07
Jan
09

Day 97 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Little India in Toronto

Toronto has a number of interesting neighborhoods that offer an ecclectic mix of architecture, food and shopping. Many of them are culturally diverse and are captivating places to explore.  The portion between Greenwood and Coxwell on Gerard Street is commonly referred to as “Little India,” “Little Pakistan”, “Gerrard India Bazaar”, or “South Asian Bazaar”. There are numerous Pakistani, Indian and /or Sri Lankan restaurants, cafés, videos/DVD stores, clothing shops, and electronic goods stores. Some of the Sari stores are like Sari Superstores and have an incredibly rich and colorful array of Saris to choose from.

We visited a restaurant called Lahore Tikka, a Pakistani restaurant which served up a phenomenal meal, all in an Atco Trailer with propane heaters no less.

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We were told that this car is usually outside during the summer, but the cold kept it inside, sitting all alone in the new (yet still unopened) restaurant.

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I was thilled to have the chance to take the Naan bread out of the oven. For those of you who have never tried Naan bread, it is sort of like pita bread in sofar as it is a flat bread made with white flour, but it is much softer and often cooks up with bubbles in it.

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Naan is cooked in a tandoor, or clay oven, from which tandoori cooking takes its name.

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Our friend Todd and Tim chat while we wait for the food to be served. The restaurant that we were in was in a trailer, while the brand-new restaurant is still being finished (it has been 3 years in the works).

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One of the many shops in the neighborhood.

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Butcher shop

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Grocery Store in Little India

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Barbershop in Little India

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toronto-jan-5_121This is one of the huge  Sari stores in the area.

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Canadian Flag Of The Day

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1 Response to “Day 97 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Little India in Toronto”


  1. 1 Saba Sadiq
    July 2, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Very interesting, have never been to Canada but plan to be in Toronto next week!


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