Mike and I just got back from a great week visiting friends and family in the Toronto area. Instead of breaking down each day, moment by moment, I thought I would try something different and showcase the highlight(s) of our stay instead!
We took the redeye to Toronto from SFO and I was able to sleep a lot longer than I thought I would! When I woke up and looked at the map/ETA, we only had 1/2 hour left until landing. Score!
After breakfast with Mike’s parents, we napped for a bit. Then we headed to a beer and cheese tasting at a local garden store that was closing down for winter. Sounds random but it was a lot of fun! We sampled some delicious cheeses and the store had really cute things to look at. They also had a photo booth that, of course, we participated in!
(For dinner, we went to The Keg with family friends, Carole, Nikki, and Maria — a favorite tradition of mine! The food and company are always great but I didn’t snap any pictures… Next time.)
We spent the day reliving Mike’s past at Canada’s Wonderland. The park wasn’t too crowded so we spent most of the day on rides instead of in line. Big win!
After we got home, Mike and I walked to a nearby eatery called Turtle Jacks. I ordered the Greek salad and tomato soup. This wasn’t really a highlight of the day but since this blog is partially about eating healthy, I thought I would include it (plus, I remembered to take a picture)!
We headed into the city for a Jays game with our good friends Melissa and Davin! The Blue Jays didn’t win 😦 but it was a good game nonetheless. And it is always so good to see Melissa and Davin.
We stayed in the city and ventured to Toronto Island. There was a small farm on the island and we saw cows, pigs, chickens, peacocks, alpacas, donkeys, ponies, goats, and a few other animals. A part of me hates how much I love to see animals up close because I want them to be free and livin’ large in the wild but they were all soooo cute, I couldn’t get enough.
We also met Mike’s good friend Alex in Kensington Market, a cool little area of the city that reminded me of Haight and Ashbury (with less smoke shops and tattoo parlors).
Mike and I went to Oakville in the morning to rock climb and then met with Melissa and Davin again at Kerr Street Cafe. I have been wanting to try this cafe since I read about it on Oh She Glows and it didn’t disappoint. Like Angela, I ordered the Buddha Bowl. Nomz.
On Wednesday evening, my good friend Jeff and his finance, Heather, came over to Mike’s parents for dinner. Jeff and I met in college and he nows lives in Canada with his bride to be. It was really good to see him since we live so far away now and don’t get to hang out nearly as much as we used to. It was also great to meet Heather! Any time spent with good company, good food, and wine is a highlight in my book.
Mike and I spent the day in Niagara near the Falls. We had a really good day together, walking around and exploring in the drizzle. We had a room there at the Sheraton (where I also stayed in New York) with a Falls view. It was a perfect cozy day spent with my man.
Mike’s parents met up with us at Niagara Falls. We did the Hornblower Niagara Cruise where we took a boat out to the Falls to see it up close and personal! It feels like you are right at the base of the Falls when you are out there, which is two parts amazing, one part terrifying.
On our last day we went into the city again and ate lunch at one of our favorite brew pubs, Mill Street Brewery. After lunch we did a sake tasting and walked around downtown for a bit, ending the day with a beer at Steam Whistle Brewery. A lot of drinking but also a lot of walking!
We left to come home on Sunday morning and we’re already looking forward to Mike’s family visiting in December!
This week we are prepping for Canadian Thanksgiving celebration this Sunday — check in next week for a recap. 🙂