|Super-boozy display at TTS|
My husband and I just got back from a trip to Toronto. He was going to cover a track meet for an online web service, and I came along because I love the city. Since he had plans last night, I made some of my own with the Culinary Adventure Company. I heard about it on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try so I wouldn't have to eat alone. I did the Chef's Tour of Little Italy. Because Chef Scott had an Escape the City event that night, I ended up with a private tour with Chef Shahir. It was fun and relaxing not to have a whole group to deal with. It was Chef Shahir's first time as a guide and he was a perfect host.
|TTS drink menu|
|Acadia salmon creati|
|Acadia drinks (and my host)|
One of the most fun stops on the tour was Hogtown, because I tried two things I had wanted to try for a while but never had: Oysters and poutine. Poutine is a French Canadian specialty made with fries, cheese curds, and gravy. To be honest, it always sounded a little disgusting to me. It was so good that I had to consciously limit myself because I knew another stop was coming. I had about six or seven fries with the cheese and gravy. It was a shame to leave the rest but we knew they wouldn't taste good cold. The oysters were very refreshing and it was nice to have something a little lighter after all the heavy fare. I liked them plain, with lemon, and with a little grated fresh horseradish. Both the poutine and the oysters were perfect paired with a local lager.
|Pizza Margherita at Taverniti|
After all this food, we met Chef Scott at Chef Shahir's home base, Teatro, where he and his fellow chef Dave decided to try to kill me with gimlets. I really learned not to try to keep up with chefs when it comes to drinking. I'm not a high-tolerance drinker and I had some trouble realizing how strong the drinks were because they tasted so good. Luckily, my husband met up with us. He helpfully polished off the pizza and escorted me home. I don't remember much about the walk home except saying that I thought my liver might be broken. I got up early, slammed several glasses of water, and then went out and found a coffee shop near the B&B. Luckily I had time to sleep on the train home.
|Two kinds of oysters|
My husband and I plan to go back and try that Escape the City trip next time we are in Toronto. It's a paddle out to the Toronto Island Park with a gourmet picnic. It looks amazing.
Obviously, this adventure was a splurge for me in terms of money, calories, and my poor aforementioned liver. I don't do things like this often. I worked up an appetite with the hours and hours of walking I did in the city just to get around (even with public transit, there is plenty of walking involved) and was more moderate for the rest of the trip.
I wouldn't recommend this trip for the super-calorie-conscious, anyone with dietary restrictions, or a super-picky eater. It's not called Culinary Safety Company, it's called Culinary Adventure Company. If you are willing to throw caution to the wind for one night, you can have a lot of fun.