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St. Lawrence Market

Take a tour with me in and around one of the best food markets in the world.

After experiencing a fun culinary adventure in Halifax, we decided to go on a food tour in our own city. Lucky for us, Culinary Adventure, one of Canada’s best food experience companies, was holding a promo tour for St. Lawrence Market, named No. 1 in National Geographic’s Best Food Market list.  Here are some of what we saw, tasted, and devoured during the two-hour jaunt with Chef Scott Savoie, private chef to the stars and tour guide extraordinaire.

A cup of hot chocolate at Balzac's Coffee Roasters.

A cup of hot chocolate at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters.

On the second floor of the market is Carousel Bakery, home of the world-famous Peameal Bacon. There was a long line here, which we got to skip because tour participants get special treatment :)

On the second floor of the market is Carousel Bakery, home of the world-famous Peameal Bacon. There was a long line here, which we got to skip because tour participants get special treatment 🙂

Peameal bacon, also known as Canadian bacon, is meat from pork loins rolled in cornmeal.

Peameal bacon, also known as Canadian bacon, is meat from pork loin rolled in cornmeal.

Carousel Bakery has been visited by numerous celebrities including Chow Yun Fat.

Carousel Bakery has been visited by numerous celebrities including Chow Yun Fat, my childhood favorite action star 🙂 

Whitehouse Meats has earned its reputation as one of the best butcher shops in Toronto, known for its diverse selection of game meat and birds.

Whitehouse Meats has earned its reputation as one of the best butcher shops in Toronto, known for its diverse selection of game meat and birds.

What I tried: venison meat, which tasted like pepperoni.

What I tried: venison meat, which tasted like pepperoni.

Urbain Bagel

Mushroom and potato kniche from Urbain Bagel - so good!

Mushroom and potato kniche from Urbain Bagel – so good!

Who knew there could be so many different variants and flavors for mustard? Anton Kozlik's is a must-visit for mustard connoisseur.

Who knew there could be so many different variants and flavors for mustard? Anton Kozlik’s is a must-visit for mustard connoisseurs.

Pasta in different colors and shapes.  Seen at Fresh Pasta.

Pasta in different colors and shapes. Seen at Fresh Pasta.

Cutlery for caviar

Cutlery for caviar

Truffles

Needless to say, this is a very expensive store.

thai rice
black rice

jade rice

mushrooms

carrots

Bacon. Peanut butter. Crepe.  From Crepe It Up

Bacon. Peanut butter. Crepe. From Crepe It Up

Yes it was the greatest thing ever.

Yes it was the greatest thing ever.

More dessert options from Eve's Temptations, at the ground floor of the market.

More dessert options from Eve’s Temptations, at the ground floor of the market.

Across from St. Lawrence Market is a charming store dedicated to olive oil.

Across from St. Lawrence Market is a charming store dedicated to the great olive oil.

Glasses for olive oil tasting. We tried shots of olive oil, which smelled wonderful but it felt strange to drink the rich, buttery liquid.

Glasses for olive oil tasting. We tried shots of olive oil, which smelled wonderful but it felt strange to drink the rich, buttery liquid.

Preparing olive oil and chocolates for tasting.

Preparing olive oil and chocolates for tasting.

Olive oil over chocolates.

Olive oil over chocolates – I liked this a lot better than olive oil shots.

Citrus-flavored olive oil.

Citrus-flavored olive oil.

Chef  Scott Savoie

Chef Scott Savoie

What do you guys think? Which one do you want to try the most?
If you are ever in Toronto and would like to go on a food adventure, check out the Culinary Adventure Co.

Thanks for dropping by!

kerstie ladd

 

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