Since we were in Toronto we figured we should do the touristy thing so we woke up early and headed to the CN tower. Breakfast was a quickie – just some bao’s from a random chinese bakery the day before. Luckily our hotel was within walking distance to the tower. We got the full package, minus the movie option.
The boy is terrified of heights so he made sure he was securely tucked into the middle of the elevator on our way up! The CN Tower wasn’t too impressive…or particularly exciting in my opinion…But it was one of those things that we had to do since we were there.
The views from the top of Lake Ontario was pretty nice. They told us that on clear days you can almost see straight across! I’m sure this would have been gorgeous at night as well, but one admission was more than enough for me 😉
Shortly after we got back from the trip, I saw that the CN Tower was unveiling a new attraction…one that allows you to take a walk on the OUTSIDE of the pod! I’m going to have to pass on that one!
Once we were done with the CN Tower, we decided to head over to Eaton Center. What’s in Eaton Center you ask? Why La Senza of course!
I discovered La Senza last year when we went to Montreal. <insert tangent> I managed to pack FIVE sports bras and ZERO regular ones for the trip…smart, huh? So after I realized my mistake, I quickly went online to check out where the nearest Victoria’s Secret was. Apparently there aren’t any in Montreal! Mild panic attack aside, the boy suggested that I just wait it out since we were going to go exploring the next day and I might find a store when we walk around. As luck has it, we passed by La Senza. I didn’t know what kind of store it was at first, nor did I know the prices, etc. All I knew was that I saw bras and undies in the window so I was going in! Its been a love affair ever since! <end tangent>
I was ecstatic when I found that there was a location for La Senza near our hotel! So I made sure to schedule some time in for it on this trip! To my pleasant surprise, turns out they were having a sale when we were there! Score!
After my little shopping excursion, we worked up quite an appetite so we headed over to St. Lawrence Market to grab some lunch. I would best describe it as a hybrid between Fulton Fish Market and Chelsea Market in nyc. As we walked by the stalls, I wished we had a kitchen so we could actually
Passing by one of the main subway hubs in downtown Toronto:
We were determined to relax on this vacation so after an afternoon nap, it was time to decide where to go for dinner. (People weren’t kidding when they said that all you do in Tornto is EAT!) When looking up places to go, I came across a place called Go For Tea. It looked trendy but not too fancy, and their reviews were pretty decent so off we went! One of the deciding factors here was one of their drinks. It was called Very Mango Mango Slush. A giant cup of mango slushie….and instead of tapioca, there was star shaped mango jelly! I HAD to witness it for myself! (I don’t like mango so I made the boy try it!)
Our time in Toronto lapsed over the last week of Lent…I am pretty good about remembering not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent. Usually I’ll just slip up once or twice in the beginning. So I’m not sure what happened this time around! I don’t really eat read meat. And I NEVER order it off the menu. But for some reason the beef peppersteak sounded really appealing to me that night…so I ordered it. GO FIGURE.
CN Tower $65.62
La Senza $111
Snacks from St Lawrence Market $18
Penny Press $2
Saturday was our last real day in town so we decided to take it easy. And by easy I mean completely oversleeping! No thanks to the black out shades that the Westin has in their rooms…When we finally woke up (around 1pm!) and opened the shades we found that it was miserable out. Snow, sleet, rain! By the time we finally got ready it was early afternoon…and we were pretty overdue for lunch! Since it was so late, we headed over to Queen’s Quay and grabbed lunch there.
Partially since the weather was miserable and partially because we were all still a bit tired, an executive decision was made that we’d just hang out at the hotel for the rest of day until dinner time. Before we knew it, a few hours had passed by and it was once again time to decide where to have dinner. Going on the recommendation of a friend who had been in Toronto the month prior visiting family, we looked up a Japanese restaurant called Matsuda It was an all you can eat style place, however they had sushi as well as several cooked items on the menu. All of the servings were given in hors d’oeuvre portions so you didn’t have to worry about trying the fried rice and not having enough room for a handroll…The rice was literally three spoonfuls and the handrolls were about the same size as a regular piece of nigiri sushi! The only problem was that because we had such a late start to the day, we ended up heading to dinner quite late too. When we got to the restaurant we found out they would be closing in less than an hour so we had to hurry and place our orders.
Ice Cream $5
Our flight wasn’t until 9pm that night so I requested a late checkout from the front desk to which they obliged. The plan was to just hang out in the hotel and grab lunch from the gyro place next door and relax a bit more. Crossing the border and driving back to the airport was pretty uneventful. When we rented the car we pre-purchased a full tank of gas so we wouldn’t have to go searching for a gas station when we returned the car. I think it was one of the wiser decisions we made on the trip! Granted gas was a premium and they charged us $80 for it…it was snowing pretty hard on the drive back so going off track to find gas would have been a pain! Since we had more than 1/4 tank left towards the end stretch of the drive andddd since it was snowing we turned on the AWD to use up some of the gas. Oh, and for uh..our safety 😉
Since we were in Buffalo, one of the places we wanted to go to was Anchor Bar. We totally cheated and just went to their airport location instead of the real deal. I can’t really remember what we ordered but we tried a few things and shared. The meal ended with bleu cheese sauce, my Chanel bag, a very mortified waitress, and some items on our bill being comped. Not taking the next day off from work was a pretty big mistake. By the time I got home, unpacked, and got ready for bed it was way past my normal Sunday night bedtime!
I’m glad we got to check off Toronto from our list of places to go. It just sucks that the weather at Niagara Falls was so bad!