quick list

Eating out in Toronto: Cheap Snacks, Sushi, Ethnic & Vegetarian Cuisine [quick list]

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Last week, I asked Reddit’s Toronto experts [Link] to give me recommendations for cheap, tasty food in downtown Toronto:

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I love sushi – preferably all-you-can-eat. My favourite places?

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Other favorites?

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Here’s what the Reddit crowd had to add / recommend:

Sushi:

  • Aji Sai [Link], Queen & Spadina [all-you-can-eat sushi lunch]
  • Sushi Xtra [Link], Queen & Spadina [„On Saturdays and Sundays, has 1/2 price sushi between 12pm and 4pm. Love the black dragon roll.“]

Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese:

Mexican:

Pub Food, Burgers & Sandwiches:

  • WVRST [Link], King & Portland [„you gotta try their duck fat fries, and they’ve got some exotic sausages as well (Kangaroo, Elk, Wild Boar)“. Plus: „Sometimes WVRST carries Dieu Du Ciel’s beer, I highly recommend it.“]
  • Belly Buster Submarines [Link], Yonge & Glen Echo Road / Yonge & Lawrence [„simple, but great subs“]
  • The Burger’s Priest [Link], Queen East & Coxwell
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries [Link], Warden & Eglington, Scarborough [„Best part is that there are a ton of things to try on the menu. First time I went there I think I planned out what I was going to try on my next three visits.“]
  • Uncle Betty’s [Link], Yonge & Albertus, north of Eglington [„the grilled cheese is pretty effing good“]
  • Jim’s Restaurant [Link], Queen East & Logan, Leslieville [„Ask for the Westen special for 7.00. A 2inch western with homefries and a coffee.“]

Shawarmas & Vietnamese Sandwiches:

Breakfast & Brunch:

  • Caplansky’s [Link], Clinton & Henderson, Little Italy [Jewish / Deli / brunch]
  • Maggie’s [Link], Lippincott & College, [breakfast and pub food, „cheap big breakfast, great garlic fries“]

Indian:

  • Banjara [Link], Bloor & Crawford / Christie Pitts
  • Little India [Link], Queen & Duncan [buffet]
  • RaviSoups [Link], Adelaide & Widmer [„you can get a gourmet wrap and soup combo and they’re always amazing – you’ve got to try the curried apricot & red lentil soup.“]

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Other recommendations? Leave them in the comments!

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Related Links:

Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

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(After a quick teaser / similar list in October [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2011:

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20: LEIF RANDT: „Schimmernder Dunst über CobyCounty“, (German) Novel, 2011.
Schimmernder Dunst über Coby County

19: JASON: „I killed Adolf Hitler“, Norwegian Graphic Novel, 2006.
I Killed Adolf Hitler

18: JEAN KWOK: „Girl in Translation“, Young Adult / Memoir, 2010.
Girl in Translation

17: GRANT MORRISON: „We3“, Graphic Novel, 2005.
We3

16: TEREZIA MORA: „Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent“, Novel (German), 2009.
Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent: Roman

15: A.S. KING: „Please ignore Vera Dietz“, Young Adult Novel, 2010.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz

14: JONATHAN FRANZEN: „Freedom“, Novel, 2010.
Freedom

13: SUSAN J. DOUGLAS: „Where the Girls are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media“, Cultural Studies, 1994.
Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media

12: KATHRYN STOCKETT: „The Help“, Novel, 2009.
The Help

11: DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI: „Asterios Polyp“, Graphic Novel, 2009.
Asterios Polyp

10: JENNY ERPENBECK: „Visitation“, Novel (German), 2008.
Visitation

09: JULIE ORRINGER: „The Invisible Bridge“, Holocaust Novel, 2010.
The Invisible Bridge

08: KEIKO TOBE: „With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child“, Self-help Manga, 2000-20010. (I wrote about it here, Link)
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (With the Light, #1)

07: WALLACE STEGNER: „Crossing to Safety“, Novel, 1987.
Crossing to Safety

06: DANIEL CLOWES: „Ghost World“, Graphic Novel, 1997.
Ghost World

05: EVAN S. CONNELL: „Mrs. Bridge“ – Novel, 1959.
Mrs. Bridge

04: GARY SHTEYNGART: „Super Sad True Love Story“ – Satire / Novel, 2010.
Super Sad True Love Story

03: AYN RAND: „Atlas Shrugged“ – Novel / (pretty insane) Treaty, 1957.
Atlas Shrugged

02: TOVE JANSSON: „Summer Book“ – Finnish Seaside Childhood Tale, 1972.
Sommerbuch.

01: GABRIEL BÁ, FABIO MOON: „Daytripper“ – Graphic Novel, 2011.
Daytripper

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For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2011, please go here [Link].

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In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Ed Brubaker’s „Catwoman“ books [Link], Bryan Q. Miller’s „Batgirl“ [Link], large parts of Peter Tomasi’s „Green Lantern Corps“ [Link], John Ostrander’s „Suicide Squad“ [Link]

…and Kiyohiko Azuma’s amazing kid’s series „Yotsuba&!“ [Link].

Have a good 2012! More to come!

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related Posts:

and:

People are weird…! Search Queries, 2011

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after half a year of blogging… here are some of the most bizarre, funny or curious search terms of my visitors:

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„Catwoman Sex with Batman manga“, „batman catwoman sex“, „catwoman damsel“, „batman tickling cat women“, „batman catwoman sex video“, „Male Catwoman“, „melon breasted women“, „Catwoman oversexualized in Arkham City“ [and TONS of other, related terms]…

…led people HERE: „Crazy for Batman: Catwoman, melon-breasted Damsel“

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„Spacegirl sexual“, „Green Lantern kissing gorgeous“, „feminist analysis of Green Lantern movie“, „spacegirl + rape + comic + green“, „Robin nearly killing Wonder Woman“, „Sue Storm’s breasts“, „Wonder Woman dies“…

…led people HERE: „Interview: Sally Pascale, comic book reader, feminist, blogger… and the internet’s most outspoken ‚Green Lantern‘ fan“

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„Kreatives Schreiben und Kulturjournalismus Leipzig“…

…led people HERE: „Kreatives Schreiben und Kulturjournalismus in Hildesheim: Interview“

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queries that made me smile:

„Sinestro is handsome“, „Kyle Rayner adorable“, „friendship animation video“, „new trend tall women short men“, „feminist boss“ [better try this website. or this.]

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queries that made me yawn:

„hypermuscular females“, „flat women perky nipples veins“, „robin and starfire sex comic“, „green lantern sexy jade“, „red lanterns bleez sexy“, „sexy batgirl and wonder woman flirting fan art“

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queries that made me wonder:

„dead parents; dead children; educated, urbane women with idiot husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends/friends“, „massive legs woman“, „blodens healing machine“, „you were a horrible mother“

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good German queries:

„Autoren über 50“ [knapp vorbei: Link], „Zimmer voller Leben“ [knapp vorbei: Link], „verdrängt Fernseher Buch“ [knapp vorbei: Link], „Geschenke in Toronto kaufen“ [knapp vorbei: Link], „Niggemeier hetzt“ [knapp vorbei: Link], „imdb persönliche Empfehlungen“ [Link], „Hoffnungsträger des Jahres 2011“ [Link], „Zielgruppentheater“ [Link]

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absurd German queries:

  • „Geheime Welten Hildesheim“
  • „Eierbecher“
  • „blöde e-Mails“
  • „Schneider the spider aus Familie Feuerstein“
  • „Im Fahrgestell eines Lieferwagens“
  • „Warum geben Menschen schlechte Ratschläge?“
  • „Mein Mann arbeitet zuviel“
  • „Hildesheim mein Hildesheim da ist die Welt“

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and here’s my favourite, so far:

  • „Clark Kent blushed around her“ [Link]

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related Links:

2000 / 2001: My personal Soundtrack [04, quick list]

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I started keeping a diary on October 26th, 1997. I was 14 and in 9th grade. I kept up until 2004, and every year, I made a ‚personal soundtrack‘ with songs that reflected last years‘ themes and storylines.

Here are 20 songs for ‚Season 4‘, October 2000 to October 2001.

For part one, 1997 to 1998, please go here (Link).

For part two, 1998 to 1999, please go here (Link).

For part three, 1999 to 2000, please go here (Link).

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  • Aimee Mann: Par for the Course
  • JJ72: Oxygen
  • Eskobar: On the Ground
  • Better than Ezra: At the Stars
  • Eva Cassidy: I know you by heart
  • Neil Finn: Message to my Girl (Live Piano Solo)
  • Robbie Williams: Road to Mandalay
  • K’s Choice: Live for real
  • Bliss: Not quite Paradise
  • Eva Cassidy: Anniversary Song
  • Chris Isaak: Graduation Day
  • Krezip: I would stay
  • Crash Test Dummies: Superman Song
  • Five for Fighting: Superman
  • Semisonic: Gone to the Movies
  • The Wallflowers: We could be Heroes
  • Willard Grant Conspiracy: Another lonely Night
  • Maná: En el muelle de san blas
  • Starsailor: Love is here
  • The Divine Comedy: The Summerhouse

Some of these songs are on Youtube. Let’s see how long it takes before they are taken down. Here are the videos: Watch them while the links still work!

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Aimee Mann – Par for the Course:

not available. 😦

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JJ72 – Oxygen:

http://www.simfy.de/artists/102371-JJ72/albums/386573-JJ72/tracks/12694566-Oxygen

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Eskobar – On the Ground:

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Better than Ezra – At the Stars (the album version is better than this video):

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Eva Cassidy – I know you by heart:

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Neil Finn (Crowded House) – Message to my Girl:

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Robbie Wiliams – Road to Mandalay:

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K’s Choice – Live for real:

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Bliss: Not quite Paraidse (Titan A.E.):

geoblocked / not available in Europe 😦

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Eva Cassidy – Anniversary Song:

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Chris Isaak – Graduation Day:

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Krezip – I would stay:

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Crash Test Dummies – Superman Song:

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Five for Fighting – Superman:

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Semisonic – Gone to the Movies:

http://www.simfy.de/artists/5163-Semisonic/albums/8643-Feeling-Strangely-Fine/tracks/274177-Gone-To-The-Movies

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The Wallflowers – We could be Heroes:

…featured in this (awesome) trailer for Sam Sheppard’s „Hamlet“:

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Willard Grant Conspiracy – Another lonely Night:

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Maná – En el muelle de san blas:

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Starsailor – Love is here (sorry for the strange remix / overproduced version):

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The Divine Comedy – The Summer House:

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related Links:

  • 1997 / 1998: My personal Soundtrack (Link)
  • Helden meiner Kindheit (Link)
  • My Video Game Biography (Link)
  • My favorite Movies (Link)