GUESS WHO'S BACK IN THE STATES!!
Me of course! So by the time you are reading this, you already know I'm back in the states! So lets do a recap on my mini vacation to Toronto!
SHORT VERSION: Toronto is HUGE. I suggest a 4 day 3 Night trip to explore the districts of just downtown Toronto. Eat in the Entertainment district, visit PATH, the world largest underground mall, in the Financial district and enjoy the nightlife in the Fashion district. The Weather was 80 degrees, which was great and you can get everywhere through safe public transportation. (the subway is $3) And if you have any cards other than VISA, you are in trouble!!
So overall it must be said that Toronto is by far the most diverse place I've personally been too. Arriving to Toronto Friday afternoon, I didn't see another person of my race until Saturday, which totally didn't bother me because NOBODY was treated me any different, the way the world should be if I may add.
STAY: We, my best friend and I, stayed in the Entertainment district at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The hotel was amazing, the staff was friendly the rooms came with a lakeside view and everyone was a concierge in their own right. Two things i must note about the hotel that I love, the heated marble bathroom floors and the different food outlets around the hotel. Honestly there were only 2 food outlets but the setup gave the feel of four outlets. Both outlets, adjacent to the lobby and located in the front and back of the hotel, had indoor and outdoor seating. If you choose the lounge in the front you could enjoy the chairs of that literally sat on the front drive and face the busy streets of Toronto, if you sat on the back patio, you could enjoy the view of the park in the city. (Other notable places to stay: The Hyatt, and Residence Inn)
FOOD: The food in Toronto was that much different than "The States", as several locals call it. On the main strip of the Entertainment district, we witness the overall abundance of "Mom & Pop" restaurants of all different cultures. Of course you had your occasional bar, fine dining and Subway (Literally a Subway on every other block) but most of the dining options are family owned restaurants. I noticed how there are limited fast food options, i saw ONE McDonalds but the most fast food you could buy in Toronto is Subway and Starbucks. The other interesting fact is, I don't remember seeing many obese individuals in the city.
SHOPPING: When I returned to work on today, Tuesday, every woman asked me "Did you do any shopping?" lol I went to the mall, two to be exact but I didn't purchase anything. The world largest underground mall resides in Toronto and it is HUGE. We left after encountering our FIFTH food court in 30 minutes. The mall is located 5 minutes from the hotel but unfortunately only open Mon - Friday. One the surface it appears that the clothing in Toronto is more expensive than the states. Even the locals made this clear to us.
The NIGHTLIFE for Toronto deserves its on blog!! So MORE TO COME
OVERALL: Toronto was great. It was good to visit Canada, but I doubt I will be back, unless it was with a group and I could only spend 2 nights there. I spent 3 nights there and honestly I wish I could've left Sunday afternoon. The people was beautiful, but other than that it was reminded me of DC or ATLANTA…just a LOT cleaner. Nothing in Canada "WOW'd" me like Cancun or Miami did, the first time. But I will say I enjoyed myself,