Chinatown Dundas West Toronto - 2019
Saturday was a stay at home day. We each relaxed and did what we wanted.
Dinner was maple syrup salmon, roasted potatoes and carrots.
Sunday we debated going out but opted to read and catch up on our favourite shows, along with golf for John.
I finished Masterchef Australia 2019 and then discovered Masterchef Singapore!!
Tuesday, after lunch, we went to the AGO, John wanted to see the Brian Jurgen exhibit that I had seen last week.
I had a new ice cream place picked out, close by.Baldwin Village is a small enclave just east of Chinatown and north of the AGO lined with about three dozen restaurants, cafes and stores.
John was "yum, Peking duck" on Baldwin.
Destination - Thai stir-fried ice cream rolls!!
Making the ice cream.
A new-to-us mural by Smoky.
Beverley Street features several yellow-brick mansions of some of Toronto’s most pre-eminent families, the “Family Compact” – the true power brokers of the early 19th century. Families such as the Cawthras and others owned huge tracts of land in what is today’s downtown Toronto.
I had spotted this new installation in Chinatown last week so John and I went to check it out.
The Chinatown Toronto BIA, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, has just begun the construction of a beautiful-sounding new public square on Huron Street.
Appropriately named "Huron Street Square," the outdoor space just north of Dundas Street West will including unique seating, lighting, a bronze Qilin and decorative pavers, among other features.
Well, it's not quite a square as yet, the road is still there.
Chinese zodiac calendar.
Now in the heart of Chinatown.
Wednesday was John's golfing day.
Dinner was Pho with pork meatballs.
Thursday the plan was to go to the Distillery District for lunch and find some of the Brains.
The day was doomed from the time we waited, forever, for the 121 bus. John is on his mussels quest after his non-lunch a couple of weeks ago, when the Museum Tavern didn't have any. He was skeptical at Pure Spirits when he read "organic" mussels and not PEI. And well he should have been. These were little itsy-bitsy mussels in a dishwater "traditional Provencal" sauce.
I also had a dismal meal, ordering Jonah crab claws. These are so hard to crack open and yield so little meat for the effort.
The manager happened by to ask how our meal (the server hadn't bothered) was and we mentioned the mussels were mediocre. She immediately comped the $25 for the dish.
And then it rained when we stepped out and got really cold, so we took the suggestion that perhaps we should go home and call it a day!
But look how pretty the love locks look.
Dinner was burgers and chips.
Friday John headed to play golf.
I first went to TTC headquarters and got a subway pass to be used by visitors.
Then to Bloor and Bathurst to pick up a gluten-free bread order.
Along the way, I was in Koreatown.
Mural in progress and another up on the far wall. PAT is a large Korean grocery store on my list to visit.
Yup, that says POOP Cafe. Also on my list to visit.
The Korea Town Business Improvement Area lights him up every winter to symbolize, according to Korean mythology, well-being and prosperity.
On August 16 (TODAY), 1933, a group of men calling themselves the Pit Gang unfurled a banner of a swastika at a baseball game at Christie Pits Park in Toronto. They were targeting the Harbord Playground team, a group of mostly Jewish men, who were playing a game that evening.
According to the Toronto Daily Star, 10,000 people were involved in the riot, "excited by cries of 'Heil Hitler.'"
The Italian team who were playing opposite the Harbord Playground helped to defend their Jewish counterparts.
Although people were using baseball bats and knives to attack each other, no one died during the riot.
My destination, and it turns out it is a place we had been before. Three loaves of gluten-free sourdough bread are not light to carry!
We tasted the bread when we got home and it was delicious.
Finished Widows, meh, I think the movie would be better (SHOCK!).
Started Peter Robinson's 25th Inspector Banks Careless Love.
SUMMER OF ICE CREAM
Taiyaki NYC Japanese Dundas W
Dainties Macaron ice cream macaron sandwich Spadina
Arctic Bites Thai stir fried ice cream rolls Baldwin St.