First brunch of the weekend at Lady Marmalade • 898 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3
Visiting an old friend and enjoying some sweets at Nadège Patisserie • 780 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J
Too many cool things to see at Magic Pony • 680 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E5
Brunch no2 at Lisa Marie • 638 Queen St. Toronto, ON M4M
A friend of mine thought it’d be a good idea to go to Toronto. A week later we were on a bus on our way there. I usually much prefer plan for trips in advance. But I’ve travelled to Toronto so many times, it doesn’t seem to make a difference wether I plan what to do ahead of time. Sometimes it’s best to travel without any specific destination, that way you don’t have to worry about schedules and discover things as you go. And then again, this girl lives there and it’s always lovely to see her.
And so my weekend basically consisted of walking, eating and meeting up with friends. Obviously, my Toronto girl Judy had many suggestions of places for us to eat. And her choices didn’t disappoint. Huevos Migas at Lady Marmalade and pad thai fries at Lisa Marie. Quite delicious. I also had one of the best macaroons I’ve ever had at Patisserie Nadège Patisserie where an old friend works. Unsurprisingly for my design friends and I, one of our favourite stops was Magic Pony. I think I’ve visited this place every single time I’ve come Toronto, and can’t help looking at all their quirks and sparkles.
I spent barely two days in Toronto and the bus ride was really uncomfortable, but it was the best thing I needed to get away from work and I only wish I could do it more often.
Friendly note to anyone planning to visit the Toronto Islands: Don’t feed the geese. The minute you throw one cracker in their direction, they will all come rushing at you in blind hungry force. So unless you want them to follow you around, don’t give them an opportunity to believe they can get a meal out of you.
I’ve had a few moments associated with donkeys in my life. As odd of a thing that is to say. My favorite animal at the farm day camp I used to go to as a kid was the donkey, despite him bitting me a lot. I’m not sure if it was affection or annoyance on his part. I also had a symbols project to do in college and I had to research the many semiotics of the donkey in paintings, stories and modern culture. Consequently, that lead my friends to start making the “Nice ass” jokes. I never denied any of them though.
The Toronto Islands are beautiful. With large areas of greenery and trees as well as various activities. The cost of the ferry to get there is 7$, but I think it’s quite worth it. We were pretty tired by the time we got on the islands, so we slowly strolled along the paths, got ambushed by geese, visited the small farm (cause I’m a seven year old animal loving child), then relaxed at the beach while eating our candy. I would definitely want to go back next year and picnic.
Fooling around with our Bulk Barn goodies on the centre island pier. Judy also let me know that there’s a nudist beach on another part of the Toronto islands. We both agreed it would be best to simply avoid that area.
Thank you Judy for taking my pictures and for all the delicious food and fun!
Okonomi house • 23 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M4Y 2R4
During the second and last day of my short Toronto trip, Judy and I decided to go try out the Japanese equivalent of a savoury pancake, okonomiyaki. It was cheap, tasty and filling. Nothing amazing, but a good meal especially for the price.