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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Flavour of the Olympics - Taste Tour of the Danforth

The Olympics are on in full swing and it brings Greece and all of its wonders to mind!  The photo below is actually a scene from the Danforth near Pape.  A bust and memorial to Alexander the Great is a prominent feature of the neighbourhood and offers a wonderful resting place with fountain and shade.



On a hot, sunny Saturday you can take a tour of Toronto's cultural food districts and learn about food and history in unique way.  I did just that with my friend Anne last week in Toronto.  We joined up with The Culinary Adventure Company and our tourguide Peter from www.kalofagas.ca a notable Toronto foodie and blogger.



Our first stop is a sampling of Turkish Olives with store and olive grove owner Mehmet Uzel.  His array of olives and olive products is astonishing.  A sampling quickly determines that we are tasting fresh, flavourful olives and oil that are a must buy.  Mehmet does his own seasoning on site and will vacuum pack your purchase for you.  Delicious.


Next a trip to Meditarrenean pizza called Pide.  We ordered the combo slice.  While you wait for your personal pizza order, you can watch the interesting video on how the dough and pizza are assembled.  The finished product is nothing short of fantastic.  All of the ingredients are fresh and so is the "onion on the side" that Peter recommended to complement the food.  Totally delicious.  One Pide is enough to feed two for lunch.  FYI.


We continued to food fest to a colourful bakery called Akropolis Bakery where the baked goods on display are enough to make even the most staunch dieter relent.  Peter recommended that we try the Galaktoboureko (click for a recipe) which is a baked egg custard with phyllo and syrup to create the irresistable blend of sweet and mild.  Absolutely delicious. And what a bustling fun atmosphere.  As soon as we walked in my friend Anne said it feels like we are in Europe!



Final stop was Pan Restaurant where we enjoyed a "sampler platter" of appetizers and a glass of red Greek wine.  What an amazing way to finish a wonderful afternoon.  I have never had such tasty tzaziki and dolmas.  The selection was a good variety and the wine was very complementary.


Thank you Peter for a wonderful taste of the Olympics.   "Ευχαριστώ"