When Laura DeMarco, a writer at The Cleveland Plain Dealer
, visited Toronto recently, boiled beef and cabbage, poutine and bannock were prevailing motifs.
"We've been to Toronto many times, in part because it's such an easy way to enjoy a European-feeling locale," writes DeMarco. "It's a quick drive, the currency exchange is about even, and we've always found Torontonians friendly and helpful."
"This time, we dedicated ourselves to exploring more about what makes this city uniquely Canadian, not just a slightly altered version of an American or English city. With only two days, we decided to forgo some of the bigger, time-consuming museums and tourist sites we'd seen before, and concentrate on getting to know the city's diverse neighborhoods and history better. A bannock sandwich wasn't a bad way to start."
Forgoing the usual tourist attractions, DeMarco praises the food and nightlife if not Toronto prices.
"We liked [the Muskoka Brewery IPA], though were taken aback at the $6 draft price—something we found to be the norm during our stay. Toronto is an expensive city, especially for dining and drinking. There is a 13 percent sales tax added to all bills. Add a 20 percent tip onto that and you end up paying an additional third on top of your bill."
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Original source: Cleveland Plain Dealer