Join us in Toronto as we do a little fun stalking of Anthony Bourdains' stops in Season 2 episode 5 of his hit show The Layover. Originally aired December 17 2012
I love Anthony Bourdain and as a fairly new transplant to Toronto who loves food and cooking, what better first Post on MetroBuzz. I get to talk about two of my favorite subjects.
So this episode was very enjoyable and a little controversial as all good TV tends to be. When I say controversial, that would be in terms of some of the choices of destinations and food while here.
But I digress, let’s get into the episode and have some fun.
So it starts off as do most of the episodes thus far, with the Airport. And when flying into Toronto, the majority of people will be flying into Pearson Airport located in lovely Mississauga not Toronto as Mayor Hazel McCallion will be sure to remind you. Or as she is affectionately known “ Hurricane Hazel “
So flying into Pearson can be a bit of a drag as it is located out of the city proper and while the plans for the new train line to the city are in the works, at the time of this article you will have to fend for yourself.
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But regardless of whether you are flying into Pearson or coming in by train you can find all of your directions and information on MetroMark’s Maps and Transit Page for Toronto .
Once you get to the city there are plenty of great places to stay. Anthony focuses on two, The Drake Hotel which is a great place to be seen and the Ritz Carlton Hotel if you prefer not to be seen. You can check out all the great places to stay on our Hotels page here.
Now let’s get to the fun stuff, the food! We are gonna check out a few of the spots on his tour but for a complete list be sure to check out the episode page
So let’s start with one of the rare times in the episode where he leaves the Kensington Market area. Ironically enough it is to visit another Market.
The iconic St-Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto . This is easily on of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon in the city. It’s closed on Sunday unfortunately (something to do with Farmers needing a day off blah blah).
Whether you are picking up some meat and veggies for dinner or just a quick bite and a smoothie, it’s the place to go. It was actually rated as the number one farmers market in the World by National Geographic
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How cool is that. So while the food choices are plentiful here Anthony chooses to go for the classic Toronto Staple, The Peameal Sandwich at Carousel Bakery . Now I will be the first one to admit that I had never heard of this culinary creation until moving to the Big Smoke (as Torontonians like to call the city).
But I have had the pleasure of checking out the sandwich at The Carousel in all of its glory for myself. And it is delicious! The egg option is definitely the way to go and make sure to add a little house mustard to round it off.
Not as salty and fatty as a regular bacon and egg sandwich typically winds up but don’t fool yourself. This is a meal and will fill you up on the cheap. Grab a smoothie from downstairs and you are all set.
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The next stalk on our tour would be lunch and I don’t know if he wanted to keep the whole Hogtown theme going but he winds up at Porchetta and co. where he sits down with Scott Vivian who is the chef owner of Beast. Beast will be the final stalk on our tour and happens to be one of my favorite spots in the city.
So Porchetta and Co. do one thing and they do it really well. The classic Italian roast Porchetta is a staple in Italian households. Having grown up surrounded by Italians I can tell you that I have the pleasure of eating plenty of Porchetta in the traditional style.
What they do at Porchetta is take it to another level. The whole process takes a few days and is a labor of love. Brining the shoulder for 24 hours then wrapping it in Prosciutto and then wrapping it again in Pork belly and slow roasting it for hours. If you are not hungry yet, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
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Another cool option for lunch that he mentions but doesn’t visit is Wvrst . Wvrst is a cool open beer hall type of place that also specializes in one thing (well two if you count all the tasty beer) and that is sausage in all its flavors. Personally I prefer heading to the bar to grab a seat where you can enjoy your beer and a sandwich in comfort. But if you want to get the real beer hall experience, get in line, order your dog, grab a table and go get a beer and wait for your order to be called. It’s a good time especially in a large group.
The last stop in our stalking tour will be the fabulous Beast Restaurant .
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Now I will be the first to admit I am little biased because I really love this place. Its tucked into a quiet little street in the Kensington Market area of the city. Small and cozy, it’s a great place to check out for a romantic dinner or drinks and a bite with friends. Having recently checked out their brunch a few weeks ago, I can say that it’s a great value for what you get. Delicious scrambled eggs with crab are light and fluffy or if you prefer the basics, the Labatt 50 breakfast is a steal and comes with a bottle of tasty tasty Labatt 50 so what more could you ask for. Be sure to check it out when you are in town.
So that’s it for our first stalking tour. I hope you enjoyed it and please feel free to email us with any questions on the places we checked out.
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