Traveling to Toronto

Friday, 17 August 2012

We arrived in the beautiful city of Toronto on Monday. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (77F, sunny) all week so we elected to walk everywhere. Our hotel in Toronto was in the Harborview/Financial district where brand new glass-front condos tower over green lush parks by the water and marinas filled with sail boats. 

You cannot go to Toronto without visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario and I was thrilled to go through the special Picasso exhibit (yes, a bit cliche but oh well) of 147 works he kept for himself. There were many paintings and sketches of his lovers, wives and girlfriends and self portraits - all that have rarely, if ever, seen the light of day.

The famous St. Lawrence Market was close to our hotel and we browsed the gorgeous produce, smoked meat, fresh fish and the cheese. Oh, the cheese... After visiting Toronto, I've decided I could live there. I'd have to live near the market, however, and shop daily for fresh ingredients to cook with.

I'm traveling with James and while he isn't a professional photographer (just a hobby but the man has talent) he found some interesting vignettes to photograph.  

After a day of art, strolling by the water and shopping at the market, we decided to venture to the Distillery District of Toronto. Pedestrians walk on cobblestone streets and shop in boutiques that are housed in old distilleries.


We stopped into the Mill Street Brewery (above picture) and tasted the Organic Ale. Two thumbs up. Later that evening we ate at Origin (which has a mozzarella bar) and boasts "high energy global food that celebrates diverse cuisines of the world."

From the Origin mozzarella bar: with lemon zest, basil, sun dried tomatoes and basil puree

Patrons can enjoy a gorgeous view of the St. Lawrence church and excellent service. We both loved the food and I would certainly recommend this spot. The bar is also cool and the kitchen is open... offering entertainment to those who love the production of food preparation.

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