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A Change of Skies - Toronto Day 4

Another day, another latte.

I started off the day by heading to Dineen Coffee Company at the corner of Yonge and Temperance St. I loved the atmosphere (very open, bright, European-inspired) as well as their delicious cup of Joe. It would be a great spot to sit down and get some work done with sugar and caffeine in your blood. You can also watch the beautiful people of Toronto. As usual, I did a lot of stuff and packed my day with good sights, good food, and good drinks. #yolo

Places visited:
- Casa Loma
- Darkhorse Espresso Bar
- CN Tower
- Kalendar Restaurant and Bistro (Italian dinner)
 

Mi casa es su casa.

Casa Loma was a little out of the downtown area, but still close enough to the city. You have to walk up a bunch of stairs though , but it's a great excuse to get your step count in! While touring through the beautiful mansion, you will definitely suffer from house and furniture envy, but just think about having to vacuum the place! Ain't nobody got time fo' that!

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If you DARE to climb up the steep, swirly stairs, you'll be rewarded with a unique and gorgeous view of the neighbourhood and Downtown Toronto. According to my trusty walkie talkie tour guide, the graffiti on the walls were kept on purpose to show the history behind the mansion when it was abandoned by the original builder, Sir Henry Pallett. Long story short, during WWI, he took a huge financial hit when people started pouring money into war bonds and not homes. His stock was worthless and he was heading straight into bankruptcy. To top it all off, he he had a big fat tax bill, which he could not afford so he had to auction off all of his prized possessions and peace out to a farm. Womp womp. 

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Dark Horse Espresso Bar on Spadina Ave.

CN Tower

I'm a sucker for sunsets, so I figured that would be the best time to go up the tower and get a bird's eye view of the city. I would suggest going up there a little early (like an hour before sunset), grab a drink/food, and patiently wait.

Random fun facts about the CN Tower:

The CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in '95.
- The Tower took 40 months to build and cost $63 million.
- The 360 restaurant takes 72 minutes to complete one full revolution.
 - The Tower weighs 117,910 metric tonnes, or the equivalent of 16,844 large male elephants.
- The Tower's intelligent LED light system changes colour depending on the occasion or season.
- At 553m, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere.
(Literally taken from: http://www.seetorontonow.com/attractions/in-the-spotlight-cn-tower/)

Just take it all in. Ahhhh.....

Last but not least, I met up with my lovely friend to stuff our faces with pasta and wine.
I had a pretty perfect day.

I Can Toronto Too - Day 3

Day 3 and I'm feeling great. I set out an ambitious plan to eat brunch, drink good coffee, see some cool sh*t, and drink some good beer. Check, check, and checkity check.

Scroll down to see where I went:
- Saving Grace (brunch)
- Ella's Uncle (coffee)
- Royal Ontario Museum (cool sh*t)
- Grand Electric (tacos)
- Bellwoods Brewery (beer)

Put yo name down.

9 times out of 10 when you visit this delicious brunch spot, there will be a stupid long lineup. Dontchu worry 'bout a thang. Just put your name down and go across the street to treat yourself a tasty house-made banana bread or blueberry scone and a latte, and  you'll feel right as rain. Make sure you don't spend toooo long at Ella's Uncle because if you snooze, you lose (i.e. don't miss your name being called at Saving Grace!)

When you finally make it inside Saving Grace and you are overwhelmed by all of the delicious options AND your decision-making skills are impaired like me, just look around at what other people are enjoying and simply tell your kind server, "I want that, please."
Yes, this is exactly I ordered my food. My friend was a little more civilized and asked, "What's the most popular dish? Okay, can I get that one?" Hence, I am sorry, I don't know the proper names of what we had.

If you ask for waffles, mushrooms, and poached eggs. I'm sure they'll know what you mean.

Beans... potatoes... and avocados? All you really have to know is that anything you get will be delicious.

Da ROM.

Very cool stuff. I typically enjoy going to museums and art galleries and can spend hours and hours there. So if you don't like looking at really old things from different places and learning about them, this probably won't be the place for you. So you can just scroll through these pictures and call it a day.

At ROM, you can find anything and everything including Canadian art, First Nations art, dinosaurs, rocks & gems, the history of evolution, and artifacts from different cultures and fallen empires. Currently, they have an exhibition called "Tattoos" (opened April 2nd). I would definitely love to go see that if I were still in Toronto!

"THAT ALL MEN MAY KNOW HIS WORK"

I'd like to call this one, "Watch Me Whip".

Made from porcupine needles. Whaaat?

Put a ring on it.

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Head of Zeus.

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Koreaaa!

Great times call for great tacos.

Grand Electric had some pretty grand tacos. I loved their unique creations and their chill vibe. Be prepared to wait for a seat because it's a smaller joint, but you'll be seated pretty quickly (within ~20mins).

grand electric taco menu

Baja Fish

Pork Belly & Spicy Chicken

Tuna Ceviche

BEEEERRRR!

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Needless to say, it was a fun and packed day. This view was brought to you by my friend's awesome condo.