Toronto has the one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. It is centred around the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, and extends outward from this point along both streets. It has grown significantly over the years and has come to reflect a diverse set of Asian cultures through its shops and restaurants, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai.
When visiting Toronto, you...
When visiting Toronto, you must go see a show. I am not kidding when I say that the theater productions are as good, if not better than NY! The Theaters are located downtown. My fondest memory is this past July when my friends and I were strolling through Kensington Market and a thunderstorm errupted and caugt us in the rain! It was a STEAMY afternoon. And it seemed like the rain evaporated when it hit the concrete. It was so refreshing to walk and sit in the rain. Great times...
A tea shop
Which Chinatown doesn’t have a tea store? I loved one we visited for aroma that was around and for numerous types of teas for sale. The most interesting I found were tea kettles and cups sets. Telling the truth, I didn’t buy tea, because I have so many kinds at home, but I was happy to hear about ceremony from shop’s assistant. I won’t repeat the story I have heard from her, but I see this ceremony now in different light. I was almost ready to buy one of the tea kettles, but, unfortunately their price is too high (from $70 and into hundreds), so I withdrew my wish with regret.
Shopping is great here.
I grew up here and my fondest memories are of growing up in downtown Toronto, around Queen and Ossington. It still feels like home when I check back there every now and then. The area hasn't changed much - maybe smaller than I remember but otherwise, it looks much the same. Even the school hasn't changed. In a city where nothing remains the same for more than 24 hours, it's unique.
think with commonsense
Think. Don't listen to ignorant people about tipping. 10% is an insult at a sit down restaurant. Remember, 15% is an average standard tip all over the world, and included in EVERY bill in most countries in Europe. A waiter makes below minimum wage, serves you food, drinks, takes your sometimes rude attitude, cleans up after you...basically is your ***. If you don't like tipping, take food to go or get delivery. I find hard to believe people tip delivery guys and taxi's10% and waiters who pick up after them the same amount, when waiters don't make $12/hour like taxi cab drivers or $7-8 like delivery guys. In Toronto, people can be so cheap and if the waiter isn't absolutely perfect, don't tip well. Some go as far as complaining in an indirect way when the manager asks them how their night was, and could cost a waiter his job for nothing. The same ignorant people tip above 15% when their at a barstool because the bartender opened four beers for them-wow, what hard work! Meanwhile these people ask a waiter to debone their fish- why don't you ask him to feed it to you? For food service, bottom line is to respect the waiter and tip at least 15%, especially if they have been courteous. Don't forget, in Toronto waiters pay out a percentage of their SALES to the "house" (the greedy owner), the busboy(deservedly), and the doorperson and the bartender-adding up to between 3.5-5% of their SALES- so when a waiter sells a $100 bottle of wine, 4 or $5 is taken out of his pocket, so he hopes to get a tip. In a night when a waiter sells $1000 (very common), that's like $50 out of his pocket when instead he should make commission. So, if he made 10%, it's $100 dollars in tips (of $1000 in sales hypothatically) but minus $50 for payouts-get real! THINK.