Thursday, September 04, 2008

Changing My Mind About Salmon


Being caught up at a corporate event for the past few days hasn't quite allowed me to get out much around here. But the good thing is that the catering has been surprisingly good, perhaps because they insisted on nothing but local produce and ingredients. I was fortunate enough to be able to catch the local heirloom tomato season while I was at it too.

But the thing that was probably the most eye-opening for me throughout all of this was the salmon. I normally pass on salmon, in part because I was practically force-fed it as a kid and just got so sick of it. But the salmon here has been so rich and fatty that I continued to eat it every day this week, be it in a grilled or smoked form.

Now, I don't know if all of this salmon has been caught here in Toronto or not, but it was still Canadian and hence local to me. I'm having such an unexpectedly good time with all of the fresh seafood and salad around here, and may very well just focus on such items the rest of the way out.


In-Jaul said...

If it was caught in Toronto, it's farmed salmon. Otherwise it came from B.C. most likely.

Hope the rest of the food you try here is as good. :)

Anonymous said...

Salmon in Canada is definitely above par. Fresh Pacific Salmon from BC can't be beat.

I lived in the prairies, about as land-locked as you can get in Canada, and when I was a kid, a huge event in the summer was when a truck would pull up to a local grocery store with a fresh batch of salmon. I would run around the house yelling "The salmon truck, the salmon truck!"

Nowadays, my family's favourite thing in barbecue season is to buy up the largest salmon filets they can, smother them with teriyaki sauce, and grill them slowly over heat. Melt-in-your-mouth fantastic, especially when the thinner parts get a bit crispy and blackened.