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:
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.