Canada: So The Maple Leafs Lost

One full day in Canada behind me and it was some day. The gourmet food and wine expo was fantastic. I was there around two hours, you paid for your entrance and then bought “sample tickets” (with the average sample – glass of wine, glass of beer, plate of food) costing you two “tickets”. So we strolled around, tried four or five different wines that I know I wouldn’t see in the off license in Kilkenny, had a ‘Niagra Blonde’ beer, tried a savage plate of pasta cooked in vodka sauce and topped it off with a Razz-Apple Sour cocktail.

All of that before heading across to the ACC (now that I know the ACC stands for Air Canada Centre) to catch the Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL action against the Boston Bruins. The Maple Leafs lost but I’ve been following the NHL for a decade and the result was never going to matter to me – the sheer atmosphere in the arena, the over-priced beers (at CN$9.25 a pint, the hotdogs that taste every bit as good as they smell – start to finish it was simply a great event.

After that it was taxi ride back to Allen’s on Danforth (bit of an Irish connection) where we caught a trad bands, a few bottles and home to bed in the wee hours.

Have to say – Toronto is MASSIVE, but just so easy to get around. Everything is grid-like, everything huge. Been years since I’ve been this side of the Atlantic so I’ll make no apologies for my awe! Have to find a way to get these pictures off my phone and up into that flickr account….

Now for some breakfast….

Author: Ken McGuire

Runs Event Media and The Devious Theatre Company and writes about food at Any Given Food. You'll find me on Twitter here and here.