Tuesday, September 4, 2012

West to East - Updated!

Like the sun, the usual lingo goes 'East to West', but biking west to east is better if you don't want the sun shining in your eyes.

Suggested route: http://goo.gl/maps/iCLxI

Appetizer: Soup
Soup 'n Such (2285 Dundas Street West)
Lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, the soups are made fresh on site, daily.  You will want to fill up here if you object to eating meat, or horse, in particular.
Update: The Potato & Bacon (pictured above) and Vegetable Lentil are highly recommended.

Main: Quack 'n' Track
La Palette (492 Queen Street West)
One of the few restaurants in Toronto to regularly serve horse tenderloin.  Combine horse with duck, and you have the best of both land and sky.  Update: they were both excellent.  La Palette also serves bison, musk-ox, and a meat-free entrée called Le Végétarien.  Please note that the dinner menu is available from 4:00 pm onwards.

Dessert: Pie
The Pie Shack (2305 Queen Street East)
There are currently two locations, but the Beaches branch is open later six days a week.  Fresh, fruit pies or savoury pot pies are available to enjoy on-site, in decor that I would term 'post-modern Canadiana', or to take home.
Update: If they suggest ice cream on the side and a spot of tea, don't turn them down.

The route is a basic tour of the lakeshore.  While biking down Roncesvalles Avenue, enjoy the raised bike lanes, but don't forget to stop for passengers boarding and exiting the streetcar.  The route between Harbourfront Centre and Yonge is surprisingly treacherous considering it is the natural route of recreational cyclists following the Waterfront Trail.  Be sure to stop along Woodbine Beach if you need a breather before dessert.
Update: On one of the wettest days in September, we biked through heavy rain, and were rewarded with a rainbow (picture above) followed by a double rainbow (not pictured; we were too overwhelmed).

Photographs by Joe Sinbandhit.


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