Travel Diary: Birthday Adventures in Toronto, March 21-23, 2014

Happy Birthday to me!  Well, my birthday was March 22, but why not savor the fun and memories as long as you can, right?

I love birthdays.  Especially my own.  Last year I had a huge surprise party thrown for me, and this year, Shawn and my friends took me to Toronto for a birthday weekend extravaganza!

We stayed at our favourite home away from home in the T-dot, the Trump Toronto Hotel (read about one of our previous visits here).   We checked into our room on Friday night, and of course were treated to impeccable service.  Our room this time was different from the suites we had booked in the past — this one was a bit smaller, with two double beds.  The bathroom is massive, with the ubiquitous television built into the mirror between double sinks, a separate bath and shower, and a private toilet area.

Travel Diary: Birthday Adventures in Toronto, March 21-23, 2014

The whole room was quite beautiful, and I was surprised to find three chocolate covered strawberries in the bar area, with “Happy Birthday Kerry” written in chocolate on the plate! What an awesome surprise!

Travel Diary: Birthday Adventures in Toronto, March 21-23, 2014

We were originally set to have dinner at O.Noir, but the traffic running into Toronto was horrendous, so we went to Mercatto.  It’s a cute little Italian restaurant, just steps away from the Trump Hotel.  We shared a cheese plate appetizer, which was awesome!

On Saturday morning we went to Kensington Market to check out all the vintage shops, including Flashback 2 and Courage My Love.  We met up with my friend Maggie at Epicure Café and Grill for a light lunch, and then hopped on the streetcar to get to Medieval Times!

I am a Medieval Times fanatic.  I have absolutely no problem admitting this.  It was my fifth time going to Medieval Times, but my first time being knighted!  My friends decided to have me knighted as a birthday gift.  I was made a “lady of the realm” in a special ceremony in the great hall with the King!  I received a tiara, as well as a commemorative scroll and photograph to keep as a souvenir, as well as a royal announcement during the tournament!

Travel Diary: Birthday Adventures in Toronto, March 21-23, 2014

We were situated in the Black and White Knight’s section, in the front row!  Talk about VIP treatment!  We had a perfect view of all of the tournament events, and got cheering banners to urge our Knight on to victory!

I always get the vegetarian meal at Medieval Times — the meat is delicious but I just can’t eat the huge portions!  This vegetarian meal was different than other meals I’ve had at Medieval Times. I received carrot and celery sticks and hummus and pita triangles as an appetizer; the standard tomato bisque soup and garlic toast; and then a rice, bean and veggie stew (similar to chili) served in an adorable metal bucket!

Travel Diary: Birthday Adventures in Toronto, March 21-23, 2014

By the way… our Knight was victorious!  First time my Knight has won the tournament — I was thrilled!

On Sunday we headed back to the Eaton Centre for some last minute shopping, and to Shopsy’s for lunch (which has become a Toronto tradition, it seems!) before heading home.  It was a whirlwind weekend, and so much fun!

Now… what to plan for my next birthday celebration?!

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