The Scarborough district of Toronto is known for its ethnic diversity — more than half of the district’s residents are immigrants or foreign-born, which has led to a proliferation of different cuisines and restaurants. In this week’s episode of Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson heads to the neighborhood to sample some Middle Eastern pastries at Crown Pastries, a small shop owned and operated by two brothers from Syria, Rasoul and Ismail Salha.
Peterson samples a variety of sweet and savory Syrian delicacies, many of which are variations of thinly rolled layers of phyllo dough stuffed with pistachios, walnuts, almonds, or other nuts. While Peterson eats (and even learns to make some of the confections), he also receives an education in the current situation in Aleppo, the brothers’ hometown, which has suffered horrendously over the past several years. Watch the video above to learn more.