We're moving to Toronto from Montreal in January and we are really bummed because we live in a great foodie neighbourhood and we can walk to great diners, bistros and 5 star restos in 10 minutes or less. Oh, and we are within walking distance of Jean-Talon market. Sigh.
My spouse and I love good food (both to cook and eat) and we want to live somewhere where we can get good nosh (good quality ingredients and good restaurant fare) quickly and easily. We are planning a house-hunting trip in a few weeks and we are going to look in Little Italy, Trinity-Bellwoods, Riverdale and Roncesvalles. Can fellows chowhounds point us to some good places to eat and shop in these neighbourhoods, and maybe give us some ideas about which is the best eating neighbourhood?
An added note: We are not the kind of people who would dine out at Susur once a week (do these people exist?) A great neighbourhood for us would contain one or all of the following:
a nice neighbourhood Italian place w/ a decent red sauce, pizzas etc
a Portuguese chicken joint
a good seasonal farmers market
a cheese shop wherein one can buy a raw milk cheese or two
a good bakery (Toronto has some of the worst bread I have tasted - does anyone in the city use a natural yeast starter? Everything I have eaten breadwise seems to use commercial yeast)
We need help - we are really upset to be leaving Montreal...