My favorite Moment in Toronto

Every time I go back home to Toronto I have two requirements for the hotel I stay in: there needs to be a kitchen and it needs to be near the St Lawrence Market. So on this recent and unexpectedly long trip home, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel which fits both those criteria.  Over the years I’ve posted many photo essays of  the St Lawrence Market one of my all time favorite markets, in no small part because it played such an important role in my early years of food shopping and exploration.

This particular trip I went to the market almost daily, the grand first floor of the market is basically butchers, fish mongers and cheese mongers – with few exceptions.  Downstairs is more produce, packaged goods and bulk food.   Wandering through Lively Life International Fine Foods I came across this shelf:

First of all I have to say….canned Haggis, really? 

When was the last time you were in a grocery store and saw such diversity lined up in  just 4 products?  So instead of posting another endless photo essay of artisanal sausages, peameal bacon and beautiful baskets of raspberries….I thought this selection of goods just about summed up what you could find at the St Lawrence Market (along with, well, everything else you can image and a few things you can’t).  So when you are next in Toronto and you want to do a little foodie exploration – start here.

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: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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One Response to My favorite Moment in Toronto

  1. Pingback: A (mostly) Nostalgic (mostly) Food Tour of Toronto | Urbanfoodguy

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