Any Toronto guys want to show me around?

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    Aug 03, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    LOL so I'm going to London on the 10th but my flight is taking me to Toronto and I'm going to be stuck at the airport 10-13 hours. I really want to see the city icon_sad.gif I promise I'm cute lol and not a creeper. I want to see somewhere cool. Take me to Degrassi and you will be responsible for the single-most amazing moment of my life.

    If you're interested message me and I'll unlock my pic for you. I want to meet someone chill and just hang out. So I guess if you're going to be bored that day hit me up. My only other alternative is to sit in the airport for 10 hours and I don't want that to happen. Because then I'll have another 8 hour sit down to London.

    PS: I've never been to Canada before. I want to try poutine & goulash, tbh.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    Getting into Toronto can take 45 minutes to an hour. This could double if traveling during rush hour. Be sure to schedule the travel time and adequate time for advance check in on the flight to London. You are looking at 6 to 9 hours for exploring.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    There is no actual Degrassi school. The show is shot in the suburbs.
    Poutine is a Montreal thing, and goulash is Hungarian.

    Have fun in the airport.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    Actually, there is such a thing as a Degrassi school. I used to live near it. But it's not where the current version of the show is shot. And the current version isn't based on anything about the real Degrassi.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Anduru saidThere is no actual Degrassi school. The show is shot in the suburbs.
    Poutine is a Montreal thing, and goulash is Hungarian.

    Have fun in the airport.


    Pffahh. Poutine is ORIGINALLY a Quebec thing, but I have it on very good authority that it is wide spread throughout Canada now. I'd fuckin' kill to get some of that down here in the US...

    I had a good cardiac arrest inducingly good dose of Poutine right off of Church St. and whatever the cross street (Wellesley?) near Steamworks is on, lol...

    But as NerdJock posted, you will have a tight fit for time; I'd suggest grouping whatever sights you might want to see within a few square km of each other (walking or trolley distance).

    The main run of the Toronto gaybourhood that I became somewhat familiar with runs about a good 1-2km2 between Yonge and Church Streets from east to west, and from Carlton to around Hayden or Bloor from north to south.

    Other Torontonians may offer some other things worth seeing; I didn't leave myself enough time to really see the sights, though the obligatory run up the CN Tower is probably worth it for a stunning view of Lake Ontario.

    The architecture of the large public buildings from around the Victorian and Edwardian eras is simply beautiful, and somehow the layout of the more modern buildings fits well.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    nerdjock76 saidActually, there is such a thing as a Degrassi school. I used to live near it. But it's not where the current version of the show is shot. And the current version isn't based on anything about the real Degrassi.
    The school near Degrassi street is called Dundas Junior Public School, which is Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. The next closest school is Queen Alexandra Middle School, which is Grade 6 to Grade 8.

    There is no Degrassi school.
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    Lets chill but no degrassi lol
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    Aug 03, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidPffahh. Poutine is ORIGINALLY a Quebec thing, but I have it on very good authority that it is wide spread throughout Canada now. I'd fuckin' kill to get some of that down here in the US...

    I had a good cardiac arrest inducingly good dose of Poutine right off of Church St. and whatever the cross street (Wellesley?) near Steamworks is on, lol...
    That's like claiming that the Philly cheese steak that they serve in Atlanta is the same as the original.
    You did not have real poutine and you aren't Canadian, so where is this authority you speak of?
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    alphatrigger saidPffahh. Poutine is ORIGINALLY a Quebec thing, but I have it on very good authority that it is wide spread throughout Canada now. I'd fuckin' kill to get some of that down here in the US...

    I had a good cardiac arrest inducingly good dose of Poutine right off of Church St. and whatever the cross street (Wellesley?) near Steamworks is on, lol...
    That's like claiming that the Philly cheese steak that they serve in Atlanta is the same as the original.
    You did not have real poutine and you aren't Canadian, so where is this authority you speak of?


    Toronto has pretty good poutine and at the end of the day it aint that hard to replicate fries, gravy and cheese curds.
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    I bike up and around De Grassi Street frequently.

    You are not missing anything.

    It's one-way street, it only goes up two city blocks, and it's nothing like the TV show. The nearest high school is Riverdale Collegiate, which is several blocks away. The school looks nothing like the show, because the show is shot on a sound stage.

    There's is however a great bar known for it's bourbon on Queen St. near De Grassi that's called "The Comrade" that's totally worth checking out.
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    wowgamer92 saidToronto has pretty good poutine and at the end of the day it aint that hard to replicate fries, gravy and cheese curds.
    You clearly haven't had real poutine.

    Anybody from Philadelphia want to explain how easy it is to replicate steak and cheese on a bun?
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    wowgamer92 saidToronto has pretty good poutine and at the end of the day it aint that hard to replicate fries, gravy and cheese curds.
    You clearly haven't had real poutine.

    Anybody from Philadelphia want to explain how easy it is to replicate steak and cheese on a bun?


    He did have a point though in saying that Toronto has pretty good poutine, from gourmet to fast food versions...
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    metatextual saidHe did have a point though in saying that Toronto has pretty good poutine, from gourmet to fast food versions...
    Yeah, it's pretty good, but it's not authentic unless they import the cheese curds from Quebec and use the proper gravy.
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    metatextual saidHe did have a point though in saying that Toronto has pretty good poutine, from gourmet to fast food versions...
    Yeah, it's pretty good, but it's not authentic unless they import the cheese curds from Quebec and use the proper gravy.


    True enough, though I don't think there's an association for authenticity like there is for Neapolitan pizza or other regional foods. Poutine is essentially peasant food -- though damn good peasant food.
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    I'm claiming Mizu5 and Metatextual above as my sources.

    I was with them when MIzu5 was chowing down on some poutine sourced from that restaurant directly across from "Cafe California", I think it was called Zelda's.

    And if that was just a "fast food version", assuming the gourmet versions are orders of magnitude better, I about nearly came in my pants when I sampled some of the poutine Mizu5 was eating.

    I'll check in with ya Anduru, after I visit Montréal, which I reckon is the pole star for poutine.

    As for Philly cheese steak sammiches... there's a Steelers bar down the road from me that aside from being a divey place where tubby straight guys go to pick up raggedy overworked women, they make the best Philly cheese steak sammiches this side of the Delaware River.
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    Aug 04, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    nerdjock76 saidActually, there is such a thing as a Degrassi school. I used to live near it. But it's not where the current version of the show is shot. And the current version isn't based on anything about the real Degrassi.
    The school near Degrassi street is called Dundas Junior Public School, which is Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. The next closest school is Queen Alexandra Middle School, which is Grade 6 to Grade 8.

    There is no Degrassi school.


    @Anduru: My bad, you're completely correct. I used to live near the street, not the school lol. Thanks for the correction!
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    You guys, I know degrassi is a fictional school. But I know people who have taken pics in front of the set of the building that they use as a set for the show lol. Now if this is closed off and people aren't allowed in, I don't know...

    About the "authentic" poutine, on my way back from London I have a 3 hour layover in Montreal, so hopefully I can find some legit poutine. Am sad that the layover is so brief!