Only in Canada, eh? The Cesar

It’s so nice to be home.   After a month of travel it is so nice to be settled again.  Of course in 2 weeks time I will be all ready to get back on a plane, but for now I’m just really glad to not have to live out of a suitcase.

Believe it or not there are still some loose ends from Puerto Vallarta, which I will get to tomorrow. Then I can start cooking again and sharing recipes with y’all.  Of all the food I’ve eaten in the last month, the thing that has stuck in my head the most are cinnamon rolls.  So I’m going to start baking tomorrow, if anyone who is reading this has an amazing cinnamon roll recipe please let me know.

The last thing I wanted to say about Toronto is:  Caesar.   Which is the Canadian version of a Bloody Mary only instead of being made with tomato juice it is made with Clamato juice.  Something that you can not find here (or at least not easily) but can make by adding clam juice to tomato juice (50/50 but obviously you can adjust as you see fit).   The rim of the glass is coated with celery salt.

It’s odd that I have posted now 3 times in as many weeks about Bloody Mary’s and now a variation as I really am mostly just a wine drinker and I am not much of a fan of drinking before 5.  Being on the road means you are often out for brunch/lunch and particularly around the holidays when everyone is being festive, or at least trying to be festive, a nice bright red drink festooned with pickled onions, celery, pickles, olives, cherry tomatoes, lime wedges and the variations go on….seemed like a great way to start my day.  My only word of warning is 2 Caesars/Bloody Mary’s is 1 to many! That is if you have any intention of doing anything more that afternoon than going back to your hotel room and napping.  Of course that is just advice from a lightweight.  The funny thing is how in Puerto Vallarta Clamato juice is sold everywhere, which just goes to prove what I have always said about it, which is that the Canadians outnumber the Mexicans in Puerto Vallarta.

Darling I love you but give me Park Avenue! So nice to be home.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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