as we prepare for whatever madness (or maybe none) frankenstorm will bring us here in western pennsylvania, I am going to share a few more pictures from our trip to toronto a couple of weeks ago.
we had a ton of fun and found toronto to be a very diverse and highly entertaining city with lots to do.
the weather was better than expected for most of the trip and we walked everywhere so I can't say much about the public transportation system, even though it seemed there were many options including a small metro system, busses and PATH (an underground network of walkways that connect different buildings, shopping and points of interest).
unfortunately, there was a ton of construction going on downtown which made it a little more difficult and unpleasant to walk sometimes, nothing to really complain about though. i'm just glad I don't have to deal with the rush hour traffic there on a daily basis.
we stayed at the westin harbour castle which was nice overall. the only let downs were that they charge $30 a night for a refrigerator!! (which we obviously declined) and also didn't offer a few of the amenities they had listed in their info booklet in the room. we had a fairly large room with a view of lake ontario and enough space for the pack'n'play logan slept in.
i caught a light cold on the way up the day before so our first day in toronto we explored the city and had a wonderful brunch at a small place called le petite dejeuner on king street east.
they were very welcoming and even had a booster seat for logan to sit in. the chef sent out a delicious waffle on the house, which he devoured and made for a very happy babe the rest of the meal.
we took a stroll through the distillery district, a village of brick-lined streets with dozens of restored victorian industrial buildings that house everything from bakeries to shops, art galleries, fashion and jewelry boutiques and restaurants. we got some coffee and tea to brace against the cold and couldn't resist the freshly baked goods at brick street bakery. the spiced apple loaf was to die for!
since I wasn't feeling 100% and we hadn't expected the wind to be so chilling, we went back to the hotel and took a nice long family nap before heading back out to check out the massive amount of downtown shopping at yonge street and the eaton centre. we also got some dinner at wait for it... red lobster. yeah, I guess we were a little out of it that night and in walking by the restaurant were overcome by a sudden craving for large portions of seafood as a result of our lack of advanced dinner planning. it was safe, it was good and we all left with full bellies.
they did not serve unsweetened iced tea so I went for sweetened and ended up with the nestea kind.
a canada thing maybe?
the next day I had pretty much planned to walk from to hotel through the entertainment district and out queen street west where you will find a ton of fabric stores, jewelry/beads suppliers mixed in with the occasional urban outfitters, american apparel and lots of small coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
we had another wonderful brunch at a place called niche coffee and tea company. the walk there took us almost an hour which was a little more than I had anticipated and we were pretty much starved by the time we got there. logan was slightly unhappy hence that wonderful shot of him above came into being. that unfortunately caused me to pass up every single one of those wonderful fabric and supply shops. such a bummer. (next time toronto, next time!)
after brunch we made our way to china town and explored kensington market - a haven for vintage lovers. again, I wish I would have had more time to shop around at all the different shops but had to limit myself. we let logan play at one of the many parks you will find strewn throughout the city and
from here we moved on through the university of toronto campus and up to bloor street which is the toronto mecca for high end fashion. on the way back we veered off of busy yonge street and took the alternate route through the lgbt-oriented church and wellesley neighborhood, made a stop at allen gardens to chase more squirrels and make friends with a few dogs, and down to st.lawrence market to check out all of the delicious food. we spotted a few restaurants on the way back to the hotel and ended up having dinner at fionn mac cool's pub on the esplanade, where it was trivia night and we had the nicest server. their tikka chicken masala boxty was delicious and made me long for more indian food in my diet.
the next morning, on our way back home we had one last brunch at lady marmalade which came highly recommended by the lovely toronto resident ana over at bluebird kisses. go check out her blog full of inspiration, parenting adventures and mostly to admire that cute and fashionable little johannes.
thanks so much for sharing this little gem with us ana! we loved it there and our bellies were filled for the 6 hour drive back home. it was a great way to end a much too short trip to toronto and we will definitely be back to explore more of this wonderful city.
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