The Fairmont Hotels takes high tea very seriously. Having already experienced the full Fairmont high tea experience at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier (check it out here!), when the lovely ladies at the Fairmont Royal York asked us to their Holiday High Tea, we were there with jingle bells on our feet! We spent the day braving the Christmas crowds trying to get some shopping done and then headed over to the Royal York to rest our tired feet and enjoy a well deserved spot of festive tea.
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There’s a new restaurant in the core and with over 100 beers on tap, it’s MASSIVE. Craft Beer Market is another wave of the west coast invasion of Toronto. It’s located at Yonge and Adelaide – smack in the middle of the downtown core. Before opening its doors to the rest of the city, Craft Beer Market invited Jess and I (and our friend, A!) to their raucous opening party to sample what’s on tap. Bring on the brewskies!
Toronto has a handful of secret restaurants and bars, hidden places that require passwords, memberships or secret keys to get into. You might hear about these little gems from friends of friends or, if you’re lucky enough, you’ve visited these secret little spots. Oh you fancy. Let me tell you about Toronto’s other ‘secret’ bars. Those that aren’t plastered with advertising, relying only on reputation and word of mouth to attract a small but loyal clientele. Instead of memberships, you only need a sharp eye and an adventurous spirit to discover these (not so) secret bars.
Everyone says to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. We say, save the water for the plants and animals and drink coffee! We don’t know where we would be without our daily caffeine fix… but probably face down in bed still. Adult-ing is hard, and even harder without our coffee beans.
Dinner parties are odd ducks. Just say the word “dinner party” and I imagine a 1950s housewife serving perfect meatloaf to guests in a formal dining room. Boring, stuffy, and so old-fashioned right? Lame as it may sound, once you hit the age when you’d rather have appys and a cocktail rather than a red solo cup full of tequila and some pizza, playing hostess and entertaining friends for a night-in can actually be fun! Having a grown-up dinner party, without feeling too grown-up, is all about focusing on a few key details and keeping things simple. Here’s how I throw a fun, delicious, memorable gathering without any of the stuffiness…or the fear.
Sports! Toronto loves its sports teams, and thats right, the boys of summer are back and already well into their 2017 season. We don’t just bleed blue and white in the winter. There is nothing like experiencing a sports game in person. Despite the rough start (looking at you Jays), rollercoaster rides (Leafs… you’re guilty!) and let downs (Raps, I can’t take your playoff runs no ‘mo) there is nothing like experiencing a sports game in person. There’s a few things that you should know before taking in a game at the SkyDome- er, Rogers Center this summer… but the bottom line? You must!
Summer baby? Stop complaining about your birthday. If you’re one of the lucky few that are able to celebrate your birthday in the summer in Toronto, I envy you. You really do not have any justification to complain. Zip. Nada. As a January baby, my choices for birthday venues are extremely limited and usually require hand and boot warmers.
Toronto’s weather has been all over the map lately. We just can’t seem to settle down and get good and hot days in a row! The weather teases us with one or two days of sunshine and then turns cloudy, cold, and miserable the next. Last week we got a couple of true summer days, and as true Torontonians, Jessica and I made the most of it by wearing sun dresses and claiming a couple of seats on a patio for a working lunch. Then we rounded up the crew for even more patio time at the Porch for after work drinks. Patio life!
Have you ever been to Celebration, Florida? It’s pretty much, well, the perfect place for a celebratory dinner when you visit Orlando. Jessica and I (with the hubs and hubs-to-be) met up with our family for a quick trip down south and a bit of a family reunion. Orlando is pretty much a touristy fam-jam dream. Big old chain restaurants full of families, minivans and kids line every road around Disney, Celebration is our go-to for a more grown-up night out.