good trip all in all. thanks to screwing up my back i spent half our trip money on chiropractor adjustments so i didn't get to do any shopping
but still had fun windowshopping anyway. Blue Man Group was amazing as always, and just wandering around Yonge St and some of the shops on Queen, and of course Chinatown and Kensington, is so fun to me. i think hubby was a bit bored but wouldn't admit it lol. it was a bloody hot weekend for it, but whenever the heat would get to us we'd duck into a store for a bit or use the underground path system to get to where we were heading so we could enjoy some a/c. the path is hard to navigate though lol and most of the maps don't have a "you are here" sticker for a point of reference, but twice random strangers stopped and offered directions when were looking hopelessly at the maps lol. can't get over how friendly people are in the city. even when we were picking up the car from the underground parking yesterday the sign said they take visa but turns out they aren't set up for chipcards and we didn't take out cash ahead of time since we figured we could use visa. woops. but the guy trusted us to drive out and use the atm and come back and pay him. unbelievable lol. we could've just taken off without paying, he had no reason to trust us. we couldn't believe someone would be so trusting in the city like that.
when we first got there friday we hit up the eaton centre and just had a quick lunch at the foodcourt, nothing special. then later in the evening we had no real plans so just wandered yonge street til we got hungry and ducked into an all you can eat sushi place called Aji Sai Sushi (yonge and church-ish) it was pretty good, plenty of veg options, very similar to the all you can eat sushi place we have here at home. ate too much and were glad for the long walk back to the hotel to let things settle lol.
saturday we wandered chinatown and kensington til we got hungry, went to King's Cafe for lunch. we weren't starving (still full from the last night's sushi haha) so we split an order of pan fried dumplings and an order of vegetable and mushroom curry. was really good, even hubby really liked it and actually liked the pieces of seitan in it, he said if i made a stew with it and told him it was beef he wouldn't know the difference. mwuahahaha. then as we were wandering through Kensington some more we passed a little bakery called Miss Cora's that has some vegan stuff so I popped in and got a cookie, which was really yummy. i wanted to get some cupcakes for later but they would have melted in the heat
before the show we figured we'd find somewhere to eat near the theatre. original plan was sushi but since we caved and had that friday we just wandered looking for something that appealed to both of us. hubby was getting frustrated by the lack of options for me in that area so i told him just pick what you want and i'll make do. i wasn't that hungry anyway so just a salad or fries would have been enough. we ended up in Grace O'Malley's. it was dead. for good reason apparently, cause it wasn't very good lol. hubby had some greasy gross pub fries with bacon and cheese or something and i had a veggie wrap (pretty much the only veg menu option). it wasn't horrible but it wasn't good. typical pub food i guess. my side of fries were good but overall we were both pretty underwhelmed. but a lot of the places closer to the theatre were really expensive looking and not very vegan friendly. oh well. the idea was to have a snack before the show and a late dinner after but we weren't really hungry after, we ran into the Second Cup across the street from the theatre to wait out the rain, and then we stopped in at a strange little bar called Origin and had a drink and then went back to the hotel and had some snacks we had brought for the trip. meh.
then sunday we were back in the theatre area when we got hungry but didn't have a ton of time so we ended up in this indian place, i think it was called Dhaba or something like that, they have a lunch buffet. it was really dead in there so we sort of questioned how fresh the food was. they had lots of vegetarian stuff on buffet but most of it has cream in it, i was only able to have channa masala and some pakoras and spring rolls (yes an indian place with spring rolls, what's with that, all of them that we looked at seemed to have spring rolls on the menu). the rolls and pakoras were hard, pretty sure they were reheated from the day before, or even longer. gross. channa was ok but nothing to write home about. pretty disappointing but it was fast and fairly priced so oh well.
that's about it. i wish i had been able to check out more of the suggested places from here but most were too far of a walk and we didn't want to take the subway just to go eat. we looked at the menu for Spring Rolls on yonge but it looked really expensive. probably a better place to go with a bigger group
and i forgot to write down where that store is and didn't see it in our travels so i didn't get to check it out
wouldn't have been able to afford much anyway.