—caricatured depictions of humans, robots, Sci-Fi aliens and monsters, often drawn with just one eyebrow. I loved walking along the mural, looking at all the distinct images painted in a colour palette of pale greens, pinks, maroon and black that give them a creepy feel. Given the temporary nature of street art which is intended to eventually be painted over, the fact that this work is still intact, untouched and untagged several years after its initial creation attests to the admiration and respect that the street art community seem to give it.
On our two visits to Boulevard St. Laurent, first for the scouting expedition and then the guided Mural tour, we had the opportunity to check out some of the eateries along this stretch. The first day, we stopped for quick bite at the famed Schwartz’s Deli and shared a smoked meat sandwich (ordered "full fat" of course!) and a can of cherry cola. The next day after the tour, we needed to kill time before picking up our luggage at the hotel and taking the train back to Toronto. We chose the patio of Shaker Kitchen & Mixology since it gave us a good view of the main strip of the street art festival and we were tempted by the vast choices of mixed drinks on offer. There was a two-paged spread of alcoholic and non-alcoholic fruity drinks and six different types of Sangria. I chose the strawberry melon sangria made with red wine, Smirnoff raspberry vodka, watermelon puree and soda while Rich had a white wine-based grapefruit sangria with Tanqueray gin, white cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and tonic water.
For appetizers, we had mini lobster pogos and nachos with guacamole, bacon bit, sour cream and salsa. For mains, I had the spiced tuna tataki with Asian mayonnaise and peanuts accompanied with a salad and fries while Rich had a burger and fries. The food was just OK but it served our purpose to find a place where we could linger for a while and rest our feet, and the drinks were refreshing on a hot day.