I’ve had issues with a certain Tim Horton’s in the past, and as a result, I haven’t been back to that particular location in close to 6 months. I’m not addicted to their coffee, so it wasn’t that difficult to avoid them. I find that the management at this particular location is very rude to their staff, and to the customers, and the motto at this location is that “the customer is always wrong”. I decided to try them out again a few weeks ago, and purchased a pastry and drink, and I realized that they finally corrected their error, and the prices have been fixed, back to normal. So I bought my drink and pastry there over the last few weeks. However, tonight was a particularly interesting night. I purchased my pastry and paid the price I normally paid, and then 5 minutes later ordered another one to go, and noticed that I was charged $0.40 higher. I asked them to check this out, and they said no, that is the price and always has been the price. I explained that the price was a lot lower before, and they said that the prices change all the time. And then I said, well, I bought this less than 5 minutes ago, you’re telling me that the price goes up in the middle of the day, and it happened to be the pastry that I was purchasing? She said, yes, exactly. So with the tax it would have cost me an extra $0.50 for this item, which is about 30% higher than it was a few minutes earlier. Normally, when a customer points something like this out, in a normal business establishment, and to save face, the business should provide the item at the price that the product should be, rather than randomly changing the price each time you buy something, at this particular location, mind you, the other Tims don’t have this issue, or the issue with charging you $1.89 for a cup of hot water to refill a tea, and they also still only give one tea bag for a large tea, while others give two, but that’s from another story, and the first reason why I boycotted this particular location. I want to know if things like this happen just to me, or if others are getting scammed a few cents here and a few cents there but never take notice of it. It’s a good racket, especially when people are in a hurry, and when they don’t usually give you receipts either. Sorry, just ranting. I’m tired of being walked all over, and when I point something out, I’m always obviously wrong, and it just frustrates me because I know I’m not always wrong, but it certainly gives me that impression. I guess the boycott is back on. I don’t plan on spending another dollar at that location, and for those extra $0.40’s that they’re trying to get out of me, they are losing several dollars for each day I don’t buy anything from them. Just to clarify, this has nothing to do with the cashier staff, they are almost always friendly and try to be helpful, but it does have a lot to do with the management that leans over their shoulders and wants to argue with the customer over every penny. Sorry Tims, you’re not getting my money for a very long time.
I tried this place out when it first opened and was greeted by a friendly hostess. The restaurant was full of people and there was a Mayan game show playing loud on a large screen TV. We took a look at the menu, which was printed on a takeout card, and saw that the prices were quite high, and the descriptions of the Peruvian dishes were very vague. We decided to start with a Chicken and Egg Noodle Soup before our main dish. Unfortunately we did wait a little over 1 hour before getting the soup, which arrived about the same time as our main course. The place was busy, but I figured the soup would have already been prepared and quick to bring out of the kitchen. During the time we were waiting we watched food come out to the tables, and then get sent back to the kitchen, which didn’t give me very much confidence in what was being served. The dishes that were kept were hardly touched and the customers left without eating. I was now concerned about what I was about to receive. The table of 8 people across from me apparently had been waiting close to 2 hours for their food, and they received a few dishes, and when they were ready to leave, a few more dishes arrived, which these people refused and then an argument with the waitress ensued. The staff eventually took the dishes back to the kitchen, and the customers left. After the restaurant emptied completely, they brought us our meals, and then a few employees from the kitchen sat at a table and started watching TV, as if we were in their living room. It felt a bit awkward to say the least. The soup wasn’t too bad, but nothing really to write home about, and the whole chicken that we shared was quite greasy, and the french fries were about the quality of a typical Quebecois greasy-spoon restaurant, which I did not expect from this classier type restaurant. We ate about half, and then started to get the feeling that the staff wanted to go home, so we asked to wrap it up and we would finish it later.
The food here wasn’t terrible, but there was nothing special about it. I could have gone to a restaurant across the street for better chicken and fries at about half the price. Needless to say this place did not last long enough to give it a second chance and is now closed.
It was an interesting concept, but just wasn’t executed by someone with experience in the restaurant business. The food wasn’t the quality that I expected, the lack of descriptions for the authentic dishes left me lost in the menu, which was written on a piece of paper that normally is used for a takeout menu. The staff was friendly, but we felt like we were keeping them from doing something better. The opening hours were also quite strange, being closed most of the week, and the quality of the food did not justify the high prices. I might have considered returning after they had settled down in a few months, but they didn’t last long enough.
We are at the dawn of the next-gen console wars. Sales have become stale for the Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3 and X-Box 360 over the last few months, which can only mean one thing. A new set of consoles is on it’s way. Nintendo was first out of the gate with the Nintedo Wii U. Unfortunately sales have not set any records. Graphics and gaming on the Wii U appears pretty much the same as a standard Wii. So if enjoy the games you’re playing, then there doesn’t seem to be a reason to upgrade. If you’re the type that always needs to have the latest console, or a Mario addict and just have to play. The new Mario game is pretty fun to play. Very reminiscent of the the NES Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Nintendo DS “New Super Mario Bros.”. The Wii has by far sold the most consoles, and Sony and Microsoft could only look on with their jaws dropped. They tried to steal a slice of the Wii pie when creating their own versions of interactive controllers, like the camera and interactivity of the X-Box Kinect, and PS3 didn’t even think too far out of the box with their Playstation Move, when they released an almost identical set of controllers that mimic the function of the Wiimote and Nunchuck.
Speaking as a retailer, Nintendo Wii was the most consumer friendly for us, since it appealed to all ages, and the price point was more affordable to many more people. There was a certain joy when introducing a group of senior citizens to the Wii Bowling experience for the first time. I’ve sold a few thousand of these units, and surprisingly a lot of them were bought by residences, and not always for kids. The first few years, they just couldn’t stay in stock. We would receive 200 of them every few weeks, and they would be sold as fast as they could be paid for. As for graphics quality, then it would be one of the other two consoles. XBox360 was popular for the X-Box Live, but we had little to no support from the manufacturer, the “ring-of-death” didn’t help the situation either. On the other hand Sony had a rep that would visit regularly, promote and explain new products, and the console itself had a Bluray drive, which was a big selling point, especially when Bluray players cost $300-400, it was almost cheaper to buy a whole PS3 unit for the movies and have the game system available for the kids or when the grand kids would come over. I still use my PS3 for movies, but not as much for gaming, since I didn’t want to update it to block access to the hard drive. The Wii is still hooked up for whenever I feel like a retro gaming session. My first one broke, but Nintendo overnighted a new one to me, so big props to them!
It was fun these last few years. So many games, so many stories, so much fun!
Here’s to a new generation of consoles!
Who will win the console wars this time?
Case in point. I had some plans on Saturday evening with a friend, and we were going to watch the Habs game. So I made sure that I could make reservations to guarantee us a place. I phoned them up and was denied over the phone. I was told that they did not take reservations, and I would have to arrive early for a seat.
So we arrived about 20 minutes before game time, and were seated at the bar. There was no big issue so far, since we had a place to sit, and lots of TVs were surrounding us.
As for food, I already knew what I wanted, and was ready to order without even needing to look at the menu.
So when the waiter arrived and asked if I wanted to see a menu, I said no thanks, and began to order, the a plate from the Mexican menu, and before I could finish my order he said that I should look at the menu before making an order, and he handed me a one page menu with about a dozen meal items on it. He then proceeded to explain that I could not order anything from the regular menu or the Mexican menu tonight.
I was a bit confused, since this has never happened to me before, and I’ve had dinner here about once a week for close to 2 years!
I memorized most of that menu, so I can tell you right now what was listed on there, and only one or two items were listed for each meal category:
– Chicken Breast
– Blitz Burger
– 1/2 or Whole rack of Ribs
– Baseball Steak
– Buffalo or Kamikaze Wings
– KO Salad
Now. If there was a special event, then I could probably expect an “Event Menu” to be used, so that the kitchen was not flooded.
This wasn’t what tweaked me though.
What got me was that when we arrived there were several tables empty, and all had “RESERVE” on them, for 2, 4 and 12 people.
Next what got me was that we sat next to the kitchen door, so we saw the dish I wanted pass by about 15 times! And I couldn’t understand how, then I noticed that the tables around us were handed the regular menu!!!
I can’t think of anything!
We were there for the entire game, we would have been fine if it took a little longer to make!
Now for service. Our waiter was doing just fine. He refilled promptly and he even attempted to order our regular dishes for us, but he was apparently locked out at the POS machine.
On top of all of this, we lost the game! Grrr…
There are so many nods to the Classic 70’s series that you can tell the director must have watched the original before recreating this series.
“Get Ready to Match the Stars!”
And the opening begins with a jazzed up original Match Game theme with the celebs giving funny faces, then the host appears from the back stage just as Gene would have, as the contests spin around the turntable to face the 6 celebs on two levels.
There are a few changes to this game, to allow it to fix into a 30 minute slot (21 minute show time) format.
Two rounds of question “A” and “B” where the contestant can choose from.
Each match that the contestant successfully makes to a celebrity earns them 50 points.
After two rounds there is a Fast Match round where the contestants choose a celebrity to pair up with, and they have 45 seconds to match as many words from a list as they can, again at 50 points a piece.
The winner then keeps the total money they’ve won in the first 3 rounds and moves onto the next round.
At the end of this round the contestant with the higher amount goes on to play the (Super Match) Exactly like the Audience Match from the original series where the contestant chooses a celebrity to help them guess what the most popular word match will be. The amounts are $1,000 – $1,500 and $2,000 for the number one Audience Match.
If the contestant did not choose any of the top 3 answers, the host offers them $500 to gamble with during the next round.
Now the contestant has to match with the celebrity that the wheel landed on.
And if the contestant matches, then they win the amount from the Super Match round, plus the money they already accumulated from the first 3 rounds.
And that’s pretty much how this new game works.
This show was being recorded live to tape, so there was very little editing, and the commercial breaks during the taping lasted just about as long as they would have in real life to keep taping time to around 30-35 minutes!
We could watch the show being recorded on a TV monitor, and it appeared just as if the show was being aired on TV, from clues appearing on the bottom, to the opening and closing credits, including being able to see the new Match Game logo, which resembles the late 70’s early 80’s Match Game logo (without the year).
So at the end of the show the credits roll on the bottom while the celebrities and contestants dance around the set, and ends with the production company “Zone 3″, “Fremantle” and “Bell Media”.
I got to meet all of the crew and stars of the show. In this photo is the emcee Darrin Rose. (Leading role on CBC’s Mr.D). Great guy, really funny and witty and a perfect fit for this show.
The set was filmed using 8 high definition television studio cameras, and edited onsite in a live to air setting.
This was really a great experience to see how a modern show is produced, and to top it off, it was a faithful remake of one of my all-time favourite Classic Game Shows!
Stay tuned! This show will begin broadcasting on Monday – Friday at 8:00pm on Comedy Network in Canada starting October 15th, 2012. There will be 60 episodes of the first season, and there is a possibility of a second season in the works, based on the reaction of how the first series goes.
I’ve never eaten at a Dairy Queen: Grill & Chill before, and I’ve seen commercials for years, but there were never any locations nearby, so it wasn’t convenient to travel to the US or another province to try them out.
I finally had my chance to try it out, and I suppose my expectations were set WAY too high, because the final result was so low and my disappointment was so high that I can’t see ever returning again.
The food was prepared probably days in advance and obviously microwaved, perhaps a few times. But that wasn’t the worst part, the food itself was comparable to something you’d find in a frozen TV dinner.
I ordered the deluxe chicken sandwich. As much as I wanted to order the Flamethrower burger that I see all the time on the commercials, I really wasn’t that hungry, and it was a really hot day and I didn’t need to feel any hotter.
It arrived and was quite soggy, and tasted alright, but the Stouffers / Lean Cuisine microwave Panini tastes about the same, except not as soggy, and it’s only $2.49 in a grocery store, this one was $8.49. Though the French fries were good, it really didn’t make up for a poor sandwich attempt.
If I wanted a microwave sandwich I would have gone across the street to the grocery store and bought one on my own.
There was self serve soft drink dispenser, so with my combo, I received fries, a drink and a mini-Blizzard (and I really emphasize on the word MINI, because the mini-Blizzards here are about half the size of of the Quebec mini-Blizzards!)
I overheard my friends mention that the ice machine wasn’t working, so when she handed my cup, I requested some ice, and she insisted that the machine worked, so I went over to fill it up. The ice didn’t work, so I went back over and said it didn’t work, but was ignored. So I went back in line and waited my turn, again, and then requested ice. I then filled up my drink and it was obviously watered down and warm, and it melted the little bit of ice that was in the cup. I figured it was a 7up issue, so I dumped it, and switched to Orange, and it was actually worse!
Service was alright, though they had a hard time understanding their own menu. So after a few corrections, they did finally get it right. Though, their Blizzard left a lot to be desired.
Let me put it this way, the DQ Blizzard flip would have never passed the test, it was half melted when I received it, and there was not much “extreme” in the “Extreme Chocolate”. It actually tasted similar to a Wendy’s Frosty, vanilla ice cream and chocolate flavouring, but no crunching or chewing or anything that I am so accustomed to when ordering an “Extreme Chocolate” Blizzard.
If the place was super busy, and the staff was running ragged, I might understand a few of these faults, such as the melting ice cream, due to the overuse, but the place was practically empty, and this was the supper hour.
If this was a service issue, then I could probably link this to the one particular location and not hold it against any of the others, but the food quality itself was so substandard to begin with that it had to have been designed to be like that.
Rubbery chicken in a soggy panini bread, the burgers, which I didn’t try, but others at my table compared it to the “Amtrack midnight special burgers” that most certainly was not a compliment, because Amtrack is certainly not known for it’s fine dining.
Another person ordered a Poutine, and I suppose it’s not the store’s fault if they’re not in Quebec, but he couldn’t eat it because it just wasn’t edible.
And I tried the chicken strips, which were 99% batter, and 1% tough meat. It tasted like it had been dipped in batter and fried about 4 or 5 times, and then nuked in the microwave too long, so it had become tough to tear apart to eat.
Cleanliness of the restaurant was also not a real strong point it seems, the tables were filthy, and not just crumbs from one previous customer, it looked like layers of sticky mess from several previous customers.
So my final review of this place is certainly a resounding 0.0 And there were no redeeming qualities of a place that I held so high in my mind for so many years.
My lunch at a truck stop tasted better than this!
Buffet Casa Corfu, located in the Vieux Rosemont district. This place has been around for a few years now, and I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials advertising the huge all-you-can-eat buffet they offer on CTV News. And selection they have. As long as you pace yourself, you’ll be able to get to try a bit of everything on the menu, but if you pile up your plate too soon, then you’ll miss out on some of the best food items, like their rich and delicious dessert section. I’ve always wanted to go, and so I decided to gather a few friends and try it out one night.
We walked in, and were greeted by a man in a business suit and a walkie-talkie, he called one of the waitstaff who quickly whisked us away through the buffet and up the stairs to our table, overlooking the entire buffet with a view across the restaurant at the street below. Our waitress arrived, brought us glasses of water and offered to bring soup to our table.
After finishing our soup, which was hot and quite tasty, we began to wrap our heads around the sheer size of the buffet. Over 100 dishes all divided into their country of origin. Italian foods, such as pastas and pizza in one corner, Greek and Indian food in the middle and Chinese Food on the other corner. Along the borders are a salad bar with dozens of salads and fresh fruits, an ice cream bar with a variety of toppings, a sushi bar, followed by a roast section with a chef cutting fresh slices of turkey, chicken, beef, lamb and pork, all to order. Next to that is the seafood and across is the dessert section, with a dessert chef maintaining the cakes and pies at all times.
I did have one issue with the buffet itself. The bright red heat lamps. I could not see what I was selecting from the buffet. Everything was just bright red. But that wasn’t the real issue. These heat lamps were only there for decoration, because all of the food was lukewarm. And we ate around 7pm, so it’s not like we arrived just before they closed, the place was full, and the food was being brought out fresh. It just happens that nothing was really all that hot.
I’m not really a fan of buffet sushi, but when I saw the two Japanese chefs continuously making fresh sushi, so I decided that I had to try it out. And yes, it was fresh and included all of the usual accompaniments that are found at sushi bars, such as chop-sticks, soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.
The main buffet items may not have been that hot, but the specialty items, such as the roast meat section was certainly as fresh as it could get. The chicken was actually rotating on a spit at the buffet, and the chef would slice off pieces for you when you arrive. The beef was cooked perfectly, and the various sauces and side dishes nearby were quite delicious. Unfortunately though I wasn’t able to try out one of the filet of sole dish due to the fact that someone had just sneezed into it. I thought that’s what the sneeze guard was there for. Guess it doesn’t work if you stick your head under it, and then don’t have the decency to turn away. Well, I suppose things like this happen in a buffet setting, but gross.
After finishing up these dishes, I headed down to the salad bar to cleanse my palette and wait to see if I would have more room for the desserts. With over a dozen salad items, I had a hard time to select a few items, because I still wanted to have room for dessert, and by now I was already pretty full. I chose a few leaves of lettuce, some light dressings and a few cold pasta salads.
NOW, time for dessert. What should I eat? I know I want to try out the ice cream bar, and those cakes look delicious, especially the cheesecake and the cupcakes. I wanted to try them all, and I did fill my plate, but sadly I wasn’t able to finish everything, but did get to take a few bites from each dessert, and it was all so delicious and sugary sweet. The dessert chef was quite proud of his section as he promptly filled up any empty spaces left from the buffet-goers.
Payment time. Our bill was brought to the table, and when I asked if they had Interac debit payment, they said I could use their ATM machine ($2.99 fee, plus bank fees). I noticed the machine when first entered, but I saw them walking around with wireless pinpads, so I figured that they would naturally have Interac. If I really didn’t want to try this place, I probably would have avoided eating here, just on this basis alone. I never carry cash with me, so not having debit payment available in a restaurant that charges almost $20 for their buffet disappoints me to say the least. I did manage to pay with my credit card, but I’m not crazy about credit either, but it’s always good to have a backup plan for just such emergencies.
So all in all it was a decent meal. A lot of chefs working on the buffet floor maintaining the dishes and bringing out fresh food. The temperature of the food in the main buffet area was unacceptable, especially considering they had bright red heat lamps that really were only for show, but hid what the actual food looked like. The prices I must say are quite a bit steeper than I had imagined, especially since there were no real standout expensive food items in the buffet to warrant such a price, but the service was quite good. Water glass was refilled very often, and thankfully so. The food was heavily salted and the water really helped wash it all down. I would probably return again someday, but I don’t think I’ll make it a regular place to visit, unless I try it again at lunch and compare it with the dinner buffet. No Interac is completely unacceptable in this day in age. Almost like going into a coffee shop that doesn’t have free Wi-Fi.
Whether it be for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch this place is almost always busy. Food flies out of the kitchen the entire time, serving a wide selection of Italian, Greek, Chinese and Seafood. With a meat section where you can get your money’s worth on just one plate of turkey and roast beef.
A salad bar that spans the entire wall of the buffet that includes various types of cold pasta, cheeses, eggs, preserved root vegetables and a fruit salad along with the standard green or iceberg lettuce, variety of salad additions such as croutons, bacon bits and dressings.
The service does tend to be a bit slow, especially when it’s busy. So if you want your drinks, be sure to order them when you first get served, and be prepared to pile up your empty plates in one corner of the table. The food tends to be on the salty side, so if you’re like me, you’ll want to ask for a pitcher of water (or the drink of your choice) so you won’t be stuck with an empty glass, and be thirsty for more.
The dining room is divided up into 4 rooms plus a bar area, and when full, it gets quite loud, but surprisingly not nearly as bad as some buffet’s I’ve been to. The decor is what you’d typically find in a large buffet setting, a fusion of Greek and Italian styles. Tiled flooring in the buffet and carpeted in the dining area. Tables tend to be close together, but can easily be moved to accommodate larger groups.
They don’t tend to take reservations, so arriving early on in the buffet time is recommended (3:30pm is when it starts in the afternoon, but only gets busy around 5:30pm).
Methods of payment include cash and major credit cards, and only recently have they added Interac direct as a payment method, which I applaud them for. I rarely carry cash with me, and I will not pay $3+ for ATM fees. Due to this fact alone, I’ve gone from visiting this restaurant about once per month or so to now about once per week.
If you’ve never been, then you’ll probably want to try a bit of everything, but if you’re a regular, then you have your own favourites, and some regulars know what items to eat and get their money’s worth, such as the seafood and meat sections, and spend their entire meal piling up their plates with those items. I still haven’t perfected my technique, because I like to start off with the soup and pizza each time, which fills me up before I even get into the main buffet area. But to each his own, I enjoy it this way, and because this is an affordable buffet,
And if you’ve still got room for dessert, there are 8 flavours of ice cream that vary depending on the day, and a variety of puddings, such as chocolate, vanilla and bread pudding. A varied selection of cakes, such as Black Forest, Boston Cream, Cheese Cake and Carrot Cake. Also pies such as Lemon, Cherry and Coconut Cream Pie. Most are available all the time, but some go into rotation, so you’ll see it one day, but something else will replace it the next.
I don’t really need to seek out the most expensive items in the buffet to get my money’s worth. At under $12 for a dinner buffet, it’s the best price in town, and well worth your time to check it out. The food always comes out fresh, and the combinations are almost endless. So if you’re looking for decent food at a good price, then you’ll find it here. The people eating, the fresher the food, you won’t find any empty trays here.
Fresh, hot food, though a bit on the salty side. Service is alright but can sometimes be slow. Tables and the buffet area is clean, but the carpets in the dining area tend to be stained and littered with food and utensils under the tables. But all in all the price is right. So I highly recommend this place.
Celebrating over 10 years in the community, Super Gyros has provided food goers with all kinds of interesting and tasty Greek food. But the food choices don’t end at the spit. Foot-long steak and cheese submarines with their signature sauce. Meaty hot dogs, tin pan sized portions of poutine, and now pizza have been added to the ever growing menu options.
The price may be a bit steep for a fast food restaurant, but if you want to try a bit of everything, then you want to try the Mixed Plate. Slices of chicken, beef, rice, greek salad, french fries, signature sauce, Tzatziki sauce and pita bread. Enough to share or take home for a few meals afterwards.
After completing your meal, this place offers something that you won’t find in many other fast food restaurants. If after managing to eat through their large portions and if you have room for dessert, then there is always the homemade Baklava. Extremely rich and sweet. And even includes a warning about how sweet it is.
Recently renovated, the restaurant has doubled seating capacity with a clean and friendly atmosphere, now including table service. Friendly staff, good food, and large portions make this restaurant a regular staple of mine, and I recommend making the trip if you’re from out of town.