Toronto
"Hey. It's our one year anniversary coming up."
"Oh, you're right."
"What should we do?"
"Uh."
"..."
"Toronto?"
"mmkay."
I didn't take many pictures of the Airbnb we stayed at, but for the first Airbnb I've ever stayed at I cannot recommend MJ (our host) enough for the beautiful place, the views, the hospitality, and the location. If you ever find yourself in Toronto, go book from him. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14089794?sug=50

I didn't take many pictures of the Airbnb we stayed at, but for the first Airbnb I've ever stayed at I cannot recommend MJ (our host) enough for the beautiful place, the views, the hospitality, and the location. If you ever find yourself in Toronto, go book from him. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14089794?sug=50

Nome was the second meal we had. An Asian fusion restaurant nestled in one of the Korea towns. Highly recommend for the sake sangria and the other specialty cocktails on menu.  http://nomeizakaya.com/#!/home

Nome was the second meal we had. An Asian fusion restaurant nestled in one of the Korea towns. Highly recommend for the sake sangria and the other specialty cocktails on menu.  http://nomeizakaya.com/#!/home

Again at Nome. Dishes were Asian tapas style, so amongst Brandon, Karen, Rob, and I we got full off of kobe sliders, maki, and Korean tacos. I'm not sure what that white sauce was, but I swear it was the Asian equivalent of the Halal white sauce. 

Again at Nome. Dishes were Asian tapas style, so amongst Brandon, Karen, Rob, and I we got full off of kobe sliders, maki, and Korean tacos. I'm not sure what that white sauce was, but I swear it was the Asian equivalent of the Halal white sauce. 

First meal in the 6 was at Yuzu no Hana. Totally was trying to go for drinks and bar snacks but I guess in Ontario, most places are closed around 3pm. As a restaurant chosen out of desperation and connivence, we were quite surprised at the quality of fish and presentation. Notice the gold flakes on that otoro? Surprisingly they had a small selection of catches from the infamous Tsukiji Market (so obviously they had to adorn their most expensive fish with gold huh?) Service could have been more attentive but, eh, it was probably just middle shift. http://yuzunohana.ca/

First meal in the 6 was at Yuzu no Hana. Totally was trying to go for drinks and bar snacks but I guess in Ontario, most places are closed around 3pm. As a restaurant chosen out of desperation and connivence, we were quite surprised at the quality of fish and presentation. Notice the gold flakes on that otoro? Surprisingly they had a small selection of catches from the infamous Tsukiji Market (so obviously they had to adorn their most expensive fish with gold huh?) Service could have been more attentive but, eh, it was probably just middle shift. http://yuzunohana.ca/

Brandon doesn't like contemporary art.

Brandon doesn't like contemporary art.

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Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) was on day two of our adventures. GPS took us around one of the China Towns, worried we were lost, we actually found AGO right in the heart of the area. Sadly, the beautiful wooden staircase was closed to construction so I wasn't able to capture any shots from the inside. Never the less, the staircase as well as the wooden structures supporting the concession area (which closely reminds me the inside of Noah's ark....) were so stunning. AGO had an impressive collection of notable artists as well as some interesting modern art exhibits, however however  I felt the organization of the collection was a bit haphazard. Still worth the visit! http://www.ago.net/

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) was on day two of our adventures. GPS took us around one of the China Towns, worried we were lost, we actually found AGO right in the heart of the area. Sadly, the beautiful wooden staircase was closed to construction so I wasn't able to capture any shots from the inside. Never the less, the staircase as well as the wooden structures supporting the concession area (which closely reminds me the inside of Noah's ark....) were so stunning. AGO had an impressive collection of notable artists as well as some interesting modern art exhibits, however however  I felt the organization of the collection was a bit haphazard. Still worth the visit! http://www.ago.net/

Post Pokemon Go catching frenzie. 

Post Pokemon Go catching frenzie. 

The St. Lawrence Market was unfortunately closed for reconstruction (seems to be a trend on our visit). But the area surrounding was absolutely adorable and very close to the beach and the aquarium. We almost forgot we were in a major metropolis while relaxing on the pier watching fisherman boats float on by.

The St. Lawrence Market was unfortunately closed for reconstruction (seems to be a trend on our visit). But the area surrounding was absolutely adorable and very close to the beach and the aquarium. We almost forgot we were in a major metropolis while relaxing on the pier watching fisherman boats float on by.

I'm not sure if it was unique to Toronto as a whole or just the area by AGO, but there were many many many beautiful murals adorning all walls and alley ways. Note to pokemonGo players - most murals are pokestops. 

I'm not sure if it was unique to Toronto as a whole or just the area by AGO, but there were many many many beautiful murals adorning all walls and alley ways. Note to pokemonGo players - most murals are pokestops. 

CNE was fortunately  going on during our visit. Quite possibly the biggest fair I've been to, yes bigger than the OC fair, the CNE is also the MOST EXPENSIVE. Easily blew over $90 in less than 2 hours. Brandon and I left the carnival a little more broke, and a little defeated from not winning anything in the carnival games. 

CNE was fortunately  going on during our visit. Quite possibly the biggest fair I've been to, yes bigger than the OC fair, the CNE is also the MOST EXPENSIVE. Easily blew over $90 in less than 2 hours. Brandon and I left the carnival a little more broke, and a little defeated from not winning anything in the carnival games. 

The best part of the fair may have been the *cue cliche* ferris wheel. 

The best part of the fair may have been the *cue cliche* ferris wheel. 

Tips for traveling in the 6 if i's your first time: - check your roaming data plan. Most plans allow international data, some allow roaming for a small fee a day, and some will suck the money out of your account per text. Fortunately, we both had a international roaming plan so we could still send imessages and use uber and google maps. - carry cash. Again with the fees. If you don't check your bank's rules for international usage or let them know prior to your trip you'll be using your card, expect a "decline decline decline" where ever you swipe! - check Toronto travel blogs, or instagrams for places to explore. I cannot tell you how many screen shots from Toronto foodie IG's and local Toronto travel blogs I shared with Brandon leading up to the trip. - If you know someone in the city, ask them out. Fortunately we had friends and family in the area to show us around and, I'm not sure about you, but I'm not one for touristy activities NOT that you shouldn't go to the CN tower if you want, but I dislike crowds and want to grow to love the city from a native's eye. We had personal tour guides to show us all the local spots that were void of crowds but still uniquely Toronto. -  Bring chargers/portable chargers. Self explanatory.  - Try the POUTINE. I didn't when I was there, and have been regretting the decision since. Until next time, Toronto. 

Tips for traveling in the 6 if i's your first time:

- check your roaming data plan. Most plans allow international data, some allow roaming for a small fee a day, and some will suck the money out of your account per text. Fortunately, we both had a international roaming plan so we could still send imessages and use uber and google maps.

carry cash. Again with the fees. If you don't check your bank's rules for international usage or let them know prior to your trip you'll be using your card, expect a "decline decline decline" where ever you swipe!

- check Toronto travel blogs, or instagrams for places to explore. I cannot tell you how many screen shots from Toronto foodie IG's and local Toronto travel blogs I shared with Brandon leading up to the trip.

If you know someone in the city, ask them out. Fortunately we had friends and family in the area to show us around and, I'm not sure about you, but I'm not one for touristy activities NOT that you shouldn't go to the CN tower if you want, but I dislike crowds and want to grow to love the city from a native's eye. We had personal tour guides to show us all the local spots that were void of crowds but still uniquely Toronto.

-  Bring chargers/portable chargers. Self explanatory. 

- Try the POUTINE. I didn't when I was there, and have been regretting the decision since.

Until next time, Toronto.