I'm just home from five days in Toronto. We didn't get to as many sit-down restaurants as I'd hoped, but I had a great time overall and got a fine sense of what's unusual about Ontario versus the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live.
One word: mangosteens! These are not available in the US (although the ban's just been lifted) and I was ecstatic to see them. Even better, they tasted as good as I remembered.
Spent a wonderful morning wandering around Kensington Market. We ate at Jumbo Empanadas (yum!), got chocolate loonies at the corner spice shop, devoured Belem tarts at the Portuguese bakery, and drooled over sandwiches at the deli. The deli and breads seemed like a terrific deal, especially pies ($7 for a blueberry pie! we'd easily pay twice that here). We also stopped in at one of the cheese shops (the one with the olive bar in back) for a taste of Canadian cheddar.
We went to the Brickworks Farmers' Market on Saturday and then took a walk. We were there to snack more than shop. Prices aren't cheap. Coffee was good. I bought some excellent FBOP from the kind gentleman at Oikos teas. Tasty sweet potato cupcakes.
Enjoyed the spicy chocolate sludge (really it's almost a pudding) at SOMA chocolates in the Distillery District. And the pro-biotic frozen yogurt blended with fruit in the food court at Eaton Centre.
Had a tasty dinner at Batifole, including tartare du cheval. I really liked the food, although I was a bit curious about the Vietnamese options in the neighborhood.
While I would have liked to stock up on cheese and pea meal bacon and ice wine, I stuffed my bags with odd-flavored potato chips and unusual candy bars.
Didn't make it to Greektown or St. Lawrence Market, but that'll give me something to do next time.
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