Wednesday, August 15, 2007


We arrived in Toronto yesterday afternoon. The weather is pleasantly sunny and a little drier after humid New York. One thing we noticed immediately (well, apart from the incredible incompetence at the Hertz office at the airport) was how friendly everyone was.

Seriously, I was too scared to ask for help at the Foot Locker in Times Square, or indeed most shops in NY, because if I dared to approach a salesperson they would give me the glare of death from underneath their eyebrows. However, everyone in Toronto is really, really nice.

(Sidenote: Apart from the sales staff in New York, most New Yorkers are pretty friendly when you run into them on the subway or in cafes.)

Arriving in Toronto reminded me of that scene in Due South, where Benton takes his Chicagoan police partner, Ray, to Canada, and when they arrive Ray looks around suspiciously and says, "Hm, this place is clean. Too clean."

We went to the top of the Toronto CN Tower today. James found out that entry to tower is $25 and you have to wait in a long queue, whereas if you go to the revolving restaurant (it's called 360), and have a main, entry is free and you don't have to wait in line. So we all went to the top and had chilled potato and leek soup with truffle shavings, grilled Atlantic salmon with spinach and potatoes in a pepita and lime jus, and peach crumble for $47 (Canadian). It was a fine dining atmosphere but luckily no dress code. The view was magnificent and you could see all the way to the other side of Lake Ontario.

At the moment we're trying to see Evil Dead the Musical, which is running at the Diesel Playhouse in Blue Jays Way until September 4th. Chances are slim because we've missed tonight's show, tomorrow we're going to Niagara Falls, and on Thursday we'll be on our way to Ottawa, but we'll see how we go.

Oh yes, by the way, MFC and I are very annoyed because our timing in Toronto is not the best. MFC just missed some metal gigs that were just on, and we're here too early for Fan Expo 2007, that's going to have guests like George Romero, Malcolm McDowell, Hayden Panetierre, Jonathan Frakes, Adam West, John Romita Snr and so forth. Waaaaaaah!

Oh well, our fault for not doing our research ...

Oh, and Juliness, on our last night in New York we went to the Sushi Samba (the one on Park Avenue South) for dinner and the food is great! Cute waiters too :) The service was a little slow, but there were only two chefs on duty that night. Mmm, Watermelon Mojo mocktail.

We also went to Chinatown for dim sum, and ended up at Grand Harmony Restaurant on the corner of Canal and Mott Streets. This place boasted the best dim sum in Chinatown, and it was full of Chinese people (which is my barometer when checking out Chinese restaurants), but guys, I'm sorry, dim sum at Joy Garden or Northbridge Chinese in Perth beats it hands down.

Later that night we got a kick out of watching 16 Blocks and squealing, "We were just there!" as Bruce Willis runs across New York and they're looking for him on Canal Street. Ahhh, tourists eh?


Anonymous said...

Awww, I know all those places you're talking about. Except I've never been to China Town there. I've actually only been to the China Town in DC once & that was like 2 weeks ago, haha.

I've never been anywhere in NYC except thew Jewish quarter of Brooklyn. People drove backwards down the road there and spoke Yiddish whenever us Goys were around. :(

I think people outside of pretty much any big city are nice. Though New Yorkers have a rep for being harsh. -shrug-

(-cough- visit DC -cough-)

thanners said...

Ah, pity to miss Fan Expo 2007; and the not-so-great dimsum. :P

Sounds like you're enoying yourselves, though.

juliness said...

Yeay! So glad you enjoyed the sushi!! And I think I have been to that place in Chinatown. Does it have an escalator that takes you upstairs to the dining room? If so, I wasn't impressed by the food either.

Sounds like your visit has been great so far...just wait until you get to LA though. You'll think you've landed on another planet. :-)

PS I'm told John Lennon's son has a sushi place in the LA area if you're so inclined and aren't sick of fish.

Bronwyn said...

Now my mouth's watering for 360.

How do those New York salespeople make any sales?!

tfp said...

Sounds like you've been having a great time! I wouldn't mind visiting Canada someday. :)

tfp said...

Oh, and I can understand your annoyance with the timing of your visit. When we went to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland a number of years ago I was so excited I would get to visit the Big Pineapple... but I was so disappointed - the pineapple was under repair and we couldn't climb up to the top of it... and the repairs wouldn't be finished until we'd left Qld. Sounds like you guys are having some excellent meals!