I took a quick getaway to Hamilton as I needed a break from work. It was a great industrial center that has gone through a renaissance now.
Places to visit
I visited the Art Gallery of Hamilton and was in its awe with the incredible permanent collection of Colville’s Horse and Train, Kim Adam’s Bruegel-Bosch Bus and other antiques. The admission to the permanent collection is free. Then I went to Pokeh at Hamilton Farmers Market, believed to be Canada’s first poke bar where I had a big bowl of poke. One may try the pickled shiitake, tofu, cucumber noodles, jicama and wasabi peas for crunch. The lineups are long for this Hawaiian fare, but it’s worth the wait. Then I went to Whitehern Historic House and Garden. It opens on Wednesdays in July and August and serves a glass of iced tea or lemonade for $1. It’s only a few steps from Pokeh bar.
After lazing around in the garden, I went to the Ark and Anchor Espresso bar which were a few blocks north and west on King Street. It had an easygoing vibe with owners Patrick and Yogi. I also went to the Royal Botanical Garden where the Zen-like Rock Garden with its West Coast meets Japan vibes, offers eye candy and fresh air. It has 27 kilometers of trails, and one may have a long stroll there. I visited the Dundurn Castle, where they use the harvests of the garden into the kitchen. Even the kitchen has stunning collections of copper and cast iron. Culinary history buffs go there on weekend garden tour or take part in Cast Iron Chef Series that demonstrates Victorian cooking in the Dundurn kitchen.
I visited the Mule Taco Bar that serves incredible vegetarian tacos.