I’ve never been one to put a lot of weight on Valentine’s Day. I mean, sure it’s a nice chance to spend some QT with your significant other, but I think there’s just way too much emphasis on grand gestures, gifts, and extravagant plans. It’s so unnecessary! That being said, when the boy suggested we take a little one night getaway to Toronto for Valentine’s Day, I was obviously on board.
We had 8:30 pm reservations at Biff’s Bistro, which wasn’t our top choice, but it was the only place we could get reservations. But by some serious stroke of luck, we got a call at 6:30 pm that night telling us that a table had opened up at 8:30 pm at Woods Restaurant, so we snatched it up!
Note: prepare yourself for the worst pictures you will ever see on this blog. I decided to go flash-free for our dinner so as not to tick off all the couples enjoying a nice Valentine’s Day dinner!
I loved my first impression of the restaurant. Its exposed brick walls, wooden floors, and chic black and white accents give it a moody, but relaxed atmosphere. The food blew me away too. I had an organic beet salad to start, which had a variety of types and textures of beets with sheep milk feta – it was a nice twist on the old, overdone beet salad.
For my entree I had the local Lake Huron pickerel over a creamy wild rice risotto with kale and plump dried fruit of some kind. It was so flavourful and the fish was perfectly cooked!
Dessert was by far the highlight though. We split two: a maple sugar pie with nutmeg ice cream and cinnamon sugar donuts with a chocolate dipping sauce. The maple pie was to die for!!! As in, if you live in Toronto you need to drop what you’re doing, go to Woods Restaurant, and pay a mere $11 for the most incredible experience of your life. The donuts were good too, but paled in comparison.
The next morning we hit up The St. Lawrence Market for brunch. I had my heart set on a St. Urbain bagel with cream cheese, but when we browsed around the downstairs level and saw Yianni’s Kitchen, an omelette craving struck. I got a Greek omelette with Greek style potatoes, which were pretty good. I’m still craving that bagel though, darnit!
Our last activity for the weekend was checking out Ripley’s Aquarium. I have to admit, I’m not usually one for tourist attractions and I was pretty ambivalent towards going. But it was so much cooler than I was expecting! The oceans contain some seriously freaky looking creatures.
The hotel we stayed at was the Intercontinental Toronto on Front Street, which was the ideal location since it was less a 15 minute walk from all of our planned activities. It was a gorgeous hotel, and my only complaint is the price of its hot drinks. $4.50 for a cup of brewed tea… Really?!?!
If you could take a mini getaway next weekend, where would you want to go and what would you do?