I'm from the U.S originally. Arrived in Toronto via New York, Paris
and Montreal over 20 years ago. And was a bit arrogant about what was
available in Canada. Before settling in Montreal, I made a trip to New
York, stocking up on Mexican products and anything that I thought
would not be available (like Doritos - a guilty pleasure) Montreal was
pretty sophisticated with a Gallic slant.
But, Toronto! All there was was Ziggys and Woman's Bakery was
considered a good bakery.
At the first party I attended and there were some Canadian literary
"giants" there. The hostess offered something she called pate, which
was a huge bowl of chopped liver. It did cross my mind that I had
entered a bit of a wasteland.
Then President's choice came and the rest is revolutionary.
I haven't been back to the States in about 10 years and have wondered
if my tastes have changed.
But I'm sure there are world class Canadian products and am curious
about what others have found.
(When I lived in New York, one famous Chinese cookbook author
preferred Chinese sausage made in Canada!)
Liberty Mediterranean style yogurt.
I loved Astro when it first came out and still do despite it being
part of Parmalat.
I was a butter snob and PC Normandy butter is great, but a few few
years ago I discovered unsalted Becel margarine, which apparently
isn't available in the US.
Some candy bars certainly
I kind of like Mastro deli hams - Black Forest -- I like the texture.
I don't like Montreal bagels, sorry.
I hated Montreal smoked meat when I arrived but have grown to
I prefer imported dried pasta, but I I think Italpasta is a great
North America version