In a world saturated with cheap potato chips and stale snacks, Spudniks stands apart. Rather than selling crinkly bags of chips and popcorn designed to last for months—thanks to additives and preservatives—they make each without unnecessary chemicals and serve them up to customers fresh and warm. The flavours are better, too—snacks are only seasoned once they're sold, and the shop's varied seasonings come with gluten-free options in flavours such as bleu cheese and chicken wings, mexi-jalapeno, and spicy thai-chili. The finger food selection ranges far and wide, from potato chips and kettle corn to spoutine and spachos, Spudniks' takes on the traditional comfort foods.
The products are also available in sealed packages for retail sale and portable consumption, with each bag actually full of snacks—not the disappointing air pocket or novelty rubber snake that fills other bags. For off-site enjoyment, Spudniks caters events with their warm chips and popcorn.
With glimmering wine glasses, white napkins, and fresh flowers scattered across its wooden tables and countertops, Bistro 243 personifies a cozy-yet-stylish French bistro. The intimate restaurant serves elegant lunch and dinner dishes daily, with entrees such as mushroom risotto and chicken stuffed with spinach and brie further channeling European pleasures. On weekends, diners stop by to sip on mimosas from the full bar while enjoying brunch selections ranging from omelettes with smoked salmon to sandwiches with pulled pork.
Chefs at Crepe Delicious swirl paper-thin layers of batter onto their piping-hot crepe griddles, perfuming the air with the enticing aroma. Shortly after, the cooks lift away delectable crepes ready to be stuffed with savoury ingredients. The crepes themselves weigh in at only about 130 calories each with just 3.5 grams of fat, but they sate appetites during any meal.
A visit to Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market, a popular haunt for elite chefs and amateur foodies that was named No. 1 on the list of the world’s top 10 markets by National Geographic, typically requires leaving your house. However, online grocer Fooddel launched the gourmet market into cyberspace when it started up two years ago; the site offers free deliveries throughout Toronto, guaranteed fresh by multitemperature refrigeration and a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee. The site unites more than 28 marketplace merchants in its easily navigable store, such as Di Liso’s Fine Meats, Carousel Bakery, Harbourfront Organics, and Seafront Fish Market. After composing orders of organic produce, locally made artisanal cheeses, and charcuterie meats, customers can check out at one central register rather than by giving each merchant a scrap of a $20 bill.
Low Carb Canada aims to make Canadians healthier, one delicious meal at a time. The online grocer carries supplements and healthy alternatives to foods for diabetics with brands such as CarbWise multigrain bread, Atkins energy bars, and Zeroodle spaghetti. Their selection of pastas made from tofu, eggs, and black beans can be covered in low-carb, heart-healthy tomato sauce, and sugar-free breakfast bars give shoppers the energy to wrestle down a feral Tofurky. But eating healthy doesn't have to mean cutting out sweets altogether; they also offers gluten-free muffins, carb-free ginger spice cookies, and a wealth of sugar-free candies.