Last week my brother and I experienced Fan Expo Canada for the first time. It was four exhausting days of walking, shopping, picture-taking and waiting – lots of waiting! Seriously, Fan Expo is an exercise in patience. But even though I was ready to pass out by Sunday night, and I’ve been suffering from “con-flu” all week, it was all worth it.
Fan Expo brings together fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. My interests are mainly anime, sci-fi and gaming, although I’m not much of a “gamer”. My brother is the gaming expert at our house (I play Animal Crossing, mostly).
On our first day at the convention we were overwhelmed by the variety of things to see and do. We eventually found exhibits from our niches and were really impressed. For example, below you can see a display of various Daleks from the Doctor Who series. Many of the Daleks had people inside operating them! I’m small enough that I probably could have fit inside one of those…
There were also displays of new technology and gadgets by various companies such as Microsoft and Sony. Here’s my brother at Intel’s booth testing out the Oculus Rift for PC. He says the 3D experience is really immersive (all I could think of was Robocop).
Of course, one of the main attractions at this event is being able to check out people’s costumes. I have a lot of respect for people who can walk around in cosplay all day! Here’s a fan dressed up as the Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Two of my favourite features of Fan Expo were the Artist Alley (no photos allowed) and the celebrity panels. My brother and I attended presentations by Dave Bautista (professional wrestler & actor), the cast of Dragon Ball Z (an anime), and a duo hosted panel with William Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart. Our favourite panel, though, was hosted by actor Nathan Fillion. He is so effortlessly charming ^_^.
Even though the crowds were a nightmare to get through, we managed to get through all four days with minimal injury (mostly scratches from costumes and props). It’s a good thing that Rammus hat below is soft…
We went out to eat dinner after the convention every night, except Thursday. It’s a long ride home from Toronto to the suburbs, and it feels even longer when you’re hungry!
On Friday we went to Cheesewerks, which has been on our must-try list for months. More on that in a minute… we had dinner at JaBistro on Saturday (post to come), and at Paese on Sunday (see my previous review here).
So, what can I say about Cheesewerks? Honestly, we went in with limited expectations. We’ve seen some glowing reviews for the quality of the food, and several other reviews saying the food is overpriced.
My brother ordered the Houston grilled cheese sandwich, which contained jalapeno-jack cheese, braised beef brisket, and house-made BBQ sauce. While he liked the taste of everything inside of the sandwich, he wasn’t too thrilled with the texture of the sourdough bread. He did really enjoy the house-made lemonade soda though.
I opted for a bowl of Roasted Tomato Cream soup because I was freezing from sitting in an air-conditioned building all day. I also ordered an original grilled cheese sandwich (Balderson aged & double smoked cheddars on cracked peppercorn sourdough), with house-made roasted garlic & red pepper ketchup and a blueberry maple house-made soda.
The grilled cheese was pleasant, but tasted so much better with the flavoured ketchup (worth the extra .75 cents). We also really enjoyed the old-fashioned kettle potato chips! The soup was far too salty though, and I did not enjoy the flavour of the blueberry maple soda. Oh well, you can’t get a winner every time! Our meal cost about $40, which is pretty expensive for grilled cheese in general, but not out of the question for food that’s made from scratch.
So that pretty much wraps up our adventures from last week. I’ll put up the JaBistro post eventually… meanwhile, can someone pass me the NyQuil?
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Thank you to my brother, Riaz, for helping me write this post!