Toronto Journals

A Weekend Dodging Falling Ice & Drunken Men

A March 2007 trip to Toronto by Digiri

Quote: Extending a business trip over the weekend meant I could meet up with a University friend.

Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Center

Hotel | "Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre"

I found the Marriott Eaton Center to be a comfortable middle-of-the-road hotel - nothing fancy but nothing shabby. It is centrally located downtown Toronto.I slept like a baby. The rooms are very clean with nice comfortable mattresses and very cushy duvets and pillows. It was like sleeping under feathers plus the entire hotel is non-smoking so I slept allergy free!I didn't eat in the restaurant (there are too many amazing restaurants in Toronto to waste a meal there) but I did use room service for a late night snack and all my breakfasts. Room service was OK but pricey and my meals were never really hot. Plus I was served a non-twist cap beer with no bottle opener. Note: the se...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2007

Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Center
525 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G2L2
(800) 905-0667

Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

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Restaurant | "Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar"

Jamie Kennedy is the local 'hot' chef and has three restaurants in Toronto ( - one located in the Gardiner museum (fancy schmancy!) and two (a wine bar and a restaurant) in the same location downtown. I love tastings and tapas so we chose the wine bar. The space is essentially two long bars - one long straight bar fronting the alcohol bar and one L shaped bar fronting an open kitchen. It is a place to see and be seen.There are no reservations but there is a lounge where you can wait with a drink and a nibble (recommendation 1: warmed olives). Kat and I waited less than fifteen minutes on a busy Friday night and were seated on the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2007

Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
9 Church St.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 362-1957

Queen Mother Cafe

Restaurant | "Queen Mother Café"

All I can say is, 'yummy!’ If you like semi-authentic Asian, then this is a great place to go. The Queen Mother Café ( would make a really good first date spot. While I went with a relative, I though it had the right atmosphere as a introductory date spot. It was loud enough that the table next to you couldn't listen in but not so loud that you had to shout. The atmosphere was casual enough that a good time was pretty easy to have and, if things didn't work out, inexpensive enough that you could offer to split the bill.We shared Dim Sum Quartet and both ordered the Pad Thai. Canadian Asian fare but ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2007

Queen Mother Cafe
208 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z2
(416) 598-4719

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is worth a visit every time you go to Toronto. The exhibits change regularly and reflect a wide variety of interests ( If you happen to be visiting with a local resident who wants to sign up for a membership, you can sign up as a non-resident for a year’s membership for $77 dollars (forcing the resident to pay) and then assign your second card to them. If the local had signed up for a normal year's membership, they would have had to pay $99. Twenty dollar savings plus you can visit anytime you come to town AND there are cross museum memberships benefits. For example, I can now visit the Vancouver Art Gal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2007

Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
(416) 586-8000