Sunday Stroll: Kensington Market

In an effort to discover more of Toronto, I will be starting a “Sunday Stroll” series, as inspired by this book. Plus, the walking will help me train for the Camino in November!

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I don’t know how the conversation gravitated towards “strange” fruits, but over dinner that night, Alex nonchalantly mentioned: “You are the only person I would go and try bizarre things with”. I suppose his confidence came from the fact that I grew up in Indonesia, the land of bizarre fruits, where our daily consumption often included things like: durian, mangosteen, jackfruit, and rambutan. Plus, my father owns a durian farm in the highlands of East Java. So, yes, if you want to go and try bizarre fruits, you should definitely go with me!

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Summer Road Trip: To the Nation’s Capital

Following up on my Summer Road Trips post, here is a first on Ottawa.

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From where I am (Toronto), it’s easy to get to Ottawa: head east on the 401 for 3.5 hours and take the exit to 416 to get into the city. It’s a quick 4.5-hour drive, 4-hour, if you speed – not recommended, but if you do so, be careful and be aware of highway patrols. It is no wonder then that I have visited it many times before. Plus, I know two lovely ladies (Hi, Natasha and Kainat!) in the city. That alone warrants a visit at least once a year! Lastly, I love going back to cities that I have previously visited because I no longer have a must-see list and I can just chill.

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Toronto, Toronto.

I know from my own travel experiences that when it comes to food, we rarely venture out of the touristy parts of the city. We focus more on the sights and less on what to eat, thinking that we can always fall back on those oh-so-reliable fast food places when we are desperate. It’s terrible, I know, and I’m guilty for it (Eating McDonald in Padua? Been there, done that!) In my quest to eliminate this, below is a list of recommended places to eat at should you ever find yourself visiting this fine city of mine.

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My November Adventure

I mentioned here that I very rarely watch movies; my mind just cannot sit still long enough to see each film make it to its very end; it starts to wander as soon as the 90 minute mark is hit and more often than not, I have no idea what happens at the end. Over dinner several years ago, Alex told me to watch The Way and I naturally ignored him because I couldn’t care less about it. That is, until I saw it on Netflix one weekend afternoon when I had absolutely nothing to do. I plopped myself down on my bed, set the screen in front of me, dimmed the lights, and watched the whole thing.

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Summer Road Trips

My mind is filled with many road-trip possibilities with the arrival of warmer days. Heck, I’ve gone on a few of them as this post is written. That’s the thing with road trips, you know, they’re just so… easy and affordable! Plus, there isn’t a lot of planning involved with road trips, all you need is: get some friends, pile into a car, and drive somewhere (preferably with a destination in mind, or if not, do whatever floats your boat). Make as many or as few stops as you wish, but make sure you stop often as the surprises that pop up along the way can be delightful in the best possible way (for example, stopping at Kawartha Lakes Dairy in Barrie on our way home from Awenda Provincial Park where a small cone means 2 HUGE scoop of ice cream!). It’s really the only type of travel where a detour is openly welcomed with excitement! The old adage is true here: the journey is the destination!

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