|CN Tower in Toronto (my view from Chinatown)|
After finding not so great versions across America over the years, I decided the only way to eat proper poutine was in Canada. I did some research and found a poutine place that Anthony Bourdain visited while he was in Toronto for his Travel Channel show, The Layover. Poutini's House of Poutine serves several different kinds of poutine: vegan, vegetarian, topped with bacon, pulled pork or maple syrup. Jenn's a vegetarian so we split the vegetarian option.
Poutini's poutine was pretty darn good, I only wish the cheese curds were more gooey melty. But Poutini's boasts that their fresh cheese curds are extra squeaky. And squeaky fresh (and not melty) they were. The vegetarian gravy was super tasty and I wasn't missing the meat gravy at all.
I had a list of potential cupcake bakeries to go to but managed to stumble upon Le Dolci bakery on the way to an Anthony Bourdain recommended bar in Little Italy (which we never got to since it was closed). Lucky for me, I didn't have to scour the streets for a cupcake, it fell right in my lap. Too bad it wasn't a great cupcake. The frosting didn't taste like anything but it was supposed to be Cookies 'N Cream on top of a chocolate cupcake. Only plus, it was a pretty moist chocolate cake. Each cupcake is $2.50.
Ding Dong Pastries (normally the shelves are lined with curry-filled, red bean-filled or taro-filled buns; not your-average-super sugary American pastries) . The cupcake was a frosting-less Chinese-style sponge cake called a Paper Cup Cake. It is supposed to have a rich egg flavor. The one I consumed actually had a nutty flavor rather than an eggy overtone. Not quite a cupcake but was a different treat that I might never have purchased at an Asian bakery. Fluffy, mild and just okay. I'll stick to eating taro buns. Each paper cup cake is 70 cents.