March 30, 2013

A Good Friday Grand Tour

Although not our original intention when we left in search of brunch on Good Friday, we ended up walking for hours around the downtown core.

After some unsuccessful attempts to take in brunch at some of our usual places, due to congestion, we stumbled across Parkette. What a wonderful discovery! I had a delectable two soft-poached eggs and braised ham hock on a bed of perfect polenta, while Mark had their unique take on a club sandwich: Cornish hen, pork belly with tomato and mustard emulsion.

We then walked up Queen West into Entertainment District, up Spadina through Chinatown, and then crossed into Kensington Market, where we took in the smells, sights, and chilled vibe of Canada's answer to Pike Place. We then kept going west into Little Italy, where Mark had some gelato and an Americano, and found ourselves amongst throngs of Italian-Canadians lined up for the annual Good Friday Passion Procession. We decided to stay and watch the sombre procession of Jesus going through the stations of the Cross. It was very moving and we were impressed with the crowds and the reverence.

Once the procession was done we headed south back to West Queen West, via a walk through beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park, and decided to go for a drink. We ended up at a brand new bar called Samuel J. Moore, located inside The Great Hall. We ended up having two cocktails each, and shared 24 oysters and a charcuterie plate. Our appetites stoked we headed over to the Ossington Street strip to get a tower of seafood (featuring shrimps, oysters, and snow crab) at Rock Lobster. 

Satiated and tired we headed home to chill and watch the last two episodes of season 2 of "Game of Thrones". A good Friday indeed.

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