A Night in the City

Sorry for the delay in posts everyone, I have been extremely busy with J-school and my posts have been inconsistent so again I am sorry for that.

During November I had the opportunity to go on a field trip with one of my best friend’s and our Visual Communications class to explore the Art Gallery of Ontario. Even in November it was a little chilly, but nothing like this wicked storm mother nature threw at us today. We weren’t meeting our class until 6 p.m. so we decided to go for lunch downtown at the Queen Mother Cafe. However we went the wrong way for about an hour until realizing that QMC is the other way…

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The Queen Mother Cafe was established in 1978. It is housed in a historic 150+ year building in the heart of the entertainment district. Address: 208 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z2. (West of University)

The Queen Mother Cafe is famous for their fresh and flavourful Lao-Thai and Pan-global cuisine, and sinful desserts. I have been once before and the food was very delicious, the staff is very friendly and its one of my favourite restaurants to go to when I venture into the city.

For a starter I had the Arugula and Pecan Salad:

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The Arugula and Pecan Salad: with crumbled blue cheese, toasted pecans, and sundried cranberries in a caramelized balsamic vinaigrette. ($9.95)

For my main course I went for my favourite  Pad Thai served with chicken and shrimp!

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soft thin rice noodles stirfried with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, scallions, egg, chopped peanuts and ground roasted chillies in a tangy sweet and sour sauce (I ordered mine in medium). ($11.95)

After all that mouthwatering food we wanted to take a break before meeting up with our group and standing in that line that goes on forever, so we went to David’s Tea. This is where I discovered my love for their winter collection and ordered a white chocolate frost latte (white chocolate morsels, peppercorns, herbal tea and mint) – unfortunately they no longer carry it as it was a seasonal tea. After a short tea break we went to the Art Gallery of Ontario to meet up with our group and wait in that dreadful lineup.

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The AGO was founded in the 1900’s by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto. The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest museums in North America. The AGO holds more than 80,000 works in its collection, which spans from 100 A.D. to the present. (Photo Source: Wladyslaw)

Cost, Free After Three!, Ontario high school students with valid ID receive free general admission Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m.; teachers with a valid ID from the Ontario College of Teachers receive free general admission; and free admission to the collection galleries Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Our goal for the day was to find one art piece – painting, sculpture, clothing that we could critique in class and analyze using the semiotics theory, male gaze, and different communication theories.

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The beautiful architecture makes the AGO so unique from other Art Gallery’s I’ve visited, it is definitely fun to run up all those stairs just to see the incredible view of the city skyline at the top.

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Down every hallway there is always something different, around every corner there is always something unique about the era you walk through. One of the best feelings is learning how millions of people before you created art that is hanging on the walls in this museum and knowing that someday you could have a painting hanging there for younger generations to look at.

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After viewing all the pictures we ended our night by going to the cafe and digging into some delicious gelato and the perfect tea latte.

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A scrumptious London Fog (earl grey tea with a splash of vanilla syrup and foamed milked on top) with a side of Aero Mint and Bacco Gelato.
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