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Traipse in Toronto

A January 2006 trip to Toronto by nik-nak

Goldfish Restaurant Photo, Toronto, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Toronto is a melting pot of marvelous. With divine ethnic eateries, boutique shopping galore, and good vibes from the people, I could live here—easy!

Traipse in Toronto

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Overview

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By some stroke of luck, or answered prayer I'd say, my friend Tereska invited me to tag along with her to Toronto. Since the year 2005 saw me Chicago-ridden, without a "real" vacation, I jumped on the invitation. I was pleasantly surprised by all that Toronto had to offer. It seemed very welcoming of tourists, and as one who loves experiencing the richness of other cultures, I found the interweaving of ethnicity great to see. Usually when I travel, I'm always trying to see as much as I can as fast as I can, but this time, I took my time and let go of the "scurry" in me. It was all about bringing it down a notch. I instantly felt a relaxed comfort level uncommon to many other places...Read More

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel

Hotel | "Marriott Bloor-Yorkville"

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Upon arriving in Toronto on a Thursday evening, I didn't really know what to expect, but I welcomed the change of scenery. Our stay at the Marriott Bloor-Yorkville was a prime location. From the brisk stroll to find dinner on Bloor Street, it looked like Chicago's version of the Magnificent Mile. Many of the well known designers, from Gucci to Chanel, lined the streets.The staff was friendly as well as helpful, and the artistically eclectic decor was very pleasing to the eye; not at all stuffy. Typically, our goal is not to hang out in the room, however, I found its snugly, pillow-ridden beds and tidiness inviting. More than once I slept in too long and retreated to the bathtub aft...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
90 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario M4W1A7
(416) 961-8000

Flow Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurant | "Flow Restaurant + Lounge"

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The cold chased us into Flow Restaurant + Lounge, located among the chic shops of Yorkville (http://www.flowrestaurant.com/home.html). The menu was a fusion of Asian and American cuisine. We first warmed our bellies with the tasty ginger soup garnished with carrots and chunks of grilled chicken; a good start for an overall delightful meal. The decor was swanky-chic with muted hues of blue and gray; the service, thorough and pleasantly friendly. I must mention that the customer service in Toronto was a breath of fresh air. Everywhere we dined, I never got the hasty rushed vibe that usually plagues big cities. Even when shopping in the high-end boutiques, customer service was not...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Flow Restaurant & Lounge
133 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 925-2143

Goldfish Restaurant

Restaurant | "Goldfish Cuisine"

Goldfish Restaurant Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Lucky for us, Tereska had a connection with a friend of a friend in Toronto. June, a world traveler with a love for culinary arts, was kind enough to pick us up. We happened upon dinner at Goldfish Cuisine on bustling Bloor Street (www.goldfishcuisine.com). With such a lively crowd in a somewhat cozy space, it was a bit conversation challenged, but the friendly staff and beautiful presentation of the food spoke volumes. The food gods were smiling on us because we just happened to be in Toronto for the kick-off of Winterlicious. From January 27th through February 9th, over 120 of the city's top dining establishments offered eclectic three-course, prix fixe menus for only $25 ($1...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Goldfish Restaurant
372 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X2
+1 416 513 0077

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Saturday, our plans were to rise early and hit the streets for more shopping, but we were so bushed that we slept until noon! Blessed with sunshiny skies and 40ish degree weather, we hopped on a subway uptown to Young Street, a seemingly never-ending strip of eateries and boutiques. We found a middle-eastern restaurant called Yummi's Shishkabob Shawarma House (http://www.yummis.com/). It seemed to be a casual drop-in kinda place where you could meet a friend, or spend a Saturday afternoon reading a book. Here is where we fueled up on "yummy" shawarma sandwiches, fries fried up just right, and mango Israeli juice. Indeed, we are two gals who feed off the new and different (i.e., food, shopp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Yummi's Shishkabob Shawarma House
2383 Younge Street
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 486-2200

Real Jerk

Restaurant | "The Real Jerk"

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By the end of the day, our dogs were barking from strolling down block after block of boutiques on Young Street! The original plan was to attend a dinner party at June's house, but we were so worn out, we took a pass and mustered up enough strength to get a cab to The Real Jerk, a Caribbean restaurant. It was a good thing we'd opted to take a cab, as the area was a little shady and deserted. I didn't hold that against The Real Jerk since the best food isn't always at the fancy-shmancy hot spots.Seems as though we weren't disappointed. I don't typically like reggae, but the music was bumpin' and had me swaying in my seat. After eating a hearty meal of jerk chicken, oxtails, and plantains wh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Real Jerk
709 Queen St East
Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1
+1 416 463 6055

Babalu'u

Attraction | "Ba-ba-luu's"

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We were purposing to call it an evening on Friday night, when to my surprise, June (our tour guide for the evening) mentioned that the most popular salsa club, Ba-ba-luu's, was right behind our hotel! It was late, but she and Tereska offered to wait in the car while I took a peak inside. After being tired only seconds before, well, you can imagine what happened if you know me. No trip is complete without sampling the salsa scene, so long story short, I went dancing solo. I charmed my way to getting the American discount off the cover charge, and scanned the crowd. Space was tight and you had a few non-dancers on the floor, but the music was good and I found a good lead for the nigh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Babalu'u
136 Yorkville Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1C2
(416) 515-0587

Queen Street West

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Attraction

Queen Street West Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Friday afternoon, we three headed via cab to start our shopping. We lost Tanya on our way through a nearby mall with little hope of meeting back up with her before her friends were due to pick her up, so Tereska and I hurried on to hit Queen Street West, a supposed hot spot for shopping according to most publications. It was bustling with people, but our anticipation was met with disappointment. Sprinkled along blocks of more riff-raff stores than not, were familiar shops such as FCUK, MaxMara, blah blah blah. Yes, I admit, I am a boutique snob who looks for the closest thing to couture that I can afford. Trends? Nevermind... The only store that got my attention was Fashion Crimes,...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Queen Street West
From University to Spadina
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2B7
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Yorkville

Attraction | "Yorkville/Bloor Street Shopping"

Yorkville Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Before heading back to our hotel Saturday evening, we wandered into the three-level, upscale Holt Renfrew Center. I would liken it to Saks, and how delighted we were that we just happened to be there for their biggest sale ever! In fact, most stores were having end of season sales. After at least two and a half hours of shopping bliss, we headed back to the hotel to set our evening plans in motion. So much for the good weather on Sunday. Blue skies were turned a drabby gray and it literally rained all day. Streets were hushed on this Sunday afternoon with most people, I imagine, taking refuge from the weather. Tereska and I linked arms to share an umbrella and did the shops of Yorkville. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2006

Yorkville
55 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A5
+1 416 928 3553