From dry-aged steak to freshly made sausages, many butchers in Toronto are committed to locally sourced products. The variety you’ll find at these butcher shops are endless and can include lasagna, fresh sandwiches, deli meats and even a prix-fixe menu! Here are the best butcher shops in Toronto.[Photo credit: iStock]
Roncesvalles has long been a destination for Toronto’s foodies and at-home chefs. Known for its traditional Polish delis and indie produce markets, Roncey is also home to a slew of gourmet grocers, home-style bakeries and ethical meat shops. Spend an afternoon perusing this casual west end stretch and pick up the ingredients for your next kitchen creation.  [Image credit: iStock.com/martin-dm]
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but you’ve got to reward yourself for that fruit salad somehow. Luckily for you, sweet shops are popping up from east to west in Toronto. Whether you’re a chocolate connoisseur or a gummy bear enthusiast, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth in the 6ix. [Image credit: iStock.com/Blade_kostas]
Good things come in small packages, especially when it comes to Toronto’s most tantalizing chocolate shops. Passionate chocolatiers all over the city are making mouths water with their bite-sized truffles and treats that come in a variety of flavours to suit every taste bud. From east to west, here are some of favourite boutiques to settle your cocoa cravings. [Image credit: iStock.com/Alina555]
Move over caffeine and say hello to sweet, colourful, energy-boosting juice. Whether you’ve decided it’s time for a cleanse or you’re simply hooked on the limitless fruity elixirs nature has to offer, cold-pressed juice is the organic solution to your afternoon crash. Best of all, these healthy spots  in Toronto will deliver your daily or weekly supply of juice right to your door. [Feature image: Anti Vice Juicery]
Have you got hot sauce fever? Symptoms include craving cayenne, choosing spicy over sweet, and pouring hot sauce on just about anything (spicy mac ’n’ cheese, anyone?). If variety is the spice of life, turn up the heat with these Toronto hot sauce selections and you’ll be in for a flavourful ride. [Photo courtesy of Café Con Leche]
During Persian New Year (first day of spring), known as Nowruz, it’s tradition to set up a table called the “haft-seen.” Seven symbolic items starting with the Farsi letter “s” – with few additions like gold fishes and decorative eggs – are placed on the table to bring wealth, health and happiness to the new year. Guests also get together for sweets and tea for 13 days of festivity. Here’s where to shop for Nowruz essentials.
Some of Toronto's best baguettes, breads and butter tarts are baked in the east end, their heavenly aromas pouring out of the oven and onto the bustling Queen Street East strip. Other bakeries in Riverside and Leslieville feel like true hidden gems, tucked up side streets that only the locals frequent. Here are the spots to visit on the east side. [Feature image: Bobbette & Belle]
Now let’s see – a fresh loaf of artisan bread versus store-bought. Is there really any comparison? Sinking your teeth into a fresh-baked slab of handmade bread is one of life’s great pleasures that shouldn’t be denied. Taste the difference real hands make at these local artisan bakeries. [Feature image: Blackbird Baking Co.]
For the city’s discerning carnivores, the best butcher shops go that extra mile (but no more than 100) to bring organic, locally raised meats from farm to table. With a bounty of Toronto butchers stocking grass-fed beef, heritage pork and free-range chicken, the (pasture-raised) bacon is in your own backyard. [Featured Image: Cote de Boeuf]
Just because you’re gluten-free doesn’t mean you need to feel deprived. You can have your cupcake and eat it too! Satisfy your sweet tooth with these bakeries scattered around the city. Each one offers specialized gluten-free cupcakes that are perfect for indulging any day of the week.
If finding the perfect bunch of kale for your smoothie or a chicken pot pie that tastes as good as mom’s is what really fuels your foodie mojo, it’s time to step away from the big box grocery store. We’ve rounded up our top independent grocers for premium produce, take-home fare, gourmet cheeses, all-natural products and ethical meats, plus a food co-op and a 24-hour neighbourhood favourite.
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