From Chicago, the best way to get to Toronto is with Porter AirlinesBombardier Aerospace Q400 turboprop aircraft are small, just two seats on each side, but very quiet. There is no first or business class, but everyone is offered complimentary nuts, cookies and vegetable chips along with a choice of beverage (including alcohol) served in a real glass. Porter also flies to New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Myrtle Beach.
As soon as I entered my room at the Shangri-La Toronto
Right next door is David Chang’s Momofuku empire, with five restaurant concepts housed under one
roof. Momofuku Daishō has an eclectic Asian fusion menu with unique Canadian touches (like local Monforte Toscano cheese with charred cabbage) that will leave you salivating for more. A shiitake-mushroom crusted whole speckled trout strewn with asparagus, morels and ramps stole the show. I couldn’t imagine a better representation of spring. Frozen chocolate mousse for dessert was dressed with milk cream and toasted rice, like a sophisticated Asian malted milk ball.
Art lovers must visit the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which has an extensive Canadian collection, with an emphasis on Toronto and Ontario artists like David Milne. There are also plenty of exhibits featuring art spanning the globe from Africa to Asia. We even had the chance to see resident artist Bonnie Devine at work, as she painted an entire wall depicting her own version of the battle for the woodlands between European settlers and indigenous people for an upcoming exhibition featuring Anishinaabe artists of the Great Lakes.
The cutest neighborhood in Toronto award goes to the Distillery Historic District. In the last decade,Ontario’s only locally brewed sake. Don’t miss the bean-to-bar chocolate at SOMA Chocolate or local contemporary art at Thompson Landry Gallery. If you’d rather shop for local food than clothing, head to St. Lawrence Market. Saturday is the busiest day here, when two entire buildings are full of fresh produce, seafood, meats and baked goods.
There’s no better place to unwind after a busy day of exploring than the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris at the Shangri-La. The signature hammam and grommage
Toronto is a great destination for ladies from various cities to meet up. Everyone is so friendly, so it’s easy to make new friends when you go out. Whether you’re looking you’re looking for traditional luxury, artistic enlightenment, great food or all of the above, you can find it here.
Thank you to Shangri-La Toronto and Porter Airlines for sponsoring my trip!