Canada Day is coming up very soon and there is a very long list of must eats Toronto foods that I am definitely homesick for in Toronto. I lived in a bunch of different neighbourhoods for the 10 years I lived dowtown.
My first apartment with Paul was on Brunswick Avenue in the Annex, near Dupont station. We then bought a house in Danforth Village, then we sold it and decided to give condo living a try and moved to St. Lawrence Market. Our landlord sold the condo, so we moved to another condo at Queen & Dufferin before moving to Los Angeles. Living in all these different neighbourhoods exposed me to so many great restaurants and must eats in this amazing food city.
I can’t hit all my favourite food places during my short visits back, but if you have the chance or are visiting for the Pan-Am Games, here are my top 10 must eats Toronto:
1) Mixed Gyro at Messini’s
When I lived on the Danforth and worked late-nights as a DJ, my greasy food stop would be at Messini’s for an authentic Mixed Meat Gyro with Pork, Chicken and French Fries stuffed into the sandwich. Split it with a friend or save half for tomorrow because it’s a big, greasy, delicious sandwich slathered in Tzatziki with tomato and onions. I usually pair it with a coke and a Greek salad or sometimes more french fries. Messini’s is located on the Danforth, open late on the weekends and their gyro sandwich is under $5!
2) Montreal-Style Bagel at St. Urbain Bagel
If I’m going to splurge on a big toasty bagel, THIS is where it’s worth every single calorie. I would also like to add that St. Lawrence Market deserves it’s own category and I’ve written about my Must-Eats of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market because I am so damn passionate about this place. There is SO much more to eat then just bagels, but if I had to pick one – this is probably it. I can’t visit Toronto without a Onion Bagel with Garlic Cream Cheese from St. Urbain Bagel. Pop downstairs to the coffee roasters and grab a cup to go with OR head over to Freshly Squeezed for an orange or grapefruit juice.
3) The Traditional Poutine at Poutini’s
Before I moved to Los Angeles, I lived ACROSS the street in a condo from Poutini’s. It literally took ALL my willpower not to eat poutine every single day. If I had to pick the best poutine in Toronto, I would have to go with Poutini’s for their slick homemade gravy, melty curds and perfect hand-cut fries. And if you’re going to go big, add an extra layer of curds for only $2. Best when shared with a friend. Continue reading →
I spent all of last month trying to wear EVERYTHING in my closet in hopes of paring it down to only the pieces I love or feel great in. It made me realize that I reach for the same 6-8 outfits over and over again. If you’re thinking of spending some time cleaning out your closet, here’s an easy trick that worked wonders for me!
1) Bookmark It.
This little closet trick I picked up from stylist Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society was a closet gamechanger. We do really seem to only wear 20% of our closet, so her tip is to tie a ribbon on to your closet rod at the very back as a bookmark. Your goal is to wear everything in your closet in front of that bookmark. Once you’ve worn the item and washed it, hang it back in your closet – behind the bookmark and continue to wear everything else in front of the bookmark. Continue reading →
Strawberries are finally in-season! So I thought I would re-share this recipe for the weekend. My plan is to hit up a farmers’ market for sweet, local strawberries and whip up a batch of these oven-dried strawberries on a Sunday.
I spotted this recipe for oven-dried strawberries on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. I picked up a pint of local organic strawberries and didn’t add any additional ingredients. Some recipes do call for salt, but I decided to opt-out in my version here.
Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees F. Cut the green leafy part off your fresh strawberries and cut each berry in half. Lay them curvy-side down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to space your berries out so there’s lots of room for air to flow through.
One of the most surprising cities on my Route 66 road trip last year was St. Louis, Missouri! I had no expectations and barely did my research since we were blowing through this town for one night. Well, I fell for St. Louis after 24 hours and promised myself a longer visit the next time I returned.
What is it about St. Louis? I couldn’t put my finger on it but it’s just so hip without trying too hard. The hospitality of the midwest gets me every time. The food, the people, the sites. Again, I left wishing I had more time to at least go on the Budweiser Tour, catch a St. Louis Cardinals game, take a row boat out in Forest Park and visit the St. Louis Art Museum. It’s a city where I think to myself, “I could live here.” That’s how much I love it.
Here are the things I did do and I highly recommend you check out this often underrated city:
St. Louis Union Station – If you’re in the area, this majestic spaceis definitely worth a peek. The food court and mall attached to it was looking a bit sad, but there is a cute little ‘lake’ where you can rent pedal boats and glide along under the old station roof where trains used to come in. The Hilton hotel inside the station is quite pretty too.
When I first met Brenny Giovis, I was her wedding DJ! Crazy right? Running my own business brought me together with a lot of great clients – many of whom I’ve stayed friends with beyond their wedding day.
Brenny Giovis is definitely one of those clients.
When we first met, Brenny was working full-time at a company as a graphic designer. She has since gone on to launch a wildly successful stationery line called Paperfelt. Nordstrom recently came calling and her cards are now sold in-store at their Ottawa location. Brenny has since quit her job and now focuses on Paperfelt full-time. It is so inspiring to read about her hard work, hustle and success.
Meet Brenny Giovis everyone!
How did you decide on a career in graphic design?
I had a crash graphic design course in high school and my teacher was pretty cool. I think I learned how to scan a logo in and clean it up in Photoshop and not much else, but my teacher was so kind and sincere that whatever she said kind of stuck with me.
I honestly didn’t even know what graphic design was until I was a semester into college. My dad was so mad because he wanted me to become a teacher and he kept saying what do you do in graphic design anyway and I couldn’t even answer him.