My visit to Toronto has been a long time coming. The last time I ventured over to ‘the 6’ was over four years ago.
Home to Drake, The Weeknd, Lilly Singh and Rupi Kaur, I did secretly hope I would bump into one of the four during my week there but alas, it didn’t happen.
I did however have a lot of family time and even though I was struck down with a relentless cough, I still braved the elements and got to admire some of what Toronto had to offer.
Wandering around the Distillery District was high on my list after seeing so many incredible photos on Instagram. A particular art installation, Love Locks, caught my eye. It’s very similar to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, where people lock their love by securing a padlock adorned with the name of their loved ones. The difference is, this is a free-standing structure where you can padlock your love without city officials dismantling and removing romantic declarations.
I’d never done anything of the sort before and decided to dedicate my padlock to Toronto (my sister pointed out maybe a sibling one would have also been cool). While there, I ticked off another bucket list item – visiting an aquarium. I definitely vibed with the residents of Ripley’s Aquarium and found myself uber relaxed and chilled. Not only that, a particular crab was more than happy to pose for me, I was charmed by a lobster and I also found Dory.
Before this holiday, I never knew what Hakka cuisine was. I sampled an Indian adaptation of this, which I believe is traditionally synonymous with Hakka communities in parts of Taiwan and other south-east Asian countries. The one dish I was dying to try however was the glorious poutine. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint me. In fact, I’ll openly admit it here: I LOVE POUTINES (The twinkle in my eye in the picture below says everything). The UK’s chips, cheese and gravy doesn’t hold a torch to this beauty. Poutines are the real deal and there’s no shortage of places that serve these bad boys.
My range of images may be limited for this travel blog but truly the purpose of this holiday wasn’t to wander and explore like I did in New York. It was very much a family affair; spending time with my nieces and nephews, catching up with friends and doing a spot of shopping. I did catch glimmers of Toronto that roused my curiousity about what other splendours lie out there in Canada. If you know me well, I won’t leave that stone unturned for too long… poutine in tow of course!