I admit that I need to do a better job of recapping my travel adventures sooner than a month after they’ve occurred. I’ll work on that. But almost a month ago, during the Thanksgiving holidays, my boyfriend and I hopped on a plan to explore Toronto. It was very gloomy, rainy, & cold when we arrived, but we didn’t let that ruin anything. One thing that traveling has helped me to do is accept things as they are and to make the best out of what seems like an undesirable situation.
The hotel was extremely beautiful. Once a bank some years ago, is now One King West hotel. Besides the amazing detail, art, and ambience of the hotel, (oh and the perfect rooms), an interesting fact is that the vault is still located on the hotel.The hotel was located right in front of the subway, within walking distance of everything thing, and close enough to everything to have $6 Uber rides. We couldn’t have picked a better place.
Our first night was spent exploring the city on foot. In the rain. In the cold. But after the first two blocks, our bodies adjusted. Downtown Toronto reminded me of New York City — or at least how New York City is portrayed on the screens considering I’ve never been. #SaveYourJudgement The people, the buildings, the pace.
Later on, we had dinner at the CN Tower. This is a visit that I would definitely recommend on a CLEAR day/night. I had every intention to enjoy dining in a revolving restaurant that allowed me to get a panoramic view of the city, but the weather had other plans. It was extremely foggy and the only view I had was that of a white haze.
I was beyond disappointed, but at least the food was good. Actually, the food was AMAZING and the perfect non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. I started with an appetizer — House Smoked Atlantic Salmon with caper berries, dark rye, creamed goat cheese, and pickled red onions.
I ordered the 45 day aged Alberta Prime Rib of Beef as my main course. It was paired with Yukon Gold potato and smoked Cheddar gratin, marrow jus, and roasted root vegetables. I have never tasted a steak that honestly felt like butter in my mouth. The salad was divine as well. Everything fresh. A 2-course meal costs around $65, just a heads up.
Friday was spent grabbing brunch at a cute little spot called Eggspectation. Amazing food for a moderate price and within walking distance from our hotel. After brunch, we headed to the mall to do a little shopping. Totally forgot that Friday was going to be busy, but it was definitely bareable. Eaton Centre Mall was decorated so lovely and reminded me a lot of the Houston’s Galleria. I’m not sure which is bigger.
We ended Friday even at the Mysteriously Yours Mystery Theater, which was a first for me. The food wasn’t the best, especially compared to what Ive eaten before, but the entertainment was satisfying. I even solved the murder.
The next day, which was our last full day in Toronto, we woke up early so we could go to the airport to pick up a rental to drive out to Niagra Falls. We took the Go Train to the airport and upon our travels, we realized that this method, along with the subway, should have been our mode of travel versus an uber. Although Ubering isn’t expensive, I felt we would have had an even more authentic experience taking the subway around town.
Niagra Falls was beautiful. Beautiful. I could have literally watched it all day. I am always drawn to water, so maybe that’s why, but I was so amazed at how beautiful it looked — both the Canadian and the American side. There’s also a cute little town that’s available for shopping and touring. This was truly the highlight of my trip.
Overall, Toronto was great. It was a city that I randomly decided to go to because I had never been before. I’ll probably revisit it again, not anytime soon for my own personal reasons, but it’s worth revisiting in the future.