Toronto Day 5: Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the largest museums in North America.

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It is located at the north of Queen’s Park. It’s main entrance is on Bloor Street West.

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There is a stone lion on one of the side of the ROM, presumed to be a gift from China.

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We spent most of our time at the China, Korea and Japan exhibits. The above is a Ming-era tomb.

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A sculpture of an official. Continue reading

Toronto Day 5: Legislative Assembly of Ontario

On the way to Queen’s Park, we came across a street cart.

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It’s an African snack foot court, selling something that resembles samosa.

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We bought a couple to try. It is filled with chicken and the sauce was spicy and tangy.

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The sign above describe the history of Queen’s Park. You can click on it to have a larger view.

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A rose garden in the park was planted to commemorate the Royal Tour of 1939.

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As we walked through the park, we came upon the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

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We found out that there is free guided tour of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in just a short while and we gladly join the tour. Continue reading

Toronto Day 5: Best Apple Cake in Toronto

On the last full day in Toronto, our plan was to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. Ben loves museums. Ben intended to walk to the ROM via Queen’s Park.

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On the way, we came across the above World Best Apple Cake signage.

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The signage was from a neighbourhood restaurant; Mystic Muffin. How can we miss the opportunity to try some.

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The longevity of Mystic Muffin says something must be good here.

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The menu is all on the black board, hand written. The owner is very friendly and chatty.

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Our breakfast came to CAD7.50. Continue reading

Toronto Day 4: Best Japanese Cheesecake in Toronto

After dinner, Ben tempted me to go for the best Japanese cheesecake for dessert because it’s just nearby. How can I resist cheesecake?

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Well, when we arrived at the shop, there was a line outside the shop already. Our wait was going to be about 45 minutes and it’s considered a short wait. Apparently, there is always a line here. Only 12 customers are allowed into the shop at any one time.

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There is also limit to how much one can buy.

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So, we waited patiently and finally, it’s our turn to get into the shop. It was really hot in here. There are only 3 ovens and each oven can accommodate 12 cheesecakes. That’s the reason why only 12 customers are allowed into the shop at a time as they limit 1 cheesecake per customer.

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Hm, the “chef” actually sticked his hand into the batter to fold it.

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Here comes the cheesecake out from the oven. Continue reading

Toronto Day 4: Korean Dinner in Chinatown

After the tour of the CN Tower, we continued our journey by foot to Spadina Avenue, Chinatown for early dinner.

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Along the way, we came upon the CBC Television but the museum had closed for the day.

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Toronto city Hall or New City Hall is originally nickname “The Eye of Government” because it looks like a giant unblinking eye from the air.

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The old City Hall, is now a courthouse.

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Toronto street car.

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The street car travels in the center of the street, hence it stops in the middle of the street too for passengers to board or disembark. When the street car stops, car on the right side of the street car must stop behind the street car.

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We settled at a Korean restaurant in Chinatown for early dinner. Continue reading

Toronto Day 4: CN Tower

After our visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame, we walked to CN Tower via Skywalk.

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Skywalk is an enclosed walkway connecting Union Station to the CN Tower and the Rogers Center. The skywalk makes the walk more bearable as it was really hot out in the sun.

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We stopped by the Brookfield Place food court to grab something to eat. Ben and I shared a Lamb Biryani from Tamarind the Indian Kitchen. It was loaded with spices and Ben likes it a lot.

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The CN Tower is the world’s tallest free-standing structure when it was completed in 1976. It serves as a communications and observation tower.

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View from the elevator.

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A replica of the CN Tower. Continue reading

Toronto Day 3: Yonge St.

Since we had a hefty lunch in Greektown, we decided to skip dinner. We had a good rest before we ventured out to explore the neighbourhood.

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We walked along Yonge St., which is known as the longest street in the world. Apparently, it’s a misconception according to wikipedia. Yong St. is actually 56 km long and not 1,896 km long (which included the length of Ontario Highway 11).

We stopped by Panera Bread to have a snack of Chocolate Croissant and Hot Chocolate.

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Dundas Square is a small public square along Yonge St. It is surrounded by major landmarks like Toronto Eaton Cenre, Citytv building, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Atrium on Bay, etc. The square is illuminated with LED and LCD screens of advertisements.

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We had an unexpected surprise encounter on Yonge St when we were there. The street was closed for filming. Can you see the license plate of the above car? Several of these cars were parked in the middle of the closed Yonge St.

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After waiting for a long while at the side walk with many other spectators, we saw some cars racing down the street. We had a glimpse of joker’s mobile from Suicide Squad.

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Along the street, there were several locations where dry ice is used to generate the misty effect.

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Toronto Day 3: Lunch at Mezes, Danforth

On the third day morning, J dropped us at the Lisgar Go Train station on her way to work. We decided to stay in Toronto for shorter and ease of commute to the attractions we planned to visit. J&C, thank you so much for opening your home to us for the past two days.

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After settling down at the airbnb place which we got at the last minute, we walked to the St. Lawrence Market which is a short distance from our accommodation for lunch, not knowing that it is closed on Monday.

So, Ben changed to plan B. We took the subway to Danforth, the Greek town to look for a restaurant by the name Mezes for lunch.

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We picked Mezes because we just happened to come across this restaurant being featured in triple D before our trip.

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The restaurant was not very busy when we were there. The decor is quite rustic.

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We had the Kria Poikilia for our appetizer. It came with four dips which include homous (chickpea and tahini), tzatziki, taramosalata (creamy red caviar) and melitzanosalata (baked eggplant). Continue reading