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When your breath gets frowzy, most people reach for a piece of gum or mint. And as you can tell, these little white mints look just like any others you’d find. However, pop one in your mouth and you’ll realize there’s one very major difference.
I’ve eaten my way through The Ex before, but this year the artery-clogging consumption reached a feverish new pitch. Since the Canadian National Exhibition only runs for a couple weeks each year, there’s immense pressure to try all the gastric options, even if they’re gimmicky, disgusting or likely to cause, well, a gastric bypass. You’ve only got one long weekend left before the Ex closes on Sept. 7, so here’s a visual menu of the junkiest food we could find. First up is this year’s craziest novelty (shown above), Bacon Covered in Chocolate ($5), available on the Midway.
If you’re not down with this sweet-and-salty microwaved concoction, it’s always smart to go with Tiny Tom Donuts, a staple of the Ex ($5 per dozen). You can top them with icing sugar, cinnamon, apple cinnamon or chocolate. Watch the journey of how one lil’ donut begins his greasy birth, moves along the conveyor belt with its brethren, and meets an untimely demise covered in cinnamon sugar.
There is only one place on earth where you can create a heart-stopping Frankenstein sandwich with a Philly Cheesesteak and German Schnitzel, then follow it up with some Indian Chana Batura. All hail the CNE! This year it runs between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7. There’s the requisite rickety rides, carni folk and a casino, but let’s be honest; a visit to the Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is really about how much crap you can cram down your throat. Last year we headed straight to the Food Building and basically ate our way around the world.
There’s plenty of food-related events going on at the Ex this year, including cooking demonstrations, food sampling and a mini ribfest on the weekends. The best thing to do is start faking a stomach ache now, leave work and head straight over, because admission is only $1.75 on opening day (Aug. 21) in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the City of Toronto. All other days are $15 for general admission ($5 after 5 pm on certain weeknights) and $48 for the Fun Pass which includes unlimited Midway rides. Speaking of the Midway, be sure to enjoy the outdoor concessions, especially the Tiny Tom Donuts and Ice Cream Waffles.
Word to the wise, if you’re gonna eat your way through The Ex, avoid a whirl on the Polar Express to prevent an upchuck or two. Best to stick the less intestine-jiggly activities. May we suggest a rousing game of Whack-a-mole!
Before my visit this year, I’ll be brushing up on my whacking skills with the training game here.
I’m making my annual pilgrimage to The Ex soon, so stay tuned for this year’s food round-up!