Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carousel Bakery - Peameal, Experience This Toronto Experience, Eh? (Toronto, ONT)

Carousel BakeryCarousel Bakery

Carousel Bakery

After a good experience at the St. Lawrence Market the previous day for breakfast, my friends and I decided to make a last trip here before we head out to Montreal the following day. After hearing about this Peameal, which is basically an unsmoked bacon rolled in cornmeal, I wanted to give it a try!

Peameal Bacon on a soft country bun

Peameal Bacon on a Soft Country Bun

My friend went for the original Peameal Bacon sandwich on a soft country bun. It was good, but I mean, it is bacon, how can it not?! Even though it's just the bread and the peameal bacon, the bacon itself was quite juicy, though I would probably enjoyed a light aioli or some sort of sauce to add more moisture.

Big Hog

Big Hog

While my friend went with the normal Peameal sandwich, I went with the Big Hog, well, probably because I'm a fat ass! LOL! In the Big Hog, it's the basic Peameal shown above, but with the inclusion of a fried egg and a slice of of what I believe, American cheese. For me, I enjoyed the additions of the fried egg and cheese to make this into a much heartier sandwich.

Was the Peameal awesome? Nah, not even close. Though I'd take a Peameal sandwich over an Egg McMuffin anyday of the week!

Delicious Fish and Chips

Delicious Fish & Chips

While my friend and I were chowing down on some Peameal bacon, my buddy Benny decided to get some delicious fried fish and chips from the stall across the way. I have to say, it was better than our Peameal sandwiches. Fail on me I guess.....

Final Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Carousel Bakery
93 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
(416) 863-6764


Anna A. said...

I'd go for the fish and chips too. Now come back to the U.S., Eh!

Gastronomer said...

You made the right choice. Fish and chips can be had anywhere in the U.S. Peameal? Not so much!

Lady Ducayne said...

Thanks for taking one for the team. Now I know that Peameal must be avoided! Nice public service announcement.

Diana said...

I don't think anything called "peameal" could be good.

Judge a food by its name, Danny.

weezermonkey said...

Man, your Toronto eats were so disappointing! I am sad just reading about them.

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

great seeing you again at the stir it 28 event on sunday! didn't realize you are tammy ton's friend! she and i go way back, so what a small world! catch you again soon!

Kung Food Panda said...

Anna: Food is definitely better in State side!

Cathy: I'm always up to try new things, Peameal is something I'm not sure I'll eat again...

LD: It's not horrible, but just not memorable.

Diana: True..but it's bacon, and isn't bacon ALWAYS good? :)

WM: Sadly, yes :( Though Montreal will be much better!

Krissy: I'm sure I'll see you and Daniel soon! :)

Robert - Chicago said...

"Unsmoked bacon"? Dude, that completely incorrect culinary rumor was pretty embarassing. "Bacon" that is traditionally sold in plastic-sealed strips is made from pork belly. Canadian bacon is low-fat pork loin (the same thing you buy when you get loin roast or butterfly pork chops) that has been cured for 2-3 days with a salt and sugar coating and then rinsed in cold water before it is either bake or fried. The "peameal" covering is ground meal from yellow peas, not cornmeal. The cured pieces of Canadian bacon are rolled in the peameal before they are sold. Moving right along....

Kung Food Panda said...

Robert: I'm just going with whatever said in wikipedia since I don't know much about the product. Thus, I provided that link. In terms of the coating, it did state ground meal from yellow peas, though said cornmeal are used often now. I didn't claim to know the product, just trying to find sources (correct or incorrect). Thanks for the details about peameal, I truly had no idea. Thanks for commenting!