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A Taste of Canada in Toronto

1 July 2017

Happy Canada Day everyone! There’s been a lot of build up to Canada’s 150th. It’s started some great conversations about our country’s history and has certainly made me reflect on where we’ve come from and where we are today. I am appreciative of my grandparents who immigrated to Canada three decades ago and sacrificed so much for their kids and grandkids. I am grateful to live in this country where I feel safe and where I can access resources and opportunities to make a good living.

I also recognize this is not the lived experience of everyone living in Canada – especially those who have been systemically discriminated against and marginalized by poor policy decisions for the past 150 years. While I believe we have made progress – I know there is much more room for improvement and constant pause for reflection about how we can make this country a better place for everyone.

In honour of Canada Day, I put together a list of places in the city where you can get a ‘taste of Canada’. People probably wonder what is Canadian food? Of course there is the typical poutine, maple syrup, butter tarts and pemeal sandwich responses (which I have included in the list below), but I am happy to see more and more Indigenous restaurants opening up across the city, showcasing time-honoured cuisine made from the food of our land.

1. Upscale Indigenous food from the newly opened Kū-kŭm – 581 Mount Pleasant

Delicious roasted elk from the new @kukum_kitchen #dinnerTO – 📷 @hctrvqz

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2. Casual Anishnawbe food from Nish Dish Marketeria- 690 Bloor Street West

3.Upscale, inventive Canadian cuisine at Canoe – 66 Wellington St W

4. Authentic French-Canadian poutine from Nom Nom Nom Crepes – 707 Dundas St W

5. A taste of Canada’s kindness and openness reflected at Newcomer Kitchen (The Depanneur), delicious Syrian cuisine made by refugee women – 1033 College St

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