Sleeping in the Kitchen

This trip to Toronto hasn’t really turned out the way I had thought it was going to.  Before I got here I thought I’d be eating out a few meals and having people over to my room and maybe even cooking a little something.   But dealing with my elderly mother in Hamilton (an hour away) was a lot more time-consuming then I had imagined.  When I travel I always look for hotels that have kitchens in them, suite hotels as they are called.  For me there is a: just like home feel that suites hotels have that you don’t get with your traditional hotel room.  Obviously having a full outfitted kitchen makes the trip less expensive as you can cook at home and stock your fridge with goodies from your local market (and the St Lawrence Market is a short walk from The Pantages where I am staying) is ideal.


The Urban Suite I have is on the smaller side some of the more deluxe suites haveseparate living and kitchen areas.  The company that owns The Pantages also owns The Cosmopolitan where I have staid many times and like very much.  Both have similar modern aesthetic, but The Cosmopolitanhas a small exclusive hotel feel which I really like.

Toronto has an abundance of hotels that come supplied with full kitchens, washer dryers en suites and all the comforts of home the other two I would suggest checking out are: One King West (which is a super high rise with a clubby Ralph Loren feel to the rooms) and The Cambridge Suites which I haven’t stayed at but I did pop into the lobby and chatted with the front desk people a bit who told me that not all the rooms have full kitchens, but all of them have some cooking facilities (so a microwave) and a fridge.

All of these hotels are within walking distance of the St Lawrence Market.

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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