Kitten & the Bear

Admittedly, I saw these beautiful Sloane takeaway cups on Instagram and this was my prime motivation to walk across the city to Parkdale.  I even went so far as to email Sloane Tea to ask them where in the city the cups could be found!  Being a downtown dweller, I’m not one to venture too far out of my box in Toronto: bordered by Bloor Street, Yonge Street and Ossington is the furthest west I usually desire to go.  So you know I really wanted one of these gorgeous cups if I was willing to walk all the way to…

Oretta

I have long complained of Toronto lacking in pretty restaurants.  Though not a huge foodie, I love going out for brunch, especially if the decor is charming and unique.  I have always been guilty of judging my books by their covers, I guess I’m just a visual person.  I first saw Oretta on Instagram, with the pink wall with gold accents and velvety blue booths.  It is gorgeous inside.  I actually realized where it was while David and I were out for brunch at Brioche Dorée across the street, as the two story tall pink walls can be seen from…

Runnin’ Through the 6ix

As a lover of travel I am constantly looking forward to my next trip, my next adventure, my next getaway from home.  Though recently, I’ve been reflecting on the contrast between how I spend my time while travelling, versus at home.  I often don’t take advantage of my home and what it as to offer, or take for granted my surroundings.  My boyfriend has also recently moved away to work abroad, so I have a lot more free time and am trying to keep busy and see more of my girl friends to keep me out of the house.  This…

National Ballet of Canada: Pinocchio

Last week I took my boyfriend to his first ballet, the National Ballet of Canada‘s production Pinocchio.  Since the company released it’s 2017 season last year I was anticipating this show above all others.  While it did not disappoint I could never have expected this interpretation!  The company has really stepped out of the box on this production.  A very modern take on ballet, with some characters even speaking, which never happens in a ballet!  I think this is actually the perfect show for a newcomer of the art to enjoy.  It is almost theatrical in its rendition. Each year the artistic director, Karen Kain expands in…

Visions of Sugarplums

Each holiday season from November through December Toronto’s Distillery District is transformed into a European style Christmas market.  Little wooden huts are set up for vendors to house fudge, Christmas ornaments and victorian sugarplums. The sugarplums, made famous by The Nutcracker and Christmas classic, The Night Before Christmas are made up of nuts, driend fruit and brandy and are dusted with sugar.  They’re not nearly as sickly sweet as the name would suggest. The centre of the Distillery is fitted with a giant fir tree, a carousel and a stage of carollers.  My favourite installation this year was the pink…