I love the rhythm of cities: Locals (not tourists) fill up the market stalls at the end of the day and begin walking home with fresh greens and a warm baguette poking out of their tote, flowers under their arm. I like to fantasize about the chic lofts in which they'll have their friends over for a dinner party.
My little slice of urban nirvana? Byward Market...and my hotel room. Not quite as sexy, but I still dig it.
First stop, the continental delicatessen for a bit of thin, dry, mid-spice Hungarian salami. Next, la boulangerie for heavenly butter croissants. Quick stop at a fruit stand, then off to la fromagerie for an aged 4-year raw milk cheddar from Montreal and La Sauvagine from Saint-Raymon de Portneuf (Grand Champion of the 5th Canadian Cheese Grand Prix).
Dude. I know. A Grand Prix of Cheese. Seriously.