Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 in Canada Eats | 2 comments

During our short, but enjoyable, weekend trip up to Canada, we spent a good deal of time cruising around in search of…yep, food. But before we could stuff our faces, we needed to work up an appetite. And what better way to scare up a craving than an adrenaline rush?

A visit to the CN Tower’s Sky Pod gave us a beautiful view of Toronto sprawling out beneath us. Personally, I still find that no place can truly compare with New York City’s skyline. Doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate other places though.

The fun really began when we found the glass paneled floors.

Phew, this is quite a drop!

All of our previous claims of how we weren’t scared of some silly glass floor located exactly 1122 ft above ground came back to haunt us. Looking down, our bravado faltered as intimidating fear gnawed nervously at our stomachs. 

Which didn’t stop us from stomping all over it just to prove how brave (or stupid) we really were. In fact, I daresay we may have gotten a bit too comfortable on it.

Near the exit (or entrance, however you want to look at it) of the CN Tower, and near the giant football stadium, little hot dog stands were cleverly situated in hopes of grabbing the attention of passerbys. 

Of course, my dad, who is a complete sucker for hot dogs and sausages of any kind, was immediately drawn in by the nearest cart and ordering himself a spicy Italian sausage ($3.50). What’s so special about these hot dog carts you ask? Well, for one thing, they don’t just sell hot dogs. These carts are ready with options to satisfy nearly anyone. With chicken dogs and veggie dogs, you can opt for the healthier choices. But where’s the fun in that?

As for me? I decided to venture out on a limb and order the Oktoberfest sausage ($3.50) despite having no idea what the heck it was. Turns out it was actually a white sausage made from veal. Yum, baby cows, must be tender.

If those options still weren’t enough to satisfy your palate, then maybe the sheer amount of toppings available will. Remember Bad Dawgs from last week? My main complaint had been that while their toppings were plentiful, the hot dogs themselves weren’t anything special. For these sausage dogs that we found in Toronto, no such thing.

The sausages themselves were big enough to be a filling meal on its own, and while they may not have had as many different topping choices as Bad Dawgs, there were certainly enough choices that my Oktoberdog pretty much disappeared beneath its new blanket of goodies.

Something else I found interesting were the buns used. Unlike regular hot dog buns, these weren’t the usual kind you’d find out of a bag at the supermarket. Bigger and softer, these steamed buns were better off without being toasted. The last thing you’d want is for your toasted bun to split in half and watch the pigeons fight over what should’ve been happily settling down in your stomach. However, with the addition of the sausage and toppings…well, the bun became an afterthought as the star of the show stole the spotlight.

If you ever find yourself in Canada, or in the Toronto area, scope out the corners of tourist hot spots and you’ll be sure to find one of these hot dog stands just waiting to take your money serve up a satisfying ‘dog’. While the sausage dogs are somewhat on the pricey side, I think they’re well worth it. Not only are the sausages deliciously filling, but the whole thing is still $0.25 cheaper than the ‘gourmet’ dogs that Bad Dawgs offered.

So dig in and enjoy~!

~ AJ ~

Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang

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The following translation of this post from English to Chinese is thanks to Junhaip Liang’s hard work.
Thanks so much for all the time and effort you spent on this!

周末加拿大一游,虽然短暂,但很尽兴。我们花费了大把时间去寻找大餐。但在大餐之前,我们需要做点什么开开胃。

參觀CN塔让我们一览多伦多的美景。順便説一句,就我个人始终以为,沒有一個地方能和紐約的摩天大樓相比美,但这并不意味着我不欣赏其他地方。

当我们发现真正的玻璃地板之后,真正的快樂之旅開始了。

我們以前總說我們不會因為1122ft玻璃地板而感到恐懼,但到了這裡,向下俯瞰,一顆心不自覺地提到嗓子眼儿了。哎,勇氣啊勇氣,你跑到哪裡去啦…

畢竟,困難無法阻擋前進的腳步,我們終還是用大步行進的方式證明了我們的勇敢。甚至可以說,我們彼時已漸入佳境,開始放鬆了。

在塔出口不遠處(當然,也有可能是另一個入口,看你怎麼講了),大足球場的附近,聰明的熱狗攤儿不失時機地駐紮於此,無疑,這大可輕鬆地吸住游人的眼球…

我老爸可是個十足的饕客,他熱衷於任何類別的熱狗與香腸。一邁出塔,他就迫不及待地找了個熱狗攤兒,為自己點了一份噴香的意大利腸($3.50)。此時,你也許會問,是什麼了不起的熱狗啊?哦,至少這件事我得給你交待清楚:說是熱狗攤兒,賣的可不僅僅是熱狗!話説回來,即便是熱狗,這裡也是名目繁多,有雞肉熱狗、蔬菜熱狗,以及更多更健康的品種供你選擇。但是,光考慮健康,又有什麼樂趣可言呢?

至於我呢,當即決定買下一個Oktoberfest香腸犒勞自己(也是$3.50),管它由什麼做的,營養幾何呢。吃著吃著才發現,它是由一種小牛肉做的白香腸,太香啦,恩,小牛啊小牛,你的肉好嫩啊…

如果這些選擇都不能讓你滿足的話,那些topping顯然可以,還記得咱們上周聊過的”Bad dawgs“麽?我就是因為他們的"topping不盡人意而小小抱怨了一下。而这些可绝不会发生在多倫多的熱狗香腸上。

香腸本身就大到可以獨掌一餐了,尽管它們没有象在”Bad Dawgs”里一樣的頂級選擇,但仍將我的"Oktoberdog”香腸淹沒其中。

此外,我發現他們用的面粉也很特別,不像我們在超市中常見的那些熱狗所用的,盡管做出來的面包較大較軟,這些不烤的口感更佳,想來你也不愿烤過的面包斷為兩截,被鴿子兄弟們搶食吧!那些原本該在你的口中被快樂嚼食的美味。哇,不多說了,總之,這種面粉銀妝素裏的熱狗,就如雪山彩霞…

如果你曾到訪過加拿大,或是多倫多的某個旅遊點,目力所及,不難發現,盡管有些許貴,但絕對物有所值。有著令人難以置信之美味的熱狗在向你招手。哇,超享受的歡樂"熱狗"行…

~ AJ ~

2 Comments

  1. Nov-14-2011

    This sounds like a fun adventure! One sure way to get a complete view of the city. I just commented on your Bad Dawgs post, but the sausage dogs and those steamed buns rate a little higher on my scale. Thanks for sharing your weekend fun!

    • Nov-15-2011

      I’m glad you enjoyed my silly ramblings! But the view was spectacular, and I’d definitely recommend it for a Canada trip. Visiting the top of the tower and snacking on the sausage dogs of course!

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