I was invited to the opening of the Toronto Christmas market at the Distillery District. Let me tell you as a food blogger it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had! Not only was the evening heartfully thought out, but the entire experience was an adventure. We (blogger/media/friends) started out at Cluny Bistro – picture a fabulous trip to France. The afternoon started by sampling a few small dishes and exotic cocktails; soon after we ventured out to explore the market. I’m extremely fortunate to be invited to the opening of the Christmas Market. A big thank you to Toronto’s Distillery and @ !
First I tried the Litchi Bleu Martini adorned with cotton candy. Then the bartenders make an AWESOME spicy Caesar using Walters Mix. Yes, I said it; the mix tasted good. Adding a little more spice and some secret ingredients can actually make Walters Mix taste good. Can your believe it?!? But… it’s still not a Canada’s Cocktail. A smoky prosecco followed called Bulles En Fumee with Citadelle gin, Aperol, elderflower syrup, prosecco and dry ice for effect.
We enjoyed some macaroons before sampling the Le D’Apple (Hennessey, calvados, apple syrup, and uncle grey tea). And then! Cluny spoiled us with a few dishes before they sent us out to the market. Beef bourguignon poutine followed by a blue cheese bread pudding with burnt honey sabayou.
A tartine of confit albacore tuna using white beans is nice served on a crisp crostini. But my favorite has to be the salt cod donuts – deep-fried and doughy.
We were given 25 coupons to visit the districts tenants and Christmas Market vendors so we could share with you how beautiful is this place is! Imagine large snowflakes falling as you slowly stroll through a softly lit marketplace on a first date – or an evening with a loved one – the most romantic evening ever! Okay, so now let me give you the low-down of what we did and what we tried. Socks from Gotstyle.
Time to explore. First we watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. So memorable! And then we headed over to SOMA a chocolate lover’s heaven, to enjoy spiced Mayan hot chocolate. Then off to Heel Boy to grab some shoe shiner, also buying the warmest fur gloves made by Rudsak. Mint Boutique gave us cute star ornaments, then we hit up Jacob & Sebastian for some skin care.
Next onto Maisonette’s chocolates which are hand painted: skull filled with black garlic infused caramel is ridiculously unique! Off to El Catrin to warm ourselves by the wood-fueled fire pits while sampling mulled wine. Retro Festive gifted bloggers another ornament of our choice. My eyes fell upon the Mr. Poo from South Park , I am a bit of a nerd. So cute!
Gentil Uomo makes wicked laces, especially the blue ones. Blackbird Vintage Finds has an awesome Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup – thank you for sharing!. I have to mention that we dontated to a few charities, one of which partnered with Desigual . This so warmed my heart.
Can you believe we are sampling more food?! Well of course! At Käse-Sandwich its all about the grilled cheese, specifically their version of the traditional turkey dinner complete with brie, cranberries and spices. A venture showcasing the Oktoberfest sausage is fully loaded (my choice) with Kozliks mustard sauerkraut and pretzels. It’s so messy and a total MUST if visiting the market. Then a ride on the Ferris Wheel
followed by at stop at Jill Cribbin’s jewelry shop for a beautiful glass bead. We are tired! Our adventure ends at Bergo Designs to receive the most magical glass ball ornament – two birds kissing with actual branches in the ball!
If you have never been to Toronto’s Christmas Market you have to go. Prepare yourself for an evening so magical and so memorable. #love #christmas