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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Duke of Devon in Toronto, Ontario

One of our favourite Canadian destinations is the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario. The area around the city of Toronto has many smaller communities like Rexdale, Mississauga, Burlington and Oakville. This area is officially known as the Greater Toronto Area or GTA. You can find just about everything in Toronto and the GTA including some of the world's best in fine dining. We are rather partial to Chinatown and have been visiting the same Chinese restaurant since our kids were infants. We usually get to the GTA several times yearly often visiting Toronto as well.

Exploring Toronto and the GTA is quite easy thanks to the great transit system (TTC) consisting of subway, trolleys, city buses and Go Train. Of course you drive around sight seeing but walking and using the TTC gives you a better flavour of the city from the street entertainers to the sidewalk cafes and street venders. It's the sights, the sounds, the smells that just makes Toronto an amazing place to visit!

The Duke of DevonThe Duke of Devon

On one of our visits to Toronto we parked at a subway station and road the subway around to explore a bit. The Duke of Devon is a small, cosy pub with plush red velvet seating. It is located on the concourse level of the Toronto Dominion Tower in the middle of Toronto's banking district. The pub is within easy walking distance to the Rogers and Air Canada Centres and Union Station. They a nice selection of premium beers and mixed drinks as well as a nice variety of pub grub.

The atmosphere of The Duke of Devon is just wonderful. It is the type of place you would just like to sit a spell and enjoy. Both their food and service is quite good!

spinach, artichoke and Stilton cheese dipSpinach, Artichoke and Stilton Cheese Dip

We each ordered a drink then shared the spinach, artichoke and stilton cheese dip. This appetizer is a tantalizing marriage of vegetables and gorgeous Stilton cheese served with grilled focaccia spears ($9.99). Stilton cheese is a British historical blue cheese. Stilton has its own Certification Trade Mark and is an EU Protected Food Name. Stilton cheese can only be produced in the three Counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

The dip came nicely presented with the focaccia spears stacked log cabin style. The hot dip was rich and creamy with a nicely balanced tang from the blue cheese. This was a lovely appetizer!

2 food lovers commented:

A Year on the Grill said...

love stilton, use blue cheese a lot, but stilton is indeed special. Toronto is one of those places I have never spent any time at. Been through, seen the airport, but never stopped. I need to rectify that

Garden Gnome said...

Stilton is one of those cheeses I will be exploring a bit more. It's a pity you haven't had the chance to see a bit more of Toronto and the GTA. It really is one of Canada's gems :)