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Window Shopping

October 25, 2009

Hello Caitlin! Hello Internet!

Today was a beautiful, sunny autumn day in Toronto, and I make the most out of the weather this morning by heading out on my bike to engage in one of my most favorite and frequent activites: food shopping, of course! I was just going to my usual haunts, so I have no new stores to report back on, but I did pick up several goodies I’m very excited to share! Plus, in the afternoon, I decided to take advantageous of the nice weather again and take some naturally lighted photos in front of my bedroom window of the stuff I bought! Let the sharing begin!

First, I bought a new jar of nut butter from probably my favorite T.O. health store, Essence of Life Organics in Kensington Market. What kind, you ask? Look and see…

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Or perhaps you’d prefer the English side? Okay, I’ll oblige…

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I’m really excited to try this! I’m still working my way through my last jar of Peanut Hazelnut Butter right now, but I should be finishing that off soon. Maybe I’ll even be able to use this new nut butter for my trip to NYC on Friday!

Next up, I bought some salsa:

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Can’t really decide how ethnically offensive I think this is. Anyway, I bought it to add some pizazz to the leftover quasidillas I’ll be making this week. I tried it out tonight and was very pleased; I thought it was a great quasidilla go-along. That being said, this is definitely not amazing salsa by any means. It will, however, most likely prompt me to make more Mexican food in the future.

Finally, I have several goodies to share with you from My Market Bakery. You may remember that in a previous post I remarked that the next time I went to My Market Bakery, I would make sure to get there early in the day, since their stock really dwindles by the evening. Well, mission accomplished, and duly rewarded. There was so much delicious looking bread in the store this morning, I hardly knew what to do with myself. (I will add that in the three times I’ve been there, I haven’t even glanced at the large glass case of pastries and other sweet delights they have for sale—the bread is just that captivating.)

Anyway, my main purchase was to be a new sandwich loaf. This is the one I ended up choosing (sorry about the plastic bag in the way; I got it sliced and didn’t want to take it out of the bag):

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I think this is a multigrain sourdough loaf, but with all the breads I considered this morning (and with the somewhat unclear labeling system at the store), I can’t remember for sure. Anyway, it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

Next up, two bagels, both sesame:

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The fun thing about these bagels is that they come from other local bakeries (actually, a lot of My Market Bakery’s bread comes from other bakeries, although they also have some of their own on the shelves). The one on the right is a traditional bagel, made by a bakery with a name like The Traditional Bagel Bakery, which seemed appropriate. The one on the left was described as “boiled in honey water and then baked in a brick oven.” Enough to entice me! Can’t wait to try these, too.

The final thing I want to share is definitely the most exciting purchase of the day: Portuguese Cornbread!

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Let me see if I can remember the thoughts that went through my head when I saw this… I think they went something like this: “Yespleasethankyou.” Here are some more pics…

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This bread was so exciting that I had to try it tonight. Now, first, let me tell you that this isn’t your normal cornbread: the inside is white, not yellow (although the crust does have a beautiful golden color to it). However, it does have an incredibly subtle corn flavor with every bite, which is fantastic. I don’t know how they do it—maybe some amount of corn flour? Whatever their trick may be, my tummy is very grateful for it. I can’t wait to eat more of this awesome bread!

One final note: I noticed today that My Market Bakery sells bags of assorted day one breads for $1.00! And each bag comes with like five different breads or rolls! If I wasn’t so blown away by the rest of their selection today, I probably would’ve picked up one of these bags as well. But since I didn’t, I just have all the more reason to go back!

Until we eat again,

Willie

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