Just another Toronto photographer who likes to play with her food
I grew up in a small town where eating was a social event but not often an adventurous one. I learned to love long meals and interesting conversation.
Now I live in Toronto Canada. It’s great city for foodies, and with so much ethnic diversity, Torontonians don’t have to travel far for exciting flavours. But life in the city is busy, and sometimes there isn’t time to sit and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Travelling outside of Canada, I got my first taste of eating in the street. It was an experience so different than what I had known, and I was captivated. Served hot or cold, as little bundles or bowls of treats. There might be a fork, or spoon, or sticks offered, but often food is just given in the hand (Life lesson: take the disposable utensils from a mobile establishment with no running water). Sometimes you’re offered a plastic stool to sit on and sometimes just the curb. Frankly, not every experience has been delicious, but it’s always been an adventure.
In North America, we have an attachment to eating on the go, and I like the ease of street food. But, it also encompasses my general food values: fresh, local and affordable. For me there’s no better way to enjoy the people, sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the world than dining in the street.
Bon Voyage and Bon Appetite!