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CanuckJim 11-22-2007 03:47 AM

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
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Finally remembered to take my camera when visiting the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, but I failed miserably to get an exterior shot.

My particular cross to bear is Alex Farms for cheese. The choices are just as bewildering as the prices. It's there that Wendy found St. Agur, a reasonably priced creamy French blue cheese that's truly wonderful. It's a dangerous place for me, especially with a credit card. It's really, really busy on a Saturday, and I had to wait for a lull to get the photos. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about cheeses from around the world, and it's a treat to go there. Joe Engineer blew a bundle at Alex's for a tiny piece of ancient cheese.

The market space is quite large, with many speciality meat, fish, cooking gear, bagels, spices vendors on two floor. One vendor in the basement sells only rice and beans of about a zillion different kinds. The Parma ham on the first floor is excellent. The choices reflect the intensely multicultural makeup of the city.

St. Lawrence in the eastern part of the city near the lakefront is completely enclosed, unlike the Kensington market in the western portion of the city. That's the place where there are two empanada sellers, directly across the street from one another. It's also the home of Global Cheese, the place that XabiaJim remembers. Next time I'm there I'll get some pics.


OntarioLinda 11-22-2007 07:47 AM

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Jim, Alex Farms is my favourite too. I spend a bundle every time I visit there.
Did you try the Beemster yet - Aged Gouda from Holland - my current favourite.
If you like a triple creme cheese try "Brillat-Savarin" At a recent dinner party I served this after the meal and my friends went nuts over it. By the way, I did receive the Malt Powder and have sent you a note back. Thanks so much.

CanuckJim 11-22-2007 08:41 AM

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Haven't tried the aged Gouda yet, but I've been buying the triple creme for some time now. Brilliant! Glad you agree on the destination, and I, too, spend a bundle there, but it's worth it.


Alfredo 11-23-2007 06:55 AM

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Exterior, interior, history, vendors: everything you need to know about the St. Lawrence Market is here: St. Lawrence Market Home Page. Also, home of the quintessential Toronto breakfast, peameal bacon on a bun ('though the kaiser buns are nothing like the ones that come out of the MaryG oven!). Every time I go to the market I feel immensely sorry for all the people in the world that don't live here ;)

And by the way, Alex Farms now has about 6 or 7 outlets around town, so you're never more than a few minutes away from making your palate and your credit card company happy.

OntarioLinda 11-23-2007 07:30 AM

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Yes, Alfredo I've visited one other branch of Alex's Farm on Bayview. Great store also. For anyone who is a lover of cheese as I am, and lives in the Toronto Area, there is a fabulous Cheese Education course put on by the Artisan Cheese Marketing Board. It leads to certification and there are three levels. My reason for taking the course was only for my own personal knowledge and completing the first level was enough for me. It runs one night a week for 8 weeks at the Faculty Bldg. U. of T.
We tasted new cheeses every week - about 8 per week. So now at least when I visit Alex Cheese or any other cheese monger I have a little prior knowledge and know if I'm getting my cheese a' point.

beammeup 11-23-2007 10:23 PM

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There are some great cheese places in Kensington market I have got buffalo mozza there. A little pricy but still good. Coco bread with a spicey beef patty is something that shouldn't be missed.

CanuckJim 11-24-2007 05:36 AM

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Yep, you're right about Kensington. I like Global Cheese there. After, it's time for an empanada, a roti, a beef patty or some such. Too many choices. It's fine to have any one of them outside on a patio in summer with a cold Red Stripe, or Keith's, or even a Canadian.


jengineer 11-24-2007 07:20 PM

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sure I blew a bundle on it but it was for a good cause, our discerning paletts. And the cheese was worth it in my opinion

Bacterium 11-25-2007 02:23 AM

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looks like heaven to me

we have a cheese shop in the Adelaide Central Market called "The Stinky Cheese shop".....ahhh the smell of aged cheeses
I'm stuck on aged parmesan at the moment.....but a quality gouda sounds good too

CanuckJim 11-26-2007 05:27 AM

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A friend was coming to visit with her husband. Asked what she could bring to complement dinner, I said, "stinky cheese." They showed up with a wedge of an English cheese called "Stinking Bishop." It sure was stinky, not sure about the bishop part.


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