I'm pleased to say that I'm leaving for 9 days in Toronto in just over a week! (I'll be there over New Year's, which I think of as an eating holiday.)
Since I will be couchsurfing at a friend's place, we will be doing some dining out, but also sharing meals at home base. So I'd like to stock up on some local flavor while in town.
Bakeries seem prolific in any neighborhood (and in board discussions!), so bread shouldn't be a problem. I already have my eye on a couple of artisanal shortbreads, and there looks to be some good chocolatiers in the city, but I also want to go beyond sweets.
So what else is out there that the locals treasure...
Handmade pasta from the farmer's market? A dairy outlet that sells unpasteurized cheese and eggnog in glass bottles? Pickles from an oak barrel in the corner store? Harissa jarred by a local restaurant?
I'm not necessarily looking for those specific foods, just the artisanal finds you welcome into your kitchen!