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article imageThe St. Lawrence Market: One of Toronto's Gems

By Aron Solomon     Dec 27, 2014 in Food
Toronto - Great cities have great food halls and Toronto is no exception to this rule. With 211 years of history, Canada's most compelling food hall never fails to surprise.
This isn't simply a love letter to the St. Lawrence Market. Having been there well over 150 times over the years, it failed to resonate with me until fairly recently. In my 3 million+ miles of travel, I've been to many of the world's great food halls and markets, including San Francisco's Ferry Terminal; Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh; Tokyo's epic fish market, Tsukiji; Berlin's KaDeWe; Helsinki's Kauppatori; Östermalms Saluhall; and many more. Some of these are memories I'll never forget.
But since moving to Toronto, St. Lawrence has begun to grow on me, like a comfortable but not always impeccable sweatshirt. The fact that I live very close to the heart of downtown and can walk to the market in 30 minutes, as I did this morning to create this photo essay here at Digital Journal, has made that appreciation much easier, relaxed, pleasant.
The St. Lawrence Market is considered by most experts to be in the top half of the 25 in the world, an amazing honor for Toronto and Canada given the depth of the competition. Some even consider the St. Lawrence Market to be the best in the world, though I still don't see it.
Today's visit, which I'm really happy and honored to share with you here, was quite a normal one for me. I walked to the market, went alone (which I do about half the time), brought my iPhone 6 Plus, and shot all of my pictures with Camera+, the ultimate iOS photo app.
Here are what are hopefully some interesting, random, and maybe even borderline compelling shots from the market today, beginning with one of your essayist, then one approaching from the north and immediately to the west and, finally, ending with one departing to the east.
Your essayist. Me. @aronsolomon.
Your essayist. Me. @aronsolomon.
Toronto  St. Lawrence Market
Toronto, St. Lawrence Market
Toronto s St. Lawrence Market: Another market corridor.
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market: Another market corridor.
Smoked meats of all varieties.
Smoked meats of all varieties.
Toronto: Corridor  St. Lawrence Market.
Toronto: Corridor, St. Lawrence Market.
There are days where I eat 100 of these olives.
There are days where I eat 100 of these olives.
Some seriously exotic  pure maple syrups.
Some seriously exotic, pure maple syrups.
Innards. Yum. Huge fan.
Innards. Yum. Huge fan.
Balsamic - an amazing and exotic selection.
Balsamic - an amazing and exotic selection.
Beautiful variety of salts.
Beautiful variety of salts.
The new recruits.
The new recruits.
Delicious fishious.
Delicious fishious.
Meats of many wildness-es.
Meats of many wildness-es.
One of the best kitchen shops anywhere.
One of the best kitchen shops anywhere.
Toronto s St. Lawrence Market: Hungry market-goers heading to the lower level.
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market: Hungry market-goers heading to the lower level.
Truffles.
Truffles.
No one knows honey like this dude. Visit Honey World in the lower level.
No one knows honey like this dude. Visit Honey World in the lower level.
Shrimp. Tempura. Quite nice. Light.
Shrimp. Tempura. Quite nice. Light.
Toronto s best pizza slice.
Toronto's best pizza slice.
Toronto s St. Lawrence Market
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market
What I consumed while at the market: The amazing slice of pizza, above (I actually think the pizza shop on the upper floor of the market - St. Lawrence Pizza and Ice Cream - is the best slice in Toronto, and I've had so, so many of them). I also sampled about 20 difference cheeses, 5 types of honey, and may have actually had a second slice of pizza on the way out. And some tempura shrimp. And a bit of chocolate.
What I acquired at the market: I did really well today, I think. Here's my bounty, which I carried home in my favorite food bag, the YYZ:
Today s haul. Nice.
Today's haul. Nice.
One Saveur annual top 100 issue (I picked this up at a depanneur on the way to the market, to be precise); 1.5 pounds of tiger shrimp, to be steamed in dark beer for dinner and dipped in my own horseradish sauce; a very useful lemon squeezer (Placewares, on the upper level of the market, is my favorite kitchen accessories shop in Toronto); a clay puck to keep my cassonade from sticking together while in the storage jar (insanely useful - who knew these existed?); smoked paprika; beautiful flower honey from France; two tea towels from Japan; some taramasalata (a Greek roe spread); and some sucre violette, which I'm currently drinking in my coffee and, yes, it does taste like violet and is amazing.
Oh. And one bandana from Japan for my Standard Poodle. She seems to like it.
The girl in her new Japanese bandana.
The girl in her new Japanese bandana.
If life gives you the occasion to come to Toronto or if you're a local who has forgotten about the wonders that can be found on a slow journey through a divine space, I would highly commend to you a visit to the St. Lawrence Market.
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