Personally, there's just something a little too unsettling about returning home to an area where crime is common after the sun sets, where food purchases are unnecessarily marked up and sold in the smallest portions possible (even when customer service and the option of dining-in are nonexistent), and where the sole form of public transportation is a complicated, selective-transfer-based system that experiences extensive delays, cancellations, and service changes without notice. And as for the unquestionably poorly-organized Pan Am / Para Pan Am games, as well as other weekly street festivals, inhabitants would additionally have to make plans to avoid road closures, which regularly span half-days to entire weekends.
Living in TO is not for everyone, especially not time-conscious citizens. Had I not accessed and attended both Sweetery and the Waterfront Night Market on the same day via the admirably reliable TTC system, the sarcastic elements of this post would likely have decreased significantly.
The GO train ride to Union was a smooth one, but upon embarking on a route utilizing the TTC streetcar system, I was less than thrilled at having to wait nearly HALF AN HOUR for a vehicle that was supposed to make an appearance within SEVEN MINUTES. At least six 509 streetcars had pulled into and out of the terminal, some arriving at the same time due to their own individual delays. When the 510 finally arrived, and the entire batch of weekend riders took to occupying every millimeter of space within the rusty, ancient cart. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly a pleasant ride; with so many people pressed up against the windows, standing, the originally peaceful and scenic route had turned mildly irksome.
The full album can be found HERE !
The full album can be found HERE !
To avoid a lengthy, hard-to-follow discussion contrasting the merits of each, I have created a comparison chart to clearly display my observations:
Given that the 172 buses were packed going both ways, that the wait for the 172 exceeded 25 minutes, and that the road closures for Para Pan Am delayed our arrival time at Union by at least ten minutes, it is extremely unlikely that I will be re-visiting any event near Cherry Beach via public transportation, specifically TTC. It was also much more humid than expected, and given the lack of space between vendors, the environment of the WFN rapidly became increasingly chaotic as people filed in.
After experiencing the Richmond Night Market more than once, I had high expectations for the arrangement of vendors to compliment the view of the waterfront. But not only did the stage and vendors block the lake in its entirety, the fences that surrounded the area made it even more difficult to catch a good view. Take some notes from B.C., WFN.
The verdict of this excursion: Night It Up! is worth re-visiting, as it is anticipated that they will gain more vendors; the T&T Waterfront Festival is simply not worth the fuss.
As I had just missed my train, I suggested killing a bit of time at momofuku before returning. The noodle bar on the first floor is considerably spacious, and promotes dining in large groups. A few tables even spanned to the second floor, where the momo milk bar was located.
The third level, Momofuku Daisho, is apparently an area reserved for fine dining. I had not had the luxury of climbing that last flight of stairs, though I'm not entirely certain whether there is even reason to do so. In the same aforementioned reviews, customer service had been another factor that was discussed unfavourably.
I was almost tempted to try a cup of their Instagram-popular cereal milk soft serve. Either a hit-or-miss, I had had the urge to request for one, until I saw the lineup the cashier was tending to. It wasn't until I Yelp-ed the restaurant again that I discovered a small cup had been priced at $6.00... I think I'll settle for Pinkberry instead.
In other news, did you know that Pinkberry has now finally made its way to Square One?! But that's news for another post.