Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

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[URBAN NOTE] Heading East

I met up with finfin in East Chinatown, by Broadview and Gerrard after 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. This neighbourhood, small and beleaguered, is smaller than Chinatown on Spadina, but that doesn't take away from its appeal. The Rose Cafe alone, a Vietnamese restaurant at 327 Broadview that makes excellent banh mi, is worth the trip.

We later headed down south on Broadview onto Queen Street East, and thence to The Beaches. I'd never been to this part of southeastern Toronto before, and certainly not to the Toronto mainland's only beaches. Brief departure to the Boardwalk BBQ Pub for a beer each and some nachos, and then a walk east along the crowded grey-sanded beaches by the bizarre fresh water sea that is Lake Ontario.

Before getting onto the Queen Street streetcar at its eastern terminus, finfin asked me what I thought about Toronto. After due thought, I said it's not the same, both internally diverse and rather different from Prince Edward Island.
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