Click on Day One to read the first chapter of our adventure here in Ontario.
Day Two we drug ourselves out of bed at some ungodly hour (I think it was around 10:00 am) after staying up late and enjoying wine and food the night before.
We got ourselves ready to go, which felt odd, I mean being dressed in pleather so early in the day. We looked hot though, I just hoped none of the neighbours spotted me as I darted out to the truck.
Off to Exhibition Place we went. Being somewhat silly I had forgotten to double check what time the show actually started. We sauntered up to what looked like the entrance, and we were just about to stroll inside the open door, when a security guard stopped us. She had assumed we were working at The Show initially, but decided to ask to see our passes just in case.
I felt like the biggest dumbass ever when she said that The Show was not open to the public for another hour and a half. Bleh.
So, we wandered a little ways and found a convenience store. We got a snack and then sat in the vehicle for a while and bullshitted. At least we got awesome parking.
Finally it was time to go in. We received a nice little goodie bag at the door, which I appreciated, since past years in Calgary I ended up filling my purse with all of the handouts and business cards one seems to collect at these things.
We began wandering around, checking out this stall and that stall. They had quite a large dungeon set up in a curtained area. Unfortunately no one in there seemed particularly friendly, nor was anything actually happening inside of it. How dull really. I hoped that they had some demonstrations planned for later in the day or something.
Now, V and I being who we are, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to impress us when it comes to sex. Particularly speaking of mostly vanilla sex. There were no new or innovative toys (that we hadn’t already seen) to be found, nor was there a heck of a lot of selection when it came to toys we were familiar with. There was only ONE stall that had Fun Factory toys, and it was difficult to find suitable vibrators for a couple of our friends who had requested that we shop for them. The selection was sad really; I was not impressed at all.
Also, and this is just a personal pet peeve of mine, the exhibitors seem to assume that everyone there is a complete idiot about sex toys. One woman in particular acted like this really middle-of-the-road toy she was demonstrating was the best thing since sliced bread. I felt like saying “You don’t have any idea who I am or what I do, please don’t talk to me like I am clueless. In fact, let ME tell YOU a thing of two about vibrators missy.” However, my mumma didn’t raise me to be rude, so I just smiled and nodded and indulged her. A few times, when someone tried to sell me on something I had already tried, I would just comment “Oh I already have one of those” to save them some effort. I wasn’t there to buy for myself. I am up to my neck in toys as it is.
V and I both felt that compared to Calgary, Toronto had absolutely nothing new to offer. In fact, I found the show here to be inferior in many ways. I noted that no one had a sex swing set up, nor could I find a copy of Whiplash Magazine (which has it’s very own booth in Cow Town) anywhere. Very odd.
As is our tradition, we each sucked a chocolate penis while browsing. Eventually I found a porn movie that looked pretty alright, and that ended up being my big purchase of the show. Yes, I’m really exciting that way, LOL.
It was getting close to our dinner reservation, so once we were certain we had seen everything (which only took 2.5 hours, and we looked at everything twice) we left the show and trotted back to the truck with our bags. It’s worth noting that I didn’t take any photos due to the fact that at the entrance it practically forbids you from doing so. Meh, no biggie, there wasn’t anything to see anyway.
We navigated our way through China Town to Batifole. After finding parking (which proved a little interesting) we arrived exactly on time for our reservation. The very good-looking host/waiter seated us and brought menus and water.
After scanning the menu my eyes caught something that made me stomach turn a little. Horse steak tartar. Yes, I know some people consider horse meat a delicacy, but I am not one of them.
I glanced up and watched V’s face. I knew she would discover it as well. Just as I imagined a look of utter disgust came over her and she looked up at me. At that moment I knew both of us were entertaining the idea of getting up and leaving, just on principal. We commented to each other about how awful it was that they serve horse and after a few moments of weighing our options we decided to stay anyway, since we were starved and I didn’t want to try to find some place else in the zoo that is Toronto at rush hour.
Each of us settled on items from the Prix Fixe menu. I ordered the Wild Boar Terrine & Condiments for an appetizer, while V had the Escargot Fricassée. The boar was almost like eating meatloaf, and was accompanied by a few tiny pickles, some toasted baguette slices, and a fantastic house made relish. There was much tasting and raving on how good it all was.
Next was our entrée. V had the Sea Bass, while I ordered the Braised Veal. Everything was delicious, including the Frites, which were served with a fantastic mayonnaise dip.
A tiny Vineland Pear drunk in Calvados was brought out, served in a little long-steamed glass. We enjoyed the pear and then drank the booze. It was quite a nice intermission between the main course and dessert.
V selected the Crème Brûlée, which was totally amazing. Being more of a chocolate gal myself, I had the Frozen Chocolate Mousse Profiteroles. It was very good, and I think that both of us were completely satisfied by the end of the meal.
We had each ordered a glass of wine with dinner, and at the end of it all, the bill came to about $100.00, which I felt was money well spent. The restaurant is very small, but beautifully decorated and very classy. I am certain that I would go there again.
V and I had plans to go out for the evening. We decided to leave the truck at home and catch a cab out to a bar or club. After refreshing ourselves and selecting a suitable destination, off we went for the evening. No sooner had we stepped out of the cab and onto the sidewalk, than a group of obviously drunk men started catcalling us.
“Hey short skirt!” one of them hollered from across the street “What you got going on tonight?”
V and I exchanged amused looks and went inside quickly, not wanting to encourage them any.
Neither of us had been to this bar before. It was very nice inside, it sort of reminded us of The Vicious Circle back home, except there was a dance floor in this one. We ordered drinks and danced and laughed. While we were dancing this attractive guy just came up randomly and asked V if she wanted to have a drink with him. I think she was caught off guard, since most men just come up and start bumpin and grinding with us without so much as an introduction. She accepted and although I felt sort of like a tag-along, I followed them over to the bar. I think he paid for my drink as well, out of politeness I suppose.
We all chatted a bit, he pointed out a friend of his who looked like the slimy drug-dealer type and had an attitude to match. Yeck, I was not going to be ‘taking one for the team’ in this case.
The guy who was flirting with V was cute, but his attitude and manor were lacking. He would disappear anytime that V wasn’t paying 100% attention to him, and then reappear suddenly with his arm around here any time she talked to another male. I found him annoying, since his ‘gone and then back’ act reeked of drama.
Towards the end of the evening another young man seemed to have his eyes on her as well. The Flake had done his vanishing act again, and so she and I were dancing by ourselves when I noticed him checking her out. He didn’t come over right away, so I introduced myself and got his name. He expressed interest in V (no surprise there) but she was being distracted by a very strange man in a suit who looked about 45.
The bar was shutting down for the night and so we went outside onto the sidewalk. The Flake was trying to convince V to come back to his hotel with him. The second guy was trying to convince her to come back to his place. Decisions, decisions.
The Flake didn’t treat her nearly as well as the second guy did, and he was offering us a ride, while The Flake and his moron friend were walking to somewhere (they didn’t actually have a room at that point, just hoping they could find one I guess).
We got in the car with V’s new friend, and his buddy JP. By this stage of the evening I was feeling relatively sober, and since I know the area better now I wasn’t too nervous to go home with strange males.
They showed us inside their condo, and V went out for a cigarette with her friend while JP invited me up to his room. I checked out his bookshelf (impressive) and his enormous shoe collection. That man puts most women to shame. His footwear was kickin, AND he was smart. Bonus points all around.
He told me about going to University and then we got talking about polyamory and marriage and relationships. He seemed genuinely engaged and interested during the conversation, which I appreciated a great deal.
Somehow the topic of this blog came up and he wanted to see it. Against my better judgement I gave him the URL and he came to check it out. He seemed impressed, particularly with the reviews, and remarked that he was book marking it and intended to read it all.
I am just keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn’t get the wrong impression. I have the feeling he wasn’t really that interested in me, especially since I gave him my number and haven’t heard from him, but whatever, it is what it is I guess.
We lay on his bed and talked for what felt like a long while. I’m not actually sure how long it was. I really liked talking to him at any rate; I appreciate men who are smart and thoughtful like that. Being tall and easy on the eyes didn’t hurt him either.
I wish I could say what time it was when V and I decided we’d better go. It was late, or rather early. Either way, JP drove us home, which was very generous. We exchanged numbers before I left, but as I said, haven’t heard anything and I haven’t called him either, which perhaps I should. Maybe I’ve waited too long already, I dunno.
JP, if you read this and you wanna hang out at some point, just as buddies (totally not about the pressure for anything else, honest) then give me a holler or something.
V and I got back to my place and flopped into bed, exhausted. Overall it was a great night, it was a great change to meet some polite, respectable guys rather than the pervs we usually get.
Day Three will be posted on Saturday, so check back then for more awesome tales of our weekend!