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Road trip question – Gourmet markets in Toronto, dining in Kingston

Tabrams | Jul 11, 2011 09:05 AM

Hello my Canadian brothers and sisters to the south. (I can say this with some degree of accuracy since I live in Detroit).

I’ll soon be relaxing in the beautiful northwoods of Quebec (near Montreal) for a weeklong vacation. Since the border crossing is a hassle, even if you’re not carrying contraband, I was hoping to do all of my food and drink shopping for the week once I cross.

So here are my questions: Are there any quality gourmet markets I can hit on the way? I’m looking for charcuterie, cheese, fresh meat, etc…any local specialty products would also be good.

I reckon that my best bet will probably be in the Toronto area. We’re blowing through on 401 so something within 10 or 15 minutes of the highway would be ideal.

I think we’re staying a night in Kingston, too. We ate at some kind of fish joint there last year that had an acceptable poutine but I would look for something better this time. If anyone knows the dining and market scene here, I would appreciate the input.

Last question, am I pretty much screwed for decent table wine? I’m particularly fond of Loire Valley French wine in the $15 range. Is something like that going to be impossible to find?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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