Bulk Candy, Cheese, Sweets, Meats & More – The European Food Emporium That is Yummy Market!

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Yummy Market in Vaughan

The Yummy Market location in Vaughan!

I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’ve fallen in love with a supermarket.  I do have a special place in my heart for the Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws (come on, the snazzy cupcake counter alone would make anyone’s heart melt!), but I’ve never been to a supermarket where I felt like I could go absolutely berserk snatching up specialty items and shop for basics.

“But, but, you’re a foodie!  Why wouldn’t you love supermarkets?!”

Yummy Market in Vaughan

The scrumptious offerings at the dessert counter!

Yummy Market in Vaughan

Perusing through the grocery aisles

Because when you shop at the same supermarkets on a regular basis, you know them all too well and while you may not dislike them, only shopping for your staples leaves you feeling a little bored while being surrounded by too many specialty items (like in gourmet markets) leaves you feeling kind of at odds because you don’t have the staples to balance them out.  When time is of the essence and you’re food shopping because you simply need to fill your fridge and pantry, you just want that awesome supermarket that can give you both without having to run around.  And while we all know that it’s common to do grocery shopping at multiple locations (hello sales!), isn’t it a wonderful feeling knowing there’s a place that can offer you specialty and staples?  And Yummy Market, with its 2 locations in the GTA (one in Toronto and the other in Vaughan), gives you just that.

Yummy Market in Vaughan

SO MUCH DELICIOUS CHEESE!

Yummy Market in Vaughan

Green and lush!

This place is all sorts of awesome.  REALLY awesome.  I’ve known about Yummy Market for years now.  I used to pass by their Toronto location on Dufferin St., just south of Finch Ave. West every single time I was on the bus to and from school and Downsview station in university.  However, the bus route I took was an express route that didn’t stop by the supermarket so I just never took the opportunity to take the bus that did.  I knew it was a European supermarket of some sort but I had no idea just how amazing it was until now.  It wasn’t until last month that I found out that their brand spankin’ new 2nd location was in Vaughan and much closer to my neck of the woods.  SCORE!  It was time for my first visit and I couldn’t have been more excited.

And so began my exploration of this fantabulous emporium of European and even Russian food.  Greek, German, Polish, Italian, you name it, it’s here.  Their bakery offers baskets of bread samples for you to try so you can make a totally informed decision on which loaf of bread floats your boat the most (my suggestion?  The olive Mediterranean loaf!) as well as European and Russian baked goods (strudels, rugelach, Russian ponchick donuts and more), their cheese counter is to die for (I think I counted at least 8 freakin’ different types of feta alone!), their meats are just waiting to be presented on eleventy billion charcuterie platters, their veggies and produce are lush (my mum and I picked up beautiful green beans and radicchio!), and OH MY GOD their tea section left me gobsmacked.  Oh and did I mention their bulk candy and chocolate section?

Yummy Market in Vaughan

Come here for the fantastic loaves of bread and baked goods!

Yummy Market in Vaughan

Tea lovers paradise

Yummy Market in Vaughan

Bulk candy party, anyone?!

And their cold and hot food counters with salads, potato patties, croquettes, stuffed eggplant, sausages, and more that makes you feel like you’re running suicides because the counter is so damn long and so damn awesome?!  I’m not kidding.  Now I know I don’t have any photos of this droolworthy counter (there were too many people around!), but trust me when I say that I was literally jogging between different parts of this food counter as I was being served!  My recommendations: the turkey slaw with cabbage and slaw (OH YES WE DID), the little bratwurst sausages with sauerkraut, mushroom-stuffed potato croquettes, potato-veggie pancakes, butternut squash and millet porridge, and cheese stuffed eggplant roulades among MANY other mouthwatering, delicious things!

Yummy Market in Vaughan

Ooo, what’s that in the freezer?

Yummy Market in Vaughan

European ice cream pops, treats and sandwiches!

Yummy Market houses a cafe, a dessert counter, an ice cream sandwich and dessert freezer section, and plenty of tea, chocolate, candy, seafood, meats and grocery staples.  Oh!  And samples.  They have wonderful samples.  On this particular weekend they were sampling arancini balls!  I love this supermarket dearly and I can’t wait to share all the great stuff I get from here with all of you.  My blackcurrant Twinings of London was just the beginning!

*****

Yummy Market serves 2 locations, 1 in Toronto and 1 in Vaughan.  The Toronto location is located at 4400 Dufferin Street, south of Finch Ave. West, close to Downsview station.  The newer Vaughan location is right by Major Mackenzie Drive West and Dufferin Street at 1390 Major Mackenzine in the Eagles Landing shopping complex.

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A Mexican Food and Grocery Emporium! Zucchini & Veggie Tacos and the Roasted Taste of Corn at La Tortilleria Market

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I had no idea what I was walking into when I pulled open the door to La Tortilleria.  I should have though.  The storefront clearly said La Tortilleria Market with the words, “convenience” and “Mexican products” right underneath, alongside “fresh tortillas daily”.  I think I was so excited about trying a place I had wanted to try for ages that all logic escaped through my head and into the chilly air.  That and because I was so ready for lunch, I was hungry!

Anyway, I should have had an inkling as to the type of establishment I was about to step into, but it didn’t register at the time.  All I knew I was that I was excited about having Mexican food for lunch and that I would most likely be faced with the hard decision of deciding between quesadillas, tacos, and possibly burritos.  All thoughts of what to feed my hungry stomach momentarily seized though after I stepped inside.  I was expecting giant menu boards, some tables and chairs to sit and eat, and mouthwatering photos of food to entice the Mexican lover in me.  I got much more than I expected.

I had walked right into a Mexican food and grocery emporium!  OH.MY.GOD.  I actually said that out loud as I entered through the swinging entrance barricade.  Sigh.  How graceful of me.  I was in awe though.  I had never been to a Mexican grocery store before!  Chinese supermarkets?  Since the day I was born.  Polish mini market?  Just this past late summer.  I’ve even been to a Filipino grocery mart.  But a Mexican grocery store?  Oh, this was divine.  La Tortilleria is not only a sit-down spot to nosh on Mexican comfort food hot off the press, but the Bloor & Dufferin location is also a Mexican supermarket with everything from Mexican corn chips and tortillas to pantry staples to bulk spices to traditional Mexican pastries and baked goods.

The grocery mart is divided into different aisles and sections and each aisle and section is devoted to a specific type of food.  La Tortilleria has shelves of canned and dry pantry items such as chipotle, jalapeno, and serrano peppers, refried beans, hot sauces, cornmeal and maize, tamale and masa flour, Mexican chocolate mixes and coffee, churro mix, dips, condiments, and many others.  The grocery market also has a bulk section with spices as well as a grab n’ go sweets section with Mexican pastries, cookies, and churros.  Amidst all the Mexican grocery goodness is the hot food counter where you can order La Tortilleria’s hot and fresh corn tacos and tortillas to-go or to enjoy at the sit-down seating area.  Menu items range from $6-$10 and aside from the tortilla bundles, all the menu items are meals, meaning they’re meant to be eaten as a full meal or as sharing plates.  You won’t find single tacos here!  Go big or go home.

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