Toronto Star

The Staples

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Eight months into the pandemic, some of us still haven’t found the time to work on a sourdough starter. No need to stress, though, since Blackbird Baking Co., an acclaimed east-end bakery with a cultish following, offers a weekly delivery: fresh bread right to your door. Prices vary according to the plan.

Want to add some fancy butter, grass-fed eggs, organic milk and local cheddar to your weekly sourdough order? Locally owned Allons Y Delivery just launched the “Chaque Semaine” dairy box ($64.95) that includes Thuet’s Alsatian Sourdough, and an option to upgrade and add on “Seed to Sausage” bacon. Anyone looking less for staples and more for indulgence will want to know about the monthly artisanal cheese box ($55), which can also include charcuteri­e ($80). The meat may be extra, but the delivery is free.

It can be difficult to buy into a fresh veggie delivery service these days, since a lot of existing services sold out in the early pandemic days. At the time of this writing, though, Mama Earth Organics was offering produce box subscripti­ons, between $40 and $100, to at least some parts of Toronto. General Assembly Pizza made headlines earlier this fall when it launched the world’s first monthly pizza subscripti­on service. Since it offers a choice between seven Neapolitan-style pizzas (vegan and vegetarian options available), all of which can be heated up in minutes, it’s a smart choice for families short on time and full of picky eaters. Which is basically every family we’ve ever heard of. Prices vary depending on how many you “stack up,” but all pizzas are under $10 and the smallest stack is four pies a month.

Speaking of pie, Sharman’s Proper Pies lets you choose from eight types of meat pies, including chicken pot, veggie Balti, haddock and potatoes, and tourtière for its Pie Club. Prices vary between $35 and $117 and we should warn that this visionary east-end company doesn’t deliver its ultimate winter comfort food any further west than Roncesvall­es.

 ?? SHARMAN’S PROPER PIES ?? Sharman’s Proper Pies lets you choose from eight types of meat pies for its pie club deliveries.
SHARMAN’S PROPER PIES Sharman’s Proper Pies lets you choose from eight types of meat pies for its pie club deliveries.
 ?? ALLONS Y DELIVERY ?? Allons Y Delivery recently launched its Chaque Semaine dairy box.
ALLONS Y DELIVERY Allons Y Delivery recently launched its Chaque Semaine dairy box.

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