Monday, December 5, 2016

Travel Adventures: Toronto

It was a whirlwind of a road trip. Over 1500 miles later we are back in Green Bay after traveling to Canada. Having never been to Canada we did not know what to expect traveling there. We fit right in with at least 3 people asking me for directions. I fell in love with this city with it's awesome commuter system and quirky neighborhoods.  Here are some highlights and lowlights of our road trip.


Poutine. This is a must in Canada and I went out of my way to find the best in the city. We found it after a subway ride/ trolley to a shipping container pop-up called NOM NOM NOM. Hand cut fries topped with a smooth beef type gravy and a pile of white cheddar cheese curds. How cool is this city with food trucks that are actually containers!

Allan Gardens:
Allan Gardens Conservatory is over 100 years old with a garden-filled greenhouse that covers over 16,000 square feet. It was something we stumbled across roaming the city on Friday. It was one of my favorite stops on this trip. They decorated the plants for the holidays.

Fancy dress.
(FUNNY MOMENT): We saw a cute little Russian lady (worker) try to remove a black squirrel from a basket of flowers with a water wand. It was hilarious.

St. Lawrence Market:
Two floors packed with local vendors. First floor mostly offers meat, cheeses and produce. Some really exotic stuff. Second floor is where you can actually buy food. We got smoothies, bubble tea, maple tea, crackers and some other gift things. This was one of the really cool stops as it made me want to move here for all the fresh options.

 Some of the exotic meat selections including octopus and turtle meat.

 Kimchi fries:
These started the trip off right on Thursday night. If you have never had Kimchi think of tangy slaw similar in texture to sauerkraut. These fries had pulled pork and cheese spread too. I would eat these every single day forever.

Holiday window displays:
Nothing shouts holidays like some classic window displays. My favorite ones had animals that were animatronic and moved.

Eaton Square:
4 floors of shopping. It got myself some leather boots and took in the largest Christmas tree I have ever seen. The giant deer were pretty spectacular too.


ROM (Royal Ontario Museum):
Is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. It took us almost all day Saturday and was worth it. With Dinosaurs and armor is was packed full of history.
British breakfast: Over easy across the street from the ROM had the coolest vibe. Packed when we arrived I got the eggs in a hole. A Montreal bagel with two eggs in between each piece. Topped with cheese and bacon it was perfection. I almost forgot to mention the home fries that were salty and crisp.

TTC (Toronto Transit Commission):
This was awesome. Subway and trolleys all over the city all day and night. For $12 a day we traveled quickly all over the city. We did get turned around a bit with the hidden subway stations and such but that is the fun of roaming a city.

Low Lights 
The Christmas Market:
This was the whole reason for us going to Toronto and it was pretty lack luster. We enjoyed the scenery and the brewery but that was about it. Everything was overpriced and not a whole lot of custom gifts. Mostly things you can buy from a normal store.

The giant tree was cool at the Christmas market.
Ice skating:
Tiny, tiny rink that was pretty powdery from overuse. I really wanted to go but it was not worth the money. Looked pretty though.
Car oil spill:
Some vehicle on the way there lost some oil and a car part. It was dark and Duke was hit with the piece. As you can see it was covered in oil. No damage to the car at all just this sloopy mess. We attempted to car wash it off that did not work. Ryan got it off with soap last night when we got home.
Blizzard travel:
Road trips are generally fun unless you have to drive 12 hours in a snow storm. We made it but Duke was put to the ultimate test. He is a little tank.
In conclusion what a fun trip to get away. The food and culture in Toronto were fantastic. I would visit again for sure.
Until next time~
XoXo Emily


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