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July 19th, 2013

Highlights from Toronto

Touching down in Toronto’s city airport is a breathtaking entrance to the city, skimming along the water before landing on the little strip of runway just adjacent to the city’s financial district. After a quick ferry shuttle, you are right in the thick of the skyscrapers. For a first timer, the city is quite hard to navigate, sprawling out away from the water, capturing the widespread suburbs along the way. Here are a few of my highlights from a speed visit to Canada’s largest city.

CN Tower

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This is one of the most obvious of the city’s attractions – the hard to miss gaudy concrete tower, with a round pod perched close to the summit. It’s not cheap (entrance totals something like $55), but there is no denying the view is impressive. Be prepared to be forced to navigate the gift shop maze at the bottom.

Nu Bugel Bagels and Kensington Market

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A very hot walk in 33 degree heat to the west side of town, we headed to Nu Bugel’s for bagels. Said to be the best in town, the bagels are served hot straight from their wood fired oven. Lovely chewy bagels, slightly sweeter than the ones in New York, and with some imaginative fillings like the one I sampled – black bean houmous with brie, avocado and red onion.

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The Kensington Market area of town offers plenty of independent cafes, delis and fruit shops. Check out the great selection of cookbooks at Good Egg, and if you are in the market for pickles and other preserves, Thomas Lavers Cannery and Deli should fit the bill.

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Toronto Island Park

Hop on a boat to Ward Island (or any other of the spots on the island park that the ferry runs to) for a little rural getaway, just minutes from the city. From glass skyscrapers and grids of streets to little wooden cottages and sandy beaches, the island provides the ideal contrast to the suffocating hot city, and proved to be a delightful place to read your book for an afternoon.

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6 thoughts on “Highlights from Toronto

  1. Thanks for visiting Toronto, Rachel! It was great to be able to meet you in person at Indigo, and I hope you enjoyed our city. Hopefully one day you’ll be able to return for longer, as we’re a hotbed of culinary amazements!

  2. That’s awesome that you visited Toronto & love the pictures! Kensington Market is a great area to visit – always feels like I’m travelling when I go there, and they have the best empanadas at Jumbo Empanadas. I was so disappointed that I was not able to make it to Indigo for your book signing, but hopefully you’ll be back again for another visit to Toronto!! Looking forward & happy travels! :-)

  3. Love these fun postcards from abroad..
    That black bean houmous with brie, avocado and red onion bagel sounds the Best ever!

  4. I just started watchng your TV show after I got my hands on your book, and I love it. I love the book and I LOVE the show. Your love for and appreciation of food is so clear. I am so inspired. I feel like going Julie Powell on you and cooking the entire book in a year. Maybe I will. I just want to thank you for your work and your courage. The world is richer for it.

  5. I enjoy watching you cook with such enthusiasm …..
    In Singapore ,French food is just starting to gain popularity….
    If you ever come to Singapore,do contact me,we are known as a food haven and I have friends who will drive 10 hours to Penang just to have their fill of local food.
    You will be amazed by the melting pot of cuisine and culture here.

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