A Travellerspoint blog

April 2009

Art Gallery of Ontario, Chinatown, Lake Ontario

We wanted to go to the new Art Gallery of Ontario. It has expanded and now it is gigantic. I think it's better organized than the National Gallery, but the price is not as friendly ($18). There wasn't anything spectacular in the temporary exhibits, but the rest of the gallery was pretty awesome.

The Canadian galleries are organized by artist, I really like that. One artist per room. It just makes so much sense. Why doesn't the NGC do that? I will never know. The very top floor had a really cool contemporary exhibit, showcasing the past winners of the Grange Prize.

After about four hours of meandering we were hungry for some Chinatown grub. Two blocks away, is Spadina and you can find all kinds of awesome places to eat. We however, did not. I wish I could tell you the name of this terrible place, but I can't. It starts with an F and it's on Dundas St. W. There are dead and barbecued chickens hanging in the front window, you can't miss it. Hahaha. The chicken was flavoured weirdly, the "vegetable and shrimp" dish was carrots, celery, shrimp, cashews...that's it... the pork fried rice...that was most of what I ate. They also don't have a debit card machine, so we literally had to empty our our wallets to pay. They didn't get a tip.

On the way back, Keith spotted Lake Ontario, so we had to make a detour to go and see it. That we did. We drove through Newcastle and then finally in Grafton we found a nice pebbly spot. Keith skipped some rocks and I went back in the car, it was cold.

By the time we got home it must've been midnight. Another successful weekend roadtrip.

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Easter Saturday in Newmarket

We got up really late and my aunt wanted my uncle to go get her some groceries. I was feeling like I needed to go out a little bit, so Keith and I volunteered to go to the giant Canadian Superstore to pick up some ingredients for smoked salmon sauce.

By the time we got back, my mom and dad and my uncle's sister/husband had arrived. We didn't do much all day besides eat chocolates, baklava, smoked salmon, insanely delicious prime rib grilled on the BBQ, potatoes and roast vegetables, but not in that order.

We decided to go for a little tromp around the neighbourhood. I saw some kids who had neglected their bicycle, so I picked one up and pretended to steal it. They didn't really believe me, until I started running away with it. I ended up putting it down, and that's when they came out. Two of them got on their bikes and started following us, so I took a picture of them. That seemed to frighten them and they went back home.

After our walk, we went back home, had like, three kinds of cake, my mom and dad went home, and then we watched Slumdog Millionaire while drinking Pina Coladas.

Keith found the capers

Keith found the capers


Me vs. mayonnaise

Me vs. mayonnaise


We're ready for our hike

We're ready for our hike


Kids chasing me

Kids chasing me


Walking down the trail

Walking down the trail


Some interesting wildflowers

Some interesting wildflowers


She's leaving, so there!

She's leaving, so there!

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We had lunch in Kingston

We drove from Ottawa to Newmarket today, it's Good Friday. Keith has not explored this area of the world too much, so he is inclined to stop and see things like the "Big Apple" at the side of highway 401 (maybe on the way home, I said).

He was also interested in the 1000 Islands, but I was not. Finally, when we drove past Kingston, I felt like stopping and exploring the city a little bit. After filling up the gas and asking the attendant what would be open on a Good Friday afternoon, he said "not a whole lot" and we continued on foot through the little streets.

Scott had recommended Chez Piggy or the Pelican Pub, but Chez Piggy was too expensive and we didn't even bother looking for the Pelican Pub. Across the street, I spied a "workers co-operative" coffee shop, the Sleepless Goat. It also served lunch. I ordered a lentil veggie burger but it was dis-gust-ting. Keith said it "tastes like anguish". I wouldn't go that far.

After wandering around a little bit, it was pretty boring, so we just kept going to get to my aunt's house in Newmarket.

When we got there, they had linguine and roast peppers waiting for us! Amazing! We had picked up some fancy ice cream so we had that for dessert. Then, I got some help filling out my taxes.... aw, thanks guys.

Gross veggie burger

Gross veggie burger


The Sleepless Goat

The Sleepless Goat

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