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More than meets the stomach
As a Montrealer, technically I’m supposed to dislike Toronto, or at least look down on it. On my past two trips there, however, I’ve realized there is more to Toronto than meets the eye and also my tummy!
Food was definitely the focus of my recent four-day trip, perhaps because I was visiting two of my cousins who are always very interested in eating, thanks to their mother, my Aunt, who is a beyond amazing cook.
My cousin Alyssa, visiting her brother, Andrew, who is studying in Toronto, looked down her list of recommended restaurants compiled from friends every morning. Breakfast recommendations, however, came from Andrew and they did not disappoint. A huge “Burro Favorito” (scrambled eggs, sausage & melted cheese grilled in a flour tortilla topped with salsa mole served with rice, frijoles & ensalada) from Sneaky’s Dees definitely gave us enough fuel to start our day! Another morning we stopped in at Future’s, I had a delicious omelet and my cousins’ poached eggs looked yummy. Both places also had very reasonable prices.
Alyssa and I tried a hit-the-spot-on-a-rainy-day pork bone soup and dumplings at a Korean restaurant called Ka Chi and later, as Alyssa is from the States but living in China, she had to try a poutine while in Canada. We went to Smoke’s Poutine and the traditional did not disappoint my Québécois sensibilities.
We also discovered a few places in the Distillery District. We stopped in at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company for a shot of sake and I got to hear Alyssa chat away in Japanese with the owner.
We also stopped for a delicious Mayan Hot Chocolate at Soma Hot Chocolate & Gelato.
The highlight of the trip, food wise, however, has to have been a Mexican restaurant! Even though we had to wait an hour to get a table, Grand Electric satisfied my more-than two-years-worth-of-eating-Mexican-food-at-least-once-a-week palate. The cocktails left something to be desired and they didn’t have my favourite agua de horchata, but the pork belly al pastor tacos were melt in your mouth good!
After this trip, not only do I want to return to Toronto and try some more amazing food, I also want to take a more extensive "foodie tour" of Montreal and get to know my own city’s great eateries. I'll also remember to take more photos before devouring everything on my plate!
Does your city have a few places that you think would put it on the “foodie map”?