Supermarket Sweep – St. Lawrence Market

Food, Things to Do, What's New — By cwood on July 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

St. Lawrence Market is a well-known food market in the heart of old Toronto.  It’s not technically a supermarket, as you won’t find any TV dinners here, but it is pretty super.  It’s a good, old-fashioned food market, complete with fishmongers, pie-makers and freshly made pots of Okanagan jam.

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This is the kind of market where rather than scanning items through an express lane, you pay each individual merchant for your cheese, bread or seafood.  (So much seafood here! Thank you, Canadian waterways!)  It’s also the kind of place where you can buy farm-fresh carrots the size of your bicep.  I’m not exaggerating here, although I do have pretty scrawny biceps.

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Of course, all that walking from vendor to vendor works up an appetite, so there are plenty of stalls selling ready-to-eat food as well.  If you could only have one thing, try the peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery.  (and judging by the size of the sandwich, that’s all you would have room for anyway.)  What is a peameal bacon sandwich?  It is a handful of yum.  Peameal bacon is a Canadian variety of breaded bacon (not to be confused with that other artery-clogger, “Canadian bacon”).   And be sure to ask for extra mustard!

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Food & Wine Magazine calls St. Lawrence Market one of the best 25 markets in the world, and I can see why.  I’m pretty sure I gain 20 pounds each time I walk inside – there’s just something about fresh food on display that makes me want to devour it instantly.  If, I mean when, you plan a trip to St. Lawrence Market though, be sure to check their slightly wonky hours.  Apparently, they don’t feel that people eat on Mondays.

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