May 7, 2010

Gluttony on the go: Toronto, part I

Hi all!
I recently had the pleasure of spending five days in Toronto visiting a friend and taking in the sights. As I am wont to do on all trips, I ate and ate and overate. *sigh* But hey, at least I remembered to take pictures this time!
Day 1: browsing and eating at Kensington Market


JUMBO EMPAÑADAS
Address: 245 Augusta Avenue
Phone: (416) 977-0056 

Style: Latin cuisine, empañadas
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 7pm; Sun 11am to 6pm



Smack in the middle of Kensington Market is this little gem. Affordable prices, fresh and delicious food, and a patio deck to bask in the springtime sunshine. Absolutely delightful. I can´t wait to go back again and try their famed corn pie, which has layers of meats, olives, onions, eggs and raisins baked in sweet corn---oh yum!


The place is called "JUMBO empañadas", but we chose to go with the mini ones instead. By all accounts, they are equally delicious and affordable, at only 1$ per piece! (The jumbo ones go for 3.99$ each.) Picture are two beef and two chicken mini ones, with a side of dipping salsa. 


This is the beef one. Absolutely delicious. 


The chicken one. Not as good as the ground beef, but still quite delicious. 

Crisp, fresh and simple Chilean salad. Lettuce, tomato, avocado and onions in a lemon juice/olive oil/coriander vinaigrette. A perfect warm weather side dish. 

And to wash it all down: Mango nectar! (I am absolutely besotted with all things mango and all things nectar, so this is pretty much beverage-nirvana for me...) 

Coming up next: a cheap place for good drinks and mediocre food, TO's infamous street-vendor hot dogs, a so-called specialty burger house and more! 

2 comments:

Nik said...

hey there,
you seem a big foodie there just like me. instead of having Mango nectar, try coming to India in summers and taste the Real mangos from ratnagiri. i'm sure it will be far more mesmorising and even better than nirvana!

Betsy said...

Hey Nik,
I'd love to go to Asia and taste fresh mangoes! I'm already crazy of dried mango and mango juice, so I'm sure that I'd fall in love with fresh ones too. :)