Saturday, November 7, 2015

Not ready to go yet? Take a little piece of
the city home with you.
The perfect souvenir evokes a city's charms without
shouting it from the rooftops.
Some prefer mementos of the edible variety,
made by a local artisan using only the best that the city has to offer.
Others
want a keepsake to remind themselves of where they've been.
Depending on where
your tastes lie, we've sourced some of the most unique, delicious, and notable
souvenirs from Toronto, to remind you of the special metropolis long after
you've left its vibrant embrace.
Edible Gifts It's true, Canada is the number one producer of mustard seed
in the world.
A lot of it gets shipped to France, where it's turned into
Dijon, but luckily, some of it stays put.
And when it does, the fine folks at
Kozlik's Canadian Mustard make quality mustards worthy of any gourmand's
pantry, in more than 30 varieties. Purists will love the Triple Crunch, while
the more adventurous may gravitate toward the Balsamic Figs and Dates.
A trip to Toronto wouldn't be complete without a stop to SOMA
Chocolatemaker, where their Douglas Fir truffle will transport you to the
heart of a Canadian pine forest.
Or meander over to Kitten and The Bear for
small batch preserves and jellies made onsite from mostly local, seasonal
fruit, with a few tropical flourishes.
The Black Plum and Earl Grey jam will
elevate your toast; pair it with an exquisite cup of locally blended, organic
Lemon Lily loose leaf tea.
The green tea-based Cherry Blossom is tranquility
in a cup.
One-of-a-Kind Wearables Forget the "All I got was this lousy t-shirt"
souvenir.
Try a Tresnormale T-shirt on for size instead, depicting Toronto's
iconographic "red rockets" (street cars), green commuter GoTrains with the CN
Tower hovering in the distance, or wily raccoons perched atop one of the
city's compostable bins.
Cap it off with a city neighborhood hat, made from
100 percent Woolrich wool, to keep you cozy when the weather turns chilly.
Or pick up a snazzy pair of John Fluevog boots; the designer is a native
Canuck.
The 686 Newell men's brogue lace-up boot pays homage to the store on
686 Queen Street West.
There's also he retro-chic 686 Dorothy, and open-heeled
bootie in groovy shades, made of patent leather for her.
Cool Collectibles Others still may want an objet or keepsake. Consider a
vintage repro print by Spacing of Toronto's subway lines or graphic
neighborhood renditions to hang up in your living spaces.
If you're an
entertainer, laser-cut Birchwood Toronto coasters are stand-outs at a party,
as are the cutting boards carved into the shape of the city's outline (we'd
use this for a killer cheese plate with some well aged Canadian cheeses).
Mary Luz Mejia covers Toronto for Travel + Leisure.
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Discover the best gifts to take home from Toronto, from
mustards to artisan coasters.
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