We love a good food market, and in Toronto, there's no better place than St. Lawrence Market. We last visited the market over the summer, and so we knew this was the place to be for the best local holiday foods. In fact, it was the first place we visited once we hopped off our plane (in preparation for our Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 meal)
It was a quick trip from New York to Toronto aboard Porter Airlines - with comfortable seats and free meals and drinks (including beer and wine!), we felt like we were on a private plane (for the price of a commercial flight)
We passed over Niagara Falls, landed in downtown Toronto, dropped off our bags, and headed off to St. Lawrence Market (in about the same time it takes us on the subway to Brooklyn!)
Our friends took us to Selsi Sea Rocks on the lower level. Andrea, the owner, walked us through the many variations of salts and peppers.
She mentioned that she is working on a Canadian salt line (probably ready by early next year) that will showcase each region's distinctive flavours. We cannot wait to revisit the store to check out her new salt line.
World Famous Peameal Bacon on a soft country bun from Carousel Bakery.
Peameal Bacon is an unsmoked back bacon brined and rolled in yellow cornmeal.
It was thick, meaty, and warmed our belly!
A large selection of condiments, including Kozlik's mustards and very spicy horseradish, ensured our sandwich was nicely dressed.
Kozlik's mustards are another must-try when in St. Lawrence Market. When we were here last summer, we got their new meat rub that was perfect for the grill. Being back in the winter, we decided to get some Horseradish Mustard (very spicy, just the way we like it!) and Bordeaux Mustard (a nice subtle wine taste) for our New York family.
We could have spent hours here perusing the baked goods, produce, local wines, and more but we had to get ready for our Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 meal. If you are ever in Toronto, be sure to check out this market. It's been named one of Food and Wine's 2004 25 Best Food Markets in the World (which also included another favorite, Ferry Plaza Marketplace in San Francisco).
St. Lawrence Market is located at 92 Front Street East in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.