Poutine is good for your soul

Cheese curds that squeak gently with each bite, brown gravy, and French Fries.

Poutine is delicious.

Poutine
DELICIOUS

I was fortunate enough to share my first serving of poutine, ever, with a Canadian 😛 Cindy, who ended up as one of my dorm mates at the Canadiana hostel, was in the city for the Toronto International Film Festival. She’s from Manitoulin, which is more than six hours away from Toronto. Her family is pretty hardcore, as her dad shoots deer for food. (I’ve never had to kill an animal in my life to eat, so things like that stand out to me.)


We started the morning by grabbing something to eat at Tim Hortons.

I got a sandwich.

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Yummy Tim Hortons sandwich in Toronto 🙂

Then we split up for most of the afternoon and agreed to meet up to fill our souls with delicious unhealthy food.


Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Home of the Toronto Raptors!
Got to another arena where NBA games take place!

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Turns out there was some sort of Mexican festival going on at Nathan Phillips Square, so I stopped by. It made me feel a little bit more at home because Hispanics are a dominant population in Los Angeles.
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Fountains at Nathan Phillips Square.

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Cindy was dressed in a tight-fitting silver dress when we went to Smoke’s Poutinerie because she was heading straight to TIFF immediately after. It was kind of funny how overdressed she was when we got poutines, but that made the experience more fun because it became a point of small talk with the cashier, who mentioned how nice she looked.

Cindy had to leave earlier than me to line up for the festival, so I took her leftovers and put them in the fridge back at the hostel. Then I went on to explore Chinatown and Kensington Square.

Chinatown

Chinatown in Toronto, Ontario.
Chinatown in Toronto, Ontario.
A bus passing through Chinatown in Toronto, Ontario.
A bus passing through Chinatown in Toronto, Ontario.
Chinatown in Toronto, Ontario.
Chinatown in Toronto, Ontario.

Kensington Market

Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Produce
Produce
Cool graffiti.
Cool graffiti.
Graffiti
Graffiti
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Cool stuff at Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Cool stuff at Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario

3 thoughts on “Poutine is good for your soul

  1. How did you like Toronto? Are you from LA? I love Los Angeles so much. Your pictures are awesome and show how beautiful my city is. Hope you had fun 🌸

    1. Hi! Thanks so much! Yes, I’m from Los Angeles. Really loved Toronto and was bummed to have only had a few days there. I’d definitely love to visit again in the future. There is so much to do!

  2. I’m more excited than I should be to get a mention!! :). I’m glad you enjoyed your poutine – they re amazing 🙂

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