Toronto has exploded as a foodie destination during the past few years. I explored as much of it as time (and my waistline) would allow. The Foodies on Foot Insider Favorites Tour was an excellent way to see and taste a lot in a short period of time while also burning off a few of those delicious calories. Starting off with coffee at Lit Espresso Bar, we also enjoyed uniquely flavored doughnuts such as maple bacon from Glory Hole Doughnuts, before making our way to the popular Aunties and Uncles where giant portions of pancakes and omelettes rule.
I was fascinated by Market 707, where shipping containers have been converted to vendors’ stalls. We tasted water buffalo ice cream at Monforte Dairy, the result of efforts of some local diary farmers to start a wawter buffalo milk industry in Ontario. Next up were organic fair trade chocolates at Delight and a beer tasting at Bellwoods Brewery, a new microbrewery housed in a former body shop. Health-conscious travelgirls will love the all-vegan, organic, mostly raw food at Feel Good Guru.
Other restaurants we enjoyed were the cozy Union, which is like dining in a Paris bistro, but with local ingredients. One of my favorite meals was at Keriwa Café, dedicated to honoring native cuisine such as aboriginal fare, in tasting menus that change monthly.
For more information on Toronto, visit Toronto Tourism at www.seetorontonow.com