Plated in Ontario: 4 of My Favorite Dishes.

By Posted in - Canada on July 25th, 2012 A man is eating an ice cream cone in Toronto.

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Story by Randy Kalp | Photos by Bethany Salvon

A man is eating an ice cream cone in Toronto.


I never used to be a foodie. For years, my palate was satisfied by such classic American fare as spaghetti and meatballs, hot roast beef sandwiches, Tex-Mex and, my personal favorite, Spaghetti-O’s.

Then a few years ago something happened, I started seeing food and chefs in a whole new light. Now, there’s a high probability that this foodie awakening was spurred by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and the slew of other Technicolor chefs that heat up the reality TV show kitchens on a nightly basis.

But let me be clear about one thing, while I maybe an accidental foodie, I am no food critic (or any other type of critic for that matter). Trust me, this is a good thing. Instead, of boring you with my tiresome clichés about the phenomenal dishes I experienced in Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls, I’m going to leave the tastes and flavors to your imagination.

Tostada de Lengua (Tostada of the Tongue)

Thinly sliced cow’s tongue on a tostada with cilantro verde, cashew sauce, grilled pineapple, radish and beet sprouts.

La Carnita Taqueria

501 College Street
Toronto, ON
Twitter: @la_carnita
Facebook: La Carnita

Pepper Crusted Swordfish

Swordfish with Raspberry, Lemon Grass Cous, Cous and Ruby Swiss Chard.

Peller Estates Winery

290 John Street East, RR #1
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Twitter: @PellarVQA
Facebook: Peller Estates Winery

Smokey raspberry cobbler / sorbet

I think the dessert’s name and photo say it all. 🙂


1 York Street
Ottawa, ON
Twitter: @playfoodandwine
Facebook: Play Food and Wine


Fries, gravy and cheese.

Flying Saucer Restaurant

6768 Lundy’s Lane
Niagara Falls, ON
(905) 356-4553

What’s your favorite dish from recent travels?


Editor’s note: Beth and I would like to give a BIG THANKS to the Canada Visitors Bureau–who hosted our four day tour through Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls–and to all the locals who put us in the know for each city we visited. We’ve got some great stories from the trip that we will be sharing with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if your looking for great insider information, including tips and locals’ suggestions,  about Canada, check out these twitter hastags: #canadaforfun and #explorecanada.

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  • Mike -

    July 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    That’s easy. The Langostinos at Tiestos in Cuenca Ecuador were one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Very economical compared to the US (I think we each spent a total of $25 USD) and the eight garnish dishes, including pickled onions and pickled hot peppers, as well as the ever-present ají (hot sauce) are a very pleasant start to the meal. The chef and owner Juan Carlos Solano greets all customers and ensures you have a wonderful experience.

  • Andi -

    July 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I consider myself an accidental foodie too!!! Love the dessert pics…yum!

  • Waegook Tom -

    July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Now this is some amazing looking foodporn for sure! Out of these….do I have to choose, or can I just restaurant hop and have them all? Would have to try the poutine first though, all my Canadian friends rave about/crave it.

  • Catherine Jones -

    July 29, 2012 at 7:37 am

    The smokey raspberry cobbler/sorbet looks amazing! 🙂

  • Thomas -

    August 1, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Now I am already hungry looking at these yummy dishes. I dont prefer to experiment a lot, chicken lasagnes are an all time favorite easily available in every american restaurant. But the dishes here look amazing and I would really want to try some. The rasberry desert gave me a terrific boost when I looked at it.

  • Ayngelina -

    August 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Oooh La Carnita! I haven’t been there yet but everyone raves about it.