No need to whinge; Three stores in Toronto stocking British snacks

15 Sep

One of the reasons I started this blog was to create an antidote to the whinging, whining tone adopted by what seemed like the majority of Brits on ex-pat forums.

When moving over here first became a possibility, I wanted to find out everything I could about Toronto. I wanted to be inspired by all the fun, amazing stuff Canada had to offer and read some well considered reflections on how people’s lives had changed for the better – or worse – after moving from Britain.

All I got from the ex-pat brigade was a lot of moaning about how the chocolate in Canada tasted under par, and did you realise they don’t stock King Edward potatoes here? How are you meant to cook a Sunday roast??! Here’s a nice extract for you, taken from britishexpats.com

DefaultRe: What foods can I NOT get in Canada?


Canada is nothing like the UK…
go to any major food store and you wont get half the stuff that even corner shops in the UK have.
The food labling is rubbish, and misleading.
To get my standard weekly shop, I need to visit several stores plus some of the ethnic stores.
Tesco can put these guys to shame.
Get used to NOT having what you likeed in the UK, chances are its not available here.
But look on the bright side, everyuthing loaded with sugar and fat.
oh and it must be the law to have maple syrup with everything.
Good Value Baked beans in MAPLE SYRUP. FFS

FFS, look around you, stop complaining and learn to spell.

There does come a point in any ex-pat’s journey though – around the two month mark in my case – when you start craving some comfort food from home. Happily, there are loads of places that stock British imported goods. Here are a few of them:

1. Suckers, 450 Danforth Avenue

British chocolate in Canada

British chocolate at Suckers, Greektown

2. Mrs Bridges’ British Bakery, 1 Eglington Square, Scarborough

Has the cook from Upstairs Downstairs sprung up a franchise in eastern Toronto? Maybe there are two Mrs Bridges who decided to go into the bakery business together, or perhaps it’s run by a civil partnership couple who both decided to take the same surname.

Whatever. All you need to know is it sells Golden Shred marmalade, Robertson’s jams, Jacob’s crackers, Ambrosia creamed rice and canned treacle sponge puddings. Oh, and milk chocolate Hobnobs, which – along with two cans of Irn Bru, made a rather stunning first anniversary present for my husband. I’m a romantic devil.

3. Infinity pharmacy, 35 Lower Simcoe Street

British food in Toronto

Infinity pharmacy, downtown Toronto

Sorry about the picture, it was sunny. But they sell Walkers crisps, Penguin bars and – take note forum whiner – proper baked beans made with the British recipe, not the Canadian version with extra added sugar or (shudder) maple syrup. “Come and get some mate”? I think I will.

Is Lucozade, strictly speaking, Irish? Not sure, but I like the gratuitous leprechaun anyway.

Let me know if there are any other prime spots I’ve missed from this list.

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3 Responses to “No need to whinge; Three stores in Toronto stocking British snacks”

  1. Kaitlin February 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    You would love The Chocolate Box – ALL BRITISH IMPORT STORE – 413 Donlands Ave – It has everything.

  2. Patricia April 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    oh, this is so funny! i’ll be heading to the uk for my postgrad this september, will try not to moan too much at *not* having maple syrup at the ready or yukon gold potatoes 😉

  3. Kiki August 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    A place called Empire by Bullet on Queen St. at Broadview Ave.

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