October 23, 2011

Viva West Queen West!

After countless hours setting up our new apartment, we pledged that we would finally spend this weekend exploring the city, especially our neighbourhood to the north, West Queen West.

We met up with my dear friend Dana after work on Friday and had dinner at the Queen St location of Terroni, the stalwart home of  southern Italian cuisine. We finished the evening at so-hip-it-hurts The Gladstone Hotel.

On Saturday morning we met Mark's longtime friend Toni at Cafe Bernate, where we started our afternoon with the most delectable home style brunch. I enjoyed an asparagus and Swiss cheese scramble that was just perfect.  We can't wait to go back with our friends from out-of-town.

We then hit the galleries on Ossington Street, with our favourite being AWOL. Returning back to West Queen West, we were accosted by thousands of Zombies, gathering for the 9th annual Zombie Walk. Yes, you read that correctly. Literally thousands of people were fully decked out with some pretty awesome zombie makeup and costumes, both old and young alike.

After the galleries it was time to hit the design stores, including 70s kitsch bar store BYOB, pretentiously named but cool Industrial Storm,  organizers' heaven Neat, and our favourite, Style Garage.

We had to then part with Toni and rush back home to prepare dinner for our friends Patrick & Raymond, owners of the Wellington Street Art Gallery--where we shall be this coming week for their next show opening.

More adventures in the city to come!

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