So how do you say good bye to Toronto, even if it's just a short leave? Try cramming all of this in 4 days, and keep in mind that I didn't photo all of the ridiculous Lindt chocolate bars, potluck desserts, and cookies that went along with it. Throw in seeing Harry Potter twice, 2 fantastic tickets to the MLS cup, finishing a project over 2 years in the making, and about a million hugs...then you might come close to the fantastic week that I had. I leave for Oz with diabetes, and I plan on returning fat and tanned!
So here's how I sent myself off, in the most Torontonian and Canadian way I could:
Second Cup :: Coffee and a banana muffin.
Their banana muffins are made with banana chips, which gives them a crunch. I've always been partial to Second Cup, not only because it's Canadian, but also because I had the fortune of meeting and working for one of its co-founders.
Hit my favourite downtown pub with a boatload of friends. Ate my face off with wings and sweet potato fries. When done right, I can eat these forever. Good sweet potato fries must be paired with beer. I prefer lighter beers, like Mill St. Organic and Rickard's White. Mill St. Lemon Tea beer is also quite tasty.
I decided to keep my Canadian theme so I headed to O&B. Among other treats, I ate one of their Breakfast Butties with Canadian Bacon and maple mayo. MMmmm...bacon (French-Canadian accent)
Snow peas, eggplant, long beans, and snap peas look oddly different in Chinatown...
Check out the second picture - has anyone ever seen anything like this before? It looked like a double-banana. Oh Chinatown. Let's see if Sydney's will compare.
Midnight Snack post awoke some sort of steak monster within me. I picked up two beautiful Alberta Angus Beef Tenderloins and I thought I did a pretty good job searing them to what I like to call...perfection. Served wtih a mixture of white rice abd beans as well as steamed peas...mmm
The Healthy Butcher is a good spot for fresh meat. Pricey for my thinning pockets, but I decided to do it right and got Dry Aged Prime Rib. A friend is moving away to Calgary and I have been showing him a few things in the kitchen. Lesson One was my classic cookie recipe (to be posted...one day) and Lesson Two was this!
Samosas!! From Sultan something - not Tent. I don't even know because I was too busy stuffing my face with the spicy, beefy filling. I must ask my friend where he got them so you can try them too! I contributed homemade guacamole and apple chips. People seemed to enjoy them and some were surprised to find that I make my own chips :-)
I also ran around town eating some of my favourite noshes. Some have already been blogged about, some haven't - but full reviews and pictures will have to wait. Here's some pictures for now though:
So that's it. I have a few pre-written Toronto posts that will be published over the next while so this blog will still have some Toronto flavour - but I won't be writing anything new and my most recent noshes will have to wait upon my return. When will I be back in Toronto? What cities will I visit in Australia? What will I eat? Your guesses are as good as mine. This is the most spontaneous thing I have ever done, and this blog will take an interesting turn as I will be chowing down on things that I just find along the way - no planning. That, and I suspect that my posts will be brief and maybe a little sparse at times.
|Pearson Airport's Kensington Market?|
So. First stop: Sydney, NSW, Australia. Meat pies and hand-pulled noodles HERE I COME! I am at Gate D51 in YVR...and, as if on cue, they just started boarding the flight! No time to spell check or add comments about my favourite eats. Just like my trip, it's simply time to GO.