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Toronto, for the Very First Time

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Here comes the second post from my brain.  A few of us went to Toronto last weekend for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the Toronto Island Festival, featuring Pavement, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Beach House, and Timber Timbre (whom we missed).  It was a great show.  And, much to my satisfaction, it also featured an impressive display of clouds and an astonishing, screen-saver worthy sunset (see photo).  We also ate like animals there, but since I have no photos of the food, I’ve included a photo of the sunset.  Ah, pretty…

So, I’ll do a quick rundown of the (spectacular) eating we did, but want to start with what was, for me, the clear highlight and the food that calls for a return to Toronto very, very soon.  That is the boneless chicken roti from Caribbean Roti Palace, which was featured in a post by jayrhu (our Toronto expert) last year.  Oh-my-fucking-god it was good.  Just looking at the pictures makes me all antsy.  The place clearly gets respect from the locals.

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June 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Carousel Bakery (Toronto)

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Home of a pretty damn good peameal bacon sandwich.  I think this is what people in the US refer to as Canadian bacon.

Peameal bacon is a slightly pickled/cured piece of pork loin that is rolled in peameal.  Its then sliced and cooked up on a griddle.  And, its damn good.  Carousel Bakery is at the St. Lawrence Market.  They make a pretty solid peameal bacon sandwich on a pillowy roll.  They also have whole grilled jalapeno peppers which you can throw in there.

I had a medical exam for my greencard nearby this morning so afterward I swung by on my way up to my office.  I skipped the peppers but I did put some very spicy (in the front of the nose wasabi kind of way) maple mustard. Here are some photos.


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August 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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Hyderabadi Bazaar (Hyderabad, India)

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bazaar7Yet another post about India that is only half food-related, but still seemed worthy of inclusion.  While we were in Hyderabad for an elaborate wedding, we took an afternoon trip down to one of the old Muslim bazaars in the city, near the famous site of Charminar.  The bazaar was teeming with activity — these pictures were the first to make me nostalgic for the feverish crowds and ceaseless energy of India — and pretty tasty-looking food items.  We didn’t eat, but we ogled.

Also, Charminar was pretty great to see.


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June 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

Chinese Food – March 2009 (Flushing, NY)

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dandanInspired by a New York Times article with a fantastic interactive map, we jumped on the 7 train one Sunday in March and trekked out to Flushing to explore the wonders and revisit the glories of regional Chinese cuisine.  Over the course of the morning and afternoon, interrupted by only one stop at a bar for a beer, we ate at 5 different restaurants. We finished the day with some Sichuan-style dan dan noodles (pictured to the left), which have that unforgettable, numbing spice called something like “ma-la,” that leaves a delicious metallic tingling sensation on your lips.

A few of us have visited China and we have all been stunned by the quality and diversity of the food there, which is dramatically different in each region of the country.  This trip was a pleasant reminder of that diversity.  

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May 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Macanese Egg Tarts

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Macanese Egg Tart, Macau

Digging through old photos of food…

All of the guidebooks tell you that no trip to Macau is complete without trying an egg tart.  They are sold everywhere.  We bought one on our way to the famous facade of the ruined St. Paul’s cathedral.  Even though ours was probably not from the finest purveyor and had been sitting in a warming oven, it was delicious.  Very sweet and buttery, especially where it was carmelized on the top.

Probably the best thing about Macau.

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November 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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