I asked Baby Beez this morning what her favorite thing is about our trip to Toronto, and she announced “EATING ALL THE FOOD!” Because she’s my kid. Obvs. I initially thought of writing a post for each day we’re on our trip, but drawing out our weekend might be completely torturous to my readers, because one weekend really is not that exciting. Also, we’re winding down our visit, Mr. Beez and I are sipping some beers while watching Gone Girl while Baby Beez is sleeping, so why not sit down and write a spell. The focus of our trip has been (1) eating things, and (2) looking at things. It’s been going very well.
The #1 destination for our trip was St Lawrence Market, and we were definitely not disappointed. I had failed to do any research on the shops themselves before arriving, but my foodie spidey-sense was on point, and we beelined it to the first bakery we saw was Carousel Bakery, which just happens to be THE place to go for the Toronto signature dish, peameal bacon on a bun. Yes, pls.
We continued wandering around, enjoying all kinds of tasty things, like a cafe au lait made from freshly-roasted coffee, sausage from the Ukranian store, allllll of the cheese-stuffed antipasti and delicious, buttery chocolate chunk shortbread.
I treated myself to a facial during the day. Mr. Beez stayed back at the room with Baby Beez. He fell asleep, during which time she took advantage of the situation and unwrapped all the Hanukkah presents we had brought for her. I told her she wasn’t in trouble, but we were just disappointed that we didn’t get to see her open them (and also she’d have to wait til we get back to Pittsburgh for any more presents.) She got all big and teary-eyed and said “I tried to wait!” I just wish we had a camera in the room, so we could have seen her “trying” to wait.
We went to the Hockey Hall of fame, and by “Went To” I mean “Stood in front of and took a picture.” We’re not really into hockey, or sports in general. But our hotel was right next to the hall of fame, and everyone else was taking pictures in front of the sign, so why not? If we come back when Baby Beez is older, and she actually WANTS to go there, I can show her this picture and tell her she’s already been there, and get myself out of that one for sure.
Our big touristy adventure for the day was going to the CN Tower, which was pretty neat and provides a lovely view. Baby Beez is apparently not afraid of heights in the least, because she just loved looking out the windows.
The thing with traveling with a 4 year old is that you only get about 2.5 hours of doing things until she starts absolutely losing her mind. Because she’s 4. And that’s what 4 year olds do. So we try to make the most of those 2.5 hours, and know that it’s all going to unravel afterward, so it’ll be time for us ALL to go back for a nap.
Toronto has an AMAZING food scene, and we were lucky enough to line up a sitter so we could go out for a grown-up dinner with friends whom we have not seen in way too long. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to Rent the Runway, I got myself dressed up!
We went to Beast, in the King West neighborhood, and had a great time sampling its inventive, locally focused menu. My favorite dishes were the first two pictured below, the simple but amazing cava + oysters, and the stuffed pasta that I can’t remember more details about, other than it being fantastic. All of the dishes were great, but those two were my absolute favorite.
As much as I would have LOVED to return to St. Lawrence Market and eat my face off AGAIN, it is sadly closed on Sunday and Monday. Mr. Beez ended up getting tied up with work, so Baby Beez and I explored the City together. First things first, snacking Canadian-style at Tim Horton’s.
Next up, trolley tour!! It was very cold out, but it was a nice way for us to see the city (and conveniently fit within the 2.5 hour window of my child behaving like a human, instead of a gremlin).
Of course, afterward a nap was NECESSARY. And did serve us well. Then we were off to Eaton Centre to wander around the mall. Because when we go on vacation, my child begs to go to (1) the playground, and (2) the mall. Next year, we’ll vacation in the suburbs. But to keep this little one occupied, we did let her pick out a toy at the Disney Store. She passed over the princesses, and picked out Eve from Wall-E, so we were extra-pleased. I must say, the mall WAS decorated in a lovely way for the holidays, and it was a nice night out wandering around together.
Tonight, I ordered the kid to go to bed at a reasonable time (she ignored me, she’s laying on the couch and sneaking goldfish crackers), and Mr. Beez and I are up watching Gone Girl and sipping some beers. And you know what, movies and beers, that’s a nice night.