Mediterraneanista has been traveling so there’s not much cooking or food foraging to report in NYC—but plenty of summer sights and tastes to enjoy along the road. Cherries in season on the Niagara Peninsula, for one. All along the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, fruit farms and vineyards stretch for miles. Even The Great One has found a place in the growing Ontario wine business: His No. 99 Wayne Gretsky Estates bottles have been getting good reviews and raising money for his foundation. Theater buffs have always flocked to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual Shaw Festival every summer. Now wine country gives them another reason to linger. (Next time passing this way Mediterraneanista will do more lingering herself. Sigh.)
The urban gardens of Toronto—a city where large immigrant groups from Mediterranean-area countries have brought with them their love of vegetable gardening, fresh produce markets (and World Cup soccer!)—were bursting out of small spaces.