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Foodie Friday - Top food trends from Toronto, Canada

Was there ever a time when us Brits didn't consume gallons of coffee and scoff batch loads of bagels? Really? Although it may seem as if the proliferation of coffee shops and mass availability of bagels must have been around since the time of the last ice age, it hasn't.

In fact, only twenty years ago in Vancouver, the Canadians were loving their coffee and bagels in a way we just weren't. Then Starbucks came over to the UK in 1998 and the Bagelman started to deliver bagels in Brighton in 1996.

From my first introduction in Canada to my ongoing love-affair with both, it was Canada that led the way for me.

So, when I found another great reason to fly across the pond, to see my dear friend and new mum, the lovely Caroline, a food tour of Toronto was an absolute must.

Beginning with the 200-year old market of St Lawrence, we found a whole host of curious and unusual food items to admire. There were yellow cauliflowers at Phil's Place, baby peppers and red beans at Family Foods, rye breads at Future Bakery and rare honey as well.

St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac




St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac


yellow cauliflower, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac


baby peppers, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac


red beans, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac

We stopped for lunch outside at Market Street Catch and shared a delicious selection of coconut shrimp, halibut tacos and calamari. I loved the mini fish tacos and so it seems do the Canadians, as they featured heavily at a Mexican we ate at a few days later.

Market Street Catch, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac

Market Street Catch, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac

Market Street Catch, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac


Market Street Catch, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac


Later we headed north for our after dinner coffee at Starbucks. Inside next to the sugar and milk options was a basket full of honey sachets.

Later still while browsing in the shops we came across honey sticks in Davids Tea shop. Little thin straws that give you a portion size of honey to add to your drink.

Honey sticks, Toronto, Canada photo by Modern Bric a Brac


I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these food trends in the very near future in the UK too.

For more top tips on Toronto click here for my four top reasons to visit Toronto Island.

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