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Introduced in 1982, the Ontario car plate slogan “Yours to Discover” was changed to “A Place to Grow” for new license plate owners in 2020, in white letters on a blue background. I decided to use the former slogan in the title for this Toronto post because you can keep on growing in this city for as long as you live, and always have extraordinary places to visit. I found this out after having lived here, on and off for about 30 months, beginning the summer of 2018. Google guided me to some wonderful websites, as did the many residents of the city I met at the parks and forests I visited. In turn, I would highlight and encourage them to visit the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Park that have provided so much comfort, happiness and companionship to me over the years, along with the nearby East Don Trail and Edwards Gardens.
Toronto is truly a world class city in all aspects: Sports (teams in every major North American sport — the NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS), great theatres, world class restaurants and entertainment, great museums and learning institutions, fantastic hospitals and medical teams providing world-class health treatment, the famed TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), fantastic shopping, malls, an incredible mix of 250 ethnic communities that speak 170 languages, proximity to major tourist areas, the beautiful Lake Ontario that appears like an ocean, and the list can go on…and add to that countless parks, rivers, forests and gardens. Of course, Covid-19 has limited our abilities to travel freely since early 2020.
A SIDE NOTE FOR FOOD LOVERS
For FOOD LOVERS, I have two very quick suggestions. (1) The Kebob on 3417 Derry Road East (at Goreway) for tikkas, tandooris, and ginger chicken. They are served with fantastic nans and a healthy salad. Instead of regular rice, go for their moist and tasty biryani rice. The Kebob has been my favourite spot in Toronto since the late 1990’s. It has never failed me, and I would go to this place everyday, if it were close by. (2) Another great food experience you will have is at Allepo Kebab on 1960 Lawrence Avenue West for Middle Eastern food with a Syrian touch. My nephew from Spain enjoyed Allepo and I have promised him a return trip when he visits Toronto again. The owner is from Syria, as is the lady who assists him in the preparation of the food. Try their special plates and add a couple of small falafels to your order. It is not far from the Ismaili Centre.
Then, if you are a Paan addict, which I am not (it is an annual event for me), try Cafe de Paan — a nice name I think — on 2016 Lawrence, in a little mall 50 metres east of Allepo Kebab. This past week just happened to be my once a year craving for a paan. Cafe de Paan offers an incredible number of choices as well as fillings for the paan, all temptingly placed in the front counter. It also serves great sandwiches and their chai is very well prepared. The owner’s sister in law makes awesome gulab jamun. The mall has several other nicely reviewed restaurants specializing in ethnic food.
As I depart the city in a few weeks to make a new home elsewhere in Canada, I leave you with a bunch of photographs from an outing last week, November 7, 2021. At the same time, I ask you to visit the Home Page for awesome photo essays that were published in 2021 and earlier. I think you will like the posts.
I truly hope that you take time to discover Toronto’s parks and forests during the coming winter as well as in the spring, summer and autumn of 2022. For winter, please dress warmly, wear layered clothing and wear good boots when you are outside!
Toronto is a beautiful city; it is fittingly “A Place to Grow” and also “Yours to Discover.”
Scenes from Scarborough Bluffs, Rouge National Urban Park and Port Union Waterfront Park
SELFISH AND UNCARING!
AUTUMN, WILDLIFE, HUMAN BEINGS AND NATURE
Video: Beautiful Swans
Scenes from Morningside Park: The Salmon Run
Video: Salmon and the Rapids at Highland Creek
Video: Spawning Salmon at Highland Creek?
Date posted: November 11, 2021.
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