Monday, September 8, 2008

My Town Monday: Little India, Toronto

I've never met a curry or a lentil or a samosa I didn't like. Plus, I love to meander and window shop and people watch.

So, while in Toronto, I was thrilled to squeeze in an evening with the sisters, wandering around Little India. Little India is found along Gerrard Street East, where it stretches for about nine city blocks. Strolling along, it's hard to believe you're still in a big North American city. There's a variety of shops, mostly catering to Indian culture. For example, you can buy all sorts of Indian wares from pots and pans to incense to books to groceries to clothing to music to very fresh spices. And there's a plethora of Indian restaurants.

I'm sorry to report I didn't get any decent street shots (it was bucketing and dark), but here's a pic of a vendor selling various snacks for noshing as you walk, including roasted corn, a very popular item.


Here's a clothing store.


Hmmmm...maybe after the next book...??? (Kidding, dh!)


And this is where we ended up, my two sisters and I. We had a delicious and, as you can see, inexpensive Indian buffet. Actually, this is a pretty typical price. We were a little disappointed that goat meat wasn't available. Still, we had a delightful time, chatting and solving the world's problems and eating far far too much.

And a little extra trivia: Toronto is a Mohawk word meaning "meeting place." T.O. (for short) is home to more than 80 ethnic groups. That diversity is one of the things I miss about living down here in Southern California.

I also miss my ketchup potato chips. And I can't believe how very polite you've all been and not mentioned how I forgot to have Child #4 choose a winner for that particular contest. Oh, or maybe it's that nobody really wants ketchup potato chips! Seriously, you don't know what you're missing! At any rate, we'll take care of this oversight tomorrow.

I will be out of town for next week's My Town Monday's post. I think I'll do my post from that mystery location. You'll have to check back to find out where I am. Ooooooh.

(From: http://www.buffalonews.com/lifearts/travel/story/427461.html,http://www.toronto.com/guide/visitors/article/375233)

My Town Monday is hosted by Travis Erwin. Check out his very interesting post this week on Amarillo, TX and helium. Also, he'll have a list of the other participants.

28 comments:

Robyn said...

Oh I love Curry as well! Great post!
Cheers!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Mmmmmm. Indian food. Mmmmm. Indian jewelry. Mmmmmm. Silk saris. Mmmmmmm. ;-)

Joshua said...

sweet lord a curry fan! you my friend are awesome. Great post!

Laura said...

I love Little India and Little Italy and Little China - Man, I miss TO!!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Indian food has never quite caught on in Detroit. But it's a memorable cuisine.

Mac and Cheese said...

I've lived in Toronto for almost 30 years and I've never been to Little India. I need to get out more.

...and I hate to keep commenting about those chips but I can't believe you don't want to keep them for yourself! I'm still trying to kick my addiction.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Barrie,

We have a large Indian population here in NYC. (We have populations from everywhere!) but your pictures make Toronto's Little India seem more romantic somehow.

Terrie

Barrie said...

Uh, Mac and Cheese: I didn't want to admit this on a public forum, but.... I BROUGHT DOWN AN ENTIRE BOX OF KETCHUP CHIPS. Okay, yes, there a couple of bags of all-dressed in there too. And some chocolate bars. BUT...my entire 2nd piece of luggage is a big box full of SNACKS!

debra said...

Barrie--I must have missed the ketchup potato chips......
I love your traveling posts! Can't wait to see where we'll be next week.

TJ Brown said...

wow... how fun was that? I love curry too:)
Teri

Charles Gramlich said...

I've only eaten at two different Indian restruants. Loved one, hated one. But there is one not far from where we live now and I'm definitely going to try it.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Interesting post. Toronto is a fascinating city.

Linda

Chantal said...

I will have to hit little India next time I am in T.O. I have never been there.

Larramie said...

Barrie, along with Debra, I missed the ketchup potato chips. Care to enlighten again?

Clare2e said...

I like Indian, too, and when I vacationed in Toronto, other than trying the poutine (which is sinful enough to earn my instant affection), we were advised to dine on the nearby Indian food. So we did. Yum!

David Cranmer said...

Toronto's Little India looks like a great place to visit. My wife is a big fan of Indian food, but I had never really tried it until she took a North Indian cooking class... now I've become a fan by default.

Barbara Martin said...

Great post, love Indian food. Reminded me I haven't eaten at Sidhartha's for awhile, which is on Eglingon Avenue east of Yonge about half a block in on the north side. They have a great Saturday and Sunday brunch for slightly more money.

laughingwolf said...

neat, there's a similar little india in vancouver....

Barrie said...

Larramie, Debra: It was just a little leave-a-comment contest at the end of August. Here's the url:http://barriesummy.blogspot.com/2008/08/heading-home.html

Stacy said...

Ketchup potato chips? You may have scarred me for life.

I've only had Indian food once or twice, so I never know what to order.

Beth Yarnall said...

Mmmm... Indian food. Lucky girl!

Larramie said...

Gosh those are LAY'S potato chips, the real deal...BUT what do they taste like?

Barrie said...

What do ketchup chips taste like? Like a little bit of heaven in a chip bag!!!

Barrie said...

I'm also very partial to broasted chicken chips and all seasoned chips.

And I brought home these flavors of chips too: Buffalo Wings & Blue Cheese, Szechwan, and Pringles Jalapeno Ranch. YUMMY!

g said...

Love this tour!! Our best friends/neighbors moved to Toronto last year - we miss them and are longing to visit them. Your post made me want to even more!!

Angela said...

You sure do get around

Jen Bradbury said...

We ate Indian last night! Dal--mmm.
Jen

ed said...

A片,A片,A片,A片,A片,A片情趣商品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,情趣商品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,情趣商品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,,情趣,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品.情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,視訊聊天室,情趣,情趣用品,情趣,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣麻將,台灣彩卷,六合彩開獎號碼,運動彩卷,六合彩,遊戲,線上遊戲,cs online,搓麻將,矽谷麻將,明星三缺一, 橘子町,麻將大悶鍋,台客麻將,公博,game,,中華職棒,麗的線上小遊戲,國士無雙麻將,麻將館,賭博遊戲,威力彩,威力彩開獎號碼,龍龍運動網,史萊姆,史萊姆好玩遊戲,史萊姆第一個家,史萊姆好玩遊戲區,樂透彩開獎號碼,遊戲天堂,天堂,好玩遊戲,遊戲基地,無料遊戲王,好玩遊戲區,麻將遊戲,好玩遊戲區,小遊戲,電玩快打情趣用品,情趣,A片,AIO,AV,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,情色,情色貼圖,色情小說,情色文學,色情,寄情竹園小遊戲,色情遊戲,AIO交友愛情館,色情影片,情趣內衣,情趣睡衣,性感睡衣,情趣商品,微風成人,嘟嘟成人網,成人,18成人,成人影城,成人圖片,成人貼圖,成人圖片區,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室 ,哈啦聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,聊天室尋夢園,080苗栗人聊天室,080聊天室,視訊交友網,視訊借錢,黃金,黃金回收,黃金價格,黃金買賣,當舖,中古車,二手車A片,A片,成人網站,成人影片,色情,情色網,情色,AV,AV女優,成人影城,成人,色情A片,日本AV,免費成人影片,成人影片,SEX,免費A片,A片下載,免費A片下載,做愛,情色A片,色情影片,H漫,A漫,18成人a片,色情影片,情色電影,a片,色情,情色網,情色,av,av女優,成人影城,成人,色情a片,日本av,免費成人影片,成人影片,情色a片,sex,免費a片,a片下載,免費a片下載,成人網站,做愛,自拍