I do not think there is any place in this world quite like Kensington Market in downtown Toronto. Artistic flare is everywhere and it is a foodie’s dream come true! This was my first visit to the market on my trip but not my last.
It is hard to believe that European Meats is officially gone! After 53 years in the business, it closed its doors and I am sure many are devastated. This is where my mom got her bacon!
My mom wanted me to pick up some cream cheese and smoked salmon from Cheese Magic.
Lots of personality and super friendly and helpful service at this store, although they did not have the kind of salmon my mom wanted when I stopped by.
I wanted to pick us up a treat so I got this Brazilian Mocha Cookie and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie for dessert from a bakery that I forgot to take photos of to remember its name.
Lucky for them! The cookies were hard as rocks and disgusting. Mom said that you could taste their age and she was right. Even Cookie Monster would never go near these crappy cookies!
I got all sorts of produce and food for my mom from the market and headed back so we could have dinner together.
Due to the heat, she preferred to stay in and order Japanese food from Sushi World at College and Spadina. We began with miso soup. Of course!
We both had deep friend soft shelled crab in tempura batter for the first time. Not a lot of crab flavour but tempura always tastes good. The crab? So crunchy! I actually really liked it, shell and all. A real foodie adventure with my mom.
Mom ordered many different items from the menu including dumplings, shrimp and get this, deep fried sweet potato! Which I have to admit, was awesome.
We were stuffed at this point but managed to have some sushi too. Mom had her spicy tuna and I had the sushi of the day which was delicious but I have no idea what was in it.
Two and a half years is just too long to be away from my mom, my original foodie inspiration. I travelled with Mom in utero to England, France… We have taken foodie adventures together even before I was born.
I loved exploring Japanese food with her in her home and finding food for her in the famous Kensington Market.