I have been wondering how Toronto looks like. Am only aware of its popularity and how it looks through shows like Orphan Black. That is one of the reasons why I would like to check out this city.
The landscape of Toronto where I am staying now from the highest floor of this Toronto AirBnB is magnificent. This is my first time trying out AirBnB since it is not easy to find nice hotels that is worth it. I was skeptical to try AirBnb for my past travels. But this condo which is situated in Homewood looks homely and safe. The location is also quite convenient to travel to downtown Toronto. It is about 8 to 10 minutes walk to the Village. At the Village, there is this huge supermarket like Whole Foods called Loblaws. Everything you want for groceries are there. I decided to purchase some pasta and garlic to make for myself an Aglio Olio. I am craving for an Aglio Olio.
The shopping at Loblaws was a fun experience. But my Aglio Olio was not. It turns out yucky I don't know what taste is that, not like the ones I always made back at home. I am guessing it is the thyme and crab meat that don’t fit. However, I like this butter which I have never seen before. It is creamy and if you accidentally lick it, you realized that it can be eaten on its own. I will bring some back home next time.
The next day I joined the Climate Change protest. J told me about this which we thought will only be held in Montreal. I told her I will only go if she comes with me but the date coincides with my Toronto trip. Since I do not want to miss the opportunity to experience a protest, so I thought probably I could just drop-by at the Queen's Park which is the starting point, snap some pictures and go. When I was there I feel that it is not an aggressive parade so I ended up joining in with the crowd to take more pictures. This shall be once in a lifetime experience, also supporting the agenda of the protest. By the way, the event is heading towards my next destination for that day. The protest started at eleven in the morning and I departed from the group at around 12 noon at somewhere downtown of Toronto.
Right after that I walked from Yonge-Dundas Square at downtown Toronto to The Distillery Historic District which took about 1.5 hours. I did not try out the trains in Toronto. The district is a beauty for photography and where you can shop for unique gifts and clothes. Also, such a coincidence, I found Soma Chocolatemaker in the area which is in my plan when I was researching for places to visit in Toronto. The cup of chocolate drink is finely thick, and the ice cream gelato is a good one to try too. They have a lot of chocolate bars which you should try if you are there. Looks gorgeous. I bought the toffee cubes as gifts for myself. These are all packaged in beautiful boxes suitable to gift as souvenirs.
Right after that, I walked to St.Lawrence Market. I kind of like this place although I don’t enjoy going to markets in real life. There are so many food stuffs, ready-to-eat food and souvenirs. And you walk a bit further from the market around 8 mins you will reach the Queens Quay. The scenery here is spectacular where you can see the view of Lake Ontario, massive like a sea. I am looking at Google map now. If you swim ahead you will reach Niagara Falls!! Wow! I didn’t know this.
Half an hour of enjoying that massive stunning view, I took a cab to this place which is quiet a distance from there about 20mins to takeaway some Jamaican food for dinner. J suggested this place called Albert’s Real Jamaican Food. I tried the Jerky Chicken and the goat curry as recommended by J. So I realised that I am not into it. It is nice but I don’t really like the taste. I ended up eating the boxed Dhal and Bagel with cucumber and butter which J packed for me from Montreal.
The places which I went today are places suggested by J and Z. They are Canadians who grew up in Toronto. They took so much effort to write for me the places I should go. Z even drew a grid map for me which is helpful to see the overview of these places. Managed to visit most of those places.