The past weekend was so much fun! We’ve decided it was our best couple vacation to date. We weren’t expecting to get to go on a trip this summer but a Living Social deal popped up and it was just too good to turn down. Our voucher included a one night hotel stay, dinner, and tickets to a movie. We filled in the rest of our time with lots of exploring. It was fabulous!
Our Saturday did get off to a bit of a late start; we had a tragedy Friday night.
We were cutting Webster’s nails and Adam did two of them too short and he bled. The worst part was that he is such a good boy – and was so focused on the treat in my hand – that he just sat there and we didn’t know there was a problem until there was blood dripping down my leg.
He mostly seemed fine, but I cried. Thank goodness we board him at the vet so he was well looked after while we were gone. He was due for a stool sample and vaccine too so the timing was great.
But we did miss him like crazy!
Once we were on the road I snacked on a Cara Cara orange.
Plus a Rockstar Relax I bought along the way.
I’ll just warn you in advance, my allergies make my throat hurt and I basically did nothing but drink all weekend. I think the final count was eight beverages, not including the giant water bottle I carried around in my purse.
Before we knew it, we had reached Toronto!
We settled in at our hotel.
Then we spent hours exploring the Asian section of town.
We saw so many neat things and we walked for-ev-er. Plus we ate tons of good food. The first order of business was bubble tea.
Adam and I split this taro milk tea with boba.
Then we split a sugar cane juice.
We both grew up with sugar cane – me in St. Thomas and Adam on vacations in Hawaii – so this was familiar and fun.
Totally new to us was this cool shop where you went around with tongs and picked out items to put on a tray. Then you paid and they packaged your selection to go.
We got a chicken bun and a pork bun. I ate half of mine.
And Adam and I split this taro pastry.
We split these gummi moo cows from a candy shop.
We stopped in at a David’s Tea.
I got an iced (unsweetened) Cream of Earl Grey and it was very tasty.
I’ve wanted to order some of their flavors for forever (birthday cake! ice cream cake! buttered rum!) so it was great to try it out.
Our lunch spot was selected because I liked the windows.
It ended up being a pho restaurant.
We went all out and ordered two milkshakes.
Jackfruit and durian!!
Trying durian is on my life list so this was super exciting. The shakes ended up being made with powder instead of the real deal but it was fun to get an idea of the flavor. I only drank a quarter or so of each but they were nice to have when my meal got spicy.
My order was sautéed mixed vegetables with tofu and vermicelli.
Which I proceeded to douse in Sriracha.
I mean douse. I covered the dish just like this twice more and I didn’t even eat the whole meal.
Gaaaaah; it was so flipping good!
Our exploration took us almost 5 miles. When we went to shower we both needed thirty minutes to lay on the bed with our feet up!
Our evening plans were decided by our Living Social deal, which included dinner and a movie. Dinner was from a pre-fixe menu at the hotel’s restaurant. We were not expecting it to be very good and we were not surprised. But you can’t beat free.
The complimentary bread was wonderful.
But it went downhill from there.
I ordered the Caesar salad to start.
The menu said that it came with shaved parmigiano reggiano and authentic anchovy dressing but it was definitely canned cheese and bottled dressing. The one plus was that the dressing came on the side. I ate 3/4.
My main meal was pasta. “Smoked chicken/charred sweet bell peppers/black olives/toasted pine nuts/shaved parmigiano reggiano/extra virgin olive oil and basil pesto.”
I ate 1/3.
We were fairly disenchanted at that point so we took dessert to go.
Meyer lemon cheesecake with huckleberry jam, chantilly cream, and seasonal berries. That I finished.
For our movie we selected “The Five Year Engagement.” It was pretty cute. I stole a few handfuls of Adam’s Crazy Core Skittles while we watched.
It was fun to walk to and from the movie but by the time we were back at the hotel I was done with exploring and more than ready for bed!
After a good night’s sleep we woke up on Sunday raring to go.
Our 2nd day was a shorter version of our first; walking and eating. This time we explored Bloor Street.
We were planning on going to Menchies (duh!) when we spotted a new froyo spot further down the street.
Yogurty’s was fantabulous!
I got espresso and coconut frozen yogurts topped candy bits, coconut, cocoa syrup, sprinkles and a cherry.
We both thought it was the best self-serve froyo we’ve ever had.
I also had a final bubble tea.
A black milk tea with boba.
And when we spotted one of these fancy machines you know we had to try it out.
My diet cherry coke was only ok but the process was cool. And diet pop is always a good way to end a vacation. After a bit more exploring we drove back home. You already saw the rest of the day.
Self-serve froyo? Bubble tea? Lots of walking? Trying new foods? Check, check, check, and check; it was a wonderful trip!