February 2012 Challenge!
I end up visiting Marché Bonsecours de Montréal every time I visit Old Montreal. Just the exterior building does look awesome and well maintained.
The inside though was a MEH.. as nothing much historical architecture left and the emphasis is on the artisan boutiques and galleries.
I never buy anything here... nothing for me to buy and most of the merchandise are over priced.
But it is a great place to get away from the winter cold and use their clean washrooms.
Do I really have to get out in the cold again?!!!
I have this love and hate relationship with Vancouver International Airport.
It is THE best airport in Canada I been to. It just have this laid back vibe, all these open space, the decorations, the colour theme they use all calm me down.
I been at YVR at couple of times when I took cruises out from Vancouver Seaport up to Alaska.
However, I really hate going through YVR if I connecting from Asia to Toronto. The immigrations line here are always long and one time I was stuck in the line for 2 hours.... from now on I avoid it at all cost, I rather routing through US to avoid Vancouver's immigrations!
I didn't expect much when I look at the facade of Complexe Desjardins... I don't even know it is a shopping centre... All I remember that it is cold and windy and anywhere indoor is a relief...
Such a huge open space with huge windows and skylights...
You can find your usual retail stores here and even a hotel on site.
It is also connected with the Underground City and Metro Stations.
I am surprise as how busy this Louis Vuitton's location is!
Weekday evening and every single sale persons were busy! Wandering around the store a little.. I just want to get someone to serve me.. I am buying something, not browsing... don't you hate when you never get help when you actually need that.
Finally one of the sale persons able to assist me. He is really helpful and polite but I know exactly what I want to get and in what style and colour. When I notice the bag was not in mint condition, he quickly get another one for me.
Nice doing business with you... I might be back if I need something else!
Le Saint Bock has over 19 drafts on their white chalk board... what to drink??
I can't think properly when I am too excited, faced with too many choices: local Quebec beers from various microbreweries.
I ended up just ordering by numbers... lucky number 17 and 19 at $4.13 each.
The low armchairs are quite comfy... and music quite loud... I can only see my friend's mouth moving but cannot hear a thing.....it is quite dark inside too and everyone looks good?! Maybe just a little too much to drink?
Waitress is super nice and ask if we need separate checks for our beers??
Came back to WEGZ to catch the closing ceremony of the Olympics.
What a difference this visit as the bar is almost empty! A little too quiet but at least I can sit wherever I want, I can get services and a good view of the screen.
Drafts selection is decent with almost the whole line up of Keith's, Rolling Rock, Amsterdam's, Stella, Guinness and Hoegararden.
If with a group, definitely get the Brewtender (80 oz) to share! Just love those beer towers!!!
Great places definitely is a great place to chill with your friends with or without catching a game! Maybe next time I will order some food to go with my beer tower!!!!!!!!!!I don't frequent Sport Bar this size of WEGZ...
I just a little confused... I know on Saturday night… En savoir plus
3 star for having Seasonal Craft Beer on draft
1.5 star for food
I have been to King Henry's Arms numerous time and I now come to a conclusion that I would not going to eat here again.
Love their beer selection but the food item was more a miss 80% of the time.
Just don't ever order their Yorkshire pudding dipping. It was burnt and bitter outside and not cooked inside. The waitress at first told us that 's how it suppose to be?! But after I insisted, she ended up taken it off the bill +0.5 star.
Mon-Fri half price app which is ok price as I doubt I would have paid $7.50 for the basket of onion rings or waffle fries.
I would continue to have a pint of Black Oak or Lakes of Bay or whatever local craft beers on tap as pre or post dinner drink.When I saw our server put down Flying Monkey's Coaster on my table, I got a little excited! Flying… En savoir plusKing Henry's Arms have all the main stream beer on tap... nothing fancy...
Just a neighbourhood… En savoir plus
I still waiting for the day that Toronto Transit will have one of those opus card.
Just love the area of just scanning through the reader and without worrying about transfers, tickets, tokens or change!!
The Metro itself is not too complicated with just 4 lines designated by colours, it is not too easy to get lost.. maybe?
The buses I found them really slow and not too frequent. I always have the urge just want to just walk then waiting!
All the staffs are really helpful too..... maybe I just look too lost?!!
Swatow Plaza in Montreal Chinatown looks promising....
6th floors including basement of shops and services.
Right now only really the second floor and the main floor is occupied.
Yang's Sushi opened up recently in the main floor.. and small independent clothing and accessories boutiques set up shops on the second floor.
Close at 6 pm Sun-Wed and 8 pm Thu -Sat during Winter, the business hours are relatively short.
Hopefully more stores will open next time when I come to visit!
Promenades Cathedrale is a little boring... another one of those faceless North American mall with the same franchise stores...
But when I realize I am really walking and shopping directly under Christ Church Cathedral a National Historic Site of Canada, this is quite amazing. Usually in the crypt or basments of churches one will find coffins or relics... but here you will find shoe stores?
During the construction back in 1987, the Church was basically "floating" in the air supported on stilts for a whole year.
Look for a corridor inside the shopping area which has a photo exhibition of building process which can be quite interesting!
With Promendes Cathedrale linking up Les Ailes de la Mode and The Bay, now I can stay Underground and get lost a little longer....
Toronto's music scene is alive and well.
If you are into Classical, Opera or Jazz and you enjoy LIVE performance and want to support local musicians... make sure you check out all the concert and performance listings in Whole Note Magazine.
Free monthly publications or you can check them out at their website.
Aside from all the performance listings, Whole Note also have great articles on local musicians and reviews on CDs.
You sure it is a library??
The information area has sofas that resemble those in the lobby of a boutique hotel!
That high ceiling? The spacious interior space?!
Just chilling here in Aurora Library is a great relaxing experience.
Then this lady talking on the phone so loud wake me up from my dream.....I don't really want to know about her love life really...
Wifi access only offers to library card holders.. so out of towners like me are out of luck!
A visit to the outdoor site of Montreal En Lumiere can be a little awkward.
Without the lights... without the crowds...something is missing.
Some activities still opens like the Milk Urban Slide, RBC Dome, Ferris Wheel.
There are also some food stalls open and my Arumula with coffee did help to lift my spirit...
I need to come back during night time...... next time!
RESO definitely worth a solid 3 star if it is cold and freezing and snowing or raining outside...
Great place to get lost... Gee, why am I going around in circle... I just want to walk South.... Don't follow me, I am lost!!
The stores can get a little boring if you are into shopping,,,.. I just want to have a break from the freezing cold
I end up just going back on the street... just walk South, a little cold but at least I find my way back to the hotel.
If you live in Markham, you would have been receiving a copy of Markham Economist & Sun Newspaper every Thursdays and Saturdays.
It has some local news and event listings but mainly it is really stuffed with flyers (junk mails in disguise!!)... Remember the days pre Internet it might be a good ideal.. but now every single companies almost have their specials of the week listed on their websites:
I wish one can just opt out on the delivery... as every week I just put in it the recycling boxes without even reading it!
Maybe I just came to Hillcrest Library at a wrong time....
This is one of those places that I want to just walk in... and then walk out right away even I am desperate to find somewhere to chill.
Full of students from the area high school gathering here to work on their group projects or just to surf the Internet.
The library itself just feels really cramped and I bummed into people and shelves...and everything while looking for a place to sit.....
Centennial Library is right across from North York Hospital Urgent Care Unit and next to Herbert H Carnegie Centennial Centre.
I can imagine people hanging out after dropping off their kids next door for activities or just picking up some reading materials before heading over for the usual long wait at any Ontario Hospitals...
The library does have it's own small parking lot and I doubt that it will be too busy as the library itself is really small....
There are some floral wing chairs which looks kind of dated but it might fit into some English Cottage deco?
Great if you want to pick up some Best Bet 7 days loan material but the collections here are really small...
Holiday Inn Select was not my first choice when I was planning for 3 days trip to Montreal, but I just could not pass the "Sweet Deal" that offers by Montreal Tourism: half price for 2nd/3rd night, Free breakfast, Coupon books...etc...
The hotel though is really convenient as it is just across the street from Metro Station Place-d'Armes..hop on Metro and it can get you everywhere. Within walking distance to Old Montreal, St Catherines, St Denis.. if it is nice and warm, basically you can walk everywhere.
The hotel itself though is dated. The Oriental theme is a little cheesy... but I guess since it is located in Chinatown. My Yelp Friend at first thought it is a temple from a distance then find out it is our hotel!
No fridge in the room to cool my beers and wines, but you can get some ice at the machine on every floor.
The Parking though has in and out privileges is a little pricey at $25 and the underground lot is a little dark and spaces are tight.
Free WIFI works perfectly but you will need an access code to sign in.
I will stay here again if the price is right......
This rest stop at Riviere-Beaudette is the first rest stop on the highway when you pass the Ontario/Quebec border.
Smallish with food court style seating, with just a Tim Horton and St Hubert's in this location if you want some hot food.
Surprisingly the convenience store is open even at 4 am if you want to load up on monster sized beers, wine and much much more...
so quiet here, great to have a power nap before heading back on the road again.
Snow Village looks good on their website... but it was a real disappointment when I visit in person.
Located inside Parc Jean-Drapeau with an admission of $13 on weekdays and $17 on weekends is kind of pricey for what they offers. Basically what it is just a couple of rooms in a huge igloo with a different theme...
I don't know who in the right mind to be staying in a room made with ice.. and you even have to go to an outdoor portable washroom.. the package starts at $259 per person!!!
The igloo chapel though really nice... pretty neat if for a wedding with a reception at the ice bar. A winter wonderland wedding...
Make sure you wear great winter boots that have good traction if not you going to slip and slide everywhere....
Or you can get one of those sleigh and push your friend as fast as you can and make him scream!
ONroute Port Hope is my favourite highway pitstop I have been to.
Clean, Spacious with plenty of seating. I just love those armchairs....
Washrooms exceptionally clean and plenty.
Starbucks?!!! Need I say more, but Tim Hortons opens 24 hours.
Wifi, great for travellers.
I am afraid to stopover here, because I might end up forgot I need to move on and be somewhere else!
Looking for a burr coffee grinder brought me to Home Outfitters.
I found the store a little disorganize and the selections a little lame and a little overpriced unless there's a sale.
All the sale associates were busy reshelving instead of helping customers or at the cash registers.
The Nespresso counter is nicely set up and the sales is the hardest working of them all!
A visit of Old Unionville would not be complete without having a stroll in Toogood Pond. Or is it the other way around?
33 hectares of wildness with trails, wild life, streams and ponds.
A little piece of heaven for the area's residents!
There is also annual Urban Fish Festival held in the pond on the no licence day once a year. I don't know if I want to eat those fishes.. but it is fun if you have children to bring them here for a day of fun.
And of course after you can always go to the Old Unionville and have a drink or a romantic dinner in one of the restaurants.
There are free parking at the Old Unionville Business area.
Cresthaven Golf Club is one of the few Par 3 golf course in the Markham area.
Great for beginners as all the holes has really simple layout: no doglegged or water hazards at all!! I hate those ponds and streams!!
Price is decent starting from around $20 for a round.
Fairways and putting greens are not too well maintained... but I seen worse.
But if you are more experienced or want some challenge, you might find this course a little boring!
If you have a foursome, make sure to print out the coupon which enble one golfer plays free.
Buttonville Fairways is my favourite driving range in the area.
Never really busy.
The best is they have both mat and grass tees for practising.
I usually get a Jumbo bucket with 150 balls.
After hitting some balls, there is also a well maintained chipping and putting area for you to work on your short game!
I might not like Rogers.... but I love Rogers Magazine Service.
The selections of magazines are great! Over 100 of the most popular ones: Sports, Fitness, Gossips, Travel...
Some of the magazines are almost 75% off the new stand prices.
The great thing is you have the option of having them charge your credit card every month (no annual subscription is required) and you can just cancel any time*! All you need to do if you want to add or cancel or change your choice of magazines is to log in at their web page.
If you do opt for the annual subscription, you will earn aeroplan/airmiles.
*Please note that some offers involve a minimum 6-month subscription duration to retain bonus gift.
- No Frills
- Wal Mart
- Pet Valu
- Agincourt Library
Those are all the business I frequent at Agincourt Mall. But they all located outside or have their own entrance facing the parking lot.
I hardly even go inside... since there are nothing much there!
Agincourt Mall though is really convenient for the residents of the senior apartments across the street.
Rogers Centre not only the landmark of the Toronto's Waterfront, it also has really sentimental value to me personally.
My first Blue Jays game, and numerous games after that..
First time to catch a foul ball... yet to catch another one!
First time to bring my dog to attend a baseball game!
Aside from baseball, I been to numerous concerts at Rogers Centre over the years.
I know I will be back again for other events for many years to come!
First impression is really important on the first date.
Brass Taps Pizza Pub really makes a good impression. The dark and "cozy" down to earth vibe, the friendly crowd and the helpful waitress.
My quickie Tequila shot ($6) sealed the deal.
I will be back again, my second date will hopefully involve some finger licking food!
I have a really positive experience with WagJag regarding getting a refund of one of my vouchers.
They were responsive and I did get a credit back on my account as I could not get the services/goods as promised by the business.
And their App for smart phone is pretty good too! I wish they will send reminding of my used coupons on a regular basis.
The WagJag's deals are not as attractive as before though...
I have no patient! I am not a good golfer!
I sometimes drive my golfing buddies and group playing right behind me crazy... But I love to come to Bushwood whenever my friend ask me for play a round.
The 9 hole executive course at Bushwood is just perfect for me!! My friend can still keep her insanity and we still friend after a round of playing.
The grounds are well kept and the fairways and greens always in good condition. (gee I cannot blame the course for all those boogies!!)
I usually go during morning have a quick game then we go for lunch, perfect girl's "day" out!!
BTW, Bushwood also has another 18-hole Championship Course, maybe I should give it a try next season after more practice!
This Lululemon's location will always be special for me.
I participated in their annual Parkinson Yoga thorn every year for the last 3 years. Make sure you get those raffle tickets! The price is just so awesome: Blue Jays tickets, Lulu's top, cook books..... and all for a good cause!!
I led my first ever Community Class in this location. My first class in a store with mix level with over 30 yogis! That's memorable!
The staffs always so kind and supportive and friendly.
This lululemon is more than just another yoga clothing store for me!!
Now I can check in and use my Yelp App in Sawgrass Mills!
Oh and they even has their mobile app is awesome has the maps and special offers for all the stores!!This is the outlet mall that I visit at least once a year before or after my cruise!
I really enjoy… En savoir plus
You just need to be patient at Off 5th, you will be rewarded with great deals.
My favourite things to get here are sun glasses! Love the discounts and sometimes I get coupons that has extra percentage off.
There is also a bathroom right at the back of the store, a lot more quiet and private than the ones in the main area of the Mall.
The only complaint maybe not even sale associates on the floor.
With Bloomingdale opening up almost right next door.. I can really see some competitions!!
Now I know why I prefer ordering my supplies from Staples via their website instead of going into a store...
I was in a rush and just want to pick up some envelopes for work. I asked one of the associate which aisle... and she sounded not too please and just murmured Aisle 3 without even making any eye contact with me....
Even their website is programmed to "say" thank you and welcome back... and I got this treatment when I physically in the store.
Anyway, I am going back to just ordering for the Internet.. unless I am desperate!
Car Park 32 seems to be one of the closest car park for Air Canada Centre.
On game days with a charge of $25, the lot is always full.
Definitely stay away if you are here for any events: games, concerts... not worth the agony. Even if you are here for the events and if you don't mind a 5 to 10 minute walk, there are even underground parking options of $15 in one of the office buildings.
BTW, don't be like those drivers blocking the right lane led to back up all the way down to Lakeshore... Read the Sign... "LOT FULL" means no space... move on!
I've been following Toronto Raptors since Vince Carter era, even been to a few playoff games... Yes I've experienced better than what we have now...
Raptors really need players that are exciting, charismatic, entertaining and that will bring interest and of course attendance.
Sometimes is not us FAN... we cannot support a team blindly just because it is our home team.. (aside for the Maple Leafs, Toronto is a hockey town after all!!)
Raptors' management please has a long term plan... build a good team and the fans will come!
I really don't know what to expect!
My Yelp Friend kept asking are there no Pub along Yonge Street or Church.... Why I am dragging him through the dark streets and alleys all the way to here... to Stout Irish Pub!
I love the cozy atmosphere of Stout, especially with the warm glowing fire place. And those huge armchairs, I can sink it to one of them and let them swallow me...
Extensive Beer Selections with some seasonal choices. I should have got the taster option... maybe next time.
Big TVs showing The Detroit Game made my friend happy and relax or maybe he was watching the live show perform by those lovebirds close to us... While I drink my beer and daydream...
Services though friendly but was a little slow at time. It took forever to get the bill and then to pay it with my credit card.
I will definitely be back to Stout again when I am in the area. Beer Tasting next time for sure!
This is really the Oak Ridges Moraine Library, one of the four Town of Richmond Hill's library,
I didn't expect that it is inside a strip plaza with a storefront entrance. And I didn't expect that it is in such a busy plaza sharing the parking lot with No Frills.
The deco is really dated.... those flowery bench cushions are such an eyesore.
Though their travel tour guides has the best collections I ever seen in a library, almost all copies are the most current ones!!
Free WIFI access only for library card holders...