Living in Consciousness ~ Indi(r)a’s Food and Garden Weblog


All last week, we were in Toronto. This was our first visit to this Canadian city and we also found that it is very tourist friendly. We stayed at a hotel in downtown. One of the things we liked about the city is its public transport system. Trams and subway system were excellent and we never had to use our car, it just sat in the hotel garage.

In addition to regular tourist attractions, we also visited India Bazaar on Gerrard street. Dined at a south Indian vegetarian restaurant on Gerrard Street called Udipi Palace. We enjoyed having hot masala Dosa, Idli and Vada. There is also a new grocery shop, Sabji Mandi, opened in Brampton. They had an outrageous opening sale going and I went nuts. Bought about 150 dollars worth of groceries there. The prices for items like rice, dals and vegetables were unbelievable. Two 10 pound Basmathi rice bags for $8.99, 8 pound dal bag $2.99! I think with the purchases I did, I am set for this winter.

Photos of Toronto in December winter weather:

Lake Ontario, on a very cloudy, wintry day
Lake Ontario- view from the top of CN Tower

CN Tower, Toronto
CN Tower, Toronto

Financial District, Downtown, Toronto
Financial District, Downtown-Toronto

For this week in Indian Kitchen:

Indian Sugar Purchased at Subji Mandi, Toronto
Indian Sugar (Large Crystal Type) Purchased at Subji Mandi, Toronto

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Sunday December 25, 2005 at 10:53 am- permalink)
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  1. Wish you a merry Christmas and happy new year India.

    Glad to see you back Indira. Cute pictures!

    My Mom had sent me a message stating that out of all the wishes she received on her birthday, she loved the most touching wishes of yours. A big thank you from her side.

    Comment by VK Narayanan — December 25, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

  2. Oops… misspelled your name as India 🙂

    Comment by VK Narayanan — December 25, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

  3. Thank you VKN!Wish you the same!
    Please say hello and thanks to your mom.

    Comment by Indira — December 25, 2005 @ 1:13 pm

  4. Sounds like some great deals!! Do you freeze some of it? Any hard-to-find veggies? Looking forward to more pics when you have a chance!

    Comment by yum — December 25, 2005 @ 4:02 pm

  5. Merry Christmas to yu and your family. Sounds like you had a fun trip.

    Comment by Kalyn — December 25, 2005 @ 6:44 pm

  6. Yum.. frozen vegetables were also on sale, 99 cents. I bought quite a few packets of drumsticks, karela, bendi etc.,
    Hard to find… I bought fresh ripe guava and gooseberries after a long(almost 6 years) time. I will definitely post pictures. Thanks!

    Kalyn.. Wish you the same!

    Comment by Indira — December 25, 2005 @ 8:15 pm

  7. Indira, those prices are unbelievable! That is great!

    I hope you had a great vacation, and happy holidays. I hope you have a lot of good fortune and good cooking in the new year to come!

    Indira says…
    Thank you, Barbara. Wishing you the same!

    Comment by Barbara — December 26, 2005 @ 12:15 am

  8. lol… only a true foodie would shop for food and think about meal ideas even on vacation 🙂
    And great pictures too!

    Indira says..
    Hey.. we have to eat on vacation too.. :). Because we don’t have any Indian restaurants and grocery shops in our small town, we go all out during this kind of out of town trips.
    Weather was really bad, no Sunlight at all, toronto photos were taken around 11am, but they look like it was almost evening.

    Comment by GaramMasala — December 27, 2005 @ 1:13 pm

  9. Hi Indira,

    My post on my visit to Toronto

    I couldn’t stock up on anything but I did buy a pressure cooker on Gerard street.

    Indira says…
    Hi Tilo, mangoes are worth the travelling, if you ask me. Thanks for the link.
    Because of cold winter weather, India bazaar was like ghost town when we visited. That too, we went on a weekday. There are not that many people out there and we felt very happy to see atleast the shops open. Summer seems to be the time to visit Toronto.:)

    Comment by tilo — December 30, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

  10. Hi Indira,
    Thanks for visiting our city and writing nice things about it. Yes summer is the season you visit Toronto. Also next time when you come, visit Brar’s restaurant in Brampton. Its all vegetarian buffet. Downtown also has good Indian places to eat.
    Let me know when you are visiting us again.

    Comment by Devika — January 2, 2008 @ 9:50 am

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