Well my first trip for 2016 is a long distance one back home. That's 2 sets of 8-10 hr flights spanning two continents! Oh boy....
Its been a crazy last week between fighting off the flu and getting abstracts going for an upcoming conference. But the journey has started smoothly. Pearson airport here in the GTA has changed so much since I last came here 4 yrs ago for my last cross-continent travel and it looks so slick! Enjoyed the 30 mins of exploring before boarding. Some of the decor reminded me of the Houston airport layout.
My dad certainly seems to enjoy the perks of being a newly minted senior. He got invited to ride on those transport buggies that saves you the walk from customs to the gate. He didn't hide his excitement ;)
Food: be ready to fork out a lot more moolah than really valid for anything (food/drink). It's always hard to find vegan or veggie options at airports that too when pressed for time. But if your gate at Pearson is near the E block at Terminal 1..your best options are veggie-friendly places like Heirloom bakery cafe, Tim Hortons (desserts only no savouries), True burger Co, Asobu sushi, Fetta (a panini place), and Lee Palace. And thats in decreasing order btw. But again be ready to fork out at least 20$.
*update: the guy sitting next to me is an absolute foodie..and mentioned of a new Indian restaurant in the opposite direction of the spots I listed, at gate E called Marathi! All desi food...yum! It has tons of veggie options and from the sounds of it is quite cheap ($12 for a decent size plate of biryani). It looked and tasted amazing. The portion was so much, he shared it with 5 of us! I wish they have a second location somewhere outside the airport!!