My apologies to the moderaters. I overlooked a fundamental rule in my first attempt at posting. Hopefully I've corrected it to their satisfaction...so here goes:
Hi everyone! Just moved to TO with my family and as an incurable foodie quickly found my way to this board. Just spent a year in the sticks eating 4th rate chicken chow mein (don't ask), but I've spent most of my life living in various parts of the globe, including a decade in Hong Kong.
I'm originally from New Zealand, but have lived in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Turkey, England, Ireland, and most recently The Netherlands. I like to kid myself that I know a thing or two about good food.
I'm not a huge fan of haute cuisine, preferring inspired peasant food for the most part and I can be blinded to the goriest of restaurant environments by a single fantastic dish. I have eaten things most people prefer not to even contemplate in search of culinary nirvana and I continue my search undeterred by multiple failures.
Having been in TO for a fortnight now, I am increasingly excited by the possibilities available to me. Hopefully my wallet and my belt will both withstand the strain.
My favourite little hole in the wall so far is Makkah, on the Danforth. Truly dismal surroundings, but my god can those people make a naan! They seem to function largely as a takeout joint serving the local population (they are right opposite a mosque), but I really recommend sitting in their dining area so you can have the naan as it comes fresh from the tandoor. While you munch, you can contemplate the huge photo of Mecca during the haaj and cleanse your soul! Seriously good kebabs here.
The worst so far has been a little sushi joint near Woodbine on the Danforth called Happy Sushi. I was certainly not happy after that experience. Third rate everything. Dry rice, poor seasoning, you name it. Avoid like the plague.
Well, that's about enough. Drop by and say hi if you feel moved to do so. I hope to be posting regularly and sharing my adventures in my new home. Bonne chance!