My next two trips are return visits in many ways. Next week I’m heading to Toronto to visit my sister. It’s a place I’ve visited almost an uncountable number of times; a place I’ve lived and worked in. Next month, I’m heading to Quebec City. Although not recently, it’s another place I’ve spent some time in owing to family friends, a relatively manageable 11 hour drive and my earlier-life passion for my beloved, but now extinct, Nordiques.
What to do when heading back to places this familiar? For both it’ll be a mix of revisiting old favourites and finding a couple of new experiences. In Toronto, I’m excited by the new: dinner reservations at Ruby Watchco, in what seems like a city with no end to dining choices. I’ll also be tempted back to some old favourites – peameal sandwiches at the St Lawrence Market, a beer or two at the Rebel House, and perhaps some El Salvadorian food at Tacos El Asador. In Quebec City, wandering around the old town and sitting down to a heart stopping poutine at Chez Ashton will bring back memories from many years ago. For the new? A host of restaurants and bars that my palette didn’t appreciate all those years ago.
My lists are made (but, as always, somewhat fluid) and my walking shoes are ready. Here’s to the familiar and to a taste of the new.