I got off at Dundas Station and went out to the exit at North side of Eaton Centre. The Victoria Building is located at 285 Victoria Street in Ryerson University’s complex. The landmark for me is Salad King – a still hip Thai eating out for university students and people who look for Thai authentic taste – about 3-minute walk to Victoria Building. I almost lost myself there because the buildings look new and the streets look wider than before.
Nancy already waited for me on the seventh floor of this building. She works for Health Force Ontario in the Global Experience Toronto unit. I believe one of the reasons we have this institution because of the issue of regulated professions in Ontario that prevents many internationally-trained professionals to be absorbed quickly to the Ontario’s (Canada’s) working place. You’ll find my writing about it on the next post.
She asked where I wanted to eat tonight. (I’d love to go to Salad King, but I think I’d opt for a new place.) I was immediately taken when she told me about a restaurant with life jazz performance. Le Commensal – Fine Vegetarian Cuisine – is located at 655 Bay Street, about 5-minute walk from Victoria Building.
I love this place. It has such a cozy and friendly atmosphere. It’s not too crowded. The jazz program usually starts at 6:30PM on Fridays. We chose the corner table across the piano so we could see the program comfortably. They have variety of vegetarian food, from soup, salad, main course, to desserts. I know Nancy is very careful about what she eats – she gave me organic chocolate bar. *smile*
I always enjoy chatting with her – not only about work or volunteering but also about life, families and friends, global issues, hopeful things, and relationship. Well, I guess it covers everything, huh. A lot of things happened to her: she completed her thesis, her husband – Nelson – is on a research project in El Salvador for about 3 months, etc. I also shared what I had in Indonesia in the past one year. I heard good news from her about our friend, Mika. (Mika, I’m happy for you!)
In the meantime we saw groups of people enjoying their dinner with their families and friends and we’re enjoying the life jazz performance by Dan Eisen (on piano) and Beverly Taft (vocal). She has a lovely voice – typical of that jazz singer.
I’d love to stay longer but I needed to catch my bus home. Before parting we told each other that we’ll go to Niagara Falls and dancing before I return to Jakarta. I took the subway from Dundas to Finch and continue with YRT bus No. 5 (Clark) to Vaughn. I missed the 8:50PM schedule and had to wait for the 9:20PM schedule.
I got off the bus around 9:50PM – the streetlights and the neighborhood’s outdoor decoration were bright, the night was cold but the air was crisp. Thank you God, for the good time today.