As a proper refugee I’m always thinking of the next place to flee, especially when the next US election rolls around and our most illustrious criminal might just squeak back into office. My last few days in Toronto have given me a lot to think about. What are the pluses an minuses?
As a former NYC resident, who has now returned to my hometown of Toronto *and an avid reader of your novels) let me be the first on these pages to welcome you to our fair city. I have ample restaurant recommendations that will reciprocate some of the excellent recommendations you have offered us in nyc. You can eat very well here (the Italian restaurants are actually better than in NY), and the crime is much lower. Cultural depth is approaching Gotham levels as well. Unfortunately, our winters are still fairly brutal ( a major negative, even if you can walk underground in much of the downtown areas). Next time you are here, I would be delighted to take you out for a meal, as a thank you for all the pleasure your work has given me. Enjoy the rest of your stay! -Marshall
I first visited Toronto in 1971 on a brief college trip. I couldn't have imagined a whiter, more tediously uninteresting place. Yet I have a lot of admiration for Canada. I returned to the city in 2006, and discovered a fully alive city with five or six Chinatowns and all sorts of enclaves. I need to return - or, to flee Florida to there. Do Canadians accept people from Florida? (I'm originally from NYC - does that help?).
Is there a Nigerian restaurant in NYC that’s comparable to Afrobeat Kitchen? Let’s find out, shall we?
As a native NYC-er who fled to Ontario after the 2016 election, I recommend it! We almost moved to Toronto, where I'd lived previously, but ended up in Kingston. But Toronto is the closest thing to New York I've found.
You provide such an important public service.
My pleasure, Gary