Hello from Toronto!
This is my new favorite place. Ontario is simply stunning, from the beautiful nature, to the friendly people everywhere, I’m just so in love with this part of the world. Our stay has been quite busy since we have been looking at a lot of neighborhoods, trying to decide on where we would want to move next year. While Toronto itself is amazing, my husband and I are not ‘city people’ so we are looking for a home near Toronto and have been driving around a ton of neighborhoods. I already have a long list of neighborhoods I could picture us living in and I hope our move will soon turn into reality.
Of course one of the major aspects for me is the food and Ontario has certainly not disappointed me! I was amazed at how much local produce and farmers markets they have selling fresh organic food. The St. Lawrence Market and the Kensington Market are THE places to go for foodies, so colorful and multi-cultural. I couldn’t help but make a ton of pics! On top of that, we are lucky to stay with a family that are amazing hosts, friendly, generous, fun and always helpful! We got to enjoy a lot of delicious home cooked meals.
There are so many unique things to do and see in Toronto, you could plan a whole week and wouldn’t see it all. We visited the CN Tower, which was an overwhelming sight, I got dizzy just looking at it. This over 450m tower is incredibly high and yet super slim- definitely something you should do if you ever visit Toronto. I also enjoyed the Ripley’s Aquarium which has beautiful (and also some not-so-beautiful) sea creatures. It was like visiting the bottom of the ocean. You can even put your hands into some of the tanks which enhances the undersea experience. The city also has an incredible multitude of different restaurants. There is literally something for everybody. The distillery district (a personal favorite of mine) is small but worth visiting. It has cute little shops and breweries. Definitely stop at the Japanese brewery Izumi and taste their sake if you’re ever close by.
My husbands favorite part was probably the Mexican food at the Kensington but my personal favorite was dinner at Kinka Izakaya. It wasn’t the food that made it special but rather meeting Jolina aka The Unlikely Baker. Jolina is such a sweet and fun person and on top of that she has an amazing blog. The night was super fun, especially when my husband ordered ‘octopus balls’ and had the shock of his life when the dish was served to him and- I kid you not- was literally still moving. It wasn’t still alive but the squid skin on top was reacting to the heat causing it to move around quite a bit. I even made a video. I have never seen my husbands face that yellow. He will probably think twice before going into a restaurant the next time and saying ”I want to try something I’ve never had.” The dessert was without a doubt delicious, we ordered matcha cheesecake and matcha ice cream. So if you are into authentic Japanese food, definitely give this one a try. (Maybe don’t order the octopus balls if you have an aversion against food that moves around on your plate. ;))
Oh and one last great memory I’d like to share: the Scarborough Bluffs located on the eastern side of Lake Ontario. It is a beautiful shoreline and famous location for engagement pictures. Because it is really that beautiful.