Last weekend I had gone to Toronto for a friend’s wedding. I haven’t been to Toronto since I was 8 years old. I remember riding the Maid of the Mist ferry and seeing Niagara Falls, going to Chinatown and it was really hot since my family and I had gone during the summer. I never had much interest to visit again, but with a wedding invite, why not? Went through a lot of hassle of renewing my passport which I had postponed for awhile. Luckily I had got it back in time for me to book my flight and hotel at still a reasonable price. I’m not close with the friend that invited me but I decided to go anyways. She’s a nice girl but we just never got close or know each other too well. She’s good friends with my close friends so to a degree she’s relatively cool in my book haha. I didn’t really know the bride’s other friends so I had synced up with my Boston friends to see what their plans were. I decided to stay at the same hotel as some of my friends while another was lame and stayed somewhere closer to the venue of the wedding…where he later wished he stayed with us haha.
We met up at KINKA Izakaya Original for dinner. I didn’t get a chance to do too much research on Yelp for where to eat but this was one spot that I had found and it was also recommended by the bride to be that we go here. My friend H made reservations and I am so glad he did. Of course for a Friday night it was crazy busy and insanely loud. Well, it’s an izakaya so we do you really expect haha. As we browsed through the menu, H reminded us all how we’re using the Canadian dollar which meant everything is 20% off and then we all shouted like children “YAY!” lol. We were strongly encouraged to order a lot. My friend T and I focused on ordering drinks while T’s wife and H ordered food. We saw this 2 tier sake bomb called a samurai bomb in the menu. We immediately wanted that. I didn’t care what else we got as long as we ordered that lol.
When our server came by to set up the samurai bomb, we were like giddy children. I think T and H were a bit too excited that when he came to pounding the table to knock down the shots, there was little alcohol everywhere. We kept ordering more food and drinks until T’s wife discovered this birthday shot sampler that they do. Pretty much you get a sampler of shots, the servers come out with a sign that says “Happy Birthday (insert name)” and you get your picture taken. Since my birthday was nearly a week away, why not? lol. I was super excited when the servers came out screaming as well as my friends shouting. I was literally incredibly excited and throwing my arms up screaming lol. I wasn’t even drunk behaving like this. I was genuinely excited like a child being told that they’re going to move to Disney World or something haha. It was hilarious. When the servers came by, one of them put a weird Mt Fuji hat thing over my head to wear, which I didn’t care. I kept screaming “WOOOO!!!!!!!” lol. I had some of the shots and shared it with my friends before we made way to our next destination.
We hit up Lockhart aka Harry Potter bar as T’s wife kept calling it. It was a huge shift from going to a super loud ass restaurant to a pretty chill, divey bar. I love dive bars. This place was really cool. Had some interesting drinks on the menu, but we were mainly looking for anything that can be lit on fire lol. There was one drink that you can share that was in a stag head and it was lit on fire. Another drink we tried was this Campfire Old Fashioned which had a roasted marshmellow over a glass of whiskey. T’s wife and I shared the BetterBeer. It was good, but a bit too creamy for my liking. The drinks were good, the decor was cool and our bartender was dope. He’s originally from Dublin and has been in Toronto for years, but he LOVES Boston. He was happy to learn that we were from there. Really nice guy. We eventually all decided to head back to the hotel. However, T and I both felt so sober that we hit up the hotel bar…again haha. We had went to the hotel bar before dinner…and now after dinner haha.
The next morning we went downstairs for the hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet, which was actually legit. I had it the day before along with dinner at the hotel and I was still surprised how good the food was. I honestly felt drunk when I woke up and so out of it. Shit, we all were out of it haha. We ate breakfast and quickly returned to our rooms to go back to sleep…and then to wake up to go eat again lol. We met up with H for lunch at Sansotei Ramen. I had it the day before but didn’t mind going again since I had really enjoyed it. After that we walked to Uncle Tetsu where H’s wife wanted to pick up a cheesecake. I had gone the day before but I was on the other side where you can the cheese tarts. I had picked some up for my friend that was a part of the bridal party and she didn’t have time to go so I hooked home girl up.
We eventually made it to Green Grotto where we ate again. We were all incredibly full, but we’re all total foodies and that didn’t stop us. I wanted to order a warm beverage since it was so cold walking around, but I got a really yummy coconut espresso affogato. Mad bomb! At this point we were all under heavy food coma and had to go back to the hotel to rest before we got ready for the wedding. Since we were lazy and trying to boost our nap time, we took an Uber back to the hotel haha. Clearly a lot of strategizing comes into play when we want to eat good food as well as squeezing in time for a nap. However, napping didn’t happen for myself or for my friends. I literally laid in bed watching Youtube videos haha. Eventually I got ready and we all ended up rushing. I had brought 3 dress options but opted for the original dress I bought. I was definitely able to zip that shit up before this trip. I was so full and bloated that both T and his wife had to help zip me into the dress lol. Also, wearing a dress in single digit temperature is not fucking fun. I was harshly reminded of what actual cold weather felt like haha.
The wedding was beautiful and everyone looked great. It was my first time going to a Korean wedding. Well, they incorporated both Korean and Chinese traditions which was cool. The bride and groom are such dorks that there was a light saber tunnel that they walked through after exchanging some Star Wars related medal lol. It was hilarious but super cute. During the wedding reception, there was even an XBox with Star Wars for you to play. Of course T and H were hogging the game haha. Took lots of pics with friends and once again had many drinks. We were all happy to know that the crew of us from Boston were seated at the same table, which meant trouble. We were the loudest but most fun table at the wedding. We clinked the glasses with our utensils, the guys participated in silly games, we took a really cute group photo in the photo booth and danced like fools. It was cute that the bride and groom danced to a song that the best man and bridesmaid sang to. The groom even serenaded the bride at the end and it was the cutest, sweetest thing ever. I went up to him and called him a triple threat and didn’t realize he was a Chinese heart throb lol. Towards the end of the wedding they even served poutine haha. I don’t think there was any way possible for us to leave Canada without having poutine haha.
Overall, it was an amazing time with old friends. I’d like to visit Toronto again when it’s not cold haha. I REALLY love and miss Kinka Izakaya haha. Since coming back, I’m pretty homesick. I realized how lucky I am to have such amazing friends like them and that it’s always a guaranteed good time. I really miss those fools.