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The Toronto table

Toronto can be a gastronome's paradise with its array of culinary choices.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2011 01:49 IST
Rupali Dean

Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, is not just Canada's largest city, but is also a culinary destination. The city sprawls with local food varieties from freshly harvested greens to root vegetables, all year round. World on a platter The city's strong multiculturalism brings together authentic cuisines from around the world to offer a splendid global spread.



The city breeds an exhaustive list of ethnic neighbourhoods, such as Little Italy, Koreatown, Roncesvalles Village (Little Poland) and Little Portugal among others. As you walk through city's Chinatown, stalls of Asian fruits, vegetables and seafood greet you. But, for an authentic Chinese bite, south of Spadina is the right place. The Danforth aka Greektown calls for a mandatory visit by ,lovers, while Little India promises the taste of homeland to homesick Indian sojourners.



The eclectic array of ethnic food is also well matched with high hygiene standards.

Multicuisine

Besides sampling the local dishes, when in Toronto, it a must to indulge in the local favourite - hot dogs and pop. A downtown bounty, they are available at stands for just two dollars.



Maple masters

Early spring marks the season of maple syrup in Toronto, when people with maple tress in their backyard drill the trunks to produce homemade syrup. This process is done when the temperature is above freezing point during the day and below freezing point during the night. The extracted watery sap is boiled to make it viscous.



However, it takes almost 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. A single tree may give 10 gallons of sap over the course of four weeks.Unlike the olden days when sap was collected in buckets, most commercial operations today use plastic taps and tubing to direct the flow to a central location.



The collected sap is evaporated in large, flat pans that are then heated. The long process is ultimately worth the wait, as nothing but deliciously fresh maple syrup can go with pancakes that one must savour everyday while visiting Toronto.