Toronto food tour! Looking for itinerary
So here's the thing. A couple of friends and I, who live a bit outside Toronto, are planning a day food tour of the city. We already have some ideas (which I will list) but we're open to a couple of other stops if they seem enticing. This will be pretty much strictly shopping, not dining or street food. We are already familiar with Kensington and St. Lawrence Market. And we've spent our share of time at Arz and Nasr, so it probably won't make the list.
Here it is so far:
Milbree Viking (for smoked fish)
The Cheese Boutique
Possibly Kensington for a few cooking odds and ends (Sasmart is my fave)
Looking for a really good Italian bakery
Might go to Seafood Depot (but it might be too out of the way)
Also looking for an excellent Middle Eastern place that isn't Arz or Nasr
Cannot be overly precious, but must be good stuff. And it's only one day, so we have to be somewhat sensible.
You might want to stop in at one or two of the better farmers' markets. I'd recommend the Green Barn or Brick Works.
As for Middle Eastern, you might want to try Ararat on Avenue north of Lawrence or, for an interesting twist, Marche Istanbul (Turkish) at Dufferin and Orfus or one of the many Persian food markets on Yonge just south of Steeles.
How about one of the many Portuguese bakeries for custard tarts, salt cod fritters and other goodies? Nova Era has many locations. I'm partial to Doce Minho, but that's probably a proximity issue more than anything else.