I spent a weekend driving around a Ford Fiesta, and I think that I’m in love. I first came across the Ford Fiesta ST at the Toronto Auto Show in 2014. I really liked the bright green hatchback, but didn’t have the opportunity to drive it.
Thanks to my friends at Ford, not only did I get to spend a weekend driving it, but I got to do my favourite thing- eat! Toronto is a pretty big city, and it’s so easy to spend your time tucked away into one specific area of the city.
People often describe themselves as an East Ender, or a West Sider, and nary the two shall meet. Enough of that. Toronto is meant to explore…and what better way than to eat your way through it? I visited 6 boroughs of the 6ix and I bring you my favourite food spots.
The Pie Commission (935 the Queensway): Admittedly, I rarely venture into Etoboike, but when I do the Pie Comittion is always my first stop. These flakey pies are handmade and filled with delicious fillings. My favourite one? Braised Beef Rib Pie (braised beef, sweet potato and mushroom).
BakeCode (4910 Yonge St) has the most delicious array of breads and desserts I particularly love their crepe millie cake and their sponge roll cakes. You also can’t go wrong with a matcha croissant! Chaitime drinks are also served here. I love the mango green tea, pictured matching my Fiesta!
Emma’s County Kitchen (1108 St.Clair Ave W) On a Saturday morning we headed here for brunch. The wait was about 45 minutes, but they take your number and call you when your table is ready. Emma’s homemade donuts are a hot commodity and go fast! When I popped in to get on the wait list, there were 3 varieties available. When I returned, only 5 lonely donuts remained. I made sure to snag this yummy peanut butter chocolate one.
Breakfast was worth the wait. I had the Classic Breakfast (2 eggs any style, sage and onion sausage, crispy griddled red skin potatoes with sea salt and thyme.) The homemade bread and sausage were amazing.
Playa Cabana (111 Dupont St) Playa Cabana makes some of my favourite Mexican food ever. They have so many restaurants, yet each spot is unique. I visited one of their classic locations on Dupont for dinner. Their tacos are my favourite thing to order. I had the Tacos de Pollo au Carbon served with mango salsa.
Maman Bakery and Cafe (First Canadian Place, 100 King Street W) I have the sneaking suspicion that the staff at Maman recognize me, but are just too polite to be like, “Oh you. You’re that girl…that’s always in here.” Which is fine by me. This French cafe has a cool vibe and even cooler treats.
Maman is located in the First Canadian Place food court, and can be a little difficult to find. Once you do, you won’t ever forget how to get there! Their best dessert is their massive chocolate chip cookie with chunks of dark chocolate, almonds and walnuts. It’s seriously to die for!
Messini’s Grill (445 Danforth Ave)as the best gyros in Toronto. Their entire menu is reasonable priced, and they serve up fresh pork, chicken and lamb gyros. When I’m not eating a gyro, I devour their Greek fries tossed with feta cheese and olive oil.
Athen’s Pasteries (509 Danforth Ave) For dessert, I hear to Athen’s to grab my favourite Greek desserts. Loukoumathes are sweet honey puffs that are crispy and melt in your mouth. Here, they sprinkle them with cinnamon before putting them in parchment paper for you to take home. Mmmm.
Finally, we head into Scarborough. Scarborough has all sorts of yummy food. In fact, one stop was so yummy that I ate the food before snapping a photo.
Hakka #1 (682 Kennedy Road) is my go to spot for hakka food.. If you don’t know, hakka food is a glorious mix of Chinese and Indian food. My favourite dishes are the Chili Chicken, House Special Hakka Noodles (wth Chicken, Beef and Shrimp) and the Crispy Ginger Chicken. Mmm.
And finally, to end on a sweet note, 0109 Dessert & Chocolate (#109 – 2190 McNicoll Ave.) serves up late night desserts. They make their own gelato and chocolate, and are open late.
I loved zipping around the city in the Ford Fiesta. It was big enough to hold all of the stuff I carry with me on a regular basis, good on gas, and I loved the built in nav. I also really enjoyed a fun little feature that lets you change the accent lights on the car to pink, turquoise, purple and other rainbow hues. Fun! I also loved staying connected and driving safe by using SYNC to connect my phone to listen to my music and to listen to my text messages.
Have you ever driven a Ford Fiesta, or been to one of my foodie stops?