A few days a go I didn't know that TO stands for Toronto, but a seven hour drive made all the difference. I came to Toronto with a group of friends for a wedding and I wasn't sure what to expect. I researched for good restaurants and coffee shops during our long drive, and I was delighted to find out that the city offers a variety of good food! During this relatively short and hectic trip I learned many new things about the city of Toronto and the country of Canada, and I'm excited to share them with you!
We learned pretty quickly that Torontonians are big fans of Espresso bars. You'll find lots of coffee shops that have "espresso bar" behind their name. Espresso bars are basically coffee shops that offer lots of espresso based drinks like macchiato, capuccino and latte. We wanted to find an artisan coffee shop with good pourovers and or drip coffee, but we couldn't find any! Back in Columbus we have coffee shops like Stauff's coffee that offers a multitude of coffee beans choices from different origins and a wider variety of techniques. Though a little disappointed, I'm willing to give Torontonian coffee a second try on my next visit. We didn't have time to visit all of the coffee shops but here are a couple that we did visit:
1. Early Bird Espresso Bar - My favorite so far! They have a very nicely designed store on Queens, and lots of pastry/food choices.
2. Sam James Coffee Bar - Very simple in design, lots of white everywhere. A simple menu as well!
3. Jimmy's Coffee
4. Cafe Pamenar - Near Kensington market, a nicely designed place with a patio on the back and pastry for you to enjoy.
1. Kensington Market
2. West Queen West
3. Financial District - basically part of Toronto's downtown area. The famous CN tower landmark is located by the financial district, and so is the relatively new Ripley's Aquarium.
4. Wonderland - Toronto's amusing park. I didn't personally go there but from what I heard it's not as big as the Six Flags that we have in the US
Restaurants by Area:
1. Downtown : Momofuku
2. Kensington Market: Hibiscus, Rasta Pasta, Fresco Fish and Chips, The Grilled Cheese. Mille Creperie, Smokes Poutinery, Seven Lives Tacos
3. Chinatown : The Dumpling House, Rol San All day dimsum
4. Other: Le Petit Dejeuner.
Random Shenannigans that I learned:
1. Say Washroom instead of Bathroom/Restroom, the logic behind it being the fact that we don't take a bath or actually rest in the room. Lol.
2. Say "bill" instead of "Check". Check is an American thing (?)
3. "Sorry" is a national habit, they say sorry all the time here.
4. Always check the weather before you go anywhere; you might get all four seasons in one week.
5. Toronto has "street cars", basically a tram that goes around the city. When the tram stops in the middle of the street, nobody behind the car can move (traffic jam!)
6. There's an insane amount of traffic lights here.
7. Their metric units are different from the US' metric units. They use liters instead of gallons for their gas. The gas prices are in cents instead of dollars; so when it says 119.5, that implicates 119.5 canadian cents ir 1.195 canadian dollars.
8. 80% of Torontonians are immigrants! It's a true melting pot here. I felt right at home.
9. Definitely not a pro in this area, but I was told that Canadian Ice Wines are delicious! Bought a bottle for myself at the duty free store by Niagara falls.
Next are wedding photos! The union of Allan Wattimena and Monica Tjang :) I loved every bit of their wedding! I love how close they were to all their guests, and how everyone had a part in the wedding. That made it so much more special :)
If you have suggestions on places or restaurants to visit, feel free to comment! I'm already planning for the next trip ;) - MS