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chowhound memories of the CNE (Toronto)

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chowhound memories of the CNE (Toronto)

gourmaniac | Sep 19, 2002 11:00 AM

Hello all:

I'm a chowhound from the Boston Board but grew up in Toronto and was recently reminded of the CNE as summer's last blast. I'm sure it's not what it used to be and there are so many other options available to the young and hungry, but I recall the Ex with great fondness. I particularly cherish the Food Building, the chowhound's Parthenon. I remember Shopsy's foot longs, Lancia spaghetti and pierogies and sour cream. Fondly I recall lining up for free samples of Danish cheese, Niblets corn, or Heinz pickles and watching the Dominion "mainly because of the meat" kitchen shows. I recall spending my last dollar on double bubble gum sold in a straw hat or Nielsens chocolate bars with the marching band hat. Most of all, I have visions of Tiny Tom donuts, coming hot and crisp off the assembly line, oil drops glistening on the warm window glass. There was a simple joy in pondering powdered sugar versus cinnanom to shake into the warm paper sac waiting for that first taste. Was there ever a better taste of childhood? Do these images draw forth any memories? If so please share them.

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