tea, toast and maritime seashore honey

Kensington Market has been my stomping grounds since the mid 70s. At a time when vintage clothing stores Courage My Love hadn’t yet moved into the Market proper, and Exile had just opened its doors. Much has changed in the Market over the decades—happily, both stores are still going strong—but the overall vibe hasn’t. There’s the odd boutique shop marketing to and cashing in on hipster excess, but the community was recently successful in their campaign to keep a big box store from encroaching. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me, that I’m ecstatic about the opening of Bunner’s second bakeshop on Augusta. Fanatical might not be too strong a word. I’m guessing there aren’t many gluten-free breads I haven’t tried—with mixed results. No matter how you cut it (or not) a loaf of rice flour bread crumbles when frozen. And when you’re handing over large sums for gluten-free, this is not the kind of disappointment you should have to deal with. While some may view bread as merely a vehicle for carrying other more worldly delights, when you have to avoid gluten, taste and texture actually matter. Bunner’s loaves hit it right out of the park on both counts, and never fail to deliver anything but supreme love.

Yesterday, while kicking around Kensington with Number Two, I snagged a couple of Bunner’s muffins. Sadly, I hadn’t realized that I’d left without a loaf of bread, until my boy and I were parting ways at the subway. And then, because a piece of toast slathered with Société-Orignal’s Maritime seashore honey was a vision that occupied every inch of my brain, I doubled back to Bunner’s. This unpasteurized white honey falls in ribbons from a spoon. Drizzled on toast, it forms little cloud-like pillows. It’s sweet, floral flavour is derived from the summer pollen found in maritime plants in the Gaspésie region. I tasted my first finger-full compliments of a friend this summer and have been hooked ever since. It’s a commodity that’s been difficult to find in stock—the supply is limited and the demand enormous. I avoided purchasing it on-line, because like any commodity that becomes a fast-rising internet star, the price has skyrocketed on various sites (ridiculously so). My sleuthing skills rarely let me down though, and after much digging, I located some at another small shop in the Market at a very reasonable price (and no tax, no shipping!). Every single bite continues to live up to that fantastical first taste.

Société-Orignal Maritime seashore honey

Société-Orignal Maritime seashore honey

Bunner's Bakeshop gluten-free bread

Bunner's Bakeshop gluten-free bread

Société-Orignal Maritime seashore honey

Société-Orignal Maritime seashore honey

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photos by: bliss {in images}

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