Small changes. Even though the Red Door Pan Asian Grill is not the type of place you would ever go to, when it is so close to work, you end up there several times as a convenient after-work drinks place. Likewise, NPY has already visited Luke’s.
Luke’s… like Luke’s diner in Gilmore Girls?? No, it wasn’t.
It’s funny how in Vancouver, my Vancouver cousin Ade and I don’t hang out despite living down the street from each other for the past year, but we spent an afternoon poking around Toronto when she’s here on business. It’s not that weird since she finds herself more restricted for options for company and I’m quite free now.
So the idea floated down to her to check out Queen Street West and a small part of me groaned. I remember the Condom Shack and Doc Maartens stores of yore (which are still there) and freaky-deaky clothing boutiques. But I’ve never walked down Queen Street as far as we did and while we did duck into a boutique once, the rest of the shops that sparked her interest were adorable shops like this boutique children’s toy store, Magic Pony with unique prints I want to go back for, and the first Lomography store in Canada (Vancouver version is in the works?). Lomography just almost convinced me to go back to analogue photography because their colourful and uniquely designed Diana and fisheye cameras were quite affordable but then I don’t develop my own photos and film costs. Other than the street cred, I don’t understand the analogue throwback when you can get superfabulous lenses on your digital SLR and then add those vintage/sepia/fisheye/what have you effects in post-processing. Just my naive opinion.
(The unique Diana cameras included a Hello Kitty themed one, one with sticky googly eyes all over, one covered in mirrors, etc. It was like a museum of Diana cameras some of which were being auctioned off. Some looked functional while this one here, a deconstructed Diana camera styled as sushi–each piece of maki used to be a lens–doesn’t look so functional any longer.)
We decided that if you had to find the analogue, Queen Street West is Commercial Street in Vancouver with oddball boutique strains like Main Street and truly Toronto-gritty. It’s not my kind of scene but it’s really nice to check into the neighbourhood again.
* NPY’s Picture of the Day. While I’m in Toronto and he is in Vancouver, 3400km away, we will try to share with each other (and consequently this blog) pictures that capture our day.