
Example:
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 30, 2016, 11:32:42 PM
Martin bistro has reopened under new ownership with a new menu.
They are also now open for lunch!
Title: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on January 31, 2016, 12:27:34 AM
Martin bistro has reopened under new ownership with a new menu.
They are also now open for lunch!
Guess this was right.
According to the comments, it's not closed permanently, just changing owners

https://instagram.com/p/9eVg34qUnZ/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on January 31, 2016, 11:35:25 AM
Martin bistro has reopened under new ownership with a new menu.
They are also now open for lunch!

I heard from people who wen that the food was not that good, portions were small and the prices are crazy high...... I do not think it will last that long

http://www.marronbistro.com/our-menu/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 31, 2016, 01:39:21 PM
Wow. Prices are crazy. Two appetizers and two cheap mains is $140+tax and tip
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: TorontoGuy on February 01, 2016, 01:14:58 AM
Wow. Prices are crazy. Two appetizers and two cheap mains is $140+tax and tip
Don't forget to convert into USD before comparing. $140 CAD = $98 USD.
Additionally - welcome to Toronto, the coat of living is....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 01, 2016, 06:41:24 AM
Don't forget to convert into USD before comparing. $140 CAD = $98 USD.
Additionally - welcome to Toronto, the coat of living is....
That conversion only helps if you're earning in USD...
Yes, it's an expensive city to live in
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on February 01, 2016, 01:37:55 PM
Don't forget to convert into USD before comparing. $140 CAD = $98 USD.
Additionally - welcome to Toronto, the coat of living is....
Well if you're going to start converting everything a Honda Odyssey Touring is $50K and in the US  $42K USD ($58K CAN)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: SearchGuy on February 02, 2016, 06:00:59 PM
There's lots of kosher food options in the airport. Nothing that amazing that's worth shlepping out for.
OK so if I stay in the airport, is there anything to do for 5 hours there? I am with 2 toddlers and a baby (imagine Rafi and Talia...)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 02, 2016, 08:03:38 PM
OK so if I stay in the airport, is there anything to do for 5 hours there? I am with 2 toddlers and a baby (imagine Rafi and Talia...)
In the airport? No. Although woodbine fantasy fair is right near by
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 02, 2016, 08:29:36 PM
Möbius Culinary Labs
Taste of Italy
 
5 course tasting menu
 
February 2, 3 & 4
 
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
 
94 Avenue Road (Yorkville) on the second floor
 
COR
 
Menu
 
Italian Charcuterie
 
White asparagus soup
 
Pappardelle and lamb
 
Chicken & gnocchi cacciatore
 
Tiramisu with pine nut ice cream
 
$300/table (feeds up to 4 guests)
 
For reservations email info@mobiusculinarylabs.com


Past event by these people: http://yeahthatskosher.com/2015/09/reliving-the-mobius-culinary-labs-tasting-event-in-nyc/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on February 02, 2016, 11:13:36 PM

Snip
Do? I'll be there the 4th
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 02, 2016, 11:32:48 PM
Do? I'll be there the 4th
Depends if my wife wants to go...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on February 03, 2016, 09:23:54 AM
Möbius Culinary Labs
Taste of Italy
 
5 course tasting menu
 
February 2, 3 & 4
 
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
 
94 Avenue Road (Yorkville) on the second floor
 
COR
 
Menu
 
Italian Charcuterie
 
White asparagus soup
 
Pappardelle and lamb
 
Chicken & gnocchi cacciatore
 
Tiramisu with pine nut ice cream
 
$300/table (feeds up to 4 guests)
 
For reservations email info@mobiusculinarylabs.com


Past event by these people: http://yeahthatskosher.com/2015/09/reliving-the-mobius-culinary-labs-tasting-event-in-nyc/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on February 03, 2016, 01:12:14 PM


Funny, I just realized I know one of the guys... He makes great great food
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: emak on February 03, 2016, 02:28:17 PM
Was going to book Park Hyatt Toronto. Anyone with experience using a Hyatt night from someone else's account?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 07, 2016, 11:49:07 AM
Which airport hotel in yyz is the nicest?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 07, 2016, 11:55:09 AM
Dunno about the nicest but the Sheraton is definitely the most convenient, especially if you are flying from T3
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on February 07, 2016, 12:20:00 PM
Dunno about the nicest but the Sheraton is definitely the most convenient, especially if you are flying from T3
which Sheraton ? 4 points or getaway?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 07, 2016, 12:52:31 PM
Gateway. It's about 50 steps from terminal 3
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: cashasap on February 13, 2016, 10:09:18 PM
Anyone have more info on the Windsor arms castle restaurant and also is Ben and izzys open? I heard there was a fire
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on February 13, 2016, 10:14:47 PM
Anyone have more info on the Windsor arms castle restaurant and also is Ben and izzys open? I heard there was a fire
Ben & Izzy's is closed do to the fire and as of now they're going to reopen May 2016
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: cashasap on February 13, 2016, 11:02:57 PM
Thnx anyone been to Windsor arms? Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 07, 2016, 02:54:40 PM
World Bowl on Leslie off Highway 7 in Toronto is participating in Kids Bowl Free program, about 15 minutes from Thornhill
http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=6128

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=26400.msg1428058#msg1428058
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on March 17, 2016, 07:52:55 PM
I have to go westbound to Pearson Airport from the frum area friday morning. Anyone know what traffic is like? How long should I expect it to take between 8AM - 930AM?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 17, 2016, 07:59:15 PM
I believe google maps lets you check expected traffic
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 17, 2016, 08:54:36 PM
From the frum area? You mean Bathurst and Lawrence? You're ~15 minutes from the airport without traffic. I would leave 30-35 minutes
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on March 17, 2016, 09:55:54 PM
I have to go westbound to Pearson Airport from the frum area friday morning. Anyone know what traffic is like? How long should I expect it to take between 8AM - 930AM?
Frum area? You got to be a little more specific.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on March 17, 2016, 09:58:00 PM
So who's moving to Innisfil, Ontario www.frumcity.com (http://www.frumcity.com):)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 18, 2016, 02:02:25 AM
As crazy as it sounds (and it is crazy), with the way housing prices are going, you never know.
But winters there are definitely rough
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on March 21, 2016, 05:47:46 PM
Frum area? You got to be a little more specific.
Bathurst & Lawrence
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 21, 2016, 06:12:24 PM
Bathurst & Lawrence
You're ~15 minutes from the airport without traffic. I would leave 30-35 minutes
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 23, 2016, 09:04:40 PM
How's the dining at the Windsor Arms compare with the Hyatt?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on March 23, 2016, 10:16:16 PM
https://twitter.com/bubbysbagels (https://twitter.com/bubbysbagels)New Bagel store opening near Savours (Bathurst & Lawrance)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: TorontoGuy on March 27, 2016, 11:35:58 PM
Does anyone need (or know of someone) a car to drive back to Lakewood from Toronto on Sunday the 10th of April. I would like to rent a car to drive from Lakewood to Toronto, and the one ways are expensive. So I would rent a round trip, and I would drive it on Thursday and you would drive it on Sunday or Monday.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 28, 2016, 09:36:11 AM
Best thing to do downtown is still the aquarium?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 28, 2016, 11:01:34 AM
Best thing to do downtown is still the aquarium?
If the weather is nice, I'd go to centre island.
Otherwise it's aquarium, CN tower or hockey hall of fame, depending on your tastes
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on March 28, 2016, 12:01:04 PM
If the weather is nice, I'd go to centre island.
Otherwise it's aquarium, CN tower or hockey hall of fame, depending on your tastes
After you go to the aquarium, cross the street and get an ice cold beer from the steamwhistle (http://steamwhistle.ca/tour/tourInfo.php) factory
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 28, 2016, 12:36:17 PM
Best thing to do downtown is still the aquarium?

chocolate dream? http://www.chocolatedreams.ca/
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: TorontoGuy on April 01, 2016, 05:35:11 PM
Does anyone need (or know of someone) a car to drive back to Lakewood from Toronto on Sunday the 10th of April. I would like to rent a car to drive from Lakewood to Toronto, and the one ways are expensive. So I would rent a round trip, and I would drive it on Thursday and you would drive it on Sunday or Monday.
Bump
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 09, 2016, 11:29:21 PM
Where's the  best  place  to  go  to get  cheap  prepaid Sim card ?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 09, 2016, 11:42:11 PM
Petro Canada maybe?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on April 09, 2016, 11:44:03 PM
Where's the  best  place  to  go  to get  cheap  prepaid Sim card ?
Mobilicity
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 09, 2016, 11:44:35 PM
Where is that?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on April 10, 2016, 01:58:17 AM
Where is that?
http://mobilicity.ca/plans/?unlimited_plans=True (http://mobilicity.ca/plans/?unlimited_plans=True)
Here's the storeshttp://mobilicity.ca/stores/ (http://mobilicity.ca/stores/)

Petro Canada is a gas station that has prepaid plans (https://mobility.petro-canada.ca/) and 7-11 (http://www.speakout7eleven.ca/prepaid-cell-phone-rates) also has prepaid plans
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 10, 2016, 09:28:00 AM
Thanks for the info and links.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 10, 2016, 11:03:55 AM
Windsor arms is cor?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 10, 2016, 11:18:46 AM
Yup
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 10, 2016, 04:00:14 PM
Has anyone  been to Bali Laffa milchigs?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 11, 2016, 09:20:42 PM
Anyone been to the reopened marrons?

BTW aquarium is nice to do at night when it's not crowded and tix are cheaper after 7. Trade off is I don't know if there are shows during the day that you might miss by going later.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 11, 2016, 11:32:37 PM
No shows

I went to the reopened marronn this week
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 12, 2016, 12:06:11 AM
How was it? Are the portion sizes small?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 12, 2016, 07:17:46 AM
Delicious.
Was there for lunch (we were the only two people there).
Flat breads (short ribs) were very good (8.5) and large
Got the steak and fries. Was good (7). And came with fries. Not a huge steak but I left stuffed without dessert
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 12, 2016, 02:39:14 PM
Has anyone been to Mobius?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on April 12, 2016, 05:06:47 PM
Has anyone been to Mobius?
Yes, small (three tables) kitchen in Yorkville, with really good asian food (the menu is always changing) the decor is very hipster and the food won't let you down. Price was $$$ but for Toronto $$ :P
Make sure to reserve in advance
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 12, 2016, 05:12:25 PM
Where is there schedule?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on April 12, 2016, 05:15:23 PM
BTW aquarium is nice to do at night when it's not crowded and tix are cheaper after 7. Trade off is I don't know if there are shows during the day that you might miss by going later.
No shows

good for chol hamoed? i have a 4 yr old that's fascinated by fish so i'll prolly go regardless but wonder if us adults will be bored
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 12, 2016, 05:19:31 PM
Yes, small (three tables) kitchen in Yorkville, with really good asian food (the menu is always changing) the decor is very hipster and the food won't let you down. Price was $$$ but for Toronto $$ :P
Make sure to reserve in advance
How are the portion sizes? I heard it's more of an experience than just going to a restaurant. $75pp?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on April 12, 2016, 05:22:38 PM
good for chol hamoed? i have a 4 yr old that's fascinated by fish so i'll prolly go regardless but wonder if us adults will be bored

The adults will not be bored... Its an incredible aquarium!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 12, 2016, 05:26:04 PM
good for chol hamoed? i have a 4 yr old that's fascinated by fish so i'll prolly go regardless but wonder if us adults will be bored
It's a really nice aquarium. If you like aquariums you will like this. If you don't, you won't.
Remember that it's an arm and a leg...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 12, 2016, 08:15:22 PM
good for chol hamoed? i have a 4 yr old that's fascinated by fish so i'll prolly go regardless but wonder if us adults will be bored
I went with a group of teenagers and they all had a great time
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on April 12, 2016, 08:18:08 PM
$27 an adult is highway robbery
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 12, 2016, 08:30:01 PM
$27 an adult is highway robbery
Especially considering the city practically gave them the land
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 12, 2016, 09:48:12 PM
$27 an adult is highway robbery
Iirc there is a (student?) discount of some sort.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on April 12, 2016, 10:00:12 PM
Iirc there is a (student?) discount of some sort.


The only student in my house is my preschooler
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on April 12, 2016, 10:07:29 PM
$27 an adult is highway robbery

I thought so too before i went... Afterwards, not at all.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on April 13, 2016, 09:14:22 AM
$27 an adult is highway robbery
$27 is expensive compared to the Zoo ($23 and $14 for a child) and other local attractions but well worth the money. The difference is you only need to go to the aquarium once and the Zoo is very big and every city has a zoo (Toronto Zoo happens to be one of the largest zoos with rare animals like Panda bears...you won't find in many other zoo's )
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 13, 2016, 05:57:10 PM
Delta from Pearson to JFK does customs where?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on April 13, 2016, 06:01:07 PM
Delta from Pearson to JFK does customs where?
From what I remember everything is done in toronto. But haven't gone in some time so I could be forgeting....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on April 13, 2016, 06:09:57 PM
EVERYTHING is in YYZ.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 13, 2016, 06:10:48 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 06:59:03 PM
What is the Best Kosher food in Toronto for Motzei Shabbos?

Marrons and Mobius both not open Sat. Night.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 07:11:06 PM
What is the Best Kosher food in Toronto for Motzei Shabbos?

Marrons and Mobius both not open Sat. Night.

So - maximum food experience for TO:
Sat., Night: Aroma
Sunday Lunch: Marrons
Sunday Dinner: Mobius
followed by: Sunday night: food coma

Torontonians - how does that sound?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2016, 07:17:14 PM
No PH, Windsor Arms, or Blue Jays?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 07:22:11 PM
No PH, Windsor Arms, or Blue Jays?

There's notable kosher food there?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2016, 07:23:23 PM
Supposedly the best in baseball, though I don't have firsthand experience.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 07:24:54 PM
Supposedly the best in baseball, though I don't have firsthand experience.

Just checked schedule - they don't have a game the Sunday that we're there. (May 14th)

:(
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 02, 2016, 07:31:07 PM
Supposedly the best in baseball, though I don't have firsthand experience.
Old Spadina.... Some darn good food!

Come down for a game DO this summer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on May 02, 2016, 07:38:24 PM
So - maximum food experience for TO:
Sat., Night: Aroma
Sunday Lunch: Marrons
Sunday Dinner: Mobius
followed by: Sunday night: food coma

Torontonians - how does that sound?
Windsor Arms?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 07:40:09 PM
Windsor Arms?

Arriving Friday and Leaving Monday morning - what should I bump?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 02, 2016, 07:42:36 PM
I thought Möbius is only open for events? They have something the night you're in town?
Never been to Möbius do can't comment on that vs w Windsor arms. I'd do Windsor arms before PH
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 08:12:04 PM
I thought Möbius is only open for events? They have something the night you're in town?
Never been to Möbius do can't comment on that vs w Windsor arms. I'd do Windsor arms before PH

Möbius has something that night

I have to call to confirm if any availability left.

I would rather do a big meat meal Saturday night but all these options not open then.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 02, 2016, 09:31:16 PM
Möbius has something that night

I have to call to confirm if any availability left.

I would rather do a big meat meal Saturday night but all these options not open then.
How do you know Möbius has something that night? Nothing on Facebook and I didn't get an email (I'm on their list)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 09:37:17 PM
How do you know Möbius has something that night? Nothing on Facebook and I didn't get an email (I'm on their list)

Facepalm

It's March not May.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 02, 2016, 10:04:13 PM
Yeah. Go to Windsor arms
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 02, 2016, 10:58:08 PM
There is what do.
Hockey Hall of fame
CM tower
Aquarium (if that's your thing)
ROM
Science center
Casa Loma

But it likely will be freezing

What would this list look like for May?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 03, 2016, 02:26:23 AM
Add centre island and wonderland
If you want to venturev further out, add the zoo and African lion safari
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 10, 2016, 10:18:39 PM
http://attractionsontario.ca/coupons
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 13, 2016, 06:52:59 PM
Staying at PHT. What's the best Shul to pray in for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on May 13, 2016, 07:52:51 PM
Staying at PHT. What's the best Shul to pray in for Shabbos?
http://www.foresthilljewishcentre.org/ (http://www.foresthilljewishcentre.org/)
446 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P 2W4
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 18, 2016, 03:08:40 PM
if you fly in from us to toronto does a minor child need to have a us passport or is a birth certificate sufficient?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on May 18, 2016, 03:10:33 PM
Passport
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 18, 2016, 04:36:01 PM
Passport

and entering by car or foot to Niagara falls?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on May 18, 2016, 04:43:37 PM
and entering by car or foot to Niagara falls?
Last I checked a birth certificate was enough for that, but that was a while ago.. you should double check with cbp
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on May 18, 2016, 10:31:00 PM
http://www.foresthilljewishcentre.org/ (http://www.foresthilljewishcentre.org/)
446 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P 2W4

We davened in Shaare Tzedec for Shabbos and in Forest Hills on Sunday.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on May 19, 2016, 12:46:46 AM
We davened in Shaare Tzedec for Shabbos and in Forest Hills on Sunday.
You're right Shaare Tzedec is closer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on May 23, 2016, 12:30:00 PM
Anyone familiar here with frini furniture.ca ?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: am7734 on June 01, 2016, 06:54:12 PM
Anyone check out Aish Tanoor on Eglinton?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on June 01, 2016, 07:16:48 PM
Anyone check out Aish Tanoor on Eglinton?
That's really the name? Lol. There's a little hole in the wall by the bukharian shuk in yerushalayim that people call אש תנור. Don't know if that's the official name, but since it's basically this old man with a glass eye making lafas, I always used to call it One Eyed Lafa Guy. 😂

Sorry for getting off topic 😇
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 01, 2016, 07:46:36 PM
Anyone check out Aish Tanoor on Eglinton?
Do they have a website?
What kind of restaurant is it? Another shwarma joint? Or something nicer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 19, 2016, 12:56:58 AM
Does anyone know if National verifies Corp codes when picking up car in YYZ?

Any other useful advice for renting a car in YYZ?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 19, 2016, 03:44:07 AM
Does anyone know if National verifies Corp codes when picking up car in YYZ?

Any other useful advice for renting a car in YYZ?
Not in my experience, they did give issue with under 25... Try to arrive / pick up in terminal 1 they usually have more cars then terminal 3
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 19, 2016, 11:29:24 AM
Not in my experience, they did give issue with under 25... Try to arrive / pick up in terminal 1 they usually have more cars then terminal 3
Even your Corp code waived under age fee?

Which airlines arrive in T1 from NYC?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 19, 2016, 11:30:35 AM
Even your Corp code waived under age fee?

Which airlines arrive in T1 from NYC?
Yes, it was to get into an SUV
Air Canada
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 19, 2016, 11:33:12 AM
Yes, it was to get into an SUV
Air Canada
And what happened at the end?

Also, how long is the walk from the terminal to the rental lot? Should I do the walk with family and bags or should I have them wait for me by airport and Ill go get the car?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 19, 2016, 11:51:26 AM
It's  across the road. Much simpler just to have them come with you
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 19, 2016, 12:42:11 PM
With 3 kids tons of bags hope it's doable...

Is it a long walk from the gate until will be out by the rental ? Is it kinda like MIA airport?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 19, 2016, 05:43:52 PM
Are there any chain hotels that are walking distance (40 min or less) to any of Toronto's frum communities?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 19, 2016, 06:06:00 PM
Are there any chain hotels that are walking distance (40 min or less) to any of Toronto's frum communities?
Holiday inn Yorkdale is close by
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on June 19, 2016, 07:28:53 PM
Are there any chain hotels that are walking distance (40 min or less) to any of Toronto's frum communities?
Park Hyatt is walking distance to Shaare Tzedec
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 19, 2016, 08:19:54 PM
With 3 kids tons of bags hope it's doable...

Is it a long walk from the gate until will be out by the rental ? Is it kinda like MIA airport?
T1 or T3? Both have pretty long walks to customs (T1s being slightly longer). But from when you collect your bags until car rental. It's really not that far at all
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 19, 2016, 08:33:47 PM
T1 or T3? Both have pretty long walks to customs (T1s being slightly longer). But from when you collect your bags until car rental. It's really not that far at all
Okay great.

Does my GE help me anything when arriving to Canada?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ydad on June 19, 2016, 08:36:39 PM
Okay great.

Does my GE help me anything when arriving to Canada?
GE includes NEXUS, but I'm not sure how that works.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sedge on June 19, 2016, 09:17:03 PM
Park Hyatt is walking distance to Shaare Tzedec


GE includes NEXUS, but I'm not sure how that works.

I thought Nexus include GE but not vice versa.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 19, 2016, 10:00:55 PM
GE includes NEXUS, but I'm not sure how that works.
-1
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 19, 2016, 11:56:04 PM
Okay great.

Does my GE help me anything when arriving to Canada?

No. Although lines entering Canada are usually not so bad.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 27, 2016, 12:58:49 AM
Holiday inn Yorkdale is close by
That is not available on my dates.

What is my next best option?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on June 27, 2016, 07:05:18 AM
If closeness is only criteria maybe try Montecassino  Hotel which is about 20 minute walk to Beth Jacob
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 27, 2016, 10:21:52 AM
If closeness is only criteria maybe try Montecassino  Hotel which is about 20 minute walk to Beth Jacob
How is the hotel? Does not have major reviews online....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2016, 01:45:23 PM
How is the hotel? Does not have major reviews online....
When are you coming? I think some people in Thornhill rent out there house for a week in the summer. Probably not just for a shabbos, but I could ask...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 27, 2016, 01:51:41 PM
When are you coming? I think some people in Thornhill rent out there house for a week in the summer. Probably not just for a shabbos, but I could ask...
I need July 12-14

After that I will stay local by someone as I need to be in the area for Shabbos.

Any nice cheap hotels near Terrace Banquet Centre?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2016, 03:28:02 PM
Oh. Sounded like you are looking for walking distance to a shul.
If you want to be near terrace, you can stay near Rutherford and highway 400 (aloft, novotel) or 400 & 407 (residence inn, courtyard, etc.)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 27, 2016, 07:24:42 PM
Oh. Sounded like you are looking for walking distance to a shul.
If you want to be near terrace, you can stay near Rutherford and highway 400 (aloft, novotel) or 400 & 407 (residence inn, courtyard, etc.)
Any one specific to recommend? Which is the closest?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2016, 07:48:11 PM
Closest to terrace? Would be aloft or novotel.
Can't recommend, haven't stayed at any
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on June 27, 2016, 11:55:44 PM
Closest to terrace?

The Hilton Garden Inn is only 2 mins further away from Terrace as another option...

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/hilton-garden-inn-toronto-vaughan-YYZVAGI/index.html
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 28, 2016, 12:22:03 AM
The Hilton Garden Inn is only 2 mins further away from Terrace as another option...

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/hilton-garden-inn-toronto-vaughan-YYZVAGI/index.html
do they have on site parking like residence Inn?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 28, 2016, 06:28:06 PM
Any hotels in that area should
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 11, 2016, 05:07:37 PM
Which hotel is a good option near the airport?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 11, 2016, 07:43:55 PM
Which hotel is a good option near the airport?
Anyone?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 11, 2016, 11:48:46 PM
The cheapest?
The Sheraton is definitely the closest, though I think it isn't cheap
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 11, 2016, 11:50:05 PM
Bali Laffa opened up a dairy restaurant called Bali Italiano. It's located near Bathurst and Steeles, across from Freshco. Went there for the first time today. It's actually quite good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 01:07:19 PM
Note to All looking to go
(Summer)
I dont think there is any Kosher Restaurants open Sat night
except Pizza
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on July 13, 2016, 02:39:58 PM
Aroma is open motzei Shabbat.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on July 13, 2016, 05:43:29 PM
Anyone coming in to America this weekend that could take a license with them ?  PLEASE !
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on July 13, 2016, 11:09:56 PM
Aroma is open motzei Shabbat.

Not in the summer
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 14, 2016, 12:13:19 AM
Not in the summer
That a boy
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on July 14, 2016, 07:07:55 AM
Not in the summer
Don't know where you're getting that information.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 15, 2016, 10:10:43 AM
Sorry I started to look thru the tread but cant seem to find this.
What is the most convenient spg property to shuls and food in Toronto. not on shabbos.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 28, 2016, 09:41:06 AM
Any updates with El AL and privilege  style?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 28, 2016, 11:34:08 AM
Sorry I started to look thru the tread but cant seem to find this.
What is the most convenient spg property to shuls and food in Toronto. not on shabbos.

there are a few Toronto neighborhoods that are a distance from each other. Therefore the location of the SPGs would be of greater distance depending on which Jewish area that you prefer.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 28, 2016, 11:53:28 AM
there are a few Toronto neighborhoods that are a distance from each other. Therefore the location of the SPGs would be of greater distance depending on which Jewish area that you prefer.

did anyone ever stay at any SPG spots in toronto?
sounds like everyone did the PH
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on July 28, 2016, 02:14:55 PM
there are a few Toronto neighborhoods that are a distance from each other. Therefore the location of the SPGs would be of greater distance depending on which Jewish area that you prefer.
More specifically, stay away from the Mississauga locations. The airport hotels and the Westin on York Mills are about 15 minutes drive from the midtown community (without traffic). The Richmond Hill and Vaughan locations are about the same 15 minutes from the Thornhill community.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 29, 2016, 01:34:43 AM
did anyone ever stay at any SPG spots in toronto?
sounds like everyone did the PH

we were impressed with the Liberty Suites when we went to Toronto for a wedding -- it is very close to the Bayit and the Jewish community and restaurants.

Brand new construction. We usually stick to points hotels (mainly SPG and Hyatt) However location, NEW interior, plus low price makes this a winner. Less than $100 US dollars when booked on Expedia and convert currency from CAD.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 29, 2016, 10:28:11 AM
we were impressed with the Liberty Suites when we went to Toronto for a wedding -- it is very close to the Bayit and the Jewish community and restaurants.

Brand new construction. We usually stick to points hotels (mainly SPG and Hyatt) However location, NEW interior, plus low price makes this a winner. Less than $100 US dollars when booked on Expedia and convert currency from CAD.
Sounds like a winner
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 10, 2016, 12:43:54 AM
D-lites in Thornhill changed menus. It is now an Asian fusion restaurant.
Just went for the first time this week (actually the second, the first time I didn't know they had changed and we went with our kids, looked at the menu, my daughter spilled her water, then we realized there was nothing for the kids to eat and walked out).
It was excellent. I had vegetables tempura (9) and salmon tartar (9). My wife ordered Kani kaboom (8) and oriental salad (6), although she liked the salad more than I did
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 15, 2016, 02:20:04 AM
I'm planning to come up to TO for 4 days, including Shabbos during the last week of august. We're going to have the kids & baby with us - so walking around on Shabbos won't really be an option. We want to do Niagara too, (maybe a day trip?)

Given the following chart -

(http://i.imgur.com/MTRRO4V.png)

Where should we stay?

Any good reviews for the Westin Prince?

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 15, 2016, 05:48:09 AM
The issue of hotels for Shabbos and walking to shul was recently discussed in this forum. If you don't care about that, you might as well stay at the Sheraton airport convention centre and use less points. It is adequate.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 15, 2016, 06:51:19 AM
From a hotel and meal perspective, you're better off in Niagara for shabbos (unless you have someone to host you in Toronto)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 15, 2016, 12:41:57 PM
I'm planning to come up to TO for 4 days, including Shabbos during the last week of august. We're going to have the kids & baby with us - so walking around on Shabbos won't really be an option. We want to do Niagara too, (maybe a day trip?)

Given the following chart -

(http://i.imgur.com/MTRRO4V.png)

Where should we stay?

Any good reviews for the Westin Prince?


If you do decide to do Niagra you only need a day Maybe You should opt for
YOUR 24
Check In 8pm Friday to 8pm Saturday Night Check out
then you can arrive early
(Latest check out is 4pm so you should be ok to get it atleast 4+ hours earlier)
usually check in people have no clue about your 24 so you could prob end up getting it even earlier.


Saturday would be a sitting outside with the view of Niagra Falls
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 15, 2016, 02:57:01 PM
The issue of hotels for Shabbos and walking to shul was recently discussed in this forum. If you don't care about that, you might as well stay at the Sheraton airport convention centre and use less points. It is adequate.

Westin Bristol Palace has suites with dining tables, but in high floor.

If i do all nights at same hotel, i can get 4th night free with citi prestige

I also have a double stay credit promo with SPG so there extra incentive for SPG.

I heard the Niagara hotels are nasty - is there one that would allow shabbos outdoor lounging with falls view?

How is the Westin Prince?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 15, 2016, 04:29:06 PM
Oy, building your vacation around hotel promotions.
You'd rather stay in a hotel not near a shul with no food options because it's nice rather than a less nice hotel with a shul and nice meals?

ETA: Apparently Kehilat Shaarei Torah is 2.2 mile walk
Title: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 15, 2016, 05:16:55 PM
Oy, building your vacation around hotel promotions.
You'd rather stay in a hotel not near a shul with no food options because it's nice rather than a less nice hotel with a shul and nice meals?

ETA: Apparently Kehilat Shaarei Torah is 2.2 mile walk


There's nothing in real jewish neighborhood, and with baby / kids can't walk anyways.

So now it's price/nice ratio.

If i'm doing 8 paid (4x2) nights i'd rather they be 16 in spg or at the very least 8 towards hyatt diamond for next year.

Also my ability to get a suite comped is much higher in these programs.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 16, 2016, 12:06:30 AM
But why not go to Niagara? You'll have a shul across the street and meals in the hotel?

What are you planning on doing on this trip?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 16, 2016, 12:24:25 AM
Oy, building your vacation around hotel promotions.
You'd rather stay in a hotel not near a shul with no food options because it's nice rather than a less nice hotel with a shul and nice meals?

ETA: Apparently Kehilat Shaarei Torah is 2.2 mile walk
Yea no ones walking 2.2 miles

But if you do check if they got our sidurim
We sent from last time.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 16, 2016, 01:19:04 AM
But why not go to Niagara? You'll have a shul across the street and meals in the hotel?

What are you planning on doing on this trip?

Planning to do a mix of Toronto and Niagara activities with the kids.

And plan to eat out in Toronto.

Does Niagara makes sense for Shabbos?

I was worried about:

A) Nasty Hotel
B) High floors
C) Driving to Food Weekdays

 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 16, 2016, 05:48:44 AM
If you're doing the trip now, Niagara has food for the summer.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 16, 2016, 10:59:11 AM
Niagara
http://www.niagarakosherpizza.com
http://tasteniagarakosher.com


http://yeahthatskosher.com/2016/06/2-new-kosher-restaurants-now-open-in-niagara-falls/

As far as Hotels
Chabad posts the following.

 Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview
Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview
6455 Fallsview Blvd
Just seconds walk from Chabad Niagara's Jewish Tourist Centre. An Eruv has been set up from the hotel to the Jewish Tourist Centre and Shabbat keys are available. Also features Fallsview guest rooms & luxurious Whirlpool & Jacuzzi rooms at affordable prices. Overlooking Niagara Falls and again just minutes from both the Chabad Niagara Jewish Tourist Centre and major Niagara Falls Attractions.
 Embassy Suites Fallsview by Hilton
Embassy Suites Fallsview by Hilton
6700 Fallsview Blvd
Large family (7ppl) Suites. Complimentary refrigerator. Experience a suite (no pun intended) view of the Falls without leaving your room at the brand new all suites Embassy Suites at the brink of the Falls.
 Ramada Hotel Niagara Falls
Ramada Hotel Niagara Falls
6045 Stanley Avenue
The Ramada Hotel Niagara Falls is conveniently located just two blocks from famous Niagara Falls and is the most economical choice of all three hotels.
 Best Western Fallsview
Best Western Fallsview
6289 Fallsview Blvd
Best Western Fallsview hotel has some of the largest oversized rooms in the city. Located 1 block from the Horseshoe Falls and only a 5 minute stroll to Queen Victoria Park, the magnificent Niagara Falls and Niagara attractions, including the Maid of the Mist. Just minutes from the Chabad Jewish Tourist Centre.
Every room is 100% non-smoking and has a private balcony or patio, as well as onsite parking with in and out privileges. The entire family will enjoy our many amenities - including indoor/outdoor pools, whirlpool, and our onsite, 24-hour retail outlets.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 16, 2016, 11:55:32 PM
So current thinking is to do Four Points Niagara for Shabbos, NOT eat the meals at chabad (for $600 I can give each kid a rack of lamb), but enjoy low floor, shul, shabbos keys, and then go back to Toronto either Sunday night or Monday afternoon.

DW is worried about the skankiness of the four points. Do I need to worry?

Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 16, 2016, 11:56:27 PM
So current thinking is to do Four Points Niagara for Shabbos, NOT eat the meals at chabad (for $600 I can give each kid a rack of lamb), but enjoy low floor, shul, shabbos keys, and then go back to Toronto either Sunday night or Monday afternoon.

DW is worried about the skankiness of the four points. Do I need to worry?
Lamb yum.....
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: myi on August 17, 2016, 04:04:35 AM
In toronto they fixed up the milk and honey restaurant! And as well as the fleishig store chicken nest and the king david pizza store is no longer in existence (the one on bathurst street. )its now called slice and bites, food is great in all 3 places! If someone's bored then can update the wiki!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on August 17, 2016, 08:33:54 PM
coming to town for a few days. anyone know if there are eateries that have nut free menu?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 21, 2016, 08:19:00 PM
More specifically, stay away from the Mississauga locations. The airport hotels and the Westin on York Mills are about 15 minutes drive from the midtown community (without traffic). The Richmond Hill and Vaughan locations are about the same 15 minutes from the Thornhill community.

Are you saying to stay away from airport hotels on weekday?

They are significantly cheaper than in town hotels
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 21, 2016, 10:44:34 PM
Theyre cheaper because they're further. It will be closer to 30 minutes each way to get to the Kosher areas (and more with traffic) but if your main focus is on saving money and you don't mind the driving, the may be better for you.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on August 22, 2016, 03:05:56 PM
need a simple fast food place like kosher delight in toronto , any names?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 22, 2016, 03:10:45 PM
need a simple fast food place like kosher delight in toronto , any names?
Tons of shawarma places. Are you south or north?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 22, 2016, 05:09:05 PM
Nothing is fast in Toronto. For burgers you have Howie Ts if you're north. South you don't have any fast food burgers only shwarma and pizza.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2016, 05:56:42 PM
Nothing is fast in Toronto.
That.
If you're in a rush, what I do is I call in advance and place an order
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 22, 2016, 06:35:50 PM
If you north pick up from Jacob's Deli
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2016, 07:13:46 PM
If you north pick up from Jacob's Deli
+1
They introduced a few new menu items yesterday
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on August 22, 2016, 09:08:08 PM
ill be in downtown so south in much better location, who has good pizza there? (i'm from NY)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2016, 09:18:02 PM
Pizza cafe
Slice n bites
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 22, 2016, 09:25:34 PM
What is best place for motzei Shabbos near thornhill area? Been to tov Li before, what else is open?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 22, 2016, 09:28:20 PM
During the summer?
Yehudales is open. Not sure if anything else is
ETA: seems like Jacobs Deli is open until 1 AM
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 22, 2016, 09:33:28 PM
During the summer?
Yehudales is open. Not sure if anything else is
ETA: seems like Jacobs Deli is open until 1 AM

Yeh during the summer, for next motzei Shabbos, thanks.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 22, 2016, 10:10:41 PM
+1
They introduced a few new menu items yesterday
Here's the Menu http://www.jacobsdeli.ca/take-out (http://www.jacobsdeli.ca/take-out)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 26, 2016, 12:51:02 PM
Any problem bringing in shabbos food? Do people generally declare it? Will they confiscate meat?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 27, 2016, 11:31:26 PM
I usually tell them I'm bringing stuff in. If it's marked and below the limit, you should be OK
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 28, 2016, 12:00:06 AM
I usually tell them I'm bringing stuff in. If it's marked and below the limit, you should be OK

It wasn't marked, was all homemade.
We didn't say anything and we breezed through, thank God.
Do they rifle through everything when you declare?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 28, 2016, 12:12:10 AM
It wasn't marked, was all homemade.
We didn't say anything and we breezed through, thank God.
Do they rifle through everything when you declare?
No
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 29, 2016, 07:40:12 PM
Here's the Menu http://www.jacobsdeli.ca/take-out (http://www.jacobsdeli.ca/take-out)

Is this the best place?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 29, 2016, 08:27:17 PM
What are you looking for? Where are you located?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 29, 2016, 08:44:48 PM
No
Try the kosher gourmet on Bathurst Street at caribou
Is this the best place?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 29, 2016, 09:28:43 PM
We're at jacob's deli! Just chatted up with Jacob and ready to try everything.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 29, 2016, 09:29:35 PM
We're staying at Westin Harbour Castle.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 29, 2016, 09:48:11 PM
Just finished up at the chickens nest. maariv at the boat Shul starts in 10
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 29, 2016, 10:03:52 PM
We're at jacob's deli! Just chatted up with Jacob and ready to try everything.


Smoked meat poutine

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160830/3999fc8dec166bafab4a91fb69b0fb83.jpg)

Jacobs philly beef sandwich
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Grilled chicken Caesar salad with crispy facon
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160830/0e37456f244c8d094ab4716bddd2f77e.jpg)

Smoked meat deli sandwich
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160830/0c4ff4ed853d742c77d611019abf2486.jpg)

Fries
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160830/3044d5f6c1e76df75aa89e88ddd3baa0.jpg)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 29, 2016, 10:09:48 PM
Looks great, are they open motzei Shabbos?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 29, 2016, 10:11:23 PM
We're at jacob's deli! Just chatted up with Jacob and ready to try everything.
We're staying at Westin Harbour Castle.
That's a serious shlep
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 29, 2016, 10:11:56 PM
Looks great, are they open motzei Shabbos?
Yup
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 29, 2016, 10:12:08 PM
That's a serious shlep

30 minutes via DVP to Allen Rd
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 29, 2016, 10:18:54 PM
Yup

Thanks.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on September 14, 2016, 11:21:36 AM
Going in for a wedding, staying near the aggudah. Can anyone recommend my best options for milchig fast food, and fleishigs fast food. (For fleishigs is there anything a bit higher end like douggies in the states)?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on September 14, 2016, 12:43:38 PM
Going in for a wedding, staying near the aggudah. Can anyone recommend my best options for milchig fast food, and fleishigs fast food. (For fleishigs is there anything a bit higher end like douggies in the states)?

Has anyone ever uttered the words "higher end like Dougies"? What do you normally eat that Dougies is considered higher end?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on September 14, 2016, 01:15:43 PM
Has anyone ever uttered the words "higher end like Dougies"? What do you normally eat that Dougies is considered higher end?
On a fast food scale?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on September 14, 2016, 01:43:05 PM
Toronto doesn't really do "fast" food. For dairy, if you want the quickest service, probably try Pizza Cafe just north of Wilson. For a good variety try Tov Li, about a quarter mile south of Wilson. For meat, no real burger type places around but you can take out from Bali Lafa, across from Tov Li. All places are on Bathurst St.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on September 14, 2016, 02:55:05 PM
Has anyone ever uttered the words "higher end like Dougies"? What do you normally eat that Dougies is considered higher end?
yes comparing it to a place like kosher delight it would be "higher end". Comparing it to mikes bistro obviously would not.
Toronto doesn't really do "fast" food. For dairy, if you want the quickest service, probably try Pizza Cafe just north of Wilson. For a good variety try Tov Li, about a quarter mile south of Wilson. For meat, no real burger type places around but you can take out from Bali Lafa, across from Tov Li. All places are on Bathurst St.
Thanks
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: yudamaan on September 15, 2016, 12:03:09 AM
Toronto doesn't really do "fast" food. For dairy, if you want the quickest service, probably try Pizza Cafe just north of Wilson. For a good variety try Tov Li, about a quarter mile south of Wilson. For meat, no real burger type places around but you can take out from Bali Lafa, across from Tov Li. All places are on Bathurst St.
There is also a relative new dairy place just north of Wilson called aroma
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 15, 2016, 06:18:16 AM
There is also a relative new dairy place just north of Wilson called aroma

Great chocolate coffee drink there, was there last week.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on September 15, 2016, 06:44:03 AM
Yes, Aroma is great but will take longer than Pizza Cafe to get your order and has a smaller menu than TovLi
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 15, 2016, 07:20:13 AM
Yes, Aroma is great but will take longer than Pizza Cafe to get your order and has a smaller menu than TovLi

Was there on busy motzei Shabbos, took under 5 min.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on September 15, 2016, 08:26:53 AM
Depends on what you order. Some items are quickly served
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yankee123 on September 19, 2016, 11:07:08 AM
Hey, I might have to go to TO for yom tov. I don't  know this is the place for this, but can somewhere direct me to where I can find cheap airline tickets?

I heard Porter airlines is cheap. Is it the best option?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on September 19, 2016, 11:17:29 AM
Was there on busy motzei Shabbos, took under 5 min.
When I was there a few months back they were closed sat night!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on September 19, 2016, 07:23:44 PM
When I was there a few months back they were closed sat night!

That's too bad, their drinks are good. Where did you go instead?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 19, 2016, 10:31:48 PM
Hey, I might have to go to TO for yom tov. I don't  know this is the place for this, but can somewhere direct me to where I can find cheap airline tickets?

I heard Porter airlines is cheap. Is it the best option?
Just search on ITA matrix. There is no secret to finding cheap flights (other than booking when fights are cheap, as opposed to looking for cheap flights)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on September 19, 2016, 10:36:10 PM
That's too bad, their drinks are good. Where did you go instead?
The only place that was open pizza!
I must have called a dozen restaurants before my trip they all laughed
But pizza was good
It did the job
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 01, 2016, 07:53:50 AM
Looking to take the wife to a hotel for a night for our anniversary. I don't have sytaus with either. Thoughts on Sheraton vs Park Hyatt? I would love to get a nice upgrade but no status.  I would be using points or cash and points. Which chain is more likely to give a nice upgrade? Is one hits that much better than the other?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on November 01, 2016, 12:00:05 PM
Looking to take the wife to a hotel for a night for our anniversary. I don't have sytaus with either. Thoughts on Sheraton vs Park Hyatt? I would love to get a nice upgrade but no status.  I would be using points or cash and points. Which chain is more likely to give a nice upgrade? Is one hits that much better than the other?

Thanks!
Ask somebody here for a Hyatt diamond acct + upgrade cert?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sruly on December 14, 2016, 04:58:50 PM
Looking to rent a large (5-8 bedroom) house for a weekend within walking distance to a (Orthodox) Shul.

Any recommendations ?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 14, 2016, 10:59:15 PM
Looking to rent a large (5-8 bedroom) house for a weekend within walking distance to a (Orthodox) Shul.

Any recommendations ?
im guessing you already checked airbnb?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: harrym on December 15, 2016, 05:38:56 AM
Looking to take the wife to a hotel for a night for our anniversary. I don't have sytaus with either. Thoughts on Sheraton vs Park Hyatt? I would love to get a nice upgrade but no status.  I would be using points or cash and points. Which chain is more likely to give a nice upgrade? Is one hits that much better than the other?

Thanks!
Buy a Ritz night cert.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sruly on December 15, 2016, 12:25:00 PM
im guessing you already checked airbnb?
yes.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Curlyhead on December 27, 2016, 12:22:46 PM
Going to toronto for the weekend, is there any place to eat or daven near the CN tower or Skyzone?
Also will the CN tower be mobbed because of new years?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on December 27, 2016, 12:56:08 PM
Going to toronto for the weekend, is there any place to eat or daven near the CN tower or Skyzone?
Also will the CN tower be mobbed because of new years?
Frum neighborhood (bathurst/lawrence) is about 20 minutes from downtown. The "boat shul" is a minyan factory, and there are plenty of places to eat nearby.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on December 27, 2016, 12:59:20 PM
Frum neighborhood (bathurst/lawrence) is about 20 minutes from downtown. The "boat shul" is a minyan factory, and there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

Depends on the time of day.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on December 27, 2016, 01:00:16 PM
This weekend is a holiday weekend. Traffic is very light all over the city.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: needavaca on December 29, 2016, 09:20:22 AM
Will restaurants / kosher stores be opened Sunday and Monday?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on December 30, 2016, 12:42:37 AM
Most willl but a few won't - need to check individually
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 05, 2017, 06:53:29 AM
If I land in YYZ at 12:30pm tomorrow afternoon need to retrieve my bags, how much time do I need to realistically make a connection to another flight (YYZ-ORD), let's assume in another terminal? 
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on January 05, 2017, 09:56:50 AM
If I land in YYZ at 12:30pm tomorrow afternoon need to retrieve my bags, how much time do I need to realistically make a connection to another flight (YYZ-ORD), let's assume in another terminal?
If you have global entry that should be much quicker. It took me about 45 minutes with no bags so I would say 1:15 with bags and global entry. (its better if you have the actual card in YYZ as well)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 28, 2017, 07:33:11 AM
Any new restuarants open in the past year or so?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 28, 2017, 08:17:32 AM
Sheli's is opening in the next couple of weeks where Joe boo's used to be
Aish tanoor opened on Eglington
Bubbies bagels
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 28, 2017, 06:22:51 PM
What's sheli?
Ash tanoor, yet another laffa place?
Windsor  arms still the place for fine dining?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 28, 2017, 06:23:22 PM
Is the intercontinental  Yorkville very old?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 28, 2017, 07:28:01 PM
What's sheli?
Ash tanoor, yet another laffa place?
Windsor  arms still the place for fine dining?
Supposed to be burgers but nicer than Howie T's
Indeed
Yes, or Marron Bistro (under new ownership)
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 01, 2017, 11:38:57 AM
Was at Windsor Arms in January Sunday night of MLK weekend with my wife. The restaurant (kosher and non-kosher) was entirely empty from 6:30 to 7:45PM. We were told we were the only kosher guests for the night and that the other 5 reservations had no showed. Service was nice enough, but the food itself was unmemorable. My wife liked the ambiance. While I don't like crowds I find empty restaurants to be unappealing...and a bad sign for business.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 01, 2017, 12:51:17 PM
Part of the toronto restaurant curse.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 03, 2017, 03:41:48 AM
Any reviews  of the reopened marron?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 03, 2017, 08:18:00 AM
I went once for lunch. We were the only people there. I don't recall the details but the food was very good
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on March 03, 2017, 01:11:35 PM
What place/method would be the best to get some deli food delivered to YYZ for a connection?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on March 03, 2017, 01:44:18 PM
Gradzinsky's sells sandwiches (including) deli at various locations in the departure area.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 06, 2017, 05:05:15 PM
Any good (price-wise) shopping in Toronto?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on March 06, 2017, 05:06:11 PM
Any good (price-wise) shopping in Toronto?
If you are from the states the bank of canada will give you a +30% Bonus on every $ spent...
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 06, 2017, 06:37:08 PM
If you are from the states the bank of canada will give you a +30% Bonus on every $ spent...
things aren't  priced higher?
No outlet  malls  or something ?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on March 06, 2017, 07:59:53 PM
There's a big outlet mall (Vaughan Mills) North of Toronto and 2 outlet malls in Niagara Falls. Net prices are cheaper.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: needavaca on March 17, 2017, 12:20:48 PM
I will be in Toronto for a breakfast, lunch and a dinner.  Are there any "must haves" in terms of restaurants/food while I am there?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on March 17, 2017, 12:54:34 PM
I will be in Toronto for a breakfast, lunch and a dinner.  Are there any "must haves" in terms of restaurants/food while I am there?
That is a long trip for three meals.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on March 17, 2017, 04:14:09 PM
I wouldn't say anything is "not to miss" but my personal recommendations would be Aroma for breakfast, Dr Laffa for lunch and the Windsor Arms for dinner. Nessiah tovah.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 17, 2017, 05:25:16 PM
+1, though I'd go to Bali Laffa. If you want to do dairy for lunch then Dlites
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 19, 2017, 08:02:54 PM
Does windsor  arms have a mashgiach temidi?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 19, 2017, 08:05:41 PM
It's under the COR, so I would assume yes
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on March 19, 2017, 08:14:17 PM
Cor doesn't have a hashgacha temidis policy for all restaurants
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on March 19, 2017, 08:19:44 PM
Dlites is in thornhill, about 20 minutes north of Toronto. You can also try bistro grande in Toronto for dairy
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 19, 2017, 08:29:32 PM
Cor doesn't have a hashgacha temidis policy for all restaurants
Even meat restaurants? Interesting.
@avadah if you want I can find out for you
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 19, 2017, 08:32:08 PM
Ate at Sheli's tonight. Food was ok. They are really overwhelmed by the turnout. I'd wait at least until after Pesach to go on Sunday or for dinner. Make sure not to wait too long. Never know with new restaurants in Toronto
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 19, 2017, 08:34:14 PM
Thanks. I appreciate  it. On one hand how can they not have one being in a not kosher establishment. On the other it sound like they don't really have a crowd  so they must be wondering  if it justifies the expense.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: aygart on March 20, 2017, 09:47:25 AM
how can they not have one being in a not kosher establishment.
This. I would be shocked if there is no mashgiach temidi. Maybe more than one.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 24, 2017, 03:22:29 PM
Which places would be open tomorrow night (motzei shabbos)? Bathurst area between clarks and steeles, dairy or meat. Tks.
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on March 24, 2017, 05:45:46 PM
Tov li pizza
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Josef.koney on March 28, 2017, 01:54:25 PM
I'm thinking of driving this coming Sunday or monday (2nd or 3rd) to Toronto from either Boston or tri state. If anyone is interested in coming or has a car needed to get there, (or know a way to find ppl) please contact me thanks!
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 29, 2017, 11:48:17 AM
How's Toto burger?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 30, 2017, 03:25:27 PM
Any decent replacement for Howie t south?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 04, 2017, 09:35:46 PM
Recommendations for Marron?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: avadah on April 05, 2017, 01:48:10 PM
Marron, Park Hyatt or Windsor Arms?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 05, 2017, 09:28:55 PM
Definitely not PH
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: sunny on May 02, 2017, 07:59:22 PM
I'm going to be in Toronto and was wondering what would be the best place (food wise and ambience)  to go out for breakfast?
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 02, 2017, 08:01:58 PM
I'm going to be in Toronto and was wondering what would be the best place (food wise and ambience)  to go out for breakfast?
I like the Pantry
Title: Re: Toronto Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 02, 2017, 08:09:46 PM
I'm going to be in Toronto and was wond