A Very (Colourful) Snowy Day

Yesterday was a very snowy day in Toronto. The Weather Network reported that downtown received between 16-25 cm of snow….although it looked a lot more like 30 + cm to me. 

Here is a photo of the accumulation of snow on my mailbox:

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Downtown was a mess with slippery slush everywhere. Here are a couple of photos of University Avenue near the St. Patrick subway station:

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This was the scene as I continued towards Chinatown.

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Anyone up for a nice bike ride?

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…or a drink on the patio?

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I took refuge in Dragon City Mall on Spadina Avenue.  http://dragoncity.sites.toronto.com/index.html  This sight greeted me as I entered:

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All that colour was a welcome sight after stumbling around in Snowmageddon!

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A whole boatload of adorable cartoon cats wished me good luck!

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I left the mall and continued towards the Kensington Market area. I found this store on Kensington Street which sells Gothic Lolita clothing . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_fashion . I absolutely LOVE Lolita fashion. Unfortunately the store was closed, so I will have to go back sometime soon.

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I just love the colourful exteriors of many of the Kensington stores and houses.

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My friend and I went into this place called “Tribal Eye” which features original art from “sub-saharan Africa and the African diaspora,” as the proprietor informed us. He tricked me into touching a fertility doll 🙂 haha and showed us a lot of cool artwork. The store also sells shea butter lotion, which is incredible for dry winter skin. I would recommend going into this place not only to see the artwork, but for the interesting conversation. 

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We stopped for lunch at a place called “The Hungary Thai.” It is not a Hungarian-Thai fusion restaurant, but rather a place where you can get dishes like goulash/schnitzel OR pad thai/lemongrass chicken. 

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It is located at 196 Augusta Avenue. It’s really worth a visit; the food was absolutely delicious. Also, the interior is rather interesting:

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Next we came across the “Roach O’Rama,” which has been “serving potheads since ah…I forget.”

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This was the sign on the door:

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Here is a sample of what they sell:

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You can also buy this original painting of Bob Marley for…you guessed it… $420.

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However, they do NOT sell weed/hash/oil, as very clearly stated here – in signs right below their extensive bong collection:

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This cute little sasquatch was in a store window down the street:

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The exteriors of Kensington buildings never fail to impress.

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If you go into that store, you must abide by DaVintage Code.

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Mmmmm….cheese magic.

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Needless to say, there is a lot of street art and murals in the area. 

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This one is my favourite so far:

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And apparently you can’t chain your bike to this homeowner’s fence because it’s a THOUSAND years old! Ha ha!

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Every time I visit Kensington Market I find something new and awesome. It is my favourite Toronto neighbourhood…so far.

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

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