Archive for April 19th, 2019

Today is Good Friday for most of the western Christian denominations, commemorating the day Jesus was crucified. This historical event has led to many of the great works of art over the past two millennia. Here is an amazing house altar in the Baroque style from the 160os I spotted in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on my recent trip. A fitting way to pay respect to the day.

I am back from Toronto and trying to get back into the swing of things. I still have a few things to share about Toronto and things I found up there which I will be sprinkling in over the next several days. Now, I leave you with this parting shot – a panorama of the baseball field at Rogers Centre – home of the Toronto Blue Jays – which I took when I attended a game last weekend.

In a city that is full of restaurants, and home to the longest running food market in North America (St. Lawrence Market) it is not surprising to find some very on trend food hall style grocery stores in Toronto.

FF: McEwan’s Gourmet Grocery

There are several, and I explored a few, but I fell in love with McEwan’s Gourmet Grocery right around the corner from my hotel at the major intersection of Yonge & Bloor. McEwan’s is awesome. There are stations and eating areas throughout where you can have a meal or snack with freshly prepared food by a top notch team. A great place to grab lunch or a pre-theatre meal. But McEwan’s also has fine groceries and the most fabulous collection of prepared foods – perfect for bringing back to your hotel room – which is what I did for many meals.

About McEwan’s Gourmet Grocery:

“McEwan Yonge & Bloor: McEwan Yonge & Bloor is a new chef-led food-hall that is revolutionizing food-retail to become the gourmet hotspot for local residents and visitors alike. The thoughtfully constructed store includes an all-day café, on-site butcher, bakery, patisserie, deli, produce section, carving station, hot & cold tables, sandwich station, sushi bar and so much more. At McEwan Yonge & Bloor, you can indulge in house-made recipes by Chef Mark McEwan and take home inspiring goods.”

Learn more about McEwan’s Gourmet Grocery and their locations in the Toronto area here.

FF: Loblaws

Meanwhile, the fine folks at Canadian grocery chain Loblaws have created the most amazing grocery store I have ever been in. Their store on Carlton Street in the old Maple Leaf Gardens building is awe-inspiring. First of all it is huge and has everything you could ever need. Second, the selection or prepared foods is amazing, and you could dine in the store every day for weeks and not exhaust the variety. I could live in the cheese section alone.

About Loblaws:

“Since the beginning, our love of food has driven us to find innovative ways to bring customers closer to their favourite products. In 1919, founders of the first Loblaw Groceterias were told their self-serve, cash-and-carry model would never work. Instead of waiting for a clerk behind the counter to fetch items, a store where customers could browse and choose their own quality goods at lower prices proved to be a big hit. Over the next decade, 70 new stores opened in Ontario alone. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Learn more about Loblaws and find locations all over Toronto and Canada here.