Whether you’re permanently moving to Toronto, visiting for a business trip, taking a vacation, or even if you simply have a hankering for some good old fashioned authentic Canadian comfort food, Toronto has a wide selection of delicious hearty meals and treats to satisfy your appetite. Toronto is one of Canada’s biggest multicultural hubs when it comes to showcasing the immensely diverse society in which we live. This is best exhibited by the numerous multicultural dining options this beautiful city has to offer. Regardless of what your taste buds are in the mood for, you can guarantee that they won’t be disappointed in Toronto.
Here’s a list of some of the most traditionally Canadian foods and beverages that can be found during your visit to Toronto:
Technically, poutine was invented in the province of Quebec in the 1950s and was originally mocked for its simplicity. Although variations of the dish have developed over the years, this delectable French-Canadian dish largely consists of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Since its inception, poutine has become a staple comfort food for those visiting Toronto and has even spawned several restaurant chains throughout Canada.
If you’re looking for a delicious treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, then look no further than the Nanaimo Bar. Cleverly named after the British Columbia city in which it originated, this scrumptious dessert requires no baking and is easy to make. It consists of a hardened coconut crumb base, a buttery custard flavoured cream center, and a chocolate ganache to top it all off. A variety of flavour combinations have developed over the years, but the traditional dessert is still a favourite for Toronto travellers. Most bakeries, corner stores, and restaurants offer their own twist on this classic Canadian dessert.
No business trip to Toronto is complete without a BeaverTail. Like all beloved Canadian foods, BeaverTails have a family-oriented story behind them. They actually started off as a traditional family recipe that was passed down for generations. In 1978, Pam and Grant Hooker decided to capitalize on their favourite treats by selling them at the Killahoe Craft and Community Fair and the rest, as they say, is history. Following that, they opened their first BeaverTails location in Ottawa, where the doughnut pastries, which are shaped like actual beaver tails, sold like hot cakes (pun intended). You can choose from a wide range of pre-selected toppings, eat them plain, or even create your own combinations! The possibilities are endless!
Peameal Bacon and Maple Syrup
Whenever two of the most popular breakfast items in The Great White North join forces, you know the results are going to be epic. Otherwise known as Canadian bacon, peameal bacon is a delightfully salty and greasy food that mixes well with the sweet nectar that is maple syrup to create the perfect comfort food combination.
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